Art world provocateur Banksy has opened a pop-up shop/art installation in the London suburb of Croydon. The show is called Gross Domestic Product and it opened yesterday as a display in a former homewares store and will run for the next two weeks. Per The Guardian, Banksy launched the shop — which won’t … More »
Stormzy was recently a guest at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. For his requisite cover, he decided to take on Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl,” a song from the pop star’s The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. He brought along the vocalist Stalk Ashley to sing it with him, while he … More »
Ed Sheeran has expanded his musical palette once again via his No. 6 Collaboration Project, which sees the British hitmaker assembling a wide range of fellow A-Listers to join him in the 15-piece project. One of the notable pairings of the LP is the infectious “Way To Break My Heart,” featuring Skrillex on co-writing duties. The easygoing single shows off all three of Ed’s collaborators’ crossover abilities. Skrillex’ presence didn’t end there; he also co-produced “Take Me Back To London” with Kenny Beats, which also features Stormzy.
No. 6 Collaboration Project features plenty of buzzy artists on the pop and hip-hop circuits as well, including a number with Cardi B and Camila Cabello, on with Eminem and 50 Cent, and a shimmering “BLOW” with Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton. The lengthy project marks Sheeran’s fourth studio album, and might be his most ambitious one to date.
These are boom times for Stormzy, the star London rapper. Later this month, Stormzy will headline the UK’s Glastonbury mega-festival, sharing the top of the bill with heavyweights like the Killers, the Cure, Kylie Minogue, and Janet Jackson. A couple of months ago, he came out with the fantastically catchy new song “More »
To say Ed Sheeran has become one of the most successful artists in the streaming era in an understatement. He is the number one most streamed artist on Spotify with over 61 million listeners a month, with the number one most streamed song, “Shape Of You,”—the only song with over 2 billion plays. Sheeran has four songs with over a billion plays, and from the looks of the roster on his upcoming No. 6 LP, he’s rearing for more.
Featured collaborations on the newly revealed tracklist include Skrillex, Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Stormzy, Yebba, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, JHUS, Ella Mai, Paulo Londra, H.E.R., Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bruno Mars, and Chris Stapleton. This is also leaving out the two singles on the album that have already been released—”Cross Me” featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock and number 2 Billboard chart-topper “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber. In an eclectic variety of collaborators, the British singer/songwriter has blanketed his album with a smorgasbord of artists in almost every pop genre.
The album, No. 6, is set for release July 12.
Superstar British grime MC Stormzy is back with his first new music since his 2017 debut album Gang Signs & Prayer. Inspired by a viral dance created by NL Vossi in 2015, new single “Vossi Bop” finds Stormzy rapping over a tingly beat from producer Chris Andoh. At one point, he takes some shots at … More »
Glastonbury has dropped their highly anticipated 2019 lineup in full after months of tantalizing individual announcements. The first headliner announced for this year, revealed back in November 2018, Stormzy, will make history this summer as the first UK rapper to ever headline the festival. Now, the grime emcee is joined by The Killers, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Tame Impala, and Miley Cyrus atop the legendary British festival’s 2019 lineup.
Glastonbury, running June 26 – 30, has curated a stellar lineup for this year’s iteration of the festival, including performances by The Chemical Brothers, Wu-Tang Clan, Vampire Weekend, and Janelle Monaé. Budding internet-born superstar Billie Eilish, Rosalía, Diplo, Years & Years, Jon Hopkins, Hot Chip, and Damon Albarn‘s The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, among many others will also make their way to Worthy Farm this summer.
See the full lineup below.
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Here is the first Glastonbury Festival 2019 line-up poster, which includes our final two Pyramid Stage headliners: @TheKillers (Saturday) and @TheCure (Sunday). Many more acts and attractions still to be announced.
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Grime’s favorite son Stormzy will make Glastonbury history in 2019, when he becomes the first UK rapper to headline the legendary festival. The news that Stormzy would bedeck the Glastonbury lineup as the event’s leading headliner preceded an official announcement from Glastonbury organizers, as Glastonbury Free Press posters surfaced in several Oxfam shops, emblazoned with the sentence “Stormzy Friday! First Glastonbury Headliner Revealed.” The festival confirmed the “Scary” rhymer as 2019’s first headliner later that same day.
Stormzy is notable for his previous appearance at Glastonbury 2017, where he performed at the Other Stage. The booking follows Stormzy’s release of his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer in 2017, a production that won him a Brit Award for “British Album of the Year” at the 2018 awards ceremony. The 2019 headliner comes after festival organizer’s announcement of Glastonbury: 50, a commemorative festival book that will encapsulate exclusive photographs and narrative inclusions to cohesively reflect on the event’s progression over the past 50 years.
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In recent years, Stormzy has gone from underground UK grime rapper to being one of the leading figureheads in the emerging rap sub-genre, and the poster boy for grime’s growing international appeal. Now, the London-native emcee can add publisher to his rap sheet, with the launch of his newly announced partnership with Penguin Random House to expand into the world of book publishing with his new imprint, #Merky Books.
Stormzy took to social media to announce the news to fans. The “Scary” rhymer is looking to give opportunities and inspiration to young writers and help create the next generation of authors of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. #Merky Books will be hosting an open writing submission competition and a paid internship program in 2019, hoping to get young people into the world of book writing and publishing. The first release from #Merky Books is by Stormzy himself, titled Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far. More than just another extension of his #Merky brand, Stormzy’s dive into literature highlights his multidimensional capabilities as a creator as well as his desire to help groom an up and coming generation of fellow creatives.
Super proud to announce our new venture #Merky Books, a publishing imprint in collaboration with Penguin Random House @penguinukbooks We will be using this as a platform for young writers to become published authors, I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say “I can be an author” and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal. Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today and I from the bottom of my heart can not wait to hear your stories, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world. Proper proud of this! We’ll be doing school competitions, taking entries and submissions and looking for writers as well but I’ll keep you posted! #Merky Books will also be offering a paid internship in 2019! The first book to be released under the imprint will be “Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far” out November 1st and available for pre order now (The link is in my bio!)
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