Carike & Andriette honoured at the Huisgenoot Tempo Awards 2011!

Sony Music congratulates Carike Keuzenkamp and Andriëtte Norman on their Huisgenoot Tempo Awards which were awarded last night during a glittering occasion in Johannesburg.

Andriëtte’s third album “Vat My Hoër” won the Huisgenoot Tempo Award for the best contemporary album of the year. The Idols-finalist of 2007 had strong competitors like Steve Hofmeyr, Bok v Blerk & Romanz in the same category and was the youngest nominee in this category.

Carike’s album “Carike en Ghoempie kuier saam met Ghoeghoe in Kinderland nr. 7” won the Huisgenoot Tempo Award for the best children’s album of the year.

“I am honored to get recognition for my children’s albums. It is also a bonus for the team who worked so hard on the CD and the DVD,” says Carike.

The eighth album in this series “Carike en Ghoempie kuier saam met Ghoeghoe in Kinderland 8” will be released at the end of August and nr. 8 in the DVD-series will be available in September. A book with stories and songs in the Ghoempie-series will also be published later this year.

Andriëtte was totally overwhelmed and taken by surprise when her name was announced for the best contemporary album last night.

“I didn’t spare it a thought I would win the prize in a million years – not with big names like Steve Hofmeyr in the same category. I am honored and privileged.”

Sony Music is proud to have two talented artists like Carike and Andriëtte in their stable and wish them only success for the future in their respective careers.

CARIKE & ANDRIëTTE VEREER BY HUISGENOOT TEMPO TOEKENNINGS 2011!

Sony Music wens vir Carike Keuzenkamp en Andriëtte Norman hartlik geluk met hul Huisgenoot Tempo Toekennings wat gisteraand tydens ‘n spoggeleentheid te Emperors Pallace aan hulle oorhandig is.

Andriëtte se album “Vat My Hoër” is bekroon met ‘n Huisgenoot Tempo Toekenning vir die beste kontemporêre album van die jaar. Dit is Andriëtte, voormalige Idols-finalis in 2007, se derde album en benewens dat sy die jongste benoemde in die kategorie was, moes sy ook teen groot name soos Steve Hofmeyr, Bok v Blerk & Romanz meeding.

Carike se album “Carike en Ghoempie kuier saam met Ghoeghoe in Kinderland nr. 7” is met ‘n Huisgenoot Tempo Toekenning vir die beste kinderalbum van die jaar bekroon.

“ Dit is vir my ‘n groot eer om die erkenning te kry. Dit is ook ‘n groot bonus vir die span wat saam met my op die CD en DVD gewerk het,” sê Carike.

“Carike en Ghoempie kuier saam met Ghoeghoe in Kinderland nr. 8” word einde Augustus uitgereik en die agtste DVD in die Ghoempie-reeks is in September op die rakke. ‘n Boek met liedjies en stories in die Ghoempie-reeks word ook later vanjaar bekendgestel.

Andriëtte vertel dat sy heeltemal oorstelp en uit die veld geslaan was toe haar naam gisteraand as wenner vir die beste kontemporêre album van die jaar uitgeroep is.

“Ek het nie gedink dat ek dit in ‘n miljoen jaar sal wen nie – veral nie met sterk teenstanders soos Steve Hofmeyr in dieselfde kategorie nie. Ek voel geërd en bevoorreg.”

Sony Music is trots om twee sulke talentvolle kunstenaars in hul stal te hê en wens vir Carike en Andriëtte nog baie sukses vir die toekoms in hul onderskeie loopbane toe

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Jeff Dunham returns with Controlled Chaos!

Jeff Dunham is back in his much anticipated forth live DVD, with all new material and unparalleled comedy that surpasses his record-breaking specials, Arguing with Myself, Spark of Insanity, and A Very Special Christmas Special.

All the favorites are here—Walter, the grumpy retiree; furry and manic Peanut; José Jalapeño, the spicy pepper from south of the border; plus bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Dunham is also joined by two never-before-seen characters certain to unleash their own unique havoc on stage.

Dunham is an international phenomenon with sold-out stadium-sized concerts, half a billion YouTube views, and television shows that remain among the highest rated in Comedy Central history. Time Magazine calls him “the most popular comedian in the U.S.” USA Today says simply, “Spectacular.”

“Controlled Chaos” is guaranteed to deliver an unequaled number of laughs-per-minute – whether you’re a Dunham Maniac, or seeing him and his partners for the very first time.

Jeff Dunham is the top-selling international comedian in South Africa, with record-breaking sold out shows in Sun City, Johannesburg & Cape Town in 2010; and DVD sales in excess of 70,000 units to date!

Controlled Chaos is scheduled for release 26th September 2011…

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Global Singing Superstar Leona Lewis Is Back Record-breaking Songstress Showcases Brand New Sound

Photo Credit - Guy Aroch

Leona Lewis’s incredible story continues today with the announcement of her brand new single ‘Collide’. With ‘Collide’, the record-breaking international superstar from Hackney showcases a new sound that is set to dominate dance floors across Europe this summer.

‘Collide’, a dance-pop anthem, is a departure from Leona’s signature sound and is her first new recorded material to be heard since the release of her Number 1 album ‘Echo’ in 2009. ‘Collide’ is a massive tune with a euphoric catchy chorus. Built around a staccato piano riff ‘Collide’ builds and builds into an immense anthem. Leona’s world class vocal is instantly recognisable and is a powerful reminder as to why she has enjoyed such incredible global success to date.

Talking about ‘Collide’ Leona said: “I’m excited for people to see a different side to my music. I’m a fan of so many different genres and styles. For me this song has all the great ingredients of a summer anthem. I can’t wait for my fans to hear it and to share the rest of the album.”

‘Collide’ will get its first UK radio play today on the Scott Mills show on Radio 1 (Friday 15th July – between 4 – 7PM).

The ‘Collide’ package also features a remix by the hottest DJ/producer in the world right now, Afrojack (Grammy award winner, credits include US no 1 Pitbull ‘Give Me Everything’ and remixes for Madonna, Lady GaGa, Black Eyed Peas, Tinie Tempah, Snoop Dogg). In the last few days Afrojack has already road tested his remix a couple of times in Ibiza, getting great responses with audiences demanding to know who the tune is by.

Marking a new chapter for the multi-platinum selling artist, ‘Collide’ is the first track to be taken from Leona’s as yet untitled third studio album, which she is currently putting the finishing touches to, due for release in November. Leona has been working with the world’s most prestigious songwriting and production talent including Sandy Vee (Katy Perry ‘Firework’, Rihanna ‘Only Girl In The World’, David Guetta ‘Where Them Girls At’), Autumn Rowe (Alexis Jordan ‘Happiness’), Ammo (Katy Perry ‘E.T’), Jonas Quant (Hurts), Chuck Harmony (Rihanna ‘Russian Roulette’), Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars ‘Grenade’) and ‘Bleeding Love’ writer/producer, Ryan Tedder. Leona has been working with incredible UK talent including Fraser T Smith (Adele ‘Set Fire to the Rain’, Florence ‘You Got the Love’), Al Shux (Alicia Keys ‘Empire State of Mind)’, Steve Robson (James Morrison, Take That), Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande. Her previous albums ‘Spirit’ and ‘Echo’ both topped the UK album chart. More news will be announced soon.

Since winning over the hearts and minds of the public in 2006, Leona’s incredible Hackney to Hollywood fairytale has seen her sell over 10 million albums worldwide. Her unrivalled international successes and achievements have seen her win multiple Grammy and BRIT nominations. She’s enjoyed chart success internationally with number one albums and singles, she became the first-ever British artist to debut at Number 1 in the US album charts and her single ‘Bleeding Love’ was Number 1 on over 35 singles/airplay charts. Leona has also performed live at some of the world’s most prestigious events including Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert and represented Great Britain at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics alongside Jimmy Page and David Beckham. Last year Leona completed her first sell out UK arena tour.

2011 looks set to be another incredible year for Leona Lewis on what has been an incredible journey so far… let the next chapter begin.

Listen To The Track here –

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House Afrika Grooves: Seasons Recordings PRESS RELEASE

Seasons Recordings is an essential deep house and garage label based in the USA and run by Jamie Thinnes, and it’s been making a serious impact in South Africa for a number of years. Now it’s set to explode with the release of the second instalment in the ‘House Afrika Grooves’ series: four CDs devoted to the finest output from this class stable.

Seasons and its sister label Seasons Ltd. have hosted some of the most highly-rated house acts on the planet: floor-fillers like Franck Roger, DJ Spinna, JT Donaldson, Boddhi Satva, Chez Damier and Charles Webster. And lately it’s become increasingly Afrocentric, with Thinnes teaming up with Halo to put together ‘Platform 2’, a selection of some devastating African dance music cuts.

Seasons have also recently enlisted the SA skills of acts like Black Coffee, Trancemicsoul and Tshwane’s Magic Soul (who’ve just remixed Distant People ft. Rainy Payne) to jack up their catalogue, so this release feels like a natural next step, and it’ll certainly seal their status down South.

It features a quartet of quality explorations into the Seasons back-catalogue segued by label boss Thinnes, local scene stalwarts Static Plastic and Kanunu and scorching newcomer Essential I. All four mixes embody the Seasons ethos: “consistent, quality house music based on an unshakeable foundation of musicality, soulful delivery and infectious grooves.”

Jamie Thinnes needs little introduction, having been at the helm of Seasons and its sub-label (and over 100 titles) over the past 15 years. Kanunu is one of House Afrika’s most revered representatives, having helped seal the “Tshwane Sound” in local dancefloor lore and pioneering the midtempo movement at the start of the millennium. Static Plastic is a legendary DJ and producer responsible for mastering a vast chunk of the greatest SA grooves of the past couple of decades.

The new and exciting face on the block is Essential I, who’s been establishing himself with partner Mindlo for a while, but who’s hit stratospheric house heights lately since reworking Black Coffee and Zakes Bantwini’s massive “Juju” and 60 Hertz’s “Capricorn”. The latter was licensed to Ralf GUM’s GOGO Music (and appeared with remixes by GUM himself and QB Smith) and is fast becoming one of the funk phenomena of 2012, slipping into the bags of Rocco, Christos and Vinny Da Vinci – and remaining there.

In the face of so much throwaway thump, all four of these mixes (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, if you like) capture the jazzy, soulful and heads-down, late-night ethic of a label that’s stuck to its guns – and stuck to a doctrine of deep.

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Foo Fighters Set to Rock the “2011 MTV Movie Awards” Stage with Next Single “Walk”

NEW YORK, NY (May 20, 2011) – MTV today announced that the Foo Fighters will rock the “2011 MTV Movie Awards” stage for the first time since 2005, debuting their next single, “Walk,” off their seventh studio album “Wasting Light.” Known for their epic live performances, Foo Fighters will join hip-hop artists Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz as the musical acts featured in this year’s live show, along with previously announced presenters Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. Hosted by Jason Sudeikis, the “2011 MTV Movie Awards” will broadcast LIVE from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 5 at 9pm ET/8pm CT.

Released on April 12, “Wasting Light” debuted #1 in 12 countries – the biggest worldwide chart week of the band’s 16-year-and-going-strong-career. The album was recorded entirely in Dave Grohl’s home garage using only analogue equipment. Produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, “Wasting Light’s” no computers/no software back to basics approach has resulted in arguably the strongest and most cohesive effort of the band’s storied career. From the hit single “Rope” to the frenetic opener “Bridge Burning” to the beautifully bipolar “These Days” to stunning guest spots from Bob Mould (“Dear Rosemary”) and Krist Novoselic (“I Should Have Known”), “Wasting Light” is a singular triumph: a band that’s headlined arenas, stadiums and festivals the world over stripping itself down to the bare essentials and coming up with its finest hour.

The “2011 MTV Movie Awards” will turn fantasy into reality as the improbable materializes live before viewers’ eyes. The magic and wonder of movies will go from the big screen to the “Movie Awards” stage as the fantastical world of whimsical landscapes and larger-than-life, reality-defying moments that audiences love are celebrated. Sure to be a treat for the over-active imagination, this year’s ceremony will build upon the “Movie Awards” trademark individuality and status as Hollywood’s most outrageous live event to provide movie fans with an experience worthy of their favorite blockbusters from the past year.

South Africa, be sure to take note of our local broadcast times:

MTV Euro:
Sunday 5th June @ 02:00 AM CAT (LIVE)

MTV base:
Monday 6th June @ 21:00 CAT

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Beyoncé To Release ‘4’ June 28, 2011

(New York, NY; Columbia Records; Wednesday, May 18, 2011) –Columbia Records will release “4,” the fourth solo studio album from Beyoncé on Tuesday, June, 28, 2011.
The album was recorded over a year between the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2011, while Beyoncé took time away from the spotlight. She engaged in what she describes as simple things, including listening to every kind of music she truly enjoys. Her mixed musical gumbo will be displayed on the upcoming album.
The title signifies not only the artist’s fourth solo offering and the day of her birth but it is also a personal gift to her fans. For over one year now her fans around the world took to their social media pages urging her to name the album for her special number.
The intensely anticipated video for the album’s lead single, “Run The World (Girls),” made its premiere on American Idol tonight. The online debut of the full-length video immediately followed at http://www.beyonceonline.com.
Filmed in Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert over three days in April, the Francis Lawrence-directed video boasts a cast of over 200 dancers, a menagerie of exotic animals and Beyoncé as the leader of a stunning army of women.
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http://www.beyonceonline.com

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Pearl Jam Celebrates Twenty Years

SEATTLE – In celebration of the band’s twenty-year anniversary, Pearl Jam will host and headline a Labor Day weekend concert celebration at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 3rd and 4th, followed by a ten-date Canadian tour. In addition to these live shows, the band will release a Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band’s journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album this fall.

More information on Pearl Jam’s live dates and each release follows:

PEARL JAM LABOR DAY ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND CONCERT AT ALPINE VALLEY
Serving as the band’s only U.S. shows of 2011, Pearl Jam’s Labor Day anniversary weekend concert at Alpine Valley (September 3rd and 4th) will include performances by fellow artists and friends including The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard, Liam Finn and special guests to be announced.

Tickets go on sale starting Monday, May 23rd for the Ten Club and Saturday, June 4th for the general public.

Detailed information on Pearl Jam’s Labor Day anniversary weekend concert weekend at http://www.pj20.com.

PEARL JAM CANADIAN TOUR
Pearl Jam will tour Canada from September 7th through 25th — hitting Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Tickets for Pearl Jam’s Canadian tour go on sale Friday, May 27th, with the exception of the Montreal concert, which goes on sale Saturday, May 28th.

A special ticket pre-sale for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club begins Tuesday, May 24th. More information at http://www.pearljam.com.

Pearl Jam Canadian Tour Dates, Cities and On Sale Information:

Date City Venue On Sale Date / Time
7 – Sep Montreal Bell Centre May 28 / 12:00pm local
11-Sep Toronto Air Canada Centre May 27 / 10:00am local
12-Sep Toronto Air Canada Centre May 27 / 10:00am local
14-Sep Ottawa Scotiabank Place May 27 / 10:00am local
15-Sep Hamilton Copps Coliseum May 27 / 10:00am local
17-Sep Winnipeg MTS Centre May 27 / 10:00am local
19-Sep Saskatoon Credit Union Centre May 27 / 10:00am local
21-Sep Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome May 27 / 10:00am local
23-Sep Edmonton Rexall Place May 27 / 10:00am local
25-Sep Vancouver Pacific Coliseum May 27 / 10:00am local

NOTE: $2 from every ticket sold to Pearl Jam’s Labor Day anniversary weekend concert and Canadian tour will be donated to Vitalogy Foundation, which grants funds to non-profit organizations chosen personally by the members of Pearl Jam.

PEARL JAM TWENTY FILM BY CAMERON CROWE
Carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist, Cameron Crowe.

PEARL JAM TWENTY SOUNDTRACK
Columbia Records/Sony Music will release the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack in conjunction with the film’s theatrical release. Cameron Crowe selected the track listing for the soundtrack — making the album a true companion piece to the film.

PEARL JAM TWENTY BOOK
Published by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and Canada and Atlantic Books in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the Pearl Jam Twenty book is an aesthetically stunning, definitive chronicle of the band’s past two decades. The book was compiled and written by veteran music journalist and current “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” music booker, Jonathan Cohen, with Mark Wilkerson (author of “Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend”), designed by Pearl Jam in-house designer Regan Hagar (also the drummer for Brad and Satchel), with a foreword by Cameron Crowe.
More information on the Pearl Jam Twenty film, book and soundtrack will be announced in the coming weeks.

PJ20
2011 is a yearlong celebration of Pearl Jam’s twenty-year history. The band started off the year with the release of a new live compilation album, Live on Ten Legs, followed by the expanded reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy in March. Things kick into high gear in September with the Alpine Valley Labor Day anniversary weekend concert, followed by the release of Cameron Crowe’s film, Pearl Jam Twenty, with accompanying book and soundtrack album. For the latest Pearl Jam happenings, visit http://www.pearljam.com.

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