With her 1987 single Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Belinda Carlisle scored one of the definitive hits of the 80s – the song shooting to the top spot on both sides of the Atlantic and nabbing a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in the process.
A string of chart successes followed for Belinda throughout the rest of the decade and on into the 90s, continuing a constant flirtation with the charts stretching back to 1981 and Carlisle’s time with classically Californian pop-punk types The Go-Go’s.
With such a broad back catalogue of work, what better way to celebrate Belinda’s career than a comprehensive new retrospective of her work. Out on March 17th, The Collection also contains a bonus for longtime fans in the form of brand new track Goodbye Just Go.
With all that in mind, be sure to check out Belinda’s specially curated Hosted By station, where she takes a trip through her favourite records of all time, sharing stories, memories and key musical inspirations. Just follow the link below to listen in!
Fancy catching Belinda Carlisle live? The Heaven Is A Place On Earth songstress is touring the UK this May and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to each of the following dates to give away! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair is send an email with ‘Belinda Carlisle’ in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org along with which date you’d like to go to, your full name, postal address and a contact number.
13th May 2014 - Birmingham, Town Hall
14th May 2014 - Newcastle, Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
16th May 2014 - Manchester, Cathedral
17th May 2014 - London, IndigO2
19th May 2014 - Bristol, Colston Hall
20th May 2014 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
This competition closes at 12pm on March 28th. Good luck!
Plus, don’t forget to listen to our exclusive Hosted By station from Belinda herself, where she introduces a selection of her favourite songs and influences, including tracks from the likes of Crowded House, David Bowie and the New Radicals. Just follow the link below to listen in!
If you have to listen to one new artist this week, make it MØ. The Danish songstress – aka Karen Marie Ørsted – has been turning heads in all the right places with her bewitching blend of sugary pop hooks, broad palate of sonic influences and lyrics that come to terms with what it means to be young and restless in the 21st century.
With on-trend collaborations with the likes of Diplo and Avicii already under her belt, MØ’s debut album No Mythologies To Follow hits shelves this month – including standout track Don’t Wanna Dance; a firm favourite in the blinkbox music offices over the past month.
Fancy finding out what all the fuss is about? Tune in to our exclusive Hosted By station with MØ herself, talking through her key influences and inspirations – taking in everything from Sonic Youth and the Smashing Pumpkins to the Spice Girls!
Stars of The Big Reunion - 5th Story’s Gareth Gates and A1’s Ben Adams - will be at the blinkbox music bus outside the Tesco Extra in Leicester (Maidenwell Avenue, LE5 1BJ) this Friday from 12pm - 1:30pm.
Gareth and Ben will be posing for photos in our blinkbox music photobooth, so make sure you arrive nice and early with cheesy grins on standby!
The bus and photobooth will be making its way around the UK throughout March, so if you don’t live in Irlam, take a look at this list of which Big Reunion stars will be in the booth when and where.
Leicester, Hamilton Tesco Extra
w/ A1’s Ben Adams, 5th Story’s Gareth Gates
Friday 14th March
(Maidenwell Avenue, LE5 1BJ)
12pm – 1.30pm
Northampton Tesco Extra
w/ A1’s Ben Adams, 5th Story’s Kenzie
Monday 16th March
(Clannell Road, NN4 0JF)
12pm – 1.30pm
Gallions Reach, E London, Tesco Extra
w/ Kelle Bryan from Eternal, 5th Story’s Dane Bowers,
Girl Thing’s Michelle Barber
Friday 21st March
(1 Armada Way, E6 7FB)
12pm – 1.30pm
Thanks to everyone that joined us in the booth in Manchester and Bradford!
Please note: all planned appearances are subject to change
Ready to see in the new month with some great new music? As always, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite new acts and added them to our Next Big Thing station – these are the singers and groups you’ll no doubt be hearing absolutely everywhere come later this year, so why not stay ahead of the game and tune in now!
If there’s one act we’d trip over ourselves in an effort to tip for 2014, it’d be Royal Blood. The rock duo’s rise to prominence has come at remarkable speed, aided by a rapid release strategy that saw their current effort Little Monster shoot straight to the top of the UK rock charts. Already drawing favourable comparisons to the likes of The White Stripes and The Black Keys, we reckon the Brighton-based act offer up something a good sight meatier, colossal riffs colliding with an indie aesthetic that’s sure to see them win just as many fans in the pages of NME as Kerrang.
Striking, soulfully-toned female vocalists are ten-a-penny these days – but there’s something about the breezy, jazz-laced vibes of Rainy Milo’s track ‘bout You that suggests she more than has the mettle to fight out her own corner in a crowded market. With a voice that recalls a grittier, more worldly-wise Eliza Doolittle, it’s the crisp trip-hop backbeat that really glues everything together – a stamp of individuality from the talented south-east Londoner. Oh, and did we mention that she’s only 18?
Featuring on Naughty Boy’s album isn’t a bad way to help kickstart your career, and for boy-girl duo Chasing Grace their guest-spot on the producer’s track So Strong has seen them quickly capitalise on the heads turning their way, scoring airplay from all corners of the BBC. Comprised of Philip Plested and Grace Ackerman, the duo’s harmonies make for pleasant listening, fronting up rhythmic acoustic numbers that sit in an easy middle-ground between the likes of Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran and Kodaline.