MELISSA ETHERIDGE Announces New Album ‘The Medicine Show’

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ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM
THE MEDICINE SHOW
RELEASED APRIL 12TH

UK TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK
INCLUDING INDIGO AT THE O2 FRIDAY 22ND

Iconic Grammy and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge has announced the release of her new album, ‘The Medicine Show’, out April 12th, 2019 via Concord Records and Snakefarm Records in the UK.

Reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks (Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson), Melissa sounds as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording. ‘The Medicine Show’ deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing.

Through the songs, she processed the deep fears and hurting she saw in the nation on both collective and personal levels; ‘Shaking’ about national anxiety, ‘Here Comes the Pain’ personalising the opioid crisis, the unifying ‘Human Chain’ about the hope for healing, and the rocking, anthemic ‘Love Will Live’.

More highlights include album-closer, ‘Last Hello’, drawing on the incredible strengths and courage shown by the survivors of the Parkland school shootings, and the infectious ‘Wild and Lonely’ and ‘Faded By Design’, exploring themes of her past with a new perspective.

Melissa comments, “Calling the album ‘The Medicine Show’ puts straight up, front and centre, that this is about health, wellness, cannabis, this new thought, new paradigm, however you want to talk about it, however you want to understand it. It influences every song on the album. We’re not afraid of this anymore. We’ve come a long way.”

For the recording, Shanks teamed Melissa with drummer Victor Indrizzo, bassist Chris Chaney and keyboardist Max Hart. The sessions were done largely live in the studio, capturing the raw emotion of the material, the performances rocking with bold colours. Shanks extended the arrangements on many of the songs with his guitar, and for the ballad ‘I Know You Know’ brought in electronic strings orchestrated by David Campbell, whose hundreds of acclaimed credits include work last year with Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney, as well as past works for Adele, Garth Brooks, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Maroon 5 and Beck.

Since the release of her unforgettable self-titled 1988 debut, Melissa Etheridge’s incredible career to date includes sales of over 25 million albums, 5 platinum and 3 multi-platinum records, 15 GRAMMY Award nominations and 2 wins, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, plus an Academy Award for ‘I Need To Wake Up’ from the climate change documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.

Her last release, ‘Memphis Rock & Soul’, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart. Over the years, Melissa has selflessly dedicated herself as an activist for human rights, LGBTQ issues, breast cancer awareness and alternative medical approaches.

This week, she starts a European tour with a number of UK dates including a show at London’s Indigo At The O2 on February 22nd. Full UK dates below…

UK TOUR DATES
Mon Feb 18th – Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
Tue Feb 19th – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Thurs Feb 21st – Town Hall, Birmingham
Fri Feb 22nd – Indigo At The O2, London
Sat Feb 23rd – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

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Fast-rising London Collective SUN SILVA Release New Single ‘Sun Skin Air’

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‘SUN SKIN AIR’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

LIVE IN LONDON
OMEARA – MARCH 11th
PLAYING WITH LUNA BAY

PLAYING SUMMER FESTIVALS
HIT THE NORTH & LIVE AT LEEDS

Fast-rising London collective SUN SILVA have released their brand new single ‘Sun Skin Air’.

The single premiered with DIY who said, “On newie ‘Sun Skin Air’, London quartet SUN SILVA manage to crib together classic driving melodies, woozy psych and a tendency for the unexpected – to create an intoxicating whole. There’s propulsive drums, sparkling keys and tangents that keep you on your toes, all of which add up to a track that feels remarkably assured for a band still relatively in their infancy.”

The new song is a high-octane cut that combines propulsive beats with Temples-esque harmony-laden psychedelic flourishes.

Regarding the single frontman Oscar Gormley says, “We wrote ‘Sun Skin Air’ in a horrible hostel with no fan during a visit to Spain. It’s a hard hitter, kind of Krauty and a bit gritty – probably due to the frustration of being in that room. This song is much weirder than ‘Blue Light’, which is the way we wanted to go with this one.”

SUN SILVA burst onto the scene last year with their debut single ‘Blue Light’ and have been quick to prove themselves one of the most exciting and in-demand bands to emerge from London.

The widescreen horn-led pop of ‘Blue Light’ saw the band championed by indie tastemakers including the likes of DIY, Dork and Clash, alongside strong radio support from Radio 1 and BBC Introducing.

Radio 1 Indie Show host Jack Saunders has become such a fan of the band that he took SUN SILVA out on their first tour of the UK in association with the Radio 1 Indie Show.

SUN SILVA continued to put their firm stamp on the UK live scene last year. They sold out their own London headline show at The Lexington, which they followed with high profile support slots for the likes of Jungle and Swimming Girls. The band also played their first festival at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival.

SUN SILVA have already been announced for further festivals this year and will play Live At Leeds and Hit The North in May. The band have also been announced to support Luna Bay at London’s OMEARA on March 11th. The shows mark the first of a number of exciting live announcements from SUN SILVA to follow shortly.

SUN SILVA ARE
Oscar Gormley (vocals/guitar), Jake Brown (drums), Sam Becker (bass), Charlie Woof-Byrne (keys)

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Australian Singer KIM CHURCHILL Releases New Single ‘After The Sun’

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RELEASES NEW SINGLE
‘AFTER THE SUN’
LISTEN HERE

Australian singer Kim Churchill has shared his new single, ‘After the Sun’, which is an uplifting blend of laid-back acoustic instrumentals and subtle electronica.

‘After the Sun’ builds through gentle, flowing verses into bold, anthemic choruses laden with sun-drenched atmosphere, and was recorded in Berlin and produced by experienced house and hip-hop producer Vincent Kottkamp.

“The decision to work with Vince was kind of playful,” explains Kim, “to not try so hard, just go in, have fun, make the music, don’t get anxious if he throws in an electronic sound that that you feel is not you. Just give room to exist and have fun.”

The track is the first to taken from an upcoming EP due for release later this year, which is part of a wider and exciting project, which will transcend the boundaries of traditional releases and take inspiration from Churchill’s nomadic lifestyle.

‘After The sun’ is the first taste of new music to follow 2017’s Weight_Falls and 2014’s breakout album Silence/Win, which features the hit single ‘Window To the Sky’.

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS Arrives On Digital 4K Ultra HD™ & Movies Anywhere March 12 & on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™ March 19

The One-and-Only Mary Poppins Is Back
and Nominated for Four Academy Awards®, Including Best Original Song

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Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS
On Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere March 12
and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ March 19

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19  — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus material explores the making of “Mary Poppins Returns,” going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award®-nominated “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” and “A Cover Is Not the Book,” showcasing the tremendous talents of Blunt and Miranda; “Turning Turtle,” an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy; and “Can You Imagine That?” an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children.

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) — bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY & 4K ULTRA HD™:

  • Deleted Song—“The Anthropomorphic Zoo” – In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
  • The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” – Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
    • Introduction – Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
    • “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” – Discover how the team mined PL Travers’ books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
    • “Can You Imagine That?” – Be on location for Mary’s iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie’s original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
    • “Nowhere to Go but Up” – Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
  • Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns” – Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film’s biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
    • “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” – Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
    • “Turning Turtle” – Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
    • “Can You Imagine That?” – Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
  • Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
  • Practically Perfect Bloopers – There’s nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie’s biggest musical production.
  • Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:

  • Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.