OVERBOARD | Debut Trailer Released! | #OverboardMovie

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) / Pantelion Films / 3 PAS Studios have released the debut trailer of OVERBOARD, a fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy.

SYNOPSIS: In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on “Leonardo” (EUGENIO DERBEZ), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and “Kate” (ANNA FARIS), a working class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work – for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and co-workers. But, with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?

OVERBOARD is available in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2018!

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CATHERINE MCGRATH Releases Acoustic Version of ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’

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SHARES NEW ACOUSTIC VERSION OF
‘THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA BE ME’
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UK HEADLINE SHOW
LONDON CAMDEN ASSEMBLY – MARCH 5TH
**SOLD OUT**

NEW HEADLINE SHOWS ADDED IN MANCHESTER, LONDON & GLASGOW

JUST ANNOUNCED C2C FESTIVAL & LIVE AT LEEDS

Catherine McGrath has shared a new acoustic version of ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’, the latest track to be taken from her upcoming debut album, to be released in spring this year.

An intimate take on the original track, stripped back guitars and gentle harmonies accentuate Catherine’s haunting vocals and emotional lyrics. On release, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ became her ninth consecutive New Music Friday UK playlisted track on Spotify and she is currently the face of Spotify’s ‘Very Nearly Nashville’ playlist.

Her previous single ‘Talk Of This Town’ garnered airplay on BBC Radio 1 and last month she appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Michael Ball where she performed the track live in session along with a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’, which you can listen back to HERE.

Having spent the last year touring relentlessly across the UK and Ireland with the likes of Canaan Smith, Una Healy, Kelsea Ballerini, The Shires and Picture This as well as countless festivals from British Summer Time to Latitude, Catherine will be playing seven dates in March and May this year, including her first headline show at Camden Assembly, which sold out in less than 24 hours and slots at C2C Festival and Live At Leeds.

 

Full dates are listed below:

5/3 – Camden Assembly, London – SOLD OUT
7/3 – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast
8/3 – Green Room, The Academy, Dublin
10/3 – C2C Festival, London
1/5 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
2/5 – Bush Hall, London
4/5 – King Tuts, Glasgow
5/5 – Live At Leeds 2018

 

THE KING’S PARADE Release Brand New Single ‘Woman’

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‘WOMAN’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

 

The King’s Parade have today released their brand new single ‘Woman’. The song sees the highly acclaimed London quartet addressing the issues of gender imbalance which are witnessed on a daily basis in society.

‘Woman’ premiered with Mahogany who said, “The sentiment is worthy of praise. So too is the track. With a belting chorus and intelligent lyrics, Woman is a rich slice of alt-soul .”

Frontman Olly Corpe explains, “I see it every day and it never changes. It seems that it’s ingrained and that there’s just this biological barrier that we men can’t or won’t break down. The idea behind the chorus was to try and make the phrase “Like a Woman” celebratory and empowering, rather than derogatory or belittling. It conveys the strength and determination/force of a woman breaking through.

The opening verse depicts a magazine showing a model portraying how she is ‘meant to look’, something we’re all familiar with. The second verse focuses on the biological inequality, which all women have to face; time seems to be against them on almost every level. All of us in the band thought that it was important to voice how we feel and express our respect and admiration for women everywhere. Hopefully it will ring true for everybody who hears it.”

‘Woman’ follows the release of the Haze EP last year which saw the band receive high profile support from BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, The Independent, Wonderland, Alternative Press, EARMILK and many more.

Its release saw them appear at summer festivals including Secret Garden Party and Cornbury Festival while they played sold out headline shows across the UK and Europe. Most recently The King’s Parade have been nominated for three awards at the Unsigned Music Awards 2018 including Best Record, Best Produced Record and Best Jazz / Blues Act.

The King’s Parade breathe fresh life into UK guitar bands. They have developed an exciting new blueprint, which is seeing a loyal and expectant fanbase grow by the day. They continue to cement their status as one of the most naturally talented and hardworking acts coming from the UK today.

“It’s alt-soul melding classic blues influences with more of a modern pop vibe”
The Independent

“Elegant guitar riffs and heart melting vocals”
Wonderland

“The King’s Parade intertwine alternative and soul on this new single”
Alternative Press

“The group are a sought after creative force”
Clash

“The four-man band is one of the most naturally talented groups out there”
EARMILK

 

Official Trailer & Poster for BAD SAMARITAN

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One bad night. One Bad Decision. Can Haunt you forever.

“BAD SAMARITAN” is a terrifying cautionary tale of two thieves uncovering more than what they bargained for when breaking into a house they thought would be an easy score.

After making a shocking discovery, they must choose to run and hide, or face the killer whose dark secrets they have exposed.

In Theaters March 30

 

X AMBASSADORS Release Brand New Track ‘Don’t Stay’

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RELEASE NEW SONG
‘DON’T STAY’
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE

NEW ALBUM OUT SPRING 2018
VIA KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE RECORDS
PLAYING LONDON’S BRIXTON ELECTRIC
MARCH 19TH

Multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors have released ‘Don’t Stay’, the second of two new songs following the powerful ‘Joyful’ which they launched last week. Both tracks will be featured on X Ambassadors’ new album, JOYFUL, which is set for release this spring on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records.

The band have also announced details of their JOYFUL spring headline tour, which finds the band joined by a number of different and exciting artists along the way including Jacob Banks, Misterwives, Mondo Cozmo, Now Now, Son Little and The Aces among others during dates in the US and Europe.

The massive three-month trek will see the band come to the UK on March the 19th for a show at London’s Brixton Electric, forming part of the European leg of the tour.

X Ambassadors will be showcasing new material from JOYFUL along with fan favourites such as their double-platinum single ‘Unsteady’ and platinum hit ‘Renegades’ – which spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 at Alternative Radio in the US.

Tickets for the tour are on sale – www.xambassadors.com/tour

JOYFUL EUROPEAN TOUR 2018
Mar. 19 | Electric Brixton | London, UK
Mar. 20 | Alhambra | Paris, FR
Mar. 22 | Melkweg | Amsterdam, NL
Mar. 23 | Kantine | Cologne, GER
Mar. 24 | Grunspan | Hamburg, GER
Mar. 26 | Columbia Theater | Berlin, GER
Mar. 27 | Klub Stodola | Warsaw, POL

X Ambassadors “Don’t Stay” Single
Retail: http://smarturl.it/DontStay
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/amazonmusicbuy
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/applemusic Google: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/googleplay
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/itunes
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/spotify

 

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Justin Timberlake Performs Super Bowl LII Halftime Show in Minneapolis

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I’ve actually struggled with how to start this review of Justin Timberlake’s Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show and the week leading up to the performance. I typed out a few paragraphs and then deleted them because I want to focus on the performance itself as opposed to the horrible publicity. I’ll be doing a podcast on that later on, so check back in to hear what I thought.

The halftime performance was great. It was energetic, entertaining and it was just a really good show overall. There wasn’t anything really over-the-top, and I enjoyed the simplicity in that respect. Justin danced his way to several stages around the stadium, which added some flair of the performance. People seemed to be focused on the way Justin and his dancers were dressed for some reason, but what they fail to release is that he’s also promoting the new album and the outfits fit the theme really well. And, really, who the F*** cares about what they were wearing??? We were there to watch a performance, not a fashion show. I find it funny how people will nitpick about the silliest of things these days. (Not gonna lie, I did laugh at someone on Twitter saying that he looked like a clearance table at Bass Pro Shops though lmao. The only difference is that I don’t care what the heck they were wearing)

In any case, here are the songs/snippets/hooks that Justin performed during the 13 1/2 minute performance:

Filthy
Rock Your Body
Senorita
Sexy Back
My Love
Cry Me a River

***Dance Breakdown***

Suit & Tie (w/Marching Band)
Until the End of Time

***Prince Tribute – I Would Die 4 U***

Mirrors
Can’t Stop the Feeling

 

There was a lot of backlash surrounding the rumored Prince tribute and, while I think simply playing the actual video on the screens rather than projecting it onto a large piece of fabric would’ve been better, I think it was done tastefully. I really loved when the camera showed the city of Minneapolis light up with purple lights and then Prince’s symbol appeared in the lights. I know that the guys had some beef back in the day, but I’m a firm believer that you can like someone’s music without necessarily liking the person. If Justin hadn’t paid tribute to Prince in his home state, he would’ve gotten shit for it. Knowing that he was going to do it in the first place had the internet trolls rolling too. He was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t.

I also saw people claiming that JT was lip syncing, but that wasn’t true either. There were some sound issues in the beginning, but if you’re a fan of his music, you would be able to spot the differences. He wasn’t lip syncing.

Everyone seems to be a critic these days. I even saw someone call P!nk out on her rendition of Star Spangled Banner because she spit something out of her mouth beforehand. It was a throat lozenge because she was performing with the flu. That doesn’t get taken into consideration though. It just HAS to be something negative.

I enjoyed the show though. I liked the medley of songs he chose to perform, but I wish he had included “Supplies” or “Say Something” off his new album, Man of the Woods. If you stayed up late, you would’ve been able to catch those being performed on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show.

Here’s the video of the halftime performance. Check it out and let me know what you thought!

RED SPARROW | Big Game and #IMAX | #redsparrow #sb52

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In one month, on March 2nd, prepare to experience 20th Century Fox’s spy thriller RED SPARROW in IMAX! Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons.

SYNOPSIS:

Dominika Egorova is many things.
A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs.
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust

Tune in Sunday for #SB52 to catch the new RED SPARROW TV Commercial. Here’s a teaser:

RED SPARROW hits theaters everywhere on March 2nd!

 

Official Channels:

Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #RedSparrow

Enter to Win! WONDER | DVD #Giveaway | Arrives on Digital 1/30 & 4k Ultra, Blu-ray & DVD 2/13 | #choosekind #wonderthemovie

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“The perfect film for the entire family.”
—    Mark S. Allen, ABC TV

A Heartwarming Story About Kindness, Love and Friendship

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The Critically Acclaimed Film Arrives on Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HDTM Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Packand DVD on February 13

4K Ultra HD to include both Dolby Vision and Dolby® TrueHD

Wonder_BD_3DThe incredibly moving and heartfelt family film, Wonder, heads to Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, and USA Today’s top-selling book of 2017, by R.J. Palacio, writer-director Stephen Chbosky (Beauty and the Beast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) brings to life the uplifting story of a boy who inspires and teaches others that true beauty is found within. Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes and co-written for the screen by Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne, Wonder stars Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (2000, Best Actress, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (2001, Best Writing, The Royal Tenenbaums), Golden Globe® nominee Mandy Patinkin (1984, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Yentl; 1995, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “Chicago Hope”; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, “Homeland”), and Jacob Tremblay (RoomThe Smurfs 2).

Wonder follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.


I have 3 copies to give away and here’s what you have to do to enter…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2Kwonder

Hint: The more places you follow, the better your chances at winning!  😉

Yes, that’s all you have to do!

 

This promotion will end February 14 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Winners will be contacted via email. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


The Wonder home entertainment release includes all-new special features, including a never-before-seen 5-part documentary, multiple featurettes, a music video, and an audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby TrueHD, which provides the most authentic lossless audio experience available for the home theater. Together Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD allow consumers to experience both cutting-edge imaging and lossless audio sound technology for an immersive entertainment experience.

Timed to the book’s sixth anniversary, and to Valentine’s Day, Wonder will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Summer of Fun” 5-Part Documentary
    • “A (com)Passion Project” Featurette
    • “Family Matters” Featurette
    • “A Technical Wonder” Featurette
    • “A Note of Kindness” Featurette
    • “We All Deserve a Standing Ovation at Least Once in Our Lives” Featurette
  • “A Child’s Sense of Wonder” Featurette
  • “What a Wonderful World” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
  • “Brand New Eyes” Music Video
  • WonderSoundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
  • “Brand New Eyes” Music Video
  • WonderSoundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

 

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MOLLY’S GAME | Available on Digital 3/27 and on Blu-ray & DVD 4/10 | @Mollys_Game #MollysGame

JESSICA CHASTAIN AND IDRIS ELBA DELIVER AN ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE
IN THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY

MOLLY’S GAME

2018 ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY BY AARON SORKIN

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL MARCH 27, 2018
AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD APRIL 10, 2018

BD_MollysGame_OCard_3DFrom Aaron Sorkin, the mind behind The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing, comes the astounding true story of 26-year-old Molly Bloom, who through sheer nerve, wits, and acumen builds an empire and takes over the ultimate boys club: exclusive high-stakes poker in Molly’s Gamearriving on Digital March 27, 2018 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand April 10, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, this sensational film is “one of the most radically entertaining things Aaron Sorkin has ever written” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire) and “Unendingly satisfying” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair).  Molly’s Game on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital comes with special bonus content that takes viewers deeper into the life of Molly Bloom and the making of the film.

Two-time Academy Award® nominee, Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty), delivers a powerhouse performance as the tenacious Molly Bloom and is joined by an outstanding cast including Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Star Trek: Beyond, Beasts of No Nation), Academy Award® nominee Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures, Man of Steel), Michael Cera (“Arrested Development,” Superbad) Jeremy Strong (The Big Short, Detroit), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, “Girls”) and Bill Camp (“The Night Of,” Hostiles).

Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before becoming a target of the FBI. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba), who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

BONUS FEATURE on BLU-RAYTM and DVD

  • Building an Empire – Writer/Director Aaron Sorkin and star Jessica Chastain comment on Molly Bloom and her remarkable story.

Official Channels:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #MollysGame

 

 

Omar Chaparro, Marimar Vega & Ryan Carnes Star In “LA BODA DE VALENTINA” | In theaters February 9th

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What’s up, movie lovers?!

Check out the synopsis and trailer for LA BODA DE VALENTINA, which is set for release in theaters on February 9th.

Also, check back in because Jesus got a chance to speak with Ryan Carnes and will be posting the interview soon!

SYNOPSIS: Valentina seems to have the perfect life in New York, with a perfect job and a perfect boyfriend, Jason Tate—far, far away from her scandalous political family in Mexico. When Jason proposes to her and wants to go to home to meet the family she has been keeping a secret, her two worlds clash. Adding to the hilarious chaos, her family brings her ex, Angel, into the picture and convinces Valentina to go along with a sham marriage to him in an effort to stop further negative press as her father runs for re-election. In the end, Valentina must choose where her heart belongs.

SINOPSIS: Valentina aparentemente tiene la vida perfecta en Estados Unidos. Su universo tiembla cuando Jason, su novio, le propone matrimonio y debe enfrentar a su familia “los perfectos Tate” con la suya “los Hidalgo”, la dinastía política más caótica y surrealista de la historia de México. Ambos, tendrán que sobrevivir al choque cultural y a su carismático ex novio Ángel descubriendo en el camino que al final, las cosas que de verdad importan no tienen apellido, ni fronteras.

@Thisfunktional Talks With Tobin Bell JIGSAW

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Tobin Bell talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about continuing on with “Jigsaw.”

Bell talks about having gotten the opportunity to build a character throughout 8 movies, creating the voice of Jigsaw and how incredible the horror fans are.

Saw Escape Las Vegas is now open. for more info and for reservations sawescaperoom.com.

JIGSAW
Now Available On 4K Ultra HD,
Blu-ray, DVD And On Demand
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@Thisfunktional Talks With Jason Egan SAW ESCAPE LAS VEGAS

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Escape room Designer Jason Egan talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about creating Saw Escape Las Vegas.

Egan talks about being a big fan of the “Saw’ franchise, re-watching all 8 movies and picking his favorites scenes and locations from the movies to design for fans to enjoy and the surprise that came from making something better than what was in the design.

Saw Escape Las Vegas is now open. for more info and for reservations sawescaperoom.com.

SAW ESCAPE LAS VEGAS
Open Now

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Y.O.U.N.G Kick Back in New Single ‘Lazy’ Out Now

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RELEASE NEW SINGLE
‘LAZY’
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

Y.O.U.N.G PERFORM ‘LAZY’ LIVE
WATCH ACOUSTIC SESSION HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

Genre-blending Manchester collective Y.O.U.N.G have today released their new single ‘Lazy’. The youthful five-piece kick back in the new single with chilled hip-hop beats and mellow reggae guitars alongside a bleary-eyed flow, rising into an infectious chorus – all combining to create an anthem for lazy people across the world.

‘Lazy’ follows the release of ‘Exposure’ in late 2017, which has had over 200,000 combined views on YouTube whilst its remixes entered the Music Week Club Chart Top 10.

Rapper Ben James said of the track, “Our whole lives people have been calling us lazy. The track plays on the idea of what we would do every day if we were as lazy as people said. It’s true everybody has lazy days, we are no exception, but overall the aim of ‘Lazy’ is to mock the idea that all we do is nothing.

“The chorus is written from the point of view of the patronising adult, whilst the rap verse gives a first hand view of what a lazy day would consist of. Even though the song is a mockery, we can’t deny that brews, candles and chilling are genuine passions of ours! Dressing gowns make an appearance in the live show, bringing the laid back bedroom vibes to the stage and adding to the tongue in cheek nature of the tune.”

The five-piece (Chez Davis – vocals/guitar, Ben James – rap, James Skehan – guitar/production, Tom Whitehead – bass and Graeme Smith – drums) have built a fervent fanbase across Europe with their cheeky genre mash-ups and extensive touring.

Y.O.U.N.G will be playing their first ever UK headline tour in association with Live Nation through February and March. The band will play five-dates calling at Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, London and Manchester. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb.

Y.O.U.N.G UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
28/02 – Glasgow, The Attic
01/03 – Birmingham, Institute 3
02/03 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
04/03 – London, Camden Assembly
05/03 – Manchester, Deaf Institute

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ARTIST TO WATCH: @XAMBASSADORS

According to Kristin

If you think you haven’t heard of this band yet, chances are you’re wrong.  Some of their songs have been featured in video games, commercials, TV show promos and movies.  If, by some odd chance, you haven’t heard said songs, I can guarantee you will soon.

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X Ambassadors consists of members Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin.  They’re an alternative band from Ithaca, New York who have an amazing, authentic sound to them.  Blending rock, soul and hip hop vibes that create an unconventional sound is what draws you in, and their lyrics get you hooked.  Thankfully (for us), they were discovered by Imagine Dragons lead singer, Dan Reynolds, after he heard an acoustic version of “Unconsolable” on the radio.  What makes them extra unique is that lead singer, Sam, and pianist, Casey, are brothers and Casey was born blind.  This didn’t stop him from living the dream…

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X AMBASSADORS Release New Single ‘JOYFUL’

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RELEASE POWERFUL AND REDEMPTIVE NEW SINGLE
‘JOYFUL’ 
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

ADDED TO SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY UK

NEW ALBUM COMING SPRING 2018
ON KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE RECORDS

MARCH EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Including Brixton Electric, London on the 19th

 

Multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors release their powerful and redemptive new single ‘Joyful’ today via all digital retailers. The song is an emotionally raw and impassioned reminder to take a deep breath when the world is crashing down and do the hardest thing – simply appreciate being alive. ‘Joyful’ will appear on the band’s new album by the same name which is set for release this spring on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records.

‘Joyful’ is accompanied by a moving music video that was directed by award winning filmmaker and actress Tess Harrison and visually picks up where the video for the last single ‘Ahead of Myself’ left off.  The video was shot at the historic Los Angeles Theater in downtown LA and once again X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris has opted to sing live for the filming and ‘Joyful’ finds him joined by the band – his brother Casey Harris and Adam Levin – and a gospel choir, all of whom were all captured live as well.

The new single continues a narrative for X Ambassadors, who endeavor to find their voice in these chaotic and uncertain times.  Last March they released the inspirational song ‘Hoping’ and donated the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘Joyful’ is more personal than ‘Hoping’, however the message is as universal.

About the song, Sam Harris explains, “I wrote this song as a reminder to myself and to try and learn how to forgive someone. Heartbreak never fails to pull the rug out from under your feet. The pain is always unrecognisable, no matter what shape or form it takes. But heartbreak can be strangely comforting, and can bring a certain clarity to things. You start to recognise what you can and can’t control – to forgive yourself a little, and to take in the beauty of the world around you.

’Joyful’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album. We’d just gotten off 2 years of touring – my body was fragile, my mind was a mess, and my heart had just been broken by someone I cared about very much. So I got lost in my work, looking for something to help ground me.”

When writing ‘Joyful’, Sam, drew inspiration from his brother Casey, who is legally blind and manages to find the light and joy in everyday life, as well as his personal experiences such as writing a song with Yemen artist Methal for Spotify’s ‘I’m with the banned’. For Sam, the realisation that we live in a country where we are free to express our ideas in and of itself is something to be grateful for.

‘Joyful’ was written and produced by X Ambassadors, mixed by Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Sia, Bastille) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Calle 13).

X Ambassadors are excited to share ‘Joyful’ live on their upcoming March European tour, with the LA based band playing Brixton Electric in London on 19th March. The band will also be playing songs from their gold certified debut album VHS which was released June 30th 2016, debuting at #7 on Billboard’s 200 chart and spawning multi-platinum singles ‘Renegades’ and ‘Unsteady’ as well as platinum single ‘Jungle’.

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
MARCH
19th – London, Brixton Electric
20th – Paris, Alhambra
22nd – Amsterdam, Melkweg Max
23rd – Cologne, Luxor
24th – Hamburg, Gruenspan
26th – Berlin, Columbia Theater
27th – Warsaw, Stodola
29th – Moscow, Glav Club
31st – Kiev, Carribbean Club

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