New Music: Passenger ‘Whispers’

Passenger’s debut hit “Let Her Go” is still going strong on the Hot 100, but British singer Mike Rosenberg already has a new album locked and loaded for this summer.
Rosenberg — aka Passenger — will release “Whispers” June 10 via Nettwerk.  Fans will get their first sampling of the new set when Passenger debuts “Scare Away the Dark” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” March 28.  The same song will be officially released as a single on April 1. It’s already become a regular song in Rosenberg’s live sets and features anti-technology lines like “we’re all slowly dying in front of fucking computers.” Watch him perform it in Portland, OR below:
The new album was recorded in Sydney with producer Chris Vallejo, who co-produced Passenger’s previous album, “All the Little Lights,” along with Rosenberg. The singer-songwriter says “Whispers” is “easily the most ‘up'” album yet and explains via press release:
“It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”
Check out the album art for “Whispers” below:

“Let Her Go” first brought Passenger to the mainstream last year, after it gathered momentum during a long stint on the Heatseekers chart in 2012. The song currently sits at No. 17 in its 33rd week on the Hot 100. It peaked at No. 5 following its use in a Budweiser commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.

Rosenberg, 29, has been performing as Passenger since he was 16. Passenger began as a five-piece band, but morphed into a solo project in 2009. “Whispers” will be Rosenberg’s fifth album as a solo act.
Here is the track listing for “Whispers”:
1. Coins In A Fountain
2. 27
3. Heart’s On Fire
4. Bullets
5. Golden Leaves
6. Thunder
7. Rolling Stone
8. Start A Fire
9. Whispers
10. Riding To New York
11. Scare Away The Dark

Another Movie for Madonna

Madonna will go back behind the camera for a third time to direct the movie version of Rebecca Walker’s book, Ade: A Love Story.
The book is about the relationship between a young Swahili man and an American college student as they travel across Africa. It was published last October by Little A/New Harvest. Walker is the daughter of Alice Walker (The Color Purple).
Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook, American Beauty) is set to produce.

Madonna previously directed two movies, neither of which have been successful financially. Filth and Wisdom (2008) had an estimated budget of $5.5 million but grossed less than $25,000 in the U.S. 2011′s W.E. cost about $15 million to make with U.S. grosses of just under $600,000.

Ten Things About Marcia Hines!

1. Marcia moved from Boston to Sydney at just 16 to star in the Australian production of Hair, after lying about her age. She was the youngest person in the world to star in Hair, doing it all whilst pregnant with her daughter Deni. 

2. Marcia is the cousin of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell. 

3. Marcia is managed by showbiz patriach Peter Rix, who spearheaded the early ARIAS, and has managed the soul diva for four decades. 

4. Marcia’s debut album Marcia Shines became the biggest selling album by an Australian female artist in 1975. 

5. Marcia is the first Australian female artist to have seven consecutive Top 20 album releases. 

6. Marcia is the only judge to be retained for every season of Australian Idol from 2003 to 2009 – proving herself a powerful mentor to young performers, as the voice of encouragement and experience. 

7. Marcia was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2007. 

8. Marcia received an AM in the Australia Day Honours 2009 for services to the entertainment industry and to the community (through her charitable work). 

9. Amazing is Marcia’s first album of original songs co-written with Tom Diesel and Ron E Jones. 

10. This extraordinary career shows no signs of stopping. 2014 sees Marcia becoming the face of Foxtel’s SmoothTV, launching her new album of original songs and starring in the world premiere season of a new burlesque, discotheque musical titled Velvet. 

Amazing, the new album out April 4.

Paul McCartney’s Japanese Tour

Paul McCartney is heading to Japan in May to perform his first shows there since November 2013.

McCartney has already announced South America dates starting in Montevideo on April 19. The shows will be a continuation of the Out There tour from last year.

Paul McCartney now has six South American dates and three Japan dates so far announced for 2014. He has not played Australia since 1993. McCartney was meant to perform two shows in Australia in 2002 exclusively in Melbourne but cancelled using the Bali bombing as his official reason.

Japanese dates

May 17 and 18, Tokyo National Stadium
May 24, Osaka, Yanmar Stadium, Osaka

Jessica Mauboy Guest Performer for Australia at Eurovision 2014!

AND the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest for 2014 is … Australia.

Well, that is still a dream but for the first time Australia will be represented, as a guest, at the iconic singing competition, being held in Denmark in May.

Jessica Mauboy has been chosen by SBS to perform at the invitation of the European Broadcast Union in recognition of our love affair with the over-the-top annual entertainment event. The contest organisers have become aware in recent years that Australians adore the kitsch grandeur of the performances and production which SBS has screened here for more than 30 years.

Europe bound … Jessica Mauboy will be the first Australian invited to perform as a guest at the Eurovision Song Contest with SBS hosts Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang. They sent out a delegation recently to meet with Mauboy, who wrote a new song with Potbelleez hit maker Ilan Kidron last week to perform in a guest spot during the second semi-final.

While she has yet to decide on its title, Mauboy said the up-tempo song would not only reflect her indigenous heritage but resonate with the European cultures competing.

“The song speaks of ancient dreaming but I also wanted to convey a message that whatever country you represent, you have to bring that culture to the next generation,” she said. “Every time I listen to it I get another layer of goosebumps, so introducing it to the world is going to be so powerful.”

Jessica Mauboy has continued to find international exposure, more recently in the 44th season of Seasame Street. Her moment at Eurovision will be invaluable in launching her career there with a television audience of more than 180 million estimated to tune in.

It is believed her song will also be released online immediately after the performance not only in Australia but throughout Europe.

And the Darwin entertainer is hoping her visit may also lead to her first encounter with royalty. “I have a feeling I might get to meet Princess Mary which would be a moment I will never forget,” she said. SBS hosts Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang will be helping her to negotiate the mammoth production.

No borders … Jessica Mauboy will be the first solo artist from outside the European Union to perform at the iconic Eurovision Song Contest in May. “I think Europeans will genuinely lose their minds when they see Jess perform. They’ll be thankful she isn’t competing that is for sure,” Zemiro said.

Other Australians who have graced the Eurovision stage but as competitors representing England include Olivia Newton John (who lost to ABBA), the New Seekers and Gina G.

Mauboy will be the first solo artist from outside Europe to perform on the show.

SBS has been shadowing the Sapphires star from the moment she discovered she had been chosen to represent Australia and will screen the documentary Jessica Mauboy’s Road to Eurovision on May 10 before the coverage of the second semi-final. The grand final airs on May 11.

Kate Bush 22 Show Sellout!

Kate Bush has sold out all 22 dates of her forthcoming series of live shows in London in less than fifteen minutes.

Tickets went on sale at 9.30am this morning and are now completely sold-out.

The shows will take place at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, starting on August 26.

Kate said this morning: ‘I’m completely overwhelmed by the response to the shows. Thank you so much to everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all later this year’.

Viagogo tickets available here.