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London To Host MTV EMAs

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Look out London - MTV is coming to town. The entertainment giant has just announced that the city will host the 24thannual MTV European Music Awards 2017The EMAs will take place live from The SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 12th November.  Sat Bal

The event, which is famed for bringing together the globe’s most famous musicians, was first held in London in 1996. This will be the sixth time that the UK has hosted the awards show with previous host cities including Edinburgh (2003), Liverpool (2008), Belfast (2011) and Glasgow (2014).

 “London is arguably the world’s musical epicentre and it’s both a huge privilege and opportunity to bring the MTV EMAs 2017 to the UK’s capital city,” commented David LynnCEO of MTV’s international parent company, Viacom International Media Networks. “The EMA creates an incredible buzz wherever it lands it; that will be amplified tenfold in London.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: "After two decades away, the MTV EMAs are returning to electrify the greatest city in the world once again. It promises to be an absolutely incredible evening, featuring some of the globe's top artists and watched by millions.  London is the natural city to host one of the greatest musical shows on earth – with our exceptional musical history, wealth of creative talent and outstanding venues – we're the entertainment capital of the world.  Whether you're a musical superstar, Londoner or visitor to the city – London is Open to entertain you!”

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Laura Whitmore, Ray BLK, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Dave Lynn, CEO of Viacom International Media Networks and Tinie Tempah at a photocall to announce London as the host city for the 2017 MTV EMA's at MTV London on February 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Sadiq Khan; Dave Lynn; Tinie Tempah; Ray BLK; Laura Whitmore

At today's press call, Laura Whitmore, Ray BLK, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Dave Lynn and Tinie Tempah

Bruce Gillmer, who executive produces the MTV EMAs and is EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, MTV International, added: “The MTV EMAs are one of the biggest and most unforgettable nights in music globally.  We anticipate this year’s event in London will be even bigger and louder than ever before.  The city’s incredible musical heritage along with the local fan's robust energy will undoubtedly make this one killer show." 

 

John Drury, VP & General Manager of The SSE Arena, Wembley said“Everyone at the venue and the wider AEG team are delighted that London's first MTV EMAs in 21 years will be at The SSE Arena, Wembley.  It's fitting that the world's leading music brand will be working with one of the world's most iconic venues. Wembley's intimate atmosphere will no doubt help to create more special EMAs moments and we can’t wait to welcome them here.” 

Fans can stay up-to-date with all things EMAs by following the show on InstagramSnapchatTwitter and Facebook and follow the social conversation using #MTVEMA.

See our MTV EMA Milan review here:

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The Chainsmokers Lead Isle of MTV

The Chainsmokers are to headline this year’s Isle of MTV Malta music festival in June with Malta hosting the fun-in-the-sun for the 11th consecutive year. Sat Bal

 

MTV’s announcement sees The Chainsmokers follow global acts including Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Nelly Furtado to top the bill at the annual open-air music festival. The multi-platinum selling duo will perform the closing set at the event on Tuesday 27th June. 

Their debut single #Selfie shot The Chainsmokers into the global charts back in 2014 but their electro-dance compositions reached new heights with their 2016 single Closer which recently broke the record for number of weeks at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow chart, topping the chart 17 weeks running.

Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the guys behind The Chainsmokers, left it to their fans to decide whether they were to release an album. Now by public demand, they will release their debut album this year via Columbia / Disruptor Records. Their latest single Paris is out now.

“The Chainsmokers absolutely dominated 2016 & we couldn’t be more excited to have them join us in Malta for Isle of MTV this year.  It’s going to be an amazing, must experience event!”  said Bruce Gillmer, EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, MTV.

MTV’s partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority was recently renewed for a further four years. Isle of MTV Malta will be filmed and edited into a 60-minute special that will broadcast across 20 MTV channels throughout Europe. The show will also be supported across all MTV social media platforms as well as via a bespoke website and this integrated marketing campaign aims to further cement and promote Malta’s position as a holiday destination for young people. MTV reports that the 10-year tenure of Isle of MTV in Malta has increased the number of under-24 age group of visitors to the island by  120% and now accounts for 20% of all tourists.

 

See our 2016 review IOM Malta here:

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Etihad’s New Jet Age

First class airline travel has just become second class thanks to Etihad Airways. The airline’s new luxurious three-room onboard cabin makes it the most exclusive ticket on a commercial passenger aircraft today – at a cost of around £15,000, one way!  Sat Bal  Read more

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Virgin's New LGW Clubhouse Lounge

 

Virgin Atlantic’s Gatwick flyers can look forward to a new Clubhouse lounge, check-in area and extra kiosks to aid that relaxed start to their holidays. Sat Bal 

An imposing marble bar is sure to get plenty of attention especially with East London cocktail bar White Lyan on board to offer a bespoke selection of cocktails from its award-winning menu.

Taking the cue from its Heathrow predecessor the Gatwick Clubhouse invites more customers to pamper in the spa area, now that it’s doubled the number of treatment rooms.

 

Elsewhere, a woodland themed play area filled with toys and games is designed to keep the children happy while you explore the menu featuring the famous Clubhouse burger alongside a variety of breakfast and lunch options.

 

 

Mark Anderson, Virgin Atlantic’s executive VP, Customer, commented: “We want our customers to have the best possible experience at the airport and those visiting the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse will be in for a real treat. Cocktails designed by award winning mixologists, hearty food options and relaxing spa treatments, all set within a luxurious environment,really make for a truly and memorable customer experience.

“Our Gatwick customers travel to a variety of global destinations and whether they’re planning to relax in the Caribbean or soak up the theme parks in Orlando, our new Clubhouse will make the start of any break truly special.”

The new space is situated next to the Virgin Holidays v-room, across their own private floor, meaning customers really are whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural daylight to flood in along with sweeping views across the runway.

As part of Virgin Atlantic’s switch to the North Terminal, the airline will also be unveiling its new check-in area, situated in Zone A. A giant gold feature wall, along with the usual red and purple tones instantly mark the airline’s arrival.

Virgin Holidays has also announced the opening of its new v-room, which is housed next door to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. Virgin Holidays customers can book entry to the v-room via :

https://www.virginholidays.co.uk/travel-extras/airport-lounges/v-room

 

See our Heathrow Clubhouse review at:

 

On board Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class

 

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Ed Sheeran Tour Announced

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Ed Sheeran springs back into tour action with the announcement of global tour dates for the UK & Ireland, Europe, Mexico and Central & South America.       Abigail Parkin

 The 25-year-old singer’s singles Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill have hit the #1 and #2 spots across the charts worldwide. His global credentials continue in the USA after landing Sheeran secured his first-ever #1 as a performer on the Billboard Hot 100 with Shape Of You -and Castle On The Hill sitting close behind at #6 on the chart making Sheeran the first artist to debut in Billboard's 'Top 10' with two songs simultaneously. 

Keeping it English, the video (view below) for “Castle On The Hill”, which was shot in his native Framlingham, Suffolk, has already reached over 10 million hits after its release on Monday.

 In the UK Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena kicks off the fun on 16-17 April. Then follows Newcastle Arena (19-20 Apr), Manchester Arena (22-23), Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (25-26) Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena (28-29) and London’s 02 Arena on 1-2 May.

Ed Sheeran’s genre-defying third studio album ÷ (divide) will be released on 3 March through Asylum/Atlantic Records (available to pre-order now). 

 

See Castle On The Hill  Ed’s official video here

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Paul McCartney vs Sony/ATV

The perennial rights battle between record companies and artists resurfaces with the news that Paul McCartney has sued music publisher Sony/ATV for ownership of songs that he co-wrote back in his days as a Beatles. Sat Bal

McCartney’s legal action follows hot on the heels of Duran Duran’s recent failure to secure copyright reversion of its hit songs. A similar claim by Paul McCartney filed in a New York court aims to “confirm his ownership” of Beatles’ compositions “which are granted to him by US copyright law.” The action follows the alleged reticence of Sony/ATV to green-light ownership despite previous filings that McCartney has reportedly made.   

McCartney’s lawyers are staking his claim on the magic number, 56. Under the US 1976 Copyright

Act, the rights to songs written before 1978 revert to their writers 56 years after the date of the composer’s original copyright. McCartney's pre-emptive move thus aims to secure copyright in 2018, signifying 56 years after he and John Lennon began writing in 1962.

The distinction between Duran Duran’s failure and Paul McCartney’s success is likely to lie in national jurisdiction, with the latter hoping that his US legal rights will win the day.

 

Duran Duran (above at the MTV awards, Milan 2015) had expected to reclaim copyright by attempting to invoke the 35-year time limit permitted by US law. But the stunned band lost out when the UK High Court ruled that English contract prevailed over the band’s US statutory rights. Effectively, this English literal interpretation now denies the band copyright over 80s money-spinning hits such as Rio.

Mindful of this, it seems that Paul McCartney’s legal team will stay clear of the UK and aim to exploit  the pro-artist climate espoused by the US legislature, as many American artists have found to their benefit.

While McCartney’s lawyers assert that a judicial declaration on the matter is now appropriate, since the terminations become effective next year, Sony/ATV claims that the action is “unnecessary and premature.” Naturally.

 

 

 

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Mandarin Fan Club

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, Reveals 'Our Fans' By Sir Peter Blake

Leading art figure Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group  to create a striking collage which will cover the façade of its Hyde Park, London hotel during part of the hotel’s comprehensive phased renovation. Sat Bal

The immense collage entitled Our Fans, has been created to provide an eye-catching diversion along Knightsbridge. Our Fans, the largest artwork Sir Peter Blake has ever created, is a collage of 100 prominent faces, from Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren to Joanna Lumley and Jenny Packham. All are regular guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London as well as fans of the Group’s hotels around the world.

 “Some of my first works were collages of crowds of people; this piece is in the spirit of The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album,” said Sir Peter Blake, the artist responsible for this iconic album cover. It is therefore entirely apt that Sir Paul McCartney and fellow Beatles' bandmate Ringo Starr should feature in the poster, during the 50th anniversary of the album.

“This artwork was very different to my usual way of working”, he said. “A collage is very time consuming and laborious, but this was more a matter of arranging the figures and making them work together - making sure no one had a cut-off shoulder or missing legs - that’s the skill of it. It was an amazing project to work on. Hopefully, people passing by will try to spot celebrities they recognize,” he added.

Displayed prominently on the front of the building, this striking work is a visual treat. “We are delighted to showcase this original piece by such a talented artist in London, the home of our European flagship hotel,” said Jill Kluge, Mandarin Oriental’s group director of brand communications. “ [It] is part of the fabric of London life, and this exciting renovation project is designed to confirm it as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world. Sir Peter Blake’s artistic masterpiece not only pays tribute to the city, but also celebrates the Group’s global reach, in a truly original way,” she added.

Mandarin Oriental’s creative advertising agency, LONDON advertising, created the concept of the poster, and interviewed Sir Peter Blake about this project. Click here to view the interview.

 

Click the title to see our Hong Kong piece :

 

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Review

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Dawn Rises

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The open-top Rolls-Royce Dawn claims ‘Best Luxury Car’ in the 2017 UK Car of the Year Awards. Chris Page

Rolls-Royce cites judges Forbes Life (“It’s a movie star car!”) among the panellists seduced by the Dawn since it swept into the market in March 2016.

Titles such as Robb Report, The Telegraph, Top Gear and luxury bodies including Walpole and the German Design Council have all been seduced by Dawn, the ultimate expression of true luxury open-top touring.

This critical acclaim is echoed in the extraordinary demand from the world’s most discerning patrons of luxury that has driven the marque to the second highest sales result in the company’s 113-year history and 6% global growth in 2016. The UK, Rolls-Royce’s home market, grew by 30% over the same period affirming the marque’s status as the consummate expression of success for a bold new generation of entrepreneurs.

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“Since its introduction in 2016, Dawn has introduced a highly dynamic new generation of men and women to Rolls-Royce. These patrons of true luxury have been drawn to the most glamorous expression of Rolls-Royce luxury in history,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Every Rolls-Royce motor car is exquisitely hand-crafted at our centre of excellence in Goodwood, West Sussex. Plaudits like this are a glowing affirmation of the extraordinary skill of the 1,700 men and women engaged in the creation of the ‘Best Cars in the World’.

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Bunga Bunga Launch

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Bunga Bunga Covent Garden launched last night with a headline performance by Sheridan Smith on 12 January. Abigail Parkin

The new live entertainment dining venue hosted guests including Lottie Moss, Donna Air & Joshua Kane who watched Sheridan Smith perform Don't Rain on My Parade and People.

 The event was staged in association with Martini and guests enjoyed cocktails such as Don Silvio Bunga Martini Rubino while rousing performances from the Man in the Balloon took place along with the Champagne Juggler and the Jersey Boys who played alongside the Bunga Boys.

Sheridan Smith wowed the audience in a gold wrap-around dress, in her first performance since her father passed away last year. Her ‘Daddy’s Girl’ tattoo, etched down her arm, made its public tribute to him.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is the latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, and boats a new address. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar. However, look again and located in the far corner of BungaTINI is a secret door to a meat locker. Those brave enough to venture beyond the meat locker can expect  some of London’s finest acts. 

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Archer Street Calls Talent

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Soho's Archer Street bar is making its annual call-out to future stage stars with its 'Archer Street's Got Talent' contest on 21 Feb. Abigail Parkin

Entrants are in with a chance of scooping a £3,000 cash prize and a profile-enhancing media and support package. The judging panel claims previous names such as Piers Morgan and Michael Ball and the 2017 event promises a panel comprising  three industry professionals from the world of pop, theatre and television with a surprise celebrity guest judge each week.

Previous winners of Archer Street's Got Talent include Alex Francis, brother to BRIT Award winner James Bay who recently played at Time Out's Rising Stars and will launch his debut EP in January. The competition is well attended by talent scouts from all areas of the music industry, with other past contestants going on to X Factor & The Voice.

Archer Street's Got Talent finalist Kerrianne Covell made it through to the judges' houses on X-Factor, Rozzy Turner joined Will.i.am's team and Deano Boroczky joined Paloma Faiths team on The Voice

This year's contest will begin with auditions at the end of January in Archer Street's après-ski pop-up bar Piste before the heats begin on 21st February. Guests are welcomed down every Tuesday thereafter until the 2017 Voice of Soho is crowned on the 18th April.

Archer Street's Siobhan MaGill has brought the essence of the theatre into Freedom on Wardour Street and at Archer Street, whose bar staff comprise singing talent that's performed at London musicals including Thriller, We Will Rock You and Book of Mormon.

 

To enter, email: gottalent@archerstreet.co.uk

Over 18s who want a grab at the voice of 2017 should email with a photograph, a brief description of vocal experience and a music or video link.

Closing date for applications Jan 23rd 2017.

Auditions: 30th January & 1st February - 10am to 6pm

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