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Mendes & Geiger Cover Queen's "Under Pressure"

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LONDON The first of three Queen covers has been released today by Universal Music Group (UMG) to mark the legacy of Queen’s Freddie Mercury ahead of the forthcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox). Shawn Mendes’ cover of the 1981 number one hit, “Under Pressure” is the first of the releases. Abigail Parkin   abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk 

 

Shawn Mendes (above) has released an acoustic version of Under Pressure which was produced by Teddy Geiger (pictured below) and includes her guest vocals. All there covers feature UMG artists and the releases support the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT). The Mendes-Geiger collaboration honours both Queen and the Fighting AIDS Worldwide campaign through the MPT. This will also see Mendes, UMG and Queen donate net profits of the track to the MPT.

 

 

 

 

"I am so honored to be able to support the amazing legacy of Freddie and Queen by doing a cover of one of my favorite songs, ‘Under Pressure.’ It was so exciting to me to be able to do this with my close collaborator and one of my best friends, Teddy Geiger, for a cause that is very close to our hearts," commented  Shawn Mendes.

“Shawn is a hugely talented artist and he and Teddy have given us a stunning version of this Queen and David Bowie classic. All of us at The Mercury Phoenix Trust are eternally grateful to Shawn and UMG for helping us in this way in the ongoing fight to conquer the global AIDS epidemic,” said Queen’s manager, Jim Beach.

“Universal Music is home to some of the greatest artists in the world and it’s been incredible to work with some of our brightest young stars to celebrate one of our most iconic bands. I’m honored to have the ability to put a project together that benefits the MPT and shines a light on causes close to my heart,” said Dave Rocco, EVP Creative for UMG.

 

Hear 'Under Pressure'...  

 

 

The MPT was founded in 1992 by Brian MayRoger Taylor and Jim Beach to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS. See:

http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

VICE Trailer Released by Entertainment One

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WASHINGTON: Entertainment One UK has sent over its trailer for the film VICE starring a remarkably transformed Christian Bale. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk
 
From writer and director Adam McKay (The Big Short) and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carelland Sam Rockwell, VICE is coming soon to UK cinemas.
 
The film explores the story of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
 
See the trailer here:
 
 
 
 
 

Muse To Headline MTV World Stage In Bilbao

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BILBAO: MTV has announced that Muse will headline “MTV World Stage Bilbao,” following  “MTV Music Week” ahead of the 2018 MTV EMAs,

The band plays on Saturday 3rd November at San Mamés Stadium opening the way for the EMAs which will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th November from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain. This year the event is in partnership with the film "Overlord".

English/Spanish electronic folk band, Crystal Fighters, will also perform at the three-hour live event, with other performers to be announced at a later time.

Seated and standing tickets will be available Monday 8th October at 1200 CEST for only five euros each at mtvema.com.

The five-time MTV EMA Award-winning English rock band, Muse, includes Matt Bellamy, lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist; Chris Wolstenholme bass guitarist and vocalist; and Dominic Howard, drummer.

With over 20 million album sales worldwide, Muse has several Billboard top 100 hits including “Uprising,” “Madness” “Time is Running Out,” “Psycho,” Super Massive Black Hole” and “Starlight.” The band’s new Album ‘Simulation Theory’ will be released on Friday 9th November, and this will be the first time Muse performs tracks from their new album in Spain.

Crystal Fighters comprises  frontman Sebastian Pringle; Gilbert Vierich, guitarist and percussionist; and Graham Dickson, guitarist. They describe their style as "fast, mesmeric and passionate."  MTV describes it as a "joyous explosion of beats, electronics and bass dazzlingly delivered onstage."  Audiences can look forward to a powerful live show incorporating dance music with acoustic guitars and traditional Basque instruments. 

For more information about ”MTV World Stage Bilbao,” visit mtvema.com.

 

 

Is Your Head Above Water?

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LONDON Head Above Water is a new piece interactive sculpture on London’s South Bank with panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the iconic city skyline. It is designed to encourage debate on mental health. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Taking the form of a giant wooden head elevated above the Thames, this striking piece. As part of the London Design Festival (15 - 23 Sept), and designjunction (20-23 Sept), British designer Steuart Padwick will make a dramatic change to the London skyline in support of mental health.

The ‘Head’ is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral and stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them.

This public art supports, Time to Change, the nation’s mental health anti-stigma campaign.  One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet many people still report being misunderstood by those around them. Time to Change will use the dynamic platform to challenge negative attitudes and stimulate public perception and understanding around mental health.

At night Head Above Water will be lit, and people will be able to engage with its changing colours to reflect how they are feeling through a designated Twitter feed - in real time.  Dr Sally Marlow Phd, Engagement and Impact Fellow, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (loPPN) at King's College London has advised on the changing colours to reflect different narratives and concepts used to describe emotions. Consulting engineers Hoare Lea are the specialists behind the lighting scheme.

Steuart Padwick said, “Head Above Water is a symbol of hope. It needed to be big, powerful and prominent… a beacon of humanity caring for others.  This is not my head or about my battles.  This is for those who have or have had mental health issues…. I want anybody and everybody to relate to it….to open a door perhaps ….”

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