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Sam Smith sings heartbreak away in new album



At only 25, British soul singer Sam Smith has already brought the music world to his feet.At only 25, British soul singer Sam Smith has already brought the music world to his feet.
But despite the success and fame, his second album “The Thrill of it All” coming out on Friday paints another picture altogether — one of pain and heartbreak.
“I went on a bit of a spiral since I released ‘In the Lonely Hour’,” Smith told AFP at a London recording studio, referring to his debut album.
“It was a mental and thrilling three years of self-discovery and loss and heartbreak,” he added.

Sticking to the formula he deployed with great success in his first album, Smith’s second opus is filled with gospel-infused ballads that tell poignant tales of lost love and longing.
In “Too Good at Goodbyes”, the Londoner describes the breakdown of a relationship, singing “every time you walk out, the less I love you”.
“Baby You Make Me Crazy” sees him trying to move on, doing “anything to drown you out tonight”.
Writing from a place of sadness comes easier to Smith.
“When I’m happy, I don’t want to write music,” Smith said, adding that he’s “happy a lot”.
“But just like anyone, there are dips and times when I go deeply into myself and deep in thought and it’s these times that I go to the studio and pick up a pen.
“I feel like a managed to write something that’s honest and from my heart,” he said.
– ‘I’m ready to work’ –Released in 2014, “In The Lonely Hour” went to number one in several countries and won Smith four Grammys, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year — three of the four most coveted awards at the music industry’s premier gala.
Seemingly unstoppable, he then won an Oscar for his Bond movie theme “Writing’s on the Wall”.
Unprepared for this level of success, Smith retreated from the public eye for a year and a half to “get used to fame and really sit with it and understand it”.
Now, though, he appears calm, collected and comfortable with the attention.
His transformation is also physical as Smith lost over 50 pounds (23 kilos) during his hiatus, making him appear even taller than he already is.
Gone also is the boyish look of his early twenties.
Nowadays, he sports short hair and three-o’clock shadow, making his blue eyes pop out even more.
Still, making a second album off the back of a successful debut is nerve-wrecking and Smith didn’t escape the pressure.
“I did feel it and it affected my writing for the first 2-3 months,” he said.
But with the difficult second album done and dusted, the soft-spoken singer is now “ready to work”.
Smith is preparing to go on a tour between March and September next year that will take him to Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
“I don’t want to take as big a break in between second and third record,” he said, adding: “Think I’ve already got a title for the third record!”

source: Punch

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Comedian Basketmouth Talks About His New Album; Opens Up On Why He Initially Switched From Music To Comedy




Comedian Basketmouth

Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth sat down for a chat with and he talked about why he initially switched from music to comedy.

The comedian, whose real name is Bright Okpocha, recently released an album dubbed ‘Yabasi’ which also serves as a soundtrack to his new comedy series, Papa Benji.

On a new episode of #PulseOneOnOne, the comedian revealed that he started off as a musician before switching to comedy. The comedian noted that ‘music’ has always been his first love. The father of three recounted an experience he had back when he was still in school and he mentioned that he belonged to a clique of six. According to him, they called themselves ‘the psychopaths’ and that they used to do the opening act for the now-defunct music group, Plantashun Boiz. The comedian revealed that he had remixed a song by Fela which his friends loved it.

The comedian noted that he presented the song to a much bigger audience but some of them rubbished it so he began to tackle him. The singer said that two of his friends encouraged him to go into comedy after the incident. Basketmouth also disclosed how his stage name was birthed.

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Davido’s ‘Holy Ground’ Featuring Nicki Minaj Becomes His Highest-Charting Song On Billboard



BIG 28 On The Way -Davido Gets Excited Ahead Of His 28th Birthday

‘Holy Ground’, a track on Davido‘s latest album ‘A Better Time’ which features Nicki Minaj has become his highest charting song on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart.

It has peaked at number two after two weeks on the chart. This is not the singer’s first song to peak at the same number on the Billboard chart.

His 2017 hit single ‘Fall’ has also peaked at the same number on the chart.

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Information Nigeria recalls the song got leaked on Twitter before the album was officially released.  This did not deter Davido from promoting the album. Upon its release, Nicki Minaj took to her Instagram page to congratulate him for taking Nigeria to the world through his music.

See the proof below:

Billboard’s proof

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Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Others Nominated For The ‘Best African Act’ At The 2020 MOBO Awards



Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Others Nominated For The 'Best African Act' At The 2020 MOBO Awards

Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy

The nominations list for the 2020 MOBO Awards is out. After going on a brief hiatus in 2017, the awards is back to reward music artists of black origin.

In the category of Best African Act, Nigerian musicians who have been nominated are Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Fireboy DML, Rema, Adekunle Gold, and Wizkid. This has been confirmed from the official Twitter handle of the awards.

They are all up against South Africa’s Master KG, Nigerian boy-band from East London, NSG, Ivorian-born Afro B, and Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.

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Tiwa Savage is the only female Nigerian artist nominated in the category.

See their official post below:

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