REVIEW: JELLY ELLINGTON – ‘ALL IN’ 57

While much of the world continues to suffer at the hands of terrorism and general negativity, Jelly Ellington is determined to inject some much needed happiness into people’s lives, and he largely succeeds in doing just that via his debut album All In.

Opening with “Set Me Free” and it’s super-catchy, rock melody, from the get-go, it’s clear that All In is to be a positive and inspiring album. The track itself is sure to have heads bopping, toes tapping and people dancing, making it perfect for a Friday or Saturday night out.

Second song “Sunset” is, for this reviewer at least, a stand-out track on the collection. With it’s soft rhythm and almost dream-like electrics, combined with Ellington’s feather light vocal, the song would and likely will soothe even the most stressed out of minds after little more than a minute.

“New Day” adds a jazz element to proceedings but with a superb guitar riff (I for one was air-guitaring along as best I could), Ellington adds a twist that I doubt many listeners would have seen coming. Working in such a twist might be considered a huge risk by some – particularly on a debut album – but if anything, it highlights the depth and breadth of Ellington’s passion for what he does.

Both “Crosstown” and “Hard Times Coming Down” maintain the high standard the album has offered up to this point, although both are slightly overshadowed by “Getaway”, a summer perfect little number sure to be played from cars and stereos across the country, if not the world, soon enough.

It’s a shame therefore that the collection closes out with “Wait For You”. As an acoustic piece, it instantly sticks out like a sore thumb. Although the vocal itself is good, given that the tracks which have come before it have all run effortlessly together thanks to their positivity and energy, there’s a blandness to this one that means it’s highly likely to be turned off by many before the first play is even finished.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 15

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 26

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.