ARIANA GRANDE GETS BBC MUSIC SPECIAL 0 21

BBC Music announces Ariana Grande At the BBC – a world-exclusive show coming to BBC One in the autumn, presented by Davina McCall.

The multi-award winning, Grammy-nominated American singer, TV and film actress will exclusively perform new material from her recent album Sweetener, as well as some of her biggest hits, accompanied by an all-female orchestra. Recorded live in front of a studio audience next Friday 7 September, the hour-long special will see Ariana talk to Davina about her music, life and career to date.

Davina McCall says: “Since I’ve been asked to do this show… I have been worried that someone is going to call up and tell me they’ve made a mistake and chosen the wrong presenter, because this seems just too good to be true. Ariana Grande is such an incredible talent. She’s very funny and incredibly kind and has achieved so much already in her career!!! I’m really excited about talking to her and, of course, hearing some of her amazing music.”

Jan Younghusband, BBC Music Head of TV Commissioning, says: “We are so delighted to have Ariana back on the BBC, she is an outstanding new talent so loved by audiences in the UK.”

Guy Freeman, Managing Director, Livewire Pictures, says: “Ariana Grande is a standout international artist of her generation and we’re delighted to be working with her to create a bespoke show for BBC One, including some very special orchestral performance moments.”

Ariana – who is currently number 1 in the UK album charts, with her previous album Dangerous Woman also reaching number 1 – will follow Adele At The BBC (which was nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the Bafta Awards); Michael Bublé At The BBC, Harry Styles At The BBC; Sam Smith At The BBC; and U2 At The BBC.

Ariana last appeared on BBC One when she headlined the One Love concert in Manchester which paid tribute to those that lost their lives and were injured at Manchester Arena where she had just performed.

Ariana Grande At The BBC is a Livewire Pictures production. It is executive produced by Anouk Fontaine; Guy Freeman is Managing Director. The programme was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, Music Television and Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, BBC Television.

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THE LAFONTAINES TALK NEW TOUR & GETTING BACK IN THE STUDIO 0 31

Following the release of their new single “Up” and as the band prepare to embark on a tour of the UK and Europe later this month, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with The LaFontaines guitarist Darren McCaughey to talk live fan favourites, the venues he’s most excited to play and post-tour plans.

TITL: You’ve just released your new track “Up.” What is it about the song that made you decide it was a good fit for your next single, and is there a particular story behind it?

Darren McCaughey: We had a slight line-up change at the beginning of the year and this was the first track that we wrote following that. It felt like a new chapter for the band and a positive uplifting track to come back with. It’s maybe my favorite song we have ever written.

TITL: You’ve just completed a UK and European tour supporting Don Broco, and are gearing up to head out on your own headline tour of the UK and Europe this month. Are you ever NOT on the road, and what do you miss most about home when you’re away for long periods? 

DM: We relish every opportunity to get out there and play our music to as many people as possible so apart from the obvious things like friends & family etc. there’s nothing else we would rather be doing. The weather here can be pretty grim so it’s nice to get away sometimes.

TITL: How do your support slot shows differ, if at all, to your headline ones?

DM: With the support shows you want to get out there and make an impression and win over the audience. I’d say the majority of our fan-base have heard about us by seeing us support someone else. With the headline shows, we have already won the audience over so we just have to focus on giving them a night to remember. If you were to compare the two side by side there would be no difference in the actual performance just what’s going through my head.

TITL: For fans who are seeing you for the first time on this tour, what can they expect from your performance?

DM: A unique, entertaining and energetic performance.

TITL: Which of your songs do you find go down best with live audiences? Is there one that stands out or can it differ from place to place?

DM: We have a song on our latest album called “Torture” which has been going down really well. It’s a lot slower and mellow than the rest of the set but gets a great reaction and brings a different type of energy.

TITL: Is there one particular venue you’re most excited to play on this tour and if so, which is it and why?

DM: I’m excited to play in Milan & Warsaw as we have never been to either of those cities before and both look like great places to visit.

TITL: You’ve amassed quite a following since first bursting onto the scene, but how much of that might you say is down to the power of social media, and how have the likes of Twitter and Facebook helped get your name and your music out to a wider audience?

DM: We have always gained fans from supporting other acts and people seeing us live at shows and festivals. Social media has allowed us to promote our music to them and helps existing fans stay up to date with what we are up to.

TITL: Do you think, as a band, there’s such a thing as too much ‘reliance’ on social media? Do you think you could have drummed up the support you have over the years like you have without it – if you had to go ‘old school’ like in the 80’s and earlier? Is it possible for bands to succeed today without that online connection? 

DM: I think for us personally we could have drummed up the support we have without social media as we have always gained fans through live performance. Although I think now it is such an important tool and such an ingrained part of the culture that it would be very hard to get by without an online presence.

TITL: Finally then, with this new tour taking you through to early October, what does the remainder of the year have in store for you? Are there any plans or projects you can tell me about? 

DM: We’ll be heading back to the studio as soon as we come off of tour and in December we have a big festival appearance in India, then we round off the year on the 23rd of December for a homecoming show in our hometown of Motherwell.

The LaFontaines UK & European tour kicks off on September 12 in Perth, Scotland. Tickets for all shows are available now.

BLISSBLISS UNVEIL THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “I’M COMING THROUGH” 0 98

Following on from the huge success of previous single “No Apology”, which reached number 15 on the Billboard Dance Chart at the end of last year and was remixed by no fewer than 8 DJ’s, BlissBliss are back and once again ready and raring to share their hypnotic sound and story-telling capabilities with the world via new track “I’m Coming Through”, the video for which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

The duo, made up of Renee Bliss and Lang Bliss, have considerably varied tastes in music between them, but have successfully merged the many genres they like, including rock, pop, jazz and R&B, to create a sound that really is unique to who they are, both as individuals and as artists. Nowhere is this perhaps more apparent than on their new single; a second taster as to what fans can expect from their upcoming EP “3” which is out in November.

Asked about the video for “I’m Coming Through”, the duo said:

“We’re thrilled to be releasing our concept video for I’m Coming Through with This Is The Latest! It’s a throwback to old spy movie motifs in the look and feel and the director captured so well, what we had written in the lyric. We recorded the music in one take with the guys in the recording session and they captured perfectly as well, what we had envisioned for it. We love the way it turned out in the recording as well as the video!” 

Check out the video for “I’m Coming Through” below and for more information on BlissBliss, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Header photo credit: Jose Guzman Colon.