CHLO CHATS “BLESSINGS AT NIGHT”, PERFORMANCE PLANS & HER THOUGHTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 0 131

As someone who has been writing songs since she was 14, Chlo has long since had a passion for music. Inspired by the likes of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse, and currently gearing up for the release of her EP Fools Gold, she’s an ambitious woman set to make her own mark on the music world. Having dropped her new single “Blessings At Night”, earlier this month, Chlo spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about her views on social media, the nicest comment she’s received and her advice for new and aspiring artists.

TITL: Who exactly is Chlo in a few words?

C: I would say Chlo is super extroverted with an “in the moment” approach to life. Stays super focused, goals set, and works hard to get it done.

TITL: You began writing songs at the age of 14, but exactly when did you feel/ know that you wanted to make music a career?

C: Music has always been my creative outlet. Songwriting helps me work through situations. I was able to realize that connection between hurt and healing by writing a song, so I always took it very seriously. As my singing and writing got stronger, I earned cooler opportunities with incredible producers and people in the industry that supported my dream. I became more confident and found my own style and voice. I couldn’t imagine not being in this career. It’s just weaved into how I see situations and how I process and share myself.

TITL: Which bands and artists were you most inspired or influenced by growing up and how, if at all, have those influences changed? How do they impact the music you make?

C: I have always listened to and WORSHIP Whitney Houston’s and Amy Winehouse voices and vibes. The two had very different styles, but wrote about very real feelings and sang them with incredible passion. I love real, honest-transparent musicians who take risks and lay it out there. Amy was fearless in her songwriting. Whitney’s live vocals sounded insane. These two women had confidence, and their music impacted me for sure.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “Blessings At Night”?

C: “Blessings At Night” was a song that came about after a breakup. Music is my creative and EMOTIONAL outlet, so I was writing like two million songs about the hurt. After working through a lot of it, I started to see it from a different perspective. I leaned into the idea of the advice “a mama gives” and switching it up to be about taking care of me, moving on with my head held high. Basically being empowered with an “I’M GONNA BE JUST FINE” mentality. The chorus has some of the sayings, quotes and personal experiences my mom has actually shared with me to reinforce a “moving on” and “his loss” mentality.

TITL: The track is taken from your upcoming EP Fools Gold. What can you tell me about it?

C: The EP is a collection of songs that share my experiences from relationships and dating. Even though, at times, it felt super low, it actually was gold because I learned so much. Some records are slow and emotional, proving I have been sad as hell over some stupid boys! There are some records that are happy and upbeat, proving that with time the experience wasn’t all that bad. Lastly, a few beats are mid-tempo and proving that I may not have viewed it as seriously as they did, and maybe they were the fool.

TITL: Do you have a favourite track on the collection and if so, which is it and why?

C: My “favorite” changes so often that it’s hard to say, but as of right now I have really been into “Blondie.” The response I’ve received has been so motivating. It is hard because they’re each intentionally meant to be different, and certain aspects of each record pull me in different ways. If you ask me in a few weeks it will definitely change.

TITL: As someone who has already achieved more than 60,000 streams of their songs, do you think it’s possible for artists today to achieve success and earn a following without the likes of Spotify and social media? How have the likes of Twitter impacted your career?

C: I think anything is possible if you are driven and focused. You have to support and stand by what you are putting out for all to see and listen to. You have to be real. Authentic. People will judge you regardless, so you need to be confident enough to know that you’re doing something interesting and staying current.

However, I get this industry is a grind. You can put out incredible songs but be lost in the streams and likes. It’s frustrating. I just can’t compare or question and keep being passionate and committed to my belief that I’m going to get there. I try to not waste too much energy on the metrics of this business, and worry more about what I want to ultimately share of me through music.

TITL: You’ve been featured and championed by the likes of The Line Of Best Fit and Just Jared among others, but what’s the nicest thing someone’s said or written about you or your music?

C: The nicest thing someone said to me is, “Your creative talent, musically and visually is so unattainable.” That has always been something that has stuck because I feel that I put a lot of effort into my career, and sacrifice a lot to make music. Hearing that made me feel like it’s worthwhile and right.

TITL: Do you care much about what critics think or are you more concerned about the views and thoughts of your fans?

C: There is definitely more interest in what supporters have to say. Don’t get me wrong, there is motivation in proving yourself, but I rarely let that affect the connection with people who support me.

TITL: Are there any performance plans in the works you can tell me about?

C: An EP release party is in the works now where I will be performing the songs off the project live. After that, hoping to lock in some tour dates!!

TITL: Which three artists or bands, past or present, would you most like to share a stage with?

C: I would DIE to be on tour and share the stage with Beyonce and or Rihanna. Performing live and bringing music to life through staging, visuals, outfitting and even dancing is forever my dream.

TITL: Aside from the release of your EP, what else does 2019 have in store for you? What are you goals for the coming months?

C: Really hoping to get a lot of live performance opportunities. The creative side of setting shows and creating visuals is another aspect of this industry and it’s a process that I love so much.

TITL: Finally then, looking many years down the line, whose success/career would you most -like to emulate? What would you have to achieve in order to feel like you’ve “made it” and what one piece of advice would you give to anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

C: To be honest with you, I would not like to emulate anyone else’s career, instead completely focus on my own. Sure, I would love to reach people like Beyonce or sound as good as Whitney, but I think my whole focus as an artist is to be relatable by doing things that are completely original. To make a lane for girls to express themselves differently and not just do what is standard.

Check out “Blessings At Night” below and for more information on Chlo, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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TAYLOR SWIFT, LANA DEL REY & LEWIS CAPALDI CONFIRMED FOR RADIO 1’S LIVE LOUNGE MONTH 0 20

Radio 1’s Live Lounge month will return for September 2019, with Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Sam Fender being the first acts to be named on the bill.

Throughout September on Clara Amfo’s show (Monday – Thursday, 10am-1pm), a different artist will take to the Live Lounge each day to perform a mix of their own songs and surprise covers.

Among them will be 10-time Grammy Award-winner and global pop superstar Taylor Swift, as she returns to grace the Live Lounge for the first time in five years. Since her last Live Lounge session in 2014, Swift has seen her sixth studio album Reputation reach No 1 in 13 countries, including the US and the UK. With her seventh album Lover set to drop 23 August, listeners can expect a stellar performance that will include new songs from the singer-songwriter along with some of her biggest and best tracks.

Also returning to the Live Lounge in September will be American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, who will be bringing her soulful vocals live to Radio 1’s airwaves ahead of embarking on her next world tour; and North Shields’ Sam Fender, who is set to release his debut studio album this year after being named on Radio 1’s Brit List in 2018. Fender, who won the Critic’s Choice Award at the Brits earlier this year, is sure to bring plenty of Hypersonic energy to Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month.

The Lewis Capaldi Symphony will bring Live Lounge Month 2019 to a close, with Capaldi’s spectacular live performance with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra at Croxteth Park in Liverpool being broadcast for the first time.  

Kicking off on Monday 2 September and running throughout the month every Monday to Thursday until 26 September, audiences can expect to hear from some of most exciting names in music. The full line up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Radio 1’s Live Lounge attracts some of the biggest names across the globe and in the UK with alumni including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Jay Z. Past Live Lounge tracks from Miley Cyrus, 30 Seconds To Mars and Dua Lipa have attracted over 50 million views each on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

Sam Fender says: “Can’t wait to be part of Live Lounge Month at Radio 1. Me and the boys had such a blast when we did our last one.”

Chris Price, Head of Music, Radio 1 & 1Xtra, says: “The Radio 1 Live Lounge continues to set the global standard for live studio performance. Intimate and exposing, it’s still the best way to get close to your favourite artists, as well as discover new ones. As every year, Live Lounge Month runs the gamut from internationally renowned superstars like Taylor Swift to emerging UK talent like Brit List alumnus Sam Fender. September is my favourite month of the year!”

Clara Amfo says: “From NYC, London to Liverpool, Live Lounge Month is back for another year and I couldn’t be happier about what the listeners have to look forward to in September!”

All performances from Live Lounge Month can be heard live on Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, and will be available to watch on demand on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer and YouTube channels.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2019: NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 21

The nominees for the 2019 MTV VMAs have been announced. Ariana Grande (10), Taylor Swift (10), Billie Eilish (9), and Lil Nas X (8) have the most nominations. Kanye West, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Solange, ROSALÍA, Drake, FKA twigs, Lizzo, BTS, J Balvin, Anderson .Paak, Lady Gaga, and more are also nominated. Find the full list of nominees below. This year’s VMAs will take place on August 26 and will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Video of the Year

21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Ariana Grande: thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Artist of the Year

Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Song of the Year

Drake: “In My Feelings”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best New Artist presented by Taco Bell

Ava Max
Billie Eilish
H.E.R.
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
ROSALÍA

Best Collaboration

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita”
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. ft. Brendon Urie]
Ed Sheeran / Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Care”
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]

Push Artist of the Year

Bazzi
CNCO
Billie Eilish
H.E.R.
Lauv
Lizzo

Best Pop

5 Seconds of Summer: “Easier”
Cardi B / Bruno Mars: “Please Me”
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Khalid: “Talk”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Hip-Hop

2 Chainz: “Rule the World”[ft. Ariana Grande]
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Cardi B: “Money”
DJ Khaled: “Higher” [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Travis Scott: “SICKO MODE” [ft. Drake]

Best R&B

Anderson .Paak: “Make It Better” [ft. Smokey Robinson]
Childish Gambino: “Feels Like Summer”
H.E.R.: “Could’ve Been” [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Alicia Keys: “Raise a Man”
Ella Mai: “Trip”
Normani: “Waves” [ft. 6LACK]

Best K-Pop

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]
BLACKPINK: “Kill This Love”
Monsta X: “Who Do You Love” [ft. French Montana]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER: “Cat & Dog”
NCT 127: “Regular”
EXO: “Tempo”

Best Latin

Anuel AA / Karol G: “Secreto”
Bad Bunny: “MIA” [ft. Drake]
benny blanco / Tainy / Selena Gomez / J Balvin: “I Can’t Get Enough”
Daddy Yankee: “Con Calma” [ft. Snow]
Maluma: “Mala Mía”
ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho]

Best Dance

The Chainsmokers: “Call You Mine” [ft. Bebe Rexha]
Clean Bandit: “Solo” [ft. Demi Lovato]
DJ Snake: “Taki Taki” [ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B]
David Guetta / Bebe Rexha / J Balvin: “Say My Name”
Marshmello / Bastille: “Happier”
Silk City / Dua Lipa: “Electricity”

Best Rock

The 1975: “Love It If We Made It”
Fall Out Boy: “Bishops Knife Trick”
Imagine Dragons: “Natural”
Lenny Kravitz: “Low”
Panic! At the Disco: “High Hopes”
twenty one pilots: “My Blood”

Video for Good

Halsey: “Nightmare”
The Killers: “Land of the Free”
Jamie N Commons / Skylar Grey: “Runaway Train” [ft. Gallant]
John Legend: “Preach”
Lil Dicky: “Earth”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Direction

Billie Eilish: “bad Guy” (dir. Dave Meyers)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (dir. Hannah Lux Davis)
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (dir. Calmatic)
LSD: “No New Friends” (dir. Dano Cerny)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (dir. Drew Kirsch and Taylor Swift)

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish: “when the party’s over” (visual effects: Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (visual effects: Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog)
Ariana Grande: “God is a woman” (visual effects: Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic)
DJ Khaled: “Just Us” [ft. SZA] (visual effects: Sergii Mashevskyi)
LSD: “No New Friends” (visual effects: Ethan Chancer)
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (visual effects: Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)

Best Editing

Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (editing: Elias Talbot)
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (editing: Calmatic)
Billie Eilish: “bad guy” (editing: Billie Eilish)
Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (editing: Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)
Solange: “Almeda” (editing: Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (editing: Jarrett Fijal)

Best Art Direction

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (art direction: JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))
Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (art direction: John Richoux)
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (art direction: Itaru Dela Vegas)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (art direction: Tatiana Van Sauter)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (art direction: Brittany Porter)
Kanye West / Lil Pump: “I Love It” [ft. Adele Givens] (art direction: Tino Schaedler)

Best Choreography

FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (choreography: Kelly Yvonne)
ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho] (choreography: Charm La’Donna)
LSD: “No New Friends” (choreography: Ryan Heffington)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (choreography: Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv)
Solange: “Almeda” (choreography: Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles)
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (choreography: Rie Hata)

Best Cinematography

Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (cinematography: Elias Talbot)
Billie Eilish: “hostage” (cinematography: Pau Castejon)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (cinematography: Christopher Probst)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (cinematography: Scott Cunningham)
Solange: “Almeda” (cinematography: Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton)
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (cinematography: Starr Whitesides)