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Sammy Virji: get to know this up-and-coming DJ

Sammy Virji: get to know this up-and-coming DJ

Entertainment, Music, Specials, UK
Sammy Virji is a happy-go-lucky UK based DJ to watch out for next year. He has already amassed over 23K monthly Spotify listeners, more than 13K Soundcloud followers, and is ever growing with each track he releases and show he performs.  Voice of London asked Sammy some questions that will help you get to know him and his music. VOL: Where are you from? Are you still based there? SV: I’m from Witney, near Oxford, but I’m based in Newcastle. VOL: Have you ever considered a path in life other than music? SV: I wanted to be a doctor before I went to university. My plan was to do a post-graduate in medicine after my biology degree but the music started to take off so I just went for it as it’s a been a dream of mine since I was little. VOL: How did you get into music?
XXXTentacion releases critically appraised album – ‘Skins’

XXXTentacion releases critically appraised album – ‘Skins’

Arts, Entertainment, Featured, Music
The controversial rapper, XXXTentacion released his first posthumous album titled Skins today. And has received nothing but praise. The rapper who was shot and killed in Florida in June 2018, whilst awaiting his trial for seven different criminal charges, began working on the album which he shared on Instagram long before his death. The project contains ten tracks, with notable singles such as Bad and One Minute featuring Kanye West. He is also expected to feature on Ye’s upcoming album Yandhi. https://twitter.com/TeamKanyeDaily/status/1070912103572234240 The album extends over 19 minutes and continues to demonstrate X’s artistic diversity, from trap style singles like Bad and I Don’t Let Go to melancholic songs like One Minute and Staring At The Sky, an element which he is nota
Controversy over whether radio stations should censor Fairytale of New York

Controversy over whether radio stations should censor Fairytale of New York

Activism, Christmas, Lifestyle, Music
An online debate has been spurred as to whether the hit 1987 Christmas song Fairytale of New York, performed by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, should be censored for its use of the word “faggot”. Today seen as a homophobic slur and widely agreed to be unacceptable in public discourse, one of the song’s most memorable lyrics sung by Kirsty MacColl is the line “you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot”. The debate stems from Irish Radio broadcaster Eoghan McDermott, who works for 2FM, a radio station run by Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ: This debate rolls around again. I asked the two gay members of my team how they feel, since faggot is their N word. If people want to slur the gay community, this is their most powerful weapon. One favours censoring, the other out
Tributes have been paid to the punk rock icon Pete Shelley

Tributes have been paid to the punk rock icon Pete Shelley

Arts, Entertainment, Music
Tributes to the punk rock icon Pete Shelley have been paid by fellow band members and artists such as Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order, Green Day, Duran Duran, Mike Mills, Edgar Wright and more, as well as by the Buzzcocks fans. https://twitter.com/Buzzcocks/status/1070790420026744832 https://twitter.com/edgarwright/status/1070835324258004992 The lead singer and guitarist of English punk rock band Buzzcocks, Peter Cambell McNeish, known as Pete Shelley, died on Thursday from a suspected heart attack, at age 63. The artist died in Tallinn, Estonia, where he lived since 2012. https://twitter.com/peterhook/status/1070805294240808960 https://twitter.com/regularmusicuk/status/1071003105444200449 https://twitter.com/prodnose/status/1070839721314697216 Buzzcocks are ...
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