ARTIST OF THE WEEK: JENNY HVAL “YEAR OF LOVE”
It is hard to be different and original. Jenny Hval, a Norwegian artist, manages to achieve both effortlessly. A lot has to do with her voice, nasal and insistent, but with a surprising authority. Her music is mainly electronica, but she is not afraid to borrow from different styles, from reggae and calypso. There is quasi-religious quality to her work and her androgynous persona, and in that way she reminds me of Björk and Suzanne Vega, demur but powerful. I love the space in her music and her conversational delivery generates a quiet power. Her new, eighth album is called “Classic Objects” and it ponders woman’s place in society. In addition to her singing career, Hval is a published novelist.
AD OF THE WEEK: MODELO “SACRIFICE”
Easy one to pick this week given we are on the verge of the knock-out stages of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Clever ad from Grey New York for client Modelo aligning with the World Cup with some subtle humour paying homage to fallen beers and a ‘brewed for fans’ tagline. The slo-mo works well as you see various shots of fans watching games with not much concern for the contents of their cans or glasses of Modelo beer as it sloshes to the floor. The iconic music, The Ecstasy of Gold from The Good, Bad and the Ugly, from Ennio Morricone adds the perfect touch.
FLEETWOOD MAC’S CHRISTINE MCVIE DIES AT 79
Christine McVie, the longtime vocalist and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, has died at the age of 79. “She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness,” the musician’s family wrote in a statement. “She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie.”
In an additional statement, Fleetwood Mac wrote: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
FAITHLESS REMIX NETFLIX’S THE CROWN THEME TUNE: LISTEN
Faithless have remixed The Crown’s theme song. Listen below.
Originally composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer (Bladerunner, Interstellar, Blue Planet II) the track has been reimagined by the legendary UK dance music act in celebration of the era in the new season of the show is set: the ’90s.
The fifth series of the show, a dramatisation of the British Royal Family, follows Princess Diana and the-then Prince Charles, and portrays the events surrounding the royal family between 1991 and 1997.
To accompany the track, video producer Alice Isaac has created an accompanying music video featuring iconic ’90s imagery in her signature style of collage and animation.
You can check out the remix from Faithless below.
TRACK USING AI VOCALS REACHES OVER 100 MILLION STREAMS
A track which includes human-like AI vocals has surpassed 100 million streams according to its creator, Tencent Music Entertainment (TME).
The China-based company told Music Business Worldwide that it has created and released over 1000 tracks with AI vocals that mimics the human voice.
The track named ‘Today’ has become “the first song by an AI singer to be streamed over 100 million times across the internet” TME claim.
Written by Anthony Vanger
Additional research and reporting by Adam “Badger” Woolf