The Music Industry is Fluxed

The music industry is in flux, has been for at least a decade since the heady days of Napster and Kazaa. A lot of things have changed, the old model of consumers draining their bank accounts to simply consume plastic disks is essentially defunct. File sharing really has put paid to … Continue reading

Multitasking and Listening to Mood Music

When you’re feeling blue, put on a sad song. Getting in the party spirit? Turn up the dance music. We are all well aware that music can fit our mood and even reinforce certain emotions. Now, researchers at Philips Research in The Netherlands have demonstrated that background music can affect … Continue reading

Mozart’s Requiem

This week I continue my music series on City Connect, reporting on famous classical compositions. This time I will discuss Mozart’s Requiem, one of the most famous classical compositions of all times, which also happens to be my personal favourite of all music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 … Continue reading

Requiem for My Friend – Zbigniew Preisner – Part 2

Recently, I reported on the first part of a stunning musical piece by Zbigniew Preisner: Requiem for My Friend. Now I will cover the second half of this piece, which is called Life. Just like the first part, Life, is also divided into nine movements, but the undertone of the music … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Beyoncé Knowles

City Connect proudly celebrates the birthday of Beyoncé Knowles, the beautiful and talented singer, actress and fashionista who recently announced that she is pregnant with her first child by husband Jay-Z. Will this new revelation ruin her career or is this the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Beyoncé’s … Continue reading

Requiem for My Friend – Zbigniew Preisner – Part 1

Music is a form of art that has always fascinated people. Some of the most stunning classical music pieces are masses in the setting of the Requiem, which is a musical form of art transcending life and death. Zbigniew Preisner, who is very famous for writing the score to the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Tchaikovsky – Honorary Doctor of Cambridge

The birthday of one of the greatest composers of the 19th century is coming up soon. Tchaikovsky was born on May 7th in 1840 in Russia. He was a Russian composer of the Romantic era known for various symphonies, operas, ballets and a selection of chamber music. His most famous … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Tina Turner

Today, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Tina Turner – the American singer & actress – who was born on 26 November 1939. Her career has spanned more than 50 years and she has won numerous awards. Tina Turner’s achievements in the rock music genre has led many to call her the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Vanessa-Mae

Today on City Connect, as part of our Born This Day series, we celebrate the birthday of Vanessa-Mae, the internationally known British violinist, who was born on 27 October 1978. Her music style is self-described as “violin techno-acoustic fusion”, as several of her albums prominently feature the techno style. A … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Ronan Keating

On 3rd March, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Ronan Keating, the Irish singer/songwriter who came to prominence in 1994 as the lead singer of Boyzone. His solo career started in 1999, and so far has resulted in 9 albums. Keating gained worldwide attention when his single “When You Say … Continue reading

Franka De Mille Q&A

Franka De Mille is a London singer, songwriter and composer. Her debut album ‘Bridge The Roads’  has already received critical acclaim and extensive airplay all over the world. Emotionally raw, original with sophisticated arrangements, Franka De Mille’s music has an elegant blend of Americana, chamber music and alternative folk. Franka’s focus on strong … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Cheryl Cole

On 30 June, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy) who was born on this day in 1983. Having divorced from her husband Ashley Cole, the singer has decided to be professionally known as Cheryl. She’s had a rough ride in the last couple of years so … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Joe McElderry

On 16 June, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Joe McElderry born on this day in 1991. Joe McElderry won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. His first single “The Climb” reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Charts. Joe … Continue reading

Festival Guide 2013: V Festival

If there’s ever that one person that the world wants to see, then you will find them at this year’s V Festival. This independent woman took some time out last year to have a baby but she comes storming back this year to cities and festivals all over the world. … Continue reading

Album Review: Alex Day – Epigrams & Interludes

Three years since the release of his last album and now with three Top 40 singles under his belt, Youtuber & Musician Alex Day is back with a brand new collection, Epigrams & Interludes. The album consists of a vast mixture of his older work, brand new tracks, chart toppers, … Continue reading

Festival Guide 2013: T in the Park

The time has come when you are beginning to make your summer plans.  Depending on what stage you are at in your life, these plans will vary from person to person. One thing that happens every year is the music festival.  We have an extensive choice of festivals worldwide, so … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Gary Barlow

In this week’s Born This Day series, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Gary Barlow who was born on 20 January 1971. Biography Gary Barlow OBE is a British singer-songwriter, pianist and record producer. He is frontman and lead vocalist of British pop-group Take That and he serves as head … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Ricky Martin

Today, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Latino pop star Ricky Martin who was born on 24 December 1971. Ricky Martin’s exuberant 1999 single “Livin’ la Vida Loca” made him a prominent figure of Latin dance-pop. In 2010 Martin announced that he was a “fortunate homosexual man”, ending years of … Continue reading

Gangnam Style: PSY’s K-Pop Phenomenon

What is “Gangnam Style”? You’ve perhaps seen the YouTube “Gangnam Style” music video that went viral within weeks. Or maybe you’ve heard of PSY – the artist behind “Gangnam Style”. You’ve possibly even tried to do the “Gangnam Style” galloping horse dance moves in the privacy of your own home… … Continue reading

Fight by Gabriella Ellis now on iTunes

You are probably familiar with Gabriella Ellis from her apperance on the popular E4 structured reality TV show Made in Chelsea which portrayed her relationship and eventual break-up from Ollie Locke. The very public break-up and alledged extreme editing from producers resulted in Gabriella coming across as bitchy especially in her … Continue reading

Sweden Wins Eurovision 2012

Last night, Sweden won the world’s largest televised non-sporting event, the Eurovision Song Contest. Loreen won convincingly with her dance anthem “Euphoria”. voters all over Europe supported this new single hit with 372 points and undoubtedly we will hear her voice in the radios all over Europe now. This year the contest … Continue reading