June 13, 2016
Music is a massive part of any film, though often the tunes are used for little more than scene or character building. Occasionally a song is so iconic that it completes the movie and is forever associated with that film. There are so many potential additions to this list, so we’ve opted for some of the most popular, recognised, and resonant pieces for our collection.
Don’t forget, you can create your own Songs from the Movies playlist with the Bluejay social radio app.
Lose Yourself is arguably one of Eminem’s biggest hits and we’re not surprised. In 2002, the Detroit born rapper brought out the biopic movie 8 Mile which looked back at his troubled childhood, turbulent past, and what it took to become who he is today. The film would not be as successful without this incredible anthem depicting Marshall Mathers’ desolate personal experiences.
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Ray Parker Jr’s hit not only won him an Oscar nomination, but a part in both the cinematic and music hall of fame. As soon as the first few notes begin to play everyone listening realises that ‘there’s something strange in the neighbourhood’. The song will forever be relevant and associated with the 1984 classic.
Originally, the song Sylvester Stallone wanted to accompany his montage in Rocky III was Another One Bites the Dust by Queen, though this was not possible due to licencing issues. Survivor was drafted in as a replacement and the rest is history. There were numerous iconic moments to come out of the Rocky franchise, yet Eye of the Tiger takes the trophy. To write this song Survivor timed the beat to that of Rocky’s punches, resulting in an instant hit still heard on workout playlists everywhere.
This song was actually originally sang by Dolly Parton in 1975, but was only made stratospherically popular when Whitney Houston belted it out on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. It has since gone down as one of the most evocative love songs of all time and unfortunately one of the most regularly covered on television talent shows. Find out which one of Whitney Houston’s songs was a best seller in the 90s with our Best Selling Songs of the 90s blog.
This is the perfect example of when a song perfectly complements a moment in a film. The climactic dance scene featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey immediately comes to mind when the first few notes of this tune are played.
From one of the most iconic actresses of all time comes one of the most iconic songs of all time featured in one of the most iconic movies of all time. It was a recipe for success from the outset. In those tender few moments when Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, begins to softly caress the notes of Moon River on her balcony below the engrossed Paul Varjack, played by George Peppard, we knew this was the moment that would define the film.
How can you not love this song? It’s catchy, enthusiastic, silly, and fun. All of the necessary ingredients for the theme tune to a comedy about a secret government agency battling aliens and starring Will Smith.
Let It Go is undoubtedly one of the most popular songs to come out of a movie franchise in recent years. It is adored by children and adults alike and has seen phenomenal success since the release of Frozen. How can it not feature in this list?
There are many more possible additions to this list which we could feature. Why not build and create your own ‘Songs from the Movies’ playlist and share it with your friends? Download our app to get started:
June 3, 2016
We’ve all been there before, you haven’t updated your music library in a while and you have a craving for new music which just isn’t being satisfied. Where do you turn? Where is the best place to find new and exciting music to share with your friends? You can start by checking out our Ultimate Guide to UK Music Blogs blog
Every year festival season rolls around and music royalty takes to the stage to excite the masses. Everyone knows who the headline acts are but what about the smaller groups? The up and coming artists who play in the far flung corners on far smaller stages? For an act to play at a music festival this summer, it means they must have impressed the right people and be moving in the right circles. Often acts will play on the smaller stages of festivals like Glastonbury a number of years before they become big in the public eye. When visiting a festival this year, why not stray from a popular artist in search of some new music – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Another festival that is definitely worth taking a look at which often puts artists in the spotlight before they become huge is Field Day. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of acts that are both established and on the up.
Most people think only the most popular songs are played on the radio, though this is not always the case. Stations like BBC Radio 1 are dedicated to bringing you new music and offering yet unproven artists a shot at the limelight. Be sure to check out the BBC Introducing feature which allows acts to submit their music. If it is good enough then it will be played on local stations and if it receives a positive reaction it can be found on the national playlist. Spin off stations like BBC Radio 1 Xtra are always worth taking a look at if you like a specific, edgier genre of music.
This can be a tricky one as many music blogs either concern mainstream music or are written by individuals. When a blog is written by an individual person, you are relying on their authority on the subject as well as their own specific taste in music, so we recommend you read around a bit to find a blog that falls in line with your preferences. We’re big fans of the music blog When the Gramophone Rings which regularly introduces us to new and exciting groups.
If you’re on the lookout for new music, it’s worthwhile keeping your eyes on who is playing at your local pub or club. There’s no feeling quite like visiting a pub to find an act you admire, become a fan of and then watch as others soon begin to realise their talent. Small venues for music are rapidly on the decline so be sure to show your support for any local to you.
There have been many famous musicians that started out busking. If you find yourself walking down the street, surprisingly enthused by a busker, go and ask for their details. These are musicians who are proactively pursuing their career in music and will no doubt have some work online they would be eager for you to hear.
Twitter is an excellent platform for new artists to share their work and actively seek new audiences. Search your local area, find out who is getting spoken about and give their music a listen. You could lose hours upon hours scouring new bands on social media. Don’t be afraid of searching hashtags too, this is a great way of finding new and exciting artists. Try searching #NewMusicFriday or #SongOfTheDay to see who’s being talked about.
You have many things in common with your friends and the likelihood is that music is one of them. You listen to music before going out in the evening, whilst in the car together or simply whilst relaxing. With BlueJay you can create, host and stream your playlists live to your friends – just like your very own radio station. Download the app now and get working on that playlist!
June 2, 2016
On Thursday 9th June one of the country’s biggest and best loved festivals kicks off with an almighty bang. Every year Isle of Wight is the first of the major UK festivals to take place and is widely accepted as one of the best. Dating back over 45 years, the festival has played host to some of the most influential performances and artists in history.
If you love discovering new artists at festivals, check out our Best Up and Coming Artists from This Years Festival Season blog.
Originally set up in 1968 as Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock, the festival really sought fame and respect in 1970 where the five-day line up included some of the most successful and revered acts of the day. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Supertramp, Leonard Cohen, Chicago, Procol Harum and many, many more played to over 600,000 people. Then, as quickly and infamously as it appeared, the event fell out of existence.
In 2002 John Giddings, a successful music promotor, saw the opportunity for a re-launch and continues to curate the event today. Since its resurrection, the festival has seen some of the biggest names in music grace its famous stages. The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Muse, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, Coldplay, The Sex Pistols, The Police, Blondie, Biffy Clyro are just a handful of the names that have performed to the masses.
Today, the event is seen as a pilgrimage for music lovers across the world. The unique location and design of the festival adds a specific atmosphere which is not easily replicated. Sitting just a two-hour journey from London, on an island off mainland England, the occasion offers escapism in its purest form.
The camping area for The Isle of Wight Festival opens at 12 midday on Thursday 9th June and will be closing at 2pm on Monday 13th June. The entertainment will end at different times throughout the weekend and the arena opening times will be published closer to the event.
Getting to The Isle of Wight Festival is very simple. All you need to do is take a train, car or coach to one of the four main ferry crossings in Portsmouth, Southampton, Lymington or Southsea. On the other side of the crossing, the festival will be well signposted. Follow the crowds and you’ll shortly be at the entrance gates. To get tickets or enquire further about your journey, visit the travel service providers by clicking on the links below:
Red Funnel – Offering packages to foot and car passengers from Southampton.
Wightlink – Offering packages to foot and car passengers from Portsmouth and Lymington.
Hover Travel – Offering packages to passengers travelling on foot.
Big Green Coach – Offering coach packages from 13 UK locations across the ferry and to the festival gates.
We recommend that you book your ferry and pay for any car parking required in advance of arrival.
It can be difficult packing for a festival, so we’ve put together a list of what you should bring to make the most of your weekend:
An old mobile phone – the indestructible Nokia 3310 is our favourite festival phone
Some mud-proof wellies
Old, practical but stylish clothes
A waterproof coat
Warm clothes for the night
Toilet roll – you never know when you’ll need it
Dry foods and snacks
Loads of water
Rubbish/dirty laundry bags
Remember: Don’t bring anything you can’t afford to lose!
When it comes to what you shouldn’t take to the festival, the list could be exhaustive. Instead, we’ve included the official Isle of Wight Festival list of prohibited items:
Gas canisters larger than 300ml
Poles, banners and flags
Animals (other than registered guide dogs)
Any items which may be used as a weapon
Now to the fun part! Not every act has been announced yet but this year’s line-up looks incredible so far:
The Who, Queen & Adam Lambert, Stereophonics, Faithless, Adam Ant, Alabama 3, Bang Bang Romero, Black Violin, Blossoms, Busted, Buzzcocks, The Carnabys, Cast, The Corrs, The Cribs, The Damned, The Dolls, Everything Everything, The Family Rain, Feeder, Gabrielle Aplin, Germein Sisters, The Godfathers, Gutterdammerung, Half Moon Run, The High Kings, Iggy Pop, Jess Glynne, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Kerri Watt, The Kills, Lissie, The Lounge Kittens, Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, Mike + The Mechanics, The Novatones, Ocean Colour Scene, Pendulum (DJ set), Reef, Reverend and The Makers, Richard Ashcroft, The Second Sons, Sigma (Live), Simon Townshend, Sixx:am, Status Quo, Sunset Sons, Turin Brakes, Twin Atlantic, The Wonder Stuff and many more…
We know what it’s like when a festival edges closer. You download all of your favourite music and only listen to the songs of the groups and artists you’re going to see Extra resources. You learn every lyric and share it all with your friends who’ll be taking the trip with you. When you download our free social radio app, you can create and share playlists with your friends live to get in the mood. This is one we made earlier:
The Who – Baba O’Riley
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Stereophonics – Have a Nice Day
Adam Ant – Prince Charming
Blossoms – At Most a Kiss
Feeder – Just a Day
Iggy Pop – Passenger
Ocean Colour Scene – Magic Carpet Days
Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World
Everything Everything – Spring/Summer/Winter/Dread
Sunset Sons – She Wants
Faithless – Insomnia
Pendulum – Watercolour
Sigma – Coming Home
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
If you’re as excited as we are for the Isle of Wight Festival, then download the app and start building playlists to share live with your friends:
May 26, 2016
It’s finally here! After a long wait Radio 1’s Big Weekend is on its final approach. If you’re like us and can’t contain your excitement, then we’ve got just the thing. We’ve put together a definitive guide to the festival just for you! Here you can find the acts performing, the people we are most excited about seeing and what we recommend adding to your playlist to share with your friends.
If you love discovering new artists at festivals, check out our Best Up and Coming Artists from This Years Festival Season blog.
This year, Radio 1’s Big Weekend is being held in Powderham Castle in Exeter on the 28th and 29th of May. Gates will open at 11am and the event ends at 10pm each night. Expect sun, good food and some great music. The beauty of this festival is that it combines some of the world’s most successful chart toppers with up and coming artists. The BBC Introducing stage will host some of the brightest talent soon to hit the charts while the Main Stage will offer some of the biggest names currently found in the Top 40.
There are many amazing acts playing this weekend but there are a few that have really caught our attention:
Chase & Status – We can’t wait to see what the London duo have in store for us after their brief time away from the festival circuit.
Mumford & Sons – Whenever the folk rock band is announced to appear, you know it will be a good time.
Craig David – The second coming of the UK Garage artist has been a huge success. We are looking forward to seeing what he has to offer us.
Stormzy – The British rap artist has shot to stardom this year and brought the UK Grime scene firmly into the spotlight.
Coldplay – Do we need to really justify this?
Kygo – Everything the Norwegian DJ touches is turning to gold at the moment.
Jack Garratt – Not just a singer/songwriter but a multi-instrumentalist whose one man band performances set arenas on fire.
Wolf Alice – Nominated for a Mercury Music Award and hailed as a return to the great heights of 90s grunge, Wolf Alice know how to really rock a crowd.
Blossoms – From day one this group of lads from Stockport have been destined for great things. This is going to be a huge outing for the group.
Main Stage: Bastille, Chase & Status, Jess Glynne, Jake Bugg, Meghan Trainor, Mumford & Sons, Nick Jonas, Sigma and Tom Odell.
In New Music We Trust Stage: Bring Me the Horizon, Craig David, Chvrches, Fetty Wap, Flume, Stormzy, Tame Impala and Twenty One Pilots.
BBC Introducing Stage: Barns Courtney, Cortes, Declan McKenna, Jealous of the Birds, Louis Berry, Reuel Elijah, Rosie Lowe, Shannon Saunders, Spring King, The Hunna, Tiny Folds and Wolfie.
Main Stage: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, Kygo, OneRepublic, The 1975, The Weekend and Years & Years.
In New Music We Trust Stage: Alesso, Alessia Cara, Biffy Clyro, Jack Garratt, Panic! at the Disco, Skepta, The Last Shadow Puppets and Wolf Alice.
BBC Introducing Stage: Alice Jemima, BB Diamond, Black Foxxes, Blossoms, Catholic Action, Emmi, Izzy Bizu, James Cherry, Kyko, Tobi Sunmola, Vital and Yonaka.
Whether you’re building up for the trip to Exeter to attend the festival or stewing at home about your lack of tickets, create this playlist on BlueJay and share it with your friends to get pumped for the weekend of music ahead:
Stormzy – Shut Up
Craig David ft. Big Narstie – When the Bassline Drops
Iggy Azalea – Team
Jack Garratt – Worry
Wolf Alice – You’re a Germ
Chase & Status – Control
Skepta – Shutdown
Flume ft. Kai – Never Be Like You
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Ellie Goulding – Army
Mumford & Sons – I Believe
Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better
Alessia Cara – Wild Ones
Kygo ft. Kodaline – Raging
Emmi – My Kind of Swag
Meghan Trainor – No
Years & Years – Desire
The Weekend – The Hills
Jake Bugg – Gimme the Love
Blossoms – At Most a Kiss
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Want to create, stream and broadcast your own Radio 1 Big Weekend playlist? Download our free app here:
January 1, 2016
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