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[VIDEO] Jessie J makes US TV debut performing on SNL by wearesme

Last night, the UK’s very own Jessie J made her US television debut, performing on the infamous Saturday Night Live show.

Jessie performed Mamma Knows Best and was later joined on stage by B.O.B. for a performance of Price Tag; both taken from her debut album Who You Are.

“I think it’s probably even more special for a British artist because we’re British. I know Adele’s done it recently and I’m so proud of her and Tinie Tempah’s blowing up here. I just feel like the British movement is coming, like U.K stand up, and I’m flying the flag. To be able to do something like ‘Saturday Night Live’ is part of history.” Jessie told MTV News.

Check out both performances below.

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SME x



[SME INTRODUCING] William Fitzsimmons by wearesme


Who? William Fitzsimmons

Yard? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Signed? Nettwerk Records

Sounds Like? Moby

Big Tune? The Tide Pulls from the Moon

Since his first release in 2005 Fitzsimmons has written and recorded songs themed and embossed with matters of family history, intimate disclosure, and bold confession. The rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic, reflects William’s commitment to addressing what is always pressing and yet all too often ignored.

Fitzsimmons’ path into music came at the influence and education of his parents both of whom filled his childhood home with a myriad of instruments, sing-a-longs, and theoretical instruction. However, far from being a mere pastime in the Fitzsimmons’ household music was a communicative necessity between William and his parents, both of whom being blind relied on the language of music to bridge the relational gap between themselves and a child who experienced the world entirely differently from them.

During his collegiate and post-graduate years Fitzsimmons left music behind in order to pursue a career in the mental health field; becoming a therapist was a long-held aspiration. Upon completion of a Master’s Degree in counselling he worked as a therapist with the severely mentally ill for several years. It was during the latter part of his training that he began to write songs as both a preparative exercise for his work in the psychiatric field and as a personal catharsis to deal with his own long-standing psychological maladies.

His earlier albums, homemade and self-produced, were expositions on both his unorthodox upbringing and his family’s disintegration during his youth. Their understated presentation and overt descriptions of relational and familial disillusionment met quickly and potently with listeners. Very soon thereafter, still working within psychology, William found his songs spreading broadly and being featured on international television programs including Gray’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. However, the process of such revelatory writing and rumination was taking a gradual and heavy toll and during the making of the ‘Goodnight’ album Fitzsimmons saw most of the segments of his life begin to tear asunder.

Consequently Fitzsimmons’ 2008 release ‘The Sparrow And The Crow’ was a detailed and affective retelling of the events surrounding his divorce from his wife of nearly ten years. Written as a personal apology to her, the album was a foreboding but genuine tale of misfortune and a reconciling of the darkest point of his life and was named iTunes’ Best Folk Album of 2008. Following the release of ‘Sparrow’, William would take a moratorium from songwriting for over two years.

His new album Gold In The Shadow represents a welcomed musical departure, not from authenticity in writing, but in the field of focus. It is a return to his pre-music therapeutic passions, but with one eye now fixated on actual and optimistic change. It is ripe with personal elements, but also represents his first foray into external perspective taking; examining the lives and psychological struggles of those around him in addition to his own. It is an acknowledgement of the shadow self and the Todestrieb (Freud’s “death instinct”); but, even still and more so, an acceptance of hope.

Gold In The Shadow is released on March 21st 2011. Pre-Order on iTunes HERE.

SME x



[NEW MUSIC] Jessie J – Casualty Of Love + Album Preview by wearesme

Jessie’s next US single will be this beautiful R&B love ballad Casualty Of Love. This follows her current single Price Tag featuring B.O.B. which is currently sat at the top of the U.K chart.

Her debut album Who You Are is released on 28th February and we fully expect it to chart strongly. Jessie is an incredible talent and a number 1 album would be the icing on the cake after her rapid rise to success.

You can enjoy her next US single below, as well as a preview of the other tracks that are set to feature on the album.

DOWNLOAD LINK

Album Preview

SME x



[WATCH] Super Bowl XLV Commercials by wearesme

Last night saw the Greenbay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers compete in the 45th annual Super Bowl. The game was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas where the Lil Wayne backed Packers were eventually crowned champions after a 31-25 victory.

Such is the popularity of the Super Bowl, (last years match drew viewing figures of 106.5 million in the US alone) that advertising slots during the match are the most expensive in the world. This year, a 30 second slot would set you back no less than $3 million. WOW.

As you can imagine; with the adverts carrying such a hefty price tag, only the major companies get in on the action. Companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mercedes Benz and Budweiser compete with each other to come up with the most unique and talked about commercial. Naturally, they rope in all the celebs they can; with the likes of Eminem, P Diddy, Justin Beiber and Kim Kardashian all featuring at some point.

If you didn’t watch the Super Bowl (you missed out!), or we’re subjected to the boring UK coverage; you can watch all of the US adverts on YouTube. Just click on the link below, where you can also vote for your favourite:

Super Bowl XLV Commercials via Ad Blitz

SME x

SME RELOAD: [NEW MUSIC] Lil Wayne – Green and Yellow (Packers Superbowl Freestyle)



[NEWS] Coachella 2011 Line-Up Announced by wearesme

Coachella 2011 Lineup Poster

This doesnt require much of a write up because the above poster is self explanatory. We don’t need to tell you how incredible this line-up looks and how extremely jealous we are that it isn’t being held in the U.K!! (insert sad face)

Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon headline the event which is held in Indio, California and runs from April 15-17th and are worth the admission alone; never mind the 100+ other acts!

If you’re lucky enough to be going; SME hate you.

http://www.coachella.com/

SME x



[NEW MUSIC] Skepta – Frisco (DJ Whoo Kid Exclusive) by wearesme
December 24, 2010, 3:58 pm
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“Like Tinie when it comes to G-Shock’s; I got a crazy dumb collection / New trainers in my house that I ain’t worn since Obama won the election”

Skepta releases another DJ Whoo Kid exclusive in an ongoing project to bring grime to the US and brings in his boy Frisco for the hook.

If he keeps up this consistency then we can’t see why he won’t be a success’ over the pond.

SME x



[VIDEO] VH1 DIVAS 2010 SALUTE THE TROOPS (Performances) by wearesme

We brought you the photos of The VH1 Divas 2010 Salute The Troops concert yesterday, and the show finally aired in the U.S last night so we can now bring you the footage!

There were performances from Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Paramore, Sugarland but it was Grace Porter & The Nocturnals who stole the show!

The band aren’t nearly as big as fellow performers like Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj but they brought amazing energy to their set and rocked, out with their set including a duet with Heart. Following their performance their website crashed, they took over Twitter mentions and reached #5 on Google’s Hot Searches in the U.S.

You can check out their brilliant performance below along with all the other acts.

Grace Porter & The Nocturnals

Katy Perry & Nicki Minaj – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REST OF THE PERFORMANCES




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