Sophie Ellis-Bextor first came to prominence in 2000 with the release of her number one hit single Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love). Her 2001 debut album, Read My Lips, cracked the top 10 in a number of countries and included the hits Take Me Home, Murder On The dance Floor and Get Over You. While the albums that followed have not been quite as successful world-wide, Sophie has continued to score top 10 albums in Scotland and the UK.
Her first new studio album in more than six years, Hana, is due for release in June. The single Breaking The Circle is the first introduction to Sophie’s new album. She says:
“Breaking The Circle is inspired by those late-night moments you have, where you question everything and feel a buzz of adrenaline about what tomorrow might bring. It’s urgent and dramatic and optimistic… the perfect introduction to the new album.”
Breaking The Circle by Sophie Ellis-Bextor is new this week on RadiJohan.
Meg Myers is an American singer-songwriter who, a few days shy of her 20th birthday, made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. She lived in a studio apartment with her then-boyfriend, got a job as a waitress at a coffee shop in Hollywood, and performed whenever she could secure a gig.
She released her first EP, Daughter in the Choir, in 2013 and her debut album, Sorry, in 2015. On April 27, 2018, Myers released the song “Numb” as the lead single from her second album, Take Me to the Disco, which was our introduction to Meg’s music on RadiJohan.
Her third studio album, TZIA, was released a few weeks ago. The single, MyMirror, is new this week on RadiJohan.
This week in 2016 classic rocker Steve Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but he didn’t enjoy the experience. In his acceptance speech, which was in part critical, he encouraged the Hall of Fame to keep expanding its vision, to be more inclusive of women and to do more to support music education in schools. After his performance, which included his hits Fly Like an Eagle, Rock’n Me, and The Joker, Miller really ripped into the institution during a press room interview for the way it treated him throughout the process.
“When they told me I was inducted they said, ‘You have two tickets—one for your wife and one for yourself. Want another one? It’s $10,000. Sorry, that’s the way it goes.’ What about my band? What about their wives?”
Miller wasn’t the first to have criticized the Hall of Fame, whose limited selection process has drawn much heat from skeptics over the years.
In recent years Sweden has produced more than its fair share of top quality melodic rock. Formed in 2019 Göteborg based “Seventh Crystal” started as the solo project of singer “Kristian Fyhr” but soon became a full 6 piece rock band. They have followed up their well received 2021 debut album, Delirium, with the recently released Wonderland, a collection of 10 new songs rich on melody with many strong guitar solos.
In The Mirror, a strong ballad on the album, is new this week on RadiJohan.
This week in 1970 Let It Be, the final Beatles single before Paul McCartney announced his departure from the band, was the number one song in Australia and the USA. The song also topped the charts in Canada, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
McCartney said he had the idea of Let It Be in 1968 when the Beatles as a group were having a tough time and he had a dream in which his deceased mother, Mary Patricia McCartney, reassured him: “It’s gonna be OK. Just let it be.” Paul’s mother had died when he was 14 years old.
When asked if the phrase “Mother Mary” in the song referred to Mary, mother of Jesus, McCartney has typically replied that listeners can interpret the song however they like.
“Manchester Orchestra” is an American band from Atlanta, formed in 2004. Although not from Manchester they are named after the English city. They’ve recently released the lead single of The Valley of Vision, their new studio album. According to the band the piano-laden song, called The Way, illustrates the journey of losing one’s mind and finding it again. With seven albums under their belt it may be time for this band to become more widely known.
The Way by “Manchester Orchestra” is new this week on RadiJohan.
“Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts” return to RadiJohan this week with another track from their latest album, Ballad of A Misspent Youth. After the foot-stomping title track and the superb ballad Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead, the Nashville-based rock band highlight the escapades of many a poor boy trying to gain entry into the hearts of those untameable “East Side Girls.”
Girls On The East Side Of Town by Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts is new this week on RadiJohan