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Poppy Ajudha – White Water (Live)

London’s extraordinary Poppy Ajudha has shared new single ‘White Water’ – tune in now.

Playing a show at North London’s Jazz Cafe that same evening, these are bold times for the songwriter, whose deft fusion of jazz and neo-soul is rendered in a highly personal style.

New song ‘White Water’ is online now, and it explores facets of the immigrant experience, the manner in which they are often forced to strip back aspects of their own heritage and identity to fit in with Western culture.

Poppy explains: “They are taught that this is the only way they will be accepted and while doing so the bar is set higher each time, disabling them from ever being able to keep their heads above water…”

Of course, the musicality of ‘White Water’ is just as rich as Poppy’s previous work; the rhythmic flurries echo broken beat, while her surging, impassioned vocal retains that velvet edge.

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British GQ & Selfridges

It’s time to meet your inner frontman. In this exclusive video, he struts his way through the new Tailoring & Casual Room at Selfridges London to introduce you to the key styles of the season (and reveals how to wear them with swagger).

After you reach a certain age, Christmas stops being about Saint Nick, presents under the tree and whether or not you’ve been naughty or nice this year. For most of us, the true meaning of Christmas is being able to dedicate a whole season to partying the long winter nights away. It’s about living for the moment with one hand waving free. It’s having a wild time in even wilder company – and all to the accompaniment of a great soundtrack.

That’s why this year Selfridges are leading the way by taking their style inspiration from rock stars. After all, nobody parties harder than rock stars. If your wardrobe is currently looking less like Mick and Keith’s Seventies flight case than it could, this is your chance to add a bit of glam-punk spirit to your Christmas looks. Nothing will liven up your office party more than being able to strut in like Liam Gallagher about to headline Knebworth. It’s certainly a lot more fun than wearing yet another novelty Christmas jumper.

In these exclusive images, we’ve picked out some of our favourite looks from the Selfridges Rocks Christmas collection, which is in-store right now. As you can see, this season it’s all about high-energy outfits that are androgynous, decadent and elegantly disheveled. Top brands such as Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith and Kurt Geiger are all getting involved. Your eyes do not deceive you, that really is Ralph Lauren’s iconic Polo Bear hanging out with Queen, The Who and The Rolling Stones. Christmas is no time to stay quiet. The party’s starting, so take your inspiration from icons such as David Bowie, Sir Elton John and Freddie Mercury and start living with the volume turned up.

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Betrayal Trailer

Tom Hiddleston, why are you crying in a tunnel?” was the question on Twitter’s lips after the star shared a mysterious video of himself doing just that.

Posting only his second tweet of 2018, the Thor: Ragnarok star shared a cryptic clip of himself slowly walking through a tunnel looking very serious indeed, which ended with the word “Betrayal” appearing on the screen.

And it’s fair to say fans were pretty keen to find out what on earth a one-minute video of Hiddleston’s eyes brimming with tears in a metal tube really meant.

But the panic is now over – and as many had speculated, the actor is confirmed to be working on a version of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal.

Hiddleston will play Robert in Jamie Lloyd’s new production at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5th March 2019 for a limited season ending on 1st June.

The announcement comes 40 years to the day after the first ever performance of Betrayal on 15th November 1978 which starred Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton.

Betrayal tells the story of a seven-year romance in reverse chronological order and has been described as the “most moving” of Pinter’s plays. It is inspired by the playwright’s extramarital affair with BBC TV presenter Joan Bakewell, which spanned seven years.

Tom Hiddleston said: “Betrayal is a masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season is terrific and I am so pleased that he’s asked me to be part of it.”

The production forms the culmination of the Pinter at the Pinter season marking ten years since the Nobel Prize winner’s death.

Tickets for Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre will go on sale at 9am on 30th  November, with priority on sale to all previous The Jamie Lloyd Company ticket bookers, ATG Theatre Card members and Pinter at the Pinter ticket holders at 9am on 29th November.

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BETDAQ Changing For The Better TV

Running across multiple TV channels in the UK and Ireland, the campaign celebrates the company’s commitment to offering a no-nonsense, permanent commission of just 2% on all sports and all markets. This is part of the ongoing ‘Changing for the Bettor’ promise of improving the BETDAQ product and betting exchange experience for punters.

Shot on location at The Valley stadium, London, home of BETDAQ-sponsored Charlton Athletic Football Club, the complex night shoot was executed entirely in a single take with Ineson delivering his monologue straight to camera. “It is a pleasure to join BETDAQ in spreading its #ChangingfortheBettor message,” says Ineson.

“As a passionate football fan, it was an exciting night time stadium shoot and I was attracted by the clear, straightforward nature of the campaign, which shows BETDAQ is committed to improving its product and customer experience.” BETDAQ Managing Director Shane McLaughlin says: “We wanted the campaign to signal a new dawn for the brand and showcase our pledge to exchange bettors.

Our introduction of a permanently low 2% commission on all exchange bets is the first of many ways we’re creating a positive impact across the market. In Ralph we have an instantly recognisable presence, full of gravitas and approachability, who is a perfect fit for our brand and helps to spread the news about our long term commitment to change.”

 

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Beats by Dre-Chelsea FC

From the training ground to the stadium, Chelsea F.C. and Beats Studio3 Wireless are Made To Stay Locked In. Beats provide Chelsea and Chelsea Women players with headphones to help prepare for matches, producing a number of special edition pieces over the past two years, including a golden pair as we became Premier League champions in 2017.

Eden Hazard, who is a Beats ambassador, said: ‘I am a big fan of Beats. Music is important to me and the way I get ready for games, especially as we travel and are away a lot. All the Chelsea players enjoy the Beats products and it’s great that this is set to continue, for us and for the Chelsea fans.’

Chris Townsend OBE, Chelsea FC commercial director, added: ‘We are very pleased to announce our extended partnership with Beats. They are a fantastic brand who truly understand sport and the role music can play in preparing our players for the biggest matches throughout the season.

‘We have collaborated on some exciting and unique campaigns with Beats to date and look forward to new and innovative ways to celebrate their products and our on-going relationship over the coming three years.’

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Architects- Modern Misery

“Modern Misery”, the new video from U.K. metallers ARCHITECTS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s eighth full-length album, “Holy Hell”, which will be released on November 9 via Epitaph Records.

“Holy Hell” marks the band’s first release since the untimely passing of Tom SearleARCHITECTS‘ founding guitarist, principal songwriter and twin brother to drummer DanTomdied in 2016 following a three-year battle with skin cancer.

Dan said: “In those first months after Tom‘s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious. I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.”

“It’s at times like that you ask yourself, What is left?'” adds vocalist Sam Carter. “As a group of friends, we had to find something.”

“Ultimately, there were two choices,” Dan says. “Feel sorry for yourself and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live. I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences.

Finding a way forward, the band spent six months from the fall of 2017 through the spring of this year recording what would become the 11-song album, with Dan and guitar player Josh Middleton handling production.

“For me, broadly speaking, ‘Holy Hell’ is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it,” Dan offers. “There is value in pain. It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”

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