Anna Nathanson is a freelance journalist and blogger who for the past eight years has specialised in urban music, working for the BBC Radio 1Xtra Music Team, as well as contributing to MTV, HipHopDX.com and BBC Introducing. She has interviewed artists such as Usher, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan and Kelly Rowland.
Presentation and Voice Coach Lisa Åkesson specialises in teaching people how to communicate with confidence and credibility. Here she tells us why coming across with gravitas is so essential, and shares some tips on what you can do to really make an impact.
In the past six years, as well as selling 23 million of his own singles, hit maker Ne-Yo has written songs for artists including Beyonce, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Rihanna. With the release of his fifth album R.E.D today, Ne-Yo gives Anna Nathanson an insight into his music-making processes and mindset.
Widely hailed as the greatest rapper of all time, it wasn’t exactly an everyday occurrence when Nas announced that he would be doing three intimate UK shows recently. More used to playing huge Arenas and touring with collaborators like Jay-Z and Damian Marley, the set of three London dates at a selection of tiny venues were a rare treat for fans of the icon, ahead of his O2 Arena show in March next year.
Described as one of the UK’s most inspiring speakers, Dr. Rohan Weerasinghe travels the world and trains audiences in areas such as wealth creation, property, health and relationships, something that he has been involved in for the last 20 years. Anna Nathanson sits down with the entrepreneur and hears his thoughts on the self-help industry.
It’s been one hell of a year for Lianne La Havas, from Adele comparisons, a show stopping career-clincher and endorsements from some of music’s most respected figures. Anna Nathanson checks in with the British starlet to find out how she’s taking her newfound success…
In the uber-macho and hetero-centric world of urban music, particularly in hip-hop, coming out as gay or bisexual isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence. So Frank Ocean’s decision to publish a heartfelt open letter on his Tumblr site this week revealing that his first love was in fact a man has significant implications.
A predominant focus in the recent case of the sex gang found guilty of abusing teenagers in Manchester was on “Asian men” preying on “vulnerable white girls”. Yet last month, the alarming statistic from the NSPCC that a child is subjected to a sex crime every twenty minutes in the UK went shockingly under-reported, in one tabloid relegated to a tiny box on page twelve, as if it wasn’t even worthy of being considered news.
Many in the UK are only now getting acquainted with charismatic Nigerian musician D’Banj, through the heavy rotation of his quirky dance floor anthem ‘Oliver Twist’. His first major label release, the song has etched its place on the consciousness of British popular music fans thanks to its inclusion on some of the nation’s biggest playlists, including the A-List at Radio 1, a feat which has come to signify guaranteed chart success in this country.
“Nobody should know what it feels like to bury a child”, Mitch Winehouse states ruefully. “The natural process is that you bury your grandparents, your parents, but to bury a child…” he trails off, before composing himself and adding that Amy was in fact cremated. “Everybody has to deal with it in their own way. Some people deal with it positively and some people deal with it negatively.”