Spotlight Artist: Lionel Richie

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3N

One of the most successful artists of the 1980s, Lionel Richie followed success in The Commodores with a massive 13 Top 10 hits in his 1981 – 1987 heyday. His first single from his first solo album (Truly) hit number 1 – we’ll kick the Spotlight Artist week off with this track on Monday. The hits kept on coming. We’ll play most of them, but as usual we’ll also play some less well known tracks.

Enjoy this legend through each afternoon this week! You can find out more about him on Wikipedia.

Album of the Week: Jamie McDell – Extraordinary Girl

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/

May has been New Zealand Music Month since 2000, an opportunity to promote and celebrate New Zealand music. Check out the official website for all the great gigs and events going on. Great to be able to enjoy a quality New Zealand effort as our album of the week for the first full week of May. Jamie McDell is 25 years old and this is her third full length album, being accompanied by a tour. The album was recorded in the House of Blues in Nashville and has a real country feel. Well known Australian country singer Kasey Chambers features, and her brother Nash Chambers produced. Even their father Bill sings on the album! We think you’ll love these tracks – there is some great contemporary country music around and it seems to serve as a good palatte cleanser for some of the highly produced pop with lots of synth action (not that we don’t like it!).

Tracklist:

  1. Tori (feat. Kasey Chambers)
  2. Running Now
  3. Extraordinary Girl
  4. 3AM
  5. Paint On A Sign (feat. Bill Chambers)
  6. Under the Bonnet
  7. Be Mine
  8. Bad Attitude
  9. Slow Dream Boat
  10. Lady In Waiting
  11. No Womans Land (feat. Tami Neilson)
  12. A Liar Loves A Liar

New Music Friday: May 4th 2018

Its Friday so its time for five brand new tracks to get their first spin on the hour every hour from 9am. We’ll keep playing these tracks on New Zealand Net Radio, home of streaming radio ad free 24/7 throughout New Zealand.

Nerina Pallot – Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon

Nerina is a British artist who has released five albums and a stack of EPs. This song came out on her most recent album Stay Lucky.

 

 

 

 

 

Ruel – Dazed & Confused

Ruel was discovered by producer M-Phazes in 2015. From Australia, he has already gained plenty of exposure touring with Angus & Julia Stone and Khalid. The 15 year old has produced another solid track.

 

 

 

 

 

LOWES – Here We Are

This four piece from Lancashire in the UK have produced a great piece of pop. Starting out with simple voice and piano, it ramps up with a plaintiff chorus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Raffoul – Could You Be Mine?

We loved his track Driver from a couple of months ago. The Canadian has been releasing a flurry of singles featuring his very special voice. We like this gentle acoustic infused number.

 

 

 

 

 

Elohim – Half Love

Elohim is apparently the plural noun for god in Hebrew. She is also an electro-pop artist from LA who choses to avoid the public eye. This song is off her newly released self titled album and sounds great.

Spotlight Artist: Bob Marley & The Wailers

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3N

The Wailers started out in 1963, with changes of lineup through to 1974 and their third album Natty Dread. Peter Tosh had left by this time, and for the first time they were credited as Bob Marley & The Wailers. Their breakthrough didn’t come until the following year when they performed at the Lyceum in London. Eric Clapton had helped popularise reggae the with his cover of “I Shot The Sheriff”. The band kept going from strength to strength until Bob’s sad death in 1981.

We’ll play early classics featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer such as “Small Axe”, I’m Still Waiting” and “It Hurts to Be Alone” as well as more familiar tracks from the 70s. Enjoy!

 

Album of the Week: Keith Urban – Graffiti U

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Listen in @tunein at https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/

This album continues Keith’s interest in combining different genre sounds with country. Its a winning combination – a fantastic set of songs including beautiful collaborations with Julia Michaels and Lindsay Ell. Some of the touches like Woman might jar slightly (the attempt to dial in to the #metoo mood of the year) but  this is just a good album of Country Pop.

The tracklist:

  1. Coming Home (feat. Julia Michaels)
  2. Never Comin Down
  3. Same Heart
  4. My Wave (Intro)
  5. My Wave (feat. Shy Carter)
  6. Parallel Line
  7. Drop Top (feat. Kassi Ashton)
  8. Way Too Long
  9. Horses (feat. Lindsay Ell)
  10. Gemini
  11. Texas Time (Intro)
  12. Texas time
  13. Love The Way It Hurts (So Good)
  14. Female
  15. Steal My Thunder

 

Now Playing Highlight: Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know

After the success of “Rio” Duran Duran re released their debut album Duran Duran in the US on this day in 1983. It included their new hit single “Is There Something I Should Know”. We’ll give this classic track a spin after 12. Hat tip to @rockthistwit. Listen on @tunein https://goo.gl/VL6m3N

Spotlight Artist: Aretha Franklin

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3N

We hope you’ve been enjoying our tracks from this week’s Spotlight Artist, Aretha Franklin. Here’s a treat, if this doesn’t touch you – well I’d head to the doctor!

Spotlight Artist: Aretha Franklin

Every weekday between 1 and 5pm we play tracks from our #spotlightartist. They’re an artist with a body of work which has stood the test of time. We’ll play the hits – but also some deep cuts. Listen ad-free through New Zealand via @tunein at https://goo.gl/VL6m3N

On this premier week, our first Spotlight Artist is The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. There wouldn’t be more artists of the past century who have been as prolific, and as successful. It is extraordinary to think thata seminal album like I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You from way back in 1967 was actually her eleventh. The daughter of an itinerant preacher father, she got her first major label recording contract in 1960, but it wasn’t until 1967 when she joined Atlantic Records that she achieved major success. It has’t really stopped since. She has sung for Presidents, and the 76 year old is true showbiz gold. We look forward to exploring some of her fantastic body of music this week.