Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

Here come the girls! Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj all stormed to #1 on the US iTunes chart with the release of new track  ‘BANG BANG’. The track, which is actually the first single from Jessie J’s forthcoming album, features powerhouse verses from both Jessie and Ariana and an immaculate rap delivered from Nicki Minaj. Jessie-J-Ariana-Grande-Nicki-Minaj-Bang-Bang-2014-1200x1200 The 3 leading ladies all hold previous claim to the #1 spot in the UK or US album charts, so naturally the trio are a combined force to be reckoned with. It might already be August, but this track could just become the summer anthem of 2014.

Jessie wastes no time in letting you know they’ve arrived. Produced by Max Martin, the track maintains its up-tempo beat throughout, transitioning seamlessly through each feature and still somehow sneaking a sample of WHAM’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ into the chorus.

‘Bang Bang’ stormed the US charts in under 12 hours, so we have no doubt it’ll so the same in the UK when it’s released on 29th September.

Pre-order  available here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bang-bang-single/id899685296

FAULT Beacons Festival Playlist

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Beacons had their first event in 2012 in Skipton North Yorkshire and it has definitely made a huge impact as an award winning newcomer to the UK music festival scene. With their 2014 event creeping closer it’s safe to say this one is here to stay!

As part of our festival coverage for FAULT Magazine, we here at LXN are really looking forward to Beacons- it offers everything we want from a festival from the music, food, and activities through to the art, design and layout.

The new collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington come together to form Darkside as the headliners whilst amazing musicians such as Jon Hopkins and Daniel Avery support.

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To celebrate this amazing festival we’ve put together a short playlist to get you guys excited for what you can expect, listen here:https://soundcloud.com/noahlxn/sets/lxn-beacons-festival

A VERY limited amount of tickets are still available and you can buy here: http://beaconsfestival.seetickets.com/event/beacons-festival-2014/funkirk-estate/767422

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Example – taster from our exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 18

Example was shot in London by photographer Rachell Smith and styled by Dan Blake exclusively for FAULT Issue 18  Click here to order your copy of this issue!

Example was shot in London by photographer Rachell Smith and styled by Dan Blake exclusively for FAULT Issue 18
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It’s been almost seven years since Example released his debut album in 2007. Since then he has gone on to release twenty-one singles, perform at sell-out concerts across the globe and dominate both the UK Album and Dance music charts alike. FAULT caught up with Example to talk about his recently released album, Live Life Living, and life after music.

FAULT: People can guess the meaning behind the title Live Life Living but, in your own words, can you explain the thinking behind the title?

Example: For me it just means live life to the max but I didn’t want to call the album ‘Live Life To The Max’ either because it sounds like a boyband’s album or an X Factor runner up single. I feel people are always trying to escape either their jobs or maybe a relationship breakdown or financial woes, so people need a to feel good sometimes. I think the music on this album will definitely [help to] do that.

Do you worry that you sing too much to be remembered as a great rapper, and rap too much to be remembered as a great vocalist.

I’ve never thought about that but it’s a good point. I’ve always felt that rapping is really useful when you’re really emotional or really aggressive and upset. For me, I’m in such a happy place that it doesn’t make sense to do rapping. I’ve got a bit of a unique gravelly voice and it’s probably closer to blues – like you said earlier – where it’s more about the character in the voice rather than how good a singer you are. That is where I’ve always felt like my strength lies, and to be honest I’m not bothered about being remembered as a great singer or rapper – I’d rather be remembered as a great entertainer.

Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

Interview by Will Ballantyne-Reid

Have you done anything different on this album?

The process of writing was the same, what’s changed is the way I’ve produced them. ‘Kids Again’ was just started on guitar and then once we were happy with a guitar demo we go from there. The song originally was just me singing over a guitar but then you chop out words you don’t like and interchange bits and then the guitar became a piano and then a synth and a bass line and then drums. I think when you’ve been working in the music industry as long as me then it’s kind of about time that I should be doing a lot more on the production side of things.

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Get the full shoot and interview – only in FAULT Issue 18.
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What is your FAULT?

My main FAULT used to just be lying; I used to just compulsively lie and make shit up. I would constantly lie to family, friends, my ex-girlfriend. It took meeting my wife and going to therapy to actually realise I could just be honest. It was almost like “your life is so amazing-why do you have to make shit up!”

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FAULT Favourites: Festival Fashion giveaway!

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Throughout Spring and Summer, we at FAULT have been going backstage at some of the world’s biggest festivals to give you an exclusive insight into what happens behind the scenes at this Summer’s showpiece events. From SXSW in Austin, Texas (covered in-depth in FAULT Issue 18) to Sonar in Barcelona via  Glastonbury, Park Life and – very soon! - Secret Garden Party, we’ve been clocking up the miles to give you the inside track on what have undoubtedly been the best festivals of the year so far.

Amazing shot of one of the stages at Sonar Festival. Photo by contributing partner Lux & Noah

Amazing shot of one of the stages at Sonar Festival. Photo by contributing partner Lux & Noah

*Now we’re giving you the chance to WIN FREE FESTIVAL OUTFITS for the rest of the Summer season. All you have to do is pick a style you like and we’ll select 5 winners at random to receive their ideal looks by international post. Just comment on this post for a chance to win – or read below for our suggestions…*

STYLES

1. NEON BOHO – the signature Glastonbury bohemian look – with a twist. SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

2. TROPICAL BEACH – eclectic mix of print + colour. SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

3. NEON BLOOM – ultra feminine florals + intense colours clashed with denim (skinny jeans/shorts). SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

4. MEN’s - skinny jeans, faded/acid wash denim and classic summer holiday wear. SEE MORE FROM THIS STYLE

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Man about town? These men’s flat heel Chelsea boots offer a well-heeled look for an urban festival like Sonar. Although they look like leather, the imitation material is easier to protect than the real deal and so are perfect for wet weather events too. STYLE: MEN’S

As we all know, though, there’s so much more to a great festival experience than the music. The overall vibe of the festival is crucial –  and that starts with the people in attendance. A bad crowd can ruin a great band whereas a good crowd can turn a great performance into an incredible experience. Finding your niche in the now-overflowing festival market can be tough, and there are always exceptions to every festival ‘type’. As always, however, the great unifier at large events – from ballgowns or jeggings at a party to suits or slacks at a seminar – is usually the fashion on display.

Add a touch of bohemian elegance to any outfit with this embellished longline fringe kimono

Add a touch of bohemian elegance to any outfit with this embellished longline fringe kimono.
STYLE: NEON BOHO

Showing off your sense of style suggests a sense of belonging to a particular festival crowd. Individuals tend to unite at big festivals under the banner of mutual appreciation for a certain type of experience: whether you’re a rocker at Glastonbury, a techno-head at Sonar, a hipster at SXSW or someone who really, REALLY likes dressing up at Secret Garden Party…

These real leather multi-strap boots are a stylish and practical way to complete any festival outfit. Bold enough to make a statement and tough enough to brave any mud, they're a great tent-side or city-wide option.

These real leather multi-strap boots are a stylish and practical way to complete any festival outfit. Bold enough to make a statement and tough enough to brave any mud, they’re a great tent-side or city-wide option. STYLE: NEON BOHO

Fashion is so important for turning any festival from an outdoor concert into a celebration of musical appreciation – and that is why we are so pleased to have teamed up with savvy British retailer New Look  to showcase not just the best of contemporary festival outfits but also to look back over the years at some of the most inspiring and influential festival fashion trends of the past 45 years.

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The denim playsuit is this season’s most versatile piece. Pair this sporty version with jelly sandals in the day, or with tan wedges and a statement necklace in the evening. STYLE: TROPICAL BEACH

Starting with the notorious ‘Summer of Love’ at Woodstock, 1969, this graphic charts the sartorial selections of festival-goers from all the major Summer stomping grounds until the present day:

 

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COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN.

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ELLA EYRE – EXCLUSIVE SHOOT FOR FAULT ISSUE 18 (TEASER)

We are delighted to reveal Ella Eyre as FAULT Magazine Issue 18′s opening feature for the ‘Sounds of 2014′ section. Ella’s soulful voice, bold style  and energetic stage-presence encompasses everything it means to be RAW on and off the stage.

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland  at the Malmaison hotel

Ella Eyre was shot by Miles Holder and styled by Rachel Holland at the Malmaison Hotel. Click here to get your copy delivered worldwide.

At just 20 years old, Ella Eyre is already making waves with her soulful voice, phenomenal stage presence, and bold style. A graduate of the BRIT School, she cut her teeth on tour with Rudimental, featuring on their no.1 single ‘Waiting All Night’ in 2013 …

FAULT: You’ve got a distinctive personal style, from your clothes to your already famous hair. What about the relationship between music and fashion?

Ella: It’s really interesting because my Mum was a fashion designer for about twenty years and so she’s always sort of forced clothing on me! I was a real tomboy so I’ve always just wanted to be comfortable, but also to look good. My motto is a kind of ‘simple but sexy.’

What do you want to say with the album? Are core themes starting to emerge?

 I wrote my album over the course of three years so it’s a lot of growing up, and a lot of experiences that I had to deal with. As I said, it’s not that my experiences are more important than anyone else’s, I just want people to listen and relate and tune into the feeling of each track.

Your debut single ‘If I Go’ came out in July. Can you tell us a bit about it?

‘If I Go’ is basically about being with somebody and feeling caged in a way, or feeling that it’s not healthy. It was a question of me going, ‘this isn’t working at the moment, before I commit fully can I go away and do what I want to do, and come back to it…It’s not that I don’t want you now, it’s that I want you later. [laughs.]

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Dannii Minogue – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 18′s reversible cover

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Dannii Minogue was shot in London by photographer James D Kelly and styled by Rachel Holland exclusively for the front cover of FAULT Issue 18
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FAULT Magazine Issue 18 – the RAW Issue features multi-talented Australian beauty Dannii Minogue as its reversible cover feature. Dubbed (by us, for the feature ‘s title) the “Down Under Designer Darling”, Dannii’s sense of style is self-evident as she shines in looks by the likes of Nicole Farhi, Missoni and Viktor & Rolf.

Shot exclusively for FAULT at the Hoxton Hotel in London by photographer James D Kelly with styling by Rachel Holland, Dannii’s feature includes an in-depth interview and runs over 9 pages in the magazine, including the Style section cover inside the magazine.

In the interview, Dannii speaks about life in Australia with her 4 year old son, Ethan, her desire to get back into TV in the UK, her dreams of working on her own productions and her continuing achievements in the fields of music and fashion.

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FAULT: We hear that you’re looking to do some other things in future in addition to working on ‘X Factor (Australia)’ – could you elaborate?

Dannii: I’ve been having meetings about TV that I might come back and do here. I definitely want to come back and do something – I’m just trying to find the right thing, Leaving X Factor here when it was just such a juggernaut… you kind of want it [the new project] to be something just as special. I guess I am looking for projects where I can be involved, not just as hired talent but more from the production side. I’m starting to look at that as something I can retire into – not just yet but, at some point, I’d love to being doing both: being on camera and also involved in the production.

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Interview by Louis Sheridan

That’s definitely the way to do it, take control! Let’s talk about music too… I hear you’re back in the studio, can you tell us more about that?

Yeah, I recorded some stuff that I’ve co-written and some stuff that friends have written and others that I’ve found and just love. I’m just trying out loads of different stuff with no pressure of a record company or a deal or a date or anything. I’m actually really enjoying it. I’ve spoken to a few record companies, I’ve said I’m not ready to commit to anything and they’re like, “That’s cool, that’s how it should be. Just do it and enjoy it, and from that enjoyment you’ll find something”, so I’m just seeing if I can find that something special but, again, it’s been so long since I’ve done it that I don’t want to come back with something unless it’s special.

You recently announced the launch of your own online e-commerce store, DanniiShop.com, and have also worked on a clothing line in Australia for petite sized women [Dannii for Target, available in Australia]. Tell us about that?

Yeah, I’ve been working on a big range of stuff, primarily for Australia, at the moment. Earlier this year we were just trying to make sure that you could get the stuff of DanniiShop over here – delivered online and stuff – and now you can. That’s a project that I love working on.

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What is your FAULT?

My fault… I think I’ve noticed I’m a real worrier. Especially since being a mum, I just worry about stuff and I’m like, “I don’t want to be that person!” I worry a lot, it’s stupid. It’s such a waste of energy and time – I need to toughen up!

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OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder – first look at our exclusive Men’s section cover shoot for FAULT Issue 18

 

FAULT Magazine Issue 18 – the RAW Issue features OneRepublic front man and unstoppable hit-maker Ryan Tedder on it’s internal Men’s Fashion section cover. In addition to the cover, Ryan’s feature – which includes an in-depth interview and exclusive photoshoot by photographer Kell Mitchell and stylist Patricia Villirillo – runs over 6 pages in the print issue.

 

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OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder was shot in London by photographer Kell Mitchell and styled by Patricia Villirillo exclusively for the Men’s section cover of FAULT Issue 18
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FAULT: What was working with Leona Lewis for her break-through single ‘Bleeding Love’ like?

RYAN: I would’ve bet money against that song being a hit anywhere outside of the UK.  That’s how cynical I was. I had no idea of the expectation that there was for it. I didn’t even know till after we did the song that she had been on X Factor.

 

FAULT: Did you feel any pressure from Simon Cowell’s label?

RYAN: Of course. Simon didn’t get to where he’s got by sitting back in the passenger seat and just assuming or hoping that things will just take care of themselves. His label is aggressive, flat out aggressive. They have an objective, they have a goal, a single-minded goal and everyone at that label is dead on in their approach. They’re like, ‘here’s when it’s coming out, here’s when it’s due, boom boom boom boom boom boom.’ When you’re making an album you can move things around, but when you have TV involved it is completely different. Their calendar is their bible. They cannot change the dates of when something is going to broadcast and so because of that they have a more militant approach.

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Ryan wears looks by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Ann Demeulemeester. Interview by Chris Purnell.

FAULT: Does it feel different working on one of OneRepublic songs as opposed to a song for someone else?

RYAN: OneRepublic songs are a lot harder for me. I compare it to theatre. A OneRepublic album is a play written, directed, produced, performed by us, by me, but when it’s for another artist I feel like I wrote the dialogue, but I don’t have to stand on stage and deliver it, so I’m not the one getting tomatoes thrown at ‘em if it doesn’t go well.

 

On making pop music: “You have to have hits all the time: that is your currency. You have to have the most cutting edge, innovative, driving, fantastical songs that the world instantly reacts to. They don’t need a lot of thought, and you don’t have to dig deep. “

 

FAULT: Have you ever worked in the situation where the artist hasn’t been in the driving seat but it’s been the machine behind them?

RYAN: Yes. If the artist is part of the machine then they’re too busy to really artistically care, they just say, ‘Give me the biggest hit.’

 

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FAULT Magazine backstage Berlin Fashion Week – Augustin Teboul

 

Chaos meets sophisticated Augustin Teboul latest collection.

Take a look backstage with FAULT magazine collaboration with photographer Heiko Laschitzki

Fashion Week Backstage

Fashion Week Backstage

Fashion Week Backstage

Fashion Week Backstage

Fashion Week Backstage

Fashion Week Backstage