The 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards are coming and so is the American talent. Performers for the awards show have been announced and, aside from UK rapper Stormzy, the rest of the evening’s acts are Americans heading across the pond to perform.
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In a new announcement shared Monday, the U.K.’s Official Charts service announced sweeping changes to how artists and songs qualify for chart positions. According to the new rules, any individual artist can have no more than three songs in the Official Singles Chart Top 100. The move comes in response to streaming services’ influence on music consumption and to help lesser known acts find a way onto the charts.
The Official Charts cited Little Mix, Drake, The Chainsmokers, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Stormzy as examples of artists who wouldn’t have had as much chart success if the new rules had always been in place. But the worst offender being busted is Ed Sheeran, who saw all 16 songs from his latest album in the top 20 when it dropped.
Official Charts claims that music streaming has doubled in the last year alone and is still surging at 1.2 billion streams a week being counted for chart purposes. Counting each play, even as a fraction of a sale, means that repeated listens on streaming services can boost chart position in a way repeated listens on physical copies never could.
Little Mix has released its not-so-new single “Power” after announcing that the single would be remixed to feature Stormzy. Like many of the group’s songs, “Power” is a female anthem about women telling men that even though they may think they’re in control, women are the ones with the power.
Since the single has been out since November 2016, Little Mix decided to remix the song just like the group did with its song “No More Sad Songs.” A music video is also scheduled for release and the group has been teasing the upcoming visual that will feature former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants.
Listen to the girl power anthem below.
(Photo credit: Little Mix Instagram account)
Ed Sheeran must’ve wanted to set his BRITs Award performance apart from his GRAMMYs show. Booked to play “Shape Of You” at both shows, Ed decided against the loop-heavy solo act to bring an entire band complete with backup singers to the stage on Wednesday night.
But even that wasn’t enough for Ed, who also brought out English rapper Stormzy for a featured verse. Ed was already rocking by the time Stormzy took the stage. The added elements gave the “Castle On A Hill” singer a chance for a big finish on one of his new singles.
Ed teased the performance ahead of the show on the red carpet, where he said, “I think it’s going to be the best thing that I’ve done at the BRITs.”
Watch Ed’s performance with Stormzy below and decide if it lives up to his hype.
(Photo credit: BRITs YouTube account)