Wang Chung Revisit Your Favourite 80s Hit ‘Dance Hall Days’ With New Orchestral Version

Conquering the UK, US and global charts in the 80s, Wang Chung have released their orchestral version of hit ‘Dance Hall Days’ – a track that undoubtedly contributed to the shaping of a decade.

Having become a staple of movie, TV, game soundtracks and commercials over the years, their name has almost uniquely passed into popular culture. The line “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” from their mega-hit Everybody Have Fun Tonight has developed a life of its own, prompting the band to appeal to their fans around the world to have it officially recognised in dictionaries as a verb.

Returning in the form of their key protagonists Jack Hues and Nick Feldman, the band have taken ‘Dance Hall Days – Orchestral Version’ from their forthcoming album Orchesography – an orchestra-boosted version of their best-known tracks, including both ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’ and ‘Let’s Go’. 

Welcoming their return will not only be their legion of fans but also a new audience that would have heard their songs on popular cultures such as The Breakfast Club, Sex and The City, Breaking Bad, Grand Theft Auto: Theft City, Walking Dead and the soundtrack to legendary William Friedkin’s ‘To Live & Die in LA’. 

Following their reform in 2010, their latest release has set an exciting precedent for the new versions of nostalgic tracks we all know and love.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WangChungMusic

Website: https://www.wangchung.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/august-day-records/sets/wang-chung-dance-hall-days-2019-orchestral-version/s-ASd7r

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6LSZttltZM

The Impersonators Bring Back Vintage-Pop with True Flair

Back with their forthcoming single ‘Sad Cafe’ out on March 22nd, The Impersonators are a two man project comprising of Tom Tikka and Antti Autio (lyricist) that flawlessly provide the depth of a full band. A treat for the fans of R.E.M, The Go-Betweens and Matthew Sweet, their previous releases ‘Broken Snow’ and ‘Burning Blue’ offer an abundance of sonic textures and ‘vintage’ pop rock sounds and their forthcoming track looks to be their best release yet.

Having grown in the States and being previously signed to Sony/BMG with Carmen Gray, one of Finland’s biggest-ever rock bands, Tom Tikka injects Finnish elements into his sound. ‘Burning Blue’ elicits this fusion in the intro’s accordion, with a tune that is essentially Scandinavian. Their forthcoming track ‘Sad Cafe’ also follows suit with the chorus melody. When writing the melody Tom drew influence from classic “schlager” tunes – tunes that were labelled by Benny Anderson of ABBA as “Pan European music”.

The inspiration behind ‘Sad Cafe’ was fueled by the universal hardships of relationships and the illusions we come under when ‘in love’ and The Impersonators accompany this perfectly with their trademark alt-pop melodies, honing in on the late 70’s sound of The Eagles – a track to watch for all cross-generation music lovers!

 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-impersonators  

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNxEq8p5waRWe1Gp7DBAzCg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImpersonatorsBand/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1mpersonators 

14 year-old pop starlet Hitha talks about her latest single ‘Special’ and the challenges of self-doubt that young people face

After the success of her debut single Standing Up With Pride, Hitha has an aim to give young people a voice with her latest single Special. The song is an original take on modern Western pop whereby Hitha draws on her Indian heritage by lacing the pureness of the flute through the rich sound of the saxophone and rhythmic pop beats.

Although given the ballad’s title you might think this is strictly a boyfriend/girlfriend message it is in fact to dedicate to anyone special in your life, from friends to relatives to those who sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve – a tribute of recognition to anyone of any age.

Hitha hopes to inspire young teens and to encourage older generations to take time to listen to them and to understand that their thoughts and feelings are just as important – a topical subject for the nation currently. Her latest single release enforces this message as she says that the song is one that many people can relate to – not just teenagers like herself – because it touches on themes that are true for all ages. With young artists like Shawn Mendes, Madison Beer and Billie Eilish taking the pop scene by storm, Hitha joins them in the representation that young artists have the capability to inspire and achieve and that age is just a number.

Youtube: https://youtu.be/0M4zbLWx3Q4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hitha2018/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ByHitha

 

 

Heavyball Give Us The Inside On Their Brand New Album “When Can Start?”

 

With the much anticipated release of brand new album ‘When Can You Start?’, the guys from Heavyball managed to have a little talk through the release and explain, why they chose the subject of a normal working week as the theme for their new venture.

So, What can you tell us about the new album? Where did you get the ideas?

“When Can You Start? recounts a week in the life of an ordinary office worker. The diary of a nobody who represents everybody. He doesn’t know it, but this week is different. Because this week is his last on earth”.  

“Storytelling, humor and everyday observations wrapped up in sharp melodies.  When Can You Start? is a story of the very ordinary told differently”.

Can you give us a taste of one of your songs, What does it tell us, What stories do you explore? 

“The first track to be released from the album is ‘Top of Your Game’. You used to be someone, you used to be a contender.  Now you work in an office doing nothing of consequence for people you hate.  The memories are still there though, and there’s still a small chance you could still make it big!”

How would you guys describe Heavyball for people that have never encountered you before?

“Heavyball are a self titled ‘new tone’ 4 piece band originally from Nottingham; signed to Magnetic North Melodies.”

So there you have it, a little pre release teaser, be sure sure to stay up to date with all things Heavyball:

 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/heavyball       

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7l1XJIYCH6Kop2j6plDWvk

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HeavyballTV/videos   

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Heavyball/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/heavyballreal

Instagram: www.instagram.com/heavyballreal/         

Website: www.heavyball.net  

Olisha Interview: Getting To Know Pop Singer Olisha

 

 

Olisha is one of a million in the modern pop world. As she works harder and becomes more determined to show her talents to the world, Olisha explores her talents to a further degree.

We spoke to Olisha about her life, love of music and her many inspirations.

 

Q: So, your recent release of new track ‘Strangers’ is a great pop track, what do we need to know?

A:“The project is self-funded and every aspect of my music is straight from my heart to you. I believe in myself. I believe in my dream. I believe in breaking down boundaries and making history through my music”.

Q: Can I ask about the bigger picture? What is the Ultimate goal you want to reach with your music?

A: “I want to break down boundaries and make history. I want to bring people of all walks of life together through my music. I write music from my heart. I want people to relate to my music and hopefully help them get through something that they experiencing in life”.

 

Q: So early on, what was you first musical inspirations?

A: “I grew up listening to pop music…Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue. I love the big choruses and beautiful melodies that you can’t get out of your head”.

Q: How has your Indian Heritage influenced your music?, does it have any creative input? 

A: “My Indian heritage has not affected the way I make or listen to music. I love listening to many genres of music from pop, r n b, hip hop to Punjabi and Bollywood music. Being Asian, I do get lots of support from my Asian community because we love to support someone who is trying to break boundaries of colour and do good in the world”.

We thank you Olisha for speaking with us. Check out her new single ‘Strangers’, Out now.

 

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/olishanaicker/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/olishanaicker
Twitter: www.twitter.com/olishanaicker
Instagram: olishanaicker
Website: www.olishanaicker.com

A conversation with: Neethusa

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Unsigned Interviews have been having a chat with Indian singer- songwriter (and computer science graduate) Neethusha about her origins in music and where she is now with her new single ‘Why Did I Lose You’.

 

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I started writing songs in English and Hindi when I was 14 years old. At that point I didn’t know that I would be taking up music as a full time profession at a later point in my life although I was always fascinated by the idea of being a music artist. After I moved to Bangalore from my home state for work, I found opportunities to record my songs, start singing at coffee shops and restro-bars. It began from there, around 7 years ago. I started performing with bands around 4 years ago.

Celine Dion and Savage Garden songs were the first ones that really caught my attention- my God, their voices! Darren Hayes voice was so magical! I wanted to sing like them, emote the same way through my voice too. Bathroom singing started just around then! Other artists who influenced me are Shania Twain, Phil Collins and Roxette.

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Again, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Backstreet Boys, Ronan Ketaing, Phil Collins, Abba, Roxette- I grew up listening to them and they have had tremendous influence on my singing styles and my songwriting.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been writing songs for over a decade now. Both in English and Hindi; although singing and writing in English is my forte. I have taken to it much more seriously in the last 4 years after quitting my job as a consultant with Deloitte.

 

How often do you play live?

I play at restrobars and coffee shops around town Wednesdays through Sundays. I play at 1522 and Gillys on New BEL Road, Bangalore on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively( both great venues!), at the Shangri-La on Friday/Saturday; Marriot Courtyard for Sunday Brunches & The Big Pitcher, Domlur on Sunday evenings ( another great pub).  Apart from this I do trio/fully live band gigs for corporate, private and wedding functions 5-6 times a month.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

There have been several times that I have played my original music for public gigs and people have hummed to the song and requested for it to be played again. Those were the first times they were listening to it; I had this sense of accomplishment then; a beautiful feeling!

Where is the best place to find you online?

My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/neethusha

My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/neethushavc

Introducing: Luna Blue

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Brighton’s latest musical sensation has emerged in the form of recent University of Chichester graduates, Luna Blue, and they’re making their mark on the scene with their unique brand of funky indie-pop. Here’s what they had to say:

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Ryan: I first fell in love with music at about the age of 5/6 where I would listen to a huge amount of AC/DC and Guns n Roses, when I got to about 15 I discovered Jimi Hendrix and this man alone gave me a huge drive to become a guitarist.

Seb: My brother got me really into music when he came home with CDs from the likes of Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Korn. I was always fascinated with the powerful drumming in these tracks after I picked up the drums at a young age. But my real inspiration came from two albums in particular. The first was Dream Theater’s Train of Thought. Some of Mike Portnoy’s drumming in songs like Honor Thy Father opened me up to what real powerful, fast and complex drumming sounded like, whereas Danny Carey’s drumming throughout Tool’s Lateralus made me realise just how creative and musical you could really be behind a drum kit.

Tom: I was classically trained on the piano from the young age of seven, being inspired by artists such as Ludovico Einaudi and Chopin with a deep-rooted passion for composing film scores. Later on in my youth I began to self teach guitar which led me onto songwriting taking influences from Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner and the Frey. Towards the end of my first year at the University of Chichester, after meeting the band, my motivation to bring out the best in my voice picked up and I trained my voice for several hours a day with a minimum of 1 hour vocal coaching a week. I continue to keep up the daily practise as I am constantly looking for ways to push my voice and so that I can maintain it for the duration of my musical career.

Nick: My dad is a music teacher so I’ve been playing music from a very young age on the trumpet and piano, so I have a strong background in classical and jazz. I took up the guitar when I was 12, the drums at 13 and I first picked up a bass guitar when I was 15 after being asked to play in a wind band. My dad has always been my biggest inspiration, making me aspire to be the greatest musician I can possibly be. But Progressive Metal band Tool were the first band I started listening to that wasn’t my dads music, and that was what inspired me to pick up and learn to play the guitar.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Ryan: AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin. These where the big bands that I used to listen to all the time. These days I listen to more Jazz Fusion such as the Aristocrats, Greg Howe, Allan Holdsworth.

Seb: I grew up listening to Rock and Metal primarily, before shifting more towards Prog Metal and more recently into the quirky realms of Jazz Fusion. Personally, I like to try and put in a little bit of the complexities of Prog Metal and Jazz Fusion into my playing. I get bored if I’m not spicing up my drum grooves just a little. We’re always trying to toe the line between keeping our music accessible to everyone, but also keeping a hint of subtle complexity…mainly for our own amusement!

Tom: I grew up listening to a wide range of genres from classical and jazz to pop punk and rock. A major inspiration of mine is Jeff Buckley this is due to his effortless vocals and emotive language which is something that I aim to achieve through dedication and practise. My inspiration to pick up guitar comes from the funk rock and indie sounds of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Foals.

I use a lot of metaphors in my music as I love songs which don’t go straight to the point. Every individual who listens to the music can interpret it totally differently, which for me, makes the music timeless due to its endless possibilities. This realisation came to me from listening to Jeff Buckley and the Arctic Monkeys vocalist, Alex Turner.

Nick: I spent the first decade of my life listening to my dad’s music (Chuck Mangione, Tower of Power, Haydn, Shostakovich) which has had a massive impact on the range of music styles I listen to today as most of it is a mixture of classical, jazz and funk. But after I started listening to Tool, I started listening to more and various contemporary styles of pop, rock and metal such as Muse, Bullet for my Valentine, Toto, Megadeth and Avenged Sevenfold. Later in my teenage years I got more into the progressive side of music such as Pink Floyd, TesseracT, Periphery, Animals As Leaders and Karnivool. All of these bands and styles have had a huge impact on my playing and musicianship. The Classical side helping me to read music and gain skills such as arranging and composing, and the Contemporary and Jazz for my feel, memory and technical side to my playing.

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How long have you been playing/writing?

Ryan: I first started playing at the age of 5 and ever since then I’ve had guitar lessons where I learnt classical and rock guitar. As for writing I was in a band with the same name (Luna Blue) in college where I met our drummer, Seb. This is where I properly started to write my own music.

Seb: I’ve been playing for far too long now. I think I started at the age of 10? Since then my taste in music has grown and changed. I’ve gone from AC/DC covers to playing along to Prog Metal artists like Meshuggah and Tool. During that time, I’ve been in countless bands, from terrible Nirvana tribute bands who played exclusively in the local village hall, to jazz and function bands playing in bars and pubs. I started writing music with my brother (who plays guitar) when I was very young, and joined a few rock and metal bands in my teenage years. But when I met Ryan and formed (an albeit quite different) Luna Blue, I wanted to stick with it and continue writing more seriously.

Tom: I have been playing piano since the age of seven but prior to that music was still a huge part of my life. I can recall always singing along to 70’s and 80’s hits that I would often hear in the house or on car journeys.
I have been improvising and composing music for piano since I was around the age of 12. This then led me to want to compose and improvise on my dad’s 12 string guitar which is what lead me to learn the standard 6 string guitar. After knowing how to play chords and messing around with different sounds, the vocal melodies came naturally to me and the lyrics were my internal thoughts and emotions.

Nick: I have been playing for as long as I can remember, and I have been writing and arranging since I was 15 in terms of Classical and Jazz. I wrote a lot of contemporary music back then as well but the first time I started writing more accessible contemporary music was when I joined Luna Blue on Bass. Before then I experimented more with Heavy Metal and Prog.

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

We try to gig as regularly as we possibly can. Whenever there is an opportunity to play, we will always try to take it! Below are some of our upcoming dates, but this is always being updated and filled, so check our website for a more extensive list!

Jul 29

Lambs Steyne

Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

 

Aug 10

Watson’s General Telegraph

London, United Kingdom

 

Aug 12

The London Stone

Staines, United Kingdom

 

Aug 25

Hope & Ruin

Brighton, United Kingdom

 

Sep 09

Fishstock

Brixham, United Kingdom

 

Sep 29

The Buff Club

Glasgow, United Kingdom

 

Sep 30

Pi Bar

Leicester, United Kingdom

 

Oct 04

New Cross Inn

London, United Kingdom

 

Oct 28

Pavlov’s Dog

Reading, United Kingdom

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What has been your favorite moment in music?

In March of 2017 we held our own two-hour long concert back by a 30 piece orchestra on the University of Chichester’s Bishop Otter Campus. This concert took months of hard work, practice, composing and endless rehearsals and organization, but came together to become the favorite moment in our musical career for all four of us. The venue reached full capacity and over £120 for Nordoff-Robbins, a charity chosen to commemorate one of Nick’s closest friends who was hit and killed by a drunk driver the year prior. Bryony aspired to work for the charity, so we dedicated the night to her memory. Luna Blue will be repeating the event with a bigger and better orchestra, new songs and further orchestration in the hopes of raising even more money for Nordoff-Robbins. For more info and updates, please visit our website!

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find us pretty much everywhere online! Our social media links can be found below:

Youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVkV54sLs9_A9tc93CzIx9A

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/weareLunaBlue/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/weareLunaBlue

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/lunablueofficial/

Itunes & Spotify – (Just search for Luna Blue!)

Websitehttps://www.lunablueofficial.com/

An interview with: Gulf

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Liverpool has spawned many a quality bands over the years, the latest of which comes in the form of psychedelic dream-pop duo Gulf. We had a chat with them about their latest material and their influences in music.

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Disco has been a staple from as far back as we can remember, some jazz, some psych and some hip-hop influences blended together and that’s us. We were both born into families with great vinyl collections and when there’s a copy of MJ’s Thriller lying around, everyone’s having a good time and we’re getting an understanding of what great music sounds like.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

We grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Chic, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire. Then we discovered bands like Daft Punk, the Wu-Tang Clan, Jamiroquai and Dungen. They definitely have an effect on our songwriting approach.

How long have you been playing/writing?

We’ve been writing together for around six years now.

How often do you play live?

After playing a gig every other week last year, we took some time off to record our album. Over the next few months we’ll be back at it again with some new material and we’re really excited about that.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

We’ve got a few of these, sharing a stage with The Flaming Lips at Liverpool Sound City, supporting Echo and the Bunnymen and TOPS, who we’re huge fans of. Our Maida Vale live session for Radio 1 with Huw Stephens was pretty special too.

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find us on Soundcloud and Spotify, just search for ‘Gulfmusic’

Links:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/gulfmusicuk/

https://twitter.com/gulfmusicuk

In conversation with: Music Theory

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Unsigned Interviews were lucky enough to get in conversation with emerging Egyptian artist, Music Theory, before the release of his latest single ‘Down The Aisle’.

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I started writing music when I was about 9 years old. My first song was about 7 lines. It was about a ball rolling down the street 🙂 I was a very shy person growing up. Writing music put me up when I was feeling down. It helped me release my thoughts and dreams, that I usually couldn’t share. I could be whoever I want in this make-believe world that I create whilst writing.  As I grew up, I also wrote about my experiences and emotions.

My inspiration was all those singers that I grew up listening to. Their ability to make me cry, feel loved or pumped up through their songs was amazing. I wanted to have that effect on people. My dream is to touch people’s hearts.

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up in the eighties and the nineties. I listened to mainstream music. Michael Jackson, REO speedwagon, Sublime, REM, Oasis, NKTOB, Boys 2 Men, Phil Collins, Bon Jovi, Stock Aitken Waterman, Pet Shop Boys, etc.

I could write an endless list. It was always about the song, not the artist. I always listen to mix tapes, never albums.

I believe that everything I hear influences me.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

About 30 years. However, my song “Down The Aisle” is my first professional release.

 

How often do you play live?

I never played professionally, yet. I plan to do that in the near future, at a certain point.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Band Aid. USA for Africa. It was inspiring and extraordinary. Music can heal and connect the world.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

https://soundcloud.com/musictheory2016

https://www.facebook.com/musictheory2016/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHe1k5TPYkM8EHLiaDkL_w

http://www.musictheory.zone/

http://mtmusictheory.blogspot.co.uk/ 

An interview with protest song writer Beldon Haigh

We managed to have a few words with modern day protest song writer, Beldon Haigh, whose latest track ‘Land of Hope’ addresses the current refugee crisis. Make sure to check out the new video below too!

 

Beldon, why write a song about refugees?

People seeking asylum, fleeing the dangers of war, having suffered the terrifying effects of war – deserve our support and compassion. I have been disturbed to see how refugees have been treated over the last 18 months. Their story is not told frequently enough with compassion, they are treated as political footballs and they have been ruthlessly misrepresented and exploited by right wing political groups in order to further an isolationist political agenda.  And sadly that strategy has been effective. The level of fake news about refugees is off the charts and as a society we don’t seem to be too concerned about that. What we are seeing today is a humanitarian crisis of biblical proportions but the response of many is to frame these very desperate people as modern day pariahs and lepers.  It’s a total disgrace.  More artists need to sing about this kind of thing, it is far more important than for example, singing about getting wasted.

 

Why do you think bands and artists stay away from protest songs?

Within the main music industry, the act is often completely controlled by their label and management.  In practical terms that means they sing what they get told to sing or they are told what they can sing about.  Quite often they aren’t even allowed to write the songs or all of the songs themselves.  Also the system of talent scouting using A&R has been to a large extent replaced by song/popularity contests and public votes. So its not a commercial environment which is going to back anything that could be too controversial.  You can’t really blame the industry. Like any industry, they are in it to make money,  they are in it to get TV ratings,  they never claimed any social purpose or agenda.  Doing political or controversial things is polarising, it splits the audience, it prevents an artist from being a brand (like soap powder) that everyone can buy.   So automatically that means politics is a risk – and industry of any type hates risk. In my humble opinion the music industry tries to create the perception that it is cool and edgy and it enjoys risk. But selling songs using sex and swearing is actually commercially a very safe thing to do. They know what they will get a return on. They invest in stuff they know will sell and avoid the stuff that they think is risky. Its always been that way really. That’s why EMI sacked the sex pistols shortly after signing them. Too risky.   But what that means for the music consumer is that today there is in fact less choice because the more investment there is behind an act, the less likely they will do anything that is genuinely different, risky, controversial – there is a lot of control in place from label and management and the bigger they are, the more points of risk to consider.

 

Talk some more about Land of Hope – who are indiGO and what is their involvement.

I’ve known Ben and Holly at IndiGO for a few years now. They are truly inspirational and selfless people who are incredibly committed to indiGO’s mission and truly embody everything you’d love to believe the leaders of a charity embody. They are very hands on and involved in providing support to refugees in places like Lesbos and Thessaloniki.  They don’t just prove support and help, they have been appointed by Help Refugees (another amazing charity) to coordinate the work of aid agencies on the ground in Greece.  When I wrote and recorded the song I sent it to Ben and Holly and asked them if they’d be ok with indigo Volunteers being the beneficiary of the proceeds and they were very happy about that. indiGO has a really interesting approach because they don’t just raise funds and provide support, they also organise volunteering – so for people really interested in helping and can spare the time – IndiGO Volunteers is a great place to go.

 

What sort of reaction have you had to Land of Hope so far.

It’s early days but so far very very supportive. People like the song, they love the video, they get the message and they see it as important to keep this issue front of mind. Of course there are detractors too, those who like to believe the fake news, but that’s life. One day soon hopefully there will be a realisation that we are all in this together.

 

What is next for Beldon Haigh

Something very different is coming in eight weeks…please watch this space. In the meantime please enjoy Land of Hope, buy the single, share the song and video, like our Facebook page and connect on Twitter!

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008