December 6 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, September 8, 2013
LA LA LA chart-topper Naughty Boy is coming to a top Hatfield music venue later this month.
HE is the super producer from Hertfordshire behind Emeli Sandé’s multi-million selling album Our Version of Events.
His own debut, Hotel Cabana, crashed into the UK charts at number two last week, being beaten to the top spot by metallers Avenged Sevenfold’s latest album.
And later this month, Naughty Boy will be coming to Hatfield for a weekly club night.
On the back of the success of chart-topping single La La La, Naughty Boy, aka Shahid Khan, will be appearing at Bonk, at The Forum Hertfordshire, on Wednesday, September 25, ensuring Hatfield’s biggest midweek club night returns for uni freshers’ week with a bang.
Resident DJs Dave Conway and Big Will will be joined in the main room by Naughty Boy, who will be playing a very special DJ set at the University of Hertfordshire venue.
Meanwhile, in the second room Chrisessence will be setting the decks alight with urban classics.
This year is shaping up to be an incredible one for Naughty Boy, who started out producing in his parents’ tiny garden shed before striking it lucky with a £44,000 win on Noel Edmonds’ Deal Or No Deal.
Not content with producing the biggest-selling album of 2012 – Emeli Sandé’s Our Version of Events – the in-demand producer has stepped out of the shadows to release Hotel Cabana.
It seems there’s just no stopping this creative visionary from Watford whose recent hit La La La is the biggest selling single by a British artist this year.
The track has clocked up over 700,000 sales so far, as well as more than 90 million YouTube views.
A British record in every sense, Hotel Cabana features a stellar cast, including Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Emeli Sandé, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Gabrielle, Brit newcomers Ella Eyre, Sam Smith, Chasing Grace and Tanika, as well as US hip-hop maestro Wiz Khalifa.
The 13-track concept album is bristling with solid-gold musicality.
“The melodies, the hooks, the vocals – that’s the most important thing for me,” said Naughty Boy.
“We’re in a time when people are afraid to make real music. But the people want to hear something fresh and amazing.”
The foundations for Hotel Cabana were laid when Naughty Boy and Scottish singer Emeli Sandé were in the studio, working on songs for her debut album.
Khan then reached out to the artists he respected and British pop royalty all responded with unquestioning enthusiasm.
For the Intro, he asked Tinie Tempah to take a vocal role alongside Sandé.
The ubiquitous Sandé, meanwhile, lends her voice to the finger-snapping, piano-soul first taster single Wonder.
She also lights up on Pluto and new single Lifted, as well as a Cabana re-run of Daddy, one of her breakthrough singles and one of the first tracks Khan and Sandé wrote together.
The BRIT Award-winner is not the only diva in residence. Gabrielle sings Hollywood, a song about glorious pasts.
There’s also a couple of new starlets on show – Ella Eyre, a teenager fresh from her number one single with Rudimental, deliberating on Thinking About It, and the boy/girl duo Chasing Grace on the euphoric So Strong.
There’s also million-selling Ed Sheeran on the track Top Floor, and a certain gravel-voiced rapper, by the name of Wretch 32, on Pluto.
* Naughty Boy will be appearing at Bonk, at The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield, on September 25.
This event is included in the freshers’ pass on sale from The Forum box office from 11am on Saturday, September 21.
All freshers’ week events sell out and advance purchase is advised for this 18 plus club night.