Ellie Goulding’s Debut Lights Released Today

Having already conquered her native Britain with the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, Lights, which premiered at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with four hit singles and earned a BRIT award, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is ready to make a similar splash in America. Lights, released in the US today, is infused with Ellie’s sparkling electro-folk-pop sound that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics.

While Ellie tours across North America from festival to festival, she’ll be stopping in New York, naturally. That Webster Hall show on March 24th is Sold Out, but you can enter to win a pair of lucky tix.

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Adele Announces North American Tour

Tickets for Adele‘s North American tour go on sale this Friday. Along with the full tour, she’s playing a semi-private event in NYC this Friday – head over to Brooklyn Vegan and IHeartRadio to get more info and to win tickets.

Check the full list of tour dates after the jump, and go to Adele’s blog for some personal insight into her shows. Don’t forget to pick up the highly acclaimed new album 21 on February 22nd.

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Blaqstarr Video: “Rider Girl”

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Check out Blaqstarr‘s new video for “Rider Girl” from the Divine EP. As if the music isn’t catchy enough, Blaqstarr also seems determined to stick in our heads visually, with his glistening muscles and fauxhawk. The motorcycle-riding girl of the song is present but only as a psychedelic silhouette, constantly in motion.

Don’t forget Blaqstarr‘s Divine EP is out this week [iTunes]. He is performing a special showcase at Qué Bajo?! at Santos Party House, NYC on Thursday, 1/27 at 10 pm and an additional live show at MeanRed’s Dark Disco at Good Units, NYC on Saturday, 1/29.

Blaqstarr Divine EP & NYC Showcases – January 27th & 29th

Blaqstarr is gearing up for his Divine EP to drop on January 25th, and we trust our friends at Spin, who say this about the record: “imagine Prince remaking Sign O’ The Times as a banging, Baltimore club record.” That’s all we need to hear. Sold. Blaqstarr is part of N.E.E.T. Recordings, M.I.A.‘s label, along with a favorite young firecracker Rye Rye. In 2007 their song “Shake It To the Ground” grew from an underground Baltimore club thing to a widespread dance hit. Now Blaqstarr’s doing his solo thing on the Divine EP, showcasing his fearless and relentlessly experimental brand of electronic hip-hop.

He’s coming to New York City next week with performances at Santos Party House & Good Units. Music, event info, and photos from our  SVEDKA event with Blaqstarr after the jump.

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Show Recap: Plan B at Bowery Ballroom – January 10

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This Tuesday, NYC was on winter storm watch throughout the night, but that had no apparent effect on Plan B‘s New York debut at Bowery Ballroom. The place was packed and full of energy, with a crowd that was at least half British folks “on holiday.” Before Plan B, the crowd was treated to a beatboxing extravaganza from Faith SFX, complete with layered drum beats broken down, live instrument imitations and sing-a-longs to hip-hop classics, including DMX and Lil Wayne. He riled up the crowd for Plan B, who came out strong with a full backing band: two guitarists, back-up singers – the works.

Plan B played a mixed set including many tracks from his upcoming release The Defamation of Strickland Banks. First his soulful ballads had the crowd swaying, then he got into his more upbeat songs like “Prayin” and the crowd got jumpy; couldn’t get enough. Of course Plan B added a bit of flavor to his set, sprinkling in some classic covers, medleys, and switching to a reggae groove mid-song. Overall Plan B nailed it in our famously snobby city on a bitterly cold night. By the end of the show, there were nothing but warm smiles inside.

LA: Plan B is in the States for one more night, playing at Troubador (LA) with DJ Luke Top (Fools Gold) tonight. Hope you already got tickets, cuz it’s sold out.

More Videos & Streaming Tracks from The Defamation of Strickland Banks