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  • 1. ROCK AND ROLL A NN RS HA E RI ST PO RR ELLIE G I OULDRNVE G ED O “FAM AD” ME M LIVE GIG LIST FASHION ROCKS TOPSHOP MEETS INSIDE 2013 SOFT ROCK COLD P CL SA G E Y BA K TA MOST POPULAR ALBUMS INTERVIEW THE INVENTION OF ISSUE:21434 Utilmate r eve i w s LEAH LOVE o f t he yea r “ YOU CANT PLEASE EVERYONE SO WHY TRY ” £3.00 1/01/2014 www.rockandroll.com
  • 2. WELCOME TO ROCK AND ROLL. As always, its the day to purchase the ultimate rock magazine that will give you the best, unbiased information possible. Follow the simple layout of the contents page and you will find you way to the best articles that could possible be supplied, the latest information with the most well known bands (and up and coming obviously that we could give... and yes use at R’nR are confident you’ll love this issueas much as the last. So, i guess the only thing left to say is read and enjoy, but let us know what you think! CONTENTS 54 20 On the Cover 36 30 Leah Love The invention of Leah Love, and how she has become so succesful 15 36 Fashion Rocks Topshop meets rock in 2014 40 Ultimate Reveiws Of The Year Look back on 2013’s biggest hit singles 40 45 Cold Play Backstage In- Get backstage gossip from the band themselves terveiw BAnG With a Back n ever Leah is de tha 50 Live GiG List Get the list of the best locations and up and coming gigs you can’t miss ttitu re a And mo 54 2013 Most Popular Albums Look at what you voted to be 2013’s best albums 30 56 Ellie Goulding Fame Drove Me Mad Find out what happened to Ellie and what she will do next Features 61 Delve into the 100 greatest Reviews artist 72 The Script 65 Amy Winehouse The singer-song writer remember in previously - unseen conversation with us. 73 Lady GaGa How writting there own songs has tought them so much about themselves. 74 James Arthur 69 Fall Out Boy 76 Kesha Rock Album Revealed Learn who we think are the greatests artists of all time 68 Goo Goo Dolls The next big step they are willing to take to make it big. 005 Does the new ablum bring there reputation back? find out on page 72 Her new soft rock album has broken her pop image and we welcome her to R’n’R with open arms Breaks the X - factor tradition, releases two albums in a year and find out what we think of them What we think of the latest rock albumm thats been released by Kesha 80 Scouting For Girls Do we really think the album was good... no! See why on page 80. 85 Adele She hits back with an album better than ever and we must say its a must have for any music lover. Regulars 10 Hot or Not Femal Artist Its your say so make sure you vote for the famle artists that you feel deserve to be at the top of the list Regulars 64 Lipstick: Top 7 Must haves 12 New to R’n’R The key colours to this Make a new folder on your ipod for all these that month want to make it big, and yes we think they could make it. 65 The Workout 15 Right Now without leaving Work out The daily diary of what our favourite artists are the up to house 21 Essentials 17 Cash for Comments 28 Back in the Day You me at six Cold Play Taylor Swift James Arthur The Script Scouting For Girls Rihanna The Killers Greenday Artic Monkeys Jessie J PLan B Professor Green Example Guns N’ Roses Lady GaGa Katy Perry Swedish House Mafia The Vamps Kings Of Leon Mumford and Sons Fall out Boy Ed Sheeran Ellie Goulding Muse Rolling Stones Kesha Christina Perri Goo Goo Dolls Paramore They Fray Lorde Skylar Gray Kelly Clarkson Lady GaGa Adele Maroon 5 Lama Del Ray Lily Allen Passenger Miley Cyrus 25 Monthly Madness 20 Subscribe Gig List Who’s comments have made it on the magazine this week and who has won the cash prize for the best. Subscribe for R’n’R and you’ll get the best deal yet, plus all the latest information This months essential songs that you nedd to know 22 Quiz Time See how much you know about what happens with the bands this month and what score you can get. 23 Band vs Band What bands have been battling this week to come out on top? Did anyone get hurt we wonder? Who’s been in trouble this week? Who smashed up their hotel room... find out now! Katy looks back on what she would change if she could FACEBOOK.COM/RNR @RNRMAGA ZINE 006
  • 3. LEAH’S INTERVIEW LEAH: “ Y ou can ’ t please eve r yone so w hy try?” Over the past two years, Leah Ferroussat has shifted 12 million singles and 4.5 million albums worldwide. But, as we find out, it’s not always been easy… ARTICLE AND PICTURES BY GRACE ARNELL The journey is more importan t in music than where you end up. Those are the words that really stuck in my mind from the last time we interviewed Leah. But what did we expect? Then, having released only one single to then be propelled to stardom after winning the Brit Awards’ Critics’ Choice Statuette we could tell we hadn’t even seen half her talent yet. She was a charismatic motormouth that was not afraid to speak her mind and didn’t care who didn’t like her as she was therefore her music and fans nothing more not even popularity - maybe that’s why she’s so successful, you can’t please everyone so why try? So, when we asked what she meant by the title of debut single ‘The Guy I Could Be’, that was her response ‘Guys have such laid back responses to life so why can’t I with music? I mean it’s got me this far hasn’t it? second album, ‘This is me’, still as chirpier as ever. Yet when we approach her with tricky questions we are met with a pause for thought. And when the issue of the media portrayal of her relationship is brought up she declines to comment saying she’s in this for music not for gossip like some silly little sl*ts. This, you suspect, is a woman who’s spent the last couple of years learning about of fame’s dark side, wanting to be known for her music but doesn’t care if she isn’t liked. comes to performing I love it I mean what artist wouldn’t and if they say they don’t they are bullsh*tting. Another stressful time is during meet and greets… so you’re giving a group of fans some attention and thanks for liking your music etc but then you get pulled away and told to do an promotional interview and I stand there like ‘I don’t care how famous I am or who likes me Im about the music that’s all’ I mean I’ve got to the point now where stuff like that is laughable I mean have they not realised yet? You did the Concert for Stephen Lawrence at the O2. Is that a cause that is close to your heart? ‘Definitely, I feel a duty to try to help cut gun and knife crime in any way I can no matter what the situation, I mean they happened at my school and you hear about it in the news so why wouldn’t you want to help in any way I’m just fortunate I can help with my music which is something I love. Stuff people witness is horrific and I’m glad I can help. Some artists really piss me off! ATTENTION SEEKERS! Two years later and Leah has changed from a girl singing pop rock covers of Avril Lavigne to a solo woman with a successful career under her belt. She chills in her PR team’s office (on what else but a white leather sofa may I say) awaiting the big release of her 030 Last time we met, you said, ‘I just want to see where my career goes and try to enjoy myself.’ Have you enjoyed it? ‘Yeah, I have. Although there have been moments when the stress has taken over and I’ve just wanted to scream; preparing for concerts or gigs are the worst but when it You’ve suffered months with in the past few health problems… ‘Yeah, I was told I have something wrong 031
  • 4. LEAH’S INTERVIEW with my voice – damage or something and was told to cut down singing or something. It really got to me I’d just started my journey in the music industry and they wanted to take it away from me. I wasn’t going to let that happen so I put myself on vocal rest occasionally but I can’t do much more, just look after myself. But when getting that news the first thing I thought to myself was “I’m not gonna give up.” I’m not that person’I mean I’ve always told others not to so why should I… hypercritical much. Everyone has a go at me for pushing myself to hard sometimes but I don’t see it I’m naturally a laid back person and the fansget that so I don’t care what the media can say. used anyway. I’ve had fans go “I didn’t mean it. I just wanted to get your attention.” This makes me laugh even more. I do read my time line though I mean I don’t care what people like that say, it doesn’t affect me. Do other female artists annoy you with their approach to the media? ‘A lot of artists do and it is especially the females, I understand you want to be known but seriously have some class and dignity about it. They love to play the victim which really annoys me I mean they know what they she’s bloody amazing at the lucky b*tch! Ellie is one of my good friends and I think she is one of the few artists that can sing a love song with class and doesn’t do it often unlike some artists that base every song they sing on their ex. I mean it is ridiculous to say the least. You wrote Miley Cyrus’s first Top single, ‘Party in the USA’. Did you see her twerking? ‘I think everyone has seen her twerking and it’s bloody horrible to put it nicely. Some of the things she’s doing are a little crazy, but she’s probably trying really hard to get away from the Hannah Montana thing but seriously she is trying way too hard its embarrassing. I love it when each artist is to their own and whats to be unique, if anything i respect that they arent changing but, everything she does is just a show. She’s so young and has so much going for her but she has screwed up her life, she wont be able to get away from this image she has made herself now. I guess she does get some respect from me though as doing that in the public eye isn’t easy but she needs to get some class about her. I’ve done or worn things in the past that looking back I’m like “Whoa!”but I never took it to her extreme, I like to see myself with some class and I will keep it that way thanks. I’m not desperate for attention you either like me or not it doesn’t bother me. So let’s just hope she never does it again. “ I’m not desperate for attention you either like me or not it doesn’t bother me. ” Have you had a lot of abuse from the media or the public? ‘Oh yeah sometimes it seems like they don’t f*cking stop! I’ve had death threats for cancelling! But seriously the social media are the worst its always one bloody extreme to the other and if you’re in the middle they don’t give a sh*t or just twist things. It doesn’t bother me, but sometimes it p*sses me off yet I still find it funny reading things about me I didn’t even know I mean they take learning new things about yourself or learning a new thing every day too far it’s cr*p. And the fans can be just as bad you get the ones that love your music saying “I LOVE YOU!” or those ones that scream “I HATE YOU AND I WANT YOU TO DIE.” because they don’t like what you do I mean if you don’t like it don’t listen to it … simple. There’s no middle ground everything’s an extreme, because people want to be noticed.’ How do you deal with the death threats you recieve from people? ‘Well, I used to comment back, but I’ve learnt it’s a complete waste of time and they probably don’t understand half the words I 032 got themselves into so why make it worse for yourself. No one’s ever heard me sing “He broke my heart” or “I’m fed up and I’m gonna give up.” I’m not that girland to be honest never want to be yeah some of my songs might be more calm than others but I don’t go righting about every relationship issue under the sun. I never was and I never will be. I always try to switch it around like “Okay. If you want to cheat on me, I’ll see you later.”’ I must admit though I love Ellie Goulding, I mean her attitude towards music is amazing, she doesn’t care about if she is liked she just concentrates on her music and nothing else. It’s all about the music for her and it’s like her hobby that’s Who inspired you to become a singer song writer? Honestly, I had so many I couldn’t say, I loved bands such as Cold Play and solo artists like Ellie Goulding, though I have to she’s my best friend. Cold Play I listen to constantly I mean their music is… I guess you could say real, as in no sh*t songs about love or cr*p auto tune. I really respect these people because they wrote their own songs, they didn’t get someone to do it for them. It’s not only the artists that inspired me its stuff like festivals I mean I love Reading festival! I mean the live music, diverse people and just everything about the festivals are amazing and I’m going to see it from a completely different view this year! The artist I love is Passenger, I mean his song that he wrote is called “I hate” is the best, I just wish i though t of it myself, it’s about all those fake people and I show every person that hasn’t heard it because I just think it sums up so many people in the world. So I’m guessing you’re excited to be a part of Reading festival this year as an act? Yes! Are you joking! I’m like a little girl in a sweet shop, I couldn’t be happier; it’s like a dream come true. Forget the money and fame that some artists perform for it’s all about the experience for me and I’ve grown up going to Reading so playing at Reading is an honour. I just hope I don’t screw up! Its not just the performing I’m excited about it’s also the other bands playing to that i can listen to live for the first time i think it will be amazing! Did you always want to be a singer?, or did you consider another job when you were younger? When I was younger I went to all the singing and dancing schools possible, I was just a music freak but never did the school performances I mean id never dance around the stage I hated the attention. So I guess I’m not like normal girls or artists because I don’t change for anyone. When I was in school and got asked what I wanted to be when I grew up and I always said singer. The teachers would tell me I needed a proper profession and now I guess I’ve proven them wrong, I’m doing something I love and met the most amazing people possible. But I guess at one point i wanted to be a doctor, i mean i wasnt good at science or anything but I loved to help people. Looking back on it know though I’m so glad m not a doctor I mean I’d faint at the first sight of blood. What have you got in store for us next? Another album maybe? Another Album! Are you taking the p*ss! Single maybe but not Album, I know I love music and everything but I don’t live in the recording studio! I do want a social life to see family so I guess that if people want another album from me they will have to wait… I don’t care. Do you watch programs such as the X – factor? No its sh*t, fake and staged, occasionally you get the one or two every few years that can sing but usually none of them can they all use auto tune and it wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t actually sing live. And plus they are all about the money… pr*cks! And they forget about where they came from I mean look at that girl and… Little Chicks? Oh Little Mix, them girls. Did you always want to be a singer or do you find it too stressful that you would prefer to be something else? When I was younger I went to all the singing and dancing schools possible, I was just a music freak but never did the school performances I mean id never dance around the stage I hated the attention. So I guess I’m not like normal girls or artists because I don’t change for anyone. When I was in school and got asked what I wanted to be when I grew up and I always said singer. The teachers would tell me I needed a proper profession and now I guess I’ve proven them wrong, I’m doing something I love and met the most amazing people possible. Don’t get me wrong sometimes it can be so stressful but can’t all jobs? I mean I wanted to be a doctor at one point and that is a stressful job in itself so I must of got an easy job compared to them as I’m not saving lives! Do you watch programs such as the X – factor? No its sh*t, fake and staged, occasionally you get the one or two every few years that can sing but usually none of them can they all use auto tune and it wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t actually sing live. And plus they are all about the money… pr*cks, its their fault that people that cant sing are getting number ones. I mean who actually buys and listens to their singles! And they forget about where they came from I mean look at that girl and… Little Chicks? Oh Little Mix, them girls, they are just aweful and i blame the X-factor for allowing them to sing in public. “ X-Factor. . .Money Grabin’ Pr*cks the lot of them!” Last question I promise… Do you ever struggle with fame? ‘Sometimes, the media just don’t give you a break and when I got take in with my illness they were there, in my face flashing the camera and everything , I mean they only care about their story and I care about me so we aren’t going to get along. That’s the bit I hate. That’s the bit I… [Sighs] those are the moments when I lose faith in the public as I just realise what this world is coming to… its… shocking. Even a doctor asked for my autograph I mean it was turning into a joke. I’ve learnt to be true to myself and so if anyone doesn’t like me, like the media it’s their problem and not mine. “I’m so sociable and love to make meet new people all the time. I guess you could say I’m always that embarassing friend that you just wish would be quiet sometimes. My favoutrite song is Passenger, Let her go and I’m a monster when it comes to chocolate, I can never have enough.” LEAH FACT FILE 033
  • 5. LEAH’S INTERVIEW 033 I don’t care how famous I am or who likes me... I’m about the music that’s all. 034 www.rockandroll.com

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