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KEY SONGS IN THE LIFE OF


Alan Hunt


Director of Retail and Head of Purchasing, Musicroom


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What was the first record you remember buying? The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.


PERFECT SIGNING Perfect Songs signed 21-year-old artist, songwriter and producer Secaina Hudson at the end of 2013. A co-writing credit on A*M*E’s first single City Lights with MNEK launched Hudson into the spotlight after support from BBC Radio 1Xtra. She’s also picked up writing cuts with the likes of Jacob Banks (Atlantic Records) and has been in the studio writing with Cutfather (XL/Reverb), HyGrade (Kobalt), DaWood (Universal) and Perfect Songs’ own Fear Of Tigers and Anita Blay. Hudson is also working on her debut album with Frankmusik and Horror Stories. Pictured [L-R]: Stephen Flannery (Perfect), Mel Redmond (Perfect), Ally Horn (Perfect), Ian Usher (Perfect), Secaina Hudson, Aaron Horn (Perfect), Tom Carter (Perfect), Wayne Russell (Hudson’s manager).


tGOLDEN TRIBUTE John Newman will want to pick up where he left off in the New Year, and early indications are he’s doing just that. His debut album Tribute has now sold over 300,000 copies worldwide with gold certification in the UK. Here he is with the appropriate commemorative plaque, flanked by Island’s Natasha Mann (senior product manager) and Ollie Clueit. Newman is currently ‘doing America’: Tribute leapt to No.5 on the US iTunes Chart after its release in the territory last Tuesday and he played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom last Thursday.


uCLASS ACT Renowned songwriter Wayne Hector (Westlife, One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and more) dropped into The BRIT School before the Christmas break to give a masterclass in his craft. He’s pictured here with some very appreciative BRITs School students.


Which song was (or would be) the first dance at your wedding? My Love Is Your Love - Whitney Houston. It seemed like a good idea at the time!


Which track would you like played at your funeral? Enjoy Yourself - The Specials.


What’s your karaoke speciality? Angels. Although it’s really to be avoided at all costs.


What was the best artist meeting of your life? Paul Weller - I was very excited; probably more than he was.


Recommend a track Music Week readers may not have heard? You Keep Running Away - The Four Tops


What's your favourite single/track of all time? Can’t be done, there are too many to choose from, and it depends on my mood! However, if I had to go for just one, it would be Jackie Wilson - Sweetest Feeling.


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