Monday, 9 December 2013

Laverne & Maconie Talk Music - And Anthem Of The Seas

It might just be a coincidence, but as soon as P&O Cruises release a 'teaser' video of their new ship Britannia (due to make its debut in spring 2015), Royal Caribbean follow suit with a celebrity-laden music project tied to the launch of their massive Anthem of the Seas in Southampton the same year.
We had the P&O video last week (which you can see on this link), and today comes this one from Royal Caribbean, a music-themed survey to find Britain's favourite 'anthems,' as highlighted by DJ Lauren Laverne and music guru Stuart Maconie (above).
Laverne and Maconie recently hosted a celebration of music to launch Anthem, which Royal Caribbean claim will have music at its heart. Speaking at the announcement of the ship's UK debut, Laverne commented: “Bob Geldof once said that everybody talks about the power of art, but you don’t often stand in front of a painting and cry, but music has that power over us. It’s the closest thing we’ve got to magic.”
Music industry expert, author and DJ Maconie was tasked with researching what makes a song an 'anthem' and what is it about an anthem that gets under people’s skin. As part of the research, Stuart put together a list of songs with anthemic status – both recently popular and traditional – and asked the nation to choose the song that makes them the happiest.
Especially composed versions of the top 5 anthems were performed on the night by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They are: 
  1. "It’s a Beautiful Day" by U2
  2. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles
  3. "Jerusalem" by Hubert Parry 
  4. "Angels" by Robbie Williams
  5. "Nimrod" by Edwards Elgar
Royal Caribbean insist that Anthem of the Seas will be the most entertainment-dedicated and technologically advanced cruise ships to be based in the UK when it launches in spring 2015, taking in the sights of the Mediterranean.
The follow-up sister ship to 2014's Quantum of the Seas, it will include a Music Hall at the heart of its music scene, built to showcase the best in live music, and new venue Two70°, a magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea-view space provided by vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Featuring a three-storey bar and huge entertainment spaces, Two70° will offer entertainment technology so advanced it is only found in two other locations in the world.
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