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The Key Elements to The Perfect World Cup Song

19 Jun 2014

With World Cup fever well and truly gripping the nation we thought it would be a perfect time to take a look at what makes ‘The Perfect World Cup Song’. So without further ado here’s our key elements to the perfect World Cup song…

1. Football

A key element to mention but one that is sadly lacking from songs such as ‘Waka Waka (This time for Africa)’ by She-Wolf Shakira, which was the official World Cup song in 2010. Amazingly, there is no mention of feet, balls, pitches or even the odd line telling the ref to blow his whistle once in a while. There is, however, the line ‘Get back in the saddle’. We think poor Shakira got a bit confused here. Researching this has also led us to Google the lyrics to Waka Waka, which we can’t recommend enough to you all.
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Jessie Ware reveals new song ‘Tough Love’

17 Jun 2014

WOW, we heard this track for the first time last night and fell in love straightaway. We have been massive fans of Jessie’s music for a long time now, including her music on our service for over 2 years. We loved her debut album ‘Devotion’ and her voice is just as amazing live as it is on record. We know this because some of the team were lucky enough to see her in November 2012 at Leeds’ Cockpit.

Here’s ‘Tough Love’ the first song from her new album, which is due later this year. We already can’t wait to hear more from it…Enjoy!

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Prince Plays Leeds Tonight – Top 5 Tracks…

23 May 2014

It’s less than a year since it opened, and already the First Direct Arena in Leeds has played host to some of the biggest names in music. From Bruce Springsteen to Miley Cyrus, Elton John to André Rieu and lots more in between. Later this year star names such as Dolly Parton, The Eagles and Pearl Jam will be gracing the stage. However tonight, there’s somebody a bit special playing… For the first time ever, the little genius that is Prince will be performing in Leeds. He has already caused quite a stir this year by playing little venues in both London and Manchester with his new band 3RD EYE GIRL, now he appears in Yorkshire for the first in 20 years. To celebrate and get you in the mood, if you’re going, our Head of Music has selected the Top 5 Prince Tracks…

5. Diamonds and Pearls (1991)


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Music For Business – Turn It Up (Or Down!)

21 May 2014

Music for business is not just about the music that actually plays, it’s also about where it’s played, and how loud you play it.

This might seem like a pretty insignificant and pointless detail to talk about; so long as you can hear it what does it matter, right? But that’s not always the case. Think about how you feel when something is too loud and it becomes almost distorted to hear, or so soft that you struggle to hear it at all – it’s annoying! What’s more, it can completely ruin the effect and the potential influence your music has on your customers…

Practicality

The last thing you want is your customers struggling to hear themselves, or more importantly, your staff. If your music is too loud, it can not only cause annoyance, but also force people to walk out.
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Muzo | Live At Leeds 2014 – Who To See

02 May 2014

Since 2007, the May Day Bank Holiday weekend has played host to Live at Leeds, a fantastic festival that has hosted the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Maccabees, Marina and the Diamonds, Mumford & Sons and Bombay Bicycle Club – most of them many years before they hit the musical big time.

The great thing about the festival if that you pay your money, pick up a wristband and then walk around the wonderful city, going to an abundance of venues to enjoy some cracking live music from across the spectrum.

Highlights from last year include Sam Smith’s acoustic performance in the Holy Trinity Church, and London Grammar mesmerizing the crowd at Leeds Met University with their obvious talent, 6 months before they released their debut album.
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Music For Restaurants – Makes Your Food Taste Better

15 Apr 2014

Listening to music while eating can enhance your experience and make your food taste better. But which genre has the biggest effect? Jazz, is the genre of background music that can affect how good something tastes, and in turn may impact on how much is eaten, research has revealed.

Researchers from the University of Arkansas played four types of music – classical, jazz, hip hop and rock – while people were eating.

Participants found that food was more satisfying when jazz music was played and less so when hip hop was playing in the background. There was no effect for rock or classical music.

‘People often consume more food and beverages in the presence of background music. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to the overall influence of sound on sensory perception and acceptance of foods,’ researchers said.

The actual reasons why jazz and hip hop had such effect on people eating were unclear. But nevertheless music is an important component of any restaurant, as it helps customer feel more relaxed, fills any empty feeling spaces and ultimately provides a richer, more engaging dining experience.

We hope you enjoyed this post on music for restaurants, and if you have any questions about how our service can benefit your restaurant, please contact the team on info@simplymuzo.com or +44 (0)113 233 7816

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The Importance of Music in Gyms

05 Mar 2014

The Importance of Music in Gyms

Not many people will be able to imagine working out without some kind of music; whether it’s to entertain or motivate them it’s an essential component of any gym. That’s why getting the music right is as important as if it were a 5 star hotel, high-end department store, chilled out bar or family friendly restaurant.

1. Music creates a motivational atmosphere

The right music in gyms has powerful motivational qualities that can help people throughout their workout. This is important for gyms as it creates an appealing and motivating atmosphere the moment customers enter and ensures they’re more likely to return. Research conducted in April 2012 amongst 2,000 gym goers found that more than half respondents would visit the gym less frequently if it didn’t play music*. If they visit less frequently, they’re less likely to continue their membership!
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Muzo Review: BRIT Awards 2014

20 Feb 2014

Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner claimed victory for rock ‘n’ roll over ‘sludge’, Beyoncé made a surprise performance – and James Corden does his best dad dancing – Muzo reviews the BRIT Awards.

The biggest night in British music took place at London’s O2 Arena last night and as well as a host of top prizes being handed out, there were some pretty spectacular live performances.

This year’s show had it all; Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner described a triumph for rock ‘n’ roll, emerging from the ‘sludge’ and the swamp – call us cryptic but we think that he was referring to those One Direction boys. Who like Arctic Monkeys scooped two awards (all be it Arctic Monkeys claimed the most prestigious gongs). David Bowie was named Best British Male Solo Artist, and in a too cool for school no show – according to Noel Gallagher – sent model Kate Moss to collect his award. Sensible no show more like, tucked up at home like any respectable 67 year old on a ‘school night’.

And at least he spared us his dad dancing, which was left to James Corden – who duly obliged, of course!
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BRIT Awards 2014: Muzo’s Winners Predictions

18 Feb 2014

Ahead of the year’s biggest British music event, Muzo take a look and tip which artists we think will take home the top prizes

The BRIT Awards 2014 is almost upon us and the best musical talent right now will be competing to take home a winning gong.

It’s been another fantastic year for British music, and with the likes of Bastille, One Direction, John Newman and Disclosure all up for multiple awards, it’s set to be a spectacular pop music battle at London’s O2 Arena.

Before this year’s crop of winners are revealed, on Wednesday 19th February, check out Muzo’s predictions for who will walk away from the BRIT Awards 2014 a winner:

British Male Solo Artist:
• John Newman
• Jake Bugg
Tom Odell
• David Bowie
• James Blake
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Valentine’s Day Playlist

13 Feb 2014

Valentine's Day Playlist

Whether you’re celebrating new love, old love or no love, what would Valentine’s be without the perfect track list to set a romantic atmosphere, pull on those heartstrings or have you grabbing the tissues while cradling that favourite teddy he or she bought you? Here at Muzo we’ve put our heads together to bring you a collection of our favourite love songs from across the music-sphere; from heartfelt hits to cheesy ballads we’ve got them all. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we did putting them together…

Happy Valentine’s from everyone at Muzo!

Stand By Me – Ben E. King:

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