NEW COMPETITION! WIN SIGNED 19 PROMO CD!

31 03 2010

Right, we’re giving you the chance to get your hands on 1 of 5 very limited edition promo CDs for the 25th Anniversary release of 19, out 19th April 2010. All are signed by Paul!

It couldn’t be easier to enter. All you need to do it send us the answer to this question:

In the video 19 Boys To War (25th Anniversary Edition) OFFICIAL VIDEO, how many soldiers can be seen in the memorial wall reaching out to a mourning man? www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxw5PS0WZGk

A – 4
B – 5
C – 6

Email your answers to ed@influencegroupworldwide.com titled, ‘Paul Hardcastle Competition’.
This competition will end at midnight on Thursday 8th April and winners will be selected at random on Friday 9th April 2010, and notified shortly after. Good luck!

Prize Draw Terms and Condition
1. This prize draw is global. Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries are to be made by email to ed@influencegroupworldwide.com. This is a free prize draw. No purchase is necessary.

2. No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are lost, delayed, misdirected or corrupted during delivery to or from the promoter due to any computer malfunction, virus, bug, delay or other reason whatsoever.

3. The promoter of this prize draw is Influence Group World Wide, 14 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QG, United Kingdom. The promoter’s decision in this prize draw is final.

4. There are five (5) prizes. 1 copy each of a promotional CD for 19 ‘Boys To War’ signed by Paul Hardcastle. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative

5. The closing date for entries is midnight Thursday 8th April (UK time). The winners will be chosen at random by the promoter and will be notified by email on or before Friday 16th April.

6. By entering this prize draw, you agree to be bound by these terms.

7. The promoter may use any personal data submitted by entrants only for the purposes of running the competition unless permission is given to the promoter to retain personal data for specific purposes.

8. This prize draw and these terms are governed by English law. Any dispute arising about them will be subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts.

9. If any of these clauses should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable then it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and conditions and the remaining clauses shall survive, remain in full force and effect.

10. The winners, using first name only unless otherwise agreed with the winner, will be published across Paul Hardcastle’s official site, and social media pages. The winner agrees the use of their name and, subject to separate consent, their image in promotional activity following this prize draw.

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Boys To War: Paul Hardcastle’s Shock War Video Released Online

23 03 2010

PRESS RELEASE!

Paul Hardcastle announced the release of his video for the 25th Anniversary version of 19. The video received an emotional response at the screening held in SOHO, London.

(PRWEB) March 23, 2010 — Speaking in London today Paul Hardcastle announced the release of his video for the 25th Anniversary version of 19. The video received an emotional response at the screening held in SOHO, London.

19: Boys to War
Paul explained, “I have got to the point now where I just felt I had to do something. History keeps repeating itself and we are still sending Boys to War. After talking with the families of many of the victims of this conflict, I felt both encouraged and outraged about what is happening.” History keeps repeating itself . The video highlights the terrible trauma of war, and shows explicitly the impact on families and loved ones.
Paul Hardcastle went on to say, “This is not your usual Pop video, and neither is it supposed to be. I am fed up with the politicians carrying on as if none of this matters, it does.”

The video brings together footage from Vietnam with footage of the current conflict in Afghanistan and shows clearly how the victims of war are going through the same thing all over again. Within the first 4 hours of the screening and its release the video was receiving 1000s of hits from across the world, with the heaviest demand coming from America, and Germany.

“When I first put this video and track together I found it really haunting. History really is repeating itself.”

Background:
There are two versions of 19 being released on 19th April 2010, 25 years on from the original. 19:Boys to War and a slow version called 19:The Vision. Both highlight the impact of war on soldiers both during and importantly after the conflict.

The music is being released digitally through all major digital outlets worldwide.

The video is available for view at http://www.hardcastlemusic.com.

Richard Murray, the Ministry of Sound DJ has remixed a new club version of 19.





HERE IS THE NEW OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 19

19 03 2010

Here it is. 25 years later, we can now show you the official video for the 25th Anniversary Edition of 19. Check it out! We’re one month out until release so spread the word!





19 Trailer on AOL Music

18 02 2010

For those of you who still haven’t seen the latest video of ’19’, your excuses are becoming limited. Not only can you watch it on Pauls Official Site, YouTube, Facebook and more you can check it out in AOL Video! Take a peek and let us know what you think. Don’t forget, single is out to download on the 19th April 2010!

19, Video, AOL





Wanna be a part of the “19” Hall of Fame?

10 02 2010

Want to see your video featured in the “19” Hall of Fame? Well it’s really simple! Just send us a link to your YouTube video of your version of “19” and if we like it, we’ll feature it on these very pages. We’ll be choosing our favourite video each day, so there’s plenty of opportunity.

You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter, so stop by and show us your videos.





19 Mash up

10 02 2010

Here’s a quirky one! A mash up of “19” combined with Snaps “Rhythm is a Dancer” – it really works though!





The Story of 19 – The Final Chapter

5 02 2010

25 Years ago, I recorded the song “19”. The idea came about whilst watching a documentary which highlighted the plight of young men and women who fought in Vietnam.

“In World War 2 the average age of the combat soldier was 26, in Vietnam he was 19” these words really made me stop and think.

When I first approached Chrysalis Records with the Demo of “19” most people there didn’t believe it would get any attention as there would be no interest from the media, and I quote “the public don’t want to hear a song about war”.

Two people thought otherwise, the promotions guy Ken Grunbaum, and Simon Fuller who was working for the Company at the time. I gave the record company an ultimatum, either release “19” as my first record or I would not sign with them.

As luck would have it they agreed, and within three weeks “19” was at the top of the charts in 13 different countries and Simon became my Manager, he later went on to name his company after the song.

At the time it all seemed a long way from home as Vietnam was an American war, but now it seems “history is repeating itself”.

It’s now the 25th anniversary since the release of “19”, only this time the documentary I am watching is about the British soldiers who would be serving in Afghanistan. I hear the words “I looked at my Men, The average age was 19, my god I’m taking boys to war”, It was unbelievable, almost the same words that gave me the original idea to record “19”, this was all sounding too familiar.

I had it in my mind to do a remix for the 25th anniversary of the original track but after hearing that, I felt it would almost be an insult not to mention the British and others, who have lost their lives in recent years whilst doing their duty so I rewrote the song completely.

This time the song is written from the perspective of how I would see things if I was in the position of a young Soldier being sent off to war.

What’s interesting is the fact that a few years earlier I was approached by the BBC to remake 19 to be included in their TV programme “Power to the People” which highlighted the fact that there were no British hospitals for soldiers returning from duty.

At the time I declined, but having listened to the Soldiers and even high ranking army officials from several TV documentaries, it appears that there are many who are unsure that the way we are going about things is the right way,

Some even believe this can easily become another Vietnam scenario which would be a catastrophe for all involved, I’m not here to preach or impose my opinion on anyone and like with the original record I leave you to make up your own minds.

I am no anti government crusader, but take a look at the video trailer , the similarities between Vietnam and Afghanistan are quite alarming to say the least.

Luckily for me, In America I have been fortunate to have sold more records over the last decade than when 19 was at it’s peak so this is something that I don’t need to do, But on the other hand It’s something I feel I should do.

This is the last time I will ever revisit this song so I hope you like and understand what really are THE FINAL ever versions of “19”.

Paul Hardcastle – Feb 2010

A voice in my head is saying welcome to hell,
Will I get to survive I‘ve got no way to tell,
I’m in a situation where one of us dies
I get a stone cold stare from my enemies eyes,

A voice in my head is saying kill or be killed
But my mind is numb and my blood is chilled,
There’s bodies all around they lie on the ground
And all I hear is silence, and it’s a deafening sound

A voice in my head is saying this ain’t a game
If I survive this Hell I will never be the same,
Should I be here? I can’t say for sure,
If I don’t understand what I’m fighting for