Monday, December 14, 2009

SIA - You've changed

Shame on me, I've only discovered SIA very recently, thanks to someone who played her album while I was at his place. It's a good way to have people listen to something they don't want to hear / think they won't like, cause they don't dare change the music. and being a polite guy I do not change people's music... Anyway, I immediately loved Sia's clever and sophisticated pop. So when I came across a free new track of hers a few days later, I didn't wait very long before playing it. And, WOW, You've Changed is just amazing. It's a very catchy uptempo sort of affair, that had me dance around rather stupidly, although it's not a stupid song (like, say, Ke$ha's Tik Tok). Try it at home.


 The end of the year means turkey stuffing, last minute Xmas shopping, cooooold, Gluwein and OF COURSE best of list! This year I'm gonna give you my 100 favourite tracks of the year. Of sourse it's been hell to choose, and I've only been able to rank the first 30 tracks, even though I'm sure nothing's ever settled. Anyway here are the 1000 tracks that best rocked my year, regardless of their single, album-track, buzz song, or unreleased status, I just heard them in 2009 and LOVED them! Please feel free to tell me wich ones are your favourites in the comments section, if I missed some according to you and if I'm just a complete idiot! After all, 2009 isn't over yet! Enjoy and anyway, see you in 2010 for more exciting music :)

Fin de l'année, courses de Noël, fourrage de dinde, froid, vin chaud et... TOP 100 ! Pourquoi 100 me direz-vous, eh bien parce qu'il faut bien commencer par quelque chose ! Evidemment c'est un enfer de réduire une année de découvertes, d'enthousiasme, de daubes assumées, et de pop-pop-pop-pop-pop à 100 chansons. Aussi, il est très possible que le ventre mou du classement ait changé à l'heure où vous lirez ces lignes, mais quoiqu'il en soit vous aurez une idée de ce qui m'a fait frétiller cette année. Tous les commentaires sont évidemment les bienvenus, sauf bien sûr si c'est pour dire du mal.
Alors bonne écoute, en espérant que vous découvrirez des choses qui sauront chatouiller vos oreilles exigentes. A bientôt !

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero  
Amazing from the first second, this song keeps getting better and explodes in some sort of eargasm that’s enough to knock you out… A masterpiece! 

Dès les premières secondes, cette chanson s’impose, avant de monter en puissance jusqu’à un final magistral qui laisse KO. Chef-d’œuvre !

2. Dragonette – Easy
Not really representative of the band’s perfect album because of its more laid-back sound leading to an epic end, it’s also their best track.
Assez peu représentatif de l’album dont il est issu, ce titre plus calme qui se termine en explosion épique est le meilleur de Dragonette. De loin.
3. Girls Aloud – Untouchable
It’s funny that Girls Aloud’s best song is the only one that missed the Top 10. Anyway, these 6.40 minutes are the band’s high point of a career that clearly doesn’t lack any.
La meilleure chanson des Girls Aloud est aussi la seule qui, assez ironiquement, n’a pas atteint le top 10 anglais. Quoiqu’il en soit ces 6 minutes 40 sont le point culminant d’une carrière qui n’en manque pourtant pas…
4. Marina and The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot
Clearly this should have been huge, given the quality of the song, and the intelligence of its performer. Let’s hope 2010 is her year. Quite frankly I have no doubt!
Cette chanson aurait du être énorme, vue sa qualité et l’intelligence de son interprète. 2010 sera sans doute son année. Les paris sont ouverts !
5. Gossip - Heavy Cross
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Ce n’était pas simple de choisir parmi un album aussi excellent que Music For Men. Cependant Heavy Cross représente bien ce qui fait des Gossip un aussi bon groupe : l’attitude, le sex-appeal, l’efficacité, et biensûr cette voix hors du commun…
6. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)
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Sophie est revenue au top avec ce titre produit par les Freemasons, qui l’a replacée parmi les divas. Une réussite totale qui en appelle d’autres. Vite !
7.Beyoncé – Halo
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This is the song that made me completely change my mind about Beyoncé. It’s impossible to get it out of your head once you’ve heard it. Grrreat!
C’est entêtant, c’est parfaitement produit, c’est épique, c’est Beyoncé. LE titre qui m’a fait changer d’avis sur elle, c’est dire… !
8. Eva Simmons - Silly Boy
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Why this wasn’t a huge hit is beyond my understanding. Evrything from the choris, the beats, the video was perfect. Maybe pretending it was a Rihanna feat. Gaga demo wasn’t such a good idea after all.
Je n’arrive toujours pas à comprendre comme une telle chanson a pu failer aussi fort… Tout était parfait, du refrain au clip, mais peut-être que la présenter comme une collaboration entre Gaga et Rihanna pour hyper un peu la chose n’était pas une si bonne idée que ça… Plouf.
9. Shakira - She Wolf/Loba
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Cette bonne Shakira a des c**illes pour tenter un come back avec un titre qui fleure bon le Boney M. Sauf que c’est une réussite totale (en grande partie grâce au « aooooh » du refrain !) et un des meilleurs moments de l’année…
10. Royksopp + Robyn - The Girl & The Robot
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Clearly Robyn can do no wrong, and this collaboration with Royksopp proves it again. This slice of electro-pop heaven is as good as the title suggests. More robots, and more Robyn, please!
Robyn ne peut pas se tromper, et cette collaboration avec le duo norvégien Royksopp le prouve très clairement. Et ce morceau d’électro-pop proche de la perfection est aussi bon que son titre le suggère. Robyn + Robots = perfection !
11. Erik Hassle - Love Me To Pieces This boy's album has "hit" written all over... if it ever gets released!
Ce garçon a quand même tout pour que son album cartonne, s'il sort un jour, bien sûr!
12. Natalie Imbruglia - Want   She's not just one of the prettiest girls in pop, she's also a great artist with a terrific new album to be released in early 2010. The first single, which undeservedly flopped is a great introduction : it's awesome.
Non contente d'être l'un des plus beaux visages de la pop, Nat a décidé de nous revenir avec un album parfait qui sortira début 2010. Ce premier single, injustement passé inaperçu, résume bien l'ensemble : il est énorme.
13. Arctic Monkeys - My Propeller
The best band currently available gets better with each release. This absolutely brilliant song just shows how fantastic Humbug is.
Le meilleur groupe de rock en activité s'améliore à chaque album, et ce titre plus que brillant en est la preuve flagrante. Du grand art(ic) !
14. Noisettes - Don't Upset The Rhythm One of the most exciting band of the past few years finally became mainstream thanks to this incredible single mixing pop, rock and funk thanks to a super-charismatic leader, Shingai Shoniwa
L'un des groupes les plus excitants de ces dernières années, a enfin explosé grâce à ce single hallucinant, entre rock, pop et funk, le tout porté par la super charismatique Shingai Soniwa.
15. Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets
She was just featured in the BBC's "Sound Of 2010" poll and if her album has songs like this one, she should turn the hype into a well-deserved maintream success quite soon...
Ellie vient de se voir décerner la première place du fameux "Sound of 2010" de la BBC. Si son album regorge de titres aussi bons que celui-ci, cette distinction hype devrait vite se transformer en bon gros succès des familles...
16. Hurts - Wonderful Life  Even though it will only be released at the beginning of the coming year, I'm featuring it now, as I first her of that awesome song a few months ago. And if I have to I'll feature it in my 2010 list too!
Wonderful song, plutôt, qui devrait se faire un bonne place en 2010. Moi j'men fous je la connais depuis plusieurs mois donc je la mets dans le classement de 2009. Et puis je la remettrai dans celui de l'an prochain s'il le faut !
17. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance  I had to choose a Gaga single for 2008, so I went for the most extravagant, incredible and exciting one. Bad Romance will stand as the song that took her to the next level. Cause yeah, she'll still be here in a few years.
Il a bien fallu choisir un single de Lady Gaga pour cette année. Celui-ci est particulièrement ouf, et sera sûrement considéré dans quelques années comme celui qui l'a amenée au niveau supérieur. Oui, car elle sera encore là dans quelques années, autant nous y faire...
18. Little Boots - Hearts Collide
I admit it's not the most efficient song on Miss Hesketh fdebut album Hands, but it's probably one of the best. A welcome change from Meddle and Remedy!
Pas forcément le titre le plus efficace de Hands, le premier album de Miss Hesketh, mais sans doute l'un des meilleurs. Et puis ça change de Meddle et Remedy!
19. Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love This song got stuck in my head for so long that I almost considered jumping out the window. Instead I hit the repeat button.
Un titre tellement entêtant que je pense qu'il n'a jamais quitté ma tête depuis début semptembre. J'ai envisagé la défenestration, mais au final j'ai préféré appuyer sur repeat.
20. Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow   God I hate to admit how much I now love this song I hated for weeks! But for the record, this band remains awful.
Gros mea culpa pour ce titre, que j'ai ardemment détesté pendant des semaines avant d'avouer qu'il était complètement ouf même si ce groupe est clairement un des trucs les plus dégueu de l'univers.
21. Lady Gaga - Telephone feat. Beyoncé   This song is a big OMFG moment. Clearly not because of the lyrics (basically the girls don't want to be disturbed through the medium of their mobile phones while having a dance at the club). Great GREAT pop song nevertheless, from to artists at the peak of their amazingness.
Comme disent les américains : OMFG !!! N'essayez même pas de comprendre les parole à base de "stop telephoning me (??!!) I'm kinda busy" on s'en fout, c'est de la pop. De la très bonne pop, par deux artistes au sommet de leur forme.
22. Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls   Their third album may have come as a disappointment to some people, but not here at It's Pop! Headquarters! These guys really know how to make an exciting and sexy pop-rock number just like this one. And wait till you see them live. It's even more infectious!
Leur troisième album en a déçu certain, mais il n'en est rien dans la It's Pop! Tower. Ces garçons ont vraiment quelque chose dans le pantalon quand il s'agit de trousser des titres pop-rock excitants et terriblement sensuels comme celui-ci. Sur scène, c'est encore pire !
23. Starsailor - Tell Me It's Not Over   I'm calling for justice with this one. How many band not as good as this one have made it into the mainstream with far less enjoyable songs? Just askin'... 
J'ai déjà dit ici tout le bien que je pense de ce groupe trop souvent mésestimé. Beaucoup de groupes beaucoup moins bons ont eu les faveurs de tous avec des titres n'arrivant pas à la cheville des celui-ci. Justice !
24. Kasabian - Fire  Kasabian shouldn't be worried bout their staying power, given the quality of their third album. For sure, Fire has something to do with it, with its great and catchy chorus.
Avec un album qui les a établis pour bien longtemps dans le paysage, Kasabian n'a pas trop de souci à se faire. Fire, tout en contrastes et doté d'un refrain magique, y est sûrement pour quelque chose.
25. Christophe Willem - Berlin   We don't often get the chance to have catchy, daring and exciting French pop singers. Here's one, so let's not refrain from loving this amazing song. Berlin calling!
J'en vois déjà certains s'ouvrir les veines en voyant ça, mais franchement pour une fois qu'un français nous propose de la pop excitante et osée, pourquoi bouder son plaisir. Et puis d'abord, moi aussi Berlin m'appelle.
26. Kate Earl - Learning To Fly   Kate's album is really worth your attention, as is Learning To Fly. An interesting artist that should spend a fair amount of time in oyur iPods in the coming months.
Learning To Fly es la partie émergée d'un album qui gagne à être écouté. Une artiste intéressante et un titre plus que bueno qui risque de ne pas quitter les iPods de sitôt.
27. La Roux - Fascination   I deliberately leave the band's singles behind in favour of this sonic bomb that should have been given the single treatment. Anyway if you don't already know it, it's not too late.
Je laisse volontairement de côté les singles du groupe au profit de cette bombe atomique qui aurait du avoir les honneurs d'une sortie officielle. Il n'est cependant pas torp tard pour vous rattraper !
28. U2 - Magnificent  It seems like U2's glory days are well behind them now, but if we can get a signle as huge as this one with every mediocre album, I'm in.
Un single aussi fort sur un album aussi moyen, forcément ça ressort. U2, ce n'est plus vraiment ça, mais bon si on a droit de temps en temps à un titre de ce genre, pourquoi pas...
29. Naive New Beaters - Can't Choose I'm happy this band made it this year. That said, with such a good song, it would have been a shame if they hadn't... But well ask Hockey about that...
C'est cool que ce groupe ait explosé cette année. Avec un single comme celui-ci il aurait été bizarre qu'il en soit autrement... enfin, allez dire ça à Hockey...
30. Kylie Minogue - Speakerphone (2009 Remix)   Mrs. Minogue  (soon to be Mrs. It's Pop!) offers us a ballsy remix of her 2007 song Speakerphone. It's now so brilliant that I might get a little wet everytime I listen to it. But then again, you don't have to know everything about me!
En plus d'être ma future femme, Madame Minogue nous offre un remix bien plus couillu que l'original de ce titre extrait de son album X. De là à dire que je suis un peu excité quand je l'entends, il y a un pas que je me refuse à franchir, non mais.
30 bis. Nerina Pallot - Real Late Starter
This girl deserves some respect : three albums, no hit, but she's still able to produce pretty great songs. Real Late Starter belongs to that kind, and is a clear hilight from her album The Graduate. Give it a try!
Cette artiste mérite un coup de chapeau : 3 albums, aucun hit, mais toujours une capacité à trousser des chansons bien comme il faut. Real Late Starter est le highlight de son dernier disque The Graduate, à découvrir au plus vite.
 And now, from 30 to 100, in no other order than the alphabetical one (cause it's too difficult!)  
Alexandra Burke - Bad Boys
Alphabeat - Heart Failure
Alphabeat -The Spell
Annie - Songs Remind Me Of You
Annie -I Don't Like Your Band
Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning
Beyoncé - Sweet Dreams
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Britney Spears - 3
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Heaven Can Wait
Chester French - She Loves Everybody
Ciara - Work
Dan Black - Pump My Pumps
David Getta/Estelle - One Love
Dragonette - Fixin To Thrill
Dragonette - Gone Too Far
Dragonette - Stupid Grin
Ebony Bones - Warrior
Ebony Bones - Don't Fart On My Heart
Editors - Papillon
Ellie Goulding - Wish I Stayed
Erik Hassle - Hurtful
Erik Hassle - Wanna Be Loved
Florence + The Machine - You Got The Love
Girls Can't Catch - Keep Your Head Up
Gossip Love - Long Distance
Gossip - Vertical Rhythm
Greg Laswell -Your Ghost
Hockey - Too Fake
Hockey - Song Away
Julian Perretta  - Ride My Star
Just Jack - Doctor Doctor
Kasabian - Vlad The Impaler
Kelly Clarkson - If I can't have you
La Roux - Bulletproof
Lady Gaga - Lovegame
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark
Leona Lewis - Outta My Head
Lily Allen - The Fear
Little Boots - Remedy
Madonna - Celebration
Mandy Moore - I Could Break Your Heart
Marina and the Diamonds - Obsessions
Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
Marina and the Diamonds - Hollywood
Muse - Uprising
Natalie Imbruglia - Wild About It
Nicole Holness - Epic
Noisettes - So complicated
Paloma Faith - New York
Paloma Faith - Cold Stone Sober
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Pixie Lott - Boys & Girls
Placebo - Julian
Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You
Revolver - Get Around Town
Rihanna - Russian Roulette
Rihanna - Cold Case Love
Robbie Williams - Bodies
Sia - You've Changed
Sliimy - Paint Your Face
Sugababes - Get Sexy
Sugababes - About A Girl
The Saturdays - Open Up
The XX - Crystalized
Tina Barrett - I'll Be Your Woman
VV Brown - Shark In The Water
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Runaway

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's Pop & Kelis are back in business

After three weeks without blogging, a rather great interview of Martina-from-Dragonette (coming soon, I promise), a rather dull album from Rihanna (Cold Case Love is cool, though, as well as a few other tracks but it generally cannot be compared to Good Girl Gone Bad), more Gaga-fever unleashed on the world, and no time to sit at my computer and write about pop music, I'm back. and so is Kelis. Remember her awesome hit Milkshake back in 1458? Well, after being quiet for quite some time, she teamed up with French hitmaker David Guetta on her rather awesome new track Acapella. It's poppy, up-tempo, rather harmless and perfect to get everybody on the dancefloor. So for that, I say thanks to Kelis and Dave. Suddenly the winter seem warmer...


Sunday, November 08, 2009

Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark : awesome

More than eighteen months after I first heard about her, I might start to like Lady Gaga. Sure, her tunes are catchy and sometimes really good (Lovegame). But to me, she's trying too hard. However, with The Fame Monster, the re-release of her first album The Fame, which is now said to be released as a proper 8-track disc with a deluxe edition containing the songs from The Fame (are you still following?!), I'm changing my mind about her. The first single Bad Romance is already proving to be a genius pop song, while the other leaked track Alejandro sounds like a slice of electro-pop heaven. The latest track to leak is the absolutely awesome Dance In The Dark. All I can say for the moment is that I loved it instantly and will be spinning it a LOT in the coming days. If you haven't already, I'm afraid it's time to surrender to the power of the Gaga.

Dance In The Dark


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Paloma Faith, artist, wonder, and more

With a name like hers, Paloma Faith sure seems more like a popstar than, say, a plumber or a brocker. That said, "Paloma Faith, plumber" wouldn't sound that bad, and would probably urge you to have your pipes checked. So miss Faith has chosen a career path that's a lot less useful to people with a clogged sink on a Sunday night, but God was she right!
With a voice such as hers, it would have been a total waste to even think about doing anything else than sing. For those of you who like comparisons, she's like like a giger-hared mix of Amy Winehouse and Adele, a deep, strong and soulful voice that won't leave you disappointed. And thank God, her songs totally do her songs justice.
Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?, her brilliant first album, is here to show what a multi-talented and ambitious singer she is. Right from the the opening track Cold Stone Sober, a delicious Motown-inspired number, the tone of the record is set: it's all about classy production, sweet arrangements and great vocals. The rest of the album goes really smoothly, with slightly retro-sounding up-tempo tracks (Smoke And Mirrors and Upside Down are real successes), and more beautiful intimate moments like Broken Doll or Do You Want The Truth...
The current single New York is an impressively classy piece of pop-soul. Listening to Paloma sing how the city stole her man away from her is just one of the best musical moments of the year. Sorry Pal'! Stargazer starts off with strings that reminded me of Janet's Together Again (lol). Don't worry the comparison stops right here. The song is more of a big ballad with a huge chorus. Certainly not the most subtle one here, but it's no less efficient and enjoyable.
Play On closes the record on a cabaret note, all at the same time melancholic and a little desperate, and here again Paloma's voice does wonders.

The UK is obviously well-equiped in XXIst century soul singers ever since Amy arrived. Paloma Faith has something girls like Duffy, Adele o Pixie Lott don't have: a multi-referenced, multi-arts and very personal universe. As an actress, we'll see her soon in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. She's also proving to have a real eye for fashion and all things visual, a little bit like a not-vulgar version of Lady Gaga who doesn't think she's the World eighth marvel. It sure will be appealling to many, many people.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Alphabeat - The Spell album review: the 90s are back!

Two years ago Alphabeat released an awesome album which paid tribute to the 80s, with an impressive sense of fun and melody. Now the Danish band are back with The Spell, an album that will remind people of my generation their very first parties... Yes, this record is like 1995 is happening all over again. And while it might seem like a very bad idea to bring back Corona and Gala back from the dead, the Fantastic 6 manage to create a brilliant album.
The strength of this band is that they don't take themselves seriously at all, but they do take very seriously a kind of music that is not. That's why The Spell is a total triumph. Of course if you like dark, meaningful lyrics and moody atmospheres, this won't be you cup of tea. But if you're into unashamedly fun, highly danceable and bouncy music, you're in for a treat.
Right from the first track and single The Spell, they set the tone: it's up-tempo and incredibly enjoyable, and this impression never leaves. The Beat Is and DJ are sexy electro numbers urging you to the dancefloor, as are Hole In My Heart, Heart Failure and Heatwave, three odes to rave-dance music and probably the best tracks here. Even when the bpm decrease, the songs remain huge (Chess, Q and A) and remind us that the 90s could slow it down too. The whole lot is very consistant both in influence and quality and never can you spot even a tiny bit of mockery for a kind of music that clearly made the band what they are today.
I'm so sad this record wasn't released when I threw my first proper birthday party, with spotlights, dancefloor and all. This would have been a hell of a dance! Now go buy this album as soon as it's released and put your hands in the air like Scatman John is still around!

Heart Failure
Hole In My Heart
Q and A

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cheryl Cole - Three Words album review. It's not that bad.

One of the most expected and at the same time the most feared album of the year is released today. Remember when I told you a few months ago that Cheryl Cole was working on an R'n'B album, I was very concerned. Well now, hearing the result, I was partially right.
It was to be expected. I mean Cheryl Cole belongs to one of the most successful girlbands of all time, a band that gained credibility over the years after being put together through a TV show. That's quite an achievement. Taking a year-long hiatus, Girls Aloud members are focusing on solo projects before the band get back together in 2010. Cheryl is the first one to release an album, Nadine's effort being scheduled for early 2010.

The main problem with this album isn't that it's not good. It's more that it isn't good enough. Not good enough for a proper popstar whose career as a girlband member features songs as brilliant as Biology, The Show, Sexy No No No or Untouchable. No song on 3 Words is even close to one of these pop masterpieces. This can probably be explained by the fact that 3 Words is not a pop album. It is a modern  and generic R'n'B record mainly put together by men who are repeating their own formula on an artist that isn't them. Will I Am (yeah, the Black Eyed Peas twat) is to be blamed here for bringing songs like Heaven or Boy Like You to the table. They feel so rushed and uninspired ("that will do the trick") that I wonder why Cheryl even agreed to sing them. Title track and future single 3 Words is way better, but a little too reminiscent of BEP's I Gotta Feeling. Parachute also has an appealing chorus and drum beat that makes up for its lack of originality.
Fight For This Love, well, you know this one. It's grown on me so much over the past few weeks that I've come to really love it if not be literally obsessed by its chorus. Rain On Me has to be my other favourite track here, probably because it's more pop and goes somewhere Cheryl seems comfortable and competent.
Make Me Cry is a little funkier than the rest and has grown on me quite a lot but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. It's just fine. Happy Hour is slightly better and with time, it could probably become one of the album's best tracks.
Stand Up, which was written by Taio Cruz, is the only real up-tempo club-friendly track. It's really efficient and enjoyable, but it won't win any award for its lyrics. And FYI, Taio, a "pair of Vans" has never been, is not and will never be the male equivalent of a pair of "Louboutin" [for those who don't know these are shoes]. NEVER. But apart from that detail, it shouldn't be too difficult to dance to that tune.
Don't Talk About This Love is 'the' ballad. It sucks.
The album closes with the rather dull Boy Like You which Will I Am apparantly stole from Frankmusik. It's not good, and fortunatlely the last track is better, even if Heartbreaker is in fact a Will I Am featuring Cheryl Cole single that was out two years ago. Opportunistic much?

All in all, this album appears as a fair deal for Cheryl, who's gonna have a hit with it, and a great one for Will I Am who's gonna get some extra money for writing and producing half of it. It's too bad the feeling I got was that it was as much a Will I Am show as it was a Cheryl-Cole-from-Girls-Aloud-first-solo-record. This spoils the fun "a little". The songs are not that bad, some are even good, but I can't help but wonder how amazing the whole project would have been if Cher' had put a little more enthusiasm and commitment to it.
Conclusion: she's a fifth of the best pop girlband in the world.

This is a rather interesting article about the marketing campaign surrounding the release of Three Words.

And this is a way for you to hear 1-minute clips of the songs.

EDIT !! You can get the album legally for free HERE. It's probably a mistake so enjoy it while it lasts !!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Here's Marina And The Diamonds' video for Mowgli's Road: very nice

Marina And the Diamonds is an artist I truly love. I can't wait for her debut album, due out in February 2010. After two amazing buzz tracks, I'm Not A Robot and Obsessions (click for vids), she's releasing Mowgli's Road as her first big single. The song is awesome and will hopefully be the hit she deserves. She's just released the simple yet brilliant video for it, which you can watch right below.
Marina is an artist you instantly know you're gonna like. She's fresh, clever, funny and those qualities show in her music. Her pop, which can be described as "indie" is absolutely modern in the best possible way, but also timeless. I have no doubt that her album will be in the same vein and will start the new year with a bang! Until then, enjoy the few tracks she's released, and mark your calendars, cause you'll hear about her again, a lot...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

So, yeah, Rihanna's back with a song called Russian Roulette

I think you'll understand why I chose the "extra large" size for the picture above. Cause, you know, it's all about the details ! So Rihanna is back with Russian Roulette, and after a few days of not knowing what to expect and a countdown, the song premiered on her website.
Well the least we can say is that this is quite an unexpected song choice for a come back. Choosing a dark ballad when your finest work includes Don't Stop The Music, SOS, or Umbrella (ie uptempo songs), and your last album is one of the iconic ones of the years 2000 is a risky move. But I could pay. Mainly because the song itself is good and sets a new, edgier image. At least she can't be accused of choosing a safe path, with a song that will probably not appeal to her younger audience.
Anyway, let's praise this daring move from one of the most interesting popstars around, instead of crying over the fact she didn't pull an Umbrella 2.0 off her sleeve. From her image to her sound, it really seems like Rihanna wants to set the record straight: she is the future of pop.
Her new album, Rated R, is released on November 23rd, which is the same day as Lady Gaga's Fame Monster... It will be interesting to see who wins the battle.

A few songs you might like

These are songs I've been wanting to write about these past few days. So there you go.

Hurts - Wonderful Life
This band is still pretty unknown, but I've come across this fine tune, and I tend to think this might get big in the coming months. Think Coldplay + Erik Hassle, or something like that. (Myspace / Video)

Kylie Minogue - Speakerphone (2009 Remix)
One of the best songs on X got a remix treatment for her recent US Tour. Exactly what the track needed. Amazing. (Video)

Alexandra Burke - Dangerous
This is the b-side to her smash hit Bad Boys. Well, let's say that for a b-side, it's pretty enjoyable. No, in fact, it's really good.


Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Although I'm not really a fan of the Gaga, I must admit this one is kinda good. Still a little too RedOne-sque for me (so too similar to her other songs), but the chorus and the rama-mamama thing are amazing.

Nerina Pallot - Real Late Starter
This girl's latest album The Graduate is a real treat for the ears, so I'll probably write about it later. For now, enjoy this perfectly crafted pop song. Honestly, if you can resist singing this chorus, I'm afraid I can't do anything else for you. (Video)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Birthday It's Pop!

One year ago I started this blog not really knowing what to expect. Well, after 170 posts, 10 of which were about Girls Aloud (!), and a first post about Mya, I can say I'm pretty happy with what it has become. So thank you to those who read regularly, to those who pop in from time to time, to those who support me with kind words and to the people I've become blog-buddies with! I hope you enjoy what you read and feel free to suggest anything for the future. For a more direct contact, you know you can follow me on Twitter. See you next year.