Monday, January 19, 2009
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Update! You can also hear the track through the player on the left of the blog
First is French singer and local Idol winner Julien Doré at the 2009 NRJ Music Awards, which took place yesterday in Cannes. At usual the show was awful and ridiculously bad (lame jokes, terrible hosts, unfair voting etc.) but thank God Julien Doré performed his song Les Limites in a remixed version, with a hot choreography highly reminiscent of Britney's show at the 2001 VMAs with the snake and everything. It's great to see a singer not take himself seriously, especially in such a boring award show. Below is the original version of the song. His debut album Ersatz is really good and is definitely worth a listen even if you don't understand french.
Découvrez Julien Doré!
Video for Les Limites (really good!): here
Britney's I'm a slave 4U VMA performance: here
I found this video on that excellent blog Discopop, and instantly thought it was amazing. It's a comedy troupe called The Axis of Awesome (how great is that name?!) proving the world that all pop songs are basically built on a 4-chord sequence. Instead of being immensely depressing ("what???!!! pop is a big rip off??!") it's really funny and sooooo true! You will probably not listen to these songs the way you used to, but anyway it's must-see!
Finally is a really fun song called Jizz In My Pants, by The Lonely Island. I don't need to say anything else than give it a try! Thanks sis' for that!
PS: can you find Justin Timberlake in the video?
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thank you Coolio, thank you Spotify.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Découvrez The Green Olive!
Then there is Meiko, suggested by my friend Pauline. Meiko is an American indie pop/folk singer and songwriter from LA. Her music is nice and refreshing like a warm day out on the beach in California, or something like that! At first she independently released her self-titled debut album back in 2007, before being signed to Myspace Records/DGC. So the album was re-released in June 2008 in a re-worked version and also including a new song, Boys With Girlfriends.
The Green Olive's Myspace
Meiko's Myspace - Buy Meiko's album on iTunes
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Catfights and Spotlights era is over for the Sugababes. Their latest album is officially a disaster, with only 4 weeks in the top 50 and only two singles. Girls outperformed, only reaching #3 on the UK charts while their second release No Can Do peaked at #23, falling last Sunday at #36. There apparently are no plans for a third single, although some songs like Every Heart Broken or You On A Good Day would be hits.
There really was a huge promotion mishandling from their label, from the single choices to the videos, the promo performances, the media handling etc.
The girls will start recording their new album in the coming weeks, with Rihanna ans Beyoncé’s producers. Let’s hope the girls bounce back well with huge hits in the future.
U2 on the Horizon
U2’s new album will be released on March 2nd! It’s called No Line On The Horizon and the first single will be Get On Your Boots. It will be played on the radio for the first time on Monday Jan 19 (next Monday!!!). Can’t wait! It supposedly picks up where Vertigo left off. Expect big drums and guitars and a great chorus. In other news, a world tour is said to begin in early summer in Europe. Get ready for tickets!
And, last but not least, Bono & co. will give their new single its first live play at the BRIT Awards in London on Feb. 20th! THIS is going to be a show opener!
Everyday is Saturday(s)
The Saturdays seem to be enjoying some good time, probably making the most of the Sugababes’ momentary weakness. They scored their third top-10 single in a row when Issues entered the UK charts at #6 last Sunday. They’re really hot right now, let’s hope it goes on this way, we need more pop bands in the charts! The follow-up to issues is Work, another sure-fire hit.
Life In Coldplaycolor
From what I saw on the BBC Radio 1 playlist, Life in Technicolor II has been chosen to be Coldplay's next single. From instrumental on Viva La Vida to epic pop song on Prospekt’s March EP, it seems like a good choice. I still can’t understand why Lost! wasn’t a real hit, as great as it was. Here’s what the video is going to look like. It will premiere on Jan 20th. The single will be released on Feb 2nd along with a previously unheard B-Side (The Goldrush), and a version of LIT II live from the O² Arena.
Here is the video which won the contest the band launched through their website a few weeks back. The idea was for fans to create a video for the acoustic version of Lost?. It’s kind of good, isn’t it?
Monday, January 12, 2009
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Their new album, out on January 26th is called Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and doesn’t only have a great cover picture!
Remember how great their first eponymous album was? Take Me Out, The Dark of The Matinee, This Fire, Tell Her Tonight, Jacqueline… In fact I could write all the song titles! Their second record was less immediately addictive but after a few listens revealed itself as a fantastic piece of work. It was a real evolvement from their early work and you could really tell they were trying to make a sound of their own.
Now, on Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, they seem to be willing to establish this trademark sound and Kapranos’ vocals, which is not a bad thing. The tracks sound a little less like hit-material on first listen, but the whole thing is eventually very consistent and exciting.
Most tracks need at least two listens before they reveal their potential, such as the first single Ulysses, which I didn’t really like when I first heard it two months ago. In fact I got caught by its sexiness and its catchy chorus and la-la-la-la in less time Amy needs to get wasted in St Lucia.
Apart from Ulysses, the album is filled with great and catchy songs, just like they got us used to before. But this time around they managed to make them a little less immediate, and worthy of our attention. So I’d say I really liked going through Tonight and I still do after repeated listens. For the moment the standout tracks for me are Live Alone, Bite Hard and What She Came For. Lucid Dreams, which leaked a while ago is also a great song, sounds a lot better than before, probably because it’s part of a more complete lot. Plus, it’s got a 4-minute electro-instrumental outro which will undoubtedly make a lot of DJs happy!
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand comes out on Jan 26 in a 1 or 2-disc edition (the second one offering remixes). You can pre-order it online (FNAC if you’re in France, Amazon UK or US if not) and of course you can buy it as a legal download on iTunes, 7 Digital etc.
The girls are releasing the follow-up to their huge hit The Promise today Jan 12 in the UK, and it’s called The Loving Kind. As you might know it’s the result of the collaboration between Xenomania and The Pet Shop Boys. As you might also know it’s not the best track on their 5th album Out Of Control (now officially their most successful studio record to date, with more than 600 000 copies sold in the UK since its release in October 08), but it’s not the worst one either. It’s basically good, but not as good as Love Is The Key or Untouchable for example.
What’s interesting with this song is the B-Side it’s coming out with, called Memory Of You. I don’t know why it was originally named Japan, but I’m sure there’s some deep mystery involved. Anyway this song is properly great in its own right, but a little too similar to Untouchable, Love Is Pain or Turn To Stone. I guess that’s the reason why it isn’t on the album. Yeah, right, it was such a better idea to include We Wanna Party on it.
So it’s a nice electro/pop track with evanescent vocals and a chorus that sticks to your mind at first listen. But if you want to own it, you'll have to buy the 7” picture disc which is exclusively sold on the girls’ website (link). As I’m nice and all, you can hear it here on It’s Pop!.
Along with this comes another treat for GA fans, in the shape of a Megamix, starting and ending with a bit of “Stars on 45”, and which is a good reminder of how great their back catalogue is. Plus, it’s 7 minutes and 30 seconds long. This one can be purchased on CD. Good point.
By the way if you want to see the girls perform live, you’d better hurry up because almost all the dates are sold out. This is going to be their biggest tour yet, with no less than 32 scheduled concerts across the UK and Ireland, including five nights in London. For tickets click here.
Buy The Loving Kind + Remixes & Megamix on iTunes, 7digital, Amazon UK etc.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Last Monday (Jan 5) she released Little Boots EP, a three-track record containing Stuck On Repeat, Meddle and Love Kills. The latter is a new killer track, in the shape of an electro-pop rocket, reminiscent of Kylie’s or disco-Goldfrapp's best. But what I love most about Victoria Hesketh (her real name), is her ability to sound unique and fresh with every song she offers.
Another new tune of hers is Every Little Earthquake, which you will love if her previous material is to your liking. In other words: it’s really good.
- Stuck On Repeat in this week’s free (like FREE) "single of the week" on iTunes UK
- Little Boots EP is available for you to purchase (amazon uk, 7digital etc.)
- Her myspace page is regularly updated, so check it for new videos, tour dates etc
Can’t wait for a proper album!
Every Little Earthquake - Little Boots
Saturday, January 03, 2009
This song is just, as it title suggests, M.A.G.I.C. If that doesn’t make you want to dance around naked, it’s either because you’re dead, or because you had too much to eat over the holidays… If your case is the latter, maybe you could go for a jog with The Sound Of Arrows in your iPod!
And as if the song itself wasn’t enough, here is a link to download it for free, through their label’s website. Thank you label!
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I Try - Macy Gray
Ladies and gentlemen, The Silhouettes. Behind this rather dull name are three ladies (Tania, Yulanda and Helen) singing “soul”. Yes, soul is everywhere; we all know that. And now it’s even got to girlbands. Well, mind you, their song Surrender, is really good. It was produced by none other than Richard Stannard (if you need a little help from Wikipedia, here it is) and sounds like a crossover between Amy Winehouse and The Saturdays, if that’s even possible. In other words, you should check it for yourself, but I bet you’ll enjoy it.
Let’s see what 2009 will bring for these ladies, but, just like that, I’d say “a top 10 hit”.
Surrender - Silhouettes
That being said, and after a hiatus in her musical career (end of success, illness, Dancing-with-the-stars come-back), Toni’s supposedly back with that track called Get Loose, which sounds like 2009 Toni: true to her r&b roots, but with the poppy sound modern r&b most generally lacks. So it makes the song quite enjoyable and rather refreshing. Nothing spectacular though, but I admit I wanted to feature the woman on this humble blog. ‘Cause you know, I used to think she was hot.
Get Loose - Toni Braxton
He Wasnt Man Enough - Toni Braxton
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I can’t believe I’ve been away for so long! It’s a good thing we’re in the first hours of 2009, it makes a great occasion for me to tell you what my favourites of the past year are.
Being really bad at ranking, it’s been awful for me to rank the 10 best songs and albums of 2008, but I somehow managed to do it! I added other songs/albums that could easily have been in the top ten, or wich I listened to and loved a lot this past year.
Don’t hesitate to tell me what YOUR favourites of the year are, I wish you a great 2009, full of music of course!
Thank God (and/or Kanye West) for this highlight of her overall disappointing album. Fantastic rap verse.
Pure bliss, wonderful chorus, fantastic band
Not-so-great band, good debut album, perfect single
The best song name Kids since the Kylie/Robbie duet
You have to wait ‘til track 4 to get the best song on Out Of Control
Découvrez Girls Aloud!
As I said : Stuart Price + Brandon Flowers = genius
Découvrez The Killers!
Too bad the rest of his album wasn’t 10% as good as this, it would have been incredible
Découvrez Sam Sparro!
This song alone means “back on top”… 2008’s Gimme More!
They’re awfully vulgar. Only 1/5 of them actually sing. BUT this song is incredibly catchy and shamelessly (??!) enjoyable.
Découvrez The Pussycat Dolls!
Other great songs of 2008:
Alesha Dixon – Chasing Ghosts, Boyzone – Better, Estelle – American Boy, Duffy – Mercy, Coldplay – Lost!, Adele – Cold Shoulder, Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl, Alphabeat – Boyfriend, Rihanna – Disturbia, Madonna – Miles Away, Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me, Kylie – The One, Sugababes – Every Heart Broken & Nothing’s As Good As You, Ladyhawke – Magic, Bryn Christopher – The Quest, Lady Gaga – Just Dance, Christina Aguilera – Genie 2.0, The Automatic – Steeve McQueen, Robyn – Dream On, Crystal Castles – Crimewave, Cyndi Lauper – Echo, Danity Kane – Damaged, The Faint – The Geeks Were Right, Hercules and Love Affair – Blind, Jamie Lidell – Little Bit Of Feel Good, Janet – Feedback, The Kooks – Always Where I Need To Be, Lenka – Trouble Is A Friend, Little Jackie – The World Should Revolve Around Me, MGMT - Time To Pretend, Monrose – Tip Toe & You Can Look, The Republic Tigers – Building and Mountains, Solange – I Decided (Freemasons Remix), Uh Huh Her – Not A Love Song, The Verve – Love Is Noise, Neon Neon – I Lust You, The Ting Tings – Great DJ, Taryn Manning – Runaway, The Bravery - Believe
Découvrez Alesha Dixon!
Some other interesting rankings :