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Monday, May 31, 2010

COMPETITION!!! WIN A 2GB IPOD SHUFFLE

Yes, readers. This little musical marvel can be yours thanks to the lovely guys over at www.vouchercodes.co.uk. All you have to do is send me an e-mail (contact.itspop@gmail.com) telling me what your ultimate pop song is and why. I'll select funniest and most original entry at the end of the week and I'll announce the winner next Monday. Simple, uh?!
I strongly encourage our UK music fans to check out www.vouchercodes.co.uk to save money on lots of cool stuff.

YOUR ENTRY CAN BE WRITTEN EITHER IN FRENCH OR IN ENGLISH!
VOUS POUVEZ M'ECRIRE EN ANGLAIS OU EN FRANCAIS !
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Concours!
It's Pop! et le site www.vouchercodes.co.uk vous offrent un iPod Shuffle 2GB.
Pour gagner, rien de plus simple, envoyez-moi avant vendredi un mail (contact.itspop@gmail.com) en m'indiquant quelle est votre chanson pop ultime, et pourquoi celle-là. La réponse la plus originale et amusante l'emportera. Le gagnant sera annoncé lundi prochain.

Thanks to Nick for the cool opportunity!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I'm probably the last blogger on Earth to post Robyn's Dancing On My Own video

I don't care, the vid and the song are awesome and this woman is a goddess. Review of her super-cool Body Talk pt. 1 EP coming up, stay tuned !

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Concert review: Sia live @ l'Olympia, Paris.


I'm very grateful to my friend J. who introduced me to the wonderful world of Sia Furler a few months ago, and with whom I attended last night's Parisian show of the delicious Australian "people-pleaser" as she labeled herself during her performance.
Taking the stage at 9pm sharp wearing an incredible dress made of red & white tape that's usually used during road works (like that), Sia and her (great) band kicked things off with The Fight, a track from her upcoming album We Are Born, due out in June. The perfect setlist included some of her classics (The Girls You Lost To Cocaine, Buttons, Breathe Me), new tracks (the awesome Big Girl Little Girl, You've Changed, Clap Your Hands) and even a Madonna cover (Oh Father). 
What made this concert brilliant, apart from the music, was the perfect mix of erm... music, and interaction with the audience and the band, the fact that she was visibly happy to be performing to a packed venue and all those little things that make a concert so special. Dedicating You Have Been Loved to a recently-married couple? Check. Chatting with a 9 year-old girl on the balcony? Check. Gladly accepting presents from her fans? Check too.
So this show was better than your average concert thanks to the soul that emanated from the stage. From the colourful knitted stage set to the band's outfits, the amusing clothing props (something making bubbles!) and the chit-chat going on in between songs, everything made you feel confortable and happy. This doesn't happen that often. So thank you, Sia Furler!

PS: great idea from Sia. You can buy a live album of the show right after it. Way to recreate the magic on your iPod!


Just because this one of my favourite songs, here's the wonderful Breathe Me. I bet Adele was very inspired by it when she wrote Hometown Glory


Breathe Me
Hometown Glory


(LA VERSION FRANCAISE DE L'ARTICLE SE TROUVE DANS LA PARTIE "COMMENTAIRES")

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Monrose - Like A Lady (video)


The problem with Monrose's new video (for Like A Lady) is that you don't really know who's a tranny and who's not. Just sayin'... Catchy song though.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Reni Lane - Never Stop (free download). It's worth some of your time.


I have to admit, I had never heard of Reni Lane before her PR sent me this cool track of hers to share with "my readers". Well, as the song Never Stop is really funky and catchy, I am happy to tell you that you can download it below. It's basically a nice powerpop track you can easily sing along. How good is that?!
It seems like this lovely lady has an album out. You can see that for yourself on her lovely website. It contains info you might enjoy having if you're into her music.

(to download: click on the arrow below "info" in the audio player and choose you option)

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It's new, it's awesome: Gravitonas - "Kites"


These gentlemen above go by the rather exciting stage name of Gravitonas but are also individually known as Andreas Öhrn (left) and Alexander Bard (right). They're a "musical project" from Sweden, and God knows how many great acts have come from there in the past. 
Their first single is Kites, a song so good I had multiple eargasms the first time I heard it. The fact that the guitar riff from the beginning instantly reminded me of Coldplay's Talk is probably a good point. It doesn't sound at all the way you think those two gentlemen would sound based on how they look. Andreas vocals are very soft and beautiful, and the melody is clearly pop-oriented. The chorus is wonderful, and so is the overall production. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have one serious contender for song of the year...
An album is expected for September, but in the meantime you can visit their rather nice website for more info and goodies.
I hope you like this truly amazing song, that was brought to me by the always perfect @myfizzypop (here's his blog) through @larryflick's radio show. Thanks again guys!


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Friday, May 14, 2010

It's called inspiration

This is the cover for Uffie's album Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans, due out June 14th. Nice work. Can't wait to hear it all (hint, hint).

Somehow, it reminds me of this.

And this.
Great things to look up to, anyway.

The day we heard the new Kylie single, All The Lovers


OMFG. Today is the kind of day we don't get to have very often. It's a day with a first hearing of a new Kylie single. The last time it happened was back in early October 2007 with 2 Hearts. I know we had all been a little disappointed that day, because 2 Hearts, however amazing, was not as awesome as we were all expecting.
None of that today. All The Lover is a brilliant, BRILLIANT comeback single in the form of a breathtakingly classy and emotional synth-pop track with an epic build-up to a sumptuous chorus. Repeated listens are serving the track quite well, because you can't really get all the track's amazingness the first time. 
I must admit I'm so relieved. Thank you Kylie. 


UPDATE: it was just brought to my attention that there might be a uterus on the Aphrodite CD sleeve. Can you spot it? The theory was initiated by my friend and fellow blogger @Bixente who certainly knows a lot about women's wombs. Check it out for yourself. FYI, here's a depiction of the female body.

UPDATE 2: The Aphrodite tracklisting and writing/production credits. Two Nerina Pallots tracks! One Starsmith! One Jake Shears! Can't wait.

1. All The Lovers
2. Get Outta My Way
3. Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)
4. Closer
5. Everything Is Beautiful
6. Aphrodite
7. Illusion
8. Better Than Today
9. Too Much
10. Cupid Boy
11. Looking For An Angel
12. Can’t Beat The Feeling


ALL THE LOVERS
Written by Jim Elliot & Mima Stilwell
Produced by Jim Eliot
Additional production and mix by Stuart Price

GET OUTTA MY WAY
Written by Cutfather: Lucas Secon, Damon Sharpe, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen & Mitch Hansen
Produced by Cutfather, Peter Wallevik & Daniel Davidsen
. Co-produced by Damon Sharpe, Lucas Secon & Stuart Price

PUT YOUR HANDS UP (IF YOU FEEL LOVE)
Written by Fin Dow-Smith, The Nervo Girls
Produced by Starsmith. Co-produced by Stuart Price. Additional vocal production by Nervo.
Mixed by Starsmith and Stuart Price

CLOSER
Written by Stuart Price & Beatrice Hatherley
Produced & mixed by Stuart Price

EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL
Written by Fraser T Smith & Tim Rice-Oxley (“Keane”)
Produced and mixed by Fraser T Smith

APHRODITE
Written & produced by Nerina Pallot & Andy Chatterley
Additional production and mix by Stuart Price

ILLUSION
Written by Kylie Minogue & Stuart Price
Produced & mixed by Stuart Price

BETTER THAN TODAY
Written & produced by Andy Chatterley & Nerina Pallot
Additional production and mix by Stuart Price

TOO MUCH
Written by Kylie Minogue, Calvin Harris & Jake Shears
Produced and mixed by Calvin Harris.

CUPID BOY
Written by Sebastian Ingrosso (“Swedish House Mafia”), Magnus Lidehall, Nick Clow & Luciana Caporaso
Produced & mixed by Stuart Price & Sebastian Ingrosso & Magnus

LOOKING FOR AN ANGEL
Written by Kylie Minogue & Stuart Price
Produced & mixed by Stuart Price

CAN’T BEAT THE FEELING
Written by Hannah Robinson, Pascal Gabriel, Borge Fjordheim, Matt Prime & Richard X
Produced by Stuart Price, Pascal Gabriel & Borge Fjordheim.
Mixed by Stuart Price

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New M.I.A. - XXXO !!!!!!!!!!


If M.I.A.'s punky buzz track and much talked-about video Born Free didn't exactly get you excited for her return, maybe this new song will change that. XXXO is the first "proper" single from her yet untitled album which is supposed to be released in July. If you expect something like Paper Planes, well don't. XXXO is a huge pop song with a killer chorus and amazing beats. It's really really good. I'm curious to see what she is going to come up with for the video... You can already buy it from your favourite online music retailer!

Friday, May 07, 2010

The new Katy Perry song about California Gurls is fine by me

It seems like Katy Perry is back cause her new song popped up online today. It's called California Gurls (yeah, with a "u") and features none other than Snoop Dogg on "vocals". Even though the instru sounds an awful lot like Madonna's Get Together (or Britney's Trouble, which was itself a rip-off of Get Together) and the whole song is reminiscent of Ke$ha's Tik Tok, I pretty much dig the direction she's going in with her new stuff. Let's see is the album can offer more than 3 good tracks, but you know what, I wanna be optimistic on this one.

The new Scissor Sisters song Fire With Fire is all kinds of awesome


Brilliant. Flamboyant. Super-catchy. Joyful. Welcome back, dear Scissor Sisters!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die


Sometimes you just have to aknowledge that a song is good, regardless of who sings it. In the present case, I can't say I'm a fan of Taylor Momsen, mostly known for being insufferable in Gossip Girl, that show that was fun two years ago but turned out totally boring and ridiculous after one season. Playing Jenny Humphrey doesn't seem to be enough for Taylor, so she started a band called The Pretty Reckless. I came across Make Me Wanna Die while watching Kick Ass the other day (it's awesome, by the way!). The song is really good, in a "yeah-I'm-so-dark-but-not-really" kind of way. An EP's coming out in June. Rock 'n' roll, baby.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Britney Spears - Telephone (Lady GaGa demo)

Maybe you know it, maybe you don't, but Lady Gaga's Telephone was initially submitted to Britney Spears for her Circus album. Her camp eventually denied the song but a demo was recorded anyway. 
Well, let's just say things went for the best. Keeping in mind it's only a demo and not a finished track, it's nevertheless lacking the edge and fierceness Gaga and Beyoncé brought to the song. Plus it's an Autotune festival, making it sometimes impossible to recognize Brit's voice. 
All is good in this world my friends, all is good.

Judge for yourself!




And that's Gaga's version, for those of you living in a cave!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

A selection of great new tracks for a Sunday

Kids of 88 - Just A Little Bit
A rather awesome song by what seems like two guys. They are from New-Zealand. They have nothing to do with Flight Of The Conchords as far as I know. Don't be put out by this little detail anyway.



Kelly Rowland - Commander
This David Guetta-produced dance stomper is a sure-fire summer anthem. Not very original or groundbreaking in terms of songwriting and production, but a perfect party song. Go Kelly!

The Pipettes - Stop The Music
It's not exactly new and won't set the charts on fire but it's a really nice little pop song by a really nice little girlband. Perfect right now!


 NERD - Hot n' Fun feat. Nelly Furtado
This is a funky track that will propably raise some interest for the upcoming NERD album. The addition of Nelly Furtado on vocals is a welcome move and the song is overall quite enjoyable. Nothing more, nothing less.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (video)

Oh Christina Christina what have you done here?! Ok, I get it, you brought back the Dirrty-era X-tina and gave her a makeover. You decided to give all those who say you're a Gaga copycat a big f*ck by going all Madonna on them (see for proof: Express Yourself, Erotica, Human Nature). You figured you had to make a video your son could be proud of when he's 13 and his classmates pick on him with things such as "your mum's a slut". Well done then.

The video for Not Myself Tonight, as you can see for yourself, is not exactly something you could call "classy". It's rather whorish, unecessarily trying to be "hot" and "relevant", but in some way failing. 
I'm afraid this irrelevant video could discredit the rather exciting upcoming album, Bionic. Anyway it shouldn't prevent us from enjoying it, and to be fair I still love the song. The video is just too much.




Live Review - Marina And The Diamonds @ Le Divan du Monde, Paris


You know what, I just noticed I never posted a proper review of Marina And The Diamonds' debut album The Family Jewels, even though it is my favourite record of the year so far. Actually I wrote one in French and posted it on the MyTourManager blog, which you will love if you understand French. I'm referring to the blog, not necessarily my article!
Anyway, Marina performing for the first time in Paris is a great occasion to tell you again how much I love this woman. The venue was beautiful, insanely hot, and literally packed with people clearly willing to give the singer the warm welcome she deserved.


After a dreadful opening act, she finally popped on stage, all smiles, wearing Mickey Mouse overalls and launching her set with the awesome Girls. The following 50 minutes were just like a first class travel on Pop Heaven Airlines. I Am Not A Robot, The Outsider and Obsessions were as epic as you'd expect them to be, Numb showed a vulnerable and moving side of Marina, while Hollywood sounded even better than on the record. Shampain proved once again to be my favourite song of hers (along with Robot), sounding so good and loud live that I almost lost it. IT HAS TO BE A SINGLE! The encore consisted of a super energising Mowgli's Road the "Cuckoo" of which were still echoing long after she had left the stage.


The only negative element about this perfect concert was that it was way too short. Fifty minutes when your ticket cost 25€ and there still are songs from the album that weren't performed (Are You Satisfied?, Hermit The Frog) are a little disappointing.
Anyway Marina made it up to us by hanging with a few remaining fans outside the venue after the show. We were able to chat a little, get some stuff autographed and pictures taken. Guess what? She's not a robot! She's so cute and hot-bodied that the pavement almost melted, and more importantly she's super nice and simple.

With such charisma and talent, there's no doubt she'll be around for quite some time. And I must admit I'm relieved it turned out this way, and not the Little Boots way (great album, awful stage presence and poor live show).

See you soon Marina!


I Am Not A Robot video courtesy of nfbeer (mine sucked!)

Marina and her faithful French Jewels!