Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Nicola Roberts video "Yo-Yo"

This is the new Nicola Roberts video you probably won't be able to watch here because Vevo sucks. Anyway, if I'm not mistaken, it's a third amazing single in a row for Nicola. And it features a hot piece of model ass. An Nic in a shower. Get watchin' you pervs!

The superhot Dimitri Tikovoi collab will be released as a single that will probably not get to #1 on January 2nd. "The CD single will come with both a studio and live version of the track as well as the demo version of her original album track, sticks + stones" says Nicola's website. Bargain!
And remember, Nic's debut album Cinderella's Eyes is about 345 times better than most other pop records released this year. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

[REVIEW & CONTEST] Kylie Minogue releases Aphrodite Les Folies [Live In London] CD + DVD.

Congrats to all, now hit me with your your full name and postal address at so I can send you this wonderful package in time  for Christmas!

FACT: Kylie is amazing.
FACT: Her latest album Aphrodite is amazing, cheerful, modern, exciting and super pop.
FACT: Her Aphrodite - Les Folies Tour was probably the most stunningly beautiful, festive, hit-filled and thrilling show I've ever seen.

Let's see:

Now the wonderful 2-hour pop extravaganza is available for you to watch and listen to endlessly. Yup, the watery popfest was filmed in 2D and 3D in London when Kylie played the O2 no less than five times in April 2011. The DVD & Blu-ray formats come along with a 2-CD set comprising the whole show. As usual, Kylie and her team know how to please the fans with those recordings, probably the most beautiful concert film I've seen alongside Jonas Akerlund's film of Madonna's Confessions Tour. The cinematography does the extraordinary stage, costumes, choreographies and lighting justice in any possible way, placing the viewer right in the middle of the arena, in the air with the aerialists, in the central "splashzone" with the lucky (but wet) fans, and of course very close to Kylie herself.

With every number being a highlight in itself, it's hard to decide which moment is the most exciting one of the show. I'll have to go for the incredible Slow (easily one of my favorite songs of hers) starting as a jazzy take on the Body Language single and morphing into an electro monster while the stage revolves in the most amazing way, or the super-joyful (if not a tiny bit cheesy) "Angel" segment which sees Kylie fly over the audience and then perform a perfect cover of Eurythmix's There Must Be An Angel. The finale is of course one of the most breathtaking staging ever done by any touring artist, bringing Vegas, the Cirque du Soleil and top-notch technology together under the same arena roof. If the watery rendition of All The Lovers doesn't make you want to take your clothes off and dance suggestively in your bathroom, you're a lost cause!

My personal experience of Les Folies was and remains an absolute highlight of my all-time concert-going experience, and quite frankly, I even felt quite emotional at some points (the opening, The One, Slow, All The Lovers), caught in between the overall super-joyful feeling of witnessing such an impecable show, and the pride of watching a popstar I've loved for years being so genuinely generous and happy to perform for her fans. Les Folies Tour truly was a renewing of vows between a fantastic and too-often neglected performer and her loyal fans. A declaration of love you're now able to watch over and over. Thank you team Kylie!

CONTEST: Kylie's french label EMI have been nice enough to give me the opportunity to offer 3 DVD/2CD boxsets of Aphrodite Les Folies [Live in London] for you to win. To enter the competition simply leave a comment on this post telling me which song you wish Kylie had done during Les Folies, and why. My three favorite entries will win! Winners will be announced on Saturday here and through Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned!

CONCOURS: EMI, le label français de Kylie, a la gentillesse de me permettre de vous offrir 3 coffrets DVD-2CD du spectacle Aphrodite Les Folies [Live in London]. Pour participer au concours, laissez un commentaire sous ce billet en m'indiquant quelle chanson Kylie aurait selon vous du ajouter à la setlist du concert, et pourquoi. Mes trois entrées préférées gagneront ! Les gagnants seront annoncés ici, ainsi que sur Facebook et Twitter. Bonne chance!


Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite Les Folies [Live In London], available from Nov. 28 on 2D & 3D Blu-ray & DVD + 2 CDs + digital download. (Parlophone/EMI)
Merci à EMI Music France et Julien Marquant pour ce concours !

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[PLAYLIST] Some great songs for November

The DØ - Slippery Slope (Live at Studio Pigalle)

This is still one of my favorite songs of the past twelve months and this epic 8-minute version makes it even more beautiful and addictive. LØVE!

Little Mix - Don't Let Go

I would LOVE to see those girls win the X Factor this year (except if Misha does), not only because a girl band would be put right in front of the British record-buying public like it's 2002 all over again (Girls Aloud!), but also because they performed one of my favorite songs ever. And what a good performance! You go girls.

Emilie Simon - Mon Chevalier

A beautiful love song by one of France's most interesting female artists, taken for her equally good forthcoming album out on December 5th. 

Florence And The Machine - Lover To Lover

Florence seems to be suffering some harsh comments from the press (the French one at least) with her new album Ceremonials, but I'm among those who find it epic, exciting and generally wonderful. This track is a big song that give a great peek of what to expect from the record. 

Jenifer - L'amour Fou (Remix by Mr. Waltmann)

A clever and super efficient reworking of Jenifer's new single, taken from her 2010 unfairly unsuccessful LP Appelle-Moi Jen. Clearly worth a purchase, and shameless repeated plays.

Kelly Clarkson - What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)

While the rest of the album is pretty generic and generally unsurprising, this second single (after the quite good Mr. Know It All) has "hit" written all over. Good power pop just as Kelly knows it.

Little Boots - Shake

One of my favorite acts of 2009 is finally back with what seems to be a buzz track from a forthcoming album. So not a real single. Yet it's everything that's good about Victoria. Can't wait for what's to come!

The Saturdays - My Heart Takes Over Remix

Is spite of their album being an authentic crapfest and the "proper" version of the single not being the right one, the girlband we like until Little Mix win the X Factor have good mix of said single. It's a bit more electro, and kind of makes up for the fact they will never make a better song than Higher.

Charlie Winston - Hello Alone

Anyone who liked Charlie's first album will like the new one Running Still, as will those who were not too keen on it. It's a beautiful record that showcases strong songwriting skills and genius interpretation. First single Hello Alone is a good proof of that. Addictive stuff. 

Feist - How Come You Never Go There (Clock Opera Remix)

I love the original version that is on the genrally splendid album Metals, but this remix by my beloved Clock Opera takes it to a whole other level. Excellent work!

The Sound Of Arrows - Wonders

A song that's true to its title! I've been waiting for the Sounds' album for almost three years and boy I'm not disappointed. It's pure pop brilliance, with mazing melodies, anthemic choruses and powerful atmospheres. This song is just an example of how fantastic this band is.

The Wanted - Warzone

I HAD to feature the new single by that boyband I ALMOST joined a few weeks ago (read my interview soon to find out). While this song is nowhere near the amazingess of Lose My Mind, it does the job. Plus, there's Max in the video.

Oh My! - Dirty Dancer

My second favorite 2-piece girlband of the year (right after War Of Words) have another great single on their hands! It might not be as addictive as the previous one, it's still way above anything on the latest Saturdays album. Keep an eye on these ones.

Penguin Prison - Golden Train (acoustic)

I tend to think a great song can be played acoustically as well as with a full band and still remain awesome. That's the case with Chris Glover's hell of a track. We shot this version with my dear friends from 3ème Gauche a fe weeks ago in Paris, right after a huge rainstorm that made everything a little more poetic. Great memory.

Brigitte - Coeur de Chewing-Gum


Good thing I can't get enough of the girl's debut album (surely there must be a trend about 2-piece girlbands these days) because it keeps on giving! This new single might not be their best, but the video is cheeky, sexy and deliciously retro. Thumbs up! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lilly Wood and The Prick live @ Casino de Paris

Tellement de progrès depuis ce concert du mois de mai au Bataclan. Superbe lightshow, nouveaux arrangements forts et puissants, voix maîtrisée et envoûtante. Belle harmonie de groupe. Intelligente adjonction d'une choriste.

Mais par pitié, que Nili se taise entre les chansons ! Tant d'idiotie, c'est gênant. De "on remercie quand même notre tourneur, même s'il vous arnaque" (Uni-T aura apprécié), à "merci aussi à ceux qui ont des travails (sic) moins gratifiants, au son ..., au backline...", on frissonne d'angoisse et de gêne pour le reste du groupe, Ben le premier, qu'on aimerait plus expansif.
Heureusement qu'il y a la musique, vivement la suite.

PS : c'est vrai que Cinq7 est un super label avec de super personnes dedans. Merci Nili pour cet éclair de lucidité!
Tu sais que tu es une popstar quand tu as des confettis à la fin de ton concert

Monday, November 14, 2011

Despite everything, Madonna still IS the Queen

Madonna, undisputed Queen of all things pop, pictured on November 12th in NYC at the Smirnoff event where she's supposed to choose the dancers for her 2012 tour. Looking flawless. Suck it Rihanna.

(Major heads up to whichever surgeon did that. This is truly a work of art).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

About Madonna's Give Me All Your Love leak (and her team's "response")

Let's make something clear before I even start: Madonna's still the ultimate queen of pop.

Well, that being said, let's focus on the topic of discussion: the leak of a demo version of Madge's new single Give Me All Your Love. It is supposed to be released in February and lead the forthcoming album's campaign. Well, let's be clear: even though it channels party-Madonna and 80s-influenced-Madonna, it's nowhere near the quality requested for the single opening a new era (then again we've had American Life and 4 Minutes in the past...).

Here it is:

The demo definitely has a Martin Solveig-esque feel (not surprising as he's one of the producers enlisted by the former leotard-wearing singer), but sounds pretty flat and boring. It would be OK as a b-side I guess. 
So hopefully it will all be reworked before the real version sees the light of day (gets leaked weeks ahead of the release). Remember what the demo for Beat Goes On sounded like (awful), and what the finished track turned up to be (good, or at least way better than anything else on Hard Candy). 

Finished track:

While I don't really give sh*t about that track (it's a good way to get everyone excited for new material), I'm pretty bummed by Madonna and her camp's reaction, expressed through her manager Guy Oseary's Twitter account earlier today.

Poor Guy really has a tough job speaking in the name of Madge every time something crap happens, and having to deal with the thousands of morons asking for a retweet.
Too bad his position on the matter is just stupid. If a demo leaked a such an early stage, it was most probably by someone pretty close to the recording sessions or the people involved in them. Plus demos rarely escape record labels and if they are ever submitted to them in the first place. So before you launch a little witch hunt party Guy, maybe have a look around, who knows?

Yes, the internet is a bad place where mean people try and ruin artists' lives, boo-ooh. What year is this? 1995? Unfortunately leaks have become almost impossible to avoid for major artists (minus Jay-Z/Kanye recently), so instead of whining about it on Twitter, maybe try and make the best out of it. By offering innovative and clever marketing and ideas, using the power of social networks to emulate the fanbase and keep people interested in the artist. And, since it's out there, listen to what people say about the song itself (my opinion: "not good enough, must do better", thanks for asking). 

Maybe that leak (regardless of the song's quality) is the best thing that could happen to Madonna to get people interested in her next album. And of course by that I'm not implying the leak was intentional and comes from her camp... Or maybe am I?

Now let's all listen to Ray Of Light and hope for better days. 

Monday, November 07, 2011

AMAZING POP ALERT! War Of Words : Panic & Battleground

Who cares who War Of Words really are when they have such great songs (actually they are Ali Browning and Lucy Duffield)? Two songs, if I want to be accurate. They're so great they're both being released on Popjustice HiFi, generally amazing pop purveyor Popjustice's label, which already gave us Bright Light Bright Light in the past.

You can learn more about the band by reading all that's written on their Facebook page. There's stuff like that :
"When Abi was younger she wanted to be a pirate, but soon realised this might not practical"

Panic and Battleground are two instantly catchy, exciting and powerful pop tracks that should help you start the week in style. They produced by La Roux's Ben Langmaid.

I. L.O.V.E.

Listen to Panic

And now treat your ears with Battleground
War Of Words - Battleground by wearewarofwords

Both tracks are out on December 4th and deserve to chart as follow: 
- Panic at #1 on week 1 with Battleground at #2
- Battleground at #1 on week 2 with Panic as #2

Unfortunately this is very unlikely to happen.