Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's Pop's top 50 singles of 2011

It's that time of the year again! You know, that moment when every person on the internet feels the need to tell the world about the songs/movies/books/whatever they liked during the year and list them. Well I'm one of them.
So without further ado here are my top 50+ songs of 2011. You can listen to them while you read thanks to a handy SPOTIFY PLAYLIST. When the songs aren't available on there, I provided you with a link ("LISTEN"). 
Of course I'd like to know what you've been listening to during the year, so please write your own top 5/10/20/100 in the comments section!

#1 Nicola Roberts - Lucky Day

Pairing with Dragonette could only equal magic. This song is exactly why I love pop so much and think it's better than anything else in the world. Nicola Roberts : popstar of the year.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Yo-Yo, Porcelain Heart, Gladiator, Beat Of My Drum

#2 The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love?

Other tracks worthy of your attention: Sail Away, In The Grace Of Your Love

#3 Nerina Pallot - Put Your Hands Up

Uplifting and enchanting while being slightly melancholic this song is like the memory of an amazing Summer vacation. Thinking about it I might love it even more than an actual Summer vacation.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Turn Me On Again, All Bets Are Off, Butterfly, Will You Still Love Me

#4 Britney Spears - Gasoline

It took me 6 months to finally admit I liked Till The Wold Ends (those verses and second chorus!) but this one is clearly the best off Femme Fatale for me. Simple, super catchy, sexy… Too bad it was left out of the tour setlist.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Till The World Ends, I Wanna Go, Up & Down, Inside Out

#5 Creature - So High

This pretty much came out of nowhere, and thank God I didn't miss it. Hypnotic and highly addictive, this is pop at its best.

#6 Neon Hitch - Get Over U

I might not have been hooked on her following singles/buzz tracks/whatever, but this one got me from the very first play. Here's hoping more like this is to come on her debut album (if it's released one day).

#7 Will Young - Jealousy

The definition of classy pop by an artist at the top of his game. Breathtaking!
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Hearts On Fire, I Just Want A Lover, Silent Valentine, The Way I See

#8 Erik Hassle - Are You Leaving

II want to believe that Erik's going to be an internationally acclaimed popstar someday, just as he deserves to be. Well to be honest if he didn't make it with a song like this (and his debut album), I don't know how he will.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: debut album Hassle or Pieces, depending on your country.

#9 Rover - Tonight

This is one hell of a revelation. The album's dropping in February, but I can already tell you it's a masterpiece. Till the release, give the debut EP multiple spins, you'll be addicted.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Aqualast, Birds, Joy

#10 Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Under Your Touch

My love for Sophie is no secret, and her latest (unfairly overlooked) album is great, just as this pumping track is. A must-listen.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Heartbreak, Bittersweet, Magic, Make A Scene

#11 Darren Hayes - Talk Talk Talk

I like it when lead singles from albums are actually my favorite tracks. While the rest of the record was not as exciting as I'd hoped, this song is just an intense slice of electro-infused pop with the voice of an filthy angel.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Don't Give Up, Black Out The Sun, Stupid Mistake

#12 Bright Light Bright Light - Disco Moment

If this guy going to release an album someday or what???! Answer: yes, and sooner than you thought. Thank God, he's probably going to save pop (again).

#13 Nicola Roberts - Beat Of My Drum

Wow, this was a way for Girls Aloud's best member to start her solo career. What's I love most about this song is it's not even the best one on the album. Brilliant pop!
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Yo-Yo, Porcelain Heart, Gladiator, Lucky Day

#14 Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers

More than a year after meeting her and hearing this song for the first time, I'm still haunted and obsessed by them. Genius.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Get Some, Sadness Is A Blessing, Rich Kids Blues

#15 Christophe Willem - Cool

The album (or should I say collection of Kylie leftovers and sub-diva imitation numbers both with dreadful lyrics) sure is disappointing, but this track is amazing. And so is L'amour me Gagne. The rest is :(
Other tracks worthy of your attention: sure, if you like cheap songs.

#16 Beyoncé - End of Time

Why this wasn't chosen as B's 1st single off her "4" album, but the 467th is beyond me. This song is fire!
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Run The World (Girls), Love On Top, I Was Here

#17 Florence and The Machine - Lover To Lover

Oh Florence, goddess of hypnotical chanting and pop amazingness.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Shake It Out, What The Water Gave Me, No Light, No Light

#18 Frankmusik - The Fear Inside

Sometimes, on a very very bad album, there's one amazing track.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: LOL

#19 Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book

Oh BETH!! Who knew the Gossip icon was one of the very few heirs worthy of Madonna ?
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Good Night Good Morning, Open Heart Surgery, Do You Need Someone

#20 Clare Maguire - The Last Dance

I'm so sad this song and album didn't get the success it deserved. Still, one of the finest of the year.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: I Surrender, The Shield and the Sword, Ain't Nobody

#21 Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do (Les Folies Aphrodite Live)

Kylie's latest tour Les Folies is an amazing 2-hour pop marathon full of iconic moments, and this reworking of an old track just slays the original version.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Aphrodite, Spinning Around, Closer, There Must Be An Angel, All The Lovers

#22 The Sound of Arrows - Wonders

This is the tip of the iceberg of Swedish pop. PLEASE listen to the album, it's marvelous.
(And this is probably one of the best artworks of the year).
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Nova, Ruins Of Rome, Magic

#23 Catherine Ringer - Prends-Moi

This woman -half of former twosome Rita Mitsuko- is one of the most amazing ones in French music, and so is her debut solo album. At 50, Mrs. Ringer is probably the greatest french popstar. I LOVE her.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Vive l'amour, Pardon, Quel est ton nom, Mahler

#24 The Kooks - The Saboteur

The band's best track of the year wasn't even on their album Junk Of The Heart. Which doesn't mean it's not full of great tracks.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Eskimo Kiss, Junk Of The Heart

#25 Oh My! - Kicking and Screaming

Pop injustice alert!! They didn't break through with such an amazing song, they might as well go back to their non-popstar life. :/

#26 Wolfette - Different Story

Very promising artist who knows how to write a pop song. My kinda girl.

#27 Marina And The Diamonds - Radioactive

Marina exploring a new way with Electra Heart isn't as good as Marina being Marina, but it's still so much better than 99% of all pop songs released this year...

#28 Adele - Rumour Has It

I've always thought Someone like you was boring. This one isn't.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Set Fire To The Rain, Rolling In The Deep (my #3 song of 2010)

#29 Brigitte Fontaine - Dancefloor feat. Grace Jones

Two icons collaborate on a bouncy club song with cheeky/crazy lyrics: yes Sir!

#30 Orelsan - Plus Rien Ne M'étonne

Yes I listened to one (very good) rap song (and album) in 2011.
Other tracks worthy of your attention: Suicide Social, Des Trous Dans La Tête, Mauvaise Idée

31 - Lady Gaga - Heavy Metal Lover (LISTEN)
32 - Arctic Monkeys - The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
33 - Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
34 - Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera)
35 - Penguin Prison - Golden Train
36 - Revolver - Wind Song
37 - M83 - Midnight City
38 - The Shoes - Time to dance
39 - Kelly Clarkson - What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)
40 - Florrie - I Took A Little Something
41 - One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
42 - TV On The Radio - Second Song
43 - The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
44 - Alex Turner - Piledriver Waltz
45 - Lloyd - Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) (Ft André 3000 & Lil Wayne)
46 - Brigitte - Oh La La
47 - Katy B - Broken Record
48 - Amanda Mair - Doubt
49 - The Weeknd - High For This (LISTEN)
50 - The Saturdays - All Fired Up

- Honorable Mention -

Miles Kane - Rearrange / Holy Ghost - Do It Again / Caotico - Brains Out (feat. Tove Styrke) / Yasmin - Finish Line & On My Own / Jenifer - L'amour Fou (Remix) / Take That - Love Love / Leona Lewis - Hurt & Collide / Coldplay - Paradise / Alex Winston - Locomotive / Julien Doré - Kiss Me Forever / Emeli Sandé - Heaven / The Saturdays - Notorious / The Wanted - Glad You Came / Rihanna feat Calvin Harris - We Found Love / Anna Calvi - Desire / Oh Land - Voodoo / Foster The People - Houdini / Britney Spears - Till The World Ends / Alexis Jordan - Good Girl / Kasabian - Days Are Forgotten / Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans / Yuksek - On A Train / Lady Gaga - Born This Way / Beyoncé - Love On Top

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Glory Box : c'est Noël dans ta radio!

Oyez oyez petits lutins. Alors qu'à l'approche des fêtes vous vous apprêtez à faire bombance et à vous déconnecter pour quelques jours dans l'allégresse la plus totale, baignée de foie gras et autres chapons farcis, certains ont pensé à vous. Et je ne parle pas de votre vieille tatie qui cette année encore vous a acheté une paire de chaussettes Lucky Luke.

C'est l'ami Nico Prat se met en quatre pour vous apporter un peu de répit entre deux tranches de dinde. Nico, c'est cette voix grave avec qui j'ai le plaisir de partager le micro de temps à autres sur Le Mouv dans l'émission de la parfaite Laura Leishman (mon épouse depuis ce weekend sur Twitter, et âme soeur Xenomanienne...), et qui ne recule devant rien pour défendre ces zinzins de frères Gallagher. Sauf que cette fois-ci, c'est aux jeunes talents qu'il s'intéresse, et non aux vieilles gloires du rock mancunien. "Glory Box", c'est le nom de l'émission qu'il vous proposera les dimanche 25 décembre et 1er janvier prochains sur Le Mouv de 10h à 11h. 

Le concept ? C'est lui qui en parle le mieux : 
"laisser, pendant une heure, la parole à un groupe ou un artiste pris
au berceau de sa carrière (premier EP ou premier album)
On parle avec eux de leur musique, de leurs influences, de leurs
projets et de leurs espoirs.
On se ballade dans leur ipod, on les resitue sur l'échiquier pop, ils
interprètent un titre acoustique, dévoilent des inédits, reçoivent le
conseil d'un artiste confirmé..."
Vu d'ici ça m'a l'air bien sympa, typiquement le genre d'émission que j'ai envie d'écouter, à la fois proche des artistes et de l'auditeur. Pas très étonnant que cette émission ait trouvé une place sur Le Mouv. 

Rendez-vous donc le matin de Noël avec Juveniles et celui du nouvel an avec Charles-Baptiste. Rassurez-vous, ce bon Nico et ses invités ne manqueront ni les cadeaux au pied du sapin, ni leur premier doliprane de l'année, les émissions ayant été enregistrées cette semaine. On est rassuré. 

Juveniles - We Are Young Official Video par juvenilesmusic

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Goldfrapp announce "The Singles" collection and new track Yellow Halo

Pop wonders and probably one of the most amazing bands EVER Goldfrapp just announced the release of their first "best-of" album The Singles, set for February 6th. All those amazing songs put together probably make it one of the most fantastic pop records of all time, no less. 

Of course the tracklisting will comprise new tracks, two to be precise: Melancholy Sky is the first one and what seems to be "the single" is a beautiful track called Yellow Halo.  The band made a video themselves with their iPhones (codename for: no budget at all) while on tour in South America.

Despite the fact this compilation comes with the end of the band's contract with their current label, it's nice to hear new music from Alison and her men. Now I can't wait to see how things will turn out for them in the future. My bet is: they will remain amazing. 

Here's the tracklisting for the CD :

1. Ooh La La 9/10
2. Number 1 8/10
3. Strict Machine (Single Mix) 9/10
4. Lovely Head 7,5/10
5. Utopia (Genetically Enriched) 8,5/10
6. A&E 9/10
7. Happiness (Single Version) 8/10
8. Train 8,5/10
9. Ride A White Horse (Single Version) 9,5/10
10. Rocket 8,5/10
11. Believer 8/10
12. Black Cherry 8/10
13. Yellow Halo 8,5/10
14. Melancholy Sky ?

Monday, December 05, 2011

Revolver de retour avec l'EP "Wind Song"

Mes chouchous de Revolver seront officiellement de retour le 1é2 décembre prochain avec un EP annonçant la sortie début 2012 de leur second album. "Wind Song EP" propose, outre l'excellente et super-entêtante chanson éponyme, le magnifique titre The Letter, et deux remixes. 

Ayant eu la chance d'entendre bon nombre de titres du prochain album du trio, il y a quelques mois en studio, je peux vous assurer que celui-ci s'annonce particulièrement excitant. Les deux titres que l'on découvre en avant-première donnent un excellent aperçu de ce qui nous attend. 

Si vous n'avez pas encore regardé le reportage et l'interview réalisés par 3eme Gauche et moi-même en studio avec le groupe, vous pouvez toujours le faire ici. Et pour écouter Wind Song, c'est ci-dessous !

Friday, December 02, 2011

December 1st, 2011 : The day I met pop Goddess Sophie Ellis Bextor

I usually try not to lose my senses/brag/act like a horny teenager/act anything but professional when I meet a "celebrity" (anyone remotely famous for doing anything more or less artistic), but sometimes love comes in the way. 

Well, that's for times when I don't meet IDOLS and/or proper pop legends. Imagine when I meet Kylie or Madonna. 

Tonight was a party held at the UK Embassy in Paris, for the opening of the new Burberry store on the same street. Super classy & luxurious thing, movie stars, music stars, champagne, great food, Alexa Chung DJing (which means playing Kylie's Better The Devil You Know - Destiny's Child's Bug A Boo - Kelis' Acapella -best DJ ever or what?), models everywhere, and a private show by rather good UK band The Feeling.

Hello you.

The Feeling + String Quartet: nice
Well, when I think "The Feeling" I think "one of those guys is Sophie Ellis Bextor's husband" and "oh yeah they have a few good songs". So I was kinda hoping she'd be there too. 
Two songs into the band's set I turned my head to grab another glass of champagne totally check out a hot model take a look at the crowd enjoying themselves and I saw her: insanely beautiful, graciously wearing a white dress subtly showing her baby bump, and singing all the words to the song being performed. All I could think about was for the show to end so I could try and go say hi. 
WHICH I SO TOTALLY DID. Here's how things went down:

- Hi, I'm so sorry to disturb you, and I usually don't do this, but I just wanted to say hi and thank you for you latest album, and the previous ones. (For real, I managed to form a whole sentence).
- Oh thank you that's so nice. Sophie, Nice to meet you (handshake)
- Loïc, lovely to meet you too. I can't wait for you to perform in France! When's that going to happen?
- I don't know yet, soon I hope.
- I'll book you! (yes, the Champagne really made me say that -shame)
- (laughs -well at least I hope so)
- Are you working on some new music?
- Yes I just did a song with Bob Sinclar (it's called Fuck With You, and it's good)
- Oh really? For your album or his?
- His.
- Great! Can't wait to hear that! (for real). (then I said something not really interesting about her label just to keep some credibility -FAIL).
- Do you mind if we take a picture together?
- No that's my pleasure (OMG!)
Picture - Picture - Picture (THANKS @BorisLab)
- Thank you so much Sophie, enjoy the party. Oh and congratulations on the new bay! (my God, yes, I really said that).

And just like that I had met and talked with one of my favorite popstars ever, a woman so insanely beautiful who made some of the best pop songs of the past ten years, which I've listened so many times. Another life-goal achieved! Now onto managing my own music label (and meeting/becoming best friends with Kylie)!!! 

I don't know if you've read all that, but if so: thank you, and sorry for all that nonsense.

THANK YOU Marie for the invite! <3
Just in case you missed it earlier