Monday, June 18, 2012

It's Pop is back! What happened in the past 4 months

Yes bitches, I'm back. Lots of (mainly great) things & music happened in the past four months and a half so here's a little round-up.

On the Kylie front, things have been pretty hot, with more K25 surprises including the Anti Tour (which I missed, sadly), another Abbey Road video and A NEW SINGLE! A great one, that is. You've probably heard Timebomb by now but in case you haven't, here it is. Kylie, queen of pretty much everything.

In March, I've been lucky enough to go on tour with a great artist who sold out venues night after night. Charlie Winston is not only an incredible songwriter and performer, he's also one hell of a man and those four weeks on the road with the whole team were absolutely unforgettable. We made a little blog together which you can read here if you're interested.

Two amazing albums were released by French artists in the Spring : first, pop-rock parisian band Revolver launched their second LP Let Go, a real pop masterpiece with amazingly crafter pop songs. My fave? Let's Get Together. I visited them while they were recording last Summer, remember?Second, Barbara Carlotti, an artist I was lucky enough to work with in my previous job, released the magnificent "L'amour, l'argent, le vent". A collection of classy and sophisticate songs you are going to love, regardless of your understanding of the french language.

Whitney Houston and Donna Summer passed away. Bummer.

Marina & the Diamonds released her second album Electra Heart, and much to my pleasure it's almost perfect. Marina is a force to be reckoned with and her new single Power And Control could/should be the real breakthrough hit she needs to establish herself as a successful artist. Anyway, the record is pure pop goodness. I'm so relieved.

Oh, those two new Dragonette song? Amazing of course! Right Woman has totally been my jam since day 1.

Poor Madonna. Her MDNA LP was pretty coldly received by fans and critics alike. It's not the catastrophy some would like to have you believe. While the singles are meh (Give me all your luvin) and awful (Girl Gone Wild) some tracks on there are proper smashes. I'm Addicted? HOT. Turn Up The Radio? HIT (erm). Gang Bang? EPIC. Love Spent? SMASH. Other good bits include: Some Girls, I Don't Give A, Superstar, Beautiful Killer. Best Friend is terribly bad, as is I Fucked Up. You win some, you lose some. Even you, Madge! 
As for the MDNA Tour, it seems quite good, way better than the Sticky & Sweet Tour. I'll see that with my own eyes on July 14 and will report back.

I'm Addicted
Turn Up The Radio

The latest Saturdays single "30 Days" was totally amazing. It went in at #7. Poor The Saturdays.

I spent the best part of April in Australia, a.k.a. the best country on Earth, where life is sweet and people are mostly hot. While I failed to bump into Kylie while sunbathing on Tamarama Beach, I enjoyed every second there. On the music front, not much happened, although I arrived there right in the middle of a One Direction frenzy. Aussie superstar Delta Goodrem's new single Sitting On Top Of The World premiered in early April, and hey, it's pretty pleasant while you drive down the Great Ocean Road. I also got to know Guy Sebastian. His single Don't Worry Be Happy is a delicious slice of sunny pop.

Guy Sebastian - Don't Worry Be Happy

You know which song I listened to over and over on the beach? I'll tell you which song: Cassidy by French band Erevan Tusk. Classic.

Oh God Nicki Minaj is so annoying. As are Rihanna and Katy Perry. Nothing really new here.

The new Cheryl single Call My Name sucks, and her album sucks even harder. But who cares, the Girls Aloud reunion is coming in a few months, with many reports of the girls recording new material with Xenomania surfacing in the past few weeks. 

Once And For All by Clock Opera is good. Very good. Very very good.

The new Gossip album, produced by Xenomania, deserves a post of its own, but I don't really have time for that. I'll just tell you I'm totally in love with their poppier sound, and most of the tracks on A Joyful Noise are instant smashes. New single Move In The Right Direction is the hotness, but my real fave is Get A Job. Queen Beth reigns supreme.

I lo-lo-love Ariane Moffatt's latest record MA. The singer from Quebec released her new LP in May, and she's part of my new firm's roster so I discovered her live in Paris a few weeks ago. My pick on the record is Too Late.

I'll tell you more about Scissor Sisters in the coming days as I'll post an interview of the whole band I recorded with my friends from 3emeGauche. Their new album isn't as fantastic as the previous one Night Work, but it has its moments, so it's more than worth a proper post. Stay tuned and in the meantime, let's have a kiki! 

It's good to be back!

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