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Monday, January 30, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #11 Ladyhawke - Black, White & Blue



[COPY/PASTE] Madonna album, single & performance news regarding MDNA


In order to save myself some time, and because good PR has to be noted when it happens, here's what will probably be remembered as my greatest piece of writing ever: the whole press release regarding Madonna's new album MDNA, which will be released on March 26. Thanks Madge, but my band Studio Paradise is releasing their debut EP on the same day, and we scheduled that BEFORE. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

[LIVE REPORT] Revolver @ Le Point Ephemere, Paris (+video)


Revolver's excellent second album won't be out until March 12 in France, but their Wind Song EP gives you a taste of what to come (I told you about it here).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kylie's #K25 "year of celebrations" is starting tomorrow (January 25)


#K25 is Kylie's own way to celebrate her 25th anniversary in the music business. Starting January 25th, she'll be unveiling stuff to celebrate the milestone. Basically she'll make her fans happy!

Tomorrow when hashtag #k25fans reaches 25 000 retweets on Twitter she'll unveil the full video for the orchestral version of 1992 hit Finer Feelings. Cause yeah, Min's been hard at work in the studio with the whole Aphrodite Team (band, vocalists and producer Steve Anderson) to record an orchestral best-of album. 

EDIT
Here's the stunning full version. This woman can do no wrong.

Follow Kylie on Twitter : @kylieminogue

Monday, January 23, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #10 01.23.12 Coco Morier - EP




#What? Coco Morier EP (EP)

#Who? New popstar alert!!! Coco Morier is my first pop crush of 2012.

#Fact/ I so totally stumbled on her Facebook fanpage thanks to the always reliable (except when he's stanning over Heidi Montag ;) ) Muumuse. Now I'm learning she's a songwriter who's written many a song for Britney (Heaven On Earth, top-notch track on Blackout, How I Roll & Trip To Your Heart on Femme Fatale) as well as for a handfull of other artists (full list here). Coco was also a member of electro-rock duo Electrocute AND Charlotte Gainsbourg's lead guitarist and background singer on her 2009/10 tour!
She's juste released a five-track EP that's very very good. Track Explosion is great electro-pop just the way I like it. Think a bit Robyn, a bit Neon Hitch when she's good, a bit Cindy Lauper's Echo. The EP was co-written with Skye Ferreira and Miike Snow among others. That should convince you to buy it ASAP, just as I did. Player Of Love is a great track too. 

#Link/ Funnily enough Coco's Facebook page only has about 300 "fans". Like it now! Listen to the whole EP on Soundcloud and BUY it here or through the convenient widget above.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

25 years of the history of Pop in 17 minutes


A few facts : 

- 2012 marks the 25th year of Kylie in the music business. Expect lots of cool things to happen (the first one being an orchestral best-of album).

- Kylie's music career is probably one of the most iconic and interesting in modern pop. Ups, downs, cheesy tracks, ambitious indie moments, unforgettable performances and videos, and of course countless hits. 

- Someone made a 17-minute montage of all Kylie videos. Better than reading a book about how pop evolved in the last 25 years.

- Indie Kylie (1994/98) really was something, wasn't it?

- Thank you Kylie Minogue for being such an tireless defender of good pop. 

Now if you will, let's STEP BACK IN TIME.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

[ACOUSTIC SESSION] The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Heart Attack


I told you about the awesomeness of the new The Asteroids Galaxy Tour single last Monday. Since then my friends from 3ème Gauche TV and I have been able to meet Mette & Lars and interview them.

While our chat will be posted a bit later, we've got something great to keep you waiting! The Danish twosome played the Heart Attack just for us, in an acoustic fashion that suits it very well!

And as you can see from the picture, Mette and I are totally BFFs now. 






Merci à la boutique Gals Rock, lieu dédié à la culture rock féminine. Une très bonne adresse (et un bel accueil) pour trouver des albums rares, et dénicher des idées cadeaux originales.
Gals Rock, 17 rue Henri Monnier, 75009 Paris. (Facebook) www.galsrock.fr

Thursday, January 19, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #9 01.19.12 Emeli Sandé - Next To Me




#What? Next To Me (single)

#Who? Emeli Sandé is quite hot at the moment. After the big success of her debut single Heaven last fall, a Brits Critics Choice Award, and an opening slot on Coldplay's European tour, Emeli's one of the most anticipated artist of 2012.

#Fact/ With this single being reminiscent of Rolling In The Deep, and her debut album sounding like a balladfest (listen to snippets here), is Emeli the new Adele? Let's hope she's not, as she's sounding amazing on uptempo/dancey stuff, as Heaven proved. I preferred this direction for her. But who knows, the whole LP could be a great surprise! We'll find out when Our Version Of Events drops on Feb 13  (March 12 in France).

#Link/ Twitter seems like a good way to get better acquainted with Emeli

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #8 01.18.12 Amadou & Mariam feat. Santigold - Dougou Badia




#What? Dougou Badia (single)

#Who? Amadou & Mariam feat. Santigold. The couple from Mali were joined by queen of crazy tribal pop for one of the many collaborations on A&M's forthcoming album Folila, out March 26.

#Fact/ Amadou & Mariam might be the most successful African musicians at the moment. If you've never listened to their soulful and beautiful music, well you should. Sabali, from their previous record Welcome To Mali is such a good song it's perfect to dance & cry to. It was dancefloor-approved no later than last weekend, mind you. There's also a song with Scissor Sister Jake Shears on the new album, which I've just listened to tonight, and let me tell you something: it's seriously AMAZING. Chéri je te fais un gros bisou, as Mariam would say.

#Link/ An EP containing the track (and another one with French singer Bertrand Cantat) was just released. Buy it here (FR) (UK)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #7 01.17.12 War Of Words - Battleground




#What? Battlegound (single)

#Who? War Of Words. I told you about those girls a while back, saying their two (TWO) debut singles were awesome. Not much has changed since then. Still awesome.

#Fact/ So, Battleground is one of two singles that should launch this UK female twosome properly. Instead, both singles are probably going to go unnoticed, because radio people and the "record"-buying public are pretty much out of their minds at the moment (Jessie J's Domino at #1, really????!). Second single Panic is pretty epic and amazing too. So basically it's two fantastic singles for the price of one (for the price of two, but you see what I mean).

#Link/ BUY THESE F*CKING SINGLES : Amazon UK, Amazon FriTunes UK, iTunes Fr.

Monday, January 16, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #6 01.16.12 The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Heart Attack




#What? Heart Attack (single)

#Who? The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. A Danish band already responsible for one amazing single : The Sun Ain't Shining No More. And another one, Around The Bend, which was featured in an iPod commercial back in 2008.

#Fact/ This very very good and very very Dragonette-esque new single from the Danish twosome introduces the band's second album Out Of Frenquency, which is out on January 31st (US) and February 24th (Europe). I'm meeting those two next Wednesday, so I should be able to tell you more very soon.

#Link/ A band's YouTube page is a nice place to go to watch music videos. Theirs are pretty cool: http://www.youtube.com/user/asteroidsgalaxytour

Friday, January 13, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #5 01.13.12 The Shins - Simple Song




#What? Simple Song (single)

#Who? The Shins. A US band I like a lot because a) they did amazing songs that were on the OST for that cool movie with the guy from Scrubs and Natalie Portman (Garden State) and b) they have a song called Australia that was conveniently released when my sister left for a year down under, so I was able to make her a mix CD with this song on it.

#Fact/ This is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album Port Of Morrow, out  March 20th. It's uplifting and beautiful and I like it a lot. Thank you ASL for the head's up! 

#Link/ The band's Facebook page seems like a good place to go for someone who wants to be updated on what they're up to. http://www.facebook.com/theshins

Thursday, January 12, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #4 01.12.12 Madonna - Impressive Instant / Burning Up (Sticky & Sweet Tour Demo)



#What? Impressive Instant / Burning Up medley (unreleased mashup)

#Who? Madonna. I thought the announcement of her new album's name was worth celebrating a bit more.

#Fact/ This amazing mashup composed of Music album track Impressive Instant and 1983 single Burning Up was supposed to be part of M's latest tour Sticky And Sweet Tour (2008/2009) as part of the last act of the show. As she does for all of her tours, she recorded the whole show during the rehearsals and those demos leaked online later. Unfortunately this song was left aside at the last minute. Too bad, it would have been perfect for this show. 

#Link/ Madonnalicious, a great fan site!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Madonna's new album is called...


M.D.N.A. !

The name of the new album was just announced on the Queen's official Facebook page.


Sounds good, right? Debut single Gimme All Your Luvin (God that title sucks) will premiere at the Superbowl half-time show on February 5th, and maybe even before if it leaks like an Xtina at a Taco Bell restaurant. 

The new era is ON!


[DAIL'ITSPOP] #3 01.11.12 Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out / Studio Paradise - I Am The Walrus


Stevie Wonder:

#What? We Can Work It Out (my fave Beatles song? Probably) / I Am The Walrus (album tracks)

#Who? Soul legend Stevie Wonder (kinda hope you know who he is) and up and coming French band Studio Paradise. These guys are going to blow your socks off very very soon. 

#Fact/ Both tracks are taken from a new compilation called Beatles Mania, put together by French multifaceted art director Béatrice Ardisson. While CD1 offers a selection of well-known Beatles covers (by Nina Simone, Al Green, Ella Fitzgerald, Fiona Apple and amazing Stevie Wonder), CD2 gives unsigned French bands a chance to shine with a cover of the Fab Four. And boy does the Corsican/Parisian 5-piece band shine. Their cover is brilliant, and while remaining true to the original, it brings something new to it. I'm very lucky to be managing Studio Paradise, I telling you. And by the way, I'm very happy to introduce them to you (I'll do it again properly soon). Their debut EP is released in March.

#Links/ Buy the album on iTunes (FR) + Follow Studio Paradise on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #2 01.10.12 Nicola Roberts - Memory Of You


Aloud fans (and others), this track is worth your attention!



#What? Memory Of You (b-side)

#Who? Flawless solo popstar and one fifth of UK girlband Girls Aloud Nicola Roberts released Yo-Yo, the excellent third single off her debut album Cinderella's Eyes on January 8th. Way to start the new year!

#Fact/ This dreamy electro-pop track is originally a Girls Aloud b-side from their 2009 single The Loving Kind. Nicola just used the version with her own vocals as a b-side to her own single.

#Link/ iTunes (UK)

Coachella 2012 line-up announced : it's hot

Guys, gals and robots, I only have one thing to say: my birthday is on April 2nd. You know what to do.


Monday, January 09, 2012

[DAIL'ITSPOP] #1 01.09.12 The Weeknd - Montreal


The first artist to feature in this new section of the blog is one of my favorites of the past few months.


#What? Montreal (single)

#Who? The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, a canadian singer and producer who made 2011 a pretty good year by releasing and giving for free three 'mixtapes' of very high quality. All this is extremely promising and he should be quite big in 2012. 

#Fact/ Montreal is taken from the third mixtape Echoes of Silence and samples the french singer Serge Gainsbourg-written track Laisse Tomber Les Filles (sung by France Gall in 1964, and covered in a french/english version by April March in 1995). Basically amazing. 

Saturday, January 07, 2012

[INTERVIEW] Foster The People: "It's all kind of a blur"


I absolutely totally completely forgot to post the interview @3emeGauche and I did with Foster The People, you know, that band full of hotties and whose album is so hit-packed it would almost make Girls Aloud blush? We met them a few hours before their sold-out show at La Cigale, one of the best venues in Paris, during the Inrocks Black XS Festival.

Well anyway, here it is for your viewing pleasure. My only question is: why the hell was I wearing glasses on that day??!!


On a side note, Foster The People's amazing album Torches is still available for you to purchase, and you can watch their latest very good video for Don't Stop, which features Gabourey Sidibe (of Precious fame) right here right now.


Don't forget to visit www.3emegauche.tv for more interviews, live sessions and more great stuff. 

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Scissor Sisters - Shady Love


First things first: I wish you all a marvelous year, full of Madonna albums, Kylie 25th anniversary... and Scissor Sisters amazingness!

Yes Sir, our beloved Scissters just premiered a new track on UK radio, and guess what: it's fantastic. It's surprising, unexpected while remaining true to the band's uninterrupted string of fun, energetic and sexy tunes.

Shady Love features up & coming female rapper Azealia Banks (quite good track here) and sees Jake Shears rapping, à la Robbie Williams Rudebox era (his best yet most underrated album), only better. And it references Madonna at some point!

Guys, gals and shemales, I have a feeling we're going to be partying HARD to this new Scissor Sisters jam. Anyway 2012 is starting off pretty well!

EDIT: now we have a video!