Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fire and Rain

Going back 30 years now. From her 1971 album Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves here's Cher and her version of James Taylor's Fire and Rain.

You Might Think

Songs from film soundtracks make little impression on the charts nowadays. Take That's Love Love which featured on X Men: First Class being an example. Weezer have covered The Cars 1984 American hit You Might Think  for Cars 2 which is currently getting bad reviews in the USA. It's a pure carbon copy of the original and doesn't seem to be a single. The Cars have a new album, Move Like This, out at the moment so why not just put their original song on the soundtrack? Because the kids have never heard of The Cars of course. 

Here's The Cars and their  number 8 Billboard Hot 100 hit song from 1984. It got to number 88 in the UK.

Foster The People

Here's a song that's been on various charts around the world for a few months now and will chart in the UK this week. It's Foster The People and Pumped Up Kicks. At least one of the guys in the picture above is easy on the eye too! 

I Wanna Go

Britney's looking well once again in her new video for I Wanna Go the latest single from her Femme Fatale album . The swinging microphone is one of the best video images of 2011 since Kanye climbed up on that police car in his All Of The Lights video. It's a song that will sound great on her tour, mimed or not!


New girl band Soundgirl samples Carl Simon's Why  on their second single.

The Ian Carey remix is pretty good too.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I went to see the v mental movie Kaboom this evening. It should win an award for best use of colour in a film. The cast are all gorgeous and Juno Temple, pictured above is the best thing in it. The lead character loves the band Explosions in the Sky and I smiled to myself thinking I know I am older when I heard of the band (my brother likes them) but I do not know one song from them.

Here's some music from the movie. This is Airiel and In Your Room 

Oh Land!

Oh Land seems to be releasing Sun Of A Gun as a single properly. I featured it on this blog a few months ago so here it is again because I think it is v super indeed.


Here's one more as heard on Popjustice posts. It's Yellow the newest song, ie this week's, from CocknBullKid. Her name is a word I think I'm using as much as favourite on this blog. She's not having hit singles but she's not giving up. Trooper!


Back to pop! Here's Florrie and the v nice I Took A Little Something. Popjustice likes her too.

Update: I've now listened to this song three times and, yes that's right dear readers, I love it!

Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez is one of the contestants on the TV show The Voice. Here's her version of Jolene which is a new entry on the Billboard hot 100 at number 76 this week.

Monday, June 20, 2011


There were several songs that stood out for me last week but the one I kept listening to the most was VaShawn Mitchell's Nobody Greater. I think it is just a beautiful song. It reminds me of the crossover gospel R'nB' songs from the 1990's such as Mary Mary and Sounds Of Blackness. 

Strike Curious Poses Chart 20-6-2011

1(-): Nobody Greater - VaShawn Mitchell
2(-): Valentine - Jessie Ware & Sampha
3(-): Never Will Be Mine - Rye Rye Featuring Robyn 
4(-): Pieces Of Me - Ledisi
5(1): He Said - CocknBullKid & Clare Maguire
6(2): Hope There's Someone - Clare Maguire
7(4): Bounce - Calvin Harris Featuring Kelis
8(3): Another Language - Lamb 
9(5): Burning Up - Britney Spears
10(16): Take Me As I Am - Rumer

11(-): Rock Me - Melanie C
12(14): Best Thing I Never Had - Beyonce 
13(7): Carny - Pleasurekraft
14(11): Aphrodite - Kylie Minogue
15(8): Changed The Way You Kiss Me - Example
16(26): Homeboy - Eric Church
17(18): Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
18(17): Put Your Hands Up (If You feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
19(7): Touch Me - CocknBullKid & Gonzales
20(29):  Let Me Go - Maverick Sabre

21(9): Pearls- Sade
22(28): Can't Stay Young (Forever) - Bressie
23(15): Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Almighty Club Mix) - Katy Perry
24(-): Together You and I - Dolly Parton
25(20): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
26(10):  Bills, Bills, Bills - CocknBullKid & Eliza Doolittle
27(13): Beat of My drum - Nicola Roberts
28(21): Loud (Static Revenger Remix) - Stan Walker
29(12): I Don't Know - Lisa Hannigan
30(-): Pharaohs - SBTRKT Featuring Roses Gabor

Here's VaSahawn Mitchell and Nobody Greater

Cause I Know About My Love

On the fab website Hard Candy CocknBullKid recently choose 5 new London based music artists who she thinks are ones to watch out for. the link to her selection is here

One of the artists that she choose was Jessie Ware. The video for her v lovely song Valentine; a collaboration with Sampha, is below.

Rock Me

Two from Melanie C. The first is her new song  Rock Me.

and the second is the perfect pop that is Northern Star.


Eric Church's Homeboy is my favourite country song of 2011. It is currently at number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. There's a new video for the song.

Here it is.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Super Bass has become one of Nicki Minaj's biggest hit singles. It is not her best but what is amazing is that the video (to date) has been viewed over 36,000,000 times on YouTube. Superstar! I'm sure the swimming pool scene helped that figure. She's more fun than Katy and Gaga combined. 
Nicki Minaj along with mostly new songs from CocknBullKid & Co, Clare Maguire, Britney, Lisa Hannigan, Maverick Sabre and Bressie were ones I've liked recently and all of their videos can be seen are on previous posts on this blog.

Strike Curious Poses Chart 13-6-2011

1(-): He Said - CocknBullKid & Clare Maguire
2(-): Hope There's Someone - Clare Maguire
3(1): Another Language - Lamb
4(4): Bounce - Calvin Harris featuring Kelis
5(-): Burning Up - Britney Spears
6(-): Touch Me - CocknBullKid & Gonzales
7(2): Carny  - Pleasurekraft
8(5): Changed The Way you Kiss Me - Example
9(7): Pearls - Sade
10(-): Bills, Bills, Bills - CocknBullKid & Eliza Doolittle

11(10): Aphrodite - Kylie Minogue
12(-): I Don't Know - Lisa Hannigan
13(3): Beat Of My Drum - Nicola Roberts
14(17): Best Thing I Never Had - Beyonce
15(15): Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Almighty Club Mix) - Katy Perry
16(28): Take Me As I Am - Rumer
17(14): Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
18(-): Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
19(9): Is It A Crime - Sade
20(20): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan

21(8): Loud (Static Revenger Remix) - Stan Walker
22(6): Love Love Love - Avalanche City
23(11): Soldier Of Love - Sade
24(12): Finish Line (Freemasons Pegasus Club Mix) - Yasmin
25(19): Move Your Body - Beyonce
26(18): Homeboy - Eric Church
27(13): What A Feeling - Alex Gaudino featuring Kelly Rowland
28(-):Can't Stay Young (Forever) - Bressie
29(-): Let Me Go - Maverick Sabre
30(23): Motivation  -  Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne

Here's Nicki Minaj and Super Bass

Covered Off

CocknBullKid has a very good Youtube page. One of the features on that page is called Covered Off  which is a series of cover versions that she does with other new music artists. There are three excellent cover versions on it to date.

The first is her cover of Destiny's child Bills, Bills, Bills where she collaborates with Eliza Doolittle

the second is a cover of Rui Da Silva's Touch Me where she collaborates with pianist Gonzales

and the third is He Said, a cover of plan B's She Said. I was v delighted to see her singing with Clare Maguire on this one.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Never Will Be Mine

Be Mine was one of the best songs on Robyn's self titled album back in 2006. She has collaborated with rapper Rye Rye and the song is sampled for the chorus on Never Will Be Mine.


Here's Ledisi and the first song I've heard from her. This is Pieces Of Me.

All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight

My sister Emma and her friend Mary are going to see Take That in Dublin's Croke Park this coming weekend. Here's my two favourite songs from them for you two.

A Million Love Songs

and one of the last decade's best singles Rule The World

She's On Fie - ahhhh!

Most Madonna cover versions are usually pretty awful mainly because few artists can better the original. Britney Spears has covered Burning Up and it's a faithful pop version.


Hush Hush

Alexis Jordan's third single is Hush Hush. In her new video she's dating a no good Snoop Dogg Playa and borrowed Rebecca Black's car. Both bad moves!

Maverick Sabre

Let Me Go by Maverick Sabre was released as a download on June 5th in the UK. It hasn't charted yet but I think it deserves too. His voice is interesting and I love the production on this song and a Portishead sample is always a good thing. 

Hope There's Someone

Thanks to my  friend Alan for telling me about this one. Here is Clare Maguire and her version of Anthony and the Johnsons  Hope There's Someone.

Another Language

I had never heard of the duo Lamb before last week but of all the songs I heard the week before last their new song Another Language was the one that made the most impression on me. Carny by Pleasurecraft was also just as good. Both Example's Changed The Way you Kiss Me and Calvin Harris featuring Kelis' Bounce have been two of the biggest songs on the UK chart over the past 10 days as well, Nicola Roberts (so far!) sadly was not. 

Strike Curious Poses Chart 6-6-2011

1(-): Another Language - Lamb
2(-): Carny - Pleasurekraft
3(-): Beat Of My Drum - Nicola Roberts
4(8): Bounce - Calvin Harris Featuring Kelis
5(7): Changed The Way You Kiss Me - Example
6(-): Love Love Love - Avalanche City
7(1): Pearls - Sade
8(5): Loud (Static Revenger Remix) - Stan Walker
9(2): Is It A Crime - Sade
10(4): Aphrodite - Kylie Minogue

11(3): Soldier Of Love - Sade
12(9): Finish Line (Freemasons Pegasus Club Mix) - Yasmin
13(6): What A Feeling - Alex Gaudino Featuring Kelly Rowland
14(11): Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
15(15): Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Almighty Club Mix) - Katy Perry
16(16): Don't Hold Your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
17(-): Best Thing I Never Had - Beyonce
18(17): Homeboy - Eric Church
19(14): Move Your Body - Beyonce
20(23): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan

21(13): Turning Tables - Adele
22(10): Notorious - The Saturdays
23(12): Motivation - Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne
24(20): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake
25(21): Rolling In A Deep Wicked Game - Adele Vs Chris Isaak
26(18): Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn
27(25): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
28(-): Take Me As I Am - Rumer
29(24): Turning Tables - Gwyneth Paltrow
30(26): In Love For A While - Anna Rossinelli

here's Lamb and Another Language

Best Thing I Never Had

Beyonce's latest single Best Thing I Never Had climbs just nine places to number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It seems that even the biggest stars are not guaranteed continuous chart sussess nowadays. It is doing better  in Australia where it is number 29 on the national singles chart at present. 
Many of the new publicity photos of her, which can be seen on are pretty awful. I think she's getting some bad advice from those around her which happens to megastars at some point of their careers. Best Thing I Never Had is a nice ballad but it's a safe song, the type we have heard so often before. I hope the rest of the album is good. 

There's no official video yet.

Monday, June 13, 2011


I'm going to see Rumer in concert here in Dublin next week. According to Digital Spy  Take Me as I Am will be her newest single.


Can't Stay Young (Forever) is the debut solo single (They're all at it these days!) by Bressie, the lead singer of the Irish band The Blizzards. It is one of just two songs by Irish music artists in the entire top 50 Irish singles chart last week, the other is Jedward's Lipstick. I'm not allowed to comment further on that state of affairs.

Bressie, as you can see from the video below was not beaten with the ugly stick. The video was made for €5.96. The Blizzards are one of several Irish indie pop groups who do great here; they had seven top thirty Irish hits but none at all  in the UK so it will be interesting to see how Bressie's solo career goes.  Thanks to Alan G's friend Sharon for recommending this song. 


Here's a song that may  be on one of Enda Guinan's music mixes and if it isn't I recommend it!

Here's Pleasurekraft and two mixes of Carny.

Avalanche City

Love Love Love by Avalanche City was a number one in New Zealand. I discovered it yesterday and think it's v sweet indeed.


On the 25th MaI went to see Sade in concert here in Dublin. Both Sade and her band were excellent, her voice was perfect, she looked amazing and the musicians were flawless. It was one of the most elegant and professional performances I have ever seen. I am going to write about it separate post  later this week. All of the songs that I liked that week could have been Sade songs but for now I'll just pick three; Pearls, Is It A Crime and Soldier Of Love. I know my favourite Welsh blogger David adores her too so all three of the songs below are for you Mr. McDonagh. 

Strike Curious Poses Chart 30-5-2011

1(-): Pearls - Sade
2(-): Is It A Crime - Sade
3(-): Soldier Of Love - Sade
4(1): Aphrodite - Kylie Minogue
5(-): Loud (Static Revenger Remix): Stan Walker
6(-): What A Feeling - Alex Gaudino featuring Kelly Rowland
7(7): Changed The Way You Kiss Me - Example
8(4): Bounce - Calvin Harris Featuring Kelis
9(2): Finish Line (Freemasons Pegasus Club Mix) - Yasmin
10(3): Notorious - The Saturdays

11(11): Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
12(13): Motivation - Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne
13(5): Turning Tables - Adele
14(8): Move Your Body - Beyonce
15(15): Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Almighty Club Mix) - Katy Perry
16(27): Don't Lose Your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
17(17): Homeboy - Eric Church
18(18): Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn
19(10): California King Bed - Rihanna
20(19): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake

21(12): Rolling In A Deep Wicked Game - Adele Vs Chris Isaak
22(6): Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum
23(21): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
24(9): Turning Tables - Gwyneth Paltrow
25(22): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
26(16): In Love For A While - Anna Rossinelli
27(29): Right There - Nicole Scherzinger Featuring 50 Cent
28(28): All Of The Lights - Kayne West
29(14): Rockefeller Street - Getter Jaani
30(20): Popular - Eric Saade

Here are those three Sade songs. The first is Pearls.

Is It A Crime

and Soldier Of Love

Graduated. Take a Bow.

Nicola Robert's debut solo single Beat Of My Drum charted at number 27 in the UK yesterday. It has to climb more! I love the chorus and the production but to be honest I wish her vocals were better on it as she is a good singer. The video should have released much sooner before the song went on sale. It is a v fun song though. She also went shopping with Kelly Rowland as she has gone for the 'knickers as clothes' look. 
She's still my favourite person in Girls Aloud. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

On The Stereo

Many months after it's release I've finally bought Kylie's Aphrodite album. Put your Hands Up (If you Feel Love) will be her new single but the title track, Aphrodite could easily be a single as well. It was co written by Nerina Pallot and is exactly the kind of pop I like the most. I so wish that I had seen her in concert here in Dublin earlier this year, my friend Orla said it was one of the best she had ever seen.
Very few new songs have impressed me much a few weeks ago so I will have to look on other pop sites and pick some new songs. I do like The Saturdays new single Notorious. I think they unfairly get the most criticism in British pop. Well, after Sugababes of course.

Strike Curious Poses Chart 23-5-2011

1(-): Aphrodite - Kylie Minogue
2(6): Finish Line (Freemasons Pegasus Club Mix) - Yasmin
3(-): Notorious - The Saturdays
4(10): Bounce - Calvin Harris featuring Kelis
5(1): Turning Tables - Adele
6(12): Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum
7(9): Changed The Way You Kiss Me - Example
8(8): Move Your Body - Beyonce
9(2): Turning Tables - Gwyneth Paltrow
10(13): California King Bed - Rihanna

11(11): Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
12(7): Rolling In A Deep Wicked Game - Adele Vs Chris Isaak
13(22): Motivation - Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne
14(3): Rockefeller Street - Getter Jaani
15(14): Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Almighty Club Mix) - Katy Perry
16(4): In Love For A While - Anna Rossinellli
17(16): Homeboy - Eric Church
18(18): Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn
19(17): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
20(5): Popular - Eric Saade

21(21): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
22(26): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
23(20): Unorthodox - Wretch 32 featuring Example
24(19): Asthma Attack - CockNBullKid
25(15): The Edge Of glory - Lady Gaga
26(23): You and I - George Michael
27(RE): Don't Lose Your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
28(25): All Of The Lights - Kayne West
29(30): Right There - Nicole Scherzinger featuring 50 Cent
30(24): This Is Not The End - Clare Maguire

Here's Miss Minogue and the glorious pop that is Aphrodite

and here's The Saturdays and Notorious

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This Week's Tunes

I have all of my exams and essays finished at last in my night time degree course for this term so I hope to post more regularly on this blog over the summer. Adele, Gwyneth, three acts from the Eurovision, Yasmin, Calvin Harris feat Kelis, Lady Antebellum and Gaga were the new songs I liked over the past seven days. All  have been featured on recent posts.

Strike Curious Poses Chart 16-5-2011

1(-): Turning Tables - Adele
2(-): Turning Tables - Gwyneth Paltrow
3(-): Rockefeller Street - Getter Jaani
4(-): In Love For A While - Anna Rossinelli
5(-): Popular - Eric Saade
6(-): Finish Line (Freemasons Pegasus Club Mix) - Yasmin
7(1): Rolling In a Deep Wicked Game - Adele Vs Chris Isaak
8(2): Move Your Body - Beyonce
9(3): Changed The Way You Kiss Me - Example
10(-): Bounce - Calvin Harris featuring Kelis

11(4): Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
12(-): Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum
13(18): California King Bed - Rihanna
14(5): Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) (Almighty Club Mix) - Katy Perry
15(-): The Edge Of Glory - Lady Gaga
16( 11): Homeboy - Eric Church
17(14): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj
18(9): Call your Girlfriend - Robyn
19(7): Asthma Attack - CockNBullKid
20(13): Unorthodox - Wretch 32 featuring Example
21(10): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
22(8): Motivation - Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne
23(6): you and I - George Michael
24(15): This Is Not The End - Clare Maguire
25(16): All Of The Lights - Kayne West
26(20): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
27(19): The Shield and the Sword - Clare Maguire
28(17): I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson
29(12): Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Nicki Minaj
30(30): Right There - Nicole Scherzinger featuring 50 Cent

Here's Adele singing Turning Tables on David Letterman's show.


Beat Of Her Drum

Regular readers here will know that Nicola Roberts has always been the most favourite member of Girls Aloud. Nicola's debut single is called Beat Of  My Drum is out on June 5th  and the short sample that has been released is a v good sign that it will be a great pop song. I hope her solo music career will be the most successful of all the girls. 

Here's Nicola in studio and that short music clip.

Turning Tables

I have never watched a full episode of Glee. I find a lot of the characters annoying, I hate most of the song and dance routines, I dislike the way that Glee covers have dominated the lower half of the UK charts and that most pop songs seem to get the Glee makeover. I look forward to seeing songs that are completely not suitable for them to cover. I hate the way that almost ever Gaga single will be covered on the show from now on. Recently there was a gag about mixing up the term lesbian and Lebanese but that was blatantly ripped off from a classic Golden Girls TV moment decades ago. 
I know that Glee has a v positive message in general but I am often uncomfortable with it's 'ok to be different' themes. I think if I was a gay teenager I would have some issues with the show than feeling completely positive about how gay issues are depicted. I hope in popular culture that we move beyond labeling people as different even if it is meant for the best. I am completely judging Glee from watching bits of episodes and if I followed it's narrative from the first show I may have a different opinion but I think I often am more interested in people who don't think that ever aspect of shows like Glee is perfect.

There have been moments that I have enjoyed and one was Gwyneth Paltrow singing Turning Tables. I didn't realize that it was Adele's song so I just heard Gwyneth singing this beautiful song and it was later that I listened to the original Adele version. I think of both versions when i hear that song, the cover was gorgeous but ultimately it is Adele's song and always will be. I also loved Gwyneth's songs on the Country Strong soundtrack but I think she is one of those celebrities that the general public could regard as doing too much; she's a movie and television actress, a singer of pop and  country, has her own website and now also has a cookbook. I think that even in this celebrity culture we still regard an actress as just that unless she's a mega-star like Barbra Streisand. In a way, no matter how famous someone is they are labelled too.

Here's both versions of Turning Tables.

First is Adele.

and Gwyneth Paltrow's version

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Eurovision has come and gone for another year. I thought the songs were better than usual this year. Ireland went Eurovision mad with Jedward and I have to admit that Lipstick was a catchy poppy tune and the twins gave it their all in their usual demented fashion. Blue were one of the best British bobands back in their dabut I Can was dreadful and Lee's vocals were just not good. The days of their quality pop songs like All Rise seemed a long time ago. But the joy about Eurovision is that it divides everyone's opinions and it's all about taste, good or bad, and often heralding what others dislike.

My three favourite acts this year were from  Estonia, Switzerland and Sweden.
Here they are again.

From Estonia here's Getter Jaani and Rockefeller Street which did dreadful but is a perfect little pop song. It's like Glee goes to the circus, in a good way.
Her update on Facebook after the show last Saturday simply  asked; 'What Happened?'.
Block voting, love, that's what happened!

Representing Switzerland here's Anna Rossinelli and In Love For A While. It did terrible too but Eurovision can as cruel as X Factor!

and lastly here's Popular by Eric Saade representing Sweden which did v well. Well this is a pop blog so it had to be Sweden. It's also owes a lot to Boney M's Rasputin.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Yasmin was expected to have a big debut in the UK charts with her debut solo single On My Own earlier this year but it just got to number 39. Her second single Finish Line has already done much better and charted at number 13 on last Sundays UK singles chart. The Freemasons Pegasus Club remix is poptastic and here it is. 

and an extended mix too.

Rolling In A Deep Wicked Game

A mash up of two songs stood out for me over the past two weeks. Rolling in a Deep Wicked Game is a mix by Pheugoo of Adele's Rolling In The Deep and Chris Isaak's Wicked Game. Chris Isaak's vocals from Wicked Game only comes in at the very end which allows that beautiful instrumental to let Adele's vocals stand out as much as the do on the original. The video which is featured below is by Panos T who works with my favourite mash up artist Robin Skouteris. I think Rolling In The Deep is one of the best American number one singles in a long time. It's amazing to think it just got to number two in the UK. I love her new album which I only bought last week.

Strike Curious Poses Chart 9-5-2011

1(-): Rolling In A Deep Wicked Game - Adele Vs Chris Isaak
2(1): Move Your Body - Beyonce
3(6): Changed The Way You Kiss Me - Example
4(2): Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
5(-): Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Almighty Club Mix) - Katy Perry
6(3): You and I - George Michael
7(16): Asthma Attack - CockNBullKid
8(5): Motivation - Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne
9(4): Call your Girlfriend - Robyn
10(9): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan

11(11): Homeboy - Eric Church
12(14): Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Nicki Minaj
13(8): Unorthodox - Wretch 32 featuring Example
14(12): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
15(7): This Is Not The End - Clare Maguire
16(15): All Of The Lights - Kayne West
17(10): I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson
18(26): California King Bed - Rihanna
19(18): The Shield and The Sword - Clare Maguire
20(21): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
21(13): Starlight - Sophie Ellis Bextor
22(23): Coming Home - Gwyneth Paltrow
23(24): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
24(22): Don't Hold Your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
25(20): Runaway Love - Alice Gold
26(19): Illuminated - Hurts
27(27): Give In To Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
28(17): Pon De Floor - Major Lazer
29(29): Family Man - Craig Campbell
30(-): Right There - Nicole Scherzinger featuring 50 Cent

Here's Adele and Chris Isaak and Rolling In A Deep Wicked Game

Love Love

Here's one for my sister Emma. It's Take That and their new single Love Love which also features on the soundtrack for the  new X Men: First Class film. Love Love charted at number 15 in the UK yesterday 


Katy Perry's Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) has been given an almighty remix. I think most American remixes should have a cheerleader chant.


Bounce is the newest single from Calvin Harris. Kelis is the featured vocalist. The video is below.

Changed the Way

Beyonce 's Move your Body was my most listened to song the first week of this month. Another song that stood out was Example's Changed The Way  you Kiss Me which is released in the UK on June 6th and should give him a second top ten hit following Unorthodox, his collaboration with Wretch 32.

Strike Curious Poses Chart 2-5-2011

1(-): Move your Body - Beyonce
2(1): Put your Hands Up (If you Feel Love)- Kylie Minogue
3(2): You and I - George Michael
4(6): Call your Girlfriend - Robyn
5(3): Motivation - Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne
6(-): Changed The Way  you Kiss Me - Example
7(4): This Is Not The End - Clare Maguire
8(8): Unorthodox - Wretch 32 featuring Example
9(10): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
10(5): I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson

11(11): Homeboy - Eric Church
12(12): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj Featuring  Drake
13(9): Starlight - Sophie Ellis Bextor
14(15): Girls Like Fall Like Dominoes - Nicki Minaj
15(13 ):All Of The Lights - Kayne West
16(17): Asthma Attack - CockNBullKid
17(7): Pon De Floor - Major Lazer
18(16): The Shield And The Sword - Clare Maguire
19(24): Illuminated - Hurts
20(20): Runaway Love - Alice Gold
21(22): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
22(18): Don't Hold your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
23(19): Coming Home - Gwyneth Paltrow
24(23): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
25(14): Run The World (Girls): Beyonce
26(-): California King Bed - Rihanna
27(27): Give In To  Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
28(21): Guilt - Nero
29(25): Family Man - Craig Campbell
30(30): Sunday - Hurts

Here's Example and Changed The way you Kissed Me

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Put your Hands Up

The last week in April was Royal Wedding week so George Michael's You and I was one of my most listened to songs. However Kylie's glorious Put Your Hands Up (If you Need Love) was my most favourite song of that week. It was also a week when Beyonce disappointed all over the world with Run The World (Girls) but it got me listening to Major Lazer's Pon De Floor instead. Since Kelly Rowland's Motivation was released a few weeks ago it has climbed slowly but surely up the Billboard Hot 100. 

Strike Curious Poses Chart 25-4-2011

1(-): Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) - Kylie Minogue
2(-): You and I -George Michael
3(-): Motivation - Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne
4(1): This Is Not The End - Clare Maguire
5(8): I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson
6(14): Call your Girlfriend - Robyn
7(-): Pon De Floor - Major Lazer
8(9): Unorthodox - Wretch 32 featuring Example
9(10): Starlight - Sophie Ellis Bextor
10(4): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan

11(5): Homeboy - Eric Church
12(7): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
13(3): All of The Lights - Kayne West
14(-): Run The World (Girls): Beyonce
15(18): Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Nicki Minaj
16(2): The Shield and the Sword - Clare Maguire
17(-): Asthma Attack - CockNBullKid
18(6): Don't Hold Your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
19(12): Coming Home - Gwyneth Paltrow
20(13): Runaway Love - Alice Gold
21(21): Guilt - Nero
22(16): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
23(19): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
24(20): Illuminated - Hurts
25(15): Family Man - Craig Campbell
26(11): Happiest Pretenders - Clare Maguire
27(22): Give In To Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
28(24): You'll Be Mine - The Pierces
29(17): Shout Shout - Alexis Jordan
30(25): Sunday - Hurts

Here's Kylie and Put your Hands Up (If You Need Love)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Way of an Indestructible Life

This is the best mash up I heard since Robin Skouteris. It's from MashUpBambi and it perfectly mixes Hurts, Robyn and Kylie

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You Should Be Dancing

Here's Beyonce's video for Move your Body which is part of the Lets Move! Flash Workout initiative in America that aims to curb childhood obesity. I wish she had re-released this instead of her current single. It is just a joyous song! The message is a great one. Just dance. I Love the Keith Haring necklace she wears too!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Put your Hands Up

Who knows if Kylie will release Put your Hands Up as a single. There are various versions on the net, my favorite is the one that she sings  with the PS22 children's choir. 

The album version is great pop too.

and back to SAW era Kylie here's the Pete Hammond mix


Here's a US Billboard number one hit from the late 1970's. This is Player and Baby Come Back.

Friday, April 22, 2011


The song Gone by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland was one of the year's biggest music single flops on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it didn't chart there at all. Gone is due to be released on the 8th May.
Kelly's newest single is called Motivation and has an addictive simple baseline. It features Lil Wayne who also guests on the new Jennifer Lopez single I'm Into you. This week Motivation charted at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 so it looks like that should be a success for  Kelly.

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton has had to date seven number one Country music chart hits in the US. His most recent song Honey Bee has done better in the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it got to number 13, the song has so far got to number 21 in the country charts. I prefer singers like Eric Church but this is pretty fine too.

Here's Blake Shelton and a live performance of Honey Bee at this year's American Country Music Awards