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


CockNBullKid is another one of those UK music artists who need just one song to make a breakthrough in the charts. If her song Hold On To your Misery was re-released in June or July it would be a perfect song for summer radio. Her newest single is Asthma Attack, the name alone almost made me not listen to it but if Olivia Newton John can hit a huge hit with a song titled Heart Attack than sometimes the name doesn't matter. Asthma Attack is actually an bittersweet ode to London so CockNBullKid does her take on what Lily Allen did v well a few years ago. I saw on fellow blogger Enda's Facebook page that he's a fan of her too so for me that confirms his good taste in modern pop.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Run The World (Girls)

Beyonce is creating lots of debate with her new song Run The World (Girls). Everyone is a critic nowadays so it's bound to be torn apart. She could never come back with something that sounds like Lady Gaga, Rhianna or most of the female singers in the chart. She could of course be Adele but I think she's keeping that phase  for the Vegas years in twenty years time. Beyonce's music has been going in a certain direction for the past few years now so it's no big surprise she samples something like Major Lazer. I had never heard of them until this week so at least it's puts a cult music artist producer more into the mainstream. It's the kind of song I might like in a club but not stuck in a lift with. I think what fans don't like about Run The World (Girls) is that it samples so much of the original source and with a mega-star like Beyonce so much more originality  is  expected. The lyric 'Who Runs This Mother' is inspired though.

Here's Major Lazer and Pon De Floor

and here's  Mrs Z


There weren't many songs that stood out for me last week but this week I'm liking the new songs by  Beyonce and George Michael so they will show up on next Monday's song list. I'm not liking Gaga's Judas at all. It's just a mess of a song. The most recent single by Robyn is Call your Girlfriend which isn't as strong as Dancing on my Own which is now one of her all time best songs. I also love the photo above, she has such a great look. 

Strike Curious Poses Chart 18-4-2011

1(1): This Is Not The End - Clare Maguire
2(2): Shield and Sword - Clare Maguire
3(5): All Of The Lights - Kanye west
4(3): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
5(4): Homeboy - Eric Church
6(9): Don't Hold your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
7(6): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
8(8): I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson
9(-): Unorthodox - Wretch 32 featuring Example
10(11): Starlight - Sophie Ellis Bextor

11(13): Happiest Pretenders - Clare Maguire
12(12): Coming Home - Gwyneth Paltrow
13(7): Runaway Love - Alice Gold
14(-): Call your Girlfriend - Robyn
15(10): Family Man - Craig Campbell
16(14): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
17(15): Shout Shout - Alexis Jordan
18(23): Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Nicki Minaj
19(17): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
20(24): Illuminated - Hurts

21(-): Guilt - Nero
22(22): Give In To Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
23(18): Till the World Ends - Britney Spears
24(21): you'll Be Mine - The Pierces
25(19): Sunday - Hurts
26(20): where you At - Jennifer Hudson
27(25): Good Girl (Freemasons Remix) - Alexis Jordan
28(16): The Last Dance - Clare Maguire
29(25): Someone Like you - Adele
30(27): Goodbye Girl - Rumer

here's Robyn and Call your Girlfriend


Happiest Pretender

Clare Maguire played her first solo concert here in Dublin's Sugar club recently. It's a tiny venue with rows of seats and tables like you would see in a comedy club or cocktail bar. My former work colleagues Rike and Fran had played in the same venue last year so it was nice to be back there. Clare Maguire's debut album Light After Dark  is one of the strongest new albums that I've heard in a good while, well that and Hurts debut album. When Clare Maguire last performed in Dublin she supported Hurts in an equally small venue. They are both in my opinion new music artists who deserve to do much better in the charts than they are doing so far. I think the reason that their singles aren't going top ten is because they fall somewhere in the middle, perhaps viewed as too young for some music fans and too old a sound for the younger music fans. The audience on the night were 20's and much older than me.  There is a real mix of songs on Light After Dark and her vocal sounds different on more than one song especially when heard in concert. The album is full of potential singles. The Shield and  The Sword is her newest single which she sang second on the night.

Her first song in the concert was the single Ain't Nobody and an artist who performs her singles right away definitely has confidence in the album as a whole. Even though she gave every song her all the song that stood out for me on the night the most was This Is Not The End which she dedicated to her grandparents who were Irish. When an artist dedicates a song in a very heartfelt manner and tells the audience what a country  means to them, in this case Ireland, it can go well or dreadful but in this case there was almost complete silence when she sang the song which was v impressive in an Irish bar atmosphere. It was actually one of the best performances of an individual song I've heard in my many years of concert going. She went a bit mental  during the last few songs, flying around the audience, running into the narrow rows, dragging people up to dance until there were dozens of people on the stage. The Facebook generation were out in full force. She signed autographs and posed for pictures on phones for a good hour afterwards. I so want her to be a big star but the point where she will have to have some distance between herself and the audience will have to come at some point. For now she's loving every  bit of stardom that she has been bestowed with.

Strike Curious Poses Chart 11-4-2011

1(-): This Is Not The End - Clare Maguire
2(6): The Shield and The Sword - Clare Maguire
3(1): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
4(2): Homeboy - Eric Church
5(5): All Of The Lights - Kayne West
6(3): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
7(8): Runaway Love - Alice Gold
8(9): I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson
9(17): Don't Hold your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
10(12): Family Man - Craig Campbell

11(13): Starlight - Sophie Ellis Bextor
12(4): Coming Home - Gwyneth Paltrow
13(-): Happiest Pretender - Clare Maguire
14(7): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
15(24): Shout Shout - Alexis Jordan
16(28): The Last Dance - Clare Maguire
17(15): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
18(11): Till The World Ends - Britney Spears
19(20): Sunday - Hurts
20(16): Where you At - Jennifer Hudson

21(18): you'll Be Mine - The Pierces
22(14): Give In To Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
23(-): Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Nicki Minaj
24(-): Illuminated - Hurts
25(19): Good girl (Freemasons Remix) - Alexis Jordan
26(22): Someone Like you- Adele
27(21): Goodbye Girl - Rumer
28(27): Going Nowhere - Magnetic Man featuring John Legend
29(10): Verona - Hurts
30(23): Hollywood Tonight - Michael Jackson

Here's two songs from Clare Maguire

The first is This Is Not The End

and her new single Shield and Sword

Hush Hush

Hush Hush is the new single from Alexis Jordan's self titles debut album and should make it 3 hits in a row for her following the UK chart top ten success of Happiness and Good Girl. Her album is pure pop. Some songs such as Laying Around and The Air I Breathe have the worst lyrics I've heard since Beyonce's Video Phone but other possible single releases include High Road, Say That and also Shout Shout which heavily samples Tears For Fears Shout.

Other songs that stood out for me recently were Clare Maguire's new single The Shield and The Sword, Jennifer Hudson's I Remember Me, Nicole Scherzinger's Don't Hold your Breath and Sophie Ellis Bextor's Starlight.  

Strike Curious Poses Chart  4-4-2011

1(-): Hush Hush - Alexis Jordan
2(1): Homeboy - Eric Church
3(4): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
4(2): Coming Home - Gwyneth Paltrow
5(13): All Of the Lights - Kanye West
6(-): The Shield and The Sword - Clare Maguire
7(5): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
8(10): Runaway Love - Alice Gold
9(-): I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson
10(13): Verona - Hurts

11(6): Till The World Ends - Britney Spears
12(19): Family Man - Craig Campbell
13(-): Starlight - Sophie Ellis Bextor
14(3): Give In To Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
15(8): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
16(7): Where you At - Jennifer Hudson
17(-): Don't Hold your Breathe - Nicole Scherzinger
18(14): you'll Be Mine - The Pierces
19(9): Good Girl (Freemasons Remix) - Alexis Jordan
20(25): Sunday - Hurts

21(17): Goodbye Girl - Rumer
22(20): Someone Like you - Adele
23(12): Hollywood Tonight - Michael Jackson
24(-): Shout Shout - Alexis Jordan
25(23): Dreaming (Sub Urban Dream Mix) - Blondie
26(11): E.T. - Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
27(27): Going Nowhere - Magnetic Man featuring John Legend
28(21): The Last Dance - Clare Maguire
29(22): Hot Mess - Chromeo featuring Elly Jackson
30(16): On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull

Here's Alexis Jordan and her newest single Hush Hush

Hush Hush.

and Nicole Scherzinger's Don't Hold your Breathe

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Kickstarts by Example was one of 2010's poppiest singles when it got to number 3 in the UK charts but the two follow singles didn't fare as well. Last One Standing got to number 27 in the UK and Two Lives did even worse at 84 in the charts. But it's not all over yet as Example features on Wretch 32's new grime dance single Unorthodox which will chart high in next Sunday's UK singles top 10 chart. The song features The Stone Rose Fool's Gold which you cant really go wrong with sampling. 

Here's the video.


Sophie Ellis Bextor's newest single is Starlight. It's old fashioned dance pop. She's still one of the UK's best pop stars.



Me & U by Nero was one of my most listened to dance tracks earlier this year. Nero's newest single  is called Guilt and was released this week It has one of those videos that I hate but here is it anyway.


I went to see two music themed films recently . One was Killing Bono which has to be one of the worse films I've seen this year and the other was Country Strong which was not what I was expecting as it's subject matter was heavy and the film had been marketed as an country and western love musical story. Even though Gwyneth Paltrow was good in it I spent the entire film trying to believe that she was a hugely successful country and western singer. Tim McGraw looked v handsome indeed in it too.  I did love the soundtrack a lot, the most well known song from it is Country Strong which is a good song but there was another song called Coming Home which was pure gorgeous and of course Give In To Me by the other stars in the film Garrett Hedlund and Leighton  Meester, a song which I've loved since last January. The song I liked most during that week however was the newest song from Eric Church which is called Homeboy

Strike Curious Poses Chart 28-3-2011

1(-): Homeboy - Eric Church
2(-): Coming Home - Gwyneth Paltrow
3(18): Give In To Me - Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
4(9): Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
5(2): Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri
6(10): Till the World Ends - Britney Spears
7(1): Where you At - Jennifer Hudson
8(5): I Wrote The Book - Beth Ditto
9(8): Good Girl (Freemasons Remix) - Alexis Jordan
10(11): Runaway Love - Alice Gold

11(13): E.T. - Katy Perry featuring Kayne West
12(3): Hollywood Tonight - Michael Jackson
13(-): All of the Lights - Kayne West 
14(6): you'll Be Mine - The Pierces
15(17): Verona - Hurts
16(19): On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
17(7): Goodbye Girl - Rumer
18(28): Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church
19(-): Family Man - Craig Campbell
20(15): Someone Like you - Adele

21(21): The Last Dance - Clare Maguire
22(22): Hot Mess - Chromeo featuring Elly Jackson
23(12): Dreaming (Sub Urban Dream Mix) - Blondie
24(4): 67A - Lost Colours
25(20): Sunday - Hurts
26(16): Gone - Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
27(25): Going Nowhere - Magnetic Man featuring John Legend
28(14): Goodbye Girl - David Gates
29(27): Big Jet Plane - Angus & Julia Stone
30(29): Wish I Didn't Miss you - Angie Stone

Here's Eric Church and Homeboy

and from the Country Strong soundtrack here's Gwyneth Paltrow and Coming Home

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

J-Lo Caught off Guard in Wal Mart Last Week!

No of course it isn't! It's Brendan O'Carroll who has had huge success here in Ireland with his TV show Mrs Brown's Boys. It's also on BBC in the UK. It''s a show that is completely stereotypical in a lot of respects. The depiction of the gay son and his boyfriend often make me want to switch off but O'Carroll ridicules everyone as is the overall style of the show. 

The clip below features Mrs Brown mistakingly believing that it is her daughter Cathy who is gay and not her son. She confines in her best friend Winnie and it's v funny. Bingo will never be the same again.


Keep On...

The video to Till The World Ends has just been released and Britney's looking more fab than she's done in years.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Craig Campbell

Some country songs seems to tick all the family values boxes; the good husband/father, working man, religion,  the economic state of the nation and so on. Whatever your opinion on all of those matters there is often a well crafted song in there too. Such is the case with Craig Campbell and Family Man. The official video for the song is too much for me but I like the song a lot so here it is by itself.