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.




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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


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


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 

Damn!




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


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)