Monday, January 10, 2011

My Own

One of the things that I miss writing the most about on this site is the Irish singles charts. I was posting the Irish top 40 for months until I realised that in order to continue I would have to pay IRMA a couple of hundred euro a year. Well, that was the end of that! I don't think that the Irish chart is that recognised around the world but I would have thought that the chart being blogged and read around the world would only help Irish music. I've decided that from this week on I am going to post my own top 20 chart. Paul on his website Fizzypop does so every week which I love to read. It will make me blog at least once a week and my chart will be comprised of songs that I've liked from the previous seven days. There are only four songs that are currently the UK chart in my first one. My weekly chart will include old songs and new singles that haven't been released yet. The idea is that if you see a song that interests you then you might like to check it out on youtube. The first number one is Jennifer Hudson and I'm Here which David posted here on his site last week so thank you David for that. I still haven't warmed to the new Jessie J song but I prefer her next single Price Tag more. Most of the other songs on the list I will post their videos over the next few days too. Strike Curious Poses Chart 10-1-2011. 1: I'm Here - Jennifer Hudson. 2: Rolling in the Deep -Adele 3: Smoke a little Smoke - Eric Church 4: young Blood - The Naked and Famous 5: Who's That Girl? - Guy Sebastian featuring Eve 6: Me & you - Nero 7: Somebody to Love Me - Mark Ronson feat Boy George & Andrew Wyatt 8: My House - Hercules & Love Affair 9: Something in the Water - Brooke Fraser 10: Hold it against Me - Britney Spears 11: Happiness - Alexis Jordan 12: your Song - Ellie Goulding 13: Limit to your Love - James Blake 14: Stay - Hurts 15: Get Outta My Way - Kylie Minogue 16: Hello World - Lady Antebellum 17: Price tag - Jessie J 18: Art of Love - Guy Sebastian featuring Jordin Sparks 19: Higher - Taio Cruz featuring Kylie Minogue 20: Sunday - Hurts. Here's Jennifer Hudson and I'm Here. .

To New Zealand

My friend Connell was home at Christmas. For over a year he has been living and working in New Zealand. We used to go to lots of concerts here in Dublin and of all of the people I've met while living in Dublin he is the person who most shares my love of pop music. Connell told me that there is some great pop in New Zealand and he recommended several singers and groups for me to look up on youtube. I'm going to post a couple of those songs over the next few weeks. The two songs that I liked the most were by the same group, The Naked and Famous. That name should increase my traffic! The first song young Blood was a number one in the New Zealand chart last summer and the second song Punching in a Dream got to number 11. They are both featured on their album Passive Me, Agressive you.
Here's young Blood. and Punching in a Dream.

Monday Mash Up

Here's a mash up by Mark Johce which features Dizzee Rascal's Flex, Ray Krebbs' The Gym and Duck Sauce's Barbra Streisand. The video is by VJBrewski.

Smoke A little Smoke

In recent months I've had little interest in much of the singles at the top of the Billboard charts. Sometimes some of the better ones are located in the 50-100 places on the chart. Songs stay in the charts for months. One song that has been there a while now is Eric Church and Smoke A Little Smoke. It's taken from his second album Carolina. At some stage of my life I want to live in America and when I do I would happily just listen to country songs both old and new. And Madonna of course. I liked this song the first time I heard it and I love his voice. I wish crossover songs like this were higher on the overall Billboard chart and in Europe too.

Britney's Back!

And so into 2011! Matt Cardle's When We Collide is down to number 2 in the UK and the second number one of the year is Rihanna featuring Drake with What's My Name?. I hate that song with a passion or specifically the chorus. Next Sunday's number one should be Bruno Mars and Grenade. The most blogged song this week however will be Britney's latest comeback single Hold It Against Me. Listening to the chorus I think Dr. Hook should get a few dollars for the lyric. This is going to be a song where all the critics and bloggers will be out in force but I like it, it's old fashioned Britney pop and nowt wrong with that. It's catchy and simple which is essential for pop. Hold It Against Me was released on the net a day early and it has also made me (and thousands others) sign up to Sound Cloud. I've never used that site before and the first song posted has already been taken down so here's the second posting now which I'm sure will be gone by tomorrow! Back to youtube! Britney Spears - Hold it against me by jimevivaldo