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