Posts Tagged ‘UK’

I don’t care if we’re just friends

March 11, 2010

Artist: Kate Nash

Song: “Do Wah Doo”

It’s the first single off her upcoming second album called: My Best Friend Is You which is released o April 10th, 2010 in the UK, hopefully followed by a US release soon after.

Current feeling: I’m in love with this track! The video is amazing. The Nash is back.”

That is all.

The things we do for success.

February 26, 2010

New Sugababes star Jade Ewen tweeted this lovely bit about flashing her bits earlier today:

(click the pic to maximize it for your pleasure)

I’d settle for a nice “thank you” or “cheers”, this seems a little much. I love me some Jade, just not some Jade, you know?

Hollywood infected your brain.

December 16, 2009

Marina & The Diamonds‘ newest music video just premiered a little while ago for her upcoming single ‘Hollywood’, released February 1st, 2010. In the video she (and everybody else for that matter) is clearly “obsessed with the mess that’s America”. The brilliant video was directed Kinga Burza and is quickly becoming one of my favorite videos/songs of the moment. Her debut album, The Family Jewels, will be released on February 15th, 2010.

I’m in love with this.

To find out more about Marina & The Diamonds go to:

www.myspace.com/marinaandthediamonds www.marinaandthediamonds.com

Happy Seventh Anniversary Girls Aloud!

November 30, 2009

It’s been seven years to the day that Girls Aloud formed as a band on Popstars: The Rivals! Congratulations girls, you’ve managed to become one of the greatest girl groups in history. 20 consecutive top ten hits in the UK charts (including four number ones and four number twos, also 15 top 5 singles) and  6 Platinum Albums!

Girls Aloud are my all time favorite recording artists and I just want to say…

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

I’m smitten with the past and I can’t wait for the future! Well done girls!

Quick Notes on The X Factor | Live Show + Results 8

November 29, 2009

It’s a sad sad day. Granted I knew this moment was bound to come sooner or later seeing as we are drawing to a close on The X Factor, but the pain! THE PAIN in my heart! I’m pretty much devoting this post to my man Lloyd. Too Soon man, too soon.

Lets relive some of my favorite Lloyd moments, shall we?

Ahh, who can forget the love at first sight/sound:

We struggled a bit in the beginning with song choice, didn’t we Cheryl (Still love you girl)?! But Lloyd sure did try his best and worked with what he was given like on ‘Bleeding Love’ from Live Show 2. Beautiful verses and bridges, only a little rough on that chorus:

Through the course of the competition you’ve really strived to give it your all and you’ve really grown as a performer week after week. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Live Show performances:

MY FAVORITE:

and of course, there is his amazing farewell performance of ‘A Million Love Songs’:

He finished that song wonderfully, no? I like to pretend he is singing it to me.

Well it’s been a good time while it’s lasted. I think he’s done an amazing job, especially for being only 16. He’s grown so much as a performer thanks to this opportunity and I hope to see more of him in the future. I LOVE YOU LLOYD.

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In other X Factor news:

Louis Walsh is an asshole and shouldn’t make such horrible jokes about contestants, especially not given his position as a judge. My hatred for Mr. Walsh knows no bounds at this moment.

I really loved Joe‘s performance of the Elton John song ‘Sorry[…]”. Yeah Joe!

Olly was fantastic! Both songs oozed amazing! He is just so talented and fun. Like always, Olly’s my pick to win.

If I had it my way…

Top 3: Olly, Lucie, Lloyd

in reality it will be (hopefully)…

Top 3: Olly, Joe, Stacey

Next week won’t be the same with out my Lloyd, but with Olly around I’m sure I’ll manage because he has THE X FACTOR!!! [outro music here]

Quick Notes on The X Factor | Live Show 7

November 22, 2009

With six singers left in the competition the bar keeps on rising. This week the contestants sung a collection of songs by George Michael and Wham!. I think it was a pretty good theme choice; I was kinda more excited for Queen week, but you win some and you lose some folks just thank god it wasn’t country week … wait. It wouldn’t make sense to a country week in the UK would it? I apologize, I’m still stuck on an American Idol format. Last night I was wowed by most of the singers, with the exception of Jedward of course. Lets go ahead and get down to business, yeah?

  • Starting the show off was mister Lloyd Daniels, I’m really excited to see that he is improving week after week now. This definitely one of his more comfortable performances and also one of his most well executed vocally. I loved his new haircut and I’m, yet again, falling more and more in love with this guy. I’m anxious to see who goes home tonight, please not my boy Lloydsters.
  • Next was the lovely Stacey Solomon with yet another great performance. I’d have to say that I’m more in love with her personality though and I’m not really hoping she makes it to the top 3.
  • Jedward‘s performance this week, and pretty much every week, was horrible. I’m really annoyed they have made it this far. If anyone deserves to go home it is them. The vocals are always off if you can even hear them as they are being drowned out by the rest of the sideshow going on. British people, please send them home.
  • Danyl did yet another ballad all big and facially over exaggerated… surprise! I’m am yet again bored by him and I think he’d make a boring X Factor winner. Though on a somewhat good note for him, I think Cheryl was a bit off when she said he was flat. Girl don’t pull a Paula and go crazy on us! Your better than that.
  • My absolute favorite and top choice to be crowned this years champ is Olly Murs. This week he was given a great song (‘Fastlove’) that really helped him show a bit more of a contemporary side while being completely sexy. Week after week he delivers the best and i’m always looking forward to seeing him. Louis was actually spot on for a change! Olly can be a great popstar. Ok let’s just get this out of the way now…. I LOVE YOU OLLY! WOO! Well now that’s better… let’s continue, shall we?
  • Finishing up the night is the very very attractive, cute, and talented Joseph McElderry. I’m still not a huge fan of his voice, just a matter of preference I guess, but I think he has been doing well.  I would like to see him make the top 3 and also do more upbeat tracks because he’s starting to get  little boring to me.

Well I’m waiting for the results! Sadly I’ll get them behind everyone else, but oh well. JEDWARD MUST LEAVE. LET US NOT FORGET LUCIE! I miss her.

To check out the performances of this week and previous weeks click here to visit the shows YouTube channel.

REALLY?! Lucie Jones went home over Jedward?

November 8, 2009

This is perhaps one the most appalling result show I have ever seen. Why on Earth was 1) She in the Bottom 2? 2) Why in the hell would Simon not choose Lucie? 3) Did the voting public choose to send Lucie home? insane.

I’m in utter shock and I can’t believe this has happened. Lucie Jones is an amazing performer and deserved to be in the top 2! for god’s sake. This is not making any kind of sense. Need I remind the voters of some Lucie’s amazing performances?

First off… the GENIUS audition!

The Judge’s house!

Rock Week’s amazing performance….

And perhaps my favorite of all, this one is BEAUTIFULLY DONE.

Tonight’s results are a joke. This is an utter travesty.

Quick Notes on The X Factor | Live Show 5

November 7, 2009

Let’s just start this off by saying that I’m enamored with Cheryl Cole’s accent. I just LOVE it! But on to business… It being movie week and all we have to get serious and to the point. I’ve just finished watching all of the performances a la YouTube (unfortunately), so I may voice my idea before tomorrow’s results.

  • Joe, man your cute, but your voice just doesn’t do it for me. It’s a good vocal and all, but I just don’t care for him. Oh and Cheryl… ‘The Circle of Life’? Really? I say no.
  • Jedward was sickly entertaining in the train wreck sort of sense, but I for one am sick of seeing them week after week. Britain, why?
  • Da… bored, next.
  • Lucie‘s was given a great song choice in, my opinion, I think she did an great job with it. In comparison to the original though, it’s not as good, but she is definitely one of my choices for the top 3.
  • I honestly don’t enjoy Jamie‘s performances, I never have. I really just don’t think that he is vocally impressive or artistically impressive and lacks The X Factor. At this moment I’d imagine I would be getting an audience full of boos.
  • This week Lloyd had a better song to perform and it had it’s great moments, but it also had it’s sour points. I do realize that he isn’t the best vocalist, but I am absolutely head over heels for this kid. Ideally I would like to see him go all the way to the top 3 just so I can see him more. May he not be in the bottom this week please!
  • Olly was simply the best of the night! He is a strong performer that just blows me away week after week. I would like to see him do more contemporary tunes like had Cheryl said. I’m whole heartedly all about Olly for the win!
  • I love her personality and adore her energy, but I’m not too big into Stacey. Her performances are good, for the most part, but she just isn’t someone I’d want to hear record an album. I do applaud her performance tonight though, because it was a definite step up in confidence and stage presence. Okay upon review I have most definitely changed my mind. I loved that performance!

Tomorrow night I’m really hoping Jedward leave. To see Danyl or Jamie in the bottom 2 with them would be nice. Please Britain, just not my Lloyd! On a final note, I just have to say that one of my favorite performances for a movie week has to Kris Allen’s ‘Falling Slowly‘ from American Idol.

Quick Notes on The X Factor | Live Show 4

November 2, 2009

This week’s dreadful theme was Rock, thank you Simon Cowell. While it wasn’t my favorite week so far, some of the acts did shine. Though no one really gave the best performance of the season (series), last night went really fairly well. Anyways here are my quick notes on the Live Show and the Results…

  • Olly was great, no surprise, though I do prefer Kris Allen’s performance of ‘Come Together’ which he did it on American Idol early this year. But sadly Kris didn’t show a little skin, good on you Olly!
  • Why Britain? Why are John & Edward still here and why did you vote them through to next week?
  • Rachel was fine. I just don’t care for her, Jamie, and Danyl.
  • Jamie… yawn.
  • I like Stacy but I thought her performance of Keane was kinda bad. Sure she seemed to have more performance skills showing, but vocally she ruined the song. It was like loud one line then quiet then next and she was just trying to take it everywhere.
  • Olly is so freaking sexy. Do you remember that time we ripped open his shirt?
  • Wow can you say depressing? I agree with Cheryl and Dannii on Danyl‘s performance. That whole thing was just so depressing.
  • This week was definitely Lloyd‘s worst performance. While he was looking very confident, that song was just a horrible choice. Cheryl is really getting it wrong with him. I wept a little because I’m so in love with him.
  • Lucie was given a song perfect for her! ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’?! Way to go Dannii! Not as stunning last week of course, but it was very very good. I was hoping she would have taken it more like the Taken By Tree’s version rather than the original, that would have been amazing!
  • Now with Joe Cheryl’s song choice was spot on! ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ was an amazing song for Joe, while typically I don’t care for Joe’s vocals, this week I thought it all worked out really well! He did a great job. He is very cute when he performs.
  • I liked the dancer’s in ‘Don’t Stop Believing’.

Okay now the Results:

  • As soon as I seen Lloyd in the bottom two I was near tears.
  • Rachel wasn’t a surprise.
  • After an agonizing sing off and a judges vote, which I’m so glad they went with the public vote, I was finally relieved to see that the public had voted Rachel out.
  • BTW what’s next weeks theme?

Cheryl Cole: 3 Words | Album Review

October 25, 2009

3 WordsInitially I was thrilled to hear that two of the five member’s of the UK girl group Girls Aloud were going to release solo projects while they are on a break from the band. Cheryl has become one of the most lovable famous faces in Britain today and seems to be somewhat of a national treasure. Apart from the group and in addition she has been a judge on The X Factor, the new face of L’Oreal, and well if your here you probably know all about her so let’s get to it then, yeah?

3 Words is the solo debut and sixth studio album by the British popstar  Cheryl Cole. Her main collaborator was will.i.am and it definitely shows. Cheryl has said that she wanted to break away from the Xenomania-esque sound Girls Aloud has been known for and go for an album with an R&B feel, it was at that moment I sighed a little. What we ended up with was a less than stellar debut, filled with repetitive hooks, meh lyrics, and all in all lack luster tunes. The album itself is a not particularly bad, it’s just not as fantastic as I had hoped for. Cheryl’s 3 Words overall is a(n) occasionally dark,  mid tempo melody of songs about love and clearly reflects on her own life choices.

Here is my quasi-track by track breakdown of 3 Words:

  1. 3 Words (featuring will.i.am): The album’s title track and soon to be second single is a strangely beautiful subdued tune that is among the best the album has to offer. It’s a bold choice for a single, but never the less I enjoy this song. Cheryl has said this is her favorite track on the album.
  2. Parachute: Some of my favorite verses on this album happen in this song. “I don’t tell anyone about the way you hold my hand” backed by a military drum beat that plays throughout the song opens this great track. The chorus is used in just the right amount of moderation (unlike most on the album). Cheryl has said it was between this and ‘Fight For This Love’ for the first single, so maybe this will surface again as the third? Like the ‘3 Words’, this one shines above the rest.
  3. Heaven (featuring will.i.am): Memorizing opening followed by a great intro by Cheryl. Everything about the song is fantastic, except for the over used bit “my heaven’s with you“, it can get a bit annoying. So far so good.
  4. Fight For This Love: The album’s first single is most certainly a grower. I at first was fairly disappointed, but soon enough I began to love it. It’s catchy is a sneaky way! I do cringe a bit at the line “ain’t gonna be no picnic” though. Other than that I am that fool driving down the street singing loudly along to the chorus.
  5. Rain On Me: This is where things take a turn for the worst. Horrible music, horrible lyrics, just an awful track that would be better left off the album. “What’s the price of thunder?” Really Cheryl? I have half a mind to just delete this track and pretend it never existed.
  6. Make Me Cry: A really good R&B tune that is really catchy, but falters due to the extremely repetitious hook “Are you trying to make me cry?“. If they edited out about 3 of the uses each time it plays in repetition I think all will be good. Granted the likelihood of this horrible mistake being corrected is very small.
  7. Happy Hour: Using alcohol as a metaphor, this track is easily one of my favorites on the album. It’s the best out of more upbeat tracks that are sprinkled throughout. A great chorus, great verses, and good production make this a standout track. Catchy enough to sing along to and upbeat enough to get a good dance going on.
  8. Stand Up: This can join ‘Rain On Me’ as one of the worst track’s on the album. Taio Cruz wrote this for her and frankly I think she should have declined. I don’t even know how to explain it… tacky maybe?
  9. Don’t Talk About This Love: Mrs. Cole is clearly talking about asking people not to talk about the whole Ashley Cole businesses. The title suggests that this might be a beautiful, soulful track, well it’s deceiving. The music is fairly light and the lyrics are easily delivered, but it just makes it sound like it was poorly produced.
  10. Boy Like You (featuring will.i.am): Upbeat and seemly fun to dance to. It’s just very underwhelming. The open has me thinking “oh this may build up nice”, but nope. Cheryl’s delivery just makes the chorus and the entire song a borefest.
  11. Heartbreaker (featuring Cheryl Cole): This a will.i.am that is unnecessarily included on her album. She’s in it for about 30 seconds! Cheryl’s part is so tiny is ridiculous. It’s an okay song, it just shouldn’t have been included.

In some final words let me say that I had high expectations for this album due to the fact I’m a huge fan of Girls Aloud. I knew I could possibly be in for heart break the moment I heard she wanted to do an R&B album, but my hopes stayed high. Needless to say she did a decent job on her first real solo venture (in music). Most of 3 Words had to grow on me, but when it did I really enjoyed it. C+