Archive for November, 2010
The adorable and very lovely Duffy is back this week with a brand new single entitled ‘Well, Well, Well’.
The track is yet another gorgeous retro sounding gem, inspired by 60′s girl-groups. The brass and string section create an upbeat backdrop for Duffy’s beautifully stunning vocals, the chorus is both infectious and lingering.
The video is a big giant romp, which features a nifty routine from Duffy and the boys….
Duffy’s second album entitled ‘Endlessly’ is due for release on Monday (29th November). The ten track collection was co-written by Duffy alongside Albert Hammond who also produced the album.
Alesha Dixon is the UK’s best and most blooming fantastic pop star… she’s multi-talented, inspirational, hardworking, tenacious, gracious, relentless, fun, dynamic and also extremely beautiful.
On Monday (29th November) Alesha presents her third studio album entitled ‘The Entertainer’. It features three singles ‘Drummer Boy’, ‘Radio’ and ‘Take Control’, her recent collaboration with Roll Deep.
Sonically, the album is a million miles away from varied sounding ‘The Alesha Show’… this time around, the sound is much more consistent, stylized and focused – it’s clear from the opening track that this is an upbeat, feel good dance-floor inspired record. The album boats production duties from the likes of Naughty Boy, The Fairground, The Stereotypes and Toby Gad. Each producer helps to create a rich, multi-layered sounding album that showcases Alesha’s spectacular skills as a vocalist.
Opening track ‘Baddest Chick’ is a glorious and triumphant statement of intent, the hooks are strong and the production is hard and crisp. The track also features Alesha MC-ing… it’s an absolute joy to hear! Jay Sean joins Alesha on ‘Every Part Of Me’, which has already been confirmed as a single for 2011. The euphoric track will sound great on radio, as it’s an instant sing-a-long feel good anthem. Title track, ‘The Entertainer’ has a great vibe, the beats are tough and the vocals are impeccable. ‘Colour’ is gorgeous, the beats are still hard but the lyrical content is tender and soft… “when it was all black and white, you made everything right”. ‘Tug Of War’ is superb, Alesha discusses a turbulent relationship “every time we split, tell myself that’s it. Giving up, I quit and then I love you again”. ‘On Top’ is a feisty track, Alesha’s vocal sounds naughtily seductive. ‘La La La’ is an AMAZING infectiously loud and noisy track with a little bit of everything, Alesha’s flows are scintillating and the beats are pulsating. ‘Cool With Me’ stands tall as a really pretty, mid-tempo empowering self-love song “I’m finally up and I’m strong on my feet”.
The CD includes an enhanced section, which grants access to two additional tracks which can be downloaded (these two tracks are also featured on the deluxe edition which will be available from iTunes). The two tracks are ‘Love In A Box’, which again explores the concept of self worth and ‘Download Me’ which features the lyric “I’mna keep doing what I’m doing, cause I’m doing it well” - EXACTLY!!!
If you’re into CD booklets and stuff like that, this one features some delicious shots of Alesha… our fave is probably the one on page 6 – sultry, pensive and incredibly beautiful.
The album as a whole is stunning, it really shows what Alesha can do – it is bold, confident and exciting. Above all the album has heart, it’s completely and unmistakably Alesha. It’s also undoubtedly one of THE finest albums of the year as well… bravo!!!
P.S – although we have a promo copy of the album, we will still be going to BUY the album when it is released on Monday – please do the same!
By the way, if you missed Monday night’s broadcast of Alesha’s moving documentary ‘Don’t Hit My Mum’, you can watch it in full below…
Within the last few months record labels have been making very odd single choices (you know who you are). ‘The Flood’ by Cheryl Cole is another odd single choice to add to that list!
The track itself is a bit of a snooze-fest, it doesn’t really do very much until it gets to the chorus and even then it isn’t that great! Although, the chorus does get stuck in your head and at least the video is rather lovely and Cheryl looks stunning…
Lucky Kylie fans… two video’s within the space of a week!
On 5th December, the divine Ms Minogue will release ‘Better Than Today’ as the third completely brilliant single to be taken from her current album ‘Aphrodite’. ‘Better Than Today’ was written by the equally divine Nerina Pallot, with production from her husband Andy Chatterley.
The video for the sprightly upbeat, feel-good number was directed by Kylie with assistance from William Baker. The digital EP will feature an array of remixes and a version of ‘All The Lovers’ recorded for Radio 1′s Live Lounge…
A few weeks ago, we mentioned the Taio Kylie collaboration ‘Higher’ which will be released in early 2011, and so here is the super hot video…
Tomorrow, (Monday 22nd November) My Chemical Romance return with their fourth studio album gloriously entitled ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’.
It has been four years since the hugely successful and rather fantastic ‘The Black Parade’ was released. The new album is another corker and is once again produced by the talented Rob Cavallo. My Chemical Romance sound bigger, bolder, more defined and hugely epic on this record. The band sound as though they are having fun and you can hear it in each of the fifteen tracks.
The lead single ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ is an infectious romp, it certainly blasts away any cobwebs that might have formed since they have been away…
The second single ‘Sing’ is equally infectious…
There are already about five different editions of ‘Lungs’, the debut album by Florence + The Machine available worldwide and this week, a sixth edition of the album has been re-released as a package entitled ‘Between Two Lungs’. Crikey!!!
The repackaged two disc album contains the original thirteen tracks alongside a disc of live tracks and remixes, as well as the brilliant new single ‘Heavy In Your Arms’ and ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’ with Dizzee Rascal.
If you didn’t get it first time around, get investing…
The new Ellie Goulding single (a cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’) is doing surprisingly rather well… it is currently number 1 on the iTunes chart and is expected to reach the Top 5 on the official singles chart to be announced on Sunday!
The reason for it’s success? Ellie’s rendition is being used in the Christmas TV ad campaign for John Lewis. Also, possibly maybe, it’s because Ellie’s version is a rather fragile and sweet little number, it’s both beautiful and understated.
‘Your Song’ is the lead single from her soon to be re-released debut album, this time repackaged and renamed ‘Bright Lights’, which adds an additional six tracks to the original release. The reissue will be available from 29th November.
EXCITING times, the new Alesha Dixon album ‘The Entertainer’ arrives on 29th November. The album is currently available for pre-order both physically and digitally.
The digital release will be available as a standard 12 track version and an iTunes deluxe 14 track edition with videos for the two singles.
The album contains ‘Drummer Boy’, ‘Take Control’ (Alesha’s recent collaboration with Roll Deep), as well as the gorgeous forthcoming single ‘Radio’, which Alesha performed so beautifully on Stricly Come Dancing last weekend…
You can sample tracks from the album on Alesha’s official YouTube channel here.
Finally, Alesha’s documentary ‘Don’t Hit My Mum’ airs on Monday (22nd November) on BBC 1 at 10.25p.m