Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Jessica Mauboy

So Jessica Mauboy's "Get 'Em Girls" will be re-released after all! I think this is great news. There's so much good stuff on that album that deserves to be heard. Songs like "Maze", "Forget Your Name" and "Fight For You" are world class urban-pop gems that really should have been singles over trash like "Saturday Night" and "What Happened To Us". I rather embarrassingly (in retrospect) said as much to Jessica's face when I met her at the Nelly/Snoop Dogg showcase in April... and she agreed that "Maze" was a missed opportunity. Take that Sony! She also told me she had recorded a Diane Warren song called "Inescapable" and it's finally here. Given the hit songwriter's track record, J Malley's new single is most likely a ballad. I would have preferred an urban-dance smash but new music from my favourite Australian Idol alumni is always good news. While we wait to hear "Inescapable", why not watch Jessica perform "What Happened To Us" live on Dancing With The Stars with Stan Walker? I love their rendition so much more than the Jay Sean version.

Zoë Badwi - Album Sampler

Sorry for the lack of updates but I've been locked in a dark room listening to "4" on repeat. In fact, the only new music to break through my Beyoncé-trance in the past few days came from Australia's leading lady of dance. On Friday Zoë Badwi released a preview of her soon-to-be-released debut album "Zoë" and it's all killer no filler. The six song sampler contains the club smash "Release Me", her commercial breakthrough "Freefallin'", its misguided but hugely enjoyable follow-up "Accidents Happen" and the downright delicious Sarah Connor cover "Carry Me Home" (below) as well as two new tracks. They are both great but "Until You're Over Me" is a complete knock out. Penned by failed pop star Amy Pearson, who also flexed her considerable songwriting muscle on "Freefallin'", the song is a total smash. I love the dreamy synths and bittersweet chorus. It reminds me of Sophie Ellis-Bextor - only without the annoying accent. Fingers crossed this is Zoë's next single! The other new track is called "Believe You" and was written by the cheesy nugget lovin' sex symbol herself. A sparse piano ballad complete with strings and Adele-tastic lyrics, this is a real change of pace for Australia's club queen. I'm not sure how the track will affect the flow of what promises to be an otherwise turbo-charged dance album but it's great to hear Ms Badwi do something different and show off her powerful pipes. Kind of like when Sophie Monk covered "Ave Maria" on her debut. Ok, that's probably not the best comparison! "Zoë" is released on August 5. It goes without saying that I can't fucking wait.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Crying & Shaking - 4 is finally here!

I knew it was going to be a good day when I woke up humming "I Love Tops" "Love On Top". A new Beyoncé album is always cause for celebration but I'm particularly excited about "4". This is a brave step forward in already iconic career. While your faves are on their knees blowing David Guetta for the latest urban dance trash, Queen B decided to reinvent R&B. She wins. Anyway, more about that when I finish my review. Here are some pics from my visit to JB Hi-Fi this morning. I was annoyed that the standard edition hadn't arrived yet - I'll try again this afternoon - but the stunning in store Bey display (below) soothed my devastation.

In case you're wondering where I am, chances are I'll be kneeling before this piece of cardboard in sombre worship for the next 4-6 weeks. Send me a text. I have my iPhone. And make sure you do buy the deluxe version. The bonus tracks are INSANE. "Schoolin' Life" wouldn't sound out of place on "Purple Rain". It's absolutely exquisite. "Lay Up Under Me" and "Dance For You" are just as good. If you're looking for upbeat Bey - these are your jams. Oh and the deluxe edition even comes with a sample of Heat. Marketing genius!

Israel Cruz - Party Up artwork & video

Here it is. The re-invention of Israel Cruz. As I mentioned in a previous post, the 28-year-old is firmly established as one of Australia's most successful R&B/hip-hop artists but has undergone a radical makeover on his latest single "Party Up". I liked Israel's old stuff - particularly the original, non-Scarlett Belle ruined "Freak Tonight" - but this is a massive improvement. Talking a leaf out of Jason Derulo's urban dance handbook, "Party Up" is loud and proud club banger with killer beats and a huge, sing-a-long chorus. It's an amazing song and I can really see it blowing up on the charts. In fact, Ministry of Sound is so confident that they've pushed the track forward a couple of weeks. It goes to radio on Monday and hits iTunes July 8. The video is a bit rough and doesn't quite reflect Israel's polished new sound and image but it's "Thriller" by Australian standards. I like the bright colours and was genuinely impressed by his dance moves. They will come in handy as his career progresses. Check out the clip and let me know if you're on board for the second coming Israel Cruz.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Prinnie - Australia's own Beyoncé

Over the past year I've featured a number of fabulous Beyoncé wannabes from around the world including Mexico's stunning Ninel Conde and Belgium's divine Hadise. As it turns out, Australia has its very own fake Bey and she's amazing! Prinnie is a rising pop star with a wardrobe full of outfits that wouldn't look out of place in the House of Dereon. She also has one of the hottest local tunes of the year, which is a complete turn around for me after dismissing "Lion" the first time I heard it. Not because the track was bad but because Prinnie's stylist needs a bullet. How do you turn a pretty girl into the hot tranny mess you see in the video?

It's like a bad joke. The weave is ridiculous, the clothes are gross and I think Maude Boat came out of retirement to do the make-up. Whatever. The song itself is hot. "Lion" is a catchy urban groove with a killer chorus that Mrs Carter would be proud to call her own. I love the vocal hooks and think Prinnie sounds great. There's a raspy quality to her voice that sets her apart from the other girls. The video, however, is a trainwreck. I love it for the Beyoncé references - there's her "Ego" hoodie, the "Dangerously In Love" dress and even some "Single Ladies" inspired choreography - but this hot jam is definitely better without the visuals. Prinnie has really won me over with this and I'm genuinely excited about her next move.

Hyna - Japan's shrinking violet

I feel like my blog has been a little too high brow lately with a flood of posts about classy divas like Beyoncé, Wynter Gordon and La Toya. It's time to get back to my trash roots and I can't think of a better way to do it than write about Japan's latest gift to music. With Ami Suzuki currently working the register at her local McDonalds, my interest in J Pop has waned. The manufactured girlbands annoy me and my prayers for a Seiko comeback remain unanswered. Happily, one stunning lady has stepped up to the plate and hit a home run for the land for the rising sun. Hyna is 22 years old and looks like she just walked off a porn shoot. That's literally all I know about her. Not that it matters. One look at her riveting debut video tells me all I need to know. The bleached blond icon-in-waiting spends most of the video strutting around in bondage wear Xtina rejected for "Not Myself Tonight" for being too tacky. She also manages to dance around with shirtless hotties and pose like a $10 hooker, while miming to the best Lady Gaga knock off I've heard in ages. In other words, Hyna is ten kinds of amazing and demands your complete attention. Thanks to Jacques for giving me the heads up!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Elen Levon in action!

I've been raving about Elen Levon for a while now. She is sitting on the best unreleased track of 2011 but until that drops, here's your first glimpse of the 16-year-old in action. This dance audition tape (for want of a better description) was my introduction to Australia's next big thing. Elen - one "l" not two - busts a move to Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" with a little help from another dancer and choreographer Marko Panzic. It's kind of scary to watch her in action. There's something raw and dangerous about this girl that gives her an edge over the other teen stars currently on the grind. She kills the routine. I particularly love her solo at the two minute mark. Ciara has been put on notice! "Naughty" is now schedule for release in August but hopefully a preview will find its way online before then. It's an amazing song that lends itself to even crazier choreography. Stay tuned for more Elen very soon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Even Though I'm A Woman

OK, this is a bit different for Pop Trash Addicts. Seeker Lover Keeper is an Australian super group featuring a bunch of boring critically acclaimed singer-songwriters that usually make me want to pierce my eardrums with the nearest sharp object. So you can imagine my surprise when I heard "Even Though I'm A Woman" on the radio and fell madly in love. The achingly pretty folk-pop song has a bittersweet underbelly that sets it apart from similar lesbian-with-an-instrument fare. The wistful chorus is sublime and I love the harmonies. I'm genuinely shocked by the quality of this tune. Sarah Blasko is up there with Delta Goodrem and Natalie Muttondressedaslambwaighte as my least favourite Australian artist of all time but her presence is balanced out by the generally inoffensive Holly Throsby and rather lovely Sally Seltmann. Seeker Lover Keeper's album debuted in the top 5 last week and "Even Though I'm A Woman" is rapidly climbing iTunes, so hopefully the girls will be motivated to give up their flop solo careers and cement their status as Australia's non-country but equally fabulous Dixie Chicks. Extra points for featuring my teenage crush Aden Young in the video (below). He is still ten kinds of sexy!

La Toya reclaims Queen of Pop throne

In news that will make Toy Soldiers weep tears of joy and relief, the pretty and talented Jackson sister has released new music for the first time in over a decade. It doesn't matter that the 6 of the 7 songs on La Toya's stunning autobiography soundtrack EP were recorded in 2002 and leaked in 2006. That's just how Toy rolls! "Starting Over" is the easily the best Jackson album since "Thriller" but the tracklist is a bit perplexing.

What the hell is "Mafia Style" doing on there instead of her iconic smash (in waiting) "Player"? I'm also gutted that Toy Toy's exquisite calypso anthem "Tropical Breeze" missed the cut but at least "No More Drama" and "Just Wanna Dance" - which, in true Toy style, has been mislabelled "Jut Wanna Dance" - were included! The highlight, however, has to be the legendary beauty's new song.

"Starting Over" raises pop music to glorious new heights that derivative flops like Janet could only dream of. While the rest of the music industry is busy recycling the 80s, La Toya revisits the mid-noughties with intentionally dated beats (lifted straight from her Star Ice jingle) and delivers exquisite lyrics like "say what you wanna say, just live your life straight or gay!" Lady Gaga could never.

Here is the full tracklist:

Mafia Style (Skit)
Should've Left You
No More Drama
Don't Want You No More
Free The World
Just Wanna Dance
Starting Over


"Starting Over (Songs Inspired By The Book)" is available to download now from Australian iTunes. Make sure to write a positive review when you buy it. I've already thrown in my 2 cents! To get an idea of the aural treat that awaits you, here's "Free The World" - La Toya's heartbreaking response to September 11. La Toya's Grammy nominated songwriting genius is on full display in this modern classic and her vocal makes Adele sound like Ashanti. Goodbye pretenders. The Queen is back!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Katy Perry - bigger & better than Lady Gaga?

Last week Lady Gaga and Katy Perry went head-to-head with new video clips. As recently as last year, this would have been a cake walk. Mother Monster would be using her rival's wig as a merkin, while Katy cried on the phone to Russell. But a lot has changed since then. Despite the unprecedented tidal wave of hype and promotion surrounding "Born This Way", "Teenage Dream" is the album churning out the hits. It's not like Lady Gaga is doing poorly - her last three singles have reached the top ten in America - but Ms Perry is gunning for her fifth consecutive US #1. And with the amazing "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" currently occupying the top spot on US iTunes - she has a very real shot of pulling it off. To put things into perspective, the so called biggest star on the planet has only managed three in her entire career.

No doubt Monsters will point to Gaga's album sales. "Born This Way" is almost equal with "Teenage Dream" on that front after less than a month. But we all know those figures were seriously inflated by the 99 cent Amazon deal and, given its rapid decline in sales ever since, Katy would probably have her there too. After all, Lady Gaga is already on her third single and, with the exception of "Hair" or perhaps "You & I", she's all out of potential radio hits. In the past you could legitimately argue that Mother Monster was at least untouchable as the new queen of music videos but Katy has stolen that crown too. "ET" is everything "Born This Way" wanted to be - stylish, cohesive and clever - and the reported $10 million dollars that Gaga spent on "Judas" is the biggest waste of money since "Waterworld".

That leaves us with their current videos. Katy's "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" is a joyous 8 minute extravaganza that plays like a 80s sitcom. Kathy Beth Terry, the pop star's alter ego in the clip, is an awkward teenager who crashes her neighbour's party. Not only is said neighbour internet sensation Rebecca Black but the video is also jam packed with celebrities ranging from Kenny G to Debbie Gibson and a bunch of nobodies from Glee. It's completely ridiculous but I love every second of it and the trashy extravaganza has already racked up 22 million views on YouTube. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga dances on a fire escape in her clip. That is literally it. If nothing else it can be marketed as a cure for insomnia. I'm not blaming her for pulling back and doing something less extravagant but "Edge Of Glory" deserved a majestic clip. I envisaged cliffs, angels and an eerie death scene. Not some shitty stripper busting a move on a staircase. Next!

Anyway, you decide. Here are their the videos. Is Katy Perry now the biggest name in pop music or is this just a temporary blip in Lady Gaga's march to greatness?

VS

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Zoë Badwi's Carry Me Home - video review

I've been meaning to post this for a while now. Zoë's "Carry Me Home" video debuted a couple of weeks ago and I never got around to writing about it. It's no secret that I love the song - it's so soft and pretty - but the video is kind of perplexing. From the preview, I thought it was going to have an old Hollywood theme with the stunning dance diva standing around looking frail and beautiful on a staircase. That would have been enough for me and suited the song perfectly. But someone got a little too creative and gave it an "Eyes Wide Shut" twist. In the video Zoë decides to spice up her life by inviting her man to some kind of high-camp swingers party full of gays that look like they were rounded up outside Arq at 5am on Sunday morning. It's a bit random but fair play. "Carry Me Home" is going great guns in the clubs (up to #6 on this week's chart) and should gather more steam when it's pushed to radio in a couple of weeks. You can download the radio edit from iTunes now. Trust me, it's $1.69 well spent!

Ashanti to tour Australia

This is not a late April Fool's Day joke. Ashanti, who I believe once scored a hit somewhere in the early noughties, is rumoured to be touring Australia soon. In all fairness, Nelly's girlfriend was a pretty big name (about 10 years ago) and has some good songs. "Foolish" is a classic and I still love her Ja Rule collaboration "Always On Time" but this has to be the most random flop to tour Australia since Blu Cantrell. The strangest thing is - I'm dying to go! I secretly think it's hilarious she's conned her way on to the bill and there's no doubt in my mind that her #96 smash "The Way That I Love You" will bring the house down. I'm particularly interested to see if the 30-year-old performs any new material. Hasn't she been threatening to release a new album since "The Declaration" went three times plastic in 2008? Only time will tell. But to get you into the mood for the return of a true R&B legend, here is her last Australian hit "Body On Me".

Israel Cruz - Party Up preview

Here's the first look at Israel Cruz's hot new single "Party Up". Some of you might remember songs like "Wake Up With You" and "Freak Tonight" (which Scarlett Belle infamously destroyed last year) but the talented singer has swapped his trademark hip hop beats for a more radio friendly urban dance sound. Think Taio Cruz meets Jason DeRulo - but with more of an edge. I love "Party Up" and think it's an absolute smash but you can't actually hear a lot of the song in the preview. It finally comes in at around 4:10 minutes, so stick with it. The video itself looks like a lot of fun. I've seen an early edit and it turned out really well. For starters, I had no idea Israel could dance! Stay tuned for the finished product very soon.

Wynter Gordon - Live & Acoustic

I guess I should start this post by reminding everyone that Wynter Gordon's debut album "With The Music I Die" was released on Friday. It's absolutely brilliant and you need to own it. Expect a full review soon. Now that's out of the way, time to talk about the gorgeous singer's Sydney showcase. When I hear a dance diva is doing an "acoustic set", I usually run in the opposite direction. Memories of Melissa Tkautz belting out "Sexy Is The Word" accompanied by only a piano still haunt my dreams but I had faith in Wynter. After all, this is the woman who cut her teeth on soulful jams like "Surveillance" before conquering the dance world - so I knew she would bring it. And she did.

302 is a tiny venue the size of a luxurious toilet cubicle. So they really weren't lying when they said it was going to be intimate. Wynter squeezed her way through the horde of admiring gays and eventually sat down at a microphone with only a guitarist for back up. She started with a knock out rendition of "My Guy", which showcased exactly how strong her voice is. J Lo's favourite songwriter told us she had a sore throat but it was impossible to tell. She sounded flawless. Next up was "Til Death", which came across a lot darker pared back to basics, and a surprise cover of Katy Perry's "ET". I loved her version and think it would make a cool B-side somewhere down the track.

I have to admit I had reservations about an acoustic rendition of "Dirty Talk" but it was a lot of fun. Her next surprise was a cover of Arcade Fire's "Wake Up". I have to admit I'm not familiar with the original but I'm going to hunt it down because Wynter's version was achingly beautiful. She closed the set with "Buy My Love", which has been confirmed as the next single from her album. I love the song and can imagine radio lapping this up. It's so cute and catchy! The only disappointment in an otherwise fantastic set was the absence of "Still Getting Younger". Happily, I was told that remixes have already been commissioned and the best song Kylie never released is firmly scheduled to be her fourth single. It's going to be massive!

Carrie Underwood's Sydney showcase

On Thursday night I was lucky enough to be invited to Carrie Underwood's Sydney showcase at the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks. The country superstar was in town to promote the Australian re-release of her 2009 album "Play On" and introduce herself to the local media. I'm not going to lie and pretend I've been Carrie's number one fan since the beginning but I genuinely adore "Some Hearts" and secretly stan for her crossover pop hits. So it was extremely exciting to finally see her in person. I knew she would sound good but I wasn't expecting her to be that brilliant.

Sony CEO Denis Handlin introduced the 2005 American Idol winner, pointing out all her stunning achievements - including 10 number one hits on the US country chart and record sales totalling 13 million. He also told us that Carrie had made the journey from Melbourne by bus due to volcanic ash, which made her flawless appearance and pitch perfect performance all the more impressive! She began with "Cowboy Casanova" before moving on to "So Small" and "Last Name". I like all those songs but she really did save the best for the second half.

"Jesus, Take The Wheel" would probably be my theme song if I were religious and it was amazing to finally hear it live. What a great song! Next up was her current Australian single "Undo It". It's so catchy and could be a hit if radio would embrace it. The last track was "Before He Cheats", which the superstar recently performed on the finale of American Idol. I thought Carrie sounded a bit rough that night but it was obviously the fault of the annoying flop singing along side her because she tore it up on Thursday. "Before He Cheats" really is the best song Shania never recorded.

After the showcase Carrie walked around and introduced herself to everyone. I got the chance to meet her and get a photo. She was really nice and spoke about how much she likes Australia. The best thing is - I think she'll be back. I seriously doubt Sony would have splashed out on such a lavish affair to promote the re-release of an old album. Particularly when she only sang two songs from it. I think they have the bigger picture in mind and are intent on making her a Taylor Swift sized star in this country. It's a smart move. There's no reason why she can't repeat her American success here. Carrie is the complete package.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Peter Wilson's Stereo video!

A couple of months ago I posted a preview of Peter Wilson's "Stereo" video and it triggered something of a war in the comments. The 90s pop star's new song turned out to be the love-it-or-hate-it jam of the year with some people declaring it a trainwreck, while others praised its retro-tastic PWL sound - courtesy of Dave Ford and Ian Curnow, no less. The video has been out for a while now but it completely passed me by until I saw it on Pop In Stereo a couple of days ago. I asked Peter about the clip and his brutal commentary is not fit to be repeated in public but I think he's being a bit harsh. Low budget Australian videos really know how to plumb the depths of bad taste with style and humour! I love how ridiculously disconnected the clip is to the song. Why not pursue the cute 80s theme? Or just film Peter naked in the shower to make me happy? No. Someone thought the year's gayest pop anthem really needed a gritty video that finds the Melbourne based singer emoting against graffiti in what looks to be an abandoned slum! It's a hot mess but I love "Stereo" and the rest of the album is amazing. There's even a Stock Aitken Waterman track on there. Oh well, until that gets released, brace yourself for one of the year's most... memorable film clips.

The return of Gina G

Over the past few weeks I've been inundated with requests to review the new Gina G single. I would have whipped up something earlier but I was waiting on the video clip. Which is every bit as... stunning as I had imagined. Basically, the glamorous pop icon wanders around a dubious nightclub flirting with gay "boys". I think poor Gina accidentally wandered into a MAG convention because these homosexuals look like they've been on the grind since 1987. My favourite part of the clip is when the former redhead performs on stage and you can see my friend Natty trying to duck for cover in the front row (1:35 mins)! OK, so it's not "Telephone" but the Eurovision legend looks fabulous and the song is really cool. The only difference between this and Havana Brown's current top 10 hit is major label support. "Next 2 U" is the kind of cute and fluffy pop anthem that Gina perfected in the late 90s - with a modern twist. Fingers crossed she finds an audience this time around because I want an album. Her last opus "Get Up & Dance" was sorely underrated and Australia needs another dance diva of a certain vintage now that Dannii has retired to host a rubbish TV show. Check out the video and download this smash from iTunes now!

Elen Levon - Naughty video shoot

Sorry about the lack of updates but things have been all kinds of crazy lately. One of the bright spots of the past week was dropping by Elen Levon's "Naughty" video shoot. I've been championing this girl - she is only 16 years old - since hearing her demo a couple of months ago and it's exciting to see everything coming together. The more I see of her, the more I'm convinced she's going to be completely unstoppable. Elen has the looks, voice and dance moves to slay your faves. And she still comes across as a normal teenager as opposed to the media trained automatons I'm used to dealing with. It was actually kind of scary watching her on set today. She didn't miss a beat. I'm usually hugely critical of locally produced video clips but I'm optimistic that this will buck the trend. I love the emphasis on complex choreography, the sexy but not slutty styling and teen-tastic homage to Kylie's "Slow" video! A preview of "Naughty" will debut online in the next few days. Stay tuned!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Tonje Langeteig & the single of the year!

Tonje Langeteig is my new religion. I know her awe-inspiring anthem "I Don't Wanna Be A Crappy Housewife" is already getting major coverage on the blogosphere but I would feel remiss in my duties as a connoisseur of fine trash if I didn't throw in my two cents. Tonje first came to fame on the Norwegian version of Dating In The Dark. Her stunning curves and magnetic charisma could not be denied and millions of gays across Scandinavia petitioned for the busty blond to revolutionise pop music. At least that's how I like to think it happened! Her debut single has been torn apart by the usual snobs but "I Don't Want To Be A Crappy Housewife" is genuinely amazing. This touching and insightful glimpse into the cruel lifecycle of Norwegian cougars will leave you questioning the meaning of life.

The highly philosophical diva begins the song by declaring "I woke up one morning and I thought I was young but no no no my youth was gone". I wonder if this was originally written with Madonna in mind. But I digress. Tonje then flees to the disco to avoid her empty existence as housewife but obviously pops a dud pill because she begins pondering her own mortality, singing "when I'm six feet under, when I'm dead - I don't want dirt on me but make up instead". Lady Gaga wishes she wrote that lyric! The video is equally amazing. Our heroine rocks up to the world's worst nightclub with a couple of dicey looking hookers in tow before dancing with her rent-a-rapper. Oh and if you think Tonje is all looks and no talent, just watch this stunning live rendition of "I Don't Wanna Be A Crappy Housewife". Now we know where Britney got the inspiration for her BBMA performances from! Download this masterpiece - complete with world's worst cover and spelling mistakes - from iTunes now.

Behind the scenes with Zoë Badwi

I love Zoë Badwi more than cold beer and fried chicken. She puts up with my drunk tweets and continues to carve out her own little niche as Australia's first lady of dance. While her last single failed to match the success of past hits like "Release Me" and "Freefallin'", the former Sirens singer should have more luck with "Carry Me Home". It picks up where the aforementioned Amy Pearson penned masterpiece left off - killer chorus, crisp synths and dreamy vocal - but shows off Zoë's softer side. There is a mellowness to this collaboration with TV Rock DJ Grant Smillie that will no doubt help the track crossover from nightclubs to commercial radio. You can dance to this or hum along to it while doing the ironing! "Carry Me Home" is quite possibly Ms Badwi's finest moment and the video is shaping up to be equally triumphant. As far as I can tell she just walks around a house looking glamorous but at least there is no bondage-dancing in train stations or weird special effects that don't really make sense. Zoë is keeping things classy this time around and I love the old Hollywood aesthetic. Check out a behind the scenes preview below and download the song from iTunes now.

Beyoncé slays your faves - YET AGAIN

"Run The World (Girls)" is now a gold-selling top 10 hit. In Australia. Not only that but "Best Thing I Never Had" is already top 30 on our iTunes with no airplay or promotion - a stark contrast to its position in America. I think we all know what this means. Beyoncé is the new Kat DeLuna. Only instead of ruling Belgium's airwaves, Honey B is snatching wigs from Penrith to Perth. Kelly Rowland could never!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Mylène's latest triumph!

Poor Lady Gaga. She hires RedOne and ends up with a stinker like "Judas", while stunning 49-year-old French pop legend Mylène Farmer nabs a modern classic. "Lonely Lisa" is the third single from "Bleu Noir" and should follow the other two all the way to number one - which would make it her 8th consecutive chart topper in France and 12th in total. This bitch has snatched so many wigs she has RSI! I loved understated moodiness of Mylène's last single but "Lonely Lisa" is in a different league entirely. RedOne was obviously inspired by the diva's timeless beauty and delivers a turbo-charged pop song, as haunting as it is catchy. I can't wait for my physical copy to arrive so I can spend hours admiring Mylène's stunning outfit on the cover (above). Now that's what I call glamour. As for the video, it's another triumph. While smaller stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga employ shock tactics for publicity, the French superstar explores the riveting topic of tanning in her clip. In sunbeds. In the desert. Oh and there's also a shimmery black camel and ballet dancers. It makes no sense whatsoever but remains utterly amazing. Only Mylène!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Beyoncé - Best Thing I Never Had

Damn, Bey. You've done it again! The official second single from "4" hit the internet this afternoon and it's a triumphant return to form. I love "Run The World (Girls)" - for so many different reasons - but it's kind of hard to identify with. Unless you're a pantsula practising glamazon from the hood with a fetish for Major Lazer beats. "Best Thing I Never Had", on the other hand, strikes an immediate chord with anyone who has ever been fucked over by someone they love. It's a bitter Dear John letter set to music. Beyoncé lets her man know exactly how bad he screwed up before declaring that he was just a loser and she's better off without him. Preach!

I love the lyrics ("thank god you blew it, thank god I dodged a bullet") and her vocal oozes raw emotion. I wonder if Bey wrote it - after all she was recently named one of the 20 most successful songwriters of the new millennium! It will be interesting to see how "Best Thing I Never Had" is received. I think it's her most commercial single since "Sweet Dreams" but she has a hit-and-miss track record with ballads. Hopefully radio play it after completely ignoring the genre-defining flawlessness of "Run The World (Girls)". If all else fails she can get Miss Kelly on the remix to add a bit of star power. Listen to Bey's new single below. I can't wait for the song to hit iTunes so I can play it on repeat and feel completely miserable!