Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
WOW - What a perfromance - Catch it below
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I know blogs like Poppostergirl have posted about Mathias Holmgren before, but I've been listening to his debut album and I'm really impressed with acouple of his album tracks so I HAD to share!
Mathias Holmgren rose to fame via the popular television show 'Fame Factory' in Sweden. After his appearance on the show he took over lead singing duties for the band 'Barbados' when Magnus Carlsson left in 2002.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
At what point does a band decide they're giving up and no longer going to try to release music? Meet Clea... The band that doesn't seem to know when to quit!
Back in 2002 4 girls were booted off of 'Popstars - The Rivals' in the Uk (The show that created Girls Aloud.) The 4 girls decided to create their own band and Clea was born! In 2003 their debut single 'Download It' hit the charts at a respectable 21. The band went on an extensive club tour to promote themselves across the Uk. Their second single 'Stuck In The Middle' was released in Feb. 2004 and entered the charts at #24. It seemed all the promotion hadn't done much to boost the bands profile. But they didn't give up and continued to tour around the country playing any show they could book! In May 2004 band member 'Chloe' decided she'd had enough and quit the band. Their record label released a debut album 'Identity Crisis' in select European markets where some interest was shown toward the band. But when the album flopped in every country in which it was released they were dropped by their record label.
This is where most groups would call it quits! But Clea stayed together and under new management began to release music independently! In 2005 the band released a new single as a collaboration with 'Da Playaz' The single 'We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off' was realesed across the Uk and Europe and reached #35 in England. A 4th single was then released, 'Lucky Like That' which reached #55 in the charts. Do you see a pattern here? Every single managed to chart lower than the one before. Finally a new album was released in July 2006, reaching #258 in the Uk.
The band news was countered by their first major success. Over in Hong Kong their management had just released '...Clothes Off' and it had reached #1 on a radio chart! They also saw I Surrender released across Scandanavia as a double A-side with 'Stuck In The Middle.'
In November 2006 Lynsey Brown announced she too had had enough and was leaving the band.
According to management the final 2 members are staying together and there are rumours a new single could be released very soon. There are rumours the new single could be a re-worked version of the fan favorite 'The Lie.' This is by far the BEST song the band ever recorded and I can't believe it was never released. I think it has hit written all over it. The lyrics are spectacular!
What do you think? Should Clea give up?
Clea - The Lie (A MUST Download)
But that doesn't mean he isn't doing anything worth listening to! His debut album spawned 3 hit singles... A.D.I.D.A.S was a rockin' track that never really found it's audience. While his debut album failed to light up the charts JC is giving it another chance with a 2nd album.
Below is his new single 'You Ruined Me For Life.' While the song is nothing new and not particularly experimental it's smooth and easy to listen to. I liked him better when he was trying new sounds. He is obviously trying a song that will appeal to mainstream radio and will sell records, but I can't help but feel like he's selling out. I don't mind the song, but I find his voice a little annoying when he trys to hit higher notes, but maybe that's just me?
JC Chasez - You Ruined Me For Life
Monday, April 16, 2007
Formed back in 2000 through the German 'Popstars' show, No Angels have to be the oldest and most enduring group formed from the show. 2nd place would go to 2002's Girls Aloud who are still the biggest girl group in the Uk.
Between 2001-2003 No Angels sold over 5 Million albums as a group. Over 3 years the band released 3 albums and 12 hit singles. In 2001 their debut album went 3x Platinum. In 2002 No Angels were the best selling group in Germany.
But the fairytale was not meant to last. In February 2003 Jessica Walhs announced she was pregnant and the band had agreed that she would take the next year off to have her baby but that she would return to the band the following year. In March 2003 their management announced Jessica would not be returning to the band and they would continue on as a 4-some. It was the beginning of the end for No Angels.
In August 2003 the band released their 3rd album 'Pure' as a 4-some. While the 3rd album failed to sell as strongly as the first two it was well received and the first single gave the girls their 4th #1 in Germany. But on September 4th 2003, after 3 years of non stop touring, promoting and recording the band announced they would not be working on any new material as a group in 2004 and that they were going to prepare to disband. They cancelled their planned 'Pure Acoustic Tour' and further single releases from 'Pure' were cancelled.
As the band prepared to officially break up Jessica re-joined the band and they re-recorded one of their first album tracks - Reason. It was released as their farewell single in November 2003 with a Best of No Angels album released in December. Their last performances together were a farewell concert on Nov. 28th and a private unplugged show on Dec. 12th 2003.
All that changed in mid-2006 when the band met together to talk about re-forming. 4 of the original 5 agreed and they began to work on a comeback album in complete secrecy. On January 1st 2007 news leaked that the band was working together again. The band and their management refused to make any statements until january 31st when the band held a press conference to announce details of the No Angels comeback. On April 13th the bands 4th studio album - Destiny was released off the success of their comeback single - Goodbye to Yesterday which reached number 4.
Below you can hear No Angels as they were then and how they are now.
No Angels - 2007
No Angels - I Believe In You (If you read my blog you'll find this song is familiar. It's a cover of the song originally released by Swedish Idol - Agnes Carlsson)
No Angels - 2001 - 2003
No Angels - Feel Good Lies (One of their BEST singles ever released! A MUST download)
Saturday, April 14, 2007
This is perhaps one of the best performances I've ever seen from him. He MUST record this in the studio! He has such amazing control over his voice! Enjoy!
Friday, April 13, 2007
By the end of 1999 Gary Barlow had written no less than 16 hit singles and been a part of the biggest boyband the Uk had ever seen. When Take That split back in 2006 Gary immediately set out on his own and in July 1996 he hit #1 with his debut single - Forever Love. His debut album 'Open Road' was released in 1997 and spawned an impressive 6 hit singles in the Uk! The album included songs written by Dianne Warren, Max Martin & a song written by Madonna that she never used on her own album.
In 1999 Gary returned to the spotlight with a new album and a new sound. Despite the fact that the album included some of the best songs he had ever written the music industry had turned their backs on the singer. A media backlash ensued as radio and other media gave support to Robbie Williams over Gary's new album. After dissapointing sales of the album a 3rd single was cancelled and it was announced that Gary Barlow would no longer release songs as a solo artist. Instead he began to write for other artists.
From 2000 - 2005 Gary has contributed songs to artists like Blue, Delta Goodrem, Amy Studt, H & Claire and Atomic Kitten and Charlotte Church.
In 2006 Take That reformed and have picked up exactly where they left off. After a record breaking reunion tour (Which I saw live at Milton Keynes in the uk last June!) the band have released 2 massive hit singles, won a Brit award for best British Single 2006 and are getting ready to tour again in support of their new album.
Gary Barlow is 'Back For Good' and you can explore his solo offerings below! (wow... I'm such a geek)
Gary Barlow - Superhero
Gary Barlow - Stronger
Gary Barlow - Love Won't Wait
Gary Barlow - Yesterday's Girl
Gary Barlow - Arms Around Me
Gary Barlow - So Help Me Girl
Bonus - Gary Barlow - Back For Good (Live)
As PopPosterGirl announced, Mans Zelmerlow has finally announced a date for the release of his debut album. Soon we will have a new Mans single to drool over and an entire album of pop chunes!
Until then we turn to Fredrik Kempe, who not only penned 'Cara Mia,' but also wrote 'Vagar Du, Vagar Jag' for Sanna!
Fredrik has had some success himself as a solo artist. His debut single 'Vincero' is a fusion of Opera & Pop music and catapulted him to fame back in 2002. In 2004 he entered Melodifestivalen as a solo artist with a tribute to Benny Andersson (Of AbbA fame). He writes, produces and performs his own tracks.
His tracks can best be described with words such as 'Epic' and 'Dramatic, sweeping anthems.' I'm a huge fan of his two albums and while I know a lot of blogs have covered his songs in the past, I felt I had to dedicate at least one post to him. Back when I discovered 'Vincero' I remember blasting it on my discman on the bus not realising how loud I had it. Finally someone actually stopped me and asked what the heck I was listening to. Listen to 'Vincero' and you'll see why!
Fredrik Kempe - Disco Volante
Fredrik Kempe - My Love
Fredrik Kempe - Miss America
Fredrik Kempe - Finally
Fredrik Kempe - Vincero
Fredrik Kempe - Fallen Angel
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I can't help but feel a little 'dirty' listening to music from a 14 year old but I've been listening to her album all week and she's my new guilty pleasure!
Amy Diamond had her break when she was only 12 years old with her debut single "What's In It For Me." The song was a huge hit in Sweden, staying in the top ten for 4 months! The song went on to become throughout Europe and at one time was the most played song in Poland by the middle of 2005. At the tiem of the single release some Swedish stations refused to play her video stating that at 12 years old she was too young to be placed in the spotlight.
After the success of the single an album was released which went on to sell gold in Sweden and Amy embarked on her first national tour in support of the album. In 2005 at the age of 13 Amy won a Nordic Music Award for best nordic hit in Denmark. She's the youngest perfromer ever to win such an award. She's also the youngest to win two NRJ music awards and earn nominations for the Swedish Grammis.
2006 saw the release of her second album "Still Me Now" and the start of another tour across Sweden. She was named Swedens Summer Tour Queen last summer.
Amy is currently working on a new album for 2007.
You can listen to some of my favorite songs from her 2nd album below.
Amy Diamond - Life's What You Make It
Amy Diamond - It Can Only Get Better
Amy Diamond - Don't Cry Your Heart Out