Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
*Link Updated with correct song ;)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This week we have a song from an Ex Swedish Idol contestant and an Ex Boyband member.
Song #1: It's best described as September meets Da Buzz meets Cascada. It's catchy and dancey. Overall an impressive first single from this Swedish newcomer.
Gathania - Blackout
Song #2: Listening to this song makes me feel like A1 never really broke up. I can imagine hearing this on their album back in the day. A sweeping and dramatic upbeat pop song. Turns out Christian has had a successful career in Norway since A1 broke up.
Christian Ingebrigtsen - The Truth About Lies
Monday, November 24, 2008
I prefer to remember them for songs like this... AMAZING!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
WOW! THIS IS IT! Today the first 8 names were announced for Melodifestivalen 2009. There aren't too many surprises here as most of these names were already flying about. The great news is that they are now official.
Sarah Dawn Finer
Alcazar - Stay The Night
What I find amazing is that if there are such huge names in the first 8 acts announced just wait until the rest of the acts are announced! Each of the first 8 acts are established stars in Sweden with 6 of the 8 having made it to the finals of Melodifestivalen before.
You will all remember Emilia from her massive international hit single - Big Big World... she enters Melodifestivalen for the first time next year. Jennifer Brown also makes her competition debut next year. She's been around for quite some time in Sweden and has released 4 albums over the last 15 years.
BWO - Paradise On Mars
Alcazar - I Love The DJ
The biggest question so far is what is going to happen between Alcazar and BWO! Both acts have competed multiple times in the competition and each of them have placed 3rd twice. It's clear that both acts have a massive following but it's going to take a unique song to really get the entire country to rally behind the act rather than relying just on the bands fan bases.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
1. Same Difference - We R One
The Wait is over! You can finally catch their debut video and WOW! This Is GOOD! THIS IS GREAT! The video is Grease meets Steps meets S Club 8! It's sunny and fun and catchy as hell. I think if there is any celebrity i'd want to spend the day with out on the town it would be Same Difference. They will be performing their biggest performance to date when they make an appearance on X-Factor on Nov. 22nd!
Thanks to Paul at MyFizzyPop for posting the video first! Check out his observations Here!
2. Boyzone - Better
I think Boyzone may have surpassed Take That for best comeback! This is such a beautiful song and the video is perfect! Boyzone were one of the first major pop acts to have an openly gay member when Stephen Gately came out in the late 90's. 10 years later the band are breaking down barriers by having a male love interest for Stephen in the video. It's a brave move and it's the perfect song to cuddle upto when it gets cold this winter.
3. Alphabeat - What Is Happening
Alphabeat are the band that just keeps on giving! They honestly will not stop until they've released every track on their album as a single! If you haven't joined the Alphabeat bandwagon you're missing out. Their newest video for What Is Happening is a gem!
Monday, November 10, 2008
For those of you who don't know this blog is under attack.
Over the past few weeks posts that I've made have been removed due to copyright infringements over the songs I've posted.
I will not let this stop me from posting about the best pop music around!
Shutting this blog down will not stop music fans from sharing the music they love.
The purpose of this blog is to promote the songs and artists who often only release music in select countries/territories.
As a music fan I have spent thousands of dollars on importing albums and singles from all over Europe because those cds are never released here in North America. If it wasn't for fans sharing songs from these artists online I would never have discovered the artists and never paid for the albums.
When a record label refuses to release a cd on iTunes internationally or refuses to accept North American credit cards so that fans can download the mp3's legally on the artists web site, fans have no choice but to download the songs for free using a variety of sites online.
If you are a fan of Pop music and a fan of Same Difference please support them by purchasing their album and thereby ensuring future releases from the brilliant duo.
To those of you that have heard Same Difference - We R One... I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
If you missed out on the song please visit their official myspace where you can check out clips from their forthcoming album - POP!
You can pre-order the debut album from Same Difference - Here
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Does having a "gimmick" help or hurt an artist? Steps were one of the most successful pop acts of the 90's with their singles that came with the dance steps inside. With the sheer multitude of acts out there competing for a spot in the charts maybe having a "gimmick" is what sets you apart from the pack.
You see it time and time again at the Eurovision song contest as countries send novelty acts to the competition instead of real talent to try and get some attention. Silvia Night anyone? Dustin the Turkey?
Perhaps one of the most successful artists with a gimmick has to be my personal favorite novelty act - Rollergirl!
Rollergirl discovered her love of rollerskates while working at a rollerskating rink in Germany. In the late 90's Rollergirl was discovered in Spain and soon after that released her debut single - Dear Jesse a 'Madonna' cover.
In the next 3 years Rollergirl released 7 hit singles before taking off her skates for good. If you look her up on YouTube you can still see her rolling through her videos or live performances. If you're lucky enough to own her album you own a piece of history! The album comes with all her hit singles and the rare gem - "I Keep On Rolling"
Rollergirl... if you're out there somewhere please come back to Pop music. Life just isn't as fun without you. We miss your cute pink skates and your computer enchanced vocals.
I saw we start a campaign today! Rollergirl for Germanys Eurovision entry in 2009!!
Let's look back at the greatness that was 'Rollergirl.'
Remember when she gave us her take on the Japanese Geisha?
Rollergirl - Geisha Dreams
How about her take on the classic Eternal Flame. Just wait until you get to the breakdown in the middle!
Rollergirl - Close To You
Or how about her SMASH HIT!
Rollergirl - Superstar
If you liked these you'll enjoy her classic videos even more.
In this video you'll see her make a dramatic entrance but the audience doesn't seem to care.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Have you ever listened to an entire album, listened to the songs and decided after one listen of certain songs that you didn't like them. You may have listened to the album over and over since then and always skipped the same songs. Then one day you forget to skip the song and after listening to it again you realise that you actually love the track.
I used to skip this song and never really gave it a chance until my friend borrowed the cd and returned it and told me that this was his favorite song. Now my friend is probably the last person in the world to like anything by Amy Diamond and here he was telling me a song he liked that I had never even bothered listening to! So I put the song on and fell in love with it immediately. I can't believe I never gave it a chance before.
I've posted about Amy Diamond multiple times now but I couldn't resist another. I really do love all three of her albums. Each album is full of single-worthy tracks and what I love is that each song has really unique sounds/instruments that you don't really hear in the average song.
'Shooting Star' can be found on her debut album and is easily one of the best tracks from that album.
With rumors flying that Amy will try for Melodifestivalen again in 2009 I figured I'd start getting excited now. If she enters with a song even half as good as 'Thank You' then we have a lot to look forward to.
Amy Diamond - Shooting Star
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This song starts off slow and beautiful... but watch as it transforms halfway through!
WHAT A PERFORMANCE!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Pre-Order the single and album at www.hmv.co.uk
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
So first off I owe a huge apology for the lack of updates without any explanation at all. To be honest life sorta god in the way and I had been lacking any inspiration.
But so much has happened in the world of pop music I have no choice but return to the blogosphere to help celebrate the biggest resurgence in pop music in years!!! Everyone who is anyone is releasing new music right now or is in the process of releasing new music.
But I'm back now! So tell your friends, give me a shout out on your blog! If there are any new blogs out there shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment so I can check you out!
With so much going on where do I start?!
I'll start with a post about the first band I ever loved - Ace of Base.
For their fans it's been a long long wait for anything from this band. When their comeback was announced a year ago there were promises of a remix album, new songs, new material and a world tour. Their new website launched on April 9th and 2 weeks later was forgotten and has never been updated since.
Basically the band have dropped their management and are continuing to work on a deal to get their new music released as soon as possible. To help built momentum before any new material is released the band have FINALLY released the studio version of Wheel of Fortune 2009. This version will show up on a new greatest hits compilation to be released in Scandinavia and Japan.
So cross your fingers and let's hope that by this time next year the band will finally have released their 5th studio album. Until then you can enjoy this re-vamped version of Wheel Of Fortune. I really do love it! It's a great example of the direction the band is heading in. It also does a great job of taking an old song and making it sound fresh and new. I actually like it a lot better than the original.
Ace of Base - Wheel Of Fortune 2009
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
The blog has been overrun by the girls lately... so I think the next post will be all about the boys!
Monday, August 11, 2008
The winner of Swedish Idol is back for her 3rd album! If you're a regular reader here at YDKP you'll remember that her last album had some killer tracks on it. Well she has finally released the first single from her forthcoming 3rd album and she has really upped the ante! When I first saw the track had been released I assumed it would be either a cheesy ballad or an attempt at being 'cool' with an R n B based track. She's done us proud though by going with a BIG epic dancey pop track.
This is a MUST download...
Hot off the heels of her dissapointing placement in 'Melodifestivalen' earlier this year. Velvet isn't giving up and delivers her best offering to date with this track from her new album to be released soon.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
WOW! While most artists get old and you lose interest in them as time goes on... some acts consistently get better with each subsequent release. McFly are one such group.
I remember when they first started I dismissed them as just another teen rock band trying to cash in on the 'Busted' phase. I didn't mind the odd song from them... but I kept on waiting for them to fade away. The thing was... they never just went away. To date they've released 14 singles and had 7 number 1's!
After releasing a Greatest Hits album last year the band announced that they were unhappy with the decisions their record label had been making and they would no longer be releasing music with a major label. Instead the boys have formed their own label and now have complete control over their music.
The new album 'Radioactive' will be released in September but we've already had our first taste of their work with the new single - One For The Radio.
All I can say is WOW! After hearing this song I'm officially a full fledged McFly fan. They've really outdone themselves this time. This song has everything right. It's hard hitting, catchy, easy to sing along to, melodic and in your face at the same time. I love the line... "Don't pretend you hate us then you sing our songs..."
McFly... like Girls Aloud in a lot of ways have proven that they have staying power because they're not afraid to grow, develop and try new things. I can't wait to hear what they come up with next.
McFly - One For The Radio
Monday, July 07, 2008
What are your favorite One Hit Wonders?
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
DJ Sammy - The Boys Of Summer
So back in about 2004 I actually saw DJ Sammy perform live at a festival in the Uk. He was one of the most energetic performers I'd seen in some time and he really got the crowd worked up. One of my favorite tracks was 'The Boys of Summer' a cover of the famous Don Henley track. Rumour has it that DJ Sammy will release a new album this year... hopefully we'll have another summer anthem from Mr. Sammy!
Alexander - Stay With Me
This is a thumping pop track from the German Idol. I've posted it here before but I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when I play it... so here it is again.
Britney Spears - Stronger
Wow... I hadn't listened to this in ages. Do you remember how great she was back then! This was one of my all time favorite videos as well. This summer is the perfect time to dust off this track and blast it out your car window.
Da Buzz - Alive
Da Buzz always make me think of summer... it's probably why they are very well knoiwn for their summer tours of Sweden. 'Alive' definitely has the feel of summer to it.
Darius - Kindalove
This is turning into a greatest hits post as I've also posted this track before. This is one I love to play while out in the sun though, hopefully you feel the same way.
E.M.M.A - S.M.S
Here's a bit of swedish cheese for ya. Don't even ask me why I have this track... but it sure is catchy!
Emma Bunton - The Crickets Sing For Annamaria
I wouldn't describe this as a summer anthem, but it's a very relaxing track and still has a summer feel to it.
Enrique Iglesias - Escape
UGH I LOVE THIS SONG! Sorry, but I'm going through my library here and am finding all these great songs I haven't listened to in quite some time. This is definitely a song to play this summer.
Girls Aloud - Long Hot Summer
Gorillaz - 19/2000
S Club 8 - Don't Steal Our Sunshine
Ok so I know that technically they were being called iDream when this was recorded... but they were still S Club 8 to me. I wish this had been a single!
O-zone - Despre Tine
Mi Ya Hi!!! I actually liked Despre Tine more than I ever liked Dragonstea Din Tei... Can you believe I actually bought their album. It's one of my more embarassing album purchases.
Ok so I got a little crazy with the songs... and i'm really tired and I can't even remember what this post is supposed to be about. Let me know what you think of the songs. What are some of your summer anthems?
For my next post I'll be re-introducing a one hit wonder from the late 90s!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
For those of you that are too young to know who Donna Summer even is... check this out:
Donna Summer - The Eternity Megamix
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
A huge apology for my sudden dissapearance. I just spent the last 2 weeks in Calgary for work and had no access to internet while I was away. I'm back though so spread the word and we'll get right back to the POP!
On Dec. 22nd 2001 Uk pop group Steps were performing their final stop on their 'Gold: Greatest Hits Tour.' Moments before the band were to hit the stage, band members Ian and Claire presented the other 3 with letters from their lawyers stating that they were leaving the group.
In an instant the Uk's biggest pop band were finished and the announcement was made public on Dec. 26th, 2001. While the other 3 members of the band felt betrayed by Ian and Claire, it was made worse when they found out that Ian and Claire were going going to release music as a duo from this point forward known as "H & Claire."
Their debut single received a lot of promotion, mostly off the back of the Steps split, there was a lot of interest to see what the duo would do. But Steps fans were divided over the duo's work. Many fans felt betrayed by the duo and refused to support them. The single debuted at #3 int he charts and the pair were also announced as presenters for SM:tv in the Uk, this gave them a built in audience to promote their music to.
By late 2002 the Uk chart scene began to change and move away from happy go lucky pop music. Their next singles charted at #8 and #10 but the final straw was when their album entered the chart at #53 and then fell off the following week.
Suddenly the band simply dissapeared. To this day there has never been an official announcement regarding the duo. There are rumours that although they are no longer recording together, they are still under a legal contract to WEA records, which means if Claire were to ever release solo material, she would be bound to release with WEA Records.
In a way I'm glad that H & Claire failed as a duo. It serves them right for the way they ended the band. At the same time I think the band split at the right time, they were on the top of their game and never had to stay together and watch people turn on the band.
As for H and Claire their solo music was mediocre at best... the album was fairly bland and probably isn't even remembered by many out there. That being said the band did produce one song that never really received the recognition it deserved.
'All Out Of Love' is a song that I can't get enough of 6 years after it's original release! It starts off slowly... builds up as it goes along... has a great dancey beat, a fantastic live dance routine and the video version even had a breakdown in the middle!
Another song to remember was Another You Another Me which was penned by Benny & Bjorn of Abba.
H & Claire - All Out Of Love
H & Claire - DJ
H & Claire - Another You, Another Me
Check out the fantastic dance routine to this song below!?
Does anyone else love this routine as much as I do?!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Kate Ryan's new single is really fun and the more I listen to it the more I like it. I've never been a huge fan of her stuff. I mean it's good, and I listen to her songs but besides Je T'Adore the rest of her songs just don't really stand out for me. I think Ella Elle L'a may be my second favorite song of hers now... plus her poptastic video for it helps. She's definitely channeling some Scooch in the vid!
The song is a cover or an 80's French hit and you can actually check out Alizee doing her version on French television acouple years ago.
Kate Ryan - Ella Elle L'a
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Johnsson & Haggkvist - One Love (SoundFactory Radio Edit)
Sunday, May 04, 2008
*Hopefully I'm not the only one worried about this happening to Same Difference? Their single has been delayed for a second time and looks like it won't be released until the summer.