As the ever-more saddening images of Whitney Houston’s final days and hours are thrust into focus via the tabloids, I can’t help but want to push them from view – but the multiple pile-up that was her life of late seems impossible to look away from. For a girl who grew up in the 80s though, Whitney represents whirlwind teenage years – and to me and my mates, her lyrics seemed to spell out the life that was to come for us all… Continue reading
2012 is most definitely London’s year, but it seems to us that it could also be a landmark 12 months for Emeli Sandé. The Scottish singer has already been named as the Critics’ Choice at this year’s Brit awards, following in a long line of success stories including Adele and Jessie J. Having had her debut album on rotation for the past few weeks, I can tell you that award is richly deserved – Our Version Of Events is an album stamped with quality, Sande’s glorious vocal talent soaring throughout… Continue reading
Way back when, in the time when I only had 57 Facebook friends (imagine) and when Google Plus was just a glint in Larry Page’s eye, I told you Gotye was ace. In fact, I even went so far as to name his second album Like Drawing Blood as my album of 2008, and interviewed him too, confirming he’s also a very lovely man.
Now that his new song Somebody That I Used To Know is racing up the charts and the radio fraternity are treating him their own discovery, I thought I’d sit back and wallow in my psychic powers. I knew Wally was great back then and now he’s getting the mainstream success he deserves. If you haven’t heard his new album Making Mirrors yet, I suggest you do that now. More future predictions coming your way soon…
They’re the hottest thing in country music direct from Tennessee – brother/sister group The Band Perry, Kimberly, Neil and Reid. The trio swept the board at the most recent Country Music Awards winning Song Of The Year for If I Die Young and Best New Artist, and now they’re hoping Europe will fall in love with them too. I caught up with them last week, just before they played their first ever show on non-American soil… Continue reading
Last month saw new albums announced by both Madonna and Paul McCartney, music legends and traffic-stoppers in their own right. However, we think it only fair to reveal that we reckon Madonna has won with her album title MDNA, as opposed to Paul whose new oeuvre is titled Kisses On The Bottom. He’s backing it up by saying that it’s a lyric from the album’s opener, a cover of Fats Waller’s I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter – but whichever way you look at it, Madge comes over as the cool aunt while Paul’s clearly the embarrassing grandad… Continue reading
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With less than six weeks to go till The Brits, last night saw the stars turn out to hear the Brits nominations for 2012, swanking it up at London’s Savoy with their host DJ Greg James. The big winners at the halfway stage with most nominations are Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Adele, who have all been nominated at least three times, Ed topping the nominations pile with his name in the hat four times. The winners of all categories will be announced at the ceremony itself, set to take at London O2 on February 21st… Continue reading