Paul van Haver probably rings a bell under his performer’s name Stromae. The Belgian singer set the European charts on fire in 2009 with his smash hit ‘Alors On Danse’ where it reached number 1 in his native Belgium and surrounding countries like Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands and enjoying fair success in the UK too.
The success of his singles and album ‘Cheese’ have done pretty well inside France and Belgium and seem to continue with a brand new album coming preceded by the singles ‘Papaoutais’ en new single ‘Formidable’. The latter is already charting high in Belgium and France, and it’s pretty good in our opinion. Check the video out here. ‘Formidable’ is out now via Itunes.
We’ve mentioned British singer songwriter Ed Drewett here a couple of months ago after we heard his upcoming lead single ‘Drunk Dial’, which we really liked.
No wonder we’re happy to see Ed return now with his brand new single ‘Undefeated’, and continue to build on his time in the spotlight after having majorly contributed to the success of acts like The Wanted, Olly Murs, and Loveable Rogues.
‘Undefeated’ is described as an anthemic modern pop song at its best holding a huge amount of poignancy for Ed, who has had first hand experience of a particularly turbulent time in the music industry, having gone through two major record labels without releasing a second single.
So let’s give this incredibly talented guy, some much deserved support by watching the brand new video to ‘Undefeated’ below. The single is out to buy through several online platforms on July 15.
You gotta give it to Valentina Monetta! The San Marino representative at the Eurovision Song Contest edition of 2012 and 2013 has today been announced to represent her country for the third time in a row, at the upcoming 2014 Eurovision contest.
The singer confirmed today that she came to an agreement with the San Marino broadcaster to go to the event for a third time. The singer who represented her country with ‘Crisalide (Vola)’ finished just outside the top ten semi finalists, thus not qualifying for the grand final, which was held just over a month ago in Malmo, Sweden.
The producer responsible for her 2012-13 entries, Ralph Siegel, has also confirmed he’s involved in the 2014 team. With preparations only just started and very little detail known about the 2014 contest, it remains to be seen what the title of the song is and what we can expect of it.
San Marino have never qualified for the grand final, but came close this year with Valentina and her track ‘Crisalide (Vola). Watch her entry below:
With a lead single entitled as ‘Cinderella’ we were kinda expecting Diana Vickers to come up with a modern twist to the fairytale as the storyboard for her video.
And guess what she totally nailed it. I guess, yes she was a bit limited in terms of the theme, but the singer has given the story a modern twist. No step mother and step sisters in sight, but a more self assured Cindy at the ball, kicking some ass with the prince, who turns out look a little geeky, rather than the hunky kind of guys, we tend to see in videos. (We can only applaud you for that, Diana!)
Talking about the track itself Vickers explains, “Cinderella is about being in love and not caring about any of the material things in life, just wanting to be with that one person you adore. It’s about being prepared to lose anything and take every chance to be with them”
‘Cinderella’ is the first new single and predecessor of a second album, (we’re seeing rumours it’s to be called ‘Music that makes the Boys Cry’ for the young singer, which is expected for release later in the year (autumn). The singer rose to fame in 2008 after appearing on the X Factor. Since she’s performed on the West End, has been involved in fashion and released in 2010 her debut album ‘Songs from the Cherry Tree, which showcased what an amazing talent she has for songwriting and crafting pop tunes.
Cinderella is no exception to that rule! The track is out July 21 through So Recordings.
Fans of Stooshe can relax… 6 months after its original release date, the London trio are gearing up to release their debut album ‘London with the Lights On’ this coming monday. A creative and inspiring wave of sound and lyrics was originally mentioned as a reason for the push back. Something the girls felt was necessary especially as their third single ‘Waterfalls’, yes a cover of the TLC classic, was released under pressure by the record company and failed to impact the charts. Did they do the right thing?
Kicking off the album, is the brand new single ‘Slip’ which has a funky motown feeling, similar to the group’s UK chart topper ‘Black Heart’ (though slightly more uptempo). ‘Slip’ felt like a new start for the trio, and it does sound a lot better in their repertoire, comparing it to its predecessing singles. Their ‘Love Me’ ft Travvie McCoy, also good for a top 5 position in the UK charts, couldn’t be forgotten. These three signature tracks (we’ll forget ‘Waterfalls’ even exists) proof what an intriguing and exciting pop trio Stooshe are. And there is plenty more new material on the album that has the distinguished Stooshe sound, which would make up for great singles. Buzz single, appearing online end of November with a fantastic lyric video, ‘Hoochi Mumma’ is another great tongue-in-cheek example of pop music.
It’s great to see how the girls, decided to go back into the studio and add some brand new tracks to the album, despite having to see the original album being leaked on the internet. Yet for those fans we would still recommend to go and get this new album as the tracks which were on the leak have been tweaked. In all fairness, we preferred the original version of ‘One Man Music’, though the new version is definitely still single-material if you ask us; the same counts for ‘Your Own Kind of Beautiful’ which takes us back to the era of the Supremes. It’s heaven! The other new tracks include ‘Round 2′, ‘Put the Kettle On’ and the track which the girls boost about most themselves ‘Fly Again’ as it’s the most stripped back we’ll ever hear Stooshe. Just a piano and the girls. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.
In general, pushing an album back, is not the smartest move to do for your career or for fans who are really looking out for the album, yet the little break for Stooshe has been a blessing and shouldn’t give them a backlash. In fact more than ever has it made it possible for the group to deliver an outstanding debut album. Not to mention the showcase of a band who knows what they want, and do not want to compromise! And that’s girl power we haven’t seen since the Spice Girls. We very much approve! Thank you for Tongue in cheek pop music, Stooshe!
‘London with the Lights On’ is out on Monday May 27. Pre-order the album via Itunes or Amazon.
In exactly five weeks from now, Europe most favourite Tv show, the Eurovision Song Contest is back onto our screen. 39 confirmed countries will be battling it out, hoping they’ll be crowned the winner of this years contest, held in Malmo, Sweden. However, 33 have to make it through two semi finals where ten places are up for grabs in each before they can join the big five (Germany, France, UK, Spain and Italy) and last year’s winner and host Sweden. In order to get you prepared we have a look at what the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has on offer.
Austria: Natália Kelly ”Shine”
Last year they were shaking their popo’s in the giant crystal arena hall in Baku, unfortunately not with the desired result, leaving the country in the semi last year. This year, the Austrians are hoping young vocalist Natalia Kelly can get them back to the final with her mid-tempo track ‘Shine’.
We’re not sure how this well fare. There’s a little Adele ‘Rolling into deep’ feel noticeable but, it doesn’t quite lift of to the uptempo level of the British songstress which is probably a good thing consider it might get slack for sounding too similar. Not a bad attempt but it leaves us a bit indifferent.
''Alive'' by Bo Bruce
''People Like Us'' by Kelly Clarkson
''Walks Like Rihanna'' by The Wanted
''I Love It'' by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
''Love Me Again'' by John Newman
''Here's To Never Growing Up'' by Avril Lavigne
''Gentleman'' by The Saturdays
''Everything Has Changed'' by Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift
''What Love Is Made Of'' by Katy B
''Gun'' by Chvrches
''Right Now'' by Rihanna feat David Guetta
''Come & Get It'' by Selena Gomez
''Heartless'' by A*M*E
''Tunnel Vision'' by Justin Timberlake
''Undefeated'' by Ed Drewett
''Cinderella'' by Diana Vickers
Doing OK by Wretch 32 feat. Jacob Banks
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
Album Review: ‘Heaven (Deluxe Edition)’ by Rebecca Ferguson