In all honesty, we weren’t too impressed with the song choices of ‘You Da One’ and ‘Talk That Talk’ as new singles from Rihanna’s latest album. The singer can consider herself to be back in our good books with the release of ‘Where Have you Been’.
The track, which was written by Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, Calvin Harris, Henry Walter and Geoff Mack, whilst production of the song was completed by Harris, Cirkut and Dr. Luke is without a doubt one of the highlights from the singer’s latest album ‘Talk That Talk’ and has all the potential to be as big as ”We Found Love”, which was also produced by Calvin Harris.
”Where have you been” is very much the perfect mix between house, pop and dance music. It’s a very infectious track which catches your attention immediately and doesn’t leave your mind for a while. ‘You Da One’ and ‘Talk That Talk’ hardly had an impact on the charts, but ‘Where Have you Been’ is right up our street and we think it’s one of those tracks that definately has the potential to be one of the most popular tracks of 2012 included in the end of year charts.
The video, which was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Dave Myers, sees the singer in exotic clothing, an acting as a jungle princess. The video is also Rihanna’s debut as a choreographer.
the single has so far been released in the US and Germany, while the UK sees its official release on May 28 via Itunes, Amazon and any other record stores.
It’s been quite a few busy weekends in the Eurovision world with many countries deciding upon their entries. A bit too many to have been able to rewatch all of them (and muting the winners) to give you an overview.
However we did find the time to have a look at what the Netherlands were upto last sunday. John Endemol was appointed very early after the contest of last year to organize ‘Het Nationaal Songfestival’. The man got quite a lot of bad press when he revealed his six finalists and the format, which was very similar to ‘The Voice’ format. Six candidates battles it out in 3 duels. The winners of the duels would then become the three superfinalists with one being the overall winner.
When we watched the non-winning performers back we just had to pick this one. Raffaëla is a former Idols/X Factor winner and has transformed herself into the Dutch Rihanna for the Dutch preselection. In her black skimpy nities, red pantys and flaming red hair, she seducively sings to us about ‘Chocolatte’. Fortunately for Raffaëla, the Dutchies didn’t think her ‘Chocolatte’ was good enough for a place in the top three and she ws knocked out in the first round.
Why do we like it so much? Well let’s be honest, it’s pure entertainment really. We would have loved Raffaëla on the stage in Baku, in her bikini, monokini, whatever… singing about Chocolatte as the charm of the contest is also the whole productions round the songs. Something which we would have thoroughly enjoyed with this lady.
it’s probably the most anticipated track of the singers latest album ‘Talk That Talk’. For her 24th birthday the superstar herself has now revealed the full version of the track ‘Birthday Cake’ with a rather odd choice of guest helping her out: Chris Brown.
The pair dated quite some time, until he was charged with sexual assualt against Rihanna now a few years ago. It’s quite difficult in a situation in which one of the parties has been sexually assaulted to comment on a new collaboration, so we have decided not to state any personal views on their decision and focuss on the music instead.
In all honesty, ‘Birthday Cake’ has never been one of our favourites, so we’re not completely overwhelmed by it. it’s a pretty standard House pop club track but we can see the full potential of it in its full length. It will probably after a few listens be catchy enough to succeed in its goal. The good side of it, is that it shows how Rihanna could well go the ‘Rowland’ and ‘Lewis’ way, and turn into a right Club Queen, something which her fans arround the world surely wouldn’t mind.
Rihanna is returning the favour by appearing on the Remix of Brown’s latest cut ‘Turn Up The Music’. Since their collaborations have leaked, both have been linked to being an item again, much to the dissatisfaction of many fans.
Three weeks ago we announced Chris Brown’s latest single ‘Turn Up the Music’. The man now has the video ready for the very first cut from his latest album.
As the track it’s all very clubby, dancey, lots of women and slick dance moves. Chris looks incredibly smart in his suit. we can’t stop wondering if he’s trying to impress ex girlfriend Rihanna in his video (who he’s apparently seeing in secret shhhh…)
Back to the music all in all it’s very enjoyable. Not as good as he’s previous singles from the ‘Fame’ but still enjoyable.
Exciting times ahead for X Factor winner 2008 Alexandra Burke, after a few delays, the lady herself is returning with her brand new single ‘Elephant’. The track is the lead of her second album, which will be hitting us later during the year.
And it’s been well worth the wait. While it takes a few listens to appreciate the song, Alex has kept quiet for a while and reinvented herself from what she did on the ‘Overcome’ album and turning into a bit of a club queen. For ‘Elephant’ she has asked dj Erick Morillo to step in and they sure are in for a winner, here. It’s clubby, it’s bouncy a proper club anthem.
In the video Alex parties a la‘’Rihanna’’, raving with her mates in a factory environment, busting some good moves. And funnily enough it suits the song very well. We were kind of hoping for an elephant in the video, but well we can’t have it all.
Splendid comeback Alex!
‘’Elephant’ will be available to download on iTunes 11 March.
Let’s kick off with another announcement of the BRITS. Olly Murs has been added onto the list performers for the annual BRIT’S held in the O2 arena on the 21st February. Other performers include Ed Sheeran, Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna. Besides performing Olly is also nominated for ‘Best song’ with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’. Battling it out against him in this category is boyband One Direction. They are warming up to win the award by releasing a campaign video asking everybody to vote. You can watch the video here. It’s nothing serious, but they’re young lads so it’s funny.
And from the BRITS let’s go to the Superbowl, where all eyes will be on Madonna’s comeback performance. It has now been confirmed that Madonna will be on stage with LMFAO. Madonna is about to release her 12th album MDNA preceded by the new single ‘Gimme All Your Love’ giving the Superbowl its debut. Will.I.Am, who signed LMFAO to his record label confirmed. Apart from LMFAO, M.I.A, Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green are reported to take the stage with the queen of pop. More information to follow soon.
While we’re at it, last night in Baku, Azerbaijan the allocation draw was held which determined which 37 countries would take part in the two semi finals, and which finalists were allocated to vote in those semis. A draw for the running order will be held at a later stage. This year sees the 57th edition of the contest being held with 43 countries taking part. The logo and artwork were also presented for this years contest being ‘Feel the Fire’.
Further along, 2012 has finally started seeing the bigger stars releasing more details about upcoming work. Labrinth, Chris Brown and Mia are amongst the main acts to confirm their new singles while miss Rowland has debuted the video for her latest US release ‘Keep it Between Us’. Biggest news of all however is the offical confirmation of Abba releasing a new song called ‘From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel’, which will feature on a reissue of their final album ‘The Visitors’. We can’t wait!
''Going Crazy'' - Dizzee Rascal & Robbie Williams
''Walks Like Rihanna'' - The Wanted
''I Love It'' - Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
''Gentleman'' - The Saturdays
''Come & Get It'' by Selena Gomez
''Cinderella'' - Diana Vickers
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