Saturday, May 17, 2008

POP Alert!

Janelle Monáe
Since the publication of The Wizard of Oz in September of 1900, citizens throughout the world have come to realize that fantasies can come from the tiniest, nondescript places, and that the most wondrous journeys can begin in your own backyard— especially if your home is located in Greater Kansas City, Kansas. Like Dorothy, the aspiring producer, songstress and actress Janelle Monáe Robinson is a native of Kansas. And like Dorothy and other famous fairy tale heroines, Janelle has a big, bright smile and grand ambitions that involve leaps of imagination and different ways of seeing the world.

This imaginative sensibility started early at the age of nine when Janelle Monáe decided that the world should be a different color: “preferably purple.” Thinking back on it now, Monáe says, “I was different. Of course, I did the normal, little-diva-in-training things like running up phone bills by dialing 1-800-Be-A-Star and singing Anita Baker’s ‘Sweet Love’ for anyone that would listen…but I was also on some different stuff…there was a lot of confusion and nonsense where I grew up so I reacted by creating my own little world…I began to see how music could change lives, and I began to dream about a world where every day was like anime and Broadway, where music fell from the sky and anything could happen…”

In pursuit of this world, Janelle Monáe moved to New York from high school with her best friend NoNamee so that she could attend The American Musical and Dramatics Academy, a musical theatre conservatory program. In this program, she fell in love with the soaring melodies and harmonic possibilities of classical music.

My Favorite Nothing

Party Girl

In Your Dreams

My Favorite Nothing
Party Girl
In Your Dreams

Is It You

Is It You by Cassie

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In Case You Still Dont Know Her

Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae (born Corinne Bailey on 26 February 1979) is an English singer and songwriter who released her eponymous debut album “Corinne Bailey Rae” in February 2006. Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics.

Rae was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire to a Kittitian father and an English mother, and she was the eldest of three daughters. She used to be racially abused on a regular basis while growing up, even though her verbal attackers mistakenly thought she was of Iraqi origin. She says about the situation, “My sisters and I were different and people used to say, ‘Ah, aren’t they cute, the little chocolate children’, and ‘look at their hair’”. “I know they were only being cute but it was over the top. Then people from other schools would shout, ‘Paki’ (a commonly used racist term used in the UK) to me because it was the most common racist insult of the time. At least if you’re going to do it, get it right”. “I used to shout back, ‘But my dad isn’t from Pakistan, he’s from St Kitts – so there!”

She began her musical career at school where she studied classical violin before she turned her attention to singing: “I started off singing in church, I suppose, but people think it must have been a gospel church because of the whole, you know, black assumption”, she says in reference to her multiracial background. “But it wasn’t gospel at all, it was just your regular Brethren church, very middle-class, where we would sing these harmonies every Sunday. It was always my favourite part of the service, the singing”.
The more you stay the same, the more they seem to change.
Don't you think it's strange?
Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down

Put Your Records On

I Like To

Just Like a Star

Put Your Records On
I Like To
Just Like A Star

Best Picks: Departure

Jesse McCartney
Jesse Arthur McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American pop singer and actor. Starting out at age 12 in the boyband Dream Street from 1999-2002, McCartney decided to go solo after the platinum recording band decided to split.
In 2003, McCartney released a first solo EP JMac which had moderate success in the US.
His follow up was the album Beautiful Soul released in 2004, which went 2x platinum in the US alone. Next up was a live CD from his Beautiful Soul Tour in 2005 and his sophomore album Right Where You Want Me in 2006, for which he co-wrote the majority of the songs. His third studio album, titled Departure, features the hit single Leavin’. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for release on May 20th in most regions.

In addition to his music career, McCartney took up acting in the WB original series Summerland which lasted 2 seasons. McCartney’s follow up in the acting world comes with the theatrical release of the anticipated film Keith in late 2007.
How Do You Sleep
Rock You


Daydreaming by Lupe Fiasco and Jill Scott

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Push by Enrique Iglesias

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Mercy by Duffy

Mercy Remix-Featuring The Game

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WOW! by Kylie

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Always Where I Need To Be (Acoustic)

Always Where I Need To Be by The Kooks

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Body On Me

Body On Me by Ashanti, Nelly and AKON

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Everyone Nose

"All the girls standing in the line for the bathroom!"

Everyone Nose by N.E.R.D.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Best Picks: Trust Me

Craig David
R&B sensation Craig David was barely out of his teens when he took a hold of the U.K. pop circuit, twisted it around, and threw it back on its bum during fall 2000. This fresh-faced native of Southampton, England, was merely playing into his love of funkadelic hip-hop and crooning urban stylings when he started writing songs as a teenager. His love for Terence Trent D’Arby, Sisqo, and Donnell Jones allowed him to put his creative love for art, culture, and history into a musical beat all his own. And the new millennium belonged to him and garage had been redefined.

In 2007, he collaborated with UK rapper Kano on his upcoming album London Town, for the single "This is the Girl". The track was released on August 27, 2007 and debuted at #18 on the UK charts.

The first single "Hot Stuff" from the album Trust Me, was released on November 5, 2007 . The single was a top ten hit, whilst the album charted at #18 on the UK Albums Chart. "6 of 1 Thing", the second single to be taken from Trust Me charted at thirty-nine on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his third lowest charting single to date. The latest single "Officially Yours" was released on June 23rd 2008, and peaked at a very disappointing #158 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his lowest charting single ever.

A greatest hits compilation will be released later this year. David has began working on the compilation album with hit producers Danja Handz and Eddie Galan.

Hot Stuff

Friday Night


6 of 1 thing

Hot Stuff
Friday Night
6 of 1 thing

Yael Naim

Yael Naim
Yaël Naïm is a French-Israeli singer and songwriter.
She was born in Paris in 1978 to Jewish-Tunisian parents. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Ramat HaSharon, Israel, where she learned Hebrew and trained as a pianist. She served in Israel Defence Forces as a soloist in Israel Air Force Orchestra. She began her singing career with a part in the musical “Les Dix Commandements,” and her first solo album, In A Man’s Womb, was released in 2001. She also sang the song “You Disappear” by Bruno Coulais for the film Harrison’s Flowers directed by Elie Chouraqui. For her early work she was credited simply as Yaël.

Naïm joined forces with percussionist David Donatien, and over a period of two years they arranged and recorded thirteen of Naïm’s songs in a studio in Naïm’s own appartment in Paris, and these were released as her second album, Yael Naim, in the fall of 2007 on the Tôt Ou Tard label. The songs are in French, English, and Hebrew and received critical acclaim, and the album entered the French album chart at #11 the week after its release. The style has been described as having a touch of folk and a touch of jazz, with mysterious and evocative words sung with a delicate and intentionally slightly husky voice.
In January 2008, her song “New Soul” was featured in the debut commercial for the MacBook Air laptop. The song gained fame from being featured in the ad, and it has peaked, as of February 1 2008, at #2 on the iTunes Top 100 Downloaded Songs
I'm a new soul.
I came to this strange world,
hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take.
But since I came here,
felt the joy and the fear,
finding myself making every possible mistake.
New Soul
The Only One
Too Long

Bye Bye

Bye Bye by Mariah Carey

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Not Your Daily Dose of Music

Roisin Murphy
Róisín Murphy gained fame, with Mark Brydon, as the lead vocalist for UK electronic duo Moloko. In addition to her work with Moloko, Murphy has contributed her vocals to the works of other artists including Handsome Boy Modeling School and Boris Dlugosch, for whom she sang on the track, Never Enough, which became a huge club hit. After three additional albums and a remix project with Brydon, Murphy recorded her first official solo material in 2004 with producer Matthew Herbert, who had previously done remixes for Moloko. She released her debut album, Ruby Blue, in June 2005 in the UK on Echo Records. “Ruby Blue” produced two singles “If We’re In Love” and “Sow Into You”. She released her second album, “Overpowered”, with 13 new songs in October the 15th.
The single Let Me Know was produced by Groove Armada. Overpowered produced four singles “Overpowered” “Let Me Know” “You Know Me Better” and “Movie Star”
You Know Me Better
Let Me Know


Just Jack

Just Jack
Born in North London, Jack grew up on a diet of dance music including, break dance, electro hip hop and house. A wannabe break dancer at eight, his love of dance music led him to start DJing at the age of fifteen and he soon became submerged in DJ culture and US garage.

Jack’s debut album, ‘The Outer Marker’ is a collection of songs about modern life, relationships and the pressures of social situations. Originally released by the independent label RG Records, Just Jack’s debut album ‘The Outer Marker’ received fantastic reviews. ‘The Independent’ described it as “impressive”, Q said, “masterful”, the ‘NME’ said “Awesome. Welcome Just Jack, you rule!”, and ‘The Big Issue’ saluted Jack as “The new troubadour of daily life in the UK”.
Now why do you wanna go and put starz in their eyes?
It's the same old story well they just didn't realise.
And it's a long way to come from your private bedroom dance routines.
And Saturday night's drunken dreams.
Stars in their Eyes
I Talk Too Much