1. Swedes know a good song when they hear it. Gavin DeGraw seems to be the most popular artist to sing songs by, yet if you performed one on X Factor you’d be met with blank looks. I’ve also heard Anouk (ace Dutch angst-poppet) and Nanne Grönvall (Melodifest favourite)!2. Whoever chooses the backing music has… Continue reading Observations on Swedish Idol
I just Googled ‘RyanDan’, a new band whose album is in this week’s top 10. I’d already guessed they weren’t mainstream Radio 1-type music as I’d never heard of them before, so to learn they were a classical act was no surprise. The only problem is I can’t take them seriously when they have the… Continue reading I think Britain might need me back after all…
I left England just over a month ago to broaden my horizons in the land where normal-looking people don’t exist (they’re either unreasonably beautiful or amazingly ugly), and since then it seems that the British music industry has missed me so much they’ve become obsessed with Swedes. Robyn had already had her no.1 hit before… Continue reading Has the UK traded me for the entire Swedish pop industry?
Vanessa Carlton – Nolita Fairytale (Watch)I’m not a huge fan of Vanessa’s music but I like her in principle for putting personality into her music and making some great videos. This is another one to add to the list of Thousand Miles and White Houses, and it even takes a self-referential joke at the expense… Continue reading New Pop On The Block
The new BWO album is released and I can buy it in a shop with real money! I just hope they have it as I remember looking for Alcazar’s Dancefloor Discotheque a week after its release and finding it nowhere in Stockholm.
I just love the first line where it sounds so much like Siobhan Donaghy and Delta Goodrem, and the repeaty bit at the end, “Keep bleeding, I keep keep bleeding love” over ridiculous wails from Leona. I have also thought up an utterly brilliant video for it, inspired by my current gothic novel course… It’s… Continue reading Erm… oops?
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love (Listen)In the words of Darren Hayes, who would have thought? Leona sounds like Delta Goodrem on record! Well, that’s when she’s not sounding like Celine, Whitney etc. with a touch of Lucie Silvas and, most surprisingly, Siobhan Donaghy! Let’s just hope she doesn’t ruin her life by dating someone from… Continue reading New Pop On The Block
Time for the strangest news of the day… I just learned that the DanceX winners’ single was actually written by Danny Saucedo! Considering that Danny is not exactly a singer-songwriter in its traditional sense (and all the better for it), I suppose this just means it is a reject from his album. Still, his involvement… Continue reading DannyX
BWO – Let It Rain/Rhythm Drives Me CrazyThis is sort of like a double a-side but they’ve released 2 separate CDs. CD singles aren’t a big thing in Sweden, though, so radio play is more important. I haven’t heard RDMC on the radio yet but Let It Rain is getting plenty of plays on the… Continue reading New Svenskpop On The Block
My favourite singles during August 2007: 1. BWO – Let It Rain2. Da Buzz – Baby Listen To Me3. Junior Senior – Can I Get Get Get4. Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch5. The Sounds – Painted By Numbers6. BWO – Rhythm Drives Me Crazy7. Peter, Bjorn and John ft. Victoria Bergsman – Young Folks8.… Continue reading Top of the Poptastic!