New Pop on the Block

Lillix – Dance Alone (Listen)I’m so excited: one of my favourite rock-pop groups, who I thought had broken up for good, are back with a new single and album! The two sisters, Tasha-Ray and Lacey-Lee Evin, are the only members who are still in the group, and are now joined instead by Britt Black on… Continue reading New Pop on the Block

When Pop Takes Over

I’ve written quite a bit about rap and r&b music’s gradual move toward a more electronic, more poptastic, and more European sound, but I hadn’t considered things from the opposite perspective until recently. I read the tracklisting for the forthcoming David Guetta album today, and discovered that his work with Kelly Rowland wasn’t a one-off… Continue reading When Pop Takes Over

New Pop on the Block

Priscilla Renea – Dollhouse (Live version)I only discovered Priscilla a few days ago, but I’m already a bit obsessed! She’s got a great personality which spills over into her music, particularly her lyrics which are well worth paying attention to. She’s recently released an EP, including the brilliant I Fell in Love, but Dollhouse will… Continue reading New Pop on the Block

The Next Big Thing?

MENMEN look like men. They’re even called MEN. But most of them are actually female! Two of the androgynous girls are J.D. and Johanna from Le Tigre, so MEN is considered a Le Tigre side-project, and that gives you a good idea of what to expect i.e. ace electro-pop music with fun lyrics. Le Tigre… Continue reading The Next Big Thing?

Did you know…?

One of the tracks on Idol contestant Johan Palm’s debut album is actually a cover of a song by The Sounds. Teenage Battlefield is one of my all-time favourite The Sounds songs, but it’s not known by many people as it isn’t on any of their albums. I only knew of it thanks to a… Continue reading Did you know…?

New Pop on the Block

Kristinia DeBarge – Future Love (Listen)America’s latest pop princess has unveiled her second single, and it’s not bad at all. I think I still prefer Goodbye but Future Love has a nice, cheerful vibe about it, reminiscent of One Step at a Time by Jordin Sparks. This is the second song I’ve compared to One… Continue reading New Pop on the Block

Question Time with Hannah

I’m not sure if anyone from Estonia has ever had a top 40 hit before, but with a no.1 on the club charts already, it seems like Hannah might be the first. Here’s an interview I did with her recently: Do you prefer the original or the dance version of Keeping Score?It’s a difficult choice… Continue reading Question Time with Hannah

Top of the Poptastic!

The singles I enjoyed most in June… 1. Måns Zelmerlöw – Hold On2. Private – My Secret Lover (UK Release)3. September – Until I Die (UK Release)4. Carlos Baute & Marta Sánchez – Colgando en tus manos5. Flipsyde – A Change6. JLS – Beat Again7. Tinchy Stryder ft. Amelle Berrabah – Never Leave You8. Lady… Continue reading Top of the Poptastic!

New Pop on the Block

Jade Ewen – My Man (Listen)For her first single after her reasonably successful Eurovision entry, Jade cleverly decides to alienate anyone who might have liked It’s My Time by releasing a proper R&B song, which surely would appeal only to those who wouldn’t be caught dead watching Eurovision. It’s not terrible by any measure and… Continue reading New Pop on the Block

Did you know…?

1. Max Martin wrote one of the songs on rock band Bullet For My Valentine’s latest album. It is certainly not Max’s best, but I’m sure it’s a great deal better than BFMV can usually come up with. He also did a song with cello-playing metal-heads Apocalyptica and it was even worse, but at least… Continue reading Did you know…?