Caitlin Rose – Shanghai Cigarettes (Watch)I don’t think I’ve ever written about a song that could be described as indie-country before on this blog, but there’s a first time for everything and Caitlin Rose undoubtedly deserves a mention. Shanghai Cigarettes has a really nice vibe about it – very cool but in a relaxed, unpretentious… Continue reading New Pop on the Block
As suggested by @MyFizzyPop and seconded by @Scandipop, I decided the next long lost pop band to track down in my new Whatever Happened To… feature should be allSTARS*. Back in the days of A*Teens, *N Sync and B*Witched, a new starry-eyed pop band was formed. After the success of S Club 7 and their… Continue reading Whatever Happened To… allSTARS*?
It looks like 2011 is going to be a big year for girlbands with several new groups set to launch on major labels. Here are a few new additions to the race with points awarded in Spice Girls out of five! Representing the USA: Beach Girl 5The Americans are not great at girlbands, so I… Continue reading New Girl Bands on the Block
SparkFor the first half of her set at Hoxton Square Bar last night, Spark was just another Marina and the Diamonds – not a bad person to be compared to, but do we need two of them? However, the last four songs she performed transformed her into a whole new act, and one who I… Continue reading The Next Big Thing?
Yesterday I gave you my top 10 reasons why I adore Sweden’s Idol series, and today I want to share with you the 10 best contestants of Idol 2010 so far. I won’t write about them all individually, but they are all very much worth watching. From X Factor so far this year I’d only… Continue reading It’s a Girl Thing
Marion Raven – Flesh and Bone (Listen)It’s been difficult to know what’s going on with Marion’s career over the last few years – she split from Atlantic (who were supposed to make her an international star), signed to an indie label, and is now releasing a brand new album through the indie in conjunction with… Continue reading New Pop on the Block
As much as I enjoy X Factor, ever since I’ve become a follower of Sweden’s Idol series, which always occurs at the exact same time of year, my enjoyment has been a little tainted. The very direct comparison with Idol makes it especially clear what is wrong with X Factor and it really summarises why… Continue reading Top 10 Reasons Why Idol is 10 Million Times Better Than X Factor
One of my Twitter followers, @DannyBlahBlah, suggested I track down Phixx for my first Whatever Happened To post, and I was very interested to see what I might find as the One True Voice rejects were one of my favourite reality TV bands. Andrew Kinlochan, Mikey Green, Peter Smith, Nikk Mager and Chris Park all… Continue reading Whatever Happened To… Phixx?
Little MarblesLinn and Julia make up Little Marbles, the coolest new duo on the Swedish indie-pop scene. Their fashion sense is rather un-Swedish as they dress very colourfully, but their musical style is typical of the poppier side of Swedish indie-pop. They have sweet, girly voices but the music has strong beats which give it… Continue reading The Next Big Thing?
Representing Sweden: Ludwig Bell – Kärlek Slutar Alltid Med BråkMaybe it’s just because I have great memories of Sweden but I love the sound of Swedish and especially in indie-pop. For some reason I find that Swedish suits indie-pop better than pure pop, and most of my favourite Swedish language songs (such as Små Små… Continue reading International Video Challenge