Margaret Berger – Samantha
One of the absolute best songs I’ve discovered recently is this wonderful electro-pop single by Norwegian Idol star Margaret. She previously released a pretty good song called Lifetime Guarantee but this outdoes it by a million, it’s just fantastic! I love her voice and the jolly yet sophisticated style of the song, and at last YouTube has provided us with a video starring Miss Berger looking fabulous with her newly blonde hair.
LMNT – Hey Juliet
They were kind of the American answer to Phixx, a 4-piece boyband made-up of rejects from early reality pop show Making The Band (as well as another random guy called Jonas), but they didn’t even have as much success as the Popstars rejects, as this seems to be their only single although they did release an album (listen to clips here). Juliet is a brilliant song however, written by Swedes and much more poptastic than anything O-Town produced.
Marit Bergman – No Party
The queen of Swedish indie-pop is back with a new single from her new album, I Think It’s A Rainbow which is out this week and if it’s as good as its title and this single suggest then it’ll be brilliant. Marit is quirky and fun and makes me wish there were more British indie-pop stars who made music like this rather than the boring almost-pop (too self-conscious to be properly pop) music they usually come out with.
JC Chasez – All Day Long I Dream About Sex
Justin is very much back on the scene and some have said his new direction is a poor copy of that of bandmate JC’s solo debut. I would say that Justin’s style remains far more r’n’b and his new album is nowhere near as good as JC’s CD, Schizophrenic, but you can judge for yourself by watching the video for his most infamous single. Just make sure your mum’s out of the room first!
OK Go – Here I Go Again
I’m not a particular fan of popular American rock band OK Go but their performances are totally brilliant, flying in the face of the ordinary singing and playing live set-up. They mime to their songs and perform complicated and usually hilarious dance routines, and in their VMA performance a few days ago they took this to a new level with an inspired dance routine performed on treadmills! There are no instruments on stage and I can’t even tell if the guys are bothering to mime along to the song – they’re certainly not singing live. This is just great fun and should be taken as inspiration for all award show performances from now on.
This week’s top 5:
=3. Justin Timberlake – SexyBack
=3. JoJo – Too Little Too Late
=3. Madonna – Jump
2. Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous
1. Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
This has turned out to quite possibly be the most popular song in DP:UK’s (admittedly rather short) history, and very much deserved too. From Monday I’m starting a new weekly feature so I’ll be giving DP:UK a break for a while but rest assured it will be back at some time in the not too distant future. So long, farewell etc.!