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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Saturdays Release Another Cookie-Cutter Pop Song

Listen to the new single, "Higher" by The Saturdays and tell me what you think.

There's no denying that The Saturdays' new single featuring American rapper Flo-Rida is catchy. I even sort of agree with a co-worker of mine who called it a "female version of "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz...which is the problem. The song is too's all been done before. I'm not saying I don't like it. Not at all. I'd work out to this song. I look forward to the music video and the inevitable dance remixes. I just wish that The Saturdays would have gone ahead and pushed some pop boundaries. That all being said I guess this whole Headlines miniature album is serving it's purpose as a place holder before their next studio all hope is not lost.  I will admit that the story behind how THIS version of the single came about is rather amusing.  After being beat at the Top of the Charts twice by Flo-Rida, The Saturdays finally decided to collaborate with their competition in the hopes that they'd have a #1 record.  Hopefully they'll get that #1 when the single is released on November 1st. Check out the video teaser below (the video has been released but I can't find an embeddable version that works here in the US). "Higher" was produced by Arnthor Birgisson and will feature a song called "Had It With Today" as a B-Side.  No word yet on remixes.

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Hot Video Alert: Owl City - To The Sky

Photo by Pamela Littky
Owl City's Adam Young is one of my rockstar crushes right now. BIG TIME. He's got total hipster sex appeal that makes me *MELT* I just can't help it. This is the video for his new single "To The Sky," which is off the soundtrack to some movie about owls called Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on a series of books.  The video features Young as well as some feathery friends from the film.  While nowhere near as catchy as "Fireflies" (nothing likely ever will be) the song is lovely.  It sounds like another cut off of Owl City's Billboard 200 Top Ten debut album, Ocean Eyes.  After the recent release of Young's alter ego, Sky Sailing's first single it's nice to hear the familiar electronic blips and bleeps of Owl City once again.  The video was directed by Danny Yourd and you can watch it below. Oh and make sure you get the single on iTunes now.

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Hot Video Alert: QWECi - Not Afraid (Remix)

I honestly don't know too much about QWECi but I kind of want to now. Check out this video for "Not Afraid," a remix of the first Eminem single off his latest album Recovery. QWECi has a beautiful voice bringing a whole new sound to Eminem's already powerful track. I'd love to hear an official remix of Em's single with QWECi doing the chorus.  Maybe one day. The self proclaimed "citizen of the world," QWECi is signed to an indie label called Higher Life Music. According to his bio, the artist hails from Ghana but is now based in America where he's created his own genre of music called "world pop." If this is world pop, I want more. Good stuff.  The slick video was directed by Glen Graham II.  Check out his iTunes store and pick up his debut album Higher Life.  Looking forward to hearing more from this talented guy.

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Hot Video Alert: Pixie Lott - Broken Arrow

"Broken Arrow" still isn't one of my favorite Pixie Lott songs but the video definitely makes it a sit a little better with me. She looks great in this beautifully shot clip, despite the hokey choreography.  Why does a ballad need choreography anyway?   "Broken Arrow" was produced by Toby Gad and definitely sounds like it was in that cookie cutter pop ballad sort of way.  It's the first single off of the forthcoming re-release of Pixie's debut album, Turn It Up Louder, due out October 18th, preceded by the single release on October 11th.  An official promo featuring remixes by UK house music producers The Shapeshifters (Simon Marlin and Max Reich) will be out sometime next week.  Check out an edit of the mix below.

Pixie Lott - Broken Arrow (The Shapeshifters Remix - Soundcloud Edit) by TheShapeshifters

Loving the remix, just liking the original. I'm still holding out for the Jason Derulo duet. Watch the video below. Remember, U.S. fans can download Pixie Lott's debut American single "Boys and Girls" on iTunes now.

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