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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ammended Opinion: The Saturdays feat. Flo-Rida - Higher

I should have given it a hot minute before unleashing on the new video for "Higher" by The Saturdays. I re-watched the video a few times and subsequently became hooked. I still think it sounds like manufactured, cookie-cutter imitation-RedOne-inspired dance/pop but it's effing catchy.  I can't help but dance in my seat!  Sorry Saturdays. I was too hasty.  Carry on...maybe without Flo-Rida though.  I get that you're trying to be funny and all, since he keeps beating you in the charts but you girls can do it fine all by yourselves.

"Higher" is out in the UK on November 1st and is backed by a pretty decent-looking remix package from StoneBridge, 7th Heaven, Ultimate and Fascination. Check out the tracklisting for this remix promo. I'm already salivating slightly.

Track listing:

1. StoneBridge Anthem Club Mix
2. 7th Heaven Club Mix
3. Ultimate Club Mix
4. Fascination Club Mix
5. StoneBridge Dub
6. StoneBridge Anthem Radio Edit
7. 7th Heaven Radio Edit
8. Ultimate Radio Edit
9. Fascination Radio Edit
10. Radio Edit ft Flo-Rida
11. Album Version
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Hot Video Alert: Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way

"Get Outta My Way" is the TREMENDOUS new single by the reigning QUEEN of electro-pop, Ms. Kylie Minogue.  Due out in the UK on September 27th, the single is backed by a bangin' remix package including mixes by Paul Harris, Kris Menace, Sidney Samson, 7th Heaven, Bimbo Jones, Stuart Price and more!  The song was written by Lucas Secon, Damon Sharpe, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen and Mich Hansen and produced by Cutfather, Wallevik, Davidsen, Sharpe, Secon, and Stuart Price.  The second single to be lifted from the pint-size pop star's eleventh studio album Aphrodite, "Get Outta My Way" is currently climbing the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart where it sits at #14.  The video (which premiered while I was away) was directed by UK outfit AlexandLiane and features a STUNNINGLY beautiful Kylie Minogue laying on a gigantic Light Bright light board of some kind, surrounded by a myriad of sexy dancers.  The light board pulsates with every move Kylie makes, creating a pretty cool visual effect when shot from overhead.  Very nice!  Kylie + Cool FX, a "sexy electro disco" track and hot boys. What more could you want from a Kylie video?  Definitely one of my favorites.

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Hot Video Alert: Eliza Doolittle - Rollerblades

If you've been reading my blog with ANY sort of regularity, you're already familiar with British singer/songwriter Eliza Doolittle. I've been obsessing over her since the first time I heard her witty little ditty called "Skinny Genes." By the time she released "Pack Up," I was already head-over-heels smitten with her music. So smitten was I that I purchased the import of her self-titled album, preaching it's gospel to any music-loving friend who'll listen to me.  Looks like it was all worth it in the end because Eliza Doolittle is getting ready to launch in the U.S. in early 2011 via Capitol Records. Brilliant! Back in the UK, Doolittle's set to release her third single "Rollerblades" on October 18th. "Rollerblades" was produced by Craigie Dodds and Jonny Sharp and written by Dodds, Sharp and Doolittle. The song is the follow up to her most successful single to-date "Pack Up" which peaked at #5 on the UK singles chart. While Doolittle was only briefly in New York City to film the summery video for "Rollerblades" I have no doubt that she'll be back to promote the album sometime next year. Hopefully I'll be lucky enough to see her do her thing on stage.  The video is adorable, matching the islandly vibe of her previous single. Check out Doolittle in the "Rollerblades" video below:

UK fans can check out Doolittle on tour this fall, including a stint supporting another of my favorites, Paloma Faith.  Check out the dates below and tell me how she is live! U.S. fans can purchase both "Pack Up" and "Skinny Genes" on iTunes now.

Tour Dates:

Oct 8 2010/Birmingham o2 Academy 2/Birmingham
Oct 11 2010/Liverpool Masque/Liverpool
Oct 12 2010/Nottingham Rescue Rooms/Nottingham
Oct 16 2010/Bristol Thekla/Bristol
Oct 17 2010/Brighton Komedia/Brighton
Oct 20 2010/Glasgow Classic Grand/Glasgow
Oct 21 2010/Dundee Fat Sams/Dundee
Oct 25 2010/London Bush Hall/London

With Paloma Faith:

Oct 30 2010/Newcastle City Hall
Oct 31 2010/Manchester Apollo
Nov 1 2010/Wolverhampton Civic
Nov 2 2010/Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Nov 4 2010/Plymouth Pavilions
Nov 5 2010/Leicester De Monfort Hall
Nov 7 2010/Portsmouth Guildhall
Nov 8 2010/Hammersmith Apollo

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Hot Video Alert: Lauren Pritchard - Not The Drinking

Lauren Pritchard is one TALENTED young lady. At only 22 years old, this Tennessee-born singer/songwriter has been making SERIOUS waves over in the UK, where she is focusing all of her promotional efforts for the time being. While I wish she'd give her homeland some love, I've been assured via Twitter that she will in fact be back here at some point. Hey...if the UK is embracing her I'm all for it. Considering how many talented artists from across the pond we have on loan it's only fair that we share some of our amazing talent, right? "Not The Drinking" is the follow up to Pritchard's last single "Painkillers," which was a considerably more melancholy affair. "Not The Drinking" may start off a little slow but about 30 seconds or so in Pritchard gets her groove on, changing the pace and the tone for the entire song. Pritchard's voice is near perfection. A little bit Adele, a little bit Duffy, a little bit Joss Stone. She's got an AMAZING talent that really turns this soulful little ditty into something special. "Not The Drinking" is taken off of Pritchard's debut album Wasted In Jackson (via Spilt Milk/Island Records), due October 25th and is accompanied by a fun'n'sassy video (complete with choreography!) directed by Wendy Morgan. Check it out below:

In addition to releasing her new single and album, Lauren Pritchard will be taking part in a new live initiative put on by Island Records called 'Island Life.' The inaugural Island Life UK tour brings together Pritchard, alongside Zimbabwe-born singer Tinashé, Welsh singer/songwriter Pete Lawrie and Celtic singer Pearl & The Puppets. Make sure you check out this AWESOME-sounding tour this October all over the UK.  U.S. fans make sure you pick up "Not The Drinking" on iTunes now, as well as her EP The Jackson Sessions. Not to be missed!

Tour Dates:

Oct 1/Birmingham/Glee Club
Oct 2/Cardiff/Buffalo Bar
Oct 4/Bristol/Cooler
Oct 5/Cambridge/Haymakers
Oct 6/Brighton/Audio
Oct 7/Leeds/Cockpit
Oct 8/Glasgow/Oran Mor
Oct 10/Manchester/Deaf Institute

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Hot Video Alert: Joe McElderry - Ambitions

Way to go Joe McElderry! You exceeded my expectations with your new single "Ambitions." Any doubt has since vanished.  I am now left wanting more. "Ambitions" is actually a cover of an already brilliant song by a Norwegian band called Donkeyboy.  Joe's version is what it needed to be. It's up-tempo and it's the perfect vehicle to showcase McElderry's vocal ability, specifically his upper register.  The boy's got a strong falsetto, kind of reminiscent of Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters. Having not seen McElderry's season of X-Factor I really wasn't sure what to expect. Before hearing "Ambitions," I was relying solely on Joe's first single, "The Climb" (a Miley Cyrus cover for God's sake) and various live clips. Not a lot to go on. I knew Joe had the chops. I knew all that was left was being paired up with the right team of songwriters, producers and publicity people.  Working with producers like John Shanks and Dallas Austin, Joe McElderry's album Wide Awake is looking to be a hot one this Fall. Wide Awake is due out October 25th, preceded by "Ambitions" on October 11th.  Check out the fun and sappy video directed by Nigel Dick.  Well done Joe. This song will surely go straight to #1, as it should.

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