Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Eurovision party set to Brighton up the August bank holiday weekend!

Eurovision Central, collaborator and friend of PopLoveDance, is to host a Eurovision club night 'Wir Geben 'Ne Party' (named after Germany's seminal 1994 entry) in Brighton next month. 

Co-hosted by MDE Radio, the new club night will celebrate 40 years since ABBA won the contest with Waterloo in the seaside resort back in 1974.

The event will take place at The Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton from 8pm-2am on Saturday 23rd August with tickets costing £5 in advance or £6 on the door. Tickets are available from www.thelatest.co.uk/musicbar and all profits will go to Brighton Rainbow Fund, which supports Brighton's LGBT groups.


DJ's on the night will include Kris & Dom, Mr D'Arcy and DJ Marcia, who will be spinning classic entries and remixes for six colourful hours!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Top 10 singles/albums - Week Beginning 21/7/14

Top 10 Singles



1.
Sheppard - A Grade Playa (NEW) (CR-1)

2. The Madden Brothers - We Are Done (2) (CR-10-8-OUT-10-2-2)
3. Colbie Caillat - Try (1) (CR-8-6-1-3)
4. Safari - I Need You (3) (CR-2-1-1-1-3-4)
5. Sheppard - Geronimo (Re-entry) (CR-7-OUT-5)
6. Sheppard - Something's Missing (8) (CR-9-8-6)
7. The Saturdays - What Are You Waiting For? (4) (CR-9-3-4-7)
8. Ed Sheeran - Don't (6) (CR-7-3-4-6-8)
9. Lilly Wood & The Prick And Robin Schulz - Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) (Re-entry) (CR-7-OUT-9)
10. Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants (NEW) (CR-10)

Top 10 Albums



1. Sheppard - Bombs Away (NEW) (CR-1)
2. Ed Sheeran - x (1) (CR-1-1-1-1-2)
3. The Common Linnets - The Common Linnets (3) (CR-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-3-3-3)
4. Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear (2) (CR-2-4)
5. Clubland 25 (NEW) (CR-5)
6. Sanna Nielsen - 7 (4) (CR-2-4-6)
7. Jason Mraz - Yes! (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Clean Bandit - New Eyes (5) (CR-2-2-4-4-4-5-8)
9. Absolute Summer Hits 2014 (7) (CR-3-6-7-9)
10. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (9) (CR-3-5-7-9-10)

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Top 10 singles/albums - Week Beginning 14/7/14

Top 10 Singles



1. Colbie Caillat - Try (6) (CR-8-6-1)
2. The Madden Brothers - We Are Done (10) (CR-10-8-OUT-10-2)
3. Safari - I Need You (1) (CR-2-1-1-1-3)
4. The Saturdays - What Are You Waiting For? (3) (CR-9-3-4)
5. Sanna Nielsen - Trouble (2) (CR-2-5)
6. Ed Sheeran - Don't (4) (CR-7-3-4-6)
7. A. G. Cook - Beautiful (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Sheppard - Something's Missing (9) (CR-9-8)
9. Alcazar - Good Lovin' (7) (CR-7-9)
10. Sigma feat Paloma Faith - Changing (NEW) (CR-10)

Top 10 Albums



1.
Ed Sheeran - x (1) (CR-1-1-1-1)

2. Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear (NEW) (CR-2)
3. The Common Linnets - The Common Linnets (3) (CR-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-3-3)
4. Sanna Nielsen - 7 (2) (CR-2-4)
5. Clean Bandit - New Eyes (4) (CR-2-2-4-4-4-5)
6. Example - Live Life Living (NEW) (CR-6)
7. Absolute Summer Hits 2014 (6) (CR-3-6-7)
8. Safari - Thank You (NEW) (CR-8)
9. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (7) (CR-3-5-7-9)
10. Beautiful Small Machines - The DJ Stayed Home (NEW) (CR-10)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Top 10 singles/albums - Week Beginning 7/7/14

Top 10 Singles



1.
Safari - I Need You (1) (CR-2-1-1-1)

2. Sanna Nielsen - Trouble (NEW) (CR-2)
3. The Saturdays - What Are You Waiting For (9) (CR-9-3)
4. Ed Sheeran - Don't (3) (CR-7-3-4)
5. Ella Henderson - Ghost (2) (CR-10-OUT-6-7-4-2-5)
6. Colbie Caillat - Try (8) (CR-8-6)
7. Alcazar - Good Lovin' (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? (4) (CR-8-3-4-1-2-4-8)
9. Sheppard - Something's Missing (NEW) (CR-9)
10. The Madden Brothers - We Are Done (Re-entry) (CR-10-8-OUT-10)

Top 10 Albums




1. Ed Sheeran - x (1) (CR-1-1-1)

2. Sanna Nielsen - 7 (NEW) (CR-2)
3. The Common Linnets - The Common Linnets (2) (CR-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-3)
4. Clean Bandit - New Eyes (4) (CR-2-2-4-4-4)
5. 5 Seconds of Summer - 5 Seconds of Summer (NEW) (CR-5)
6. Absolute Summer Hits 2014 (3) (CR-3-6)
7. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (5) (CR-3-5-7)
8. Now That's What I Call Summer (7) (CR-7-8)
9. Robin Thicke - Paula (NEW) (CR-9)
10. Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse (8) (CR-2-3-4-7-8-10)

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Top 10 singles/albums - Week Beginning 30/6/14

Top 10 Singles



1. Safari - I Need You (1) (CR-2-1-1)

2. Ella Henderson - Ghost (4) (CR-10-15-OUT-16-6-7-4-2)
3. Ed Sheeran - Don't (7) (CR-7-3)
4. Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? (2) (CR-8-3-4-1-2-4)
5. Andreas Bourani - Auf Uns (3) (CR-20-1-1-3-3-5)
6. Colbie Caillat - If You Love Me Let Me Go (9) (CR-11-9-6)
7. Lilly Wood & The Prick And Robin Schulz - Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Colbie Caillat - Try (NEW) (CR-8)
9. The Saturdays - What Are You Waiting For (NEW) (CR-9)
10. Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea - Problem (NEW) (CR-10)

Top 10 Albums




1. Ed Sheeran - x (1) (CR-1-1)

2. The Common Linnets - The Common Linnets (2) (CR-1-1-1-1-1-2-2)
3. Absolute Summer Hits 2014 (NEW) (CR-3)
4. Clean Bandit - New Eyes (4) (CR-2-2-4-4)
5. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (3) (CR-3-5)
6. Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A. (5) (CR-5-6)
7. Now That's What I Call Summer (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse (7) (CR-2-3-4-7-8)
9. Shakira - Shakira. (9) (CR-1-1-2-3-2-3-4-7-6-10-9-8-9-9)
10. Kim Cesarion - Undressed (NEW) (CR-10)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Three unexpected gems: Safari, The Madden Brothers and 5SOS

Safari - I Need You


During a random browse of various global iTunes charts a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a song that sounded rather lovely in Norway's top 100. The 90 second clip of I Need You was enough to persuade me to download the full song and for the small expense of 99p I was treated to a beautiful gospel/soul song featuring some of the most beautiful harmonies and one of the most timless melodies I've heard since the 90s.

I Need You is a brilliant building ballad that almost sounds like a lost Mariah Carey or 90s girlband classic in parts. Gospel and religious music is something that I generally have little interest in but many pop singles have been improved with a gospel choir aided key change towards the end. And the odd gem still surfaces from the genre, like Caroldene's Time Is A Healer or the catchy new Destiny's Child (technically!) single Say Yes.

The Madden Brothers - We Are Done



American pop punk band Good Charlotte ruled the early 00s with their unrivalled run of earworms including Girls And Boys, The Anthem and Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous. I was never a particular fan myself but the brothers Madden have clearly always had a way with a tune and their new venture displays this in spades. Joel and Benji, the twin brothers from the group, are back with a new single under the moniker The Madden Brothers, and We Are Done is an unexpected but rather fantastic sonic departure.

The sweet summery song features an irresistible whistling hook and rather subdued but effective verses that lead into a glorious 1960s style anthemic chorus reminiscent of the Beach Boys. But you can still hear the voices and charisma that made Good Charlotte such a success and if there's any justice this will become a huge hit single for the duo. It's already reached the business end of the charts in Australia, where Joel has been a judge on The Voice since 2011, and all bodes well for other territories to soon follow suit.

5 Seconds Of Summer - Rejects



Australian pop/rock boyband 5 Seconds Of Summer have proved an instant hit in the wake of the international success of the likes of One Direction and The Wanted over the past few years. 5SOS have a slightly harder sound than even the rockier leanings from 1D and the group already have Kerrang on side, which is unusual for a boyband. 

Their two hit singles so far, She Looks So Perfect and Don't Stop, have been perfectly serviceable pop tunes, the former being a strong statement of a debut single, but Rejects, the b-side to Don't Stop, displays far more future potential. A punchy air guitar intro smashes into an instantly memorable rock song about social rejection with verses and a middle eight that recall Busted and a chorus that has the hallmarks of Sum 41 stamped all over it. Frankly, Rejects should have been the single and Don't Stop the b-side.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Top 40 singles / Top 20 albums - Week Beginning 23/6/14

Top 40 Singles



1. Safari - I Need You (2) (CR-2-1)

2. Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? (1) (CR-20-19-8-3-4-1-2)
3. Andreas Bourani - Auf Uns (3) (CR-20-1-1-3-3)
4. Ella Henderson - Ghost (7) (CR-10-15-OUT-16-6-7-4)
5. Rae Morris feat Fryars - Cold (4) (CR-5-4-5)
6. Sophia Del Carmen feat Pitbull - Lipstick (9) (CR-16-9-6)
7. Ed Sheeran - Don't (18) (CR-20-OUT-18-7)
8. The Madden Brothers - We Are Done (10) (CR-39-10-8)
9. Colbie Caillat - If You Love Me Let Me Go (11) (CR-11-9)
10. The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm (6) (CR-3-1-1-2-2-6-10)
11. Sia - Chandelier (5) (CR-9-14-OUT-14-13-9-5-11)
12. Dami Im - Super Love (13) (CR-29-13-12)
13. Colbie Caillat - Try (25) (CR-25-13)
14. The Common Linnets - Give Me A Reason (8) (CR-10-3-4-3-8-14)
15. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (NEW) (CR-15)
16. Cheryl Cole feat Tinie Tempah - Crazy Stupid Love (14) (CR-18-14-16)
17.
Lilly Wood & The Prick And Robin Schulz - Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) (19) (CR-15-14-19-17)

18. Ed Sheeran - Sing (24) (CR-6-7-13-OUT-17-15-24-18)
19. Annabel Fay - Hold On (NEW) (CR-19)
20. The Common Linnets - Lovers And Liars (12) (CR-6-4-6-7-12-20)
21. Ed Sheeran - Nina (NEW) (CR-21)

22. A. G. Cook - Beautiful (26) (CR-26-22)
23. Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars (17) (CR-10-8-5-7-7-8-17-23)
24. Justice Crew - Que Sera (38) (CR-38-24)
25. Kiesza - Giant In My Heart (39) (CR-39-25)
26. 5 Seconds Of Summer - Rejects (NEW) (CR-26)
27. Pitbull feat Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte - We Are One (Ole Ola) (27) (CR-38-27-27)
28. Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea - Problem (28) (CR-20-18-OUT-22-28-28)
29. The Vamps feat Demi Lovato - Somebody To You (40) (CR-40-29)
30. Shakira - La La La (Brasil 2014) / Dare (La La La) (21) (CR-46-12-17-OUT-31-21-30)
31. Duke Dumont - Don't Look Back (NEW) (CR-31)
32. Sheppard - Geronimo (Re-entry) (CR-18-12-7-12-OUT-32)
33. Maroon 5 - Maps (NEW) (CR-33)
34. Tiësto feat Icona Pop - Let's Go (NEW) (CR-34)
35. Ella Eyre - If I Go (35) (CR-32-35-35)
36. MK feat Alana - Always (Route 94 Remix Edit) (NEW) (CR-36)
37. Milky Chance - Stolen Dance (37) (CR-36-37-37)
38. Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive) (Re-entry) (CR-18-OUT-38)
39. Michelle Willams feat Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland - Say Yes (NEW) (CR-39)
40. Jessie Ware - Tough Love (NEW) (CR-40) 

Top 20 Albums




1. Ed Sheeran - x (NEW) (CR-1)

2. The Common Linnets - The Common Linnets (1) (CR-1-1-1-1-1-2)
3. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (NEW) (CR-3)
4. Clean Bandit - New Eyes (2) (CR-2-2-4)
5. Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A. (NEW) (CR-5)
6. Tiësto - A Town Called Paradise (NEW) (CR-6)
7. Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse (4) (CR-2-3-4-7)
8. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (5) (CR-4-4-5-8)
9. Shakira - Shakira. (8) (CR-1-1-2-3-2-3-4-7-6-10-9-8-9)
10. deadmau5 - while (NEW) (CR-10)
11. Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest (3) (CR-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-4-5-7-10-11-14-16-17-17-19-20-OUT-5-3-11)
12. Lily Allen - Sheezus (9) (CR-1-2-2-6-7-9-12)
13. Passenger - Whispers (7) (CR-7-13)
14. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold (6) (CR-6-14)
15. Sarah McLachlan - Shine On (14) (CR-2-5-3-7-10-14-15)
16. Anna Abreu - V (13) (CR-5-6-13-16)
17. Coldplay - Ghost Stories (18) (CR-5-12-15-18-17)
18. Miranda Lambert - Platinum (10) (CR-10-18)
19. Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (17) (CR-1-1-2-2-3-5-4-5-6-8-9-15-17-17-19)
20. Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again (15) (CR-3-8-15-20)

Commentary


A slightly random No.1 this week as Norwegian gospel act Safari climb to the top with the beautifully melodic I Need You, pushing Do You Even Know? by Rae Morris down a place to No.2. Andreas Bourani sticks at No.3 with former chart topper Auf Uns, former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson climbs to a new peak of No.4 with her UK smash hit Ghost and Cold by Rae Morris feat Fryars falls a spot to No.5.


In a busy week for albums Ed Sheeran smashes in at No.1 with the x, the follow up to debut album + which hit the top in 2011. The Common Linnets slide a place to No.2 after five weeks on top with their eponymous debut album and Lana Del Rey enters at No.3 with Ultraviolence, the successor to her stunning 2012 debut Born To Die. Clean Bandit fall to No.4 with New Eyes and Jennifer Lopez follows up her 2011 chart topper Love? With A.K.A. which enters at No.5.