Saturday, 26 July 2014

Top 10 singles/albums - Week Beginning 28/7/14

Top 10 Singles



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

2. Sheppard - Geronimo (5) (CR-7-OUT-5-2)
3. Sheppard - Something's Missing (6) (CR-9-8-6-3)
4. Colbie Caillat - Try (3) (CR-8-6-1-3-4)
5. Lilly Wood & The Prick And Robin Schulz - Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) (9) (CR-7-OUT-9-5)
6. The Madden Brothers - We Are Done (2) (CR-10-8-OUT-10-2-2-6)
7. Cheryl Cole feat Tinie Tempah - Crazy Stupid Love (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Sheppard - Lingering (NEW) (CR-8)
9. Idina Menzel - Let It Go (NEW) (CR-9)
10. Maroon 5 - Maps (NEW) (CR-10)

Top 10 Albums




1.
Sheppard - Bombs Away (1) (CR-1-1)

2. Ed Sheeran - x (2) (CR-1-1-1-1-2-2)
3. Now 88 (NEW) (CR-3)
4. The Common Linnets - The Common Linnets (3) (CR-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-3-3-3-4)
5. Ward Thomas - From Where We Stand (NEW) (CR-5)
6. Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear (4) (CR-2-4-6)
7. La Roux - Trouble In Paradise (NEW) (CR-7)
8. Miss 600 - Swing 'Ting (NEW) (CR-8)
9. Sanna Nielsen - 7 (6) (CR-2-4-6-9)
10. Clean Bandit - New Eyes (8) (CR-2-2-4-4-4-5-8-10)

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.