Friday, 19 November 2010

Poptweetz Hero of 2010 No7 - Kelis

I remember the early days when Kelis sang 'I Hate You So Much", otherwise known as the 'shouty song'.  Kelis has now re-invented herself as a dance siren.  'Acapella' is second favourite dance song of all time - therefore Kelis deserves a place in my chart.

Poptweetz Zero of 2010 No7 - Christina Aguilera

Oh Christina, how we love you.  That voice is the real deal.....but Bionic was bloody awful.  Let's just forget it ever happened.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

ADELE 'Rolling In The Deep'

Adele's debut album was an absolute treat. It's rare to find such a young singer with so much soul - and a voice which sounds well beyond her age. The new single 'Rolling In the Deep' is another fine song from the songstress. Full to the brim with emotion, it's a good sign that the new album will deliver to our expectations.

The Rules - Part 2

Continuing my rules to create a perfect pop star: (see Part1 here: )

4. Hire a kick-ass Video Producer

Nobody wants to see a video of somebody stood on a stage, motionless - or perhaps swaying side to side. The buying public want bloody amazing dance routines, some partial nudity and hot people! We want special effects - and it's even better if someone can muster up something new that's never been done before. Look at Bjorks videos - always weird, but always fabulous.  Britney has done some fantastic videos.  That's what the public want, so you gotta give it to 'em.

5. Be a good Guest

There is nothing worse that watching an arrogant and ungrateful popstar being interviewed on TV - UNLESS THEY ARE FUNNY.  You have to be entertaining.

...more soon.

Poptweetz Zero of 2010 No8 - Prolific Producers

There are many named producers I could choose for number 8 in my list.  However, I will let you use your imagination to guess who I am referring to.  I'm tired of producers who churn out music that sounds identical to their other tracks.  There are so many popular producers who appear to put very little effort into producing music that is both original and interesting.  We don't need anymore Gaga-lite artists.... We already have Gaga.

Poptweetz Hero of 2010 No8 - Robyn

Robyn is a 'one in a million' artist.  By the end of 2010, she will have released a trilogy of fantastic albums under the title - 'Body Talk'.  Both artistic and inspiring, it's always a pleasure to see what she will come up with next.  She's so respected in the music industry.  You may remember her mid-nineties hits 'Show Me Love' and 'Do you Know What It Takes'.  Back then, it seemed that she was very much a product of managers and producers.  The same cannot be said now - Robyn is very much in control creatively and she's delivering some of the best pop songs I've heard in years. 

Poptweetz Zero of 2010 No9 - Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton is perhaps the worlds most famous blogger.  He's created a hugely successful career by making fun of celebrities and posting photos with the words 'Slut' written across them.

I'm a blogger. I'm not on here for the money or fame. There is something about Perez which is difficult to understand.  For years he has condemned celebrities by criticising their appearance and work - whilst avoiding the fact that he 'was' an overweight, unattractive man with a fetish for loud and ugly clothing.  In essence, he was everything he claimed to hate. 

Occasionally I will make a catty comment about people - but I've never lived up to the level of hypocrisy that Perez has.  He claims to have changed his ways recently.  He made an appearance on Ellen's chat show to confirm this.  I'm not convinced it will last. 

Poptweetz Hero of 2010 No9 - Florrie

Florrie's Bio explains why she is so special:

Florrie is a drummer, singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Currently she is giving all her music away to fans for free via her website.

■Florrie: as traditional a musician and performer as can possibly be, but at the same time a completely new type of independent pop artist.

■Florrie’s bold, attention-grabbing pop music is at once robotic and human, chunky and svelte, big on ideas and not shy of explosive choruses.

■Florrie is a 21 year old artist, originally from Bristol in the south-west of the UK.

■She‘s a drummer, singer, songwriter, guitarist and remixes her own tracks.

■She played her first ever gig, aged 7, dressed as a fish!

■In June 2008 she became the Xenomania house drummer. She has played over a hundred gigs, including Glastonbury festival, and Radio One's Live Lounge.

■In the last two years she has played drums on ‘The Promise’ by Girls Aloud and various other tracks for Kylie, Pet Shop Boys etc.

■Florrie worked her way up through the ranks at Xenomania from drummer to writing lyrics to singing tracks to programming and remixing.

■Contemporary French disco legend Fred Falke has been an instrumental force in defining Florrie’s sound. Her first track ‘Call 911’ was co-written and remixed by him, and was released in Feb 2010.

■Florrie has released three more tracks: 'Panic Attack' also co-written and remixed by Fred Falke, ‘Fascinate Me’ and ‘Come Back to Mine feat. Moguai’.

■Florrie has made all of her music free to fans on her website

■Florrie’s tracks have gone down a storm with music blogs and influential music titles such as Pitchfork, NME and The Fader.

■Kitsuné, the impeccably hip French electronic music and fashion label, like ‘Call 911’ so much that they’re including it on a compilation with Ponystep, the noted fashion style webmag based in east London with a global reputation for all things fashion art and music.

■AS YET Florrie is not signed to a label. She wants people to sing/dance/download/love and play her music as much as possible, before she does that!

Poptweetz Zero of 2010 No10 - 50Cent

It's a shame that many associate rap music with sexism, violence and homophobia.  I truly believe that there are some very talented rappers in the industry (Kanye West for example - but only when he's not acting stupid).  Though it's hard to pick out the real talent from the idiots.  One idiot worth mentioning is 50Cent.  A man who is an abysmal performer.  He enjoys writing obscenities on Twitter, happily and joyfully churning out comments about sex, women and of course the usual homophobic banter that seems to spew from many who are a part of that industry.   I don't know who is more stupid - 50cent? - or perhaps the thousands of people that follow his every word?  I am particularly pointing in the direction of the 'hooker' women that openly enjoy chatting with him. No sensible woman would go near him. 

Poptweetz Hero of 2010 No10 - Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue has had another tremendous year.  There's been a reality TV show, a fashion line and of course her continuing appearance as a judge on X-Factor.  It's not always been an easy ride  throughout 2010 - Dannii still recieves some criticism from certain camps.  Of course the press make their usual digs every so often - but there was one episode that I remember from 2010.  Dannii released an autobiography this year and she didn't hold back from mentioning the juicy details about the much publicised rows with Sharon Osbourne.  I'm not sure whether Sharon commented on Dannii's book, but her daughter Kelly did.  Kelly made several ill-informed comments on Twitter which didn't do her or her mother any favours.  One of the nice things about Dannii is that she has always appeared to be 'dignified' about what happened - and it was about time that she had her say on what happened.  Dannii - we love you, the fashion press love you...keep up the good work.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Poptweetz Top 10 Fabulous Christmas Songs

1. The Hives & Cyndi Lauper - A Christmas Duel
A true anti-Christmas song. Gone are usual sentiments.  Christmas is time for fighting in The Hives household. Love it!

2. Saint Etienne featuring Tim Burgess - I Was Born On Christmas Day
A sweet song from the pop legends. Sarah and Tim get married in the video - Amazing!

3. Bananarama - Baby It's Christmas
The Banana's first Christmas song. Glittery pop that deserves to be heard for years to come.

4. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
I don't like all of her material, but this song is a firm favourite.  Jolly fun from the diva of all divas.

5. Kylie Minogue - Santa Baby
...because it's Kylie.

6. Amy Winehouse - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
She's crazy - but she's our crazy.  Santa, please bring us a new Amy album.

7. Annie Lennox - In The Bleak Midwinter
Gorgeous arrangement of a classic carol. (No clip - Buy her new album 'A Christmas Cornucopia')

8. Julia Fordham & Johnathan Rice - Merry Christmas Day
It appeared in a Scooby cartoon and therefore is amazing. (No Clip)

9. Wham! - Last Christmas
Nobody knew George was gay.............. huh

10. Coming Out at Christmas - London Gay Men's Chorus
Just watch it