New Music: Selah Sue

Big hair and a big sound. There’s a soul, funk and rock vibe to this and it’s already had over half a million hits on YouTube. Check out here.

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First Watch: Alan Wilkis ‘Shadow’

This is probably the best new track I’ve heard all week. Actually, it is. Previously featured back in November, this is the second single from Alan Wilkis and is so well done- just incredibly addictive and sexy as hell. Check out here.

Revl9n release new album

I don’t usually plug new albums but Revl9n hold a special place in my heart, as they are responsible for one of my favourite songs from my uni days, which is nice.

This Swedish band have a new record that’s been described as ‘the sound of neon-soaked cab rides in search of cheap thrills, of lives full of sex and frustration, danger and euphoria. It’s a scream in the dark, a howl from the heart, an absolute rush.’ So there you go. Album’s out May 14th 2012.

New Music: Finn Bonel

This has been described as ‘rusky Anglo-Americana roots, with an ‘Eastern shimmer’. Can’t top that! Check out here.

The 21st century’s top 150 biggest selling singles in the UK revealed!

The Official Charts Company in the UK spent the day revealing the top 150 biggest selling singles in the 21st Century. No surprise that a herd of X-Factor winners and novelty tracks occupy the top spots, but it’s also really promising to see a lot of newer tracks being in there as well- people are still buying music! Full commentary and list can be seen here.

Top 20:

01 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE/EVERGREEN  – WILL YOUNG
02 SOMEONE LIKE YOU  – ADELE
03 UNCHAINED MELODY  – GARETH GATES
04 I GOTTA FEELING – BLACK EYED PEAS
05 IT WASN’T ME – SHAGGY FT RIKROK
06 MOVES LIKE JAGGER – MAROON 5 FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA
07 (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO – TONY CHRISTIE FT PETER KAY
08 HALLELUJAH – ALEXANDRA BURKE
09 SEX ON FIRE – KINGS OF LEON
10 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS – BAND AID 20
11 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD – KYLIE MINOGUE
12 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING) – BRUNO MARS
13 WE FOUND LOVE – RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS
14 POKER FACE – LADY GAGA
15 THAT’S MY GOAL – SHAYNE WARD
16 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM – LMFAO/LAUREN BENNETT/GOONROCK
17 PURE AND SIMPLE – HEARSAY
18 PRICE TAG – JESSIE J FT BOB
19 LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE – EMINEM FT RIHANNA
20 ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) – RIHANNA
21 BLEEDING LOVE – LEONA LEWIS

First Watch: Icona Pop ‘I Love It’

It’s those two cheeky Swedish geniuses. They’re back with one catchy piece of electropop that’s been on my iPod all week…

First Listen: Noisettes ‘Winner’

This has been out there for over a week, but if you’re reading this in the UK you’ll probably feel the need to hear this today after the long weekend you’ve (probably) just had. It’s the Noisette’s new single and it’s very good.

Free Download: The Neighbourhood ‘I’m Sorry…’ EP

The Neighbourhood have caused so much chaos online since they released their first sounds a couple of months ago. Now they’ve released their fantastic EP for everyone to listen to- click here to download!

First Listen: Passion Pit ‘Take A Walk’

My favourite indie poppers are back with an impressive new single.

New Music: Skatan

A beautiful sound reminiscent of Florence & The Machine. Check out here.

New Music: Hounds

This 4-piece from Essex were hand-picked by The Prodigy to play Milton Keynes Bowl, as well as playing Sonisphere and touring with Does It Offend You Yeah? last year. They have now been confirmed to play Download festival this year and release their blistering new EP ‘The Wicked’ on June 4th. It’s a brash four track EP stirring punk rock and high energy dance together in the same pot. Check out here.

Time to eat my words

A while back I wrote a moan about Marina & The Diamonds… She came across as a spoilt kid, and that annoyed me. My friends would roll their eyes the moment they would hear me throw a rant about her, and tell me I got it all wrong. But I did say that she had potential, and yesterday afternoon she claimed the UK album number 1 spot. And the lead single is all about being… a spoilt brat. So actually, I like her now. I do. Not that she would care, but yea- Marina you’re cool.

I don’t know what to say…

… This video by Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio is just bizarre. But in a really embarrassing way, I’m enjoying this along with the 380k people who’ve viewed this on YouTube.

New Music: Conner Youngblood

A beautifully breezy and light sound that takes you to another place. Check out here.

New Music: Erik Emanon

Catchy new Swedish pop. Check out here.

New Music: Blackbird Blackbird

I can’t describe this sound but it plays around with a lot of fun sounds and has a summery feel to the whole thing. Check out here.

New Music: Locnville

South African electro/ hip hop made by twins. And they are absolutely huge down South… Check out here.

Swedish pop belter of the week

Ola is very huge in Sweden, but his music seems to divide people. It can get repetitive and a bit too candy for some tastes but I think its genius.

Your Friday morning mood-setter

There’s something about Chaka Khan’s ‘Aint Nobody’ that makes one’s heart pulse ever so slightly and the blood flowing a little quicker. This is one bad-ass reworking of the track that is weekend worthy.