Nelly, Nicki, Pharrell = Ooof…

nelly get like me

Just because I love this, it’s on here. Nicki twerking, Pharrell being Pharrell and Nelly sending some old school memories kicking. No further comment.

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2012’s Random List

I started the Random List last year, and it was pretty fun for me to do so I figured I’d carry the tradition on for another year. So here, I present to you the winners of some random, and not so random, categories that have come out of 2012.

Biggest debut to come out of nowhere

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Miriam Bryant. This category also covers best track of the year too, I guess (which I’m sharing with Beatrice Eli, below). I still remember reading the email introducing to her. I really didn’t expect to hear what I did. It picked up with other blogs too. In terms of debut releases, this really is as big as they come.

Best gig of the year

Woodkid Southbank Centre Queen Elizabeth Hall London November 2012

Woodkid featured in last year’s Random List, and a few weeks ago I had the privilege to catch him at London’s South Bank. Epic is an understatement for what I was exposed to.

Most upsetting

nicki minaj flo rida

This one’s a tie between Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida. Unnecessary cameos from both of these on what otherwise are pretty good pop tracks (like above) have led me to just really not like either one of these. I know that will upset a lot of people, but sorry. Enough.

Scariest but fiercest track from Scandinavia

beatrice eli

This one goes to Beatrice Eli, one of the standout artists of the year for me. I should also point out that this is my joint favourite track of the year, along with Miriam Bryant (above). It’s so hard to believe this is one of her first tracks. Can’t wait to hear new tracks!

Most exciting big-label signing

jetta

Jetta. Expect to hear more over the coming months from this lady.

Most underrated album of the year

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The Noisettes. I already put up a post about this here, give it a read if you like. Sad really.

Biggest u-turn of the year

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Marina & The Diamonds. Actually, it’s not so much of a u-turn as an appreciation for her. Rarely do I moan about artists on this site, but Marina was behind one of my biggest whines back at the start of 2011. That post got me some pretty nasty feedback from some. This year though, her second attempt at ‘being bigger’ paid off when Primadonna was released and topped the charts. Good for her.

Deadmau5 in London next month

Wireless Festival will be headlined by dance floor maestro Deadmau5, Rihanna and Canadia rap powerhouse Drake this year in London. Also confirmed to play are Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Example, Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks and more.

Brits 2012 nominations revealed!

 

The UK’s biggest music event announced this year’s nominations. It just all seems a bit… boring…

British Male Solo Artist

British Female Solo Artist

British Breakthrough Act

  • Anna Calvi
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Jessie J
  • The Vaccines

British Group

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Chase & Status
  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Kasabian

British Single

  • Adele – Someone Like You
  • Ed Sheeran – The A Team
  • Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
  • Jessie J Ft B.o.B. – Price Tag
  • JLS Ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
  • Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
  • Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
  • One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
  • Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
  • The Wanted – Glad You Came

British Album of the Year

  • Adele – 21
  • Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  • Ed Sheeran – +
  • Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

International Male Solo Artist

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Bon Iver
  • Bruno Mars
  • David Guetta
  • Ryan Adams

International Female Solo Artist

  • Beyonce
  • Bjork
  • Feist
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna

International Group

  • Fleet Foxes
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jay Z / Kanye West
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Maroon 5

International Breakthrough Act

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Bon Iver
  • Foster The People
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Nicki Minaj

British Producer

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Ethan Johns

Outstanding Contribution to Music – Blur

Critics’ Choice – Emeli Sande

New Music: Dominique Young Unique

This is silly and cool at the same time. I can’t help but think that Nicki Minaj is responsible for the rise in this electro American sound- it seems to throw away all attempts at sounding and looking cool and just throwing everything out of the window to come up with something pretty unique sounding. Check out here.

Win Nicki Minaj & Drake albums!

I’m giving away a Nicki Minaj and Drake album bundle to one lucky person. There’s two ways of winning:

1: ‘Like’ us on Facebook by clicking on this link or

2: Email us at alfitudecomps@gmail.com with ‘NICKI DRAKE’ on the subject bar (but note, applying this way will put you on our mailouts)

between 26th to 31st March 2011. Winner has to be a UK resident. Good luck!