While America’s airwaves are constantly being blown up by Adele, fun., and Kelly Clarkson, it’s a different story overseas. Check out these hot tracks that are blowing up the charts, and could become big hits here shortly.
1) Earthquake, Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah
An upbeat club hit, Earthquake might not have what it takes to dominate the Hot 100, but I think it would do well on the dance/club charts. It’s hard to say what other songs you can compare it to, but I think it’s a good song that may do well on this latest British Invasion in music.
My latest blog adventure will be tracking a few songs every week that have been big hits overseas but haven’t quite found their footing here stateside. So here are three songs that haven’t been blowing up the airwaves here yet.
1) Titanium, David Guetta f/ Sia
Another killer David Guetta track, this one featuring Sia (who is ripping up the Hot 100 on Flo Rida’s Wild One) peaked at number 5 on the Australia charts all the way back in October! It went number 1 in the U.K., and was in the top 5 throughout Europe. It’s one of the least flashy songs on Guetta’s album “Nothing But The Beat” but it’s a great showcase for Sia’s amazing vocals. The highest it has charted in the U.S. was 66 back in July. I think it’s a matter of time till this one replaces Turn Me On
Following immense buzz and a psuedo-catastrophic performance on Saturday Night Live, Lana Del Rey’s first LP Born To Die has arrived (well, not until Jan. 31). A balancing act between the ethereal and the funky, Born to Die sets Del Rey apart from other artists working today. I’m not sure if she’s pop, alternative or even R&B, but you’ll instantly recognize her style and voice when you hear one of her songs.
Active in the music business a few years already — though under a different name — Del Rey’s first full-length album comes just weeks after her EP was released, breathing more mood and soul from that short teaser (the four tracks on the EP are available on the album, so no need to buy both).
I love Enya. I go so far as to say she’s the greatest singer working today. Why? Because she composes and sings EVERYTHING on her albums, creating an ethereal trance that no one else can create. When she released her winter-themed album And Winter Came… in 2008, I was completely beside myself. The combination of Enya and Christmas music was a match made in heaven.
Yes, I’m reviewing this three years after it came out, but who cares? It’s the holidays and there is no other Christmas album I’d rather listen to than this.
Nickelodeon-produced boy band Big Time Rush is back with their new album, Elevate. While the boys popularity has certainly elevated since their first album, released in October of last year, the same can’t be said about their musical style.
Definitely fallen victim to the sophomore slump, Elevate is an album that has little in the way of lyrical and musical range. This is a 13-track, for lack of a better term, mess that is a constant regurgitation of the same old song for over 40 minutes. The bookend tracks provide the most fun and “range” on this album. Music Sounds Better With U and Blow Your Speakers are songs that are reminiscent of tracks from their first album, BTR, belting out playful lyrics and a feel good anthem that Til I Forget About You did so well. Continue Reading
Edit 1: October 30
Edit 2: November 14
Edit 3: November 22
Edit 4: November 29 (final predictions)
Check out this list to see what some of your favorite singers submitted to the recording academy!
When the Recording Academy decided to cut the number of categories from 109 to 78, the announcement sent shockwaves through the industry. The consolidation of categories eliminates the male/female categories, and combined some of the lesser album categories into one. This could affect solo artists who, would otherwise, usually receive a high number of nominations. With Grammy nominations announced on Nov. 30, we might want to peek at what nominations could be, and how further nominations for select artists could pan out.
(Note: The eligibility period for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards is Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011)
Album of the Year
Now I’m scrambled with so many options! The whole concrete nominees (in my opinion) are 21, Duets II and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Now I’m beginning to think the country slot will be a fight between Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum. I guess to play it “safe,” I’ll pick former AOTY winner Swift for the country slot. Though I think she’s an awful song writer, her record sales are really impressive.
Duets II, Tony Bennett
Speak Now, Taylor Swift
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Own The Night, Lady Antebellum
Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Singer Florence Welch from the album art for the single "Shake It Out."
Sometimes I really hate MTV, but I can never hate on them for having bad taste in music. Their VMA nominations are usually spot on, and reward some hidden treasures in the music business. During last year’s VMA telecast, a group called Florence + The Machine performed their song Dog Days Are Over, and their success skyrocketed overnight. The interesting thing is that the album that song was from, Lungs, had been out for over a year by that time. If it hadn’t been for that performance, they probably wouldn’t have had continued success.
Now we have their sophomore album Ceremonials, a darker and more religiously influential album than its predecessor. The group still works with emotionally wrenching lyrics, thanks to singer Florence Welch who co-wrote all the songs, even when they have more upbeat arrangements to play the lyrics against.
Take their first single Shake It Out, which mirrors the rock anthem success of Dog Days Are Over combined with some gothic organ chants and darkly inspiring lyrics. One of the strongest songs from the album, Shake It Out is a roaring success that showcases Welch’s powerful vocals.