Posts Tagged ‘Get Up!’

Charley says VIDEO! Jill Shaw – Summer Sucks

June 2, 2012

Without a doubt, Jill Shaw is the new artist of summer 2012 for me. “Summer Sucks” is one hell of a debut single and one of the best things to come out of Belgium in a while. Even that single cover is popstar perfect!

Jill’s voice has that bubblegum pop quality to it (God, how I’ve missed that in the charts) but she roughens the total package up with confidence, guitars and attitude. Think a harder pop/rocking M2M if they weren’t such prudes. “Don’t say you love me, you don’t even know me“? Jill wouldn’t even have bothered with your name.

Two years ago a then 15-year-old by the name of Jill Van Vooren entered the Belgian Junior Eurovision selections. As one half of duo Jill & Lauren she deservedly won a ticket to Belarus with “Get Up!“, still the pop-iest Belgian JESC entry to date.

Her partner in crime Lauren De Ruyck has since launched a solo career as Lauren Anny J, is starring in musicals and has been cast in the popular kids’ series Galaxy Park. Now it’s Jill’s time to shine, having signed to Sony Music and working with the team who were behind Eline De Munck’s excellent Ellektra phase.

Summer Sucks” comes with a gorgeous video which was shot in Costa Rica. The track starts with an intro reminiscent of the opening to Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever” and once you rock your way through the undeniably catchy chorus there’s no turning back. This’ll be in your head till fall. If summer’s going to suck, having this song around will no doubt make up for that.


International readers, should the YouTube video not work, you can check out “Summer Sucks” here too.

“Summer Sucks” by Jill Shaw is available on Spotify and iTunes.
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Charley says ARTIST! Stefanie Callebaut of SX

May 24, 2011

I finally get it.

At first I let lead singer Stefanie Callebaut’s odd vocal delivery put me off SX’s ‘Black Video‘, but then one day it just hit me.

The full atmosphere of the song just kind of took over and I now see that this song is one of the most intriguing musical journeys in Belgian music at the moment.

You may be wondering how a band like SX ends up on a pure pop loving blog as this one. Well, you know I’m a sucker for talent show contestants soldiering on and – I’m not sure if she minds you knowing this, but – Stefanie is exactly that.

Way back in 2005, in a time long before being geek chique and making trippy videos, she was one of the finalists on Flanders’ only season of Star Academy. She may have been one of the first to be booted out, but she was there for the group cover of ‘Fame’, the tie-in album and the ‘Sex Medley‘ performance. (‘Bad Girls’, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ and ‘Sex Machine’, if you were wondering)

About a year later Princesss emerged, Stefanie’s pop/rock alter ego. Despite Zornik’s Koen Buyse having a hand in ‘Get Up‘, nothing much seemed to be happening with this project. More music was in the works and even posted to MySpace, but Princesss ended up slipping into oblivion.

It wouldn’t be until 2009 when things would finally fall into place for Stefanie. Since joining SX things started speeding up. ‘Mister Lion‘ won the indie electro band TMF’s Road 2 Fame contest and got them their first round of mainstream attention. Now, two years of gigs and contest later, ‘Black Video‘ is the band’s first proper hit.

I guess what I like best about this whole story is how being on a talent show doesn’t mean you’re pigeonholed for life.

Sometimes it really is about who it gets you to meet, finding your style and then giving it all you’ve got.

Charley says EUROVISION! Junior Eurosong 2010

September 4, 2010

This year’s Belgian national Junior Eurovision selection has been bumped from main public channel één to the kids oriented Ketnet. To ease the pain we’re getting videos for every entry now, whereas in previous years even the winners could consider themselves lucky if they got more than their live performance dubbed with the studio track.

So who am I backing to win? Well, based on the studio versions there’s three songs that really stand out for me.

First up, and the one I think will be most likely to get the approval of Charley says POP! visitors, is ‘Get Up!‘ by Jill & Lauren. Both first stepped into the limelight as part of KetnetPOP 3. KetnetPOP is a yearly album and concert series that has former Junior Eurosong stars and new talent release music together.

Jill & Lauren’s entry is probably the most proper pop song of the bunch and seems like it could have just as easily been recorded by Bo & Monica. Actually, ‘Get Up!‘ was co-written by Miguel Wiels, who was also responsible for Bo & Monica’s ‘Gonna Be A Star‘.

Then there’s Ferre. This 14-year-old easily has the best voice of the bunch. I love his pop/rock song, but if the JESC efforts of Oliver and Trust have proven us anything, it’s that Europe doesn’t seem to like it when we send in this kind of song. However, I’m pretty sure ‘(Met Mijn) Ogen Toe‘ is the one song I’ll keep coming back to in the years to come.

On production and co-writing duties is Jeroen Swinnen, who also had a hand in Tom Dice’s wildly successful Eurovision entry ‘Me And My Guitar‘. One last pop connection Ferre has going on is that his video was shot at the same place in Antwerp as Idool 2003 winner Peter Evrard’s debut video ‘For You’.

Finally, ‘Power Aan De Kids!‘ is my third favourite. Daan & Anne-Sophie of DnA penned this ‘So What‘ sounding anthem together with former Nailpin frontman Sean D’Hondt.

Other notable collaborators are Ingrid Mank and Born Crain on Ymke’s ‘Vive La Fête‘, Katerine Avgoustakis’ producer Yannic Fonderie and Flemish X Factor winner Udo on Ine’s ‘Kusje Van Mij‘ and actor / Eurosong 2006 contestant Tom Van Landuyt who co-wrote this year’s super catchy group song ‘Superidee‘.