Posts Tagged ‘Ke$ha’

Charley says LIST! Soundtrack To Working From Home

September 24, 2012

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

You may have noticed how I haven’t exactly been keeping you up to date this summer. (At least I left you on a killer track though!) BUT I have a very good reason… I got my first proper real life job! At Sony Music Belgium no less! I’m having the time of my life being able to make a living out of my passion. *sound the cliché claxon* On the downside however, I have next to no time left to blog… (You can thank a total of 3,5 hours of daily commute for that) However, since I notice you guys keep coming back to delve into the Charley says POP! archives, I want to keep this blog around, even if just to post every once in a blue moon.

Like today, when a truckers’ strike shut down the country, allowing me to work from home. Why is this benefitting Charley says POP? Because not only did I get to revisit some great albums in peace while working, I actually have the time to tell you about it, not spending half of my evening stuck in traffic!

So without further ado, here’s… the soundtrack to my day working from home

Artist: Hunter Parrish
Album: Guessing Games (EP)
About: The Weeds’ actor’s debut EP is properly very good. Honestly, even without a music video to ogle Hunter delivers a brand of honest singer/songwriter-y pop/rock that’s both catchy and beautif- … HOLD THE PHONE THERE IS A MUSIC VIDEO AFTER ALL. I WAS NOT AWARE. WHY WAS I NOT AWARE?!

Artist: Frida Amundsen
Album: September Blue
About: I first heard of EMI Norway’s Frida Amundsen when she duetted on EMI Denmark’s Christopher’s album. Who in turn was featured on the most recent release by EMI Sweden’s Molly Sandén. That’s some proper EMI Scandi-crosspromotion for you! Anyway, on “Closer” Frida manages to be endearing rather than the oh-aren’t-I-kooky kind of annoying these singer-songwriters sometimes end up as being. Or if you want to take no risks whatsoever can just check out her Robyn cover “Be Mine“.

Artist: Christopher
Album: Colours
About: With “Against The Odds“, “Nothing In Common” and “Mine, Mine, Mine” Danish guitar strumming popstar Christopher has managed to release a run of singles that are increasingly undeniable music-wise and increasingly adorable video-wise. Or if you want to take no risks whatsoever you can just check out his Robyn cover “Call Your Girlfriend“.

Artist: Kreayshawn
Album: Somethin ‘Bout Kreay
About: This album is way better than it ever had any right to be. Some viral hits are better left at that, but getting the “Gucci Gucci” lady in a studio with the likes of Diplo resulted in what can only be described as a SICK album. (Yes, I’m using the word sick now) Honestly, there’s some delicious production on these tracks , some, er… interesting lyrics (“Bout to burn this fucking house down like I’m Left Eye”) and a musical ride in general that mercilessly stampedes along. And while it’s far from my favourite on the album, I’ve seen “Luv Haus” being described as Ke$ha remixed by Ladytron, so that might tickle your fancy.

 
 

Artist: Various
Album: PBR&B: The Next R&B Generation (Playlist)
About: A couple of days ago I compiled this PBR&B playlist for the Sony Music Belgium Spotify channel, but when I sent it to my co-workers I was met by a giant #no1curr. Woe is me. My evening tweaking the 20 track choices and running order to perfectly showcase how this reincarnation of R&B brilliantly incorporates elements of electronic and ïndie music hasn’t been in vain though, I listened to it twice all the way through today and I can confirm that it is VERY GOOD INDEED.

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Charley says SONG! About E – Dysfunctional

June 23, 2011

Back in 2007 sisters Tillia, Lori and Demi competed in the first and only season of Belgium’s Got Talent. Despite winning, the girls failed to become household names and decided to try their luck on Netlog, the Belgian equivalent to MySpace. The songs they put up on their profile landed them a spot on various tv shows and eventually a record contract with Sony.

The label managed to give About E a Pixie Lott / Ke$ha co-write to record, but unfortunately it hasn’t quite made waves in the Belgian charts so far.

Here’s to hoping we hear more from these three ladies as I’m never one to turn down a proper new pop act!

PS: If you happen to have a Netlog account yourself, make sure to friend About E as they’ll send a free download of ‘Dysfunctional’ your way if you do!

Charley says LIST! If You’re Only Just Joining Us

May 26, 2010

I am very excited to have gotten a mention on Don’t Stop The Pop‘s ‘Blog Love‘!

I’ve been reading DSTP for a while now. It’s the blog that introduced me to Agnes, Elouise and Pauline, to name just a few acts. It’s also the blog that I hope I can achieve the same level of ongoing quality as.

For those of you who’ve now come here for the first time, be it thanks to DSTP or for any other reason, I wanted to fill you in on what I’ve been doing these last few months.

Over the last few days I’ve been posting the eight parts of Oslo 2010 In A Tweet, a Eurovision review which I’ve absolutely loved doing with my equally as ESC obsessed friends MadeInHeaven and Greg Baker.

However, these posts have left this page a bit clogged up. So without further ado, here’s a sample of what you’ll find beyond the first page of Charley says POP!

Charley says ARTIST! Axeela
[http://tinyurl.com/34qmepa]
Why: I think Axeela might just be the next big popstar from Belgium.

Charley says LIST! Ke$ha: The Clone Wars
[http://tinyurl.com/34mjt5e]
Why: This post got picked up by StumbleUpon, it’s an introduction to some great lesser known pop acts who may have been a little influenced by the current Ke$ha craze.

Charley says SONG! Glamm – Overheated
[http://tinyurl.com/32snq2c]
Why: I love talent show acts and former popstars who decide to give it another go. Especially if the result is as good as this ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’ sounding pop tune.

Charley says VIDEO! Cinérex – Bring Up The Sun
[http://tinyurl.com/38ooyyb]
Why: It’s fun to piece together information about a brilliant act that seemed to have gone unnoticed by the internet. It took me some time to collect all the facts, but this is one of my favourite posts.

Charley says ARTIST! Harel Skaat
[http://tinyurl.com/ybbwx93]
Why: You may have noticed that this blog has extra attention for, as DSTP put it, Benelux Pop. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to discover artists from all over the globe. A perfect example is this post I wrote on this year’s Israeli Eurovision contestant Harel Skaat.

Charley says WEEK!
[http://tinyurl.com/3a4mcmv]
Why: Since a couple of weeks I do a roundup on Sunday of all the posts I put up in the last seven days. Accompanied by a video that hasn’t yet made it on the blog, it’s a nice way to catch up with the pop you may have missed.

I hope that you have may have found something you like on Charley says POP! I’ve got some exciting stuff planned for the blog, so I hope that you come back soon. For those of you who have already been reading along these last months, I hope you keep coming back!

Thank you for visiting!

x
Charley

Charley says WEEK! 2010.17

May 2, 2010

‘Ghost Whisperer’ actress Jennifer Love Hewitt’s January 1999 single ‘How Do I Deal‘ from the ‘I Still Know What You Did Last Summer’ soundtrack.

Charley says ARTIST! Farewell Ann Vervoort… (Update) [http://tinyurl.com/3x4tmzk]

Charley says SONG! Natalia – How Will I Know (Who You Are) (Live) [http://tinyurl.com/36kxjtj]

Charley says ARTIST! Locnville [http://tinyurl.com/2wyhcgg]

Charley says LIST! Ke$ha: The Clone Wars [http://tinyurl.com/34mjt5e]

Charley says VIDEO! Peter Luts ft. Lien Vervoort – The Rain [http://tinyurl.com/2wcal6d]

Charley says SONG! Aurora ft. Lizzy Pattinson – Summer Son [http://tinyurl.com/3yrfc8u]

Charley says LIST! Ke$ha: The Clone Wars

April 29, 2010

It all began in a record label meeting not so long ago. “Right, we could do with another Lady Gaga, except more drunk and skanky”. And behold, Ke$ha became a global star. Little did they know that they’d set a precedent for an entirely new breed of trashpop starlets…


What: Noa – Anonymity
Lyrics: “I’m so cheap” “I don’t even wanna know your number”
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeisOx6IMgI
The facts: Noa came second in the talent show ‘K2 Zoekt K3’, missing out on being the new blonde member of kiddiepop trio K3. (Whose first new single after the show, ‘MaMaSé‘, was a massively amazing  massively cheesy pop anthem, by the way) The brilliant thing about the YouTube video above is that releasing a song about anonymously hooking up isn’t stopping Noa from cashing in on her newly gained young fans. The clip has Noa performing ‘Anonymity‘ on the Kids Top 20, because, really, nothing says premiering your song about casual sex like singing it in front of a room full of jumping kids.


What: Kyrah – Uh Oh
Lyrics: “Wake up wasted and it’s oops, I’m naked'”
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t33yyycIDA
The facts: This American pop sensation was discovered by our blog friends at Pop Trash Addicts. What I love about this whole thing, aside from the song being insanely catchy, is that Kyrah looks like a nice girl who could scrub up well enough to take home to your mother for a sunday brunch, yet her homage to Madonna’s ‘Justify My Love‘ video has her fooling around with some sleezy guy while her digitally enhanced vocals moan “Dance, sex, bed, floor…” Amazing.


What: Millionaires – Stay The Night
Lyrics: “If you get breakfast in the morning, you’ll be a lucky man”
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgX-onx-aGk
The facts: A dark-haired Ke$ha girlband. And to think Millionaires have actually been cleaning their act up a bit for their first major release! They’ve been doing buzz singles and EPs for a while now and you might remember ‘Ooh Uh Huh‘, the theme song they did for MTV’s ‘A Double Shot At Love With The Ikki Twins’. ‘Stay The Night‘ has a bit of an Asian girl group sound going on somehow. In terms of in-your-face-ness it’s probably the tamest out of the three songs posted here, but fortunately it’s just as catchy as the rest of ’em!