Posts Tagged ‘M2M’

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.
Follow Jill on Facebook and Twitter.

Charley says WEEK! 2010.18

May 9, 2010

Dutch YouTube-sensation Esmée Denters featuring on a duet version of German rock band Stanfour’s ‘Life Without You‘.

Charley says SONG! Tom Helsen presents Barbara Dex – I Am [http://tinyurl.com/37qfz6l]

Charley says SONG! Nikki – Can’t Stop Thinking About You [http://tinyurl.com/2usul6r]

Charley says SONG! Betty – Déjà Vu [http://tinyurl.com/3yrl68e]

Charley says SONG! Bliss – Buttons (Live) [http://tinyurl.com/2v56rer]

Charley says SONG! Andes ft. James Walsh of Starsailor – Een Dag Meer / One More Day
[http://tinyurl.com/2u8wvmj]

Charley says SONG! Whatever – Scream [http://tinyurl.com/3a6d3fu]

Charley says SONG! Robert Ramirez – Sick Of Love [http://tinyurl.com/2uatvuc]

Charley says SONG! Tom Helsen presents Barbara Dex – I Am

May 3, 2010

7Digital / Live Performance / iTunes

A good song is a good song. Regardless of who sings it.

Tom Helsen is a Flemish singer / songwriter who isn’t afraid to colour outside of the lines. Songs like ‘Sun In Her Eyes‘ are essentially pop, but have earned him respect from a more indie audience. Despite this success Tom doesn’t feel too good to do things a little bit different than what is expected of him. To name but a few things, he released a song with Milk Inc. producer Regi, he was a judge on Flemish ‘Soapstar Superstar’, despite being very much happily married and having kids he was ok with kissing a guy in the video for ‘Every Little Thing‘, he translated his hit ‘Goodbye‘ into Dutch for former ‘Idool 2003’ contestant Wim Soutaer to record…

For his new project Tom has written an album of songs for his favourite female voices. ‘The Truth About That Girl And Me’ will feature the likes of Hannelore Bedert, Lady Linn, Eva De Roovere, Sarah Bettens from K’s Choice, Jacqueline from Krezip… Over all these indie crowd pleasers Tom chose Barbara Dex to be on the lead single.

Barbara Dex is anything but indie. She shot to fame in 1993 when she represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest. ‘Iemand Als Jij‘ is possibly the most beautiful song to ever come last in the competition. Unfortunately people were more interested in her homemade dress than her gorgeous ballad. These days the Barbara Dex Award is given out each year to the worst dressed Eurovision contestant.

Since 1993 Barbara has released some albums in Dutch and some albums in English. Mainly though she was one of those artist who stick around despite never really having another big hit. In recent years the only singles of hers that charted were ‘Crazy‘ and ‘One Life‘. Both are songs she competed with in Eurosong, the Belgian National Final.

The brilliant thing about ‘I Am‘ is that this all hasn’t stopped the song from getting playlisted on indie radio Studio Brussel and even the cultured people at Flemish Radio 1 have given it their seal of approval. I hope this song is going to be huge. Not only for the idea behind it, but also because it’s just a really beautiful song. If I had to compare it to something out there I would maybe say that it wouldn’t sound out of place on a Marit Larsen or Laura Jansen album.

The song isn’t in full on YouTube yet, but you can check out a sample on 7Digital, watch a short live performance at Studio Brussel or simply download the entire thing on iTunes.

See also: Charley says LIST! 3 Small Updates