Posts Tagged ‘Sandrine’

Charley says VIDEO! Iana – Predator

April 2, 2012

If you haven’t checked out ‘Predator‘ by Iana yet, it’s about time you did!

The track is a proper pop anthem with blips and bleeps by producer Andras “Eightysix” Vleminckx, the guy behind ‘Dance Bailalo‘ and other Kat DeLuna tracks. While this country has plenty of strong female vocalists, Iana finally fills the void for that one Belgian full-on ‘pop’ popstar.

And she doesn’t come unprepared! For years Iana, real name Jana De Valck, has been perfecting her craft as a backing singer. In fact, back in 2010 I dedicated a (looking back on it, rather rambling) blog post to the then-unidentified mystery backing vocalist who is now set to take the pop scene by storm herself!

She has a record contract with Universal Music Belgium to her name, is busy promoting ‘Predator’, will be part of the upcoming JIM reality series ‘#Girlz’ and is working with BabL, the producer who gave Sandrine’s ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ cover its shiny pop gloss.

At one point Jana was in the running to become the new lead singer of Hooverphonic, even appearing in the teaser video for ‘The Night Before’, but with everything she’s got going for her now, I doubt Jana is still losing any sleep over being beaten to the job!

‘Predator’ by Iana is available on Spotify and iTunes.

See also: Charley says SONG! Sandrine (Live In Bruges)

Charley says VIDEO! Idool 2011 – More To Me

March 17, 2011

For those of you abroad, and those of you in Belgium who have been living under a rock, Idool is back!

The talent show that gave us the likes of Natalia, Brahim and Sandrine is back for its fourth season, unsurprisingly titled Idool 2011.

It’s been four years since Dean took the Idool 2007 crown and a lot of things have changed. The panel had some new additions, including Zornik singer Koen Buyse and where previous editions had pregnant housewives and classical singers, Idool 2011 finally seems to focus on the young, the attractive and, most importantly, the singers relevant to today’s music scene.

Following other current Idol adaptations around the world, there have also been some changes to the format, the most noticable one being bootcamp getting ditched in favour of a so-called beachcamp. The 25 remaining candidates were sent off to the Dominican Republic to not only show off their vocal skills, but to also record a video to the first ever Idool group single.

In fact, were it not for ‘Fame‘ from 2005’s Star Academy, this would be the first group single from any Belgian talent show.

And the Hans Francken produced track does not disappoint.

While it’s never easy to find a song that suits so many different singers, this one manages to not make any of the 20 at that point remaining finalists sound out of place.

Or maybe that’s just me thinking ‘More To Me‘ sounds awesome because the instrumental reminds me of Danzel’s ‘Under Arrest‘ with a chorus over it that Star Pilots would be proud of.

PS: Here’s a selection of four of the many finalists Charley says POP! will be rooting for in Friday’s first liveshow!


Manuel, because I’m kind of biased knowing Manuel personally, but also because this early favourite hasn’t even shown all he’s got to give yet. Someone have this guy do James Morrison’s ‘Wonderful World‘ sometime soon, please!
Line in the song: “I was sucked into temptation”


Alyssa, because while we haven’t seen much of her personality yet, she’ll probably make the most Charley says POP!-friendly popstar out of all 15 finalists.
Line in the song: “Suddenly it dawned on me”


Gregory, because awww…
Line in the song: “More, more, moooore…” *splashes water*


Falko, because he’s just your average 16 year old boy who likes to wear high heels and make-up. He may not be the best singer, but he certainly is the media hype of Idool 2011. Here’s to hoping he survives the first public vote!
Line in the song: “Gotta prove to you that there’s…”

Charley says VIDEO! Aleksander With ft. Lene Marlin, Sandrine & Nikki – Worth It

October 7, 2010

Aleksander With took Norway by storm when he became the youngest Idol winner ever in 2006.

His debut single ‘A Little Too Perfect‘ shot to the top of the charts, with follow-up ‘The Other Side‘ getting to an impressive number two a couple of months later.

These days Aleksander is already up to his second top five album and is looking to make it big outside of his own country.

Aleksander With ft. Lene Marlin – Worth It
http://www.p4.no/player/VideoPlayer.aspx?id=337333&mmoid=295338

To make this happen Sony is launching him abroad with the song that got him another Norwegian top three hit. ‘Worth It‘ was originally a duet with Lene Marlin, who is also a co-writer on the accompanying album ‘Still Awake’. It goes without saying that Lene is still as lovely as ever.

However, for the Belgian and Dutch releases Aleksander has teamed up with some local talent to cover Lene’s lines.

Sandrine came third in Idool 2004, but her music career outlasted both finalists Joeri and Wouter. Her biggest hits in Belgium include ‘Goosebumps‘ and the Eurosong 2008 entry ‘I Feel The Same Way‘. Sandrine spent last summer promoting ‘Run Away‘ and packing her bags for a trip to America from which she hopes to return with a third album ready. A sample of her rendition of ‘Worth It’ can be found here.

Aleksander With ft. Sandrine – Worth It
http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Aleksander+With+feat%2E+Sandrine&titel=Worth+It&cat=s

The singer to take on Lene’s vocals for the Dutch market is, just like Aleksander and Sandrine, an Idols alum. Nikki Kerkhof has left the sound of her 2008 winner’s single ‘Hello World‘ behind and is now The Netherlands’ hardest rocking talent show winner. Her two albums were fronted by pop/rock anthems like ‘Bring Me Down‘ and the Guy Chambers and Busbee penned ‘Can’t Stop Thinking About You‘. The full Dutch version of ‘Worth It’ had his radio premiere, but isn’t up on YouTube yet. For now though, there’s the sample below.

I’m curious to see if the addition of these two Charley says POP! favourites will do the trick for Aleksander in the Benelux. I for one hope it does!

Oh, and while you’re at it, Aleksander, how about local versions for France, Spain, Germany, Italy and so on?

PS: Look out for the interview I had with Nikki a couple of weeks ago, coming soon to Charley says POP!

Charley says SONG! Brahim – This Is What I Like (Preview)

August 18, 2010

 

Well this is exciting!

Flemish R&B stud Brahim has uploaded a preview of his next single ‘This Is What I Like‘.

Since his time on Idool 2003 Brahim’s music has transitioned into a more soul sounding kind of R&B, his Eurosong 2008 entry ‘What I Like About You‘ probably being the best known.

Now, despite an upcoming Motown tour with fellow Eurosong 2008 hopeful Sandrine, it seems Brahim is going more pop than ever before.

As far as I can tell from the preview, ‘This Is What I Like‘ can best be compared to ‘U Should Be The One‘ by Belgian X Factor 2008 alums Lester & Abdou, mixed with more dance influenced R&B like Paradiso Girls’ ‘What I Like‘.

I think there’s one man in particular we have to thank for that.

Producer Tony Verdult had previously written Brahim’s single ‘Party With Me‘ and the 2008 album track ‘Take You Home‘.

Since then he seems to have done a bunch of remixes, like Samantha Fox’ recent effort ‘Tomorrow‘ and a couple of AnnaGrace singles. There’s a truckload of this Dutch DJ’s work to check out on his MySpace‘s Beatport player.

Tony also had a hand in Denise’s ‘Straight Up‘. Yes, Denise of Vengaboys fame and yes, a Paula Abdul cover!

However, it’s the tracks he’s released under his own name that give an idea of where his work with Brahim might be heading.

Also, his songs with Dutch singer Gio give me hope that someone will finally be bringing that Fouradi sound over the border to Belgium.

However this may all turn out, with ‘This Is What I Like‘ it seems to be certain that we get at least one damn good track out of this collaboration.

When the full version of the song comes out or when I know more about any other tracks Brahim and Tony may have come up with, I will be sure to let you guys know right here on Charley says POP!