Archive for June, 2008

Coldplay’s “VIVA LA VIDA” album streamed free ony MySpace

Posted in music news with tags , , on June 6, 2008 by kv

Coldplay will stream their Viva La Vida album for free on their MySpace page.

From 6pm today fans can hear the group’s fourth LP in its entirety on the social networking site.

Viva La Vida is officially released on Thursday, June 12. The record is already the best-selling album presale in iTunes history.

Chris Martin’s group scored their biggest ever hit on the US singles chart earlier this week, bagging the number three spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

originally from DIGITALSPY.co.uk

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Britney to film “Radar” video in LDN

Posted in music news with tags , , on June 6, 2008 by kv

Britney Spears is planning to film the video for her new single ‘Radar’ in London, say reports.

According to her manager Larry Rudolph, Spears will co-direct the promo that will see her visiting a British nightclub.

Spears will meet a man inside the club, who she then attempts to track down around London.

Rudolph told the New York Post: “The theme is her and her girlfriends are going to be looking all around London trying to find a boy who she met in a club.

“Every time they think they have him, it’s someone else.”

He added: “She will be behind the camera as much as possible; she wants to make sure it’s exactly right.”

originally from DIGITALSPY.co.uk

Ashlee Simpson – Bittersweet World (REVIEWED)

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , on June 6, 2008 by kv

Ashlee Simpson’s ‘Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)’ is as fresh and hooky a pop single as we’re likely to hear all year. Were it performed by Gwen Stefani, who Simpson clearly channels in the video, it would probably be hailed as some kind of minor masterpiece, a smart combination of eighties new wave and glossy urban beats. But from Simpson it’s been greeted with a collective shoulder shrug, failing to crack the top 100 of the US singles chart and languishing outside the top 20 in the UK.

Then again, nothing in Simpson’s career up to this point has suggested we should take her seriously. She’s variously known for being caught miming on America’s favourite Saturday night entertainment show, denouncing Hollywood’s “twisted view of feminine beauty” while preparing to have a nose job, dating Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, being the sister of a woman who used her dumb blondeness as a career move, and launching a fairly uninspired pop career off the back of an MTV reality show.

Now, at the ripe old age of 23, Simpson has decided she wants more: a bit of credibility, a soupcon of cool. The US journeymen who crafted the dour, angsty Avril-pop of her previous albums have been handed their P45s, replaced with a cast list that combines the innovative and ubiquitous (Timbaland, The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo), the leftfield (‘L.E.S. Artistes’ star Santogold, genre-mashing musician Kenna) and, rather bizarrely, Tom Higgenson from pop/punk one hit wonders Plain White T’s. Their brief? To help Simpson make a “fun party album”.

The result, thank goodness, isn’t a hip-hop record, but rather a hipper, sleeker version of what Simpson’s done before: candy-coated pop/rock with sharp beats and plenty of hooks. Bittersweet World is filled with sounds that, while not exactly exotic, certainly sound bracing on an Ashlee Simpson album: surf guitar, eighties-style casio keyboards, even a N.E.R.D-esque guitar riff on ‘Murder’.

Sadly, Simpson remains limited by her voice, which is too thin and raspy to pull off the slinky dance-pop of ‘Boys’ and insufficiently meaty for power ballads like ‘Little Miss Obsessive’. Sometimes she tries to compensate for her vocal shortcomings by going all husky and vampish, but the results have an unfortunate tendency of bringing to mind the more theatrical moments of Geri Halliwell’s solo career.

Worse still, Simpson’s attempts to make a “fun party album” are frequently undone by her lyrics. She proves she’s got a sense of humour on ‘Hot Stuff’, sending up a skanky, shameless attention-seeker, but elsewhere she’s prone to self-pity: Ashlee wants to be left alone, Ashlee’s been abandoned, Ashlee’s sick of being tossed around like a ragdoll. “It’d be nice to make some mistakes without observations or opinions or distortions,” she moans on a song called ‘What I’ve Become’. Didn’t she sign away that privilege when she used a reality show to become famous?

These problems aside, Bittersweet World is a step forward for Simpson, a solid, hooky collection with two brilliant moments: ‘Rule Breaker’, on which she comes off like Joan Jett’s snottier younger sister, and ‘Outta My Head’. She still has a way to go, but, for now, Ashlee can take pride in the knowledge that this is easily the best album made by a Simpson sister.

review courtesy of DIGITALSPY.co.uk

The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , , on June 4, 2008 by kv

British pop has never been this good. Katie White and Jules DiMartino are on the verge of going into the mainstream of UK pop music scene. Their smashing debut album titled “We started nothing” clearly presents an understatement from the group. The duo emerged from their squeaky little garage in the city of Salford, UK. Their music is quite unique from the usual pop slash rock slash dance anthems that were produced in the mainstream in years.

The Ting Tings are quite the underdogs because their music was not as popular as it sounds. Their debut single “Great DJ” wasn’t quite given attention to the UK music public because they’re music was produced by an indie label. But the success has yet to come when they moved into Columbia Records. Their second single “That’s Not My Name” came straight onto the #1 spot in the UK Singles Charts and proved that indie groups are now in the zone. Their album, “We started nothing” debuted also at the #1 spot in the UK albums charts.

The album is composed of 10 uniquely produced tracks that are incorporated by dance funky beats into the songs. Stand-out songs include “That’s Not My Name”, the iPod syndicated commercial anthem- “Shut Up And Let Me Go”, the quite not familiar title “Impacilla Carpisung” and the piano incorporated “We Walk”. Their beats are quite fascinating and astonishing. Their music is forced to be reckoned with. So if you are into unique pop dance rock music, you might well like this album. It’s definitely worth buying for. Unfortunately, the album is currently available in the UK and Europe only. I bet, this CD will become one of the most talked-about albums in the next few months or so.

BUZZMUSIC gives it a 4.5/5 rating.

download their #1 single – That’s Not My Name – DOWNLOAD HERE!