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27 December 2009
following that, "Singapore Idol gets canned infinitely for a harmonious and prosperous society."
lets have singapore idol on suria the next time
Tomorrow's Straits Times front-page headline - Singapore Idol reignites racial riots
Everyone is talking about Singapore Idol causing racial riots. At least you know where you FIRST heard it from, from my twitter!
Can people stop being racist towards the Singapore Idol winner?!
Singapore Idol can be shown on Suria already. All the idols all Malay one...
HAHAHA MY COUSIN JUST MADE THE BEST STATEMENT EVER. "NAJIP ALI JUST WON SINGAPORE IDOL". BEST.
Im just sick & tired of another Male Malay contestant winning Sg Idol... Makin boring sia gini !
A thousand walked off straight away after Sezairi was announced Singapore Idol even before him singing his winning song. Thats sad.
There's some rude and ignorant comments trending on Singapore Idol. Ppl having race issues ....so much for racial harmony.
nicshields: So the general consensus is that Singapore Idol this year was crap
Producer 1: Eh, so should we have Season 4?
Producer 2: Screw la! Every season Mat win! Boss tell us put Sylvia's face ten times bigger than Sezairi in the posters also no use!
Producer 1: Okok, I think we channel our resources to Anugerah la hor...
26 December 2009
25 December 2009
I'm so glad such a facebook group exists.
"Dear members, as the founder of this group I would like to take a second and thank you all for joining and participating in such numbers. Today we've cracked 100.000 members - a little comfort around the globe for Xmas, even though we still have a long way to go.
Together with some people I have plans to put the energy of this group to use in the future and we're working on some concepts. That does not mean , however, that we want to stop the energy of the ideas suggested here. If you feel like doing something, dont wait to do it. If you meet people on here that share your opinions, try to find a way to get active. As many of you put it, we can not wait for our world leaders to act, each one of us can do something and spreading awareness of the problem is a good start. That said, I wish you all some peaceful holidays even though there are many things in this world to be angry about.
Our numbers show that there are also many things worth believing in.
The purpose of this group is to show our disappointment with the shameful result that was reached at the Copenhagen Climate summit 2009.
Let the world leaders know that we are the people and that the fate of this planet is not negotiable over economic interests."
EVERYONE, JUST PLAY YOUR OWN PART AND WE'LL ENJOY PEACE AND PROSPERITY. No need for useless talks that culminate in nothing. It only wastes even more resources.
1 - The Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
2 - Lady Gaga - Poker Face
3 - Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
4 - The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
5 - Taylor Swift - Love Story
6 - Flo Rida - Right Round
7 - Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
8 - Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
9 - Kanye West - Heartless
10 - The All - American Rejects - Gives You Hell
11 - Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
12 - T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake - Dead And Gone
13 - The Fray - You Found Me
14 - Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
15 - Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo - Knock You Down
16 - Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain - Blame It
17 - Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
18 - T.I. Featuring Rihanna - Live Your Life
19 - Soulja Boy Tell 'em Featuring Sammie - Kiss Me Thru The Phone
20 - Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne - Down
21 - Miley Cyrus - The Climb
22 - Drake - Best I Ever Had
23 - Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
24 - Beyonce - Halo
25 - Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
26 - Shinedown - Second Chance
27 - Britney Spears - Circus
28 - Kid Cudi - Day 'N' Nite
29 - Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.
30 - 3OH!3 - Don't Trust Me
31 - Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West - Run This Town
32 - Kevin Rudolf Featuring Lil Wayne - Let It Rock
33 - Sean Kingston - Fire Burning
34 - Jason DeRulo - Whatcha Say
35 - Lady Gaga - LoveGame
36 - Katy Perry - Waking Up In Vegas
37 - Jeremih - Birthday Sex
38 - Pink - Sober
39 - Britney Spears - Womanizer
40 - T.I. - Whatever You Like
41 - Mariah Carey - Obsessed
42 - Ne-Yo - Mad
43 - Cobra Starship Featuring Leighton Meester - Good Girls Go Bad
44 - Kanye West - Love Lockdown
45 - Pink - So What
46 - Pitbull - Hotel Room Service
47 - Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent - Crack A Bottle
48 - Beyonce - If I Were A Boy
49 - Keri Hilson Featuring Lil Wayne - Turnin Me On
50 - The Pussycat Dolls - I Hate This Part
51 - Nickelback - Gotta Be Somebody
52 - Pink - Please Don't Leave Me
53 - Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
54 - Akon Featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall - Beautiful
55 - Coldplay - Viva La Vida
56 - Akon - Right Now (Na Na Na)
57 - Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
58 - Flo Rida Featuring Wynter - Sugar
59 - Ne-Yo - Miss Independent
60 - Owl City - Fireflies
61 - Linkin Park - New Divide
62 - Jay-Z + Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind
63 - Daughtry - No Surprise
64 - Shakira - She Wolf
65 - Mario Featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett - Break Up
66 - Beyonce - Sweet Dreams
67 - Young Money - Every Girl
68 - Colbie Caillat - Fallin' For You
69 - The Veronicas - Untouched
70 - Nickelback - If Today Was Your Last Day
71 - Fabolous Featuring The - Dream - Throw It In The Bag
72 - Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk
73 - Asher Roth - I Love College
74 - Britney Spears - If U Seek Amy
75 - Jason Aldean - Big Green Tractor
76 - Taylor Swift - White Horse
77 - Rihanna - Disturbia
78 - Green Day - 21 Guns
79 - Soulja Boy Tell'em - Turn My Swag On
80 - The Dream - Rockin' That Thang
81 - Zac Brown Band - Chicken Fried
82 - Beyonce - Diva
83 - Iyaz - Replay
84 - Brad Paisley - Then
85 - Rob Thomas - Her Diamonds
86 - Jesse McCartney Featuring Ludacris - How Do You Sleep
87 - Drake Featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem - Forever
88 - Britney Spears - 3
89 - Justin Bieber - One Time
90 - Lady Antebellum - I Run To You
91 - Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
92 - John Legend Featuring Andre 3000 - Green Light
93 - Billy Currington - People Are Crazy
94 - Zac Brown Band - Whatever It Is
95 - Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone
96 - Kristinia DeBarge - Goodbye
97 - Michael Franti and Spearhead Featuring Cherine Anderson - Say Hey (I Love You)
98 - Jim Jones and Ron Browz Featuring Juelz Santana - Pop Champagne
99 - Maxwell - Pretty Wings
100 - The Fray - Never Say Never
22 December 2009
VILLAIN TRIBE (Clockwise from top left)
Now, why in the world are Danielle and Sandra villains? Was it because Sandra defeated Rupert in Pearl Islands, that's why she's a villain? The producers might as well picked Kelly from the first season over Danielle!!!
It'll be amazing to see Parvati and Russell at potential loggerheads and see the stupid alliance that will definitely be formed between Coach and Tyson. They better be sent off one by one in the early part of the season, or else, they would dominate the whole game and I bet you wouldn't see any heroes remaining if they are successful in their scheming.HEROES TRIBE (Clockwise from Top left)
Candice is an absolute 'why-in-the-world-is-a-random-girl-chosen-to-be-a-hero' contestant. Besides, she should've swopped places with Sandra, because Candice was the one who volunteered to switch tribes during the mutiny in Cook Islands.
I would've dropped the offer to partake in this season of Survivor if I were Amanda. I wouldn't want to come in 2nd for the 3rd time. It's so weird to see all the strong and powerful men who provide everything for the tribe all in one tribe. Furthermore, the guys are competitors who have won almost every single physical challenge. So it'll be interesting to see who allies themselves with the girls in the later part of the game.
I'll be quite worried for Cirie, simply because she's a social player, and every single person in this tribe (with the exception of Sugar) are not into mind games. It's all about physicality and Cirie might be the very first to leave in my opinion.
An interesting cast! Looking for to next season, better be 10 times better than Samoa.
Ok, I should stop getting delusional.
Russell lost. I don't see how he deserved the Player of the Season Award. He sucked at his gameplay, given the fact that he pissed people off, lied his way throughout the season, had no decent sense of integrity, honesty and loyalty. The only reason why he got the $100k was because he was featured for at least half an hour per episode, whereas Brett had like 2 seconds of airtime every week. Therefore, Brett Clouser deserves to be the Player of the Season. Absolutely did nothing, but progressed so far in the game. He deserves credit for that LOL.
20 December 2009
Kathryn and Jakob – At This Moment by Michael Buble
Kathryn and Russell – I Can Transform Ya by Chris Brown
Kathryn and Ryan - Magalenha by Sergio Mendes
Ellenore and Jakob - I Gotcha by Fosse
Ashleigh and Russell – Angel Standing By by Jewel
Ashleigh and Ryan – I’m There Too by Michelle Featherstone
Ashleigh and Jakob – Let The Good Times Roll by Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy
Ellenore and Ryan – Kontact Me by Boys Noize
Ellenore and Russell – Village Attack by Blood Diamond OST
Winner – Russell Ferguson [disgusting disgusting disgusting rubbish! what is with the shirt-taking off ceremony??]
Runner-up / Deserving Winner – Jakob Karr [Louis' Favourite Dancer]
2nd Runner-up – Kathryn McCormick
Fourth Place – Ellenore Scott
Fifth Place – Ashleigh Di Lello
Sixth Place – Ryan Di Lello
Yes, this is totally delayed, but I'm posting this for archival purposes.
Olly Murs – Superstition
Joe McElderry – Dance With My Father
Stacey Solomon – Wonderful World
Duet with Celebrities
Joe McElderry & George Michael – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Stacey Solomon and Michael Buble – Feeling Good
Olly Murs and Robbie Williams – Angels
Favourite Performances of the Series
Joe McElderry – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Olly Murs – Fool In Love
Stacey Solomon – Who Wants To Live Forever
Favourite Song of the Series
Olly Murs – Twist and Shout
Joe McElderry – Don’t Stop Believing [I love his hair by the way]
Guest Alumni Performances
Alexandra Burke and JLS – Bad Boys & Everybody In Love
Leona Lewis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Winning Single – The Climb
Winner: Joe McElderry
Runner-up: Olly Murs
2nd Runner-up: Stacey Solomon
17 December 2009
Naruwan. Louis is in Taiwan now. Been moving from hotel to hotel every day! Took many nice pictures! Didn't really shopped for anything, don't really find the fashion in here very appealing to me (besides it's winter apparel the stalls are selling).
I do know that Joe won X Factor. I do know too that Russell won SYTYCD (wtf screwed up season).
I do know, too, that I need to get a lot of things settled when I get back to Singapore.
12 December 2009
I will be flying off to Taiwan from the 13th to 20th.
Be nice and don't spoiler me for X Factor (like I always do, I know. I think it's gonna be inevitable i'd know it some way or another. Eff.)
I LOVE YOU ALL! BYE!
09 December 2009
[LATEST ELIMINATION: Mollee went out on a high. I thought Ryan would be eliminated, but oh yeah, Legacy received the boot instead for not going shirtless in this week's performances LOL.]
Mollee's solo performance: GODLIKE.
Kris Allen and the Nobodys performed during results night.
Ryan and Kathryn – Chacha – Put Your Hands On Me (Joss Stone)
Ellenore and Legacy – Contemporary – Machine Gun (Portishead. OMG I KNOW THIS SONG. Love the starting bangbangbangbangbang)
Jakob and Mollee – Viennese Waltz – Ordinary Day (Vanessa Carlton)
Ryan and Kathryn – Disco – Last Dance (Donna Summer)
1) Jakob and Mollee – Broadway – Easy Street (Annie OST)
2) Ellenore and Legacy – People are Strange by The Doors
3) Ashleigh and Russell. Ashleigh was injured so she was replaced by Rachel (Shane Spark’s sister) and Alicia (Nakul’s sister) in the hiphop and bollywood routines respectively.
07 December 2009
X FACTOR FINALS
The winner is going to release 'The Climb' as his/her debut single, i.e I am praying for Olly not to win because that pretty much ruins his future. Stacey is a good singer, but she is nowhere near Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Leona or Alexandra. She is just not prepared yet (look at how she just stared into space when the host announced she was through to the final).
So as of present, I'm praying for Joe to win this season which started on a high, but ended so crappily. Great song choice for his voice - teenybopper wanna-be power ballad trash. I am positive Joe will end up with the same fate as Gareth Gates - that is musical theatre.
AMAZING RACE FINALE
After a solid 40 minutes, I really must admit that Meghan and Cheyne are good. Was praying for a upset by Sam & Dan (whom I still absolutely love), but that last challenge was all down to a matter of luck, and Lady Luck was once again on Cheyhan's side.
Miss Cirque de Soleil was unbearably annoying by the way. I really respect Brian for being able to tolerate her.
04 December 2009
6 – Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
1 – Lady GaGa – Poker Face [click on link for Youtube video]
GaGa is definitely playing her cards right this year. The main idea behind this song is about sex and gambling, something that is recurrent in all of GaGa’s songs. Yes, she throws in those sexual innuendoes once again (taking ‘muffin’ to be a sexual organ), alongside those infectious ‘mum-mum-mum-mah’ hooks.
The video is absolutely amazing: The set of the mansion is lavishly high-budget. GaGa pulls off those futuristic shoulder pads and the shiny masquerade mask with the black full-bodied leotard like no one else can, and Chace Crawford makes a guest appearance in his undies.
I love the acoustic versions of Poker Face as well – how she wears the plastic-transparent-bubble suit while banging on the glass piano with her stilettos, and how delivers the piano version so impeccably with her solid vocals and her constant engagement/teasing with the audience.
This is undoubtedly the Song of the Year, and it has reached the #1 spot in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. This song was recently nominated for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Dance Recording in the 2010 Grammys. It would be very disappointing if she doesn’t win them all next year.
2 – Leona Lewis – Happy
Leona Lewis discusses the interpretation of this song, saying that “...happiness is something everyone strives to have, and sometimes it's not just about being happy, but it is also about the obstacles in your life that you have to get over to be happy.” Indeed, ‘Happy’ is not as happy as it sounds, but Lewis’ spectacular vocal range (especially that vocal run which she does during those live performances, incredible.) more than makes up for it. The video also gives one a bittersweet feeling, that although Lewis was disappointed for her love was unreciprocated, she still strives to be happy with the situation.
3 – David Guetta – When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland)
Who would have thought Kelly Rowland could produce such a hit? She has finally came out of Beyonce’s shadow, and that makes me so happy for her. I love the piano line in the introduction, as well as Rowland’s diva vocals and the club feel that the song generates through the hard-hitting rhythmic beats. This is definitely the summer anthem of 2009.
4 – Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
The song talks about exploring the joys of a bad romance while making several references to Alfred Hitchcock in the verses. Saintly parents obviously are going to disapprove of this track, for GaGa seems to want the deepest, darkest and sickest parts of her lover that he is afraid to share with anyone because she loves him. All in all, hot video (especially the pyrotechnic bra at the end, and the vertical stick dance move), hot outfits, and hot song. This just proves that GaGa can hardly take a wrong step in anything she does.
5 – Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Produced by David Guetta, this song is the song to listen when driving to a club or party after a long week at work, where you just want to throw your stress away. The video features guest appearances by David Guetta, Kid Cudi, Katy Perry and members of The Gossip. Combined with ‘Boom Boom Pow, Black Eyed Peas managed to stay at #1 on the Hot 100 for 26 consecutive weeks (Half a year to be exact). A brilliant feel-good song.
This song is nearly as infectious as ‘Sex On Fire’, with all the ‘oooah-wooah’s that more than compensate for the shortage of lyrics. Frontman Caleb Followill’s vocals are at its peak here, with his lusty and longing vocals that are able to captivate the listener so well. The song has been covered a million times subsequently, by Pixie Lott, VV Brown, Paramore, Bat For Lashes, Brooke White, Kelly Clarkson and more.
7 – Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
The song gained popularity for its catchy hook and theme of female empowerment, and its choreography-driven video has achieved great success, prompting a series of parodies (even by Joe Jonas). It was named the #1 Song of the Year by Rolling Stone in 2008, won Video of the Year in the MTV Video Awards, BET Awards and MTV EMAs.
8 – Alexandra Burke – Bad Boys (feat. Flo Rida)
Lyrically, this song is about ‘fancying dangerous men’. I didn’t fancy her initially, but I fell in love with her when I first heard this song. I love the stomping tunes and the attention-grabbing chorus that screams at you to play this track on loop. She has pretty much got the marketability to be popular in the US, all she needs is more personality and know how to differentiate herself from people like Keri Hilson, and she’ll definitely make it big.
9 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
I love it when Karen O just erupts in random breathless outbursts (as in ‘Crying, crying, crying... OH!’). We don’t really know what she’s trying to tell us (‘You’re zerooo...’), but we do know that it’s a smashing song, and is one of the 4 songs in the Top 10 that marked the dominance of electro-pop in the music industry in 2009.
10 – Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
This marked the beginning of the auto-tune generation, and the blending of genres of dance, hiphop and pop. I absolutely love the futuristic feel of the song, with all the rapid raps by will.i.am, and the digital effects and syntactic sounds in Fergie’s voice. Indeed, they’re so 3008, always one step ahead of everyone else.
11 – Katy Perry – Hot N’ Cold
Now, Katy Perry certainly uses a lot of binaries in this song, especially in the chorus (hot/cold, up/down, in/out, black/white) to emphasise the instability of the characters’ relationship. This is a great dance-pop track that managed to earn her a nomination in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in the Grammys. Knights of Sowdenia is very honoured to have performed this song before.
12 – Britney Spears – 3
There, Britney decides to talk about threesomes in her latest single. Unlike ‘If U Seek Amy’, she decides to be more straightforward (‘Merrier the more, triple fun that way’) and forgo the double entendre. The most bizarre input in the song would be the reference of Peter, Paul and Mary, who are a folk-singing trio. Putting the negatives aside, I’m so happy Britney is finally back on her stride.
13 – Jay-Z – Run This Town (feat. Rihanna and Kanye West)
Pitchfork Media sums the review for this song the best: “"There's something for everybody: Jay sounds engaged in a way he rarely has since unretiring, Rihanna coos those "ay ay"s the radio loves, and Kanye West, as you may have read, once again upstages the guy he's producing. Rihanna's hook may not be Auto-Tune'd, but it's definitely autopilot." They are all in their elements in this number.
14 – La Roux – Bulletproof
This is one of the less thrill singles in La Roux’s self-titled album. I just love her uniqueness – her cool hair, the brilliant lyrics and verses, the auto-tuner voice of hers that blends in so well into the song. This is why she’s outshining other newcomers like Little Boots and Pixie Lott: La Roux has originality.
15 – Lady GaGa – Paparazzi
The lyrics of ‘Paparazzi’ depict the idea of a stalker following somebody to grab attention and fame. The mini-movie of the song, starring GaGa as a doomed starlet who is hounded by photographers (and in the process is almost killed by her boyfriend), is absolutely ingenious. Her live performances of the song has also been one of the most captivating ones in 2009.
16 – Jordin Sparks – Battlefield
This is my favourite Sparks single to date. I love the parts where she chants ‘Like a battlefield!’ I’m not a big fan of the song’s beginning, but by the time if reaches mid-chorus, shazam, absolutely amazing! I can already imagine myself, chanting the song along with everyone else, in the Indoor Stadium.
17 – Beyonce – Halo
This song has been compared to ‘Already Gone’ very frequently, largely because they were both composed by Ryan Tedder. This is definitely a power ballad, backed up with a simple piano melody and Beyonce’s strong and emotional vocals. It also won Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
18 – Lily Allen – The Fear
The song incorporates electropop music as the lyrics tackle the problems with celebrity lifestyles (societal consumerism and overnight-fame hunting) and include metaphors for recognized British newspapers, as well as sarcasm. Lyrically, the song is a rant about materialism "sung in the voice of a would-be starlet", and shows that Lily is so self-aware of her own personal tabloid history, making snide remarks at The Sun and The Mirror.
19 – Muse – Uprising
The lyrics are very characteristic of Muse: conspiracies, apocalypse, announcing a gathering, speaking of victory and that "they will not control us." Great track, though the album as a whole is definitely not as strong as Black Holes and Revelations.
20 – Mika – We Are Golden
We have the gospel and children’s choir singing at the top of their lungs in this song. This is definitely not the best of what Mika has to offer, but nevertheless, the flamboyant and garish nature of the song (accompanied with the music video) allows us to see the true Mika as always.
03 December 2009
21 – Owl City – Fireflies [click on link for Youtube video]
Firstly, Owl City comprises of just one guy. Secondly, Ocean Eyes is his sophomore album. This is definitely one of those feel-good synthesized-pop anthems of 2009, and it has already reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
22 – David Cook – Permanent
This is one of David Cook’s most emotional and heartfelt tracks, for the song’s lyrics talk about Cook’s late brother who battled with brain cancer before his death from the disease. The best song in his debut album by a mile.
23 – Flo Rida – Right Round
Once again, this is another horrible yet infectious song. Kesha definitely rode on Flo Rida’s fame on this number, she hardly did anything. Now, Flo Rida has given us ‘Low’ and ‘Right Round’... what’s next? Overall, this is one addictive electro-hiphop-pop song.
24 – Kris Allen – Heartless
Kris gave an acoustic interpretation to this Kanye West song, and was praised by the Idol judges for being inventive, and this possibly allowed him to defeat Danny Gokey that night, move on to the finals, and ultimately win. The song wasn’t even physically released as a single, but peaked at #16 on the Hot 100. He has since re-recorded the song in his debut album, although it honestly does not sound as nice as before.
25 – Green Day – Know Your Enemy
This certainly pales in comparison to ‘American Idiot’ as a first single, but I still love their punk sounds, and how they manage to weave in their political agenda into the song. Billie Joe Armstrong said that this was a ‘rallying song. It’s about liberating yourself from a lot of bullshit that you see on TV.’
26 – Lady GaGa feat. Beyonce – Telephone
This is confirmed to be the second single from The Fame Monster. The song hasn’t been hitting the airwaves yet, but I’m already liking it a whole lot. Initially offered to Britney, the inspiration behind the song was Gaga's fear of suffocation and the fact that she seldom found time to have fun. The lyrics portray the singer as preferring the dancefloor rather than answer her lover's phone calls. I just love the part where Beyonce comes in mid-verse and starts diva-ing her way.
27 – The Fray – You Found Me
This song is The Fray’s highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 charts to date. Isaac Slade, the lead singer of The Fray, says that the song asks about the problem of evil, why bad things happen to good people, after some of their friends and family went through very tough times. It’s a song that doubts God, and we shall leave it as that.
28 – Katy Perry – Thinking Of You
After 2 of her upbeat singles (‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘Hot N Cold’), this ballad came as a surprise to everyone. This track was written solely by her, and is definitely one of her more earnest tracks in One of the Boys. Sadly, it didn’t do so well on the charts, as this was the first single of Perry’s not to break the Billboard Hot 100 Top 20.
29 – Leona Lewis – Broken
About.com summarizes this song best in one sentence: “The ballad "Broken" dives deep into romantic wreckage climaxing with almost morbid vocal fireworks.” This has been one of those songs I just play on loop at maximum volume on my iPod. Absolutely breathtaking, a vocal master class, as Simon Cowell would put it.
30 – Beyonce – If I Were A Boy
This was released as a single alongside ‘Single Ladies’ (double bill, yes), and was definitely a smart choice, showcasing her distinctive traits through these two extremes. The emotion she evoked was just like how she sung ‘Listen’ from Dreamgirls. Another stellar vocal performance.
31 – OneRepublic – All The Right Moves
Without the help of Timbaland this time round, OneRepublic certainly hasn’t been doing as well as they did in ‘Dreaming Out Loud’. Nevertheless, ‘All The Right Moves’ is a catchy song that spans across the genres of contemporary R&B and pop-rock. Looking forward to their upcoming singles, including ‘Secrets’ and ‘Everybody Loves Me’.
32 – Lady GaGa – Lovegame
Everyone will remember this song for its catchy hook ‘I wanna take a ride on your disco stick’. She says it herself, “It's another of my very thoughtful metaphors for a cock. I was at a nightclub, and I had quite a sexual crush on somebody, and I said to them, 'I wanna ride on your disco stick'. The next day, I was in the studio, and I wrote the song in about four minutes.” This is another of her trademark songs dealing with love, fame and sexuality.
33 – Janet Jackson – Make Me
This up-tempo disco track of hers has generally received positive reviews. Her music video, shot entirely in black and white, also received positive criticism for its ‘vintage aesthetic’. This is definitely one of her better dance tracks alongside ‘Feedback’ and ‘All For You’, and the great thing is that the song still sounds contemporary. Way to go, Janet.
34 – Leona Lewis – I Will Be
This was written by Avril Lavigne and Max Martin (who would have thought it?), and you can even hear Avril’s demo here (sounds pretty good too!). Billboard’s review of this single is hilarious, stating that ‘I Will Be’ was ‘paved in gold’ and that is was "propelled by a killer vocal that Mariah Carey would adore, gargantuan production that scoops up a heap of cumulus clouds and a chorus and bridge that boast indelible pop songwriting.” The MV has a plot too!
35 – Madonna - Celebration
Written by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold, ‘Celebration’ contains influences of Madonna’s singles from the 80s and 90s. This comes across very edgy and modern – something I salute Madonna and Janet for despite their age (they can still shake those booty) - although it’s true that the ‘Party, come dance with me’ message is a little rehashed. Who cares though, Madonna never fails to upset her fans, and would certainly promise more to come.
36 – Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor
The song debuted at #1 on the UK Singles charts. It also become the trio’s (Yes, Cascada consists of 2 permanent DJs as well) third #1 single on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart, and is the 2nd Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This song could be coupled with Madonna’s ‘Celebration’ to form 2009’s euphoric dancefloor anthem (I have no intention of taking a pun on Good Charlotte’s song).
37 – Shakira – She Wolf
“I think 'She Wolf' has a lot to do with the moment in which I feel I am. I feel much freer now as a woman, a little more in touch with my own desires, and I tend to listen to myself a little more.” – Shakira. It’s admirable how she manages to instill a unique flavour in her own music, with her hip gyrations in the video, weird lyrics associating her with lycanthropy and a coffee machine, and her heavy panting throughout the song. She thrives on her quirks indeed.
38 – Robbie Williams – Bodies
This is the lead single from his 8th studio album (Yes, 8th.) Reality Killed the Video Star. This is almost as good as ‘Rock DJ’, and is a great comeback single for a male artiste who has been missing from the scene for a long period of time (3 years, to be exact.)
39 – Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend
This is a Nu-disco genre of song, which is a 21st century music genre associated with a renewed interested in 70s and 80s disco. The woman who sings the hook in the chorus is Mary Pearce, who Harris calls ‘a diva’ that has ‘got this great big voice and it’s like a nod to an old dance classic’. The music video’s pretty amusing as well (though certainly not as amusing as She Wolf.)
40 – Cobra Starship – Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester)
This song was produced by Kara DioGuardi and Kevin Rudolf (a very interesting combination). It was a smart choice to get Leighton involved in this, because it’s so Blair Waldorf – ‘the perfect girl with the bad streak’. There are some contagious hooks going on in this track, with Meester’s sass coupled with Gabe Saporta’s vocals certainly adding on to the magic.
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