Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Featured Artists: "The Saturdays" My Top 10 + Quiz!

So as I said earlier, I have updated this post so that I can continue with my featured artists post. I wrote a post the other day about The Saturdays. I will be continuing from that post. Firstly I will be writing a countdown of the top 10 tracks of The Saturdays followed by a short quiz.
Those who would like to take part in the quiz can give the answers in the comments. If you get all of the questions right then I will grant that person a request post in which a particular song, or artist will be chosen by someone and I will post it.
Firstly on to my top 10 of The Saturdays tracks:

-10. Chasing Lights-

-9.Set Me Off-

-8. Why Me, Why Now-

-7. Unofficial-

-6. Wordshaker-

-5. Work-

-4. Up-

-3. Deeper-

-2. Ego-

-1. Lose Control-

Now onto the quiz. You need to get all 5 correct in order to win. Please post your answers in the comments thanks! :)

1. Name all five members in The Saturdays (First name and surname included).

2. Name all five singles from The Saturdays debut album "Chasing Lights".

3. Who are the youngest and oldest members of The Saturdays and how old are they?

4. Which two girls from The Saturdays used to be in S Club Juniors/8?

5. A particular artist recorded the demo for "Why Me, Why Now". Who was that artist?

New Music: Jennifer Lopez - Everybody's Girl (Full)

Jennifer Lopez's next single "Everbody's Girl" has finally leaked in full. It is only a radio rip so the quality isn't 100%. I can't wait for the HQ of this as I definitely think this will sound better in HQ. From first listen its a decent song, but after a few listens I can see that it will be grower. Hopefully this does well for J-Lo cos she deserves to make  a good comeback.
Take a listen here:

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What are your thoughts on this?

Preview: Jennifer Lopez - Everybody's Girl

Jennifer Lopez is to release "Everybody's Girl" internationally. It was played on German radio today and has leaked in full but has been taken down already. At the moment I can only find a one minute preview, however when a full version leaks, I will be sure to post about it.
Judging from the snippet it sounds quite good. It is a completely different sound from J-Lo and I never like basing a song just from a clip because they are usually better or can be worse than what the clip sounds. So I am gonna just waiting for the full version now...Hurry up!
Here's the link to the preview as I can't rip it to place on here:

Let me know what you think :)

Survivors Series 2 Episode 2 Review

*WARNING* May Contain Spoilers*WARNING*
Last night, the second episode from the second series of the BBC show "Survivors" was shown on BBC1. For those that missed it can catch up on it via BBC iPlayer.
We had to wait a full two weeks to see this episode, but I must say it was definitely worth it. I completely love this show and it seems to be getting better and better. Last series was great and gave you a sense of suspicion, however, this series takes it further and keeps you gripped. I might not be too hard to please but still this episode was great.
It started off slowly and I weren't sure if it was going to go anywhere. But then the Survivors banded together to find Abby. The situation with Abby being kidnapped hasn't run on too long, but you kinda wanted her to be found soon.
Whilst they are trying to find Abby, she has finally escaped with the help of the wife of the man who is trying to find a cure for the virus. Abby has been injected with the virus and is not in a good state but is expected to recover again after being the only person recovering after having the virus when it first began.
The band of survivors give up trying to find Abby, although little do they know she has escaped and is trying to find them.
You couldn't help but think that Abby was gonna be caught at the end, however, right at the end of the episode she is reunited with the bunch of survivors.
The episode was great and wraps up Abby being kidnapped (for a little while). I think that the guys who kidnapped Abby will be back soon, but time will only tell. Lets hope the rest of the series is just as good as this.

Now heres a sneak preview of the next episode. Enjoy :)

Album Review: Amerie - In Love & War

On to my second album review of the day...
I have quite a bit of time to spare today, so since I can't find anything else to do. I am just reviewing random albums. So up now we have Amerie's fourth studio album "In Love & War". I am quite a fan of Amerie's material and loved her previous album, which I might just review on a later post. This album was released in November last year, and is still gaining rotation on my iPod so check out my track-by-track review of this album and tell me if you agree.

  1. Tell Me You Love Me: This song is an absolute smash and is a big favourite of mine ever since it leaked. I will say it is a really good song but it is not one of the stand out tracks. 8/10
  2. Heard 'Em All: So this was Amerie's second single from this album. It is such a great song, which I weren't too sure of when I first heard it. But Amerie is definitely bringing something different. 9/10
  3. Dangerous: This song is such a great tune aswell. The album sounds great at this point and there hasn't been one scrap song. 8.5/10
  4. Higher: The rhythm of the album continues in its upbeat fashion. This song is very good as well and is great even though it only plays for just under 3 mins. 8/10
  5. Why R U: This served as the first single from the album. It is a real corker and is so catchy. I think I have turned into a great Amerie fan at this point. 9/10
  6. Pretty Brown (Ft. Trey Songz): This is another great track. I would not call it a stand out but it is definitely listenable. The best tracks are still yet to come. 8/10
  7. More Than Love (Ft. Fabolous): This track serves as the next single and it is such a cool track it definitely deserves a great score. 10/10
  8. Swagback: Along with the previous track, these are the stand out tracks and are always being played on my iPod. Amerie definitely knows how to keep the tracks coming. 10/10
  9. You're A Star (Interlude): So, if your a fan of Amerie, you will notice that this interlude samples from one of her tracks, "Hate2LoveU" from her previous album "Because I Love It". The interlude is nicely put into the album and breaks it up nicely. This is the point where the album starts to slow down, but still remains its greatness. 9/10
  10. Red Eye: This track is a nice slow joint. It is really good and considering the album has slowed down at this point, I really like it. 8.5/10
  11. The Flowers: This track is the longest on the album and racks up to just over 5 mins. This doesn't mean its a rubbish track. In fact for a track that goes on for this long, it is definitely a solid album track. 8/10
  12. Different People: This track is another great track from the album. I can not find any faults in any of the songs and to me they are all solid at this point. 8.5/10
  13. Dear John: This track is such a classic. I loved it when it first leaked. Many people gave this song a bad review but I see it differently. Even though this is a completely different track I still think it fits nicely. It is definitely worth a solid score. 9.5/10
  14. Heard 'Em All (Remix) (Ft. Lil Wayne): This track is not much different but now features a Lil Wayne verse. It sounds great but I think that it could have been left off the album. However as a bonus track, you don't see me complaining. 8.5/10
OVERALL: 8.7/10
This is a superb album. It definitely deserves the high score that it has achieved here. I am still listening to this day. I can't wait for Amerie's next album, but till then I am sure I have enough Amerie tracks from this album and her previous "Because I Love It" to keep me going.

Album Review: Alicia Keys - The Element Of Freedom

This week has been a very slow week for updates in music, etc. So I thought I would review another album. I said previously that I would be reviewing a few albums, so if you have any requests let me know. I will be featuring some old album reviews soon as there aren't any albums coming out just yet.
So, my third album review is for Alicia Keys' fourth album "The Element Of Freedom".
I was reluctant to listen to this album at first as I think that most of Alicia's material is either hit or miss. Her previous album "As I Am" I really liked so I was hoping the same for this CD.
I can say at this point that the album is pretty solid and that it is definitely a grower. From first listen I wasn't too fazed but after listening to it a few times, I can say that it grew and grew on me. So I will be basing the track-by-track review on my latest impressions.
Here goes...

  1. Element Of Freedom (Intro): This intro is really short and just features Alicia talking. It doesn't really do much for the album, but it introduces it nicely. 6/10
  2. Love Is Blind: This track is pretty decent and is the normal type of Alicia Keys material. I wouldn't class it as a stand out track but it is nice enough. 7/10
  3. Doesn't Mean Anything: This was the first single and I must say it didn't quite catch me like "No One" did. It has since grew on me but I would still only class it as an album track and not single worthy. 8/10
  4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart: This is one fantastic track. From the first time I heard it I couldn't stop listening. It is something completely different from Alicia and is definitely hands down the best track on the album. 10/10
  5. Wait Til You See My Smile: This track is pretty decent and is slow and soothing. I think that it is a nice song but it is not a stand out track to me. 7.5/10
  6. Thats How Strong My Love Is: This is another decent track. I don't mind this song but I just don't see that it stands out either. 7.5/10
  7. Unthinkable (I'm Ready): Maybe I am not appreciating this music, but the album seems to be lacking what made "As I Am" great. This is still another decent track. 7/10
  8. Love Is My Disease: The album starts to get a bit better at this point. This song is much better and I would class it as one of the stand out tracks. 8.5/10
  9. Like The Sea: This song is a lot more memorable than the previous tracks on the album. It is a solid track that deserves a decent score. 8/10
  10. Put It In A Love Song (Ft. Beyonce): When I heard about this collaboration I was expecting something groundbreaking like the Lady Gaga and Beyonce collab. However this lacked something which I can't place my finger on. The song is OK but it just gets boring and repetitive after a little while. 8/10
  11. This Bed: This track was seriously needed on this album. It is definitely one of the stand out tracks and is one of my favs. It is a solid song and shows a different side of Alicia. 9/10
  12. Distance And Time: This is a typical Alicia Keys song. It sounds so similar to her other stuff so it is definitely not unique. It is just an OK and nothing I would class as being rememberable. 7/10
  13. How It Feels To Fly: This is my least favourite track on the album for some reason. It does sound like some of her older songs from "As I Am" and I feel like Alicia keeps on repeating the same sort of material. 6.5/10
  14. Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down: I don't mind this track. I think Alicia's version is much better than Jay-Z's, but I find it hard to listen to, as it just gets boring after a while. 7/10

OVERALL: 7.6/10
This album is clearly a decent album but it is not one of the best albums I have heard. I think her vocals are great but the album was lacking and did not have the factor that made "As I Am" memorable.
Stay tuned for more reviews as I will be reviewing Amerie's "In Love & War" album next :)

Final Harry Potter Movies To Be 3D!

As this blog is not solely a music blog and has the name "Entertainment" I came across some news that I thought I would post. Therefore let me get the news out straight away as its a corker.
Yes, you heard it correctly the final two Harry Potter films "Deathly Hallows Parts I and II" are going to be released in 3D.
This has now been confirmed by Warner Bros. whereas it was only a rumour before. The reason behind this is because of the great success of the 3D film "Avatar". Therefore Warner Bros has decided to release the remaining Harry Potter films in 3D. I think this is a good way to close the Harry Potter films and I think that some of the scenes will look amazing.
I, personally have never been to see a 3D film, but as soon as this comes out, I will be sure to watch my first movie in 3D!
The films are to be released separately, with Deathly Hallows Part I being released November 19th 2010 and the last film Deathly Hallows Part II being released July 15th 2011.

What do you think of this move? Would you prefer the films to be in 3D or not?

Alexandra Burke's Fourth Single Announced...

So it has been reported that Alexandra Burke's fourth single from her album "Overcome" is to be "The Silence".
I'm not sure if it has been officially announced yet, but apparently this is to be the next single.
It is expected to be released around March, and Alexandra Burke has countlessly said she would like to see this as a single. So fingers crossed this happens.
This is hands down one of the best tracks from the album...if not it is the best track. I really hope this becomes a single and does really well because I think it deserves it. Well hopefully it gets confirmed soon. If it is confirmed I will update this post when I hear the news.

What are your views on this? Do you think this is the right single choice?

Cheryl Cole's "Parachute" Video Premiere Date Announced

I reported not too long ago that Cheryl Cole's next single will be "Parachute". I now have news that her video will premiere this weekend on T4. It was filmed earlier this month and will appear this Sunday (31st Jan) at 12.20PM on T4.
The single will be officially released on March 15th...

Pixie Lott Launching Her Own Clothing Range?

Pixie Lott is reportedly going to launch her own clothing range. She has teamed up with fashion designers "Lipsy" to create her own range.
She is supposed to be working on two looks which will be released ready for the summer.
Apparently the first look will be aimed at girls who want a vintage look, and the other will be for urban night out.
Pixie Lott has said that she would like to expand her horizons and venture into other things than just music, so I suppose this is the right direction to be going in. I hope she don't give up music and venture to other things such as acting as I like her music and don't think she will be right for anything else.

What are your views on this? Do you like Pixie Lott's fashion sense? Would you buy from her clothing range?

Monica: Everything To Me Final Extended Version

After Monica fans have protested over how short Monica's new single "Everything To Me" was, she headed back into the studio and added a new verse which ramps the length of the song up to just over 3 mins whereas before it was only 2 mins.
Now can I say, this sounds completely finished now and the extra verse gives it just the thing it needs. I liked the song before but it lacked something and I didn't like the fact it only lasted 2 mins. So now with this extra verse and listening to it again I can say this is a solid record. I hope she does well with this one because she truly deserves it. I would give this song a solid 5/5.

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