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  • marcridley 19:25 on 10/04/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Guetta, Jessie J, , video   

    VIDEO: Jessie J – Laserlight ft. David Guetta – Released Today 

    Jessie J’s collaboration with David Guetta can be seen in two ways. It either means that Jessie J has finally hit the big time and has now scored the chance to work with a superstar DJ; or Jessie is just another in a long line of female vocalists-for-hire which Guetta needs to ship in just to make his latest creation listenable (think Kelly Rowland, Sia…). Or perhaps Jessie J is being shrewd here, too; after all, the new track exists solely to encourage people to download the special edition of her album, and having David Guetta on board might get a few new people interested. 

    The video, released today, shows Jessie J in some ridiculous earrings the size of dinner plates and a series of bizarre costumes, each uglier than the next. According to people who aren’t in any way paid by record labels to write complete rubbish in order to sell pop music, the track featured in the video is “a huge electro-house-ballad full of Guetta’s signature thumping beats and Jessie’s powerhouse vocal.” See for yourself below.

    Laserlight is released on May 13th (although obviously available on iTunes now), and here’s the video, released today.

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  • marcridley 19:09 on 08/04/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Britain's Got Talent, Cheryl Cole, Newsmound, One Direction, Ryan Gosling, ,   

    Newsmound – The best of what you may have missed 

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    Welcome to the Newsmound – a regular look at the obscure entertainment news stories you might have missed. Today: Simon CowellOne Direction and Ryan Gosling.

      • Simon Cowell has finally conceded defeat to BBC One’s The Voice UK. Last night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent scored a hefty 9.43m viewers for ITV1, but The Voice UK won out with an average of 9.54m. Cowell tweeted: ‘A slightly irritated congrats to Danny [Cohen, BBC exec] and the BBC. But you didn’t have a dancing dog!’ Right.
      • Ryan Gosling courted more comparisons to superheroes this week after saving journalist Laurie Penny from getting run over by a taxi in New York City. It’s not the first time Gosling has had to come to the rescue; last year footage surfaced of him splitting up a street fight. More from Political Scrapbook.
      • Last night, One Direction delivered a dull but admirable performance of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ on US chat show Saturday Night Live. They sound pretty good but it’s nothing to write home about; and Niall looks a bit lost, bless him. Watch it here.
      • Cheryl Cole has reportedly decided to drop her surname when she launches her comeback later this year. This is a bad move, I think; ‘Cheryl’ is not a great name for a popstar. Grandmothers and middle-aged Loose Women presenters, not popstars, are called Cheryl. More from the Daily Mail.
      • Damon Albarn has signaled that Blur’s Olympics performance in Hyde Park this summer will be their last. Let’s hope so.
     
  • marcridley 12:06 on 13/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Paula Abdul, , , The X Factor USA, TV news   

    The X Factor USA – first full preview 

    Warning: If you think The X Factor here in the UK is ridiculously overrated, frustratingly omnipresent and unbearably over-dramatic, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    The X Factor is headed to the USA, and is set to dwarf our version in almost every respect. It will make our pyrotechnics look like birthday cake candles. It will make our dramatic live finals look like a particularly tame episode of ‘Countryfile’. IT WILL MAKE DIVA FEVER LOOK SHY AND UNDERSTATED.

    IT’S TIME (well, almost). TO FACE (watch at three in the morning on ITV2). THE MUSIC (mentally unstable Americans trying to impress Paula Abdul).

    Here’s the full trailer.

    Crikey.

    It will never, however, beat this:

    ‘Arrogant. Obnoxious. YOU’VE GOT FOUR YESSES.’

     
  • marcridley 10:28 on 12/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Emma Watson, , , Jedward, Kate Hudson, Louis Walsh, Matt Bellamy, Muse, Robbie Williams, Take That, ,   

    Newsmound – The best of what you may have missed 

    Welcome the the Newsmound – our weekly look at the obscure entertainment news stories you might have missed. This week: Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Emma Watson, Louis Walsh, Jedward and more.

      • Ahead of the release of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Tom Felton has announced that he intends to pursue a hip-hop career. Yes really. Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I was thinking of doing some N-Dubz style stuff. I am looking to get into the grime rap UK scene.’ Well I think we can all agree we’re looking forward to that. More from NME.
      • Emma Watson hates her younger self. Or, more precisely, she feels embarrassed about her acting skills in the first few Potter movies: ‘It’s somewhat embarrassing to see myself go through all the awkward stages of growing up,’ she told the Daily Telegraph. So much time has passed and so much has happened that it seems that I don’t know her, but it’s interesting to see how the character has evolved and how much I have changed.’ More from 4Music.
      • Robbie Williams is trying to sort himself out so he can become a dad. Writing in his official blog, the Take That star explains that he’s trying to get over his crippling stage fright and social awkwardness: ‘I’m going to be a dad… maybe next year or the year after and I don’t want their dad to be emotionally inept, for my own well-being as well as theirs.’ More from 4Music.
      • Louis Walsh is set to call in Jedward to help him pick this year’s X Factor finalists. According to Holy Moly!, the horrific pop duo will join forces with Louis to help him choose the acts he’ll take through to the live shows in the autumn. Crikey. More from Holy Moly!
      • Actress Kate Hudson and Muse star Matt Bellamy have had their first child. It’s a boy – born on Saturday and weighing in at 7lb 12. We’ve no idea heavy that is, and so we wouldn’t like to comment. In the spirit of the occasion, however, we are willing to plant a tree; that’s how Hudson has asked her friends to congratulate the couple on their new birth. More from 3am.
      • Oh, and the News of the World is in a right pickle. Apparently.
     
  • marcridley 21:43 on 11/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Album Review, Farris Badwan, New Releases, Skying,   

    Album Review – The Horrors – ‘Skying’ 

    Photo by Neil Krug

    No one can ever accuse Southend-on-Sea’s The Horrors of having a limited taste in music. From even a short listen to their back catalogue you can easily imagine spending an entire day merrily fingering through their record collections, running your fingers carefully across the countless dust jackets and almost tasting the nostalgia. You know for sure you’d see a few Sonic Youth albums lying around, and no doubt, given the direction of their newest album, a damn sight more Simple Minds than you’d thought had survived this long.

    For better or for worse, ‘Skying’ is a change from The Horrors’ last LP, ‘Primary Colours’. That album was all 60s colour spray and grandiose art-rock; a lot of thought had gone into it, and not just into their carefully crafted neo-goth aesthetic. It was an album which shouldn’t have been good, given the forgettable racket that was their first attempt ‘Strange House’. What it turned out to be was a spectacular reinvention for a band that almost packed themselves into a niche corner full of pompous guitar squealing straight out the gate.

    Continue reading The Horrors – ‘Skying’

     
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