Friday, 26 August 2016
Never be early to a party, is what people say. And that's why I don't have any shame in admitting that I was tardy to acknowledging the slaytion of electro-pop duo Dumblonde.
For those not in the know, Dumblonde formed from the ashes of one of the greatest girl bands of recent years, Danity Kane. Whereas eyes (mine included) were firmly fixed on the solo material of the group's avant-garde member Dawn Richard, the duo of Shannon Bex and Aubrey O'Day slipped under the radar with their 2015 self-titled LP.
With an upbeat sound, feather-light vocals and more hooks than a Peter Pan convention, a cursory listen would have a lazy mug writing this project off as the musical personification of their namesake: a dumb blonde. But making great pop is no easy feat, and it's only with a somewhat clinical, detached ear that the skill, depth and heart running through the project is revealed.
Britney Spears doing Carpool Karaoke with James Corden was always going to be an interesting one. Not because the premise of The Late Late Show segment requires the passenger to sing with the host as they carpool. (Okay, so maybe that a bit.) But more so because we get a chance to see Britney interact without the handlers nearby influencing her.
Whether this was a factor or not, Brit did appear more engaged and honest -fyi she's done with men( but will still French kiss em for fun). And though it was fun at times to watch, the diva still seems to be missing something behind the eyes, which makes me a little sad. Boo.
Botney may not be a thing of the past just yet, but Britney is slowly coming back to us. Let's hope this shines through during Sunday's MTV Video Music Award performance.
Monday, 22 August 2016
Decline is an inevitability for all of us and everything. Physics even has a theory for it: The second law of thermodynamics. And our Divas, as magical as they are, are no exception to this.
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Friday, 12 August 2016
Don't even have time to find another gif. Straight cut and paste job from a few weeks back! IM LATE!!!
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Thursday, 11 August 2016
Disco is my genre, so when I read Christina Aguilera's new track Telepathy dabbled in the '70s sound, I was so ready for it.
Penned by Sia and produced by Stargate, the track immediately brought to mind Daft Punk's Get Lucky, with a similar guitar loop and tempo. Not a great start. However, Christina's vocal styling saved it from becoming too derivative, with falsetto notes, runs and edgy belts out in force. They're just not executed to the usual standard you'd hear on a Christina Aguilera studio cut- sounding somewhat sloppy. (Admittedly that could be the fault of the mix.)
Friday, 5 August 2016
It seems to be the case that when a singer's career is derailed, they head over to the West End/Broadway to get a role in a musical. Realistically this wouldn't be an option for someone like, say, Katy Perry, but X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, is a different calibre of singer.