The Australian Idol circus rides into town again

The laughter, the tears the humiliation, the big final and the inevitable one hit wonder, has rolled into town. You got it, Australian Idol is back on the telly and with Channel 10 having already pulled the plug on Big Brother, it is only a matter of time that Idol will follow suit.

So far the auditions I have seen have been extremely tired, formulaic and boring. The loss of the only judge with any ounce of wit, personality and style, Mark Holden, has frankly killed it for me. As for Ricki Lee, well a couple of hit albums do not a presenter make.

Poor, poor, poor.

A blast from the past. Friends Again “State of Art”

state of art – FRIENDS AGAIN –

Friends Again were one of Scotland’s finest 80s pop groups. I can remember watching this on TV in Africa and loving it very much. Listening to the beauty of the music makes me wonder what on earth happened to production and engineering trends that tend to squash the life out of records. I wonder what on earth happened to them ? Here is the video for you to enjoy as well.

Myhotmusic Alert – Antigone “More Man Than Man”.

We liked this one after finding her on Myspace via the Popshow website ( The song is out on the 14th of July and it is a rather tasty slice of electro/disco house music from a girl who has a rather interesting fashion sense.

The track has been getting good reviews from DJs and judging from the clips on her myspace page, the album is going to be a cracker.

The Rolex Sweep. A new dance to “sweep” the globe.

It’s a bit silly like the macarena, in fact it ‘borrows’ half of its routine from the 90s dance sensation. The Rolex Sweep is a song by Wiley & Skepta and is a grime anthem which no doubt would be huge in the UK this summer. The Rolex Sweep should also be huge globally as it sits somewhat in the middle of grime and electro so should be popular in both camps. Anyway here are some more hilarious attempts at the Rolex Sweep by some rather inebriated people.

Who wants to reach 8 million TV households for only 8 quid ?

Amazing but true. UK satellite TV station Hollywood Classics Network, which broadcasts on the Open Access TV network are offering Prime Time Ads for only £8 per 30 secs AD, with no minimum amount of Ads required. They are offering this during major films and they are broadcasting to over 8 million UK homes and 57 European countries.

Not only that, they are offering businesses, charities and ministries the chance for sponsored Airtime for only £50 for 15 mins of Prime Time. We have contacted them to get more information but this sounds like a fabulous opportunity for the right kind of artist. HCN broadcast Hollywood Classics and as such should get a lot of viewers, in theory at least.

The digital TV revolution, now competing with internet video ads means one thing. The cost of TV advertising and broadcasting will be going down. It may spark a similar revolution to the digital recording revolution which slashed the costs of making music, opening a lot of opportunities for independent artists and labels. Let’s hope the quality of TV programming doesn’t suffer, but this is a tremendous opportunity for labels to have their own Youtube style channel broadcasting artist EPKs, special concerts and so on. The potential is as huge as the net but on normal telly. This could ensure artists who don’t get airplay have an opportunity to reach millions.

Hollywood Classics Network, broadcast on Sky Channel 160 (Open Access 2), from 6pm weeknights & 12 midday weekends and Sky Channel 883 (Open Access 1), broadcasting from 6am – 9am everyday. They are the UK’s only free-to-air Movie & Comedy Channel, broadcasting the finest archives in free TV, with 1000’s of Classic Movies, big Star Films, & the greatest Classic Comedies from American Networks, so they should have a lot of ‘wholesome’ family content and would suit artists like Simply Red, Lighthouse Family and even Duffy.

You can find out more from or call HCN on 01604 882 581