She's arguably the most famous independent artist at the moment and I know some of you are wondering why she's even considered an artist. Her new single sans Ark Music has garnered over 23 million views and climbing. We think it's lost all the appeal of "Friday" and is a bit too obvious but fair play to her.
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Why people are missing the point about Rebecca Black’s song "Friday". It’s gone viral for a reason and this is the thing that has been lost by many an artist. Friday polarises people. They either like or or hate it and in the new economy of the videosphere, views count more than critical acclaim. Ark Records and Rebecca will be laughing all the way to the bank.
If you needed anymore proof of the scale of the DIY artist community then you need to check out this artist. Stromae (Paul Van Haver) is a Belgian/Rwandan singer/songwriter who composed, recorded and released a massive worldwide hit "Allor On Danse". Recorded using Propellerheads Reason it became a massive hit in Europe. Watch how he put the track together.
London girl group The Scarletz attempt to bring reggae back to the charts. Good luck to them. Their debut single "Messed Up" is pretty good, lots of lovely harmonies and it actually has a more contemporary reggae style to it. The girls take their influence from Madness, The Specials and Lily Allen, and while we think that is laudable of them, they should also give some serious listen to some of reggae’s greats like Ken Boothe, Bob Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Aswad. But props to them for setting themselves apart from the rest of the mob let’s hope Island Records pick them up. Pre-order "Messed Up" now.
She’s from the Netherlands and won best Dutch song in 2010 with this smokey, sulty song which just has the ability to put you in a good mood. Her debut album spent 30 weeks at the top of the Dutch album charts beating the record set by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
The song is released on the Grandmono Label and you can download it right now. So what you waiting for ?
1994 was a fantastic year for pop music. The singles chart was vibrant, it was diverse with a couple of reggae hits, a novelty football song, Mariah Carey with a brilliant cover song, and then there was Whigfield. Dance music was already tearing up the charts with a new form of music, rave music, going mainstream. In the days before Cowell’s domination, there was a genuine race for the coveted Christmas number one spot. This year it belonged to East 17. Take That were brilliant and Wet Wet Wet hogged the number one spot forever ! Enjoy a nostalgic look back at 1994 and don’t forget to bookmark www.myhotmusic.com/myhotmusic.
If Seal was a blue eyed soul singer this is what he would sound like. Songs Of Trees new single "Drifting Apart" is a serious song with a message which is brilliantly sung and conveyed. It is one that deserves a wider audience.