Wednesday, January 30, 2013


It's yet another birthday. Time has started to fly way too fast for my tastes and I most certainly do not feel like I have reached the XX number (no, it's not 40 - YET!).

Nevermind,  I thought I would pick my very first ever favourite song (that I can remember) as the Song Of The Day.

Ex-Kajagoogoo singer Limahl released the title track from the film The Neverending Story in 1984. The song became a big hit, charting at #1 in Japan, Sweden and Norway,  #2 in Germany and Austria, #4 in the UK, #7 in France and #17 in the US. The song was written and produced by none other then Giorgio Moroder!

It became my favourite song as soon as I heard it and I would call the local radio station every day to request it. As soon as the film came out on VHS I demanded to see it and when I discovered that the film was based on a book I tracked down a copy and read it in one evening. It became my favourite book of all time. As a reference to the film and its title, the song has no distinctive beginning, nor an end (it just fades in and out, which I always liked). The 12" version is excellent as well and I still have the record to prove it :)

So, here is the song that a 6 year old diva in the making was listening to again and again, all those years ago:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Cyndi Lauper released the second single from her sophomore album True Colors in November 1986.

"Change Of Heart" peaked at #3 in the US and became a big fan favorite (I was thrilled to see her perform it live a couple of years ago!). Here is Miss Lauper going crazy at London's Trafalgar Square:

Monday, January 28, 2013

English Artwork...

OMD have revealed the artwork for their new album. You can pre-order various formats here

The formats include this lovely box set:

English Electric Boxset

- Limited Edition collectors tin with embossed logo
- CD / DVD / Demo CD in 7" gatefold card fold out
- 7" single on colour vinyl with exclusive B-side
- 16 page 7" booklet (including lyrics and exclusive photos)
- 2 x artwork prints (canvass paper)
- 2 x photo prints (photo paper)
- Certificate of authenticity signed by band
(- 2 metal pin badges - pre orders only)

The first single has been announced: "Metroland" will be released on March 25th, with the album to follow on April 8th. Three more tracks from the album are said to be considered as singles: Helen Of Troy, Night Café and Dresden


It's Monday, and I am stuck with a school project I have to turn in this week. And since I am way past my patience on it, me thinks it is time for some very pretty music. Enter Roberta Flack.

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" was written in 1957 and recorded by various artists in the following years. It did not become a big hit though until Roberta recorded it. She included the song on her 1969 album First Take and the song was later used in the 1971 movie Play Misty For Me. Atlantic Records decided to release the song as a single after it was used in the movie and it became a huge hit, topping the US singles chart in early 1972. It won Record Of The Year at the Grammy Awards.

Since then, various artists have recorded the song: Diana Ross, George Michael, Richard Marx, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion and many more. But here is a beautiful performance by Miss Flack from Top Of The Pops:

Cut Copy...

Remember Petula Clark? Of course you do! Miss Clark has been releasing music for over 60 years, including hits like "Downtown" and "This Is My Song".

Now, the 80 year old singer is back with a new album and a rather fantastic new single. "Cut Copy Me" was first released last year as part of a French EP, Petula. The track was met with great feedback so it was eventually remixed for the clubs. And I must say, it is a great track (and much more contemporary then you might expect, not to mention that Miss Clark does not sound like she's 80 years old!)

The new album, Lost In You, will be released on February 205th.

In an incredible career spanning over seven decades, Petula Clark is a true International Superstar. She cut her first record in 1949 and has subsequently become one of the best-selling British female artists in recording history, selling over 68 million records worldwide.

Petula releases her album this coming 22nd February through Sony Music, featuring a mix of stunning new songs and beautiful covers with her own unique slant. The lead track from her new album ‘Cut Copy Me’ is a mesmerising, contemporary surprise, whilst the title track ‘Lost In You’ reverberates around a simple, yet beautiful piano refrain. Another new track is ‘Next To You’; its haunting sound comprehensible as it was co-written with Simon Wilcox, who wrote ‘Northern Lights’ for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ soundtrack. The album also features some unique cover versions, including a whole re-imagining of her signature hit ‘Downtown’, a beautiful version of the Gnarls Barkley hit ‘Crazy’ and a touching rendition of her friend Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’.

Petula won her first Grammy in 1964 with ‘Downtown’ for ‘Best Rock n Roll Record’ ('Downtown' hit No.1 in the US selling over three million copies) and won her second Grammy the following year, 1965, for ‘Best Female Vocal Performance’. One of the key players in ‘the British Invasion’ she scored 15 consecutive US top forty hits.

John Lennon cited her as one of his favourite singers, which makes her new take on ‘Imagine’, also featured here on this new studio album, all the more poignant. He also asked her to join in his live recording of the single ‘Give Peace A Chance’ (she can been seen in the classic video-clip filmed in Montreal hotel room during the legendary event). She has also worked with Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Jones, The Carpenters, Frank Sinatra, Paolo Nutini, Barbra Streisand and countless other stars. Petula has also starred in more than 30 motion pictures, including ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ where she starred opposite Fred Astaire (and was nominated for a Golden Globe) and 1970’s ‘Goodbye Mr Chips’, where she starred opposite Peter O’Toole.

Entertaining the troops during World War II both on radio and in concert Petula was described as having ‘a voice as sweet as chapel bells’. Throughout this album that same angelic vocal quality continues to be prevalent and she has never sounded so young.


1.            Cut Copy Me
2.            Lost in You
3.            Crazy
4.            Never Enough
5.            Downtown (New Version)
6.            Next To You
7.            Reflections
8.            He loves and She Loves
9.            Every Word You Say
10.          Imagine
11.          Love Me Tender
12.          I Won’t Care

Oh, and why not go dowtown once again?

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Marc Almond (formerly of Soft Cell) released his biggest solo hit in 1992 (not counting his #1 Gene Pitney duet "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" in 1989).

"The Days Of Pearly Spencer" peaked at #4 in the UK singles chart and was the last time to date that he had a Top 20 single in the country. While he has never really "fit in" the music scene, thankfully this excellent track became a big hit for him.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Time now for one of my favorite Eurythmics songs. Understandably not one of their biggest singles, it was released as the first single from their 1987 album Savage. The single peaked at #25 in the UK and gave us the best video the duo ever made.

Take a girl like that
And put her in a natural setting
Like a cafe for example.
Along comes the boy
And he’s looking for trouble
With a girl like that
With a girl like that.
Who knows what they’ll decide to do.
Who knows what they’ll get up to.
I’d love to know.
Wouldn’t you?

I love to listen to Beethoven...

You think you know just what you want
But you have used that weapon against me.
Did I tell you I was lying by the way
When I said I wanted a new mink coat.
I was just thinking about
Something sleek
To wrap around my tender throat
I was dreaming like a Texan girl
A girl who thinks she’s got the right to everything.
A girl who thinks she should have
Something extreme.

I love to listen to Beethoven...

Friday, January 25, 2013


It's Friday - and the song of the day is a disco-fantastic number from the fabulous Kelly Marie!

"Feels Like I'm in Love" was a UK number-one single for two weeks in September 1980.
Written by Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry, the song was originally intended for Elvis Presley but he died before it could be pitched to him.

Released in 1979, the song was a sleeper on the Scottish club scene before breaking through nationally in the summer of 1980, reaching the top of the charts in September. The following year, aided by a number of remixes the song became a club hit in the U.S., reaching number ten on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Can you imagine Elvis doing this song (or that video???). Nevermind, I'm off to London to dance with the sailors!

Have a great weekend!

Also, I couldn't resist posting this hilarious TV performance - I love her attitude and those walk/dance moves get me every time! Bless her!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Delta Machine...

Depeche Mode have officially announced their new album.

The band will release their 13th studio album Delta Machine in the UK on March 25 and a day later in the US. The album will be preceded by lead single "Heaven", with the accompanying music video to premiere on Vevo on February 1.

Delta Machine will be released as a standard edition as well as a deluxe edition that includes a bonus disc with four extra tracks as well as a 28-page book featuring photos by Anton Corbijn. "Heaven" will be released on disc with remixes from Matthew Dear (as Matthew Dear vs. Audion), Blawan, Owlle, and Steps to Heaven.

"Writing this album was incredibly daunting as I wanted the sound of this collection to be very modern," Martin Gore said. "I want people to feel good about listening to this record, to get some kind of peace. It's just got something magical about it." Dave Gahan added: "With this release we've completely shifted our idea of how to create an album.

"When we hit a wall where we realize the album is beginning to sound too normal, we'll mess it up and really give it that organic Depeche Mode Sound. Delta Machine is no different, and I can't wait for all of our fans to hear it."

Previously, Gore said, "The music has a similar vibe to [1990's] Violator and [1993's] Songs of Faith and Devotion and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we've done," while Gahan said it's "not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe."

The album will be supported by a European stadium tour later in the year.


1. 'Welcome to My World'
2. 'Angel'
3. 'Heaven'
4. 'Secret to the End'
5. 'My Little Universe'
6. 'Slow'
7. 'Broken'
8. 'The Child Inside'
9. 'Soft Touch/Raw Nerve'
10. 'Should Be Higher'
11. 'Alone'
12. 'Soothe My Soul'
13. 'Goodbye'


The video for the rather disappointing first single:


We are still very much in the 80s (why would we ever want to leave?).

This fabulous little number by Italian group Matia Bazar was released in the mid-80s and went number one in Italy and Belgium. I had actually forgotten about this song until I heard it again in 2005. It was featured on the Back To Mine double CD compilation, where Pet Shop Boys selected some their favorite songs (this one was on the disc by Chris Lowe, who is probably one of my musical soulmates!).


The track was covered by Scooter in 2009 and featured the original singer. I much prefer the original version, of course...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Time now for the girls! The almighty Bananarama covered the this 70's song by The Supremes (sans Miss Ross) in 1987 for their Wow! album, and then released this re-recorded version as a single from their Greatest Hits album in 1988. And like almost everything the girls have ever done, I love this song (especially the 12" version).

The perky number peaked inside the UK top 20, while the Greatest Hits collection peaked at #3 in the UK.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


The song of the day is one of the most perfect pop songs ever written, IMO. 

"You Came" by Kim Wilde was released in July 1988. It was the second single taken from the equally fabulous album Close (which became the biggest selling album of her career). The song became an instant favourite of mine back when it was released and it remains one of those songs that I can listen to again and again without ever getting tired of.

It became of one of Kim's biggest hits, reaching the Top 10 all over Europe and peaking at #3 in the UK. In 2006 a brand new version was released as a single to launch her album Never Say Never, which was a collection of new songs and reworked old hits. It became a hit again in Europe, but was sadly never released in the UK.

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Here are both versions. I love the 2006 version, but nothing compares to the original...

But what will Kim be up to in 2013?

After teasing her fans last year with the idea of writing and recording a new album in 2013, Kim Wilde talked about a possible Christmas album a few days ago on Twitter.

Ok twitter,any ideas for my Xmas album.I'm thinking intimate and romantic,how about you?

Kim has also confirmed that along with working on the christmas album, she will be spending the year writing and recording material for a brand new studio album, which will be released in 2014!

Monday, January 21, 2013


It's Monday... so, in an attempt to forget all about work and school, lets travel back in time and enjoy the madness of B-52s with their debut single "Rock Lobster".

The song was originally released in 1978, again in 1979 and then once more in 1986, becoming one of the bands signature songs.

All together now: "There goes a dog-fish, chased by a cat-fish, in flew a sea robin, watch out for that piranha, there goes a narwhal, here comes a bikini whale!"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Girl Who Got Away Is Back...

Dido 2013 press shot

Dido has confirmed the tracklisting for her new album Girl Who Got Away.

The singer will release her fourth studio album on March 4, preceded by lead single 'No Freedom' on February 24. Dido's brother Rollo Armstrong produced the majority of the album, alongside Brian Eno, Jeff Bhasker, Rick Nowels and Greg Kurstin.

Dido's last album was 2008's Safe Trip Home, which followed her hugely successful debut No Angel and sophomore record Life For Rent.


1. 'No Freedom'
2. 'Girl Who Got Away'
3. 'Let Us Move On' feat. Kendrick Lamar
4. 'Blackbird'
5. 'End of Night'
6. 'Sitting On The Roof Of The World'
7. 'Love To Blame'
8. 'Go Dreaming'
9. 'Happy New Year'
10. 'Loveless Hearts'
11. 'Day Before We Went To War'

Lust, Chase And The Game Of Love..

Suede have revealed the tracklisting for their comeback album Bloodsports.

The record will be released on March 18, marking the band's first studio album in over ten years.

Suede also confirmed that "It Starts and Ends with You" will be released as a single on the same day, following the release of "Barriers" as a free download last week.

Lead singer Brett Anderson said: "After a year of sweating and bleeding over the record it's finally finished so we wanted to get some music out there as soon as we could.

"'Barriers' isn't the first single but we are proud of it enough just to chuck it out there and thought that it's pulsing, romantic swell somehow summed up the feel of the album quite nicely .

"The album is called Bloodsports. It's about lust, it's about the chase, it's about the endless carnal game of love. It was possibly the hardest we've ever made but certainly the most satisfying.

"Its ten furious songs for me have reclaimed from ourselves what Suede was always about; drama, melody and noise."

Suede will play a one-off show at London's Alexandra Palace on Saturday, March 30, tickets for which are on sale now.


1. Barriers
2. Snowblind
3. It Starts and Ends with You
4. Sabotage
5. For the Strangers
6. Hit Me
7. Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away
8. What Are You Not Telling Me?
9. Always
10. Faultlines

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Exile Hurts...


Hurts have announced the tracklisting for their new album Exile

The duo's second studio album will contain 12 tracks including their new single "Miracle". The set follows the band's debut album Happiness, which peaked at number two on the charts in 2010 and  spawned the hit singles "Better Than Love", "Wonderful Life", "Stay" and "Sunday".

Exile, which is out on March 11, is preceded by "Miracle" on March 10. A 12-date UK and European tour throughout March and April will coincide with the release.


1. Exile
2. Miracle
3. Sandman
4. Blind
5. Only You
6. The Road
7. Cupid
8. Mercy
9. The Crow
10. Somebody To Die For
11. The Rope
12. Help

The Last Giant...

Music and film retailer HMV last night called in the administrators as it becomes the highest profile chain to collapse during the current economic malaise.

Around 4,500 jobs are at risk at the 90-year-old retailer after its board called in Deloitte as administrators following poor results over the crucial Christmas trading period – when it traditionally makes most of its sales.

Best known for its Nipper the dog trademark, HMV has failed to find a way through difficult economic conditions and fierce competition from supermarkets.

It has been struggling with debts for just over two years, and while banks have revised the terms of their loans it was thought to been handed a lifeline after its suppliers, including Universal Music, EMI, Warner Brothers and Disney, were handed shares in exchange for improved commercial terms.

But those firms were said last night to have refused to agree to provide additional financing to the retailer, leaving it with few options to find the extra resources needed to keep trading. HMV's website was still advertising its 25% off sale for thousands of products on Monday.

The chain, which opened its first store in 1921 on London's Oxford Street and still owns the world's biggest record shop there, had been attempting to shift out of films and music and into accessories such as headphones. But it had not been enough to counter the decline in conventional sales. Simon Fox, then chief executive, jumped ship to Trinity Mirror last year to be replaced by Trevor Moore, the former boss of Jessops, the camera retailer which itself collapsed last week.

Jessops closed its 187 shops for the last time on Friday and made 1,370 staff redundant. It is one of several high street names to go to the wall over the past year, including the electrical retailer Comet, clothing chain Peacocks and JJB sports.

HMV is arguably the highest profile name to collapse during the prolonged economic downturn and altering shopping habits that also forced Woolworths out of business five years ago, at the start of the banking crisis.

Ironically the collapse of Woolworths had initially helped HMV, which enjoyed a peak in sales shortly afterwards, before the competition escalated from supermarkets and online retailers.

A weak economy in the run-up to Christmas has exacerbated the woes of retailers struggling with business models overwhelmed by technological changes such as the explosion in camera phones, which destabilised Jessops, and the explosion in internet downloading which undermined demand for CDs and DVDs at HMV. With consumers less keen to spend over the key festive period, which is a make-or-break time for struggling retailers, Jessops and HMV have been unable to prove to their financiers that they have a viable business model.

Last month in the midst of the Christmas trading period HMV had warned that the tough trading conditions meant it was already struggling despite having installed a new management team in Moore and new finance director Ian Kenyon.

It remains to seen what the impact will be on the film companies and record labels which rely on its 247 stores for their sales. Despite its troubled position, the retailer still sells 27% of all DVDs and Blu-Ray discs and 38% of the physical music market.

I was so sad to hear the news last night! HMV has always been the most important high street store in London for me (no surprises there!) and I really hope that the chain wont close (or at the very least that they will manage to keep open the flagship store on Oxford!).

It used to be so much fun to shop in London - HMV, Virgin, Tower and all the second hand shops in Soho seemed to be filled with treasures and it would take days to go through them all. Now, if HMV falls (and takes Fopp with it), there is nothing left for music lovers in one of the biggest cities in the world, except for a few second hand stores, unless you fancy trips to supermarkets!

HMV currently sells 38% of the physical music sold in the UK - and the last time I checked, a big part of the population still wants albums on physical formats. Vinyl has been making a big comeback as well over the last few years and I flat out refuse to believe that people will want to turn their backs completely on actually OWNING something besides a bloody computer file. The quality of an MP3 is never going to be the same, so people are buying much inferior product (and if they want an album on MP3 they can just buy the CD and rip it to MP3).

I have never, and hopefully will never buy an MP3! I don't really know how much cheaper it is to buy an MP3 album vs physical and I don't care. But I do know that I would stop buying music if the physicals went out. For example, I have supported Madonna for more then 25 years, buying every release that I could get my hands on. Her latest single was not released on any physical format, and therefore I did not buy it (and neither did anyone else, apparently).

I don't think anything can take away the feeling of browsing in a record store. The problem with HMV is that the prices were often way too high, so people would browse in the store and then go home and order the same thing on Amazon for a much lower price. I do the exact same thing over here - I never buy anything in the pathetic excuse of an overpriced record store we here, I just browse and order from Amazon. (BTW, over here well over 90% of music sales are on physical formats. Sadly it is mostly Icelandic music, since people seem to want to buy that crap and just steal everything else!).

HMV has been standing for 90 years and I refuse to believe that this is the end. They do need to make some massive changes and probably close down a lot of stores, but if they could offer more competitive prices I think they could continue to stay in business. At least I hope so!

Monday, January 14, 2013


OMD have announced their new album:
We are delighted to announce our new album English Electric. It will be released on April 8th on CD, deluxe CD+DVD, heavyweight vinyl LP, collectors' tin boxset as well as digitally.

The tracklist is as follows:

Please Remain Seated
Night Café
The Future Will Be Silent
Helen of Troy
Our System
Kissing The Machine
Stay With Me
Atomic Ranch
Final Song

The first single will be Metroland, released on 25th March. In the meantime, here is a short video for the track Decimal:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

End Of An Era...

Kylie Minogue has split with longtime manager Terry Blamey.

However, earlier British reports that the parting meant Minogue was retiring from music have been dismissed.

Blamey, who has managed Minogue's career since the release of "Locomotion" in 1987, officially ended his partnership with the star on New Year's Eve. Sources say Minogue made the decision in September, with the pair working together amicably until the end of the celebrations of her 25th anniversary in music.

"Kylie has decided to pull back slightly from the pressures of her career and devote more time to herself and her acting career," Blamey said. "This is not to say she will be retiring from music, just taking a bit of a break." Blamey will "pursue other exciting business opportunities and spend more time with my family. As we reach this fork in the road after a wonderful 25 years working together, we do so amicably, wishing each other nothing but the very best for each other's continued success."

Minogue renewed her love of acting with a critically-acclaimed role in last year's indie flick Holy Motors"I had no idea Holy Motors would do this for me," Minogue told News Limited in October. "It's made me a little bit hungry for more ..."

Minogue also had a small role in another cult film, Jack and Diane, out now on DVD/Blu-ray in the US and has been linked to British musical romcom Walking on Sunshine, which goes into production this year.

While the news marks an end of an era - and one of the longest-running and most successful partnerships in pop music - a spokeswoman for Minogue said she is "definitely not retiring from music."

Blamey received an an award for his management skills in London in November - Minogue gave a speech with read in part "You can only imagine how much we've been through together: The highs, lows and plateaus, the good the bad and the ugly. But throughout it all Terry's commitment, support and guidance has remained constant."

Minogue's spokeswoman also denied British media reports the split was provoked by a falling out between Blamey and Minogue's father Ron over the direction of the star's career.

Kylie is supposed to be releasing a new album this year, so the news about taking a break comes as a surprise. Kylie herself said on Twitter that she was not quitting music, but no further info was given. I am also surprised that she has ended her very successful partnership with Terry (if she wanted to get rid of someone, she should quit working with the insufferable William Baker!). 

Time will tell what will happen, but I really hope she will release a new album this year!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Very First Time...

The latest issue of UK magazine Classic Pop features a fun article on Madonna's 1983 debut album. Click to enlarge:

Thanks to Madonnalicious

Friday, January 11, 2013


A bit of a war is going on between Lady Gaga and Sharon Osbourne.

Lady Gaga's open letter to Kelly Osbourne

Dear Kelly, While I wish you had reached out to me personally, as the head of the Born This Way foundation with my mother Cynthia we would like to respond. Everyday, through my music and public voice I choose to be positive and work towards a kinder and braver world with our community of followers. I encourage them to ignore criticism, stand up to bullies, know their own value and see that we are all the same and no one person is worth more than another. I know I’m perceived as a wild child, but in reality I am woman that deeply cares for humanity. I have empathy for you Kelly, but I feel it culturally important to note that you have chosen a less compassionate path. Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people's beauty against one another. “Appearance” is the most used reason for bullying in the world. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature. It glorifies you and Joan Rivers pointing in the camera, laughing, and making jokes about artists and celebrities as if we are zoo animals. What about your body revolution? It used to make me truly sad when I would hear people talk about your weight when you were younger, as I was bullied too. To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding. Why not help others? Why not defend others who are bullied for their image and share your story? I am pointing this out not to take a crack at your character, as we’ve met before and you’re lovely. However, I urge you to take responsibility and accountability for the example that you are setting for young people. They look up to you because you are famous, and if you treat others that way on TV, many adolescents at home on twitter assume your actions are acceptable: well if she does it, why can’t I? I cannot control my fans, and I discourage them from any negativity and violence, because that is wrong and hurtful -- and I do feel badly that your feelings were hurt. However, we can all do our part in the media to set a standard of respect, compassion, and love. I wish for you to be treated with the kindness and respect that everyone deserves. While some of my fans have learning to do, most of them share the same values as I, and it's what bonds us together. And that bond is strong.
Sincerely Gaga and Cynthia

PS. And to any media or celebrities that happen to find this letter in their path, I hope you, too, consider the power of your voices. Lets work together and make 2013 a year of unity.

Sharon Osbourne's open letter to Lady Gaga

Ms. Gaga,
I am responding to your open letter to my daughter Kelly, and I am perplexed as to why you would go public with an open letter. Regarding this current situation; Kelly didn’t contact you, I was the one that contacted your manager today and the email is attached below for your reference. I reached out to him as Kelly’s manager and mother to ask him if you could address your “little monster” fans and stop them from writing libelous, slanderous and vile comments about my family, including death threats to Kelly. Your open letter is hypocritical and full of contradictions. And as your mother Cynthia supports you, I support my daughter Kelly. I must say your opinions on what is politically correct and acceptable totally differ from mine, but that is what makes the world so interesting…we are all different. How sweet that you have empathy for my daughter, as you feel that she has taken a less passionate path in life. You say her work on E! with the Fashion Police is “rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another.” Welcome to the real world. Example, when I saw you wear a dress made out of raw meat, I was sickened. When I see you wearing fur, and using it as a fashion statement, the fact that defenseless animals have been killed so you can get your picture in the press is abhorrent to me. Shouldn’t you be teaching your “little monster” fans to respect animals and life? I don’t feel I have to justify Kelly’s choices in life to you. By your actions to Kelly right now, you have shown me that you are nothing more than a publicly seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker. You know it would have been much more dignified of you to do this privately. I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?
You state “Everyday, through my music and public voice I choose to be positive and work towards a kinder and braver world with our community of followers.” Well this obviously is not translating well to your fans, as a large portion of them have not only been vile to Kelly, but also other celebrities such as Madonna, Adele and Rihanna. “You say a kinder, braver world” I don’t know what world you live in, but supporting disgraceful fan comments doesn’t fall under the words “kinder and braver.” It comes under the heading of bullshit.
In closing, stop wearing fur, stop looking for publicity, and stop using your fans to belittle not just Kelly but an endless stream of celebrities. A word from you would stop all the hideous, negative and vile threats from your “little monsters.” Let me know if you want to continue this debate. I’m an open playing field for you my darling.
Sharon Osbourne

Normally I wouldn't care at all about this, but surprisingly both Gaga and Sharon have some valid points. My support goes to Gaga though - she is making some very good points, although she probably should not make them via an open letter. However, what Sharon says about some of those bloody "monsters" is very, very true. They way these people are behaving online, wishing other female singers death, gang rapes and god knows what, it is quite obvious that a part of Gaga's fanbase is made up of very troubled and disturbed individuals...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Albums Of Past And Future...

With a new year comes new music. And while I don't think it is any secret that I did not find 2012 to be a particularly exciting year in music, there were still some good albums coming out. Here is a quick look at 10 of the ones I was most excited about in 2012:

File:Madonna - MDNA.jpg

File:PSB Elysium.jpg

File:Mylène Farmer - Monkey Me album.jpg
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Sadly, there were not many others that peaked my interest. But new albums from Madonna, Sandra, PSB and Kylie in the same year is a treat!


Now, a quick look at what to expect in 2013:

HURTS - Exile - 11.03.13
SUEDE - Bloodsports - March 2013
DAVID BOWIE - The Next Day - March 2013
THE WANTED - Third Strike - March 2013
CHER - TBA - March 2013
DEPECHE MODE - TBA - March 2013
SARAH BRIGHTMAN - Dreamchaser - April 2013

We can also expect new albums from Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Diana Vickers, Lady Gaga and Dido. There have been rumours about new albums from Janet Jackson and Dannii Minogue as well, but let's see what happens...

Here is a taste from few of these upcoming albums (the Suede song is being offered as a free download and is not the first single from the album).

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