Thursday, March 25, 2010

Billboard Hot 100, 3rd April 2010

1. Rude Boy - Rihanna

Rihanna remains atop the Hot 100 for a second week with "Rude Boy," earning the airplay gainer tag for the fifth consecutive week, according to Billboard the longest streak since Black Eyed Peas' equal run with "I Gotta Feeling."

3. Telephone - Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce

I was so sure Lady Gaga & Beyonce's "Telephone" would knock Rihanna off #1 this week, following its rise to the top of the Mediabase top 40 chart and its steady rise on iTunes, however it seems Rihanna's "Rude Boy" just coveres more radio bases--not just pop stations.

10. Baby - Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber returns to the top 10 with "Baby," the first time he's returned since his debut at #5 two months ago.

Personal Airplay, 25th March 2010

TW LW Title - Artist
1 .... 1 .... Telephone - Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce (7 weeks @ #1)
2 .... 2 .... Rude Boy - Rihanna
3 .... 6 .... Rock that Body - Black Eyed Peas
4 .... 3 .... Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
5 ... 10 ... Why Don't You - Gramophonedzie
6 .... 8 .... BedRock - Young Money feat. Lloyd
7 .... 4 .... Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
8 .... 5 .... Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
9 .... 9 .... Hey, Soul Sister - Train
10 .. 7 .... Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Album Review: Delphic - Acolyte (4.5/5)

I've been listening to a lot of new music lately, therefore means a lot of albums to get revewing. I can't hold it off any longer, so leading the pack is the debut album from new English band Delphic, Acolyte released earlier this year. It's probably the first album I've thoroughly enjoyed this year and the highest rated so far. It's a nice bowl of fresh upbeat rock with cool electronic undertones and sound-scapes drenched in synths.

First three tracks are awesome. Opening the album is "Clarion Call," introducing the band's unique sound, ringing with synths gradually building up to an enchanting climax--full-blown with drums, keyboards, electronic guitars and synths. A great opener. Following is the more electronically shadowed "Doubt," somewhat emulating Muse's signature sound--a mix of upbeat rock sounds, enchanting dance beats and warm melodies. Next up is my favorite track on the album, "This Momentary," pulsing with a cool '90s influenced new wave backdrop, pondering with synth strings and a rich dance production, embracing it's eventual quiet but climatic build.

"Red Lights," maybe unnecessarily lengthy but is still another favorite. It has a refreshing tame dance vibe, which I like a lot, however stretching just over 6 minutes it kinda becomes a burden towards its half-way point. Following is semi-instrumental title track "Acolyte" has a nice atmospheric opening with strings before picking thing up with clobbering trancy dance beats. Again, a very unnecessarily lengthy track but still one that I like a lot. Both songs just sound so good when listening to them falling asleep.

The aphotic "Halcyon" follows as a more conventional song format. Eclipsed with cool collision of dance beats, strings and melodies. Following swiftly is "Submission," it's not as upbeat as some of the other tracks however the dance-influences are still apparent, so are some of the Pet Shop Boys influences. Closer to the end we find "Counterpoint" which embraces a lighter feel with its twinkling synths and fast-paced beat. Closing track "Remain" incorporates a quiet dance vibe but balances with piano chords for elegance.

To be blunt, I love this album--I think it's definitely one of the best of the year so far. I love Delphic's sound; a very unique sound interesting enough to spawn a solid full-length album whilst still captivating my interest.

Best: This Momentary, Doubt, Clarion Call, Halcyon, Red Lights, Remaim, Counterpoint

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Billboard Hot 100, 27th March 2010

1. Rude Boy - Rihanna

I'm very happy this week. This chart is dated in my birthday week (this Sunday) and Rihanna scores her first #1 from Rated R with "Rude Boy" and her sixth overall (including her featured appearence on T.I.'s "Live Your Life")--a great treat. I'm sure this single would have gotten the 'Rated R' era to a stronger start than "Russian Roulette" did or "Wait Your Turn" tried to do. Oh well. Now, Rihana has scored more Hot 100 #1's than any other artist, however still tying Justin Timberlake with 5 solo #1's.

5. Nothin' On You - B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars

Rapper Bobby Ray aka B.o.B. scores his first hit with his debut single "Nothin' On You" featuring Bruno Mars. The single rises 11 spots up this week landing his first top 5 hit.

9. Telephone - Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce

Whilst "Telephone" has taken it's place atop Billboard's Pop songs chart which measures mainstream radio airplay, I'm sure its controversial accompanying video has something to do with its ascending into the top 10. It's Lady Gaga's 6th top 10 and Beyonce's n'th.

11. Carry Out - Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake

Timbaland has yet to score a solid hit on the chart from his Shock Value II album yet. Lead single "Morning After Dark" featuring Nelly Furtado and SoShy landed at a disappointing #61, a far cry from the success of the lead single from his last album, "Give it to Me" featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, which peaked at #1. The next couple singles didn't perform that well either ("Say Something" featuring Drake #23 and "If We Ever Meet Again" featuring Katy Perry #98). However things look to be turning around as his latest single "Carry Out" featuring Justin Timberlake inches closer to the top 10.

27. My Chick Bad - Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj

Ludacris' "My Chick Bad" benefits from a digital sales boost, as his album Battle of the Sexes was released last week--which debuts atop the Billboard 200 this week with a 136k haul. This is his 18th top forty single and Young Money member Nicki Minaj's 2nd.

35. Over - Drake

From a Young Money membre to another, Drake's "Over" debuts at #35, scoring his 8th top forty.

Personal Airplay, 18th March 2010

TW LW WKS Title - Artist
1 .... 1 ... 16 ... Telephone - Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce (6 weeks @ #1)
2 .... 9 .... 6 .... Rude Boy - Rihanna
3 .... 3 .... 3 .... Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
4 .... 6 .... 5 .... Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
5 .... 2 .... 6 .... Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
6 ... 13 ... 4 .... Rock that Body - Black Eyed Peas
7 .... 4 .... 5 .... Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds
8 ... 11 ... 7 .... BedRock - Young Money feat. Lloyd
9 ... 17 ... 3 .... Hey Soul Sister - Train
10 .. 12 .. 7 .... Blah Blah Blah - Ke$ha

Friday, March 12, 2010

Alexandra Burke "All Night Long"

Despite earlier indications of "The Silence" being picked as the third single from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke's debut album Overcome, in fact it's a remixed version of "All Night Long" featuring Pitbull. I like it a lot--reminds me of Chris Brown's "Forever."

Lady Gaga & Beyonce "Telephone"

The long-awaited video for Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone" is out. Slightly over the top but ultimately still enjoyable--unfortunately the video will probably receive the editing treatment from hell.

Billboard Hot 100, 20th March 2010

1. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris

I can't find anything that interesting on the Hot 100 this week (apart from the fact that Lady Gaga & Beyonce's "Telephone" is yet to be a top ten) but a nice surprise a top the chart, Taio Cruz races 52 spots up the chart, scoring his first #1 with a slightly remixed version of "Break Your Heart" featuring Ludacris which topped the UK chart last year, the single moved 273,000 units this week. It's the highest climbing single for a debut single since Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" rose 53 spots up to #1. In order, it's also the ninth highest jump to #1 in Billboard history. Additionally this also Ludacris' fifth #1 on the chart.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Personal Airplay, 11th March 2010

TW LW WKS Title - Artist
1 .... 1 ... 15 ... Telephone - Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce (5 weeks @ #1)
2 .... 2 .... 5 .... Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
3 ... 10 ... 2 .... Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
4 .... 6 .... 4 .... Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds
5 .... 3 .... 7 .... If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland feat. Katy Perry
6 .... 7 .... 4 .... Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
7 .... 4 .... 5 .... I Got You - Leona Lewis
8 .... 8 ... 14 ... In My Head - Jason DeRulo
9 .... 9 .... 5 .... Rude Boy - Rihanna
10 .. 5 .... 8 .... Do You Remember - Jay Sean feat. Sean Paul & Lil Jon

Monday, March 08, 2010

Album Review: Hot Chip - One Life Stand (4/5)

British electro-pop band Hot Chip's fourth album embraces a softer sound, in comparison to their previous three releases, it's a light mix of alternative rock and electronic overtones, so even if 'dull' is a somewhat appropriate word to describe the album--it's the first album I've liked wholeheartedly, probably even more personally fulfilling than 2008's critically acclaimed Made in the Dark, maybe I just find the softer and more serious sound more appealing.

Opening the album is "Theives in the Night" a brewing starter, with pondering synths and cool electronic undertones; introducing a more serious feel to the band's sound, however not everything is soft and serious as next track, "Hand Me Down Your Love" is warm and slightly more upbeat arranged with drums, synths and keyboards.

Whilst there's really nothing truly bad about this album, it's highlights definately easy to spot. The best track on the album, "I Feel Better" flutters with an angelic falcetto, backed with a cooling dramtic orchestration backing. I like this one a lot, it's an awesome track. Title track "One Life Stand," isn't bad either--as it grunts with '80s influenced synths and a '70s styled disco sound. Next track "Brothers" is also cool as it also falshes with synth strings and emotional flourises, but is ultimately longer than it needs to be, so does the soft guitar ballad "Slush."

The last few tracks are fairly solid too, the heavenly "Alley Cats" succums to a series of rippling guitars, whilst "We Have Love" soaks itself into a retro groove. I'm not particurly fond of the last two tracks yet though, "Keep Quiet," is probably a bit too soft for me and although the synth-pop arrangement and melody on "Take it In" is cool, I still find it uninteresting.

It's not perfect, however Hot Chip delivered a solid fourth album, probably doesn't cover as many bases as Made in the Dark does, but does take more risks as the album evokes a more emotive feel through its more sonic surface--it shows that the band is in it for the long run and it's also the first time I've really given them a proper chance and I'm loving them.

Best: I Feel Beter, One Life Stand, Theives in the Night, Hand Me Down Your Love, Alley Cats, We Have Love

Kate Nash "Do Wah Doo"

Kate Nash returns with her new single "Do Wah Doo," the first from her forthcoming sophomore release My Best Friend is You. I like this a lot, although it is pretty much the same sound explored on her for the most part pretty solid debut album Made of Bricks. However it's definately not as gripping as "Foundations," her biggest single to date, but still laced with the classic British-pop sound and thick accents in time could come close.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Personal Airplay, 4th March 2010

TW LW WKS Title - Artist
1 .... 1 ... 14 ... Telephone - Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce (4 weeks @ #1)
2 .... 4 .... 5 .... Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
3 .... 2 .... 6 .... If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland feat. Katy Perry
4 .... 8 .... 4 .... I Got You - Leona Lewis
5 .... 3 .... 7 .... Do You Remember - Jay Sean feat. Sean Paul & Lil Jon
6 ... 10 ... 3 .... Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds
7 ... 15 ... 3 .... Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
8 ... 11 .... 5 .... In My Head - Jason DeRulo
9 ... 12 ... 4 .... Rude Boy - Rihanna
10 ... NEW> ... Pass Out - Tinie Tempah

Monday, March 01, 2010

Tinie Tempah "Pass Out"

Bought this off iTunes today. "Pass Out" is the first commerical single put out by British rapper Tinie Tempah, I love the mix of drum and bass, grime-influenced bass lines and electronic undertones. The single is currently #1 on the iTunes top 100 and could possibly score Tempah his first UK #1 next week.