Sneaked out in the dying days of 2013, Pitbull has snatched himself a second UK No.1. I wonder if anyone really buys his albums, it’s not like he needs it, he’s got a never-ending blizzard of singles, and when he’s not releasing those he’s featuring on other people’s tracks.
This time it’s his own song though, and it’s going down well, topping charts in some of the biggest territories out there – UK, USA and Germany to name a few.
There’s not much to it, but at least I can see the appeal with it, unlike those minimal plinky-plonk dance tracks that have topped the charts lately. It might not be especially high-brow but I quite like these trashy dance tracks, and it’s a natural fit to see Ke$ha coming in for a career reboot. Continue reading
Oh we’re nearly there aren’t we? I hope people are still interested anyway. I mean it’s just my opinion, no reason why you should be interested, but it keeps my hands busy over the holidays so I’m sure it’s for the greater good.
We hit the first barrage of Eurovision entries yesterday, who knows how many are left to find? Well I do, of course, but I’m not telling.
Go back to #50 – 41, #40 – 31, #30 – 21 or ahead to the Top 10
Wow, it’s been a while since I did a new album review, hasn’t it? Well you may be dismayed to see that it’s by Ke$ha, but what were you expecting? Ben Howard? Sometimes I don’t think you know me at all! Anyway, “Animal” wasn’t a bad debut at all; totally throwaway but with some great pop songs. This was reflected in her great showing on the singles chart over 2010 & 2011.
I spotted the Deluxe version in one of HMV’s clearouts for less than £4. I’m sure that was a mistake, judging by their stingy discounts so far. OK so they are going out of business, but they are hardly helping themselves by doubling prices and putting them on buy-one-get-one-free. But I digress. This turned out to be a pretty solid album, and while she’s unlikely to make the next “Imagine” (or insert some other worthy real-music classic), but can’t we have a bit of fun? Continue reading
Fresh off the successful comeback of “Die Young” – despite the negative link US radio stations made with the recent primary school massacre – Ke$ha might not be doing amazingly in the UK, but she seems to have weathered the “difficult 2nd album” storm on home turf. Time for a second single to keep this campaign afloat then.
Some of the lyrics are as trashy as ever, but this track has just got such a warm, rich sound to it, it’s almost loved-up. The bits where she’s not singing about screwing around anyway. It certainly adds another decent hit to Dr Luke’s repertoire, something we might see a lot of in the next few years, as a peculiar contractual term means Katy Perry can’t use his services for her next album.
Much like Katy, Ke$ha’s a relatively blank canvas musically; a decent voice, and a straightforward enough pop vocal to carry most radio-friendly melodies. Her persona might still be promiscuous white trash, but as long as she keeps bringing the tunes, I don’t see a big issue here. It’s like a sluttier “Teenage Dream” in places, it’s just got that giddy youthful feel about it.
She even gets a decent glory note out of it, and with a killer chorus like this, it’s difficult for me to see this going badly wrong as a single.
That video too!! How adorable, and sort of inappropriate. That dancing raccoon is something else… a really fitting video for it somehow. You can say what you like about her, but she found her niche from Day 1 and she’s showing no signs of slowing down yet.