Well I guess it was always on the cards, and the writing was probably on the wall with the tepid reception to their second album “Battleground”, and their string of fleeting singles that led up to their third album. The Wanted are going on ‘hiatus’ after a tour to support this album, though that’s probably it, isn’t it?
A shame really, they are one of my favourite boybands of recent years, and showed repeated flashes of brilliance. They’re a lot more up my street than One Direction anyway – and yes, I know it seems impossible to mention one without the other despite a lack of any other connection, but it’s a fairly empty market for boybands.
Having hit paydirt with an international hit, “Glad you came”, the potential for global fame was too much, and The Wanted join the long list of British pop groups who spread themselves too thin for the cause of a US crossover, and paid the price. But let’s not dwell on this doom and gloom, they might still get their tops off (or more) for a charity shoot. Not to mention, their latest album is actually rather good, and exactly the album I wanted them to make. Continue reading
January is rubbish. Honestly what is there to be thankful for? Christmas indulgence guilt, Winter setting in, a bare music release schedule after the big holiday rush. But hark! What is that? It’s Kylie on the comeback trail.
Evidently this was a New Year’s Resolution for her, get back into the spotlight. After a rewarding round of anniversary activities for 2012’s “K25”, it’s been rather quite on the Kylie front. But now she’s been enlisted as a judge in The Voice UK, and there’s a new single out, and we’re only 3 weeks into the new year. Continue reading
On 13th December 2013, a new Beyoncé album was released. Nothing inherently strange about that, Beyoncé is one of the biggest stars in the world, and the follow up to 2011’s “4” was eagerly anticipated. Except nobody knew this was coming until it was already out. It wasn’t just a hotch-potch of tracks thrown out as part of record company politics, this was a fully-formed album – perhaps the most cohesive work she’s ever put her name to – and even came with slick music videos for every track.
There it was on iTunes, no promo, no singles, just… ta-da! There wasn’t even a physical edition until a few weeks ago, and you couldn’t buy individual tracks, it was the complete package or nothing. This astounding gamble paid off in a big way, topping the US charts with her biggest first week sales – in 3 days – and ultimately one of the biggest albums of the year a few weeks later. The story played out similarly worldwide.
The best bit is… it’s a brilliant album. If I didn’t expect Team Beyoncé to come up with such a kamikaze album campaign, it was almost more surprising that it’s such a good album. I don’t think I’ve ever REALLY taken to a Beyoncé album; “I am… Sasha Fierce” was her blockbuster but rather hit & miss, the bizarrely-named “B’Day” always has a place in my heart too, but I don’t think she’s had an album I’d happily listen to in one sitting, no skipping, and even want to go around again straight away. But here we are. Continue reading