As we all know, news does effect music. It seemed important to post this about Russia's "saber rattling". 40 ballistic nuclear missles? At "threat" countries along it's borders? Is this defense or offence? Should let you know that the Russian song competition is still happening.
The parade ended at the waterfront Clore Park, where performances went on through the night. Hosted by popular drag artist Uriel Yekutiel, the concert was headlined by Austria’s Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
Seriously. Where is Dana International? Ding Dong, say something!
She sounds like any other female rapper from the US but still worth a good listen. She's got that flow that make ya go and it shows that her debut (whenever it migh be. The BBC is assuming it'll be very soon. Is it enough to compete with Iggy Azelia and Nikki Manaj? Maybe but there's still work for her. Hopefully she can succeed so Park Bom and the rest of 2ne1 can get a job. lol No really, YG said her success means 2ne1'll debut in the USA this Fall/Winter.
Adam Lambert might have changed his sound but Andras' new band - Kallay Saunders Band - found it and launched it for us. "Victory" is about overcoming for the sake of glory and self-independence and this song shows this... Somewhat.
Kallay Saunders Band could pretty much handle themselves without the "band" part. I was excited when they release a cover to Mr. Probz "Waves" but damn... There was talent and there was Victory.
Victory isn't a victory.
Sounds like most euro rock these days in an average way. Not good nor bad. Just... There. His band needs an unique sound. Hopefully, he'll compete in A Dal 2016 and give us a stronger song but this is good enough for now. Just knowing he's- I meant the BAND - is doing new music and that's a good thing. More exsposure leads to testing out new styles and better music.
Can't say I didn't have high expectations after his 3 A Dal attempts and his top 5 success in the Eurovison 2014 grand final. That should've been enough exposure.
Kallay Saunders Band - Victory gets 6/10 stars from me.
The finalists have already been chosen and the videos are avalible for the auditions. Sadly, I wanted to give my honest opinon on how a bunch of kids from a different part of the world as I am are doing in this serious competiton when...
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Audition #1: LISten - Start
I was fortunate to be born right after the musical sh*tstorm of the 1980s were over. Sadly, dutch children have to indure it once again with "Start". Though, not a bad audition (none of the finalist are... Why would any finalist suck?) it brought up bad memories my daddy's sperm cell had to face... Thankfully, he was into Hip Hop.
Still a nice song though. 3/5
Audition #2: Shalisa - Million Lights
Lovely girl. Lovely voice. But the repetitive chorus and long 3 1/2 minute performance was... Lackluster to say the most. I understand this was a kids singing audition but some adult who helped her should have known that shade was abound...
YOHIO, while Swedish, does Jpop/Jrock music and is a purist so it's understandable why he doesn't like BIG BAND, the biggest boyband in Korea. The sounds in BIG BANG are kind of harsh and clubby... But why the dislike? Why ALL of Kpop? Yes, it's heavily commercialized and manufactured but damn THAT'S IT'S F*CKING CHARM! lol
Seriously, YOHIO needs to show up either on Music Station in japan or Melodifestivalen 2016. Either way, I miss ya - don't like your opinion but I miss ya and SKY*LIMIT - and will await your next album.
Could be lies spread but the rumor mill grows. I have no sources but SM Entertainment has been subltle with the idea even after thier failed attempt with Boys. SM Entertainment seems to be waiting to see how 2ne1's CL USA debut will fare before trying any ideas.
Whether it's Melodifestivalen styled or X-Factor styled, it's better than BBC styled. The music should represent the britsh music industry with professional interests. Hopefully yall will give me more than just Russia and Sweden to root for. Even Ireland is on my radars... And they're not on anyone elses.
You can watch it here (torrent) or look below for individual performances from Youtube.
Song #1: Sweet Revenge - Fly High
Don't really care for K-rock music since the Japanese do it WAAAAYYY better but this was pretty decent. Some girly bubblegum rock to hold you down for a listen. 3/5
Song #2: SEVENTEEN - Adore U
THEIR FIRST SONG but they've been around forever! Another kpop boyband song but the fanchants keep going! Regardless of how tired you might get of these songs, the fans never do. I wont complain. GET PAID! If it ain't broke don't fix it. lol The electronica beats do this song some justice.
Song #3: A.KOR - Black
I wonder how Mnet felt about the marijuana earrings. Hmm. lol But this has american hip hop swagger from two females rapping over a carribean beat but still keeping that basic korean flavor. I see how yall do - pretty alright. If it's fake, yall fake it well. 4/5
Song #4: HOTSHOT - Watch Out
Must be a message for the fangirls. Their choreo was pretty legit and the song is a pretty good warm up for...
Song #5: The Ark - The Light
It's been a month since their tv and MV debut but the song keeps going strong. All kpop performances wind down after so many plays but I know it'll be a while before anyone gets over this song because "We're in this for life, yeah!"
Song #6: HALO - While you were sleeping
While like most korean boybands do the same type of songs that other boybands do, HALO, I think, is developing their own style. It could be coincidence but their songs are starting to follow a trend of their own. Could be me though. 3/5
Song #7: SPEED - What U (COMEBACK STAGE)
What I want? What I need? Is more songs like this. Typical basic LED stick setup and OOOOHHHHH! Anyone saw that rollerskate Sketchers shoes move? Woot! That did it for me. ha 4/5
Song #8: BESTie - Excuse Me
You're excused. Nice melody but where's the sass? There's a little there but not enough that this song calls for. I understand BESTie are trying to prove they're grown women but this screams "My titties just developed! Look at me! LOOK AT ME!!! Ms. Independent!" Still a good song though. 3/5
Song #9: Boys Republic - Hello (COMEBACK STAGE)
Guitar rifts and a bunch of Big Bens in the background make for a cheep set up but it was effective. Looking for a hit, it's not here. Fangirls are getting a field day from the falling ashen flower petals which do add a lovely effect. 3/5
Song #10: CLC - CUPID
People are getting tired of the song without getting tired of this new girlband from. They shot our hearts and we're still bleeding love! I think we know who made the best of two CUPIDs. 4/5
Song #11 HIGH4 - Baby Boy
Soft trap hip hop beat with lots of melody. Sounds a little Scandi pop to me and that's a good thing. Hopefully they will get into similar type songs and keep us "high" as a kite. 3/5
Song #12: HISTORY - Might Just Die
Piano rifts and super shiney hair doos. They're creating a a dark moods with the black and grey striped suits with Jesus necklaces but is that enough? It works commercially but we know commercial doesn't equal good. Even the shirt lift/show abs did little for the crowd. 2/5
Song #13: CLC - Like
Another potential hit for this new girl group. Gotta love the preteen wardrobe and the staging that fills the stage... Even without an actually setup. The bubble storm in the end really adds to the girly awesomeness of this group! Thank Cube Entertainment on the way out. 4/5
Song #14: MONSTA X - Trespass
WARNING! WARNING! You gotta excuse their charisma! Move out the way! 3.5/10
Song #15: N.Flying - Awesome
I'd call this cool or nice, swell even, but not awesome. A good attempt with the rousing "nah nah nha nah nah" but this rock band is a little too pop for the sound they're going for. Korea likes them but internationally... Is left to be desired. 3/5
Song #16: Jun Hyo Seong - Into You
The intro reminds me of I'll Be There by the Spice Girls. What is that funky fruity whine called? I don't know but it works for her. And I'm happy to finally see a solo act and ever happier that solo act is actually involved with the back up dancers. One the best performances on the show. 4/5
Song #17 - JJY BAND - OMG
OMG is right! FINALLY! Some good Krock music! And the flames... THE FLAMES! Everything is right with this act and these dudes need to keep on acting! 4.5/5
Song #18: Kim Sung Kyu - Kontrol
Could it be the melody lemon drops? I don't know what it is but it's good. 4/5
Song #19: KARA - CUPID
Not as good a CLCs CUPID... Actually, it's just as good. CLC went girly for theirs and KARA went... KARA's always had those Jpop influnces and it shows here. Not as strong as their other songs but still worth the listen. 3.5/5
Song #20: EXO - Love Me Right (COMEBACK STAGE)
The stage setup is a water down version of their usual stages but still pretty cool withe the words written on the foggy windows. Not sure what the house plants are for... To make it smell good? Or maybe an over zealous fan that's a botanist. lol Either way, they're viving for love which they already had and the crowd loves it. Nice job. 4/5
Song #21: SHINee - View
So much momentum and I'm not saying that because I'm a shawol. House music mania and the bigh white balls... They got balls! And the glitter falling from the ceiling... I'ma stop. And just rate it. 4.5/5
Song #22: BIG BANG - We Like To Party (COMEBACK STAGE)
It's BIG BANG... Do I need to explain? Lots of large white plants and flowers and mirrors which give it that effect you expect from the awesomeness that is Kpop music! The rock music bangs like I'm in a bar or outside with friends and if I play this others would join in a jam with us on the beach sipping on Coronas and coolers and BBQing in the bonfire. WORTHY! 4.5/5
Song #23: BIG BANG - BANG BANG BANG (COMEBACK STAGE
ALL CAPS HYPE! If you don't like the crazy hyphy club music, this is NOT for you! This is the voice of a generation that only that gerneration can f*cking understand. Eurphoria and pandimonia spreads and infects and inflicts everyone within earshot and everyone else catching contact! If you're not jumping then you either don't like the noise or you're cripple and I understand. The stage is a big, velet, and gold just like the band themselves. It looks expensive, it feels expensive, and I like this luxe life! BANG BANG BANG! 5/5
Winner of the week: SHINee vs KARA... SHINee wins this week with View.
A song only a fangirl would love. It's not Call Me Baby but it'll sustain you. Still sticking with the 90s-2000s pop music boyband sound the whole album seems to be doused with. I approve but not wholeheartedly. 3/5
"How it will work is: People can submit songs to PBS and a jury will
select 20 songs (1 song per person). These 20 finalists will perform
live on stage (no live backings). A jury made up of three people (chosen
by PBS) will judge them live. There will also be televoting which is
worth 25% of the vote. Interestingly they say "The selection of the song
to be performed during JESC in Sofia will be chosen by PBS in
consultation with the artist or his/her representative. The song
selected for JESC will not be the same song which was performed by the
artist/s in the MJESC." Meaning that they will basically choose a singer
based just on voice and then assign them a song.
Candidates between the age of 10 and 15 by 21 November 2015 need to
be Maltese nationals or residents. There can be up to six persons on
stage. The song may be original or a cover version in Maltese or
English and it must be sung live during the rehearsals and the final
Submissions for participation shall be received at PBS Creativity Hub
in Gwardamangia on 19th June 2015 between 09:00 and 16:00. The
participation form must include a CD including a full playback version
of the participating song, together with a backing track including
backing vocals (but excluding the main voice). The participation fee is
€150 per application."
Maltese children! GET ON IT!
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