I’m going to do something a little bit different a post a video from a couple of years ago. Chihiro Onitsuka is something slightly different in the J-pop world. To be honest, I’m not an avid fan but I do love this song. She sings with such emotion it’s hard not to be moved. She has a tone to her voice not oft found in Japanese music, it’s very soulful and bluesy. I love it.
Irish pop chanteuse and Damien Rice collaborator, Lisa Hannigan was recently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, Sea Sew. I love the album, it’s full of cute little pop ditties. My favourite song is I don’t know. Give her a chance, it’s such a sweet song!
Not quite Asian pop music, not quite Western music, not quite music at all. Wing is amazing! Words fail me. I don’t quite know what to say to this other than it’s classic. Awesome. Amazing. Wonderful. Legend. I <3 Wing.
The British pop music scene has had somewhat of a renaissance these past couple of years, and it’s the girls that have been leading the way. Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Kate Nash and so on and so on have really put British pop music on the global stage. This continued somewhat this past year with La Roux, Little Boots and Florence and the Machine. A newbie who might be set to become the next big thing is a girl called Ellie Goulding. I think she sounds like… a more folky version of La Roux. She’s just released her promo single video and… I quite like it! Granted, I love me some electropop melody shiz, but I actually quite like this. She has a funny voice though, a bit like a chipmunk in a goldfish bowl. Or maybe that’s the vocoder…
So, it’s not Asian pop for once, but well… I don’t just listen to Asian pop music, so you know… gotta switch it up sometimes. Rihanna is finally back, after what seems like a lifetime, and has a new song called Russian Roulette. I have to say… I’m quite pleasantly surprised by it. Rihanna is a funny one for me, sometimes I like her, sometimes she gets on my nerves. Good Girl Gone Bad version 1 is what I like her for most.
The song shows Rihanna give a pretty impressive vocal performance. As of late, I think she’s been content to be the diva that is effortlessly cool, but maybe here she’s finally remembered she’s a singer. The song is pretty interesting too. I think, as songs go, this is one of the better songs about domestic violence. But I think my favourite is still Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It?.
The image song for the new Tales of game is BoA’s White Wishes! I quite like it… it reminds me of BoA circa Best of Seoul. I like how BoA can be modern without losing her ‘sound’. She also sounds very pretty on the track. The video’s not been released yet but it remains to be seen whether there will be a video or not. I guess Namco are following on from Squenix’s take on image song (having also employed BONNIE PINK for a previous release).
T-aranova continue their promotion with a performance of TTL Listen 2 on Music Core. You know I <3 T-ara, I don't know why… I just seem to really really like them. I think I like them more than SNSD… TTL is now number 3 on my most played songs according to my ipod. It is surely only a matter of time before it is number 1 (current number 1 is SNSD's Gee).
Check out their performance of TTL Listen 2 below~
At arguably 2009′s biggest K-pop concert extravaganza, the opening act slot was givne to T-ara and Supernova! I’m going to refer to them as T-aranova from now. Maybe it’ll catch on, maybe it’s not even original, oh wells! Anyway, this was the live debut of TTL Listen 2 and they gave a pretty awesome performance! I hate to say it, but I think T-aranova gave one of the best, high-octane performances of the evening, complete with fireworks! Fireworks in rhythm! So much awesomeness! Can’t believe this is the same T-ara that debuted live with the rather rocky Lies. <3 them.
T-aranova performed live at M CountDown and gave another awesome performance! This time perhaps even more tight! They just seem to be getting better and better!!! Can’t wait til they release their album!
Well well well, the current queens of K-pop gave an awesome performance of Tell Me Your Wish at Dream Concert. Gotta say, this is probably the best performance of the night (although not my favourite, yay T-ara!). I don’t really know what else to say other than they are super polished and don’t do anything wrong. And, they have fireworks. <3!