Brit Awards 2010.

I don’t care for awards. I think they are always rigged. This comes from my disgust in the Mercury Music Prize. Music experts?! Sure……

Anyway, here are the nominations for this years Brit Awards :

British Male Solo Artist
Calvin Harris
Dizzee Rascal
Mika
Paolo Nutini < PLEASE WIN!
Robbie Williams

British Female Solo Artist
Bat For Lashes
Florence And The Machine <Should win, of course. But if she doesn’t..please let Bat For Lashes win!
Leona Lewis
Lily Allen
Pixie Lott

British Breakthrough Act
Florence And The Machine <If Flo or La Roux win, it’ll be okay.
Friendly Fires
JLS
La Roux
Pixie Lott

British Group
Doves
Friendly Fires
JLS
Kasabian <No competiton really. They should win. Yes, I do hate JLS.
Muse

British Album
Dizzee Rascal – ‘Tongue ‘N’ Cheek’
Florence And The Machine – ‘Lungs’ < No doubt this should win. Why? I’ll explain further on….
Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’
Lily Allen – ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’
Paolo Nutini – ‘Sunny Side Up’

British Single
Alesha Dixon – ‘Breathe Slow’
Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida – ‘Bad Boys’
Cheryl Cole – ‘Fight For This Love’
Joe McElderry – ‘The Climb’
JLS – ‘Beat Again’
La Roux – ‘In For The Kill’ < This list is just AWFUL. Did these people not hear anything by The xx or Golden Silvers or FLORENCE this year? must have missed them, yeah? WANKERS. But, I do love La Roux.
Lily Allen – ‘The Fear’
Pixie Lott – ‘Mama Do’
Taio Cruz – ‘Break Your Heart’
Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz – ‘Number 1’

International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen
Eminem
Jay-Z
Michael Bublé
Seasick Steve< I love this guy. I’d like either him or Jay to win. Moreso Steve.

International Female Solo Artist < As long as Rihanna or Shakira don’t win..it’ll be alright. If those two weren’t nominated it’d actually be friggin’ decent.
Lady Gaga
Ladyhawke
Norah Jones
Rihanna
Shakira

International Breakthrough Act
Animal Collective
Daniel Merriweather
Empire of the Sun
Lady Gaga< Based on the line “Bluffin’ with my muffin.” She should get it. I do love GaGa. She’s different. She’s true to her art. Her vocals are amazing. Disagree? Go listen to her perform Speechless live. It’s on YouTube.
Taylor Swift

International Album < So long as Black Eyed Peas don’t win, it’s cool.
Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’
Black Eyed Peas – ‘The E.N.D.’
Empire of the Sun – ‘Walking On A Dream’
Jay-Z – ‘The Blueprint 3’
Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’

BRITs Performance Of 30 Years < I want Bros to win, just because it’d be funny. But we all know it’ll go to Michael Jackson just because he’s dead.
Bee Gees- ‘Stayin’ Alive’/’How Deep is Your Love’ (1997)
Bros – ‘I Owe You Nothing’ (1989)
Coldplay – ‘Clocks’ (2003)
Eurythmics & Stevie Wonder – ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’ (1999)
Girls Aloud – ‘The Promise’ (2009)
Kanye West – ‘Gold Digger’ (2006)
Kylie Minogue – ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ (2002)
Michael Jackson – ‘Earth Song’ (1996)
Paul McCartney – ‘Live And Let Die’ (2008)
Pet Shop Boys – ‘Go West’ (1994)
Robbie Williams & Tom Jones – The Full Monty medley (1998)
Scissor Sisters – ‘Take Your Mama’ (2005)
Spice Girls – ‘Wannabe’/ ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ (1997)
Take That – ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’/ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’/ ‘She Loves You’ Beatles medley (1994)
The Who – ‘Who Are You’ (1988)

And of course, Ellie Goulding is the winner of The Critics Choice Award 2010. Flo won it last year, now Ellie this year. I am utterly pleased with this. I will probably cry when she comes on stage to collect the award. I do hope Flo wins something, she has to. If she does, I’d very much like her to repeat the speech she made last year. Something along the lines of “FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK” then at the end she said, “I’m going to get drunk now.” God bless her. I will cry if she wins anything, I really will. You know I’ve loved her since that amazing clip of her and Lightspeed Champion on YouTube of them singing in his kitchen back in 2007. It’s been love since then..and to see someone you just love and adore their talent become a double platinum album selling artist..it’s just a beautiful thing. I know I don’t her haha, but Lungs means a lot. And, Dog Days Are Over has given me the courage to move away from where I live. I’m packing up my shit and I’m going. Lungs got me through a breakup, I’ve made some amazing friends through mutual love of Florence..I have so many memories with this album. And to see it do so well..just makes me happy and have faith in the music industry again.

Right, I’ve rambled and I sound strange!

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Songs Of 2009.

Okay so I’ve done albums of the year, now I’m going to attempt doing the songs of the year. I’ll edit this at least 10 times before being content with my choices. No order, until the last 3…as usual!

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool-Dance The Way I Feel. I firmly believe that this song can make the most miserable person feel happy listening to this. They are a friggin’ brilliant live band and I hope next year sees them becoming massive.

Frankmusik-Better Off As Two. Best friend got me into Frankmusik. I love this song.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Zero. The video alone was good. I want Karen O’s jacket from this video. I think a sense of power or something would come from wearing it.

Ellie Goulding-Under The Sheets. She’ll be big next year, by rights.

Marina & The Diamonds-I Am Not A Robot. The lyrics tug at your heartstrongs and make you think it’s all going to be okay because let’s face it, it always is 🙂

La Roux-I’m Not Your Toy. I could’ve gone for Bulletproof, but I didn’t. I prefer this song to what’s been released so far. BUT, Quicksand will ALWAYS be a personal favourite.

Norah Jones-Chasing Pirates. I’m pretty much in love with her new album.

Lightspeed Champion-Marlene. I know this out next year but the video is already out so….fuck it! Besides, his new album will probably be one of the best albums out next year.

Girls-Lust For Life. I was very happy that this wasn’t an Iggy Pop cover. Nobody should cover Iggy Pop. EVER.

Camera Obscura-French Navy. Goosebumps everywhere when I first heard this. Still happens now.

Golden Silvers-True Romance.  A band that I’m so glad I saw live. This song has some good memories tied to it. The main one being seeing them support Florence, and Florence touching my shoulder saying “excuse me” to get past and dancing in front of me and my best mate to this.

The Saturdays-Forever Is Over. This has “FUCK YOU” written all over it, which is probably why I love it.

Lady GaGa-Bad Romance- RA RA AH AH…You know how it goes. I love this an unhealthy amount (some would say..I disagree) The reference to Hitchcock’s films and the video just make it even more amazing than it already is.

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys-Empire State Of Mind. Two of my favourite artists on the same record. Musical heaven. Reasonable Doubt will always be my favourite Jay album but this reminds me why I love him.

The Dead Weather-Treat Me Like Your Mother. The video is amazing and I love Alison. No more needs to be said really.

Julian Casablancas-11th Dimension. This was enough to make me forget that The Strokes haven’t put an album out since 2005.

Florence + The Machine- You’ve Got The Love. Seeing a few thousand people around you sing along to every word is probably the best thing I’ve seen this year. My favourite cover EVER.

Metric-Help I’m Alive. I hate the word epic but that’s the only word to use to describe this song.

The Raveonettes-Last Dance. Sweet, cute, perfect.

Spinnerette-Baptized By Fire. The lyrics alone are pretty friggin’ cool. I love Brody, who doesn’t?!

Bat For Lashes-Daniel. Natasha Khan possess one of the best voices in the world right now.

Bloc Party-One More Chance. Sounds like a 90s dance track and it’s Bloc Party. Perfect.

thecocknbullkid-I’m Not Sorry. This may have come out last year? But whatever, I still love it. Album next year. ‘BOUT TIME!

The Horrors-Sea Within A Sea. 7 minutes of musical genius. I remember waiting for the countdown to end on thier website and seeing this.

Doll & The Kicks-You Turn Up. Love this band to pieces and I think they need to be signed. NOW. Lovely people and amazing live.

The Chapman Family- Virgins. Kingsley Chapman is lovely. The Chapman Family also need to be signed ASAP.

White Lies-To Lose My Life. So dark and haunting.

TOP 5!!!

Fever Ray-If I Had A Heart. Strange and beautiful.

Morrissey- I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. Anything Moz does is genius, but this is easily my favourite single of his in a long time. The lyrics speak to me and probably most of Moz’s fans. It just reinforces our unconditional love for him.

The xx- Crystalised. Favourite new band of the year. Awesome live. The album is brilliant from start to finish.

Florence + The Machine- Dog Days Are Over. Pretty much the same as what I said about You’ve Got The Love. I love the video to this. Makes me want to run through a forest in a tux. I won’t though.

Florence + The Machine-Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up). I remember where I was when I first heard this and I remember crying because..it just like, hit me in the gut. Right in the gut and I got this feeling of “shit…everything is pretty fucked up right now but I’m going to be fine.” Lo and behold I am! Morbid story aside, this song is just brilliant. The live version of this with Isabella doing the 90s balaric keyboard solo makes me weak and fucking happy. You need to physically see it to understand. I don’t need to go into detail about the importance of this song to me. If I was writing about album tracks too, I’d put Blinding, Howl and Cosmic Love in the list.

The Strokes and Marina & The Diamonds.

Pretty sure I was close to having some kind of seizure this morning when I heard that The Strokes are to headline Isle Of Wight Festival next year. Does this means there could be some tour dates with it? GO ON BOYS…DO IT!!!

And…as if that wasn’t rnough…Marina And The Diamonds has a new video up for Hollywood. Is it amazing? OF COURSE! Does she look stupidly beautiful? HELL YES. I could be slightly in love.

Marina And The Diamonds- Hollywood (Video).

Can I justify spending £80 on those Lady GaGa headphones? My heart and head are telling me to buy them. No part of me is saying no. I doubt I’ll even fight it. Next pay day..I’m getting them..or I’ll just sta in my overdraft even more and get them! But what colour?! Red or white? The black ones look cheap…at £80..I want them to look fucking good! And they do! Oh..decisions…decisions!

A mash-up and some (sad) news about The xx.

Today I turned 23…is there anything interesting I can do now? Or did it all end at 21? Either way, today has been a bit wank. BUT….I just found this lovely mash-up which has made it all SLIGHTLY better.

But before I share….Baria has left The xx. This saddens me. I liked her 😦 But, they said they are continuing as a 3 piece.

So…here’s the mash-up :

Paparazzi VS Bulletproof.

Lady GaGa.

If there’s one thing I hate doing, it’s writing about bands/singers that I do not like. How I will ever get a job as a Music Writer with morals is beyond me! I’m not selling my soul to any dodgy publication. By do not like, I mean slagging them off in a way that makes me sound like a pretentious, jumped up prick ya know? I’m not like that, so why would I do that just to draw a reader in. I’d much rather write about something fantastic and exciting that makes the reader want to go out and buy the record or go to the gig. There’s enough negativity in the world, music is meant to be a happy thing. An escape. I know I sound odd..but stay with me on this.

Right. Lady GaGa. I do not like her music (however Pokerface, due to it being constantly played AT me..I like it a bit. Mainly for the “bluffin’ with my muffin” line.) but after watching interviews of hers, I can’t help but think that she is a ridiculously sweet person. I’ve just watched her interview on the Ellen Degeneress Show(I’ll put a link up!) and what she said to her was just lovely. I did get teary eyed. Also, watching her sing Pokerface with just a piano shows how good a voice she has.

I don’t like her music, but I do think that she seems quite sweet and has a good voice. Anyone who can go on TV and say they have a “donkey dick”  and can take the piss out of themselves is fine by me.

I’m not saying that everyone should like her, I can understand why people like her and dislike her. You cannot deny that she is talented. Just watch her performances with just a piano and you’ll see that she has a fantastic voice.

So many are quick to label her as “too commercial” but whatever. It’s not like she’s lip synching like I don’t know…Britney?! Will Britney sing at her UK tour or will she mime? Who knows. Who care! If she does mime, then the people that go to see her will be gutted. You’ll have spent £30+ to see someone mime. You can watch it on YouTube for free. Think about it.

I’m going to leave it there…for now. Here’s the clip :

Lady Gaga On The Ellen DeGeneres Show.