Top Ten – the start of 2013.
1) Will I Am ft Britney Spears – Scream & Shout
2) Taylor Swift – I knew you were trouble
3) James Arthur – Impossible
4) Rihanna – Stay
5) Calvin Harris – Drinking from the bottle
6) David Bowie – Where are we now
7) Pitbull – Don’t stop the party
8) Bruno Mars – Locked out of heaven
9) PSY – Gangnam style
10) Olly Murs – Troublemaker
Taylor Swift’s I knew you were trouble
Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter born in Pennsylvania. She released her first album at the age of 16. She became the youngest songwriter ever hired by Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Still only 23 years old, Taylor Swift has released 4 albums, winning several awards. Her latest album ‘Red’ has opening US sales of 1.2 million which was the highest recorded since 2002. On that album is her latest single called ‘I knew you were trouble’ which currently sits 2nd in the charts. The song is about being frustrated with yourself because here you are heart-broken and you knew when you first saw that person you saw all these red flags and you just went for it anyway, so shame on me.” Taylor Swift mixes her usual country style music with dubstep and the song is very different from anything she has done before.
James Arthur’s Impossible
If you’d have mentioned the name James Arthur a year ago then you would have had no response. Now, it’s a completely different story. A year on and the 2012 X Factor winner is one of the most talked about acts in the country. James Arthur is a singer/songwriter who’s career was sparked into life in December 2012 when he won the X Factor. His winning single was his own cover version of Shontelle’s hit ‘Impossible’. The cover has a mixture of acoustic guitar and light dubstep – two of the most popular genres of 2012. James Arthur has a quivering and gutsy 강남홀덤voice which is very unique and his acoustic cover of ‘Impossible’ soared to number 1 in the UK charts and was the fastest selling single of 2012. Im sure he will be hoping for much of the same in 2013.
Stay is an R&B, Piano and guitar driven ballad which contains lyrical content regarding the temptation and failure of resisting a true love. The song is off the artist’s latest album “Unapologetic”. The track has been described as a “beautiful piano ballad” and she has been praised on her pitch-perfect vocals and how well her voice adapted to the song. Rihanna continues to get better and there is no doubt that she is still one of the world’s best acts. Watch out for her again in 2013!
David Bowie’s Where are we now
One of Britain’s most famous artists had released a new album every two or three years from 1967-2003, and then… nothing for a decade. Until his 66th birthday this week, that was, when he showed his enduring capacity to shock with the from-nowhere news of a brand new album called “The Next Day”. The single “Where are we now” from the album currently sits in 6th place un the official UK charts. The low-key song is very slow and it’s not until the last 30 seconds we see one of his brilliant guitar solo’s of old. David Bowie is back!
Pitbull & Don’t stop the party
Pitbull is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor. Aged 31, Pitbull continues to release brilliant dance tracks which you will hear worldwide. His latest single “Dont stop the party” was released in September 2012. The song is lively and energetic and as always with his songs, makes you want to get up and dance. Pitbull is no stranger to chart success and he will be hoping for much of the same in the coming year.
PSY’s Gangnam style
You may have heard about this song in the news or by a friend before you has even heard of the artist PSY. Who is PSY? Park Jae sang is a South Korean singer who is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances and internationally for his hit single ‘Gangnam Style’. This fast-paced dance track accompanied by PSY’s lyrics is fantastic and the dance moves must be known world-wide by now. The song’s refrain “Oppan Gangnam Style” was entered into the Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotes of 2012. On December 21st 2012, “Gangnam Style” reached 1 billion views on YouTube, becoming the first video to do so.
Olly Murs & Troublemaker
Former X Factor contestant and now Xtra Factor host Olly Murs has had a very successful couple of years. He competed in the X Factor competition in 2009 and finished runner up. Although he didn’t win the competiton, it could be argued that he has been one of the most successful acts to come from the competition. His latest single “Troublemaker” was his 4th song to hit No1. “Trouble, Troublemaker yeah that’s your middle name/ I know you’re no good but you’re stuck in my brain,” he confesses over parping brass and a toe-tapping, ’50s swinging melody. This catchy song saw him hit the US market by storm and the 28 year old singer/songwriter has a massive career ahead of him!