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Escala’s Debut Album: “Escala”

Posted in Escala, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on 28 May, 2009 by Nicola

Have I ever mentioned that I hate self-named albums?  It’s lazy, it’s boring and it makes the titles of my articles particularly awkward.  It’s not on.  Especially when it’s such a crap name for a band, anyway.  Scala is a very good name, and I’m not without sympathy that they had to let it go, but as coincidences have it, I have been a big fan of the “obscure Belgian choir” (as a tabloid described them, hey, they have only released seven albums!) that had first dibs on the name for a few years, and so I’m siding with the choir on this one (have you heard their rendition of ‘Teenage Spirit’?  It’s bloody creepily fantastic, check it out here).

So, after changing their name from Scala, to eScala and then finally to Escala, they finally released their debut album.  It kept being delayed but common sense tells me they wanted to release the album on the week of the Britain’s Got Talent live shows for maximum impact on sales, which has worked tremendously.  After their live performance on the show, they ranked number one on the Amazon charts the next day above Eminem.  I was expecting a modest but respectable top 30 album if I’m honest.  I knew such an album would sell but not that well.  It demonstrated the impact that Cowell’s shows have on the music industry. Continue reading

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Seriously Recommended: Jade Valerie’s “Bittersweet Symphony”

Posted in Jade Valerie, Music, Sweetbox with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25 December, 2008 by Nicola

Bittersweet Symphony by Jade Valerie is by far my favourite thing to have come out of my Christmas stocking this year.  And I am not saying that lightly as I was given over a dozen albums, seven DVDs, a bloody keyboard, a gorgeous photoframe, a custom made calender and a Wall-E toy (it’s so awesome, by the way!)

This isn’t really a review.  This is a desperate plea.  A plea to every European out there.  FUCKING BUY THIS WOMAN’S FUCKING STUFF.  Why?  Because she is awesome, and is only big in Asia.  Asia.  How random is that?  Why Asia?  She’s American, works in Germany and lives in London.  ASIA?!  Where does Asia come into it?  Continue reading

X-Factor Voting Figures

Posted in Television, X-Factor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17 December, 2008 by Nicola

The voting figures have been released from series five of X-Factor.  I’m gobsmacked that Eoghan Quigg was leading throughout most of the series.  What is WRONG with you people?!  Alexandra Burke had a late surge, and was third from bottom in week seven.  I guess these figures truly show how fickle the public are.  And how much they fall for a sob story.  Scott Bruton second in the first week?  That wasn’t a sympathy vote for having a terrible song, was it?!  Come on, people.  Next year, please sort it out.  Take note of the singing, not the personal things going on, not what the red tops say, just the bloody singing.

TOTAL VOTES CAST OVER ENTIRE SERIES : 16,469,064

Show 1
Eoghan Quigg 21.19%
Scott Bruton 19.48%
Laura White 16.99%
Diana Vickers 7.35%
Daniel Evans 7.21%
Alexandra Burke 7.20%
JLS 5.03%
Rachel Hylton 4.77%
Austin Drage 3.63%
Ruth Lorenzo 3.47%
Girlband 2.17%
Bad Lashes 1.51% (Deadlock)

Show 2
Eoghan Quigg 26.77%
Diana Vickers 16.24%
JLS 9.21%
Laura White 8.99%
Austin Drage 8.98%
Daniel Evans 8.23%
Alexandra Burke 7.15%
Rachel Hylton 5.01%
Scott Bruton 4.17%
Ruth Lorenzo 2.95%
Girlband 2.30% (Deadlock)

Show 3
Eoghan Quigg 20.73%
Diana Vickers 15.13%
Rachel Hylton 12.21% Continue reading

X-Factor Finalists That Got Record Deals

Posted in Lists, Personal Musings, Television, X-Factor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 15 December, 2008 by Nicola

Oh, I don’t know.  I do not feel like thinking today.  Had another long boring day at work (don’t we all) and I have a massive home made shepherds pie in my belly that has made me sluggish.  So.  I basically feel like giving my verdict on every X-Factor finalist that got a record deal.  I am starting this without knowing how many artists this actually entails and will probably end up writing this article for over two hours like I always do.  But here it goes, in reverse date order.

SERIES 5

ALEXANDRA BURKE *****
She definitely has one of the strongest voices that the show has produced, and the deserving winner of 2008, but she does not have much originality.  There are already so many artists like her.  But she does have what it takes.  She has shown that she can take the pressure, shown that she can take set backs, shown that she can dance and shown that she dance.  Obviously.  Best of luck to her, but she will not be as big as Leona Lewis.

DIANA VICKERS  *****
Yes, I know she hasn’t officially got a deal, but let’s not be dense.  She’ll get one.  Vickers was my favourite of series five.  She has not the strongest voice, nor does she sing in a such a way that will maintain what she does have for long.  She was, however, quite original; for an X-Factor contestant, anyway.  I adored her version of U2‘s ‘With Or Without You’.  I was only sorry that the red tops picked on her, and that people were getting hung up on her hand movements. Continue reading

The British Public Disappoints as Diana Vickers Walks

Posted in Television, X-Factor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6 December, 2008 by Nicola

I guess I have only myself to blame.  When I tune into a television programme that is mostly watched by the tabloid reading population I should have expected that the media dictates who stays and who goes out in the reality television series The X-Factor

Diana Vickers, though without the greatest voice in the world, had a little spark that set her apart from the usual pop mould.  Even Leona Lewis, without a doubt the best contestant of any of the talent shows across the globe, has that same mould as other singers – fortunately for her she has the vocal range and the professionalism to be a true success.  But Diana had a sweet time during the first four weeks, everyone’s favourite to win, until something completely human happens – she fell ill.  All of the sudden, the whole show’s fixed, she’s dating wothisname, it’s annoying that she doesn’t wear shoes, her hand thing is irritating, she doesn’t dance (since when do people listen to Louis Walsh?) and, news flash, Lily Allen doesn’t like her!  She’s then not expected to win at all, and is voted out.  It happens, and normally I would just accept it, but as I look at the other finalists, I wonder what on earth the British public were thinking. Continue reading