Posts Tagged ‘pop’

My summer of music, and what a summer it was

September 13, 2011

Prince - Purple Rain - Way Out West 2011

Janelle Monae - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011 The Hives - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011

The Streets - Mike Skinner floating on the crowd

Kanye West performing Runaway - Way Out West 2011

Music is always better when it’s live and 2011 has been a big year for me. Earlier this year I saw Sade, Adele and Blackstreet. And this summer, which is now over or is it still late summer, has been filled with music. Music makes my world go round.

It started with Busy Signal in July. Two days at the festival Way Out West in mid August. A night of hip hop in late August.

Highlights

Waiting for Prince (I have seen Prince) to come on stage. An unbelievable moment to see a legend like him, even though I’m not a big fan. And when he played Purple Rain and the air was filled with purple confetti.

Wiz Khalifa’s energy and cuteness. And that he got the crowd dancing to a house track at the end leaving the stage without hardly anyone noticing because we were all dancing.

First Janelle Monae and then The Hives, both in black and white, getting the crowd to sit down.

Feeling like I was 15 again jumping to Swedish hiphopper Petter’s 90s hits. Så Klart, Vinden Har Vänt, Mikrofonkåt.

The Streets being on their last tour. Brits are among the funnest people. And why I love that country so much. Mike Skinner was great, fun, crazy, joking and telling off some guys in the crowd that were fighting.

Disappointments

Busy Signal should have come back out for an extra. Santigold excusing herself for having a cold. T-Pain.

Kanye West. My direct reaction was disappointment. He performed his hits, he talked a little bit and that was it. It was the third time I saw him so expectations were higher than they should be. But then it feels like he promises a lot and considering he was headlining…

In reflection he was all right. It was good but he should have come out for an extra number. Can’t be easy to perform the night after Prince. Runaway was his best of the night, very emotional. Til next time!

Prince - Way Out West 2011Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Janelle Monae - Way Out West 2011 The Hives - Way Out West 2011

Wiz Khalifa - Way Out West 2011T-Pain - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

MF Doom - Way Out West 2011Timbuktu  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Robyn - Way Out West 2011Tallest Man On Earth - Way Out West 2011

The Streets  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011Santigold - Way Out West 2011

Kanye West - Way Out West 2011Veronica Maggio and Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Busy Signal - KB, Malmö 2011

Aaliyah, Adele, Alicia, Amy, Angie, Aretha…

November 3, 2010

The top of my iPod artist list – great singers, great divas and their names all begin with the letter ‘A’. Hmm…

Aaliyah, Adele, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Angie Stone and Aretha Franklin.

I really enjoy listening to all of them. Such great voices. Great talents. A lot of greats. Great A:s.

Here’s a single from each one of them. It wasn’t easy to pick. And, yes, they’re on my iPod.

Aaliyah ft. Missy Elliott and Timbaland – Hot Like Fire
(One In A Million)

Adele – Cold Shoulder
(19)

Alicia Keys -Superwoman
(As I Am)

Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
(Back To Black)

Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You
(Life Goes On)

Aretha Franklin – Respect
(I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You)

Kelly Rowland – Commander

September 30, 2010

It really took me by surprise. That this song that I’ve heard on the radio is by Kelly Rowland. It doesn’t sound like her, not at all. She’s soul, not pop.

The song is all right, it’s ok. Very euro-pop, euro-trash even, maybe. But David Guetta is French so maybe that’s why. When Love Takes Over was better.

I just saw the video to Commander and I had no idea that Kelly Rowland’s new song sounded like or that she had fallen under the peer pressure of dressing in latex and knickers.

Lisa Nilsson @ Kulturfestivalen

August 11, 2010

Lisa Nilsson 10 Aug 2010

At the beginning of summer I was desperate to go to a festival and with no money to buy tickets I signed up for a bunch of draws and competitions. I didn’t win any.

But luck has come my way anyway. Summer is full of festivals and some of them are actually free. Stockholm’s Kulturfestival started yesterday and it ends on Sunday.

The names of the acts may not be the most famous in the world but it gives life to the city. People can come and go as they want. Last night, I saw Lisa Nilsson. One of my favourite Swedish singers. Yeah, it’s her and Robyn, see previous post.

It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Very soulful, very mature, very professional. The 39-year-old singer chose to dress her age (or older) in a knee-covering long-sleeve floaty dress. Quite impressive considering there are so many leggings and pants on stage these days.

And the singing? Great. Music is always better live. Actually, not always but this time it was. Credit to the band too. The trumpet player, especially, he just went on and on and on.

It started a bit slow, with slower songs to end on a more upbeat tone and more well-known songs. A bit of nostalgia for me who grew up in Sweden in the 90s to hear songs like Himlen Runt Hörnet, Vad Du Ser Är Vad Du Får and Varje Gång Jag Ser Dig.

It was also funny to hear about her escape to Rio de Janeiro to avoid the cold February blues in Sweden. How her bikini gradually minimised to the famous dental floss bottoms and where the men don’t care about tits and it’s all about bums.

Yes, it’s true. I could really relate to it having spent February in Brazil this year. And March, and April.

See Lisa Nilsson perform Varje Gång Jag Ser Dig at Swedish morning news show earlier this year:

Robyn Is Here

August 2, 2010

Robyn Is Here was the first album I ever bought. I was 12 years old. Robyn was a bit of a role model. She still is.

It was released 1995. Robyn was only 16, so young yet so brave. I remember the songs You’ve Got That Something and Do You Really Want Me (Show Me Respect).

Media thought at the time that she was a bit too young to sing about those kind of things but, hey, teens have feelings too.

She has come a long way since those days, four albums, her own record label Konichiwa Records, supporting act for Madonna.

Her single Keep This Fire Burning was covered by UK singer Beverly Knight – something I have told many of my UK friends. She has been on David Letterman and just finished the All Hearts tour, with Kelis, across the US. Yes, she even made it in the US.

Lately, she has been working a lot – A LOT – releasing three full-length albums this year. Body Talk pt1, Body Talk pt2 and Speak Your Body: Body Talk pt3. Recording whilst touring.

Here is her new video and first single to be released from Body Talk pt2. It looks a bit like a commercial. The song is good, it’s pop, it’s Robyn. I like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83vhhEQIRy0

Robyn explains Hang With Me (from own website):
“Pop should be seductive and sweet when it can. And I felt like I could be on Hang with me, in a uncompromising way. It´s like a sweet and sour bon-bon wrapped in melancholy. Yum.”

And here is Robyn’s last video too, Dancing On My Own, since I really like the song and every time I turn on the radio here in Sweden, it comes on. Think most girls feel like that at some point.

The End of an Era

June 25, 2009

He was with us for 50 years, almost 51. The King of Pop. Michael Jackson.

He’s passed away today after suffering a cardiac arrest. I’m still in shock. Not surprised but in absolute shock.

He changed music. The music videos. The dance steps. He’s a legend and there will never be anyone like him.

May he rest in peace.

Added 26 June:

The day after and I’m still in shock. Driving, I listen to the tributes on Radio1 and the only thing they talk about in the news is about Michael Jackson. How great he was. The impact he’s had. The legacy he’s leaving behind. The scandals are also mentioned, the court case, the plastic surgeries, the lightning of the skin, his monkey friend.

Trevor Nelson mentioned Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye, who also died young. Wyclef on Twitter: “RT James Brown Dec 25 Aaliyah Aug 25 Left Eye April 25 Michael Jackson June 25. Two plus Five is Seven,Seven is the num of completion. R I P”

A tribute song has already been made. Better on the Other Side featuring Game, Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher and Boyz II Men, produced by DJ Khalil.

I recently watched Notorious, the film about Notorious BIG, Biggie Smalls, where at the end, real life footage is shown how people are celebrating his music in the streets of Brooklyn. Now, there are people celebrating worldwide. Who hasn’t tried to do a moonwalk?

Watch Michael Jackson as a little boy in this first footage of him performing. The soul in that little body is phenomenal.

Poor little boy, if he only knew what would happen to him. May he be in a better place.