– So maybe we DO get to see the JLS vs Taio Cruz throwdown after all! JLS are supposedly going to get the full-court press here in the States, although I think it’s a little dubious. Press releases last week touted that “influential” top 40 station WXSS in Milwaukee is getting calls for the track. Well, Milwaukee isn’t exactly an “influential” market, and right now the song is #44 in their rotation, so someone is grasping pretty deep. I just don’t see “Everybody” breaking them big, and I SURE don’t see “One Shot” doing the job either. Take “Beat Again”, add in a cameo from Pitbull or Flo Rida, and redo the video, and I think that might be their one shot (pun intended).
– One song that WILL continue to climb the charts is Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”, which is currently sitting at #1 on the iTunes singles chart. They peaked at #5 back in November after the CMA Awards, but with another surge in sales, along with still high country airplay and rapidly growing airplay at both Top 40 and Adult Top 40, you may see Lady A achieve an even higher peak. Stay tuned…my review of Need You Now will be posted tonight or tomorrow at the latest.
– After checking out the review on Paul’s blog, I am hooked on Matt Morris. One thing I didn’t realize until I dug a little deeper is that he’s from Denver! He’s got a great webpage up and running, and in the videos section, you can even see him show up at Twist & Shout Records here to drop of his CD when it was released in mid-January.
Matt has announced that he will be playing a concert at the Bluebird Theater here in Denver, and I already have my tickets. His opening acts are listed as John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light, but I read that there might be some unannounced guests. Considering that Matt is signed to Justin Timberlake’s new Tennman Records, certain educated guesses could be made, no? Or since he lives in Denver, home of the Fray, 3OH!3, and the Flobots, maybe a more local surprise gues would be in order. Either way, I’m looking forward to hearing how his music translates live.
– So I didn’t do too badly on the predictions for the Grammys, but I had a couple of big misses, primarily on Album of the Year. While I was flying during the telecast, I saw Taylor Swift’s performance with Stevie Nicks, and based on that alone, Taylor should never receive another major nomination outside of the Country category. It has become very clear over the last year that Taylor just cannot handle live performances with a paper-thin voice.
you know i am expecting a full rundown of the matt morris show, oh and a signed picture please 😛 And poor JLS, they need to beef up some of the music for the US. Outside knowing them from x factor it doesn’t work as well…
Keep an eye on the blog on the run-up to the show. I might have a little something special for you.
Just want to drop by and say thanks for recommending the Lady Antebellum track way before this post 🙂 I am so diggin’ it right now.
JLS in US? Uh, please~ I doubt their kinda pop will be having any impact on on the US market~ If the superb Guetta’s When Love Takes Over can’t manage to hit a dent on the US chart, I doubt any of their single can do anything~ 😛
Well, at least JLS has a bit of the R&B sound that is still prevalent here, so they might stand a chance. The dance vibe hasn’t fully built here, but GaGa and Cascada are sure helping with that.
Those Taylor performances…yikes. Not a surprising yikes (and for me not something that changes my appreciation of the songs of hers I do like), but I know it put off a few people I know, so for some other people who hadn’t previously seen her sing live, it may have been a revelation. Great as Stevie is, having her sing Taylor’s lyrics was a bad idea, too.
It’s tough, because the reviews of the practice were good, so you wonder if there wasn’t technical issues or nerves. But this isn’t the first time that I have felt her vocals were less than stellar.
You’re so right about Taylor’s live performances. The bitch can’t sing and didn’t deserve ‘Album Of The Year’. The thing is – I’m actually a fan. It’s a good album and she deserved something for “You Belong With Me”, which is a superb pop song. However, all of this momentum comes from that Kanye moment. It’s just ridiculous.
Absolutely right on the Kanye moment. Sympathy doesn’t compensate for mediocrity.
You think maybe she might have been nervous to be performing with a legend? Stevie knocked it out of the park. Love her!
Agreed there may have been nervousness. But as I said to PG, I’ve heard her be shaky vocally before, so this doesn’t seem like an isolated incident.
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