This week in Brand New & Brilliant, it’s all about the POP. With one of the busiest weeks for new releases in quite some time, we’ve crammed the station with plenty of appetising new tunes for you to get stuck into. Be sure to tune in, and check out some of our favourites below!
Chloe Howl – Rumour
You’re probably already familiar with her name – she’s been tipped for the top from pretty much every corner of the music industry. But Rumour stands as a fitting reminder of just how good Chloe Howl really is – a feisty, futuristic bit of pop genius; both devilishly catchy and the perfect showcase for Chloe as a star-in-the-making. It’s been a long time coming, with taster tracks No Strings and Paper Heart last year laying the groundwork, but now it finally feels like the time for Chloe’s career to go stratospheric.
Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue
A new Kylie single? For us seasoned pop fanatics, that’s all that really matters to us this week. Into The Blue comes as a reassuring affirmation that Kylie – the dance-pop maestro – is very much still with us. Tastefully pulling Kylie’s sugary vocals across a bang-up-to-date club beat, the track slides effortlessly between between recent fare from the likes of Ellie Goulding and Rihanna, whilst remaining timelessly, unashamedly ‘Kyie’. For us, it’s those gentle swells of strings in the background that just completely make this track.
Lea Michele – Cannonball
It was inevitable really – when you think about it. Taking the plunge and stepping out from the assembled Glee Cast, Lea Michele is trying her hand as a solo star, and you know what…? Her debut single is actually really good. Very much from the Demi Lovato school of pop, Cannonball is an impassioned mid-tempo ballad that sees Lea’s vocals on fine form, paired to a empowering lyric and a cracking melody. Top marks, Lea!
Pixie Lott – Nasty
The UK’s favourite blonde popstrel is back, and she’s taking a leaf out of Xtina’s book and getting naaaasty. This funked-up slice of brassy sass is far from Pixie’s finest, but as a re-introduction to the star (she’s been away for quite some time, it’s fair to say) it does the job; an inoffensive toss-up of chunky horn riffs and sultry vocals. We reckon Little Mix could have done a great job of this.
With her 1987 single Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Belinda Carlisle scored one of the definitive hits of the 80s – the song shooting to the top spot on both sides of the Atlantic and nabbing a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in the process.
A string of chart successes followed for Belinda throughout the rest of the decade and on into the 90s, continuing a constant flirtation with the charts stretching back to 1981 and Carlisle’s time with classically Californian pop-punk types The Go-Go’s.
With such a broad back catalogue of work, what better way to celebrate Belinda’s career than a comprehensive new retrospective of her work. Out on March 17th, The Collection also contains a bonus for longtime fans in the form of brand new track Goodbye Just Go.
With all that in mind, be sure to check out Belinda’s specially curated Hosted By station, where she takes a trip through her favourite records of all time, sharing stories, memories and key musical inspirations. Just follow the link below to listen in!
Fancy catching Belinda Carlisle live? The Heaven Is A Place On Earth songstress is touring the UK this May and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to each of the following dates to give away! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair is send an email with ‘Belinda Carlisle’ in the subject line to email@example.com along with which date you’d like to go to, your full name, postal address and a contact number.
13th May 2014 - Birmingham, Town Hall
14th May 2014 - Newcastle, Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
16th May 2014 - Manchester, Cathedral
17th May 2014 - London, IndigO2
19th May 2014 - Bristol, Colston Hall
20th May 2014 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
This competition closes at 12pm on March 28th. Good luck!
Plus, don’t forget to listen to our exclusive Hosted By station from Belinda herself, where she introduces a selection of her favourite songs and influences, including tracks from the likes of Crowded House, David Bowie and the New Radicals. Just follow the link below to listen in!
If you have to listen to one new artist this week, make it MØ. The Danish songstress – aka Karen Marie Ørsted – has been turning heads in all the right places with her bewitching blend of sugary pop hooks, broad palate of sonic influences and lyrics that come to terms with what it means to be young and restless in the 21st century.
With on-trend collaborations with the likes of Diplo and Avicii already under her belt, MØ’s debut album No Mythologies To Follow hits shelves this month – including standout track Don’t Wanna Dance; a firm favourite in the blinkbox music offices over the past month.
Fancy finding out what all the fuss is about? Tune in to our exclusive Hosted By station with MØ herself, talking through her key influences and inspirations – taking in everything from Sonic Youth and the Smashing Pumpkins to the Spice Girls!
Stars of The Big Reunion - 5th Story’s Gareth Gates and A1’s Ben Adams - will be at the blinkbox music bus outside the Tesco Extra in Leicester (Maidenwell Avenue, LE5 1BJ) this Friday from 12pm - 1:30pm.
Gareth and Ben will be posing for photos in our blinkbox music photobooth, so make sure you arrive nice and early with cheesy grins on standby!
The bus and photobooth will be making its way around the UK throughout March, so if you don’t live in Irlam, take a look at this list of which Big Reunion stars will be in the booth when and where.
Leicester, Hamilton Tesco Extra
w/ A1’s Ben Adams, 5th Story’s Gareth Gates
Friday 14th March
(Maidenwell Avenue, LE5 1BJ)
12pm – 1.30pm
Northampton Tesco Extra
w/ A1’s Ben Adams, 5th Story’s Kenzie
Monday 16th March
(Clannell Road, NN4 0JF)
12pm – 1.30pm
Gallions Reach, E London, Tesco Extra
w/ Kelle Bryan from Eternal, 5th Story’s Dane Bowers,
Girl Thing’s Michelle Barber
Friday 21st March
(1 Armada Way, E6 7FB)
12pm – 1.30pm
Thanks to everyone that joined us in the booth in Manchester and Bradford!
Please note: all planned appearances are subject to change