FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT NOW.
1- Calvin Harris ft. Ayah Mareh – Thinking About You
Calvin Harris’s latest album, 18 Months has already seen phenomenal success with four consecutive #2 hits as well as the two number ones he produced for Rihanna and Florence & The Machine. This is my tip to be released as the next single as it’s the stand-out track from the remainder of the record. The song has Calvin’s familiar simple piano lead production with vocals this time from Ayah Mareh, who has previously worked for other respected producers like DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked and Bassline Smith, as well as backing vocals on Calvin’s last record.
2- Avicii vs. Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One
Currently ranked the 3rd biggest DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, Avicii has slowly been making a name for himself as the one to beat. This could be the track to rival his biggest hit so far, ‘Levels’. It has a typical Avicii production, simple, bouncy, catchy and builds into the drop that lifts it to the next level. I think I’d be just as happy with or without the vocals. They don’t really add too much to the song, but I suppose it’s another string to the bow when there’s something to sing along to. Nicky Romero is currently ranked the 17th biggest DJ in the world, and although he’s yet to have any commercial success in the UK, he has already worked with the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Fedde Le Grand.
3- Cyndi Lauper – The Sex Is In The Heel
As far as camp icons go, Cyndi Lauper is one of the best for me. Her powerhouse voice has blasted through gaybars worldwide for the best part of 3 decades and it doesn’t look like that’s about to change anytime soon. This is her new single from the soundtrack to the musical, Kinky Boots. It is every bit as glitzy and sequin studded as the movie itself. Cyndi belts over a retro-disco stomper, with throwbacks to Deee-Lite’s classic ‘Groove Is In The Heart’. Following the success of her Bring Ya To The Brink album and bundled with some sparkly remixes, Cyndi is cementing herself as the disco queen for all generations.
4- Jordin Sparks –Do You Hear What I Hear?
As the last piece of turkey is eaten, cleverly hidden into the fourth turkey meal of the week, the tin of roses is left only with toffees and the family have finally got the hint and gone home, we neglect Wham! and Boney M from our iPod’s for another year. But if you’re desperate to cling on to the magic of Christmas, maybe there’s time for one more festive favourite. With that in mind, so I draw your attention to American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks’ take on Bing Crosby’s classic ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’. If you’d forgotten about the ‘No Air’ singer, it’s time you were reminded. Her voice soars through the track and shows just why she won the competition in the first place.
5- Amelia Lily – Shut Up And Give Me Whatever You Got
This week concludes with X Factor runner up from 2011, Amelia Lily with her second single, a bit of a mouthful, ‘Shut Up And Give Me Whatever You Got’. I can’t imagine what she means. This one is a punchy pop track reminiscent of Katy Perry, Pink and Kelly Clarkson’s shoutiest moments. There’s enough gimmicky lyrics and girl-power piled into this track to ensure teenage girls will be picking up their hairbrush and singing along in the mirror (and perhaps me too!)