You gotta give it to Valentina Monetta! The San Marino representative at the Eurovision Song Contest edition of 2012 and 2013 has today been announced to represent her country for the third time in a row, at the upcoming 2014 Eurovision contest.
The singer confirmed today that she came to an agreement with the San Marino broadcaster to go to the event for a third time. The singer who represented her country with ‘Crisalide (Vola)’ finished just outside the top ten semi finalists, thus not qualifying for the grand final, which was held just over a month ago in Malmo, Sweden.
The producer responsible for her 2012-13 entries, Ralph Siegel, has also confirmed he’s involved in the 2014 team. With preparations only just started and very little detail known about the 2014 contest, it remains to be seen what the title of the song is and what we can expect of it.
San Marino have never qualified for the grand final, but came close this year with Valentina and her track ‘Crisalide (Vola). Watch her entry below:
Back in June we announced that Japanese brit pop rockers Taffy had told us they’d be touring the UK later in the year, preceded by their new single ‘Flower Chain’. With the release of that single only two weeks away, their new single, ‘Flower Chain’ is now available to hear below:
As you’ll hear, Flower Chain is an infectious cocktail of joy, which sees Coxon-esque guitar lines meet sugary female harmonies. It’s got a massive punch, which strongly hints to the Classic Brit pop. You just gotta love it!
‘Fower Chain’ is out on September 3. With its launch date close the band have also unveiled the official video for the track. Check it out below:
Taffy are touring the UK in October and November. For more info, check here.
This week we’re focusing on an artist which is really out of this world: Both the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times have described Tom Hickox as ”truly original and out of this world” and believe us they were not wrong. If you were present at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Glastonbury and The Big Chill then Tom Hickox is bound to ring a huge Big Ben bell!
Already drawing comparisons to incredible singer songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Randy Newman, Tom’s distinguished ability to write amazing lyrics, sprung from his love for literature, and produce incredible melodies, something he inherited from his parents who were both active in the music industry, shine through in his song ‘The Angel of The North’, which he’s given out for free.
The track which will be featured on his debut album ”War, Peace And Diplomacy”, is so incredibly strong and connects with you instantly, shows why we have chosen this young man to be our ‘one to watch’ this week, as the exposure of his talent is simply astonishing. Talking about delivering such high quality on material, Tom explains: “I need to write hundreds of songs to get to the point where I am consistently delivering material that resonates on more than just a simple level, and that I care deeply about.” Spoken as a true artist!
With the support of his management and record company, the support of PR, papers and blogs, this man should get all the opportunities to launch him into massive stardom. Download your free copy of ‘The Angel of the North’ below:
Yes you read that right! The daughter of the King, is returning to the music industry with a new album after an absence of seven years, which saw her moving to the English countryside with her husband and twin daughters.
The album ‘Storm & Grace’, released through River Island on October 15th, is said to be an Americana-inspired collection which perfectly showcases Lisa Marie’s song-writing talent and smouldering alto voice, is produced by 12-time Grammy Award winner T-Bone Burnett, and features collaborators including Richard Hawley and Ed Harcourt. The new album is close to the singers heart as it is for her a way to return to her roots.
First single, preceding the album, is out on October 8th called ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ which has seen the premiere of its video earlier in the year. It’s moody, laid back and raw. Nice one to return with Lisa Marie!
Is the heat getting ahead of you, or are you looking for that one particular track that helps you sooth the soreness of being burnt by the sun? We might have found you the right treatment then, because American indie rockband Grizzly Bears are back with their brand new single ‘Yet Again’, which they unveiled last week on Radio 1.
The dreamy mid tempo rock track will heal you from your burnt skin in no time and we recommend the track to be listen to on several occasions throughout the day and evenings. ‘Yet Again’ will also feature on the band’s new album, Shields, which is out September 17.
if you’re afraid you might need a bit more Grizzly Bear in your life since your soreness, well there’s good news as the band kick off an international tour on September 16th, including their biggest UK headline show to date at Brixton Academy on October 22nd. For full UK tour dates please visit Grizzly Bear’s Official Site
The slightly alternative appearances of US bands like .Fun and Karmin have seen them conquer the world with great success in the past few months of 2012. Rory Mohon and Lisa Garcia are a Portland, Oregon based duo better known as Copperfox and set to follow in their colleagues foot steps with their mesmerizing alternative indie pop.
With clear roles in the band, he likes to play and she likes to sing, Copperfox have got their first EP available on Itunes which is called ‘From the Den’. Its four high quality tracks proof what a great potential this duo has to go big. Think bitter sweet melodies, haunting vocals and a wink of Angus and Julia Stone, and you’ll get Copperfox. Well worth the listen, especially the tracks ‘James’ and ‘We Know’.
Plenty of reason in other words to crown Copperfox as our One To Watch this week.
Listen to the ‘From the Den – EP’ below or go and buy the EP on iTunes.
''Going Crazy'' - Dizzee Rascal & Robbie Williams
''Walks Like Rihanna'' - The Wanted
''I Love It'' - Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
''Gentleman'' - The Saturdays
''Come & Get It'' by Selena Gomez
''Cinderella'' - Diana Vickers
Wretch 32 feat. Jacob Banks - Doing OK
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
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