Lost In A Melody

This formula was brilliant the first time Calvin did it, it was cute the second time, it was nice the third time and the fourth time it started to get mildly annoying. Now we’re on the fifth recycle and it’s just getting ridiculous. Nowhere near as good as the Spectrum remix and it sounds like a poor man’s Titanium to be honest.


Nelly Furtado performs a sweet acoustic version of Calvin Harris’ single Feels So Close - a really great choice because despite being a dance track, the lyrics are very intimate and touching, so it translates perfectly. Her voice isn’t as great as it used to be, but actually my favourite bit about this is how the guitarist plays the original synth line. Sounds beautiful.


A Calvin Harris/Example collaboration is one of those things that I would have never thought up myself, but the moment I heard about it, it made total sense. Luckily someone DID think of it, and We’ll Be Coming Back is the result. It’s a standard affair for both artists - singing/rapping from Example and mental production from Calvin - but it sounds absolutely massive. In fact I’m worried that this song is so huge that the high quality version may break my speakers when it’s released.


Florence has become the latest warbler to ride the one-trick pony that is Calvin Harris. Didn’t see that one coming.


Well it’s not exactly We Found Love is it? (And also, it’s not exactly I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ is it?)


Fucking epic.


Ten Best Singles of 2011

Yeah, I did it. Why not, eh?

TEN

What The Hell - Avril Lavigne

This was probably the first new song I heard in 2011 and it was everything I wanted Avril to be and everything Avril didn’t want to be. Plus I got to see the video in 3D (ha!). What an amazing tune though.

NINE

With Ur Love - Cher Lloyd

After we got Swagger Jagger out of the way (which I really liked by the way), Cher came back stronger with this amazingly sweet song. Mike Posner’s voice makes me melt and the acoustic version is to die for.

EIGHT

Crystalline - Björk

Despite it being her least successful album in the UK so far and definitely not her strongest effort, the campaign for Biophilia at least started off strong with this lead single which basically encompasses every sound and genre the singer has ever touched upon on her earlier work. Imagine that Greatest Hits were songs that gave an insight into an artist’s career, instead of albums, and this would probably be Björk’s.

SEVEN

On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez

Sometimes, what makes a good song even more memorable is when EVERYONE loves it. I definitely never expected Jennifer Lopez to bounce back into the spotlight in the way that she did, but this song shows off the strong points of everyone involved and you literally couldn’t move on a night on without hearing it. A novelty classic that I reckon people will still listen to in years to come.

SIX

Price Tag - Jessie J

I really didn’t want to include this because my love for Jessie J has waned considerably over this course of this year, but again, this was one of those really cool songs that everyone was singing along to. I can remember being online, so eager to see the video and loving it when it was released too. Plus it’s the only B.o.B. rap I like.

FIVE

Someone Like You - Adele

There are probably much better songs that were released this year and songs that I personally chose to listen to more, but there’s no denying that this was THE biggest hit of 2011 and the power it has over people all over the planet is inspiring.

FOUR

Lucky Day - Nicola Roberts

I wasn’t especially keen on Beat Of My Drum but Lucky Day is the happiest song I have ever heard in my life. I can’t hear it without smiling like a maniac and my jaw usually hurts by the end. Plus, when you sing along, it doesn’t matter how bad your own voice is, you automatically sound amazing. Try it.

THREE

Born This Way - Lady Gaga

Waiting for a brand new Gaga single is a bit like waiting for Christmas in my experience and I was so excited to for this song before it was released that I remember bluntly asking if I could hear it when I visited Popjustice HQ as I was convinced they had the demo. Turns out they didn’t and the song ended up being another one of those tracks where every experience of it was shared by me and others. Listening to it for the first time, watching the Grammy performance, seeing the music video - at every stage of this song’s birth I was joined by a friend or two and was able to immediately dissect and discuss. I’m not usually a big fan of things that my brain decides are too “cheesy” or “camp” but I fell in love with this instantly.

TWO

We Found Love - Rihanna

Another of this year’s biggest hits. Rihanna is on a bit of a downward spiral in my opinion, things are getting lazier and lazier - but this song (along with the video) are 100% pop perfection and can make you feel about 1,000 different emotions at once. It really doesn’t get any better.

ONE

The Edge Of Glory - Lady Gaga

The music video was shit, the live performances were a bit dodgy and in terms of chart success, this song pretty much slipped under the radar again BUT everything about it is perfect. I cried when I first heard this and the life affirming moment that came after it had finished is the reason it’s my favourite song of the year. This song is beyond pop music, but is also a pretty good example of how it can be done exceptionally well.



Rihanna on WhoSay

There’s nothing I could write that could even begin to capture how breathtaking this is. Everyone talks a lot about who out of this current generation will go on to be remembered as a pop music legend, in the same way that the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson came before - and despite how much I love those up for the crown for other reasons, it definitely will be Rihanna.

Not once in my lifetime have I seen another pop star continuously push the boundaries and change the pop landscape, whilst still maintaining a superb chart reign and universal adoration. And just when I thought she was already the biggest pop star on the planet and couldn’t get any better, she released this and elevated herself to even higher levels.


Some Stuff To Talk About…

Robbie Williams wants a “gaby" (a gay baby), but says that if he has a boy he will teach him to play football. Not sure what this has to do with anything, but I bet Lloyd Daniels doesn’t play football.

Leona Lewis would like to experiment on her next album. Which probably means it will either be Rated R Part 2 or will be all be a bit more like Outta My Head. I know which I’d prefer.

Ne-Yo is trying to get Gaga to do a country song with him. Good luck with that.

Calvin Harris doesn’t like Chris Brown anymore. Does he have a point? Let’s compare and contrast. Personally I think it’s nitpicking.

Tinie Tempah explains some of the lyrics on his debut album. I’ll save you from wasting your time - he doesn’t explain “risk it for a chocolate biscuit” :-(

Finally, I’m just including this because I thought it said “sex change” and it made me laugh.


California Gurls (currently streaming here) by Katy Perry is apparently going to be a “summer smash.”

Do I agree?

No.

Sorry, but a rehash of Madonna’s Get Together and Britney’s Trouble (via Calvin Harris) should be AMAZING. But I can’t help but feel like this falls a bit flat.

Maybe it will grow on me. We’ll see.