Lost In A Melody

Yeah, Kelis, we get it. Put a sock in it, will ya?

I can’t remember the last time Kelis did something that you would expect, so it doesn’t actually come as much of a surprise (is that a paradox?) to hear that instead of following up her recent hit Acapella with another bombastic and thrilling dance track, she’s teamed up with Skream for a low-key, spooky song called Distance that features feathery vocals and an intense garage-esque beat. Atmospheric, to say the least.

Someone said “Kelis has done a song with Will.I.Am” and I was like *I bet it sounds like this* and then it did sound like that and I’m not really sure what else to say to be honest. It’s certainly no Acapella.

Look, I still write blog posts!

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Stairway To Heaven - Cher Lloyd: Imagine, live on X Factor

Kelis Does Björk, Minus Turning Into A Polar Bear - Kelis: Brave (Music Video)

Confirmation Of Lloyd Daniels’ Sexuality (At Last) - Behind the scenes of Lloyd Daniels’ photo shoot, plus news on his debut album

Smoke And Mirrors - Natalia Kills: Mirrors (Trailer)

The Most Amazing Thing Of The Week - Cher Lloyd made of wool?!

Literally the closest I will ever get to having Kelis’ chest in my face.

Thank God she actually is releasing Scream after all. Major dilemma avoided

Sounds a bit like a Paolo Nutini song being squeezed through a computer.

I do wish beautiful people would stop thinking they can get away with really rubbish songs.

And also the desert music video set is being seriously overused these days. I mean, Klaxons, Ke$ha, Kelis and Natalia Kills are all recent culprits. Why can’t we have one set in a swimming pool or something?

Gloomy Sunday: Reasons To Love Björk:

Reason #2

Kelis loves her so much she felt the need to “remix” (sing all over) one of her tracks.

(You can see more reasons at the Gloomy Sunday page)

I see.


A Bit Worried

I’ve heard 5 out of the 8 songs that will feature on Kelis’ upcoming album Flesh Tone. I can’t say any of those tracks jump forward and stand out like Acapella.

It’s all a a bit… tame and generic sounding.

22nd Century is quite alright though. Hmm. Not overly impressed so far, I’m a bit worried now because I’ve been hyping this release up to people quite a bit…

Nicki Minaj - It’s Nightmare On Elm Street… And Guess Who’s Playing Freddy?!

I don’t usually do this, but I had so much fun (I’m a geek, I know) writing it, I just wanted to share. It’s a little profile on my current musical obsession, Nicki Minaj (who I’ve discussed here a few times already) for a Uni assignment :)

Nicki Minaj’s eagerly anticipated debut album has finally been given a tentative release date. In a press release from Cash Money Records, it is revealed that the newcomer’s disc will be on shelves by this autumn, with Minaj pledging to acquire longevity with her unique vocal style.

Earlier this year, Minaj exploded onto the music scene, before declaring that she plans to climb over every barrier she comes across to achieve worldwide success. And judging by her career plan so far, she’s going the right way about it.

This determination stems all the way back to Minaj’s childhood. Onika (as she was known then) grew up in Queens, New York, studying singing and acting at the LaGuardia High School in Manhattan (other notable alumni include Slick Rick, Kelis and even Liza Minelli). But the household she was a part of suffered constant abuse. One particular incident saw her alcoholic father try to murder her mother by setting the house on fire. “If I’m successful,” Minaj later stated, “I can change her life.” And so her path was set.

Throughout 2004, Minaj mostly sang background vocals and hooks for a variety of local rappers. She was “discovered” on MySpace and signed the Dirty Money label, where she caught the eye of Lil Wayne. The two swiftly hit the studio together to work on the first of Nicki’s mix tapes, and she’s never looked back.

Deciding she’d rather build up a respectable underground profile before tackling the charts, Minaj was featured on around 18 album tracks and 11 remix’s, each becoming more and more high profile (including an appearance on Up Out My Face from Mariah Carey’s recently cancelled remix album). After working with Robin Thicke on Sex Therapy, he described her as a “very special young lady” and further admitting that he thought she was “very smart… she’s going to have a very long career.”

Her first foray into the charts was with the smash hit, BedRock, a collaborative effort with her Young Money label mates. This includes Lil Wayne and rapper Drake who went on to claim Minaj as the “love” of his life. “We have the most interesting relationship,” he revealed in an interview with XXL magazine, “because it’s so multilayered… Nicki’s a very intriguing character.”

When Minaj appeared alongside legendary female rapper Eve in the video for Ludacris’ My Chick Bad, Eve fans reportedly called on the star to put the newcomer in her place, show her who’s boss. But Eve insisted that her busy schedule keeps her from focusing on the success of other mainstream female rappers. She even went on to praise Nicki, calling her “quirky.” Of the Freddy Krueger gloves that Minaj wears in the video, she said “Whatever you decide to do, especially in music, you gotta go hard and own it… and she did.”

And the praise from legends of hip-hop refuses to end there. It was recently revealed that even superstar Jay-Z is a fan. “It was like getting that stamp of approval from the most popular jock in high school,” Minaj said of her surprise, “… being a freshman in high school and thinking no one knows you exist.”

But it certainly looks like soon everyone will know the name Nicki Minaj. Current single Massive Attack (along with the outlandish, Hype Williams-directed video) has received an encouraging positive response, especially from MTV who complimented it and stated “We L-U-V [Nicki] because she’s a trendsetter and a strident, unique artist. But with great style comes great responsibility.”

She may have been kicked off of Rihanna’s The Last Girl on Earth tour (depending on who you believe), but Minaj has bigger plans in store. “I want to start a new lane,” she says, “that one day, ten years from now, girls will say, ‘I’m more of a Nicki Minaj type’.”

Well we already have a new Madonna and a new Michael Jackson (Yes, I know, both are debatable, but stay with me)… So we may as well have a new Björk, right?

For those of you who’d rather not follow the links and watch videos, I’ll explain in easier-to-understand terms;


And that, is that.