Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nicola Roberts - "Yo-Yo" (Music Video Review)

Nicola Roberts this week unveiled the music video for "Yo-Yo," the third single off her rather nifty debut album Cinderella's Eyes. As I watched I wrote down some notes, which turned out to be more interesting on their own than the sum of their parts, so here they are.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I Came for the Boobs: Sak Noel, NERVO Make Us Dance, Think

By Techno School, Vertigo Shtick contributor and dance/electronic correspondent 
"I came for the boobs; I stayed for the music"
I KNEW boyfriends were good for something other than sex and free dinners. Sometimes they find you music!

Boyfriend came back from an across-the-pond business trip with fabulous Euro singles in tow! The second he pulled Sak Noel's "Loca People" up on YouTube, I was sold. It's the "We No Speak Americano" of 2011! How have I not heard of this before?!?!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Submit Your Nominations for the 2011 Readers Poll (Giveaway!)

This year Vertigo Shtick will host its first end-of-year readers' poll, with nominations from me, fellow pop music bloggers/big-shots, and readers at large (that's you!).

Friday, November 18, 2011

First Look: Anjulie - 'Stand Behind The Music'

In perfect timing with this site's excellent interview with pop rebel Anjulie (or was it the other way around? You decide), the "Brand New Bitch" singer premiered her new single "Stand Behind The Music" along with its politically charged music video based on the "Occupy Wall Street" protests.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Boom! She's a Brand New Bitch: An Interview with Anjulie

After a technical issue on my end and then a mixup in time zones on theirs, on our third try I managed to connect with dance-pop singer Anjulie for a phone chat on a gloomy late afternoon a couple weeks ago. The Canadian-born singer of Guyanese descent released the pounding dance single "Brand New Bitch" early this year, and a remix by DJ/producer Laidback Luke dropped about a month ago (hear it below). Before I got into my questions I told her that I had been introduced to her music when a friend randomly texted me that Anjulie's song "Boom" made her "want to rape my boyfriend," to which Anjulie replied "I love it." She was fun to talk to, and very smart. Here's what went down.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Ke$ha Project: 'The Harold Song' and Social Single Strategy

All right, folks, the Messiah of Pop has called upon us, and we have some work to do.

The electro-pop closeted genius Ke$ha resurfaced this weekend on Twitter after a relatively quiet period of touring, recording with Alice Cooper, and "camping in the woods," which could very well be the newest euphemism for "recording the biggest sophomore album of 2012" but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves.

Friday, November 11, 2011

11 Amazing Pop Songs That Peaked at #11: A List for 11/11/11

Today, and only today, if you mix the Gregorian calendar with Arabic numerals you come out with a date that looks pretty wicked: 11/11/11. Even in the UK and elsewhere where the order of month/day/year differs just to screw with our minds, for one day the Western world is united. It's like a fourth dimension "do a barrel roll!" And what better way for a chart junkie pop music blogger with a love of pointless research to celebrate than with a list (and music videos!) of 11* amazing pop songs that peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart!

Hush, just stop...
So read, watch, listen, reminisce, and give these eleven unsung pop heroes a day of revived glory even though they couldn't quite hack their way into the top ten. (You might also care to make use of the 11 Amazing Pop Songs That Peaked at #11 Spotify playlist, which can be found here.)

First Listen: Rihanna - 'You Da One' (Brand New Single)

Hey everybody, Rihanna unlocked the second single from her upcoming album Talk That Talk this morning, called "You Da One," and you can listen to it here! (Click "Continue Reading" below!)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Apparently There's a Leak: Piracy, Publicity and the Press

We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack...
Back in 2007 when Britney Spears' superb album Blackout was released, I had not yet committed myself to a life of honorable obtainment of digital music, nor had I started my first paying job post-graduate school. Needless yet shameful to say, I didn't pay for my copy at that time. I got most of it from Kazaa or Limewire, I imagine, and until recently I never bothered even to obtain an official copy to check mine against, which was why I remained for many years confused as to why the copy of "Break the Ice" I had at one point sounded different from my memory of the version I had years earlier, and unsure from whence the deviation might have come.

Nicki Minaj and Big Sean Do a Little 'Dance (A$$)' [Remix]

Nicki Minaj is, without question, the biggest female in hip-hop at the moment, and until Missy Elliott returns this isn't likely to change any time soon. Not if the Young Money rapper keeps letting loose the kind of head-turning, eye-popping brilliance she has done as a featured artist, most notably on Kanye West's single "Monster," where she showed up Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and 'Ye himself...and that's maybe an Eminem and a Lil' Wayne short of the rap pantheon. As Minaj released her solo debut Pink Friday and became a success as a solo artist with Hot 100 number three hit "Super Bass," I worried a bit that her feature days were perhaps over as we knew them, and since I was more impressed by those than her solo efforts, that would have been disappointing.

Two Big Bad Wolves
Now, thanks to rising star Big Sean, I need worry no more.

First Listen: Kay - 'Going Diamond' (feat. Kurtis Blow)

The way it keeps spewing fascinating pop singers our way, Canada might just be the next Sweden. Canada has given us some of the most wonderful gifts: Alanis Morissette (and Ryan Reynolds); Shania Twain; Celine Dion; Justin Bieber; Deborah Cox; Nelly Furtado; Feist; k.d. lang; Anjulie...the list goes on. One of the latest forces to make its way into American ears from our good ol' neighbors to the North, eh, is the blonde bit of brilliance known as Kay.

This is Kay. Get it?
Kay has fascinated me since she appeared on Doctor Rosen Rosen's stellar EP Girls, Volume 1 (see how I fawned over their collaboration "Hot"), which included as a bonus track one of the singer's breakout singles "M.A.J.O.R." - also produced by the good Doctor and subsequently remixed by none other than Tiësto. Since then, Kay, who has wisely gone from ho-hum dirty blonde to platinum hottie in recent months, has appeared on singles by techno big shots Diplo and Datsik ("Pick Your Poison") and Tiësto ("Work Hard, Play Hard").

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Music Tuesday (Albums): Florrie, Nadia Oh and More

Every Tuesday, hoards of new singles, EPs and LPs appear on iTunesAmazon and in stores everywhere, and a new sales week begins. Each week (or so) I post what I’ve bought, sometimes with tacit recommendation and sometimes with the hesitation of an experimenter. Sometimes I'm late and post on a Thursday. Stuff happens. If you have any opinions, comments, or suggestions about my weekly picks, or care to share what you're buying and why, please do so in the comments!

*Pick of the Week* 
Florrie - Experiments (EP) (iTunesAmazon)

Florrie Arnold is the house drummer for Xenomania, the UK production company one might call the British answer to Dr. Luke (although it predates our beloved manufacturer of pop hits by a few years, though not his sensei Max Martin, much of whose influence is apparent). She is also a rather head-turning up-and-comer as a solo musician and has just released her second EP, following 2010's aptly named Introduction, which didn't do much for me outside its killer opener "Call of the Wild," which thoroughly conquered my soul. Experiments, on the other hand, has absolutely captured me, and every song from beginning to end has me hooked, like I'm in some kind of fabulously orchestrated dream. "Speed of Light" is destined to be my first date anthem for life; "Begging Me" is a rollicking romp through impressive wordplay; "What You Doing This For?" is one of the first breakup songs to bring me peace rather than pain; and "Experimenting with Rugs"... well, "Experimenting with Rugs" is just pretty damn brilliant. The $2.96 price tag on iTunes is a steal.

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