Thursday, December 27, 2007

Pop Zone: Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten

"Unwritten" is a Grammy-nominated single from English singer Natasha Bedingfield, co-written by her, Danielle Brisebois and Wayne Rodrigues. The song appears on her debut album, which is also named "Unwritten". It was released as her third single in the United Kingdom in November 2004, and as her second single in the United States in 2006, the song proved to be a big hit for the singer in the U.S., as it climbed slowly on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, eventually reaching number five for two weeks (becoming her second Top 20 hit and first Top 10 hit in the country).

As of March 2006, "Unwritten" was certified platinum in the U.S., making it one of the best selling digital tracks (and one of very few singles to sell in excess of a million copies) to date.

"Unwritten" was also the most played song on U.S. radio during 2006 as confirmed before her performance at the Diana concert.

Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten

Special Thanks to Kyle Ethan Asmara

Monday, December 17, 2007

Pop Zone: Leon Jackson - When You Believe

"When You Believe" is the first single from 2007 X-Factor's winner, Leon Jackson. It is cover from Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston. The song is great, It is hard to sing this song, eh?! Well he is doing good.

Pop Zone: Rex Goudie & Melissa O'Neil - Whiskey Lullaby

Rex Goudie is a Canadian singer, songwriter and was the runner-up of Canadian Idol 3. Goudie was the runner-up to winner Melissa O'Neil. On Thursday, April 6, 2006, she and Rex confirmed in an interview with the CTV entertainment program eTalk Daily that they have been dating since the third week of Canadian Idol.

Melissa Crystal O'Neil (born July 12, 1988 in Calgary, Alberta) was the winner of the third season of Canadian Idol. She attended Lester B. Pearson High School, and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta (parents Tim O'Neil and Alison Yeung). O'Neil has worked at a daycare centre, and has been involved in local musical theatre productions. Her mother has been quoted as saying that the singing only really started three years ago. Melissa has one sibling, a younger brother named Colin whom she is very close to.

Whiskey Lullaby is taken from Rex Goudie 2005 album "Under The Lights".

Rex Goudie & Melissa O'Neil - Whiskey Lullaby

Credit to: ♪♫ мικε-εε ♫♪

Album Review: Agnes Carlsson - Agnes

Agnes (often credited as Agnes Carlsson), born March 6, 1988 in Vänersborg, is a Swedish singer who rose to popularity after winning Idol 2005, the Swedish version of Pop Idol, shown by TV4.

Agnes is the debut album composed of the songs performed by the Idol 2005 winner Agnes Carlsson. The album debuted at #1 in Sweden and stayed there for 2 weeks. The lead single, "Right Here, Right Now (My Heart Belongs to You)", written and produced by Jörgen Elofsson, topped the Swedish Top 60 Singles chart for six weeks. The second single released off the album, "Stranded", was less successful, peaking at #27 in the Swedish singles chart.

Track listing

01. Stranded
02. Emotional
03. Right Here, Right Now (My Heart Belongs To You)
04. Forever Yours
05. Get My Math
06. I Believe
07. For Love
08. What A Feeling
09. Now That I Found Love
10. Let Me Carry You

Credit to: Sam

Album Review: Ola Svensson - Given To Fly

Ola Svensson was one of the top 10 contestants on Idol 2005 in Sweden. He has since had a number one hit with the songs Rain, Natalie, and had a smaller hit with Brothers. He has also done performances on the Världens barn galan with Agneta Sjödin as a host. He is currently working on a new record.

Recently, Ola recorded the song "Du Är Musiken I Mig" with Molly Sandén. The song is the Swedish version of "You Are the Music in Me" from High School Musical 2.

During 2008 he is going to perform in Melodifestivalen 2008 with the song "Love In Stereo".

Track listing

01. Rain
02. Cops Come Knocking
03. How We Do It
04. Given To Fly
05. Till The End
06. Everything I Am
07. Invincible
08. My Home
09. I Could Be Him
10. Time To Let You Go
11. Brothers
12. Go Go Sweeden (Bonus Track)

Credit to: Sam

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Pop Zone: Daniel Zueras - No Me Quiero Enamorar

Daniel Zueras was born in Zaragoza on November 13th, 1980, he started to show his interest in music as a child. Son of a commercial agent and a cook, he studied music theory and piano. He loves running but, above all, singing. Before entering Operación Triunfo he worked as a waiter in the weekends at a theater of the Aragonese capital, but has always wished to devote himself to music. One of his idols is Mariah Carey. His big opportunity arrived in 2006 with the TV singing contest Operation Triumph.

The first album single, “No quiero enamorarme” (I don’t want to fall in love), had been released a week earlier (April 16). The videoclip of this song has had so far a large impact among the public, because of its explicit sexual content (a trio between Dani, a girl and a boy). About the video Daniel has stated that his primary intention was to break away from the cliché of innocent boy with which he was labeled at the Academy. In YouTube, the video has had more than 628.080 views in the 7 months following its release, and has received many supporting comments. The single made #5 in the charts the first week in Spain.

Daniel Zueras - No Me Quiero Enamorar

Pop Zone: Hady Mirza - Merpati

Hady Mirza (born January 28, 1980) is the winner of the second season of Singapore Idol. He was crowned the winner on 25 September 2006 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium after garnering 70% of about one million votes cast by television viewers.

He was also the winner of Asian Idol, a competition between six Idol winners from different Asian countries. His victory was rather highly unexpected as the vocal abilities of most of his competitors were arguably higher than his.

This is his song taken from his first album "Hady Mirza".

Pop Zone: Melanie C - Je Suis Nee Pouir Toi

"Je Suis Nee Pouir Toi" was the french of "First Day Of My Life" by Melanie C, The song was not from the original "Beautiful Intentions" release, but was included on a re-release in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and some other European countries. After a huge success of this single in Europe, Melanie recorded this song in French (Je Suis Née Pour Toi — I Am Born For You), to promote the single and album for French market.

Pop Zone: Mike Mohede - Cintakan Membawamu Kembali

Mike Mohede is the winner of Indonesian Idol of Second Season. His voice so ballad soul. Now he is currently representing on Asian Idol. Taken from his first album. "Cintakan Membawamu Kembali".

Friday, December 14, 2007

Pop Zone: Ashley Tisdale - Last Christmas

Last Christmas is a christmas song by Ashley Tisdale, originally by duo band, Wham. Many singer cover this song, I love it. Cascada, Darren Hayes, Hilary Duff, Human Nature and many more.

Pop Zone: Paris Bennett - Ordinary Love

Paris Bennett is an American singer. She came to national recognition as a contestant on the fifth season of the reality television talent show, American Idol, and was eliminated from the competition on May 3, 2006, finishing in fifth place. On May 8, 2007, Paris Bennett released her debut album Princess P on 306 Entertainment/TVT Records.

"Ordinary Love" is the debut single from Paris Bennett, the American Idol fifth place finalist (May 3, 2006) with production Jon Jon Traxx and J. Isaac.

Because of lack of promotion, "Ordinary Love" failed to make it onto any charts.

Paris Bennett - Ordinary Love

Pop Zone: Vanessa Olivarez - The One

Vanessa Denae Olivarez (born February 13, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American singer best known as the first finalist to be eliminated on the second season of the television series American Idol. Vanessa Olivarez came in 12th on the second season of American Idol. She released her one and only double single in Canada, where it debuted and peaked at #10!

Credit to: Idols Music

Single Review: Bloc Party - Flux

"Flux" is a single by Bloc Party, it was released on 12 November 2007. The song was peaked at number 8 on the U.K. Singles Chart.

The video was filmed over two days in Boston with American performance troupe Kaiju Big Battel. Some of the Kaiju (Japanese for 'strange beast') characters in the video are The Grudyin, Unibouzo, Vegetius, Giii the Space Pirate and Steam-Powered Tentacle Boulder (the newest Kaiju Hero).

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Pop Zone: Tiffany Affair - Over It

Tiffany Affair is an American R&B girl group. It was originally a quartet but then it became a trio. They released their first single "Start A Fire", produced by Stargate, the same company which produced Ne-Yo's "So Sick".

They started performing in commercials and musical theaters at young age. Their influences are John Legend, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani, Boyz II Men, and Christina Aguilera. Their debut album, "Flavors" will be released summer 2007. The first promo single "Over It" can be listened from their MySpace profile.

Tiffany Affair - Over It

Pop Zone: OTT - Story Of Love

Irish boyband OTT recorded a pop song "Story Of Love" for their debut studio album "This One's For You" in 1997. This pop song was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. "Story Of Love" was released as single under Epic Records in 1998 and peaked at #11 on the U.K. Singles Chart.

Pop Zone: Girls Aloud - Stay Another Day

"Stay Another Day" included Christmas bells towards the end of the song to give it a Christmassy feel and appeal to the lucrative Christmas singles market. In 1994, East 17 recorded this song as their single. In 2002, the song was covered by Girls Aloud as the B-side to their debut single "Sound Of The Underground".

Singlepedia: Jason Donovan - Any Dream Will Do

Australian singer, Jason Donovan had a release single at 1991, It was called "Any Dream Will Do".

"Any Dream Will Do" is a popular song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It is the closing song of the musical, sung by the title character of Joseph.

In 1991, the song was released as a single by Jason Donovan, who was then playing Joseph in the West End production of the musical at the London Palladium. It was number 1 in the U.K. singles chart for two weeks in June 1991.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pop Zone: Cookie - Do It Again

This is a must have for any pop lover. Very powerful vocals and a catchy tune makes this song addicting. Its a shame that they haven't had the success this song deserved. Too bad, they could have been great.

It's an all around fun popish girl power song.

Credit to: BritBrit & Gina

Pop Zone: Envy - Troubles

Envy was founded in 2004 after Kellie, Laura and ex-band member Maria left their previous 5-pieces band Impulse. The girls were determined to carry on after so much work so they set up as a 3-pieces band and started working on new material without delay. After Maria left, they held open auditions to find a replacement. They found Faye and started to rerecord and record brand new songs. The girls have written and co-produced all of their own songs and they are working on the release of their first album with "Jealous" at present.

Envy - Troubles

Credit to: BritBrit

Song Of The Day: Calista Flockhart - Santa Baby

Calista Flockhart the star of Ally McBeal had a song called "Santa Baby". It was released on 2000 from the original Christmas soundtrack "Ally McBeal - A Very Ally Christmas". So hury down to chimne tonight!

Pop Zone: Sara Love - Let's Get Physical

On March 14, 2007, Sara Lumholdt of A*Teens right now is going under the stage name "Sara Love" and she released a cover of Olivia Newton John's hit, "Let's Get Physical" for a promotional single CD for clothing company WeSC, on their album Let's Get Physical with WeSC. However, "Let's Get Physical" will not be Sara's first official single.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Remix: Fergie - Clumsy [Remix]

"Clumsy" is a song written by Fergie, Will.I.Am and Bobby Troup. This song was released as single by Fergie in September 2007, also available on her first solo album "The Dutchess". 

Fergie - Clumsy [Remix]

Album Review: Innosense - So Together

"So Together" was an album from american girl-band Innosense. Britney Spears was the former of this band, but then she leave this girl-band and did solo album.

01. Ride
02. Say No More
03. Beep Beep
04. So Together
05. This Is It
06. Rain Rain
07. You Didn't Have To Hurt Me
09. A Hundred Oceans
10. A Real Good Man
11. You Can't Touch Me Now
12. I Wish

Credit to: SLC

Song Of The Day: Cascada - Last Christmas

"Last Christmas" is a christmas song by German dance music group Cascada. This song is a christmas legend song so many artists covered this song. This time, Cascada put eurodance to the soul of the song. Zooland Records / Robbins Entertainment / All Around The World Records released this song as digital single and CD single on 21 November 2007. Take a christmas spirit on this month! Enjoy their happy holiday song!

Song Of The Day: The Fray - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

American rock band from Denver, The Fray released a christmas song called "Happy Xmas (War Is Over". This song is originally by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" was released 12 December 2006 by American rock band The Fray as a digital download. It debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 41 on the Pop 100 on the week ending 31 December 2006, but stayed on the respective charts for only one more week.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Single Review: Lee Brennan - Turn It Around

Sticking in 2002, for this song, the debut solo single from former 911 frontman, Lee Brennan. The song was released with very little promotion and could not manage a Top 75 position, peaking at #76. Since then, 911 have reformed for various gigs across the U.K. and also appeared on the TV show, Hit Me Baby One More Time. Lee also found time to marry his long term girlfriend, B*Witched's Lindsay Armaou in 2006.

Song Of The Day: Theresa Sokyrka - Cruisin'

Canadian Idol alumn Theresa Sokyrka released a pop song "Cruisin'" on her debut studio album "These Old Charms" as track on 26 April 2005 under Canadian Comission For Unesco Records. This song was written by Smokey Robinson.

Single Review: Wim Soutaer - Allemaal

Belgian Pop Idol contestant best known for placing third in Idool 2003, Wim Soutaer released a pop song called "Allemaal" on July 2003 which was a huge hit reaching #1 at Belgium Singles Chart, selling 40.000 copies and winning the Zomerhit 2003 Best Song Of The Year.

Pop Zone: The Pussycat Dolls - Santa Baby

"Santa Baby" is a pop christmas song by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls. This song was written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer and Tony Springer. Recorded for the first time by Eartha Kitt on July 1953 and later on 2 October 1953 was released as Gramophone record single under RCA Victor Records.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Single Of The Day: Chris Brown - With You

American recording artist Chris Brown released R&B song "With You" as his new single on 4 December 2007 through Jive Records and Zomba Records. This song was written by Chris Brown with Johntá Austin, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund. Official music video for this single also already premiered on 3 December 2007 through MTV.

This song really catchy and beat sweet, reminds a song from American R&B diva Beyonce Knowles' "Irreplaceable" which was also produced by Stargate.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Song Of The Day: Gareth Gates - Evergreen

"Evergreen" was a song by runner up of U.K. Pop Idol, Gareth Gates. This song is cover from Irish boyband Westlife. The first winner of U.K. Pop Idol, Will Young, released this song as single and charted at number 1 in U.K. Enjoy this Gates version.

Pop Zone: Ben Adams - Christmas Time Is Here

"Christmas Time Is Here" is a christmas song by ex member U.K. boyband A1, Ben Adams. The song is leaked on his MySpace and free download for a limited time. Enjoy Ben Adams' christmas song, with a pop jazz genre.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Single Review: Timbaland - Apologize (Featuring OneRepublic)

"Apologize" is a pop rock and R&B song by American producer Timbaland and American rock group OneRepublic. This song was released for the first time on 30 April 2006 but without Timbaland on it, just OneRepublic solo version, but then on 6 November 2007 Timbaland re-released this song as their collaboration single and more success under Interscope Records. This song was written by Greg Wells with Ryan Tedder and Timbaland. It reached at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Is it too late?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Single Review: RyanDan - Like The Sun

"Like The Sun" is a debut single from Canadian musical duo RyanDan. This song was released as CD single on in September 2007, while the studio album "RyanDan" was released on 27 September 2007 at Canada under Universal Records and Decca Records.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Pop Zone: Same Same - Without You (Featuring Jaclyn Victor)

Thailand-based duo pop Same Same released "Without You" as their pop track from their studio album "The Meaning Of Happy". They released so many different collaboration, such as Audy, Lovi Poe and Jaclyn Victor. This version is for Malaysia regional and features the first winner of Malaysian Idol, Jaclyn Victor. This version was released as track on 26 March 2006 at Malaysia.

Pop Zone: Mark Feehily - O Holy Night

Irish recording artist and member of Irish boyband Westlife, Mark Feehily performed a christmas song "O Holy Night" with his own version. Mark Feehily better known with his rich famous R&B vocal. Enjoy his performance!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Song Of The Day: Natalie Gauci - Umbrella

Natalie Gauci is an Australian singer. She won the Network Ten music contest Australian Idol 2007, at the Grand Finale at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday the 25 November 2007. She is the first wildcard contestant to win Australian Idol.

During the Top 12 performances, she received three of Mark Holden's coveted "touchdowns". Her first after her rendition of Rihanna's song "Umbrella". She later received two more touchdowns in consecutive weeks, one for "Boys In Town" by Divinyls and the last for "How High The Moon" from Ella Fitzgerald.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Single Review: Route-1 - Crash Landing (Featuring Jenny Frost)

British group Route-1 released a dance pop song as their official single called "Crash Landing" along with band-member Atomic Kitten, Jenny Frost on 10 October 2005 under All Around The World Records. This song was written by James, Welton-James, Hudson, Bakes and Noble. It reached at #47 on the U.K. Singles Chart.

Song Of The Day: Jaclyn Victor - Superwoman

"Superwoman" is a pop R&B song by Malaysian Idol first winner Jaclyn Victor. She released this song as track on her studio album "Inilah Jac" under Sony BMG Malaysia on 12 January 2005. 

Friday, November 23, 2007

Single Review: Reba McEntire - Because Of You (Featuring Kelly Clarkson)

"Because Of You" is a country pop song by American country singer Reba McEntire and American recording artist Kelly Clarkson. This song was released as their collaboration single on 15 May 2007 under MCA Nashville Records. This song was written by Kelly Clarkson with David Hodges and Ben Moody. Available on Reba McEntire's studio album "Reba: Duets". Kelly Clarkson already released this song as her solo single on 16 August 2005 under RCA Records.

Song Of The Day: Paulini - Superwoman

"Superwoman" is a song from an Australian pop and R&B singer, who is best known for coming fourth in the first series of Network Ten's Australian Idol in Australia in 2003, Paulini. Taken from her 2006 album "Superwoman".

This song was written by Babyface, Antonio LA Red and Daryl Simmons. American R&B singer Karyn White is the first singer who released this song as single.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Song Of The Day: Collective Soul - New Vibration

"New Vibration" is an alternative rock song by Atlanta-based rock band Collective Soul. This song was written by Ed Roland and was released under El Music Group on 27 August 2007 from their studio album "Afterwords".

Single Review: Kylie Minogue - Please Stay

Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue released a pop song "Please Stay" as her official single on 11 December 2000 under Parlophone and Mushroom Records. The song was written by Kylie Minogue with Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher and John Themis. The single was peaked at #10 on the U.K. Singles Chart and at #15 on the ARIA Australian Singles Chart.

Song Of The Day: Manic Street Preachers - Imperial Bodybags

"Imperial Bodybags" is a song by Manic Street Preachers from their 2007 studio album "Send Away The Tigers". It was released on 7 May 2007.

Pop Zone: Victoria Beckham - Open Your Eyes

"Open Your Eyes" is a pop song by English recording artist and band-mate Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham. This pop song supposed to be released as track from her unreleased studio album "Open Your Eyes" in 2003. But the song already leaked in the internet. So, pleasure your ears with this pop zone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Single Review: Kate DeAraugo - Maybe Tonight

"Maybe Tonight" is a pop song written by Dave Bassett, Jess Cates and Lindy Robbins, produced by Bryon Jones and Adam Reily for Kate DeAraugo's first album "A Place I've Never Been" which was released in 2005. The song was the Winner's Single of Australian Idol 2005 being that the person that wins got to record the song. It was released as the album's first single released on 28 November 2005 in Australia.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Single Review: Michelle McManus - All This Time

"All This Time" is the debut single from U.K. Pop Idol winner from second season Michelle McManus. BMG Records released this pop song as Michelle's victory song. On 25 November 2003, this song was released as compact disc single and then available as Michelle's debut studio album "The Meaning Of Love". This single reached at #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart in January 2004.

This pop song was written by Steve Mac with Wayne Hector and Ali Tennat. Actually, the song full of the positive meaning.

Album Review: Lee Mellor - Ghost Town Heart

"Ghost Town Heart" is the debut album of Canadian alt-country / folk singer Lee Mellor, produced by Paul Johnston and Lee Mellor. It was officially released in Toronto on 18 August 2007 and on 7 September 2007 in Montreal. The album has been praised for its lyrics in both the independent and mainstream media. 

01. Liberty Street 
02. The Greatest Killer In A Small Town 
03. Nowhere, Manitoba 
04. Gravedigger Blues 
05. Girl On The Highway 
06. Ain't No Whiskey 
07. St. Lawrence River 
08. Bar Mirror 
09. Big Rusty Hammer 
10. Tumbleweed 
11. Jessie Hynes 
12. Blow My Heart Out Of The Night

Monday, November 19, 2007

Song Of The Day: 911 - Make You My Baby

British pop group 911 released a happy pop song "Make You My Baby" as track on their second studio album "Moving On" on 6 July 1998 under Virgin Records. This song was written by Jon McLaughlin along with 911 members. 

Pop Zone: C Note - Forgive Me

American boy band C Note released a ballad R&B pop as their song from their second album "C Note" in 2007. This song also was released as their third single after "Wait Till I Get Home" in 1999 and "Shine" in 2001. Trans Continental Records released so many remix of this song on some extended play in 2006 for this song.