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MDS Sound of 2011: Yadi: Star or Black Hole?







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YADi, whose name is Hannah Yadi, is a young english musician who was signed by Warner Bros. and supported Marina and the Diamonds this year. All this happened after the release of one of her demos, the amazing indie pop tune "Guillotine" which resambles Marina's own music and which got loads of hype around the web. This dark musician really impressed me, and also this poll voters, since the first second I listened to her. It makes me remember my initial reaction to Ellie Goulding or Marina, it's an instant love feeling.  Her voice is really powerfull and she does magic with it as seen in her demos. Despite her being one of my top acts here, I'm a little doubty that she'll actually get to release an album the coming year, her deal is too new and she seems the type who won't rush things, still, she's a great artist and definitely will be a star, either in 2011 or later, if not a black hole ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Rachel Furner: Butterfly Music






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One of Mercury/Universal latest signings, Northampton 18 year old musician, Rachel Furner, will surely leave her mark in the coming year. Having already toured with Paolo Nutini, Pixie Lott and Justin Bieber and also performing at the iTunes music festival, this girl certainy has the experience, but does she have the talent? Well, she does! With some amazing vocals, as seen in one of her best songs, "Unravel", and an unique style, which includes butterflys and sky blue, Rachel has proved she's more than a cute face. Her bubbly light thin voice, which may not be the most unique, stands out because the way she uses it. She's not going the pop route, she is exploring different styles, "Like Stars" and "Feng Shui", her latest demos, show influence from rap and RnB, while her previous work is a more indish approach. Rachel is a versatile artist and that's what I like about her! I'm eager to see how her album is like!

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MDS Sound of 2011: Lauren Pritchard: The Seagull Songstress






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Probably the most complete artist in this list, Lauren Pritchard, a soul diva in the making and an Universal/Island Records artist, was, is and will be my favourite act featured. In addition to her modelly look, her soul singing, which is really missed nowadays, is so amazing that it's hard for me not to love her. In a world where pop and trash teen songs abund, Lauren raises as a beam of light from all those piles of garbagge and gives a little hope for the real music lovers (as cliched as that sounds). A Jackson, Tennessee native, Lauren moved to London after failing as a reggae singer and starring in Spring Awakening, and glad she did! Imagine the world without the great soul songstress we have here! Her astonishly debut, the appropiately titled "Wasted in Jackson" saw the light on October 25, 2010, with a physical release of February 22, 2011, and has become one of my all time top albums. Which instantely makes Lauren into my all time list of best artists. Also showing loads of talent in songwriting and video making, is something this girl can't do?! It seems there isn't, the question is, is the world as impressed as I am? I think it is ...

Watch the music videos of 4 of Lauren's best songs after the JUMP ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Spark: Retro Glitter






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Jess Morgan didn't get her artistic name, Spark, because she's fierce or that b word, she's actually named Sparkle, well it's her middle name, which was a bit criminal from her parents, well, at least they gave her a cool name to record with. A 679 artist, the same label Marina and the Diamonds is signed to, Spark isn't the type of artist you expect to see everyday. She's got a retro vibe similar to Marina's but this is a stronger one. Plus her look is nowhere near the steriotypical artist's and that's what I love about her! Her extremly white skin and her bloody lips, if we aren't looking her beautiful black hair, make her a different type of beauty, an old look that is long forgotten. Plus she's got some Kimbra moves there! Her first single with 679, the catchy dark "Revolving" was released on November 12, being preceded by its music video on October 13. Spark is here to prove a point! That music isn't about the looks or the catchyness,(I'm looking at you Ke$ha), it's about the voice, and this girl certainly has the pipes! Will 679 find the same success as with Marina in Spark's debut? I know it will ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Sunday Girl: Pet Shop Secret






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Geffen's biggest new star, the pet shop's best kept secret, Sunday Girl, is definitely my favourite new act for the coming year! Jade Williams earned that nickname by working on Sundays at a pet shop in England and not because she's obssesed with Blondie or something like that. Known by her covers of pretty popular songs, such as Ke$ha's "Tik Tok", and nailing them, Jade will surely be the biggest star next year. Her non inclusion in the BBC Sound of 2011 was criminal!!! She should have won that ... Her voice resambles, once again, Ellie Goulding's but it's a more effervescent and light voice, like a soft sweet melody that the air carries. Dark and wierd will probably fit her too but it's her simpleness what makes her such a fantastic artist. Her apparent lack of vocal power, which makes her sound even purer. Jade's sense of style is even greater. Her music video of "Stop Hey!", her debut single, which is coming out in January 2011 with an album following, shows exactly the kind of artist she's. A fun, dark singer, with a wierd look of the world and an obsession with animals, in the good way. And all her videos are like that, even her covers, all including them in some way. Sunday Girl may even take Ellie down of my top spot ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Sky Ferreira: Dark Teen Fantasy






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Firstly, I must say I was really surprised that Sky wasn't included in the BBC Sound of 2011. Many people have been pimping her to appear in the list since day one and I think she deserved that spot more than several of the included acts. Signed with Parlophone/Capitol Records, this American artist has been impressing since it's signing back in 2009. With already 3 singles, her debut album is set to be released in January 2011 and it'll surely go #1! Her electropop sound reminds of Diana Vickers or even Ellie Goulding without the glitter. That's because Sky is a more obscure, dark type of singer. Her sex filled troubled songs point out that at least,  17  is definitely a bit strong, but who cares about that! Her music is catchy and she's a good singer, plus she's really unusual and interesting!

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MDS Sound of 2011: Rosanna: The Swedish Rule?






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Sweden is a talented country. Or that's what it seems cause the truth is that most of their artists are electro or disco singers. It makes me think that if I ever visit Sweden all I'll find is models and discos, (not saying that I won't enjoy that). Rosanna Eriksdotter-Munter, or just Rosanna, is of course, Swedish, beautiful and is an electro singer. So my statement is true? Robyn, Annie or even the incredible Tove Styrke all share similar styles and backgrounds, being all Swedish and singing all electro songs. Leaving that aside, Rosanna rises avobe them with her perky thin quircky voice, something that the others don't have. Despite already finding success with Swedish group Play, Rosanna opted to go solo and was recently signed by Popjustice Hi-Fi, yes, the label of that website with which Bright Light x2 is also signed. "Waterfall" was subsequently released as her first single on August 22, 2010 and she's now preparing to release her debut album next year. She seems to tick all the boxes, let's just hope her album shows diversity, although we can already see that on her incredible B-side "Runaway" which is much superior than her actual single ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Penguin Prison: Electro Feathers






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The reason why Chris Glover titled his musical project "Penguin Prision" is unknown. Maybe it was the result of a night of excesses or maybe it was his wierd mind. The truth is that we can't care less about the name. This New York musician and DJ is currently putting the final touches on his debut, due out February 2011 via Wall of Sound, while his single, "Golden Train" was released on November 19. Generally DJs are really terrible singers but Chris is an exception to that rule. His voice resambles Bruno Mars's but with an electro spin or even Erik Hassle's, who has a similar style. Remixing several known songs, such as Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed" and Marina's "Hollywood" have given this guy sort of a reputation and has garnered him a great fan base. His solo work consists of sweet catchy melodies, such as "Golden Train" which aren't exactly disco tunes but he has the potential to do that if he chooses to go down that route, however, I hope he doesn't, his music is really kewl as it's now. The question is, does the world want another electro singing DJ?


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MDS Sound of 2011: Neon Hitch: An English Gypsy






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There's something about Neon Hitch that just catchs you, like coffee, you probably started hating it but it's now your best friend. Maybe is her kewl name or her incredible sexiness what brought you here but what really hypnotizes is her high pitched quircky voice. Despite being annoying at first, it becomes really pleasant with the second listen. Growing up as a gypsy and living in India probably resulted in the perfect artist we have now. Signed to Warner Records, her debut "Beg, Borrow, and Steal" is set to hit the stores early next year, but if you can't wait till then, you can always listen to her sick mashups in her MySpace, or even her collaboration with 3OH3! for the Alice in Wonderland movie. She's not only a great singer but she's also a fun one! What she did with the "Billionare" lyrics was insane. Will a gypsy be able to conquer the MDS Sound of 2011? I think she can ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Natalia Kills: Dark Killing Pop






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From TV star to singer is something that doesn't work too good generally. But this isn't the case. Signed with Interscope Records, her singles have been doing great in the charts, such as her smash single "Mirrors". Dark and twisted, her music proves she's not the best singer but she's definitely a great performer! Her debut album, "Perfectionist" is set to come out in March 2011, being all the tracks written by her. Just by looking at her name you know what to expect, a dark violent killing pop track, which will probably kill all her contenders in the charts!!

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MDS Sound of 2011: Monarchy: Spatial Frequency







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"Glacial pop with a throbbing undercurrent of humanity" is what reads on their Facebook and it couldn't be more accurate!! This futuristic mysterious australian duo, formed by Edward Nigma (vocals) and Peter Uzzle (music), has been impressing with their sophisticate approach at electro. Their music aims to the stars and that's way they are the first band to broadcast a live gig to space, the question is, who will watch that? They've remained hidden in spacial like costumes throughout their carrer creating much more mystery around them and lots of speculation about their identities, being eventualy signed by Mercury Records. Their eponymous debut is set to be released in January 2011 and it promises to be a glittery album full of synth pop beats from the high space! It should be interesting ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Kimbra: The Ultimate Quircky






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Beautiful 20 year old Kiwi, Kimbra Johnson has been out there for quite a while now. In 2007 she won an award for her single "Simply On My Lips" and her carrer has been growing since then, resulting in a record deal with australian Forum 5 Recordings. Now she's about to release her debut, "Vows", which is due out early 2011. Her smoky raspy voice and her quircky dancing and faces make her a huge surprise! Nina Simone's influence show greatly in "Plain Gold Ring" in which she does a breathtaking goosebump maker scat, which is repated in many of her performances. Her debut video, a quricky 60s housewives/Barbies themed  song, prove why she is so good! She can deal with any theme, any song, any tone, any style! I don't know if you are as hooked as I am with this talented woman but I'm not going down Kimbra's train  ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Clare Maguire: New Music!!

 


 

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The incredible Clare Maguire has just released some sick music for us to be more anxious than ever with her debut. The favourite to top the BBC Sound of 2011 is getting generous releasing her album song, "You're Electric" as iTunes free track of the week. She's also previewing her next single music video, "The Last Dance", plus recording a cover. This incredible Xmas present has positioned her as my favourite, those mesmerizing shaky echoing vocals are heaven in Earth ... And you can now pre-order her debut, due out February 28.

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MDS Sound of 2011: Katy B: Madonna 2.0






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London native, house/dance funky singer Katy B, is a definite one to watch. The young singer has already had two Top 5 singles in the UK Charts, "Katy On a Mission" charted #5 and "Lights On" charted #4, and she also scored a #1 single with the first one in the Dance Charts. Recently signed to Columbia and with an upcoming album and a tour with John Legend, this girl will surely make an impact. Katy may not have the best vocals ever but her dubstep/house influence make up for that, creating catchy and fun music, such as the magnificent "Louder". Keeping it short, Katy is the next Madonna, whether you like it or not!

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MDS Sound of 2011: Jessie J: Spooky Rapping






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The third and last act to be featured in both this poll and in the BBC one is Redbridge's Jessica Cornish, commonly known as Jessie J. Being signed by Lava Records and Universal Music, this young artist is getting bigger and bigger each day. Current winner of the Brits Critics Choice, many people are also expecting her to top the BBC Sound of 2011, and that wouldn't be too surprising. Her first single "Do It Like a Dude", a sort of lesbian hymn, has gotten to #21 in the UK Charts. Her debut "Who You Are" is to be released on early 2011, while her second single, "Price Tag", which features B.o.B. will be released on March. A really distinctive voice and an amazing rappy style, it was about time than an artist like her appeared! She actually reminds me of Cher Lloyd but with a better voice. And we have another artist for the parade!! The faces she makes in the music video of "Do It Like A Dude" are priceless!! I just love her!! I'm seeing a lot of her in my iPod next year ... Will she be in yours?

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MDS Sound of 2011: iamamiwhoami: Swedish Madness






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If you ever thought you'll never find something wierder than Fever Ray or even the delish Marina and the Diamonds, you were wrong. That's because there's a new freak in town! We can almost do a parade now! Almost ... Jonna Lee was just a simple indie swedish singer who was doing really well with her quirky voice but thought it wasn't enough. Next step was covering her body with some kind of black mud and start filming herself doing strange sounds in viral videos withspread across the web. And that first attempt seemed to work. So she did another. And another. And we have almost 15 videos now!! But the wierd part isn't that, neither her name, nor her sound, there are the videos! iamamiwhoami has created a fantastic C.S Lewis like world positioning herself in the top spot of music conceptualization. Numbers, letters and the repeating phrase "To whom it may concern" all complete wrapping this fantastic gift that has been given to. What's more, Jonna's amazing charming and relaxing voice make this fantastic world a whole musical experience. And if my words haven't inspired you to check her, I'm sorry, cause she's a gem! She's got my vote!

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X Factor US: More Promos!!



It's coming!!! Two new promos debuted on Fox!! Same theme but a little bit shorter, still equally surrounded with mystery! I'm excited ...

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Music Video: Maroon 5: Hands All Over













"Hands All Over" is Maroon 5's third single from the album of the same name, which was released  on September 21, 2010. The yet unreleased single's music video premiered on YouTube on December 22, 2010. Being honest, I didn't like it at all. The cartoon theme looks just ok, it's nothing near impressive. They can do better than this!! The song isn't really my favourite but it's at least a lot more Maroon 5 than this video. I'm unimpressed.

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Music Video: Rachel Adedeji: Follow the DJ



We all remember the amazing Rachel Adedeji from 2009's 6th series of the X Factor. The Beyoncé like singer constantly found herself in the Bottom 2, much like this year's Katie Waissel, and she only managed to get the 9th place. Almost a year later, Rachel has just released her first music video of her to be single "Follow the DJ", due out February 2011. Despite she's releasing it independetly, the video looks so labelish! I mean, it actually looks much better than Joe McElderry's first single "Ambitions", who was released by a major label. The colour splashes and the slowmo segments really make it worth watching, even if you aren't her fan, it's so stilish and glamorous that you don't need to like her. Rachel's voice sounds really excellent and it shows she's been working to improve it and to find her own style, she's much quirckier and soulish than ever and that suits her perfectly! Are we wittnessing a Diana Vickers's like success here? You bet it!

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Music Video: Crystal Bowersox: Farmer's Daughter



Any regular reader knows I'm Crystal's #1 fan, so all I'm going to say here will be just a little biased! My favourite all-time AI contestant, Crystal came as the runner-up to Lee DeWyze in this past season but that didn't stop her from signing with Jive/19. Now, Crystal has released her debut album, "Farmer's Daughter", on December 14, with it's first single, and title track, being released in November. A beautiful music video for it was released on December 16. It features a young Crystal growing into adulthood, all metaphorically implied in an unravelling sweater she holds. A music video which can really be replayed over and over again. The song, as well as "Holy Toledo", is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and they are both my favourite tracks to date! I told you I was biased ...

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Catching Up With: John Park: First Single, I'm Your Man + Superstar K2

 

You may be wondering who the hell is he!! Well, he was one boring contestant who auditioned for American Idol in it's 9th season and reached the Top 20. After this, he auditioned for Korean show, Superstar K2, where he reached the Top 2, losing out to Huh-Gak. Accordingly, he only auditioned for Idol as a preparation for Superstar. Don't buy that at all! If you still can't remember the kid, as it should happen, check his Superstar performance below, where he sang "Man in the Mirror", definitely the best performance I've seen of him. Coming as the runner-up has been certainly benefitial for John. His first single "I'm Your Man", has just premiered on YouTube and it's been getting great reviews. My opinion, well, it's definitely a good song, which showcases his beutiful jazzy tone, both in english as in korean. I don't know if I'll buy this but fans will certainly do!

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Music Video: Matt Cardle: When We Collide


Matt was crowned the new XF winner this past weekend and just after that, he's amazing winner's single was released, a cover of Biff Clyro's "Many of Horror", renamed "When We Collide". It's music video premiered just two days after his victory. The video features Matt with a guitar in a black place, very similar to previous winner's singles and it also shows Matt throughout the competition, ending the video with his victory and Dannii's punch!! Stunning vocals and a beautiful winner's single, much more than previous ones. There's no doubt this will catapullt to the Christmas #1!

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MDS Sound of 2011: Florrie: Alice Goes Electro






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Bristol native, this 21 years old model isn't just a pretty face. Florrie is also a drummer and most importantly, a singer! With a brand new EP under her arm, a Nina Ricci campaign and wide experience in production and song-writing, Florrie will definitely make an impact in the coming year! Electronic of heart, her songs are catchy and easy to listen, making her a really accesible singer! Plus they are amazingly written! She has said she wants to wait before getting signed, my advice, sign as quickly as you can! We want a huge album! The question is, is Florrie the next Ellie Goulding? Or Marina and the Diamonds? Only time will tell but she's certainly on the way to becoming the next electronic superstar! Look at that cover! Beautiful! Does she have your vote?

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X Factor Norway 2010: The Final (Top 3) Recap!



We are down to 3!!! The deep voiced Annsofi, quircky Hans and rocker Atle! Who will be the new norwegian winner?! ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2010: The Final Recap!!!



MATT CARDLE IS THE X FACTOR 2010 WINNER!!
REBECCA FERGUSON GETS 2ND PLACE

ONE DIRECTION GETS 3RD PLACE

We are down to the final!!! After months of auditions and liveshows, only 4 remain!!! Rap girl Cher Lloyd, soulish Rebecca Ferguson, emotional Matt Cardle and faux group One Direction! Who will be the winner of  the X Factor 2010?! ... It's time to face the music!

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Idol Sweden 2010: The Final Recap! + And the Winner Is ...

This is it!!! After 10 amazing weeks, we have our Idol Sweden winner!! We've lost incredible contestants in the pasts weeks, Elin, Linnea and Olle, and now only 2 of them remain!!! Once eliminated dark gal, Minnah Karlsson and hard rocked Jay Smith! Who will be crowned Idol 2010 winner?? Find it after the jump as well as my recap of the show!!

UPDATE: YouTube Videos Posted!

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Idol Sweden 2010: Top 3 Recap!

After the terrible lost of Linnea, we are down to 3! Olle, Minnah and Jay!! Who will fall just one week from the final?! And which lucky contestants will advance?! All that and more after the jump!!

THIS POST ISN'T COMPLETE, I'LL COME BACK LATER ...

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Idol Sweden 2010: Top 4 Recap!

After losing Andreas, only 4 contestants remain! Who will be the next eliminated contestant?! Theme is kind of wierd, something like "Arena Friday" (Arenafredag in Swedish), don't know what that means. All videos are YouTubes but Linnea's, which are taken from the Idol site and are only available in Sweden.

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X Factor UK 2010: Finalists Celebrity Duets Reveled! + Winner's Singles!



UPDATE: Finalists Celebrity Duets 100% confirmed, some changes there ...
UPDATE 2: Winner's Singles Reveled!

With three days away from the grand final, the finalists celebrity duets have been reveled! Accordingly, Matt Cardle will be performing with Rihanna, and not with Christina Aguilera like it was previously rumored. Insted, she will be performing "Beautiful" with Rebecca Ferguson. Cher Lloyd will be paired with Avril Lavigne, whose song "Girlfriend" was performed by Cher on the Top 7 show will now be paired with  will.i.am, who was a judge with Cheryl in Judges Houses, they are rumored to peform Cheryl's and will.i.am's track "3 Words". Finally, One Direction will be performing with Justin Bieber. Who's better than him to sing with five miming mediocre singers? That promises to be a trainwreck! is dueting with Robbie Williams, glad there's no Justin Bieber there. So, what do you thing of the duets? I'm digging Matt and Rihanna and Rebecca and Christina, tough Adele or Amy Winehouse would have been better options for her.

Simon has also reveled each contestant will be performing a different winner's single, especially selected from them. In previous years, all contestants covered the same song, gladly they aren't doing that anymore!And now they are reporting which song each contestant will sing! Cher  Lloyd will be covering "Impossible" by Shontelle. Matt Cardle will sing "Many Of Horror" by Biffy Clyro. Rebecca Ferguson will perform "Distant Dreamer" by Duffy. And One Direction will cover "Forever Young" by Alphaville.

Some videos of this announcements after the JUMP ... (Thanks to DigitalSpy!)

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Idol Sweden 2010: Top 5 Recap!

As I've found a way to watch the show, I'm covering all the liveshows I couldn't before. This week, the Top 5 are tackling "Classics", a very interesting theme in my opinion! Who will be out by tonight?! The majority of the videos are YouTube's ones but Linnea's and Andreas's are taken from the Idol site so they are only available in Sweden.

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Music Video: Adele: Rolling in the Deep + New Song: Someone Like You

 

The incredible Adele is set to release her much anticipated sophomore album, "21", on January 24 2011. The first single "Rolling in the Deep" will be released on January 16, 2011 on the UK. This is the music video for the song, which features a beautiful Adele in a really simple way. The stand out of the video is definitely the dancer shots, who has done an amazing work with that powder. However, Adele's views won't dissapoint you. Plus the song is fantastic, maybe my favourite of hers. You can also find one of her new tracks, "Someone Like You" after the jump.

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MDS Sound of 2011: Esben and the Witch: Bloody Fairytale






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One of the few acts featured in this poll who also appeared on the BBC Sound of 2011, this atmospherical goth trance Brighton's band is a real gem. Taking their name from a danish fairytale, the trio have created a really unique atmosphere and staging for their live shows, including old lamps and porcelain objects. Their first release "Violet Cries" is set to be released on January 31, 2011. "Marching Song" their first single, October 11, is the perfect song for them. The lead singer has done a magnificent work in this song and I bet she sounds as amazing in all the album tracks. Dark, twisted, and yes, lots of blood. Esben and the Witch have created a magical act and will definitely do good in the BBC poll, this kind of uniqueness has no waste.

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MDS Sound of 2011: Delta Maid: From the Deep South








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This Liverpudlian girl isn't kidding when she says she's a delta blues singer! In fact, when hearing to her, you get transported to the Mississippian delta and the Texan fields, and all this comes from someone who has never actually been there! Delta caught my attention while touring with Ellie Goulding and since then she's been growing and growing on me. It seems to me that touring with Ellie is been a huge achivement recently, like it's some kind of requirement to get recognized. Going back to our issue, Delta is set to release her debut album, "Outside Looking In" on March 14, 2011. With one EP ("Broken Branches") under her sleeve, this bluesy singer promises to be big in the coming year! Great quality and a very heartful and emotional performer, that's what you will find here! She definitely has my vote, does she have yours?

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BBC Sound of 2011: List Reveled! + Stand-outs!

 

The BBC Sound of 2011 list has finally been released and the Top 15 acts unvieled! I must say I'm really surprised with the acts, never expected some of them there, nor I know many of them. My favourites to win my own Sound of poll weren't there and only three of the 24 appeared on it, they being Clare Maguire, Jessie J and Esben and the Witch. However, I was really surprised with some of them, which are featured after the jump as long with the list. Individual articles coming soon.

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MDS Sound of 2011: CocknBullKid: Church Music







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A clear obsession with religion and a disco/RnB/soul style really work well together. And I'm not being sarcastic. CocknBullKid is a genius act, her style is so unique that it's hard to describe it but she's kind of a disco Rox! Her first single "One Eye Closed" was released on November 8 and is taken from her upcoming debut album "Adulthood" to be released by Moshi Moshi and Island Records. I don't get why she's dating a monster suit but the video is really enjoyable and so the song! Should keep talking I could only say how great she's. Certainly her album won't dissapoint when is out!

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MDS Sound of 2011: Clare Maguire: Dark Soul Symphony

 


 

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I remember when I first heard of Clare, like ten months ago, she had a real simple MySpace with one or two songs and not even a single photo of her, but as soon as I played them I instantely fell in love with her voice ... Ten months later and now Claire is the newst artist of Universal and is recording her debut album, apart from being one of the biggest promises of the british music scene and my favourite to win the Sound of 2011 poll! Her first single "Ain't Nobody" is a dark love tune which showcases the beautiful vocals of Clare. Moving in the vibe of the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse, this little brit will certainly have a huge success, in the UK and overseas! And if it doesn't work, she can always have a carrer in modelling!

Watch the music video and buy "Ain't Nobody", plus a live video and listen to "Strangest Thing" after the JUMP ...

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X Factor UK 2010: The Semi-final (Top 5) Recap!!



Only 5 remain and we are almost one week away from the grand final! And 4 will advance!! It'll be a four way final for the first time! The contestants are performing twice again this week, a disco tune and a "get me to the finals" song, aka, sing whatever you want! Who will be the one falling with only one week left?  ... It's time to face the music!

UPDATE: Mary Byrne is eliminated!! Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd, Matt Cardle and One Direction are the finalists!

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MDS Sound of 2011: Catherine AD: Goth Folk Witch






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Catherine Anne Davies is a british singer and multi-instrumentalist who is preparing to release her debut album recorded with Bernard Butler and Liam Howe. Gothic and kooky with one of the most amazing and mesmerizing vocals in the folk genere, Catherine AD is set to rock your ears sooner than you expect. A mix between Regina Spektor and Bjork is what this incredible singer is! Take for example her beautiful rendition of Hurt's "Better Than Love", her sultry dark vocals exude an harmonious feeling which makes everyone feel at ease. Definietly a contender for the top place! Plus her style is really pretty! Don't you like her dark spooky picutres? Cause I do!

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X Factor Norway 2010: Top 4 Recap + Eliminated Contestants



With the season already whiteled down to it's final 4 contestants, I decided it was about time I started covering it, you know, the show caught my attention last season and I was really impressed with the amount of talent there, so I said, I should cover that show next year! And well, I'm starting now! I know it's almost finishing, actually there is only one weeks left, but I really wanted to do it. So, without further talking, this is the recap. Oh yes, all contestants are included in this post, so there's a little comment on each of the eliminated contestants.

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MDS Sound of 2011: Bright Light Bright Light: The New Electro King






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If you felt that Marina and the Diamonds was the only one with a shiny name, you surely haven't heard of Bright Light Bright Light. Rod Thomas is a Welsh singer who has been growing bigger and bigger in the past year. He's performed with Ellie Goulding (very appropiate considering her album re-release is titled "Bright Lights"), Noah and the Whale, Sparks (also featured in this poll), among others. But the interesting thing here is not his name, it's his sound! Maybe if Ellie had been born a men, she would be Bright Light x2. His voice sounds really excellent and I must say I'm slightly addicted to him, it's like my first initial reaction with Ellie, his voice has hypnotized me so much that I keep playing and playing his songs, I'm I crazy? Probably ... But BLBL (I'll start abbreviating his name) is the next electro king!! Just a thought, a duet with Ellie would be amazing!

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Album Review: Lee DeWyze: Live It Up


"Live It Up" is the first major release of the current AI winner, Lee DeWyze, champion of Season 9. The album was released on November 16, 2010 by RCA/19.  The album has sold only 39000 copies, making Lee the lowest AI winner seller, but the lackluster season and the current american economy have the blame of that, so I predict Lee will have a more sucessful second album.

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MDS Sound of 2011: Aurea: Portugal for Import







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If Duffy had a kid with Amy Winehouse being James Morrison the sperm donor, Aurea would be born!!! That's because the 23 years old Portuguese singer has such an amazing soul voice that's it's really hard to compare it to an only artist! Jazz, blues but mainly soul is where this wonderful singer feels comfortable and that shows beautifully in her eponymous debut, which was released on September 27, 2010. The grace of a brazilian supermodel and the voice of an Ella Fitzgerald reencarnation is what makes this girl stand out! She may not be quiet known in the UK or in the USA yet, but her record deal with Sony Music may make that happen! Get ready for Aurea, cause she's coming!

Watch two music videos and buy her album and singles after the JUMP ...

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MDS Sound of 2011: Alex Winston: Autumn Magic







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Detroit native, Alex Winston, multi-instrumentalist and singer by nature may have easily been adopted by the UK. The truth is that one of her songs has been featured on a Hyundai advertisment and since then all brits have fallen in love with her! Comparisons with Ellie Goulding are inevitable here and hopefully her carrer takes the same path as the latter. With an angelical voice and an eclectic style, Alex is set to make it big very, very soon. An autumn like style and a fascination for peacock's feathers and zebras surely make beautiful covers, but they also represent this gifted singer, don't you feel autumn-ish while hearing to her? An EP made in her basement (as it's title clearly states) and a wonderfully catchy and inspiring single, "Choice Notes", the reason of all the fuzz, is all that's needed to fall in love with her, and if that's not enough, some acoustic magic waits after the jump!

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X Factor UK 2010: Top 7 Recap!



It's "Rock Week" and the preassure is on as each contestant will sing two songs!! An up-tempo and a down-tempo!! Plus two contestants will leave tomorrow night so vote and vote for your favourite, you don't want him/her/them to miss the Top 5!! And please VOTE FOR KATIE!!!  ... It's time to face the music!

UPDATE: Katie Waissel and Wagner are eliminated!! I couldn't be more dissapointed, UK, you let me down!


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Music Video: X Factor UK 2010: Top 16: Heroes



 The Top 16 were back on last week's results show to perform their charity single, a cover of 1977 David Bowie's "Heroes". The song was released as a charity single in aid of Help for Heroes, a charity which supports injured servicemen and women. The song is really beautiful and it's a really good charity.  And I'm glad they didn't give any lines to Wagner or to Diva Fever!

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X Factor Australia 2010: Top 3 Recap!!!



Three remain but only one can be crowned the winner of the XF Australia!!! Will it be the powerful Sally Chatfield? Or the jazzy Andrew Lawson? Or the hard rocker  Altiyan Childs? ... It's time to face the music!!

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X Factor Australia 2010: Top 4 Recap!!!



We've only two more weeks to go!!! Our final 4 are performing number one singles!!! Who will be the act to miss a place in the final?! ... It's time to face the music!

UPDATE: Mahogany is eliminated!!!!! Watch the sing-off too ...

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X Factor UK 2010: Top 8 Recap!



The final 8 contestants are performing songs by The Beatles!!! This is really a theme I like! Will Katie prove she deserves to be here? Will Wagner finally sing? Will Matt or Rebecca screw it? ... It's time to face the music!

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Catching Up With: Maaike Vos: "Stop" Music Video featuring T.I.M.



Maaike Vos was the runner-up of the latest season of the Dutch X Factor, which Jaap won. The girl, however, was also signed by Sony Music and  is now working on her debut! This song is a collaboration between Maaike and dutch band T.I.M. which was released on November 8, while the music video premiered on November 15. I'm not a fan of the music video, although Maaike looks amazing. It's a bit boring and monotonous, and very predictable. I don't know, it looks really low quality and cheesy to me. The song, however, is incredible! Maaike's voice is sounding terrfic and she's pulling some really difficult notes! And the other singer has a really pleasant raspy tone! I'm more than anxious for her album!

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Catching Up With: The Johnsen Sisters: First Single, "Reason"

 

The Johnsen Sisters are a norwegian sister duo who took part in the first season of the norwegian version of the X Factor. The sisters came out 8th, a really good place considering the talented Rikke Lie came out only 9th. They have since released their first single, titled "Reason", which was released June 21, 2010. The song isn't incredible but it's exactly what I was expecting from them! A mainstream country tune! Their voices aren't amazing but are ok, enjoyable indeed. Not pitch perfect but what's special in them is their passion, they sing with such joy that it actually makes me forget of all the little mistakes in their voices. Expect a really good country album from them!

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