Tuesday, June 3, 2014

RANDOM SIGHTS + SOUNDS

After my recent trip to Berlin and Copenhagen, I'm feeling a little European - musically, at least. First up, there has been plenty of buzz about the recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest although it's been less about the actual song and more about his appearance. Twenty-five year old Tom Neuwirth from Austria performs under the drag persona, Conchita Wurst and caused quite a sensation as she sang the winning,  "Rise Like A Phoenix" while giving BeyoncĂ© some serious competition in the glamour department. You have to wonder about all of the other songs in the contest if this was considered the best but no matter. Although the stunning Ms Wurst may be too much for America to handle but there's no denying that she knows how to sell a tune. Be prepared to be thoroughly mesmerized in this clip of the winning performance:



British pop singer Sam Smith has been coy about his sexuality since bursting on to the music scene this year. While it's certainly no one's business but his own, the new clip for his latest single, "Leave Your Lover" may have shed a little more light on that subject. He has since officially come out but none of it even matters. What is important is this performer's incredible voice:



"The Vistors" - ABBA (1981)

"Der Kommisar" - Falco (1981)

"99 Luftballons" - Nena (1983)

It's been quite a while since we last heard from La Roux. This British act took the world by storm in 2009 with their smash, "Bulletproof" and are finally back with new music. La Roux was once a duo with Ben Langmaid but now only vocalist, Elly Jackson remains. "Uptight Downtown" is the first release from the forthcoming album, "Trouble In Paradise" which is due in July:

"Uptight Downtown" - La Roux (2014)

All American girl, Ariana Grande is back with a sizzling new song, "Problem". The video has a sixties vibe and features a rap verse from hip-hop's girl of the moment, Iggy Azalea:





ICONA POP ARE "GIRLS GIRLS"

Those Swedish musical party-girls, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, otherwise known as  Icona Pop are back with a new club-banging anthem. ...