It’s Another X Factor Christmas

December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

X factor winner Matt Cardle nabbed the number one spot in the Christmas Top 40 this year with his debut single ‘When We Collide’. Selling 430,000 copies, beating his more experienced contenders to the number one spot.

Facebook fuelled tracks ‘Surfin’ Bird’ by The Trashmen and Rage Against the Machine were at number three and 21. What’s My Name by Rihanna Ft Drake came in at number two.

I’m pretty traditional and think the Christmas number one should be a Christmas song, not really sure why, just seems more festive I think. The Christmas charts have been taken over by Simon Cowell’s X Factor winner over the last few years and to be honest it’s getting a bit boring. I remember, years ago, listening to the radio with family and friends on the Sunday before Christmas eagerly awaiting the top 10 spots. It seemed to be so much more of a big deal then, exciting.

 Last year Rage Against the Machine topped the charts with ‘Killing in the Name’ fuelled by a huge Facebook backlash towards the X Factor empire. This was pretty exciting. Although it’s far from a lovely Christmassy tune at least it brought a bit of excitement back to the Christmas chart. Click here to see the official page, it’s a social media phenomenon really.

I have nothing against Matt Cardle and he was my favourite to win this years X factor and seems like a genuinely talented artist with a great voice. Just hope Xmas doesn’t turn into X Factor and maybe next year the charts will be exciting and above all festive.

BBC reveal New Sound of 2011

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

15 rising stars have been added to the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2011. Over 160 tastemakers have researched and named their odds for the next big star.The tastemakers include radio DJ’s, producers, TV presenters, magazine and website editors,newspaper critics and respected bloggers. The tastemakers are asked to pick their top three new acts from any country or music genre with the top 15 making the longlist.

The Criteria:

  • Bands, singers, MC’s, performers of all genres.
  • They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010.
  • Must not already be known from talent shows such as X Factor etc. ( more criteria on BBC Website)

This year’s acts include R ‘n’ B inspired Jessie J, indie quartet The Vaccines, chilled out electro from Jamie Woon, dub-step and drum and bass from Nero and more indie-rock from Espen and The Witch. Check out the full list on the BBC New Sound site.

Past predictions from the New Sound gurus have not failed to be correct. Ellie Goulding and Marina and The Diamonds were shortlisted in 2010 with Adele in 2008 and 50 cent in 2003.

In the week commencing 3rd Jan 2011 the top 5 will be revealed. Every day that week one act from the top five will be featured on BBC news and Sound of 2011 websites and will also be interviewed on BBC Radio 1.

Check out the new talent! Who do you want to win?

Timeline: The Talent Show

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

In the 1960s Andy Warhol said “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”, now 40 years later as long as you can sing, dance, or charm Simon Cowell you’re already there. How has this ‘Talent’ Show phenomenon developed?

1935: ‘The Original Amateur Hour‘, airs on radio in America. With contestants such as Frank Sinatra and Gladys Knight, no glitz, no glam, just the voices of the young hopefuls.

1948: Al Fisher produces ‘The Original Amateur Hour‘ on television showcasing comedians, tap-dancers, singers, jugglers, anyone with a talent and a dream.

1976: ‘The Gong Show‘, produced by Chuck Barris. Three celeb judges scrutinising contestants, gong sounded if they’re not happy. Much ‘Britain’s got Talent’.

1983: ‘Star Search‘, created by Al Masini. Showcases singers, dances, comedians, circus acts and fashionistas hoping to show off their skills to the public.

1990: Talent shows see a decline and game shows take the Saturday night spot on the television.

2002: ‘Pop Idol‘, talent shows get revamped. Showcasing both good and bad auditions. Talent shows go interactive. Public vote for who goes and who stays. After watching the contestants through their journey. Will Young wins and lands a record deal.

2004:’ The X Factor’, produced by Simon Cowell, viewers follow contestants singing through the process from auditions to live shows with massive live audiences. Viewers vote for who stays and who goes. Huge viewing figures, takes over Saturday and Sunday evenings. Winning contestants get a record deal with Cowell’s company, other high-ranking contestants may also get offered a deal depending on their popularity with the public.

2007: ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, produced by Simon Cowell auditions are to a live audience as well as live shows, three judges scrutinize contestants and viewers vote for their favourite, winning contestants get a chance to perform on the Royal Variety Show.

2009: Susan Boyle, overnight media phenomenon. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ audition showcased in the paper, on the internet and all over the world in 48 hours.

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