Monday, June 30, 2014

"I can't seem to live without your love"

New records in my collection: "Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse" by Mariah Carey, "Every Dog Has Her Day!!!" by freestyle singer Denise Lopez, plus remastered reissues of "In The Evening" by Sheryl Lee Ralph and "Babacar" by France Gall.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Video: Ryan Dolan - Fall To The Floor

I've blogged about Ryan Dolan before. His song "Only Love Survives" was one of my favourites in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The cute Irish has just released the new single called "Fall To The Floor". Like his previous single "Starting Over", the new one is also accompanied by a gay themed video. Both the song and video are cute, but personally I would have preferred a more uptempo track this time around.

"Fall To The Floor" is out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sabrina - Colour Me

Fabulous eighties icon Sabrina Salerno is best known for her 1987 hit "Boys (Summertime Love)", which was followed by catchy pop and italo disco singles such as "Hot Girl", "My Chico" and the Stock Aitken Waterman produced "All Of Me (Boy Oh Boy)".

Now, the Italian star is back with the brand new single "Colour Me". Check out the video down below. I'm so glad Sabrina's still doing electronic club music and I hope we'll get a full dance-pop album in a near future! "Colour Me" is out now on iTunes and Spotify.

"Colour Me" tracklist:

1. Colour Me
2. Colour Me (Enrico Monti Remix)
3. Colour Me (Berny Barbaro Remix)

Eighth Wonder - The Remix Anthology

I love Eighth Wonder, the British pop group featuring Patsy Kensit. They are best known for their eighties singles "Cross My Heart", "Baby Baby" and the Pet Shop Boys produced "I'm Not Scared", one of my all-time favourites.

In 2010, Cherry Pop Records released an expanded reissue of the group's fantastic album "Fearless", and on July 21, they're also releasing a new compilation called "The Remix Anthology".

As you probably guessed, it includes a collection of cool remixes by Little Louie Vega, David Leonard, Richard James Burgess, Alan Shacklock, Pet Shop Boys and PWL icons Pete Hammond and Phil Harding.

Pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK och Amazon US.

"The Remix Anthology" tracklist:

1. Stay With Me (Extended Version)
2. Having It All (Extended Version)
3. Will You Remember (Extended Mix)
4. When The Phone Stops Ringing (Extended Remix)
5. I'm Not Scared (Disco Mix)
6. Cross My Heart (House Mix)
7. Baby Baby (Dance Mix)
8. Use Me (Remix)
9. Dusted (Acid House Mix)
10. I'm Not Scared (Little Louie Vega Mix)
11. Cross My Heart (Club Mix)
12. I'm Not Scared (10" Remix)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eurotix - The Secret (Dance Version)

To celebrate the release of our debut album, we've released a special dance version of the title track "The Secret" as a free MP3 download, available on our Soundcloud page. We hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A.

Jennifer Lopez just released her new album "A.K.A.". She has collaborated with Max Martin, Pitbull, Nas and French Montana. The album includes the singles "First Love", "I Luh Ya Papi" and "Same Girl".

My favourites after the first listen are "So Good", "Booty", "Tens" and of course "First Love". I would've preferred a bit more dance-pop, and a little less hiphop, like on the "Love?" album. But you can't have everything.

The deluxe edition of "A.K.A." is out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK, Amazon US and Jennifer's official shop.

A.K.A. tracklist:

1. A.K.A.
2. First Love
3. Never Satisfied
4. I Luh Ya Papi
5. Acting Like That
6. Emotions
7. So Good
8. Let It Be Me
9. Worry No More
10. Booty
11. Tens*
12. Troubeaux*
13. Expertease (Ready Set Go)*
14. Same Girl*

Songs marked with * are a bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Video: Major - Cannes, Cannes, Cannes

Check out the video for "Cannes, Cannes, Cannes", the latest single by pop duo Major. It's a tribute to the Cannes Film Festival. Sisters Irene and Elsa Major may not be the best singers in the world, but the kitschy track and the cheesy video makes me smile.

"Cannes, Cannes, Cannes" is out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US. Get it now!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Video: Kylie Minogue - Crystallize

Pop goddess Kylie Minogue released her brand new charity single "Crystallize" today. Check out the video down below, it features the names of all the fans who donated to the "One Note Against Cancer" project. I totally love the new song. The sound reminds me of the masterpieces "I Believe In You" and "The One", two of my personal Kylie favourites. The song would have fitted right in on the "Kiss Me Once" album.

"Crystallize" is out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK and Amazon US. All the money goes towards breast cancer research, so get it now!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Video: Susie Päivärinta - Hey Butterfly

The lovely Susie Päivärinta, member of Swedish disco duo Lili & Susie, has released a video for her beautiful summer single "Hey Butterfly". Check it out down below. Please support Susie by getting the song on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon UK or Amazon US.

For more news, follow Susie on Facebook and Twitter. And feel free to check out my other blog posts about Lili & Susie.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Interview: Dallas star Audrey Landers

The lovely Audrey Landers is best known for playing the iconic Afton Cooper on eighties soap opera "Dallas", and Val Clarke in the movie adaption of "A Chorus Line". But she's also enjoyed great success as a recording artist, scoring hits with singles such as "Playa Blanca", "Manuel Goodbye" and "Little River". I've had the great honour of interviewing Audrey for my blog.

You've enjoyed a long and successful career both as an actress and a singer. But how did it all start?
I began acting and singing at a very early age. I acted in my first commercial, with my mum, when I was three years old. I began acting in all the school plays and local theater groups. When I was about thirteen I auditioned for a daytime drama, "The Secret Storm", and got the part of Joanna, a role I enjoyed for about two years.

One day, I opened up my script, which was to be taped in two days, and the stage directions said: "Joanna sings and plays guitar." I ran to my mum and asked her what I should do, and she said: "Well, I guess we'd better buy a guitar tonight!" So, that night, I taught myself a few guitar chords, and I took one of the poems I had written, and I wrote a song. That was the beginning. It went over so well, that the script would often call for me to sing my own songs. So I began to write, practicing every day.

Did your family support your career choice?
Yes, my mum, Ruth, has been my guiding light, my mentor, my manager, my best friend. We are also business partners in many different ventures. Ruth is brilliant.

Your music has been especially popular in Europe. Why do you think that is?
As a young teen, I had success in the US as a country artist. Then I began an acting career, starring in a soap opera. Even though the character I portrayed was a young singer, in those days, there were distinct lines between actors and singers. The perception was that if a person was an actor, then they couldn't possibly be a serious musician, which I was.

In fact, I was writing all my own songs from the time I was about thirteen years old. When I won the role of Afton in "Dallas", a European producer recognised my musicianship as well as the marketability for the European audiences. So this was a very long winded answer to basically say that the European audiences were more open, and were accepting me as an artist, not trying to fit me into one category.

How does the European music market differ from the American?
I'm not really sure about today's music market. In the eighties and nineties, my music appealed to young audiences as well as to more mature listeners. My songs were pop, I actually like to think of my style as "romantic pop", and that was probably why adults as well as teens enjoyed my music. You don't often find that in America, except in country music.

Which one of your own songs is your personal favourite?
That's a tough question. I couldn't say... Some are favourites because they were hits, and others are favourites because they are more personal, like a song from my Christmas album, titled "You Came To Me On Christmas". That is the title song, and I wrote it about my children.

My personal favourite is the "Secrets" album. I love your voice together with the cool late eighties synthesised sound. Also, the songs are a lot tougher than before. What are your thoughts on the album?
"Secrets" is also one of my favourite albums! It was one of the first albums where I was able to truly express my own personal music style, my writing and my vocal style. It had a more international appeal than my earlier releases.

I managed to get my hands on a compilation CD including the 1987 single "Teach Me How To Rock" by Rock Candy, a duo made up by you and your sister Judy. I'm curious to know how this project came about. The track is quite a treat for eurodisco fans like me.
That was so much fun! Judy is not specifically a singer, yet I really wanted to do a recording with her. We used to love to work together. The music career was strictly my thing. I was inspired to write in the eurodisco style when I began going out to dance clubs. I loved the style and the energy, it was pure fun! Now, when I look back on it, "Teach Me How To Rock" was almost a caricature of the disco era: the electronic tracks, the energy, the quintessential eighties sound effects, the breathy "sex appeal".

Could you tell us about when you got the part of Afton Cooper on "Dallas"?
I think every ingenue in Hollywood auditioned for that coveted role. "Dallas" was the new hot show, and the character was so well written, although she was originally only supposed to appear in a few episodes. One day, while the cast and crew left the soundstage for lunch break, I stayed in the studio and found a piano in the corner of the set. I began to quietly work on a song I was writing. Then the producer, Len Katzman, walked in and stopped to listen. I had no idea he was there.

The next thing I knew, the role of Afton had expanded, and the next scripts had Afton singing in local clubs. My songs became a focal point of my character. I wrote all the songs that Afton would sing.

Afton changed quite a bit during the show. She started out as a kind of "bad girl" and then matured and became nicer. Maybe a little bit too nice for her own good. Which Afton did you enjoy playing the most?
It's always fun to play the bad girl!

Could you share one of your fondest memories from the set of the original "Dallas"?
When I was on the set, I was always very much focused on my work. While other cast members were comfortable enough to make jokes and prank one another, that was not my comfort zone. However, my memories are of feeling as if I was part of a new family.

If you could come up with your own spin-off series with Afton as the main character, what would it be about?
I think that the writers began the story, but sadly I don't think that they are going to expand on it... Obviously, the fact that Afton's daughter has married JR's son, opens up vast possibilities for amazing story lines. If you recall, Afton's past included her loyalty to Cliff, as well as her scheming side. Afton was always motivated by love, for Cliff, for her daughter. Afton was a survivor, and ultimately, a winner. She could be a dynamic head of a corporation.

What was is like returning to "Dallas" for the new series?
It felt like I was returning home.

Season three hasn't aired here in Sweden yet. Is Afton returning this season and what has the show in store for the character?
Afton makes brief visits. Honestly, the feedback from the fans has been unanimous: that the show needs more Afton.

Here's a tough one: If you had to choose between singing and acting, what would you pick?
That is a tough one. Luckily, I've never had to choose.

Talent has been passed on to your handsome son Daniel who recently released a video for his single "Love Me Tonight". How did you react when he first said he wanted to get into show business?
I actually moved away from Los Angeles when my sons were very young, so that they would not want to be in show business. Obviously, that plan did not work! Daniel's twin brother, Adam, wants nothing to do with show biz, but Daniel has loved performing since he could talk. Once it was clear to me that Daniel had talent, and that show business was all that he wanted, I had no choice but to help my son follow his dream.

Daniel recently had a concert at legendary venues in New York City: Webster Hall, and The Bitter End. He now has about seventy original songs in his catalog, and he has self produced about twenty-five so far.

You have a huge gay following, myself included. Is this something you've noticed?
I never noticed, but, thank you! I never specifically noticed that my fans were of any particular sexual orientation, or colour, or religion, or nationality, or height, or weight, or hair colour. I'm obviously being a little sarcastic to make my point: All people are the same. People are people and all that matters is that they treat one another with kindness and respect. And if they like me, well, that's even better.

Have you been involved with any gay rights issues?
I am a hundred percent supportive of gay rights. I am outraged that discrimination exists. Growing up, and as a younger woman, I didn't realise that there was so much ignorance in the world, and that there were so many crucial human rights issues that needed to be changed, both politically, and socially. Ignorance is the root, and the results are devastating.

Last year, you released the album "Dallas Feels Like Home", featuring both old and new recordings. Could you tell us the story behind the it?
Several years ago, when I went to a "Dallas" reunion at Southfork, the fans asked me where they could buy the songs I sang on the show. I had never recorded those songs, and I promised that I would do so. It took a few years... My son, Daniel, created the backing tracks. It was great to sing those songs again. I also included a few other favourites of mine.

Are you planning on releasing new music in the near future?
I would love to. I am always working on music.

Finally, would you like to say something to all your fans worldwide?
I love the fact that I have so many wonderful and loyal fans around the world! I want to tell them thank you! Thank you for supporting me in my art, and for hanging in there with me! We are so fortunate to be able to be in touch. Technology is amazing! I hope that some day my son, Daniel, will be have this beautiful connection with his fans.

Many thanks to Audrey for doing this interview! Please visit her on Facebook, Twitter and her official website for more news. Daniel Landers is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Eurotix - The Secret (Limited CD Edition)

The CD edition of Eurotix debut album "The Secret" has finally arrived. I'm so excited! Earlier this week, Larry came over with a big box filled with CD's and we've been signing tons of copies for everyone who pre-ordered it.

If you want to order a copy of "The Secret", please fill out this form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible with an invoice. Thanks for all your support!

Monthly Chart - May 2014

1. Gisele & Bob Sinclar - Heart Of Glass
2. Twin Twin - Moustache
3. Paula Seling & Ovi - Miracle
4. Fancy - Bolero (Hold Me In Your Arms Again)
5. Samantha Jade - UP!
6. András Kállay-Saunders - Running
7. Freaky Fortune Feat. RiskyKidd - Rise Up
8. Hazell Dean - We Belong (Matt Pop Mix)
9. Mariah Carey - Triumphant (Get 'Em) (Vintage Throwback Mix)
10. Antti Tuisku - Mies
11. Valentina Monetta - Maybe (Dance Version)
12. Mariya Yaremchuk - Tick-Tock
13. Günther - I'm Not Justin Bieber Bitch
14. Cristina Scarlat - Wild Soul
15. Shania Twain - Ka-Ching! (Red Album Version)
16. Tanja - Amazing
17. Mei Finegold - Same Heart
18. Mando Diao - Black Saturday
19. Hazell Dean - Shattered Glass (Yisraelee 87 Retro Edit)
20. Rixton - Me And My Broken Heart (Lovelife Remix)
21. Susie Päivärinta - Hey Butterfly
22. Jesse McCartney - Superbad
23. Shania Twain - I'm Gonna Getcha Good! (Red Album Version)
24. Dilara Kazimova - Start A Fire (Etostone House Remix)
25. Bananarama - Hot Line To Heaven (7" Version)
26. Vilija Matačiûnaitė - Attention
27. Emmelie De Forest - Rainmaker
28. Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix
29. Tijana Dapčević - To The Sky
30. Faith Hill - This Kiss (Radio Version)
31. Suzy - Quero Ser Tua
32. Bananarama - Rough Justice (7" Version)
33. Mando Diao - Money Doesn't Make You A Man
34. Can-Linn Feat. Kasey Smith - Heartbeat
35. Basim - Cliche Love Song
36. Aram MP3 - Not Alone (Remix)
37. Emmelie De Forest - Only Teardrops (Kongsted Remix Radio Edit)
38. Faith Hill - The Way You Love Me (Love To Infinity Radio Mix)
39. Todd Terje - Strandbar
40. Hazell Dean - Shattered Glass (Yisraelee Everlasting 80's Mix)

This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.