Monday, April 21, 2014

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Romania

Two weeks tomorrow! Yes, the countdown is in the final stretch with a little over two weeks before the first of the two semi finals kicks off in Copenhagen as 16 countries face off for the chance to be one of the ten moving through to the Grand Final four nights later. The Grand Final (on May 10) will feature ten successful entries from each of the semi finals, along with the "big five" and host nation Denmark. Who's going to be lucky enough to make the cut this year? We're continuing our Countdown To Eurovision series with a look at the Romanian entry, which features a couple of familiar faces.

PAULA SELING & OVI : Miracle

Paula Seling and Ovi are no strangers to the Eurovision competition. They're the duo behind possibly one of our favourite Eurovision tracks ever in 2010's 'Playing With Fire'. The track placed third in the Grand Final - Romania's best ever result in Eurovision competition, so no doubt the powers that be hope that lightning can strike twice, with Paul and Ovi getting a second shot with 'Miracle'. Betting agencies have the Romanians within the top ten to take out the prize, but will 'Miracle' deliver them ultimate glory? There's no denying 'Miracle' has appeal. It's a blend of pop and EDM with some pretty extraordinary vocal performances, as the clip below reveals. Paula in particular soars - and those playing the drinking games will have two reasons to skull; money note : check. key change : check.


http://youtu.be/RYfyMkwTLPg

Sunday, April 20, 2014

THE auspOp DIARY



WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 21, 2014

TICKETS ON SALE
Tuesday : Gabrielle Aplin (Sydney, Brisbane)
Tuesday : Chet Faker (Nationally)
Wednesday : Lauryn Hill (Melbourne)
Thursday : Royal Blood (Sydney, Melbourne)
Thursday : TLC (Nationally)


Apr 21 : SYDNEY – Jeff Beck (Opera House)
Apr 22 : MELBOURNE – Jeff Beck (Hamer Hall)
Apr 22 : MELBOURNE – Doobie Brothers (Palais Theatre)
Apr 22 : MELBOURNE – Iron & Wine (Forum Theatre)
Apr 22 : MELBOURNE – John Mayer (Rod Laver Arena)
Apr 22 : MELBOURNE – Lindi Ortega (Toff In Town)
Apr 22 : ROCKHAMPTON – Boy & Bear (Pilbeam Theatre)
Apr 22 : SYDNEY – Justice Crew (Hordern Pavilion)
Apr 23 : BALLARAT – Calling All Cars (Karova Lounge)
Apr 23 : BRISBANE – Jake Bugg (The HiFi)
Apr 23 : CANBERRA – Justice Crew (AIS Arena)
Apr 23 : GLADSTONE – Boy & Bear (Harvey Road Tavern)
Apr 23 : GOLD COAST – MKTO (Jupiter’s Theatre)
Apr 23 : SYDNEY – Doobie Brothers (Hordern Pavilion)
Apr 23 : SYDNEY – Elvis Costello & The Imposters (State Theatre)
Apr 23 : SYDNEY – Iron & Wine (Opera House)
Apr 23 : SYDNEY – Grace Potter (Oxford Art Factory)
Apr 24 : ADELAIDE – Vance Joy (Governor Hindmarsh)
Apr 24 : BRISBANE – Bliss N Eso (Riverstage)
Apr 24 : BRISBANE – MKTO (Convention Centre)
Apr 24 : BRISBANE – Dizzee Rascal (Eatons Hill Hotel)
Apr 24 : BUNDABERG – Boy & Bear (Sugarland Tavern)
Apr 24 : CANBERRA – Jimmy Tait (Smith’s Alternative)
Apr 24 : MELBOURNE – Calling All Cars (Corner Hotel)
Apr 24 : MELBOURNE – Lorde (Festival Hall)
Apr 24 : NEWCASTLE – Justice Crew (Entertainment Centre)
Apr 24 : PERTH – Ball Park Music (Astor Theatre)
Apr 24 : PERTH – Jeff Beck (Concert Hall)
Apr 24 : SYDNEY – John Mayer (Allphones Arena)
Apr 24 : SYDNEY – Lindi Ortega (Brighton Up Bar)
Apr 24 : SYDNEY – Oscar Key Sung (Goodgod Smallclub)
Apr 24 : TOWNSVILLE – Tim Rogers (Flinders Social)
Apr 25 : ALBANY – Ball Park Music (Studio 146)
Apr 25 : MACKAY – Bliss N Eso (The Stadium)
Apr 25 : MELBOURNE – Chela (Shebeen)
Apr 25 : MELBOURNE – Client Liaison (Northcote Social Club)
Apr 25 : MOUNT GAMBIER – Lee Kernaghan (The Barn Palais)
Apr 25 : OAKBANK – Groovin’ The Moo (Oakbank Racecourse)
Apr 25 : RYE – Tanya Batt (Baha’s)
Apr 25 : SYDNEY – Jimmy Tait (Brighton Up Bar)
Apr 25 : SYDNEY – MKTO (Enmore Theatre)
Apr 26 : ADELAIDE – Justice Crew (AEC Theatre)
Apr 26 : BRISBANE – Oscar Key Sung (Alhambra Lounge)
Apr 26 : BULLI – Jimmy Tait (Heritage Hotel)
Apr 26 : BUNBURY – Ball Park Music (Prince Of Wales)
Apr 26 : CAIRNS – Bliss N Eso (Fogarty Park)
Apr 26 : CALOUNDRA – Boy & Bear (Sunshine Coast Function Centre)
Apr 26 : DARWIN – Tim Rogers (Railway Club)
Apr 26 : HOBART – Calling All Cars (Republic Bar)
Apr 26 : HORSHAM – Lee Kernaghan (Wimmera Events Centre)
Apr 26 : MAITLAND – Groovin’ The Moo (Maitland Showground)
Apr 26 : MELBOURNE – Tanya Batt (Worker’s Club)
Apr 26 : MELBOURNE – Jason Derulo (Rod Laver Arena)
Apr 26 : MELBOURNE – Lorde (Festival Hall)
Apr 26 : PERTH – Michael Bublé (Perth Arena)
Apr 26 : PERTH – Client Liaison (Amplifier)
Apr 27 : ADELAIDE – Lorde (AEC Theatre)
Apr 27 : CANBERRA – Groovin’ The Moo (University Of Canberra)
Apr 27 : FREMANTLE – Ball Park Music (Newport Hotel)
Apr 27 : MELBOURNE – Client Liaison (Northcote Social Club)
Apr 27 : MILDURA – Lee Kernaghan (River Sound Shell)
Apr 27 : PERTH – Michael Bublé (Perth Arena)
Apr 27 : PERTH – Justice Crew (Crown Theatre)
Apr 27 : TOOWOOMBA – Boy & Bear (Empire Theatre)

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Russia

It's a little over three weeks 'til the 59th Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Denmark. Of course, we're off to the capital Copenhagen this year as a result of Emmelie de Forest's win with 'Only Teardrops' in Malmö, Sweden last year. The semi finals this year take place on May 06 and May 08, with voting from across Europe to decide which ten countries from each will make it through to the all-important Grand Final on Saturday May 10, where they'll come up against the perennial "big five" of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, along with the host nation Denmark.
Here at auspOp, we're continuing our coverage of Eurovision 2014 by taking a look at each of the entries in the run-up to this year's contest.

TOMALCHEVY SISTERS : Shine

Eurovision has a proud history of uncovering amazing, quirky pop songs. And while votes will undoubtedly fly because of Russia's entry 'Shine', it's the recent annexation of Crimea, the current military tension on the eastern border of Ukraine, the marginalisation of the country's gay community and the ensuing political voting that may end Russia's hopes of getting anywhere near the Grand Final this year. The Tomalchevy Sisters - aged just 17 - will potentially be thrown to the wolves in the first of the semi finals and we can only assume that the audience will be less than welcoming. Awkwardly, they're on stage just two spots before the Ukrainians, who might be worried by the lyrics of 'Shine'; "Now maybe there's a place, maybe there's a time, maybe there's a day you'll be mine." On its merits, 'Shine' isn't a bad song. But we can't help but think that most of Europe won't give a toss and will vote with their hearts.


http://youtu.be/MPI7AnD_QS8

Saturday, April 19, 2014

CHART WATCH

Sheppard remains in the top spot on our Easter Saturday ARIA chart, but another Aussie favourite slides into position two behind them. In fact, 50% of this week's ARIA top ten singles belongs to Australian artists. Wonders will never cease. On the albums chart, out of the top ten albums this week, six are from Aussie acts; one on debut at No.1 Who is it? Check out this week's Chart Watch to find out.

SINGLES
Brisbane outfit Sheppard continue their reign in the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart this week with their single 'Geronimo'. And after just the two weeks on top - and four weeks in overall - they've managed an impressive gold sales accreditation.
Sia moves in behind them with her 'Chandelier', which also has a fresh golden sheen to it this week after five weeks of chart action.
Jess Mauboy must be doing something very right with her latest single 'Never Be The Same Again' which, after a swag of television advertising, jumps from No.17 to No.6 this week. Clean Bandit slips four, but Zendaya's 'Replay' improves three to now be within the Aussie top ten (No.8).
Coldplay's 'Magic' is up from No.16 to No.11, Justin Timberlake's 'Not A Bad Thing' improves ten places to No.15 and the week's highest debut is 'Up!' at No.18 - all thanks to Ms Samantha Jade. The Chainsmokers' '#Selfie', however, slides from No.10 to No.21.
New music from The Amity Affliction premieres at No.28 ('Pittsburgh'), Ellie Goulding's 'Beating Heart' pulses its way into the top 50 (No.52 on debut to No.38) and Katy Perry's 'Birthday' parties its way to No.42 on debut, right ahead of Passenger's 'Hearts On Fire' (No.43).
The return of Short Stack has their 'Television' switching on to chart action at No.47.
London Grammar's 'Strong' drops 19 to No.55 and Joelle's 'Save Me' premieres at No.56, ahead of a quartet of debuts in the 60s; Lily Allen's 'Our Time' (No.60), Pitbull ftg. Jennifer Lopez' 'We Are One' (No.61), Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' (No.64) and Timmy Trumpet's 'Freaks' (No.67).
The Vamps' 'Last Night' suffers a worrying third week sales slump (down from No.41 to No.69), but Havana Brown's new tune 'Whatever We Want' is also on the slide prematurely (No.57 to No.72, also in week three).
Glass Animals' 'Gooey' drops 37 spots, Enrique & Kylie's brand of 'Beautiful' loses its shine (No.47 to No.79), Chet Faker's '1998' debuts at No.81 and Magic!'s earworm 'Don't Kill The Magic' might be perfect for radio, but it seems the Aussie public isn't buying it; down from No.53 to No.82 in its second week.
Showtek's 'We Like To Party' premieres at No.88 and First Aid Kit's 'My Silver Lining' is in at No.95, but Christina Perri's 'Human' is out of the top 100 after sitting pretty at No.56 last week. It spent just six weeks on the ARIA charts.

ALBUMS
After peppering the singles charts with his tracks over the past few weeks, Chet Faker's gone and scored himself a No.1 album on debut with his debut long player 'Built On Glass'. In doing so, he knocks INXS from the top spot, with last week's No.3 - the 'Frozen' soundtrack' remaining (ahem) frozen in place. Last week's No.2 (Ball Park Music's 'Puddinghead' on debut) slides to No.14.
There's a duo of premieres at Nos.4 and 5... Russell Morris' 'Van Diemen's Land' and Harrison Craig's 'L.O.V.E.' respectively, while the 'ABBA Gold' anniversary edition improves three spots on last week's No.13 debut and is now a top ten Aussie album.
With Bliss N Eso's national tour in full swing, their album 'Circus In The Sky' benefits on the charts; up 11 places to No.13 this week. Albums from London Grammar and Skrillex, however, ease.
TV advertising is paying big dividends for Jessica Mauboy at the moment, both on the singles chart, where her current smash 'Never Be The Same Again' is into the top ten) and here on the albums chart, where 'Beautiful' bullets from No.42 to No.17.
The 'Divergent' soundtrack is also bulleting and improves on last week's No.54 debut to place at No.18.
A TV interview sees Cliff Richard's 'The Fabulous Rock 'N' Roll Songbook' bullet from No.94 to a new peak of No.27, but Steel Panther's 'All You Can Eat' falters in its third week of chart action; down from No.11 to No.28.
Debuts in the 30s from Black Label Society ('Catacombs Of The Black Vatican' at No.31), American Authors ('Oh, What A Life' at No.35) and Rachael Leahcar ('Here Comes The Sun' at No.38). Saskwatch's 'Nose Dive' rounds out the top 50 debuts at No.46.
George Michael's 'Symphonica' slides some more (No.26 to No.53), Triple J's 'Like A Version 9' re-emerges in the top 100 at No.63 and with his new album rolling at retail, there's a bump for Russell Morris' previous album 'Sharkmouth', which improves from No.95 to No.70.
Robbie Williams' 'Swings Both Ways' drops from No.46 to No.72, Kate Miller-Heidke's 'O Vertigo!' slips from No.44 to No.81 and Shakira's 'Shakira' plunges 47 places to No.95.
For the second week in a row, however, an album debuting at No.12 on the ARIA charts has plummeted out of the top 100 entirely after just one week. This week it's The Used's LP 'Imaginary Enemy'.
Also gone from the top 100 entirely are last week's new entries from Tim Campbell, Marcia Hines, Manchester Orchestra, Sohn and Ronnie James Dio.

For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Portugal

The Eurovision Song Contest is once again almost upon us. In just a few week's time, the eyes of Europe will be focused on the Danish capital Copenhagen for the 59th annual competition, where all of Europe gets to decide who's the fairest of them all.
The Portuguese return to the competition in 2014 after taking a year off last year and will get their chance to shine in front of the continent as part of the first semi final on Tuesday May 06. No doubt they'll be hoping to do enough to make it through to the Grand Final on May 10.

SUZY : Quero Ser Tua

One of only a handful of tracks in this year's competition that will be performed solely in the native tongue, singer Suzy (real name Susana Guerra) will perform 'Quero Ser Tua' ('I Want To Be Yours') at the first of the semi finals. Suzy has been performing in her homeland for well over a decade, releasing her first album back in 2002.
'Quero Ser Tua' is a dance/pop party anthem that is infused with Mediterranean flourishes that remind us quite a bit of Kaoma's 'Lambada'. We're not sure a trio of drummers will be spectacular enough on the Eurovision stage to send Portugal through.


http://youtu.be/CcTiPW-X8q4

Friday, April 18, 2014


AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014

The Afghan Wigs – Do To The Beast
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell
Bee Gees – The Warner Bros Years (boxset)
Bonjah – Beautiful Wild
Celtic Thunder – My Land
Jesse Davidson – Ocean EP
Jason Derulo – Tattoos (Special Edition)
Placido Domingo – Amore Infinito
Duck Sauce – Quack
Eels – The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
Forever The Optimist – Arecibo
Bobby Fox – The Fantastic Mr Fox
Future – Honest
Horse Thief – Fear In Bliss
Engelbert Humperdinck – Engelbert Calling
Aled Jones – The Essential
Kelis – Food
Amaya Laucirica – Sway
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta
NAS – Illmatic XX
New Empire – In A Breath
Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
OST – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
Plaza Francia – A New Tango Songbook
Andre Rieu – Magic Of The Musicals
Tycho – Awake
Various – Eurovision 2014
Various – Like A Woman

DIGITAL RELEASE
Blood Orange – Uncle Ace (remixes)
Eagle & The Worm – It’s Automatic
Marika Hackman – Deaf Heat
Jason Herd ftg. Sherry St.Germain – This Is What We Came For
Neon Jungle – Welcome To The Jungle

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Slovenia

It's been a daily feature on the site since the end of last month, but there are still plenty of days left and plenty of entries to get our pop chops around before the start of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. Held in Copenhagen, Denmark this year after Emmelie de Forest's win last year, the competition is again split into two semi finals (May 06 and 08) and the all-important Grand Final (May 10), with countries from across Europe competing for ultimate glory.

TINKARA KOVAČ : Round And Round

Today we're having a quick squizz at the Slovenian entry. As we've mentioned before, Eurovision is held in such high regard throughout Europe that some competitors see it as the be all and end all. 35 year old Tinkara has attempted to represent Slovenia three times previously. She came closest back in 1999, placing second in her country's national selection. But in 2014, 17 years after her first attempt, she'll finally be on stage at the second semi final for all of Europe to see.
So what's the song like? Sang in English with a splash of Slovene, 'Round And Round' is (apart from the flute) a pretty decent straightforward pop offering that's accompanied by a stunning video clip shot on the country's coast.


http://youtu.be/ZMpNkCOMaGU

Thursday, April 17, 2014

JOELLE : Save Me

But we thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end?
Look, while the little gold locket that ends up in Sydney Harbour as part of the video for Joelle's debut single 'Save Me' is no 'heart of the ocean' and Joelle's no old lady - not by a long, long shot, what that locket is is a symbol of her love for her chap. Sadly, regularly distracted by his mobile phone, he's clearly a chap who's found something (or perhaps someone) else to occupy his time, and it's not Joelle.
Gorgeously shot, great locations, a storyline and a bit of eye candy for all of us all rolled into three minutes and 37 seconds.
We've seen clips from the major labels nowhere near the standard of this, so fully independent Joelle and her team ought to be congratulated.


http://youtu.be/mJ7xdSOZBzg

RÜFÜS : Sundream

As we settle in for the beginning of what we all hope will be a somewhat mild winter, those lovely chaps from Sydney trio Rüfüs have gifted us another glorious burst of dazzling pop sunshine in the form of the video for their new single 'Sundream'.
It's more dreamy, summery, luscious pop finery from the band's breakout album 'Atlas' and its accompanying video clip, through incredibly simple, turns up the style factor to eleven through its kaleidoscopic treatments, as evidenced via the screen grab below.
And whether you're lucky enough to be lazing on a beach this weekend, or merely dreaming of doing so, 'Sundream' will perfectly fill the role of your soundtrack.


http://youtu.be/-75cTvn8gXQ

WHAT WILL BE FOR JUSTICE CREW

Justice Crew have announced the upcoming release of their new single 'Que Sera'.
Sony tells us that the new single, penned by the boys with LA-based Canadian songwriting outfit The Messengers (who've previously worked with Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele, Justin Bieber etc), will showcase a more "emotional side" to Justice Crew's music as they explore deeper lyrics which aim to inspire a celebration of life.
"We are so excited for 'Que Sera' to be released," says crew member John Pearce. "It has such a powerful message which relates to our journey as Justice Crew and I think that many people will be able to relate to it with their life experiences."
Available for pre-order now, the track will be released digitally on Friday May 09, with a physical single to follow on Friday May 16.