Posts tagged "Paloma Faith"

Band Aid 30 – “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)”

The 30th anniversary anti-Ebola edition of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" debuted on The X Factor tonight. This latest version of the Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure-penned charity single features Bono, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, Bastille, and Elbow among others. It wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 16, 2014

Watch Pharrell, Lorde, Elton John, Dave Grohl, One Direction, & Many More Cover The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” For BBC Music

The BBC describes its new initiative BBC Music as "an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC's strongest commitment to music in 30 years." To mark the launch, the media conglomerate commissioned this music video featuring an all-star lineup singing the Beach Boys' classic "God Only… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 7, 2014

The Week In Pop: At The On The Run Tour, Beyoncé Runs Circles Around Jay Z

At what point does going on co-headlining tours with his visionary friends and lovers cease to benefit Jay Z? Throughout much of 2011 and 2012, Jay shared the stage with Kanye West on the Watch The Throne Tour, a road show that leaned more toward Yeezy's avant-garde fixations than Jay's "I'm a business, man" combinatio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 17, 2014

The Week In Pop: Sam Smith’s Miraculous Voice Will Make Him A Star, But What Kind?

Among the attributes necessary for pop stardom, a powerhouse voice is not typically on the shortlist. From Madonna to Rihanna, pop singers have long been able to excel at their occupation without the ability to wail away magnificently. It's counterintuitive given that job #1 for singers is, ostensibly, singing, but there are other more important… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2014

The Week In Pop: Aloe Blacc’s Spirit-Dampening Star Turn

"Don't chase the money," Aloe Blacc intones, in a Sam Cooke croon over a Stevie Wonder romp, about halfway through his new album Lift Your Spirit. "You can't chase the money," he pleads. What exactly has Blacc been doing these past few years, then? This is a guy who broke through to TV sync ubiquity… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2014

Does Pharrell’s New Song With Paloma Faith Rip Off Franz Ferdinand?

When I reviewed Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely On You" in The Week In Pop, I called it low-grade Pharrell because the chorus reminds me of Joss Stone, but it's definitely growing on me, in part because of a slinky syncopated riff that snakes between the beat. It didn't hit me at first, but the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014

The Week In Pop: Why So Serious, Jennifer Nettles?

My first exposure to Sugarland was the video for "Stuck Like Glue," a 2010 single that injected a shot of unexpected quirk to the heavily codified country radio landscape. I hadn't paid close attention to mainstream country since I was a kid, but somehow "Stuck Like Glue" made its way into my browser and captured… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 17, 2014

Shane MacGowan, Johnny Depp, Nick Cave, Chrissie Hynde & Friends – “I Put A Spell On You” (For Haiti)

Here's the promised "alternative" to the various Haiti relief charity singles released since that country was torn asunder. Even though the front page news has shifted on to how the womens' skiing team are actually jealous about the amount of media exposure each other are getting, or whatever, Haiti remains pretty asunder. The… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 26, 2010