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Choice new music - w/c 24 Jan 11
1 1 COSMO JARVIS Gay Pirates new single March 2011

2 2 BROTHER Darling Buds Of May new single 24 February 2011

3 3 ELBOW Neat Little Rows new single 7 March 2011

4 - SKREAM & EXAMPLE Shot Yourself In The Foot Again new single to be confirmed
5 4 ROGER SANCHEZ & FAR EAST MOVEMENT 2Gether new single 24 February 2010
6 - JAPANESE POP STARS Song For Lisa new single
7 6 CHASE & STATUS with LIAM BAILEY Blind Faith new single 24 January 2011
8 - LYKKI LI I Follow Rivers new single 14 February 2011
9 7 NOAH & THE WHALE L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. new single 24 February 2011
10 - YOU ME AT SIX & CHIDDY Rescue Me new single 13 February 2011
10 - ALEX CLARE Up All Night new single 10 January 2010
10 - THE VACCINES Post Break-Up Sex new single 25 January

This week's post ...

Dutch Uncles
Face In
new single 28 February 2011
A superb new track from Manchester's Dutch Uncles.... dreamy vocal and chord progression makes for an intriguing indie pop listen... Here's the press info...

Having tickled the belly of the great British public with their November 2010 single Fragrant, Manchester’s Dutch Uncles return with Face In, a further helping of skittish, forward thinking pop. Face In is perhaps Dutch Uncles at their least complicated. Or rather the complexity is below the surface with band’s pop nouse coming right to the fore.Precisely woven melodies and whip-smart guitar lines frame singer Duncan Wallis’ ruminations on the manipulations of friendship. The band are putting the finished touches to their debut album for Memphis Industries, due end of April. And they will be on tour through January and February, including appearances at HMV’s Next Big Thing and Q’s Ones to Watch shows.
Dutch Uncles are Duncan Wallis (Vocals), Sped (Guitar), Andy Proudfoot (Drums), Peter Broadhead (Guitar), Robin Richards (Bass).
Dutch uncles on tour:
Saturday 22-Jan-11 London Camden Barfly (Xfm Xposure All-Dayer) SOLD OUT
Thursday 27-Jan-11 London Bush Hall ('Q' Ones to Watch Sessions)
Monday 7-Feb-11 London Islington Garage (HMV Next Big Thing) SOLD OUT
Monday 21-Feb-11 Brighton Prince Albert
Tuesday 22-Feb-11 Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 23-Feb-11 Liverpool Shipping Forecast
Thursday 24-Feb-11 Nottingham Bodega
Friday 25-Feb-11 Birmingham Victoria
Saturday 26-Feb-11 Leeds A Nation of Shopkeepers
Sunday 27-Feb-11 Sunderland Pure

This week's Goss ...

UK Top 40Sun 23 Jan 11
Bruno Mars takes Number One Single and Album and don't we love our press.. how many times have I read the death knell for Britney Spears career... hey look there she is stronger and bigger than ever - straight to No.6 in the UK and straight to the top of America's Billboard Hot 100... no mean feat... straight to Number One is not the norm in the 150 million strong fifty countries of the United States of America

Fri 28 Jan 11 - Privately educated?
Take a special course and become a pop star / celebrity... Oh and look the BBC have finally decided to mention it too, as if they've nothing to do with it... honest guv? Check the BBC story
here and in the column alongside....
But the BBC article doesn't touch on government money chains for instance via the BBC into the MOBOs feeding the current trends. Annie Nightingale sounds particularly naive on the matter, though at nearly 69 years of age she can't be can she? And where was Grannie Nightingale educated... oh yeah
The Lady Eleanor Holles School (often abbreviated to LEH or LEHS) is a selective, independent girls' school in Hampton, London, England, originally founded in 1711. The school has a Junior Department with some 190 students aged 7–11 and a Senior Department for ages 11–18 with some 700 pupils. Thanks wiki! And why then hasn't Annie spotted the obvious...

Here's what we said five days back...

Don't you love school reunions... Well some do and there's a big one in the top ten.... here we are UK citizens in the land of a miserable super-imposed Eastenders reality where Brit school is where we get our new generation of pop stars.. yes Pop Stardom from Reggie Yates Chart Show very nearly across the board has been nationalised & institutionalised.... it's a good way of diminishing the chances of a new Weller or Lennon breaking through...
What is the meaning of this statement?
Well, two of this week's new entries originate from the Government funded Croydon Brit School launched in 1991 by record producer and 5th Beatle George Martin. Of the school's Alumni - Adele enters at 2 with 'Rollin' In The Deep', in at 8 is Brazilian Aggro Santos who came to Britain with his parents when he was five - while at 3 with razors in her lips is Essex girl Jessie J and at 9 is 21 year old Peckam gal Katy B...
This Brit School purports to be an independent school... but it is State funded so how could that possibly be so? Alright for some who fit whatever criteria they may employ?
Can you detect any odd-balls in the list of Brit School Alumni...
Adele (singer)
Andy Ansah (Unbelievable Tekkers)
Ashley Madekwe (Actress)
Tommy Bastow (Actor)
Blake Harrison
Dane Bowers
Emily Head
Imogen Heap
Jeremy Warmsley
Kate Nash
Katy B (Singer)
Katie Melua
Kellie Shirley
Leona Lewis
Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry)
Natalie Stewart (Floetry)
Rickie Haywood Williams
Amy Winehouse
Polly Scattergood
Stefan Abingdon (The Midnight Beast)
FranKo (Band)
Jessie J

Check the Brit School website
here for an insight to into the Government's ongoing pop star & celebrity creation programme...

Meanwhile congratulations to... Canada - the nation now has three trax on the UK Top 40 with rapper Drake (& Rihanna) at 7, Dragonette (& Martin Solveig) at 16 and Avril Lavigne at 28.

10 new – 2 up, 25 down, 3 non-movers Top Ten… 6 UK … 3 USA … 3 Barbados … 1 Canada …

This Week ... Last Wk ... Wks In ... Artist ... Title ... Origin

1 1 2 BRUNO MARS Grenade USA

2 new 1 ADELE Rollin' In The Deep UK

3 2 9 JESSIE J Do It Like A Dude UK

4 new 1 DIDDY Dirty Money USA

5 new 1 WRETCH 32 Tracktor UK

6 new 1 BRITNEY SPEARS Hold It Against Me USA

7 3 10 RIHANNA & DRAKE What's My Name Barbados & Canada

8 new 1 AGGRO SANTOS Like U Like UK

9 4 5 KATY B & Ms DYNAMITE Lights On UK

10 10 2 JLS & TINIE TEMPAH Eyes Wide Shut UK


11 6 8 DAVID GUETTA & RIHANNA Who's That Chick France & Barbados


13 13 11 ELLIE GOULDING Your Song UK

14 new 1 JODIE O'CONNOR & WILEY Now Or Never UK

15 8 11 BLACK EYED PEAS The Time (Dirty Bit) USA

16 18 3 MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE It's OK France & Canada


18 17 18 BRUNO MARS Just The Way You Are (Amazing) USA

19 7 18 ADELE Make You Feel My Love UK

20 5 6 MATT CARDLE When We Collide UK


21 12 13 RIHANNA Only Girl In The World Barbados

22 15 3 NERO Me & You UK

23 14 14 KATY PERRY Firework USA

24 16 16 CEE LO GREEN Forget You USA


26 22 11 P!NK Raise Your Glass USA

27 24 12 ALEXIS JORDAN Happiness USA

28 19 6 WILLOW Whip My Hair USA

29 new 1 AVRIL LAVIGNE What The Hell Canada

30 21 5 CHERYL COLE The Flood UK


31 23 9 USHER More USA

32 29 16 MIKE POSNER Cooler Than Me USA

33 20 3 CEE LO GREEN It's OK USA

34 28 9 OLLY MURS Thinking Of Me UK

35 27 11 McFLY & TAIO CRUZ Shine A Light UK

36 26 11 TAKE THAT The Flood UK

37 new 1 TAIO CRUZ, KYLIE & TRAVIE McCOY Higher UK, Australia & USA

38 new 1 PITBULL & T.PAIN Hey Baby USA


40 new 1 GLEE CAST Toxic USA

America's Hot 100
This Week ... Last Week ... Weeks In ... Artist ... Title
1 new 1 BRITNEY SPEARS Hold It Against Me
2 1 16 BRUNO MARS Grenade

3 2 13 KATY PERRY Firework

4 3 13 RIHANNA & DRAKE What's My Name

5 7 15 WIZ KHALIFA Black & Yellow

6 6 8 ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, LUDACRIS & DJ FRANK E Tonight (I'm Loving You)

7 4 12 KE$HA We R Who We R

8 5 15 PINK Raise Your Glass

9 8 10 BLACK EYED PEAS The Time (Dirty Bit)

10 9 26 BRUNO MARS Just The Way You Are

BBC diversity diversion
Posted 29th January 2011 - Source
Here's the BBC analysis with a laughable headline using the ever helpful Pete Waterman as a stooge...
Has pop gone posh?
The majority of pop musicians are now privately educated, or went to stage school, according to Word magazine. Does the rise of Lily Allen, Florence Welch, Chris Martin and the like spell the end of working class pop?
It's 4pm at the central London studios of BBC Radio 1, now into its fifth decade of broadcasting new music to millions of young people across the UK.
Florence Welch is part of a new wave of privately educated pop stars
In the basement on-air studio, a red "mic live" light illuminates and a computer screen lists the tracks due to play - from artists including Noah and the Whale, Tinie Tempah, Mumford & Sons and Katy B.
Four floors above, Radio 1's first-ever female DJ, Annie Nightingale, is in to prepare for her weekly show.
After 40 years with the station, she's well placed to remember the days that bands like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who were regulars on the playlist.
"When that whole kind of great big wave happened in the sixties you just sort of felt 'this is world changing, they're changing the world,'" she recalls.
"It was about working class people being able to do very well".
My son James Blunt... receives harsh criticism here and we have, rather sadly, been aware that it is because of his background.
Jane Blount
It is a well rehearsed narrative of the 1960s: The explosion into popular culture of apparent working class heroes - bands whose protagonists broke free from life at the bottom of the pile to challenge the established order.
In reality it was always more nuanced than that, as Nightingale says, "even then they had to pretend to be more working class than they actually were."
"A lot of them had fairly comfortable middle class backgrounds. John Lennon did and Pete Townsend. But not Roger Daltrey and not Keith Moon."
But while the reality may have differed from the image of 'authentic' working class boys made good, a new argument has been raging in the music world over the changing social dynamics of popular music.
An article in the December issue of music magazine The Word claimed the majority of UK chart acts were now either privately educated or from prestigious stage schools. The magazine compared a Top 40 from a week in October 2010 to the same week in 1990, when it found nearly 80 per cent of artists were state school educated.
The 1980s pop producer Pete Waterman thinks the findings reveal an insidious truth about the way the strings are being pulled in the modern music industry.
Sitting beside his wall of Ivor Novello songwriting awards at his studios in the former London County Hall building, Waterman is vociferous.
"This has been a gripe I've had for over 20 years, and particularly right now. It's never been worse," he says. "The major companies dominate and they see a CV and if you haven't got 96 O levels you ain't getting a job."
"In the old days you got a job in the music industry because you knew something about music. Now when they see your CV they don't take you unless you've been to university, full stop." But does the same requirement for academic credentials dominate when it comes to bands trying to break through?
"I think that when all the A&R people wear Jack Wills clothes it tells you where they're going."
"It's become snobbish. It's become a snobbish culture."
Those who promote the argument that rock has gone 'posh' point to the emergence of a swathe of privately educated artists: Singer songwriter Laura Marling, and Lily Allen - daughter of actor Keith, who attended the prestigious boarding school Bedales.
The list continues with other popular acts; Florence Welch, Jack Penate, Jamie T, and Chris Martin, the Coldplay frontman who attended the independent boys school Sherborne. Leading members of so-called 'Nu-folk' bands Noah & the Whale and Mumford & Sons went to St Paul's School in Barnes and King's College School, Wimbledon.
Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink rejects the idea that a private school education means the art form suffers, saying bands should be able to have a voice "wherever you come from".
"I don't think with our songs where we come from really comes into it, because it's rare that we write about it," he says.
But the private-versus-state school debate may be the wrong prism through which to study the dynamics of the contemporary music industry.
In reality, many new acts are alumni of either the BRIT School in Croydon (importantly, a state-funded performing arts school) or of the X Factor.
And the "real" class heritage of big acts has been the subject of controversy for decades.
Joe Strummer, frontman of The Clash and an icon of the 1970s punk scene, was famously "outed" the product of a prestigious Surrey boarding school.
John Lennon, despite writing Working Class Hero, but was the product of a middle class upbringing and went to art school.
Others suggest the more fundamental truth is that guitar based rock is simply no longer commercially viable, allowing other genres to fill the gap.
Nightingale points to what she calls "one of the biggest musical explosions" of recent times: A development in urban music known as grime and dubstep.
Artists like Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green are scoring regular chart hits with tracks that as Nightingale says relate to "nasty things happening on dark streets".
"I don't think they all came from privileged backgrounds and they are doing brilliantly well."

new trax
our weekly a to z of new cd review's is listed below

this week
Dutch Uncles

17 Jan
Alex Clare
Eric Prydz
Japanese Pop Stars
Joy Formidable
Lykki Li
My Chemical Romance 10/1/11
Skream & Example
The View
Willow & Tinie Tempah
You Me At Six & Chiddy

10 Jan
Nelly Furtado

3 Jan
Katy Perry

27 Dec
Mad4these 2010

20 Dec
Chase & Status
Noah & The Whale
PJ Harvey
The Streets
The Vaccines

13 Dec
Emma's Imagination
Lykke Li
single tbc
Miles Kane
MT Desolation
Roger Sanchez & Far East 2Movement

6 Dec

29 Nov
The Bees
Chapel Club
Go Team!

22 Nov
Cosmo Jarvis
Funeral Party
Jessie J
Andrew O'Neill Occult Comedian Showreel

15 Nov
Arcade Fire
The Bees
Christian TV
Escape The Fate
early 2011
Jay-Z LP
Kassidy EP
Patrick Wolf
Pretty Reckless
White Lies