Wednesday, February 22, 2006

What's Hot : Music

To contribute some musical insight, which has sadly been lacking for a while, I'm starting a new feature each week to chronicle the latest goings on in the musical world, and download tips (legally of course ;) ) Although there'll be a lot of British influence, I do listen to a vast range of stuff, which you'll see if you check my profile.

Latest News

Three-girl band Sugababes now has just one of its original members remaining, after Mutya Buena, who recently gave birth to a baby girl, has decided to call it a day. The original trio of Mutya, Keisha, and Siobhan (yes weird names, it gets weirder) made an early modest success with debut single Overload before having a very tidy year. After Siobhan Donnaghy left (by the way she has an excellent solo single called Overrated), Heidi joined the band, and the success continued, gaining them four number ones including a number one album.

So that brings us up to the present day, and Mutya's replacement, Amelle Berrabah. Amelle's debut performance with the group was last week on Top of the Pops (in Turin no less) and it turns out they made a great decision. As well as being very pretty -- I know, I know, as if they were going to choose a minger --this girl can also sing. Singing live, as they always do, one of the reasons I think they're great, they were as good as ever, and have a catchy song coming out soon. It's called Red Dress if anyone's interested.

Despite my enthusiasm, we've seen before with bands that new members can spell the end. With numerous rumours of rifts and quarrels, perhaps it is a little too naive to believe that all things will be rosy. Still, the success of Destinys Child, a group that had all in all around 7 members in its 7 years, must be a comfort. With Amelle, they still have appeal.

On the IPod: Top 10 Tracks

1. Goldfrapp - Ride on a White Horse
2. Pink - Stupid Girls
3. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
4. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
5. Smokey Robinson - Tracks of my Tears
6. Avril Lavigne - Sk8r Boi
7. Bjork - There's More to Life than This
8. The Beatles - Hey Jude
9. Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down
10. The 411 - On my Knees

Download any if you can. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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