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Music Video Alphabetti Spaghetti

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My Sister Bina (AKA Katrin) suggested this post following on from the relatively recent Movie Alphabetti Spaghetti one. The premise is the same - to name the ’best’ music video for each letter of the alphabet. Some letters seemingly don’t have much competition, others leave you with very difficult choices. When presented with a variety of strong candidates, I always tried to pick the one I considered the most imaginative and creative.


It is totally not intended that ...

Sound of 2015 - Key New Artists championed by BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

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Time has come around again to scope out new directions and find some new blood which may just strike it big in the forthcoming 12 months or so. I’ve already discarded some nominations as they featured heavily last year, or have already released a commercial album (you can unleash infinity mix-tapes and still feature!). Anyway, should be something for everyone here from this list of 88 contenders. James Bay seems to be favourite already, and has already picked up the BRIT Critic’s ...

Sound of and New Artists for 2014 - BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

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It’s that time again when musos try to predict the breaktrough acts of 2014. In the past I’ve always led on ’BBC’s Sound of ...’, but this year I have decided to do an aggregate listing of everyone recommended by BBC, GlobalGrind, iTunes, MTV, Spotify and others. The first is the entire long-list, followed by ’Most Hyped’ (most mentions) and finally my 5 top picks - should be something for everyone here!:



  • Banks - Fusing dark R&

The Future of Music Online 2012

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(Note that this post will be updated regularly throughout 2012)

My Top 10 Albums of 2011

  1. House of Balloons - The Weeknd
  2. Thursday - The Weeknd
  3. Nostalgia, Ultra - Frank Ocean
  4. Glass Swords - Rustie
  5. Electronic Dream - Araabmuzik
  6. Oh Land - Oh Land
  7. Vanbot - Vanbot
  8. On A Mission - Katy B
  9. 21 - Adele

(Note - SBTRKT was missing from previous end of year listing)


11 Musical Trends for 2012

  • Some artists will move away entirely from Album releases; Rihanna is

YouTube challenges MTV's Music Video Hegemony with a chart of its own

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As MTV continues to move further and further away from its original roots in music video, and become more of a mainstream programme production company, the door has been left open for another to seize the lead in Music Videos.

I have written several times before about YouTube's relatively recent role as a springboard for new and up-and-coming musicians. A smart pop promo increases the chances of success exponentially for pretty much any song or track. It used to be the case that MySpace was the ...

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