24/09/2012

What’s New On The British Music Scene? Well, For One, The South Koreans Are Here

muse
Muse
Freddie Matthews writes from London: Fifteen million album sales later and this week there’s only one band worthy of the top story in the UK singles chart as Muse return with their latest single Madness. 
The Teignmouth, Devon, lads have reigned supreme in all that is live music over the last 10 years or so. They have won Best British Live Act at the Brits not just once but twice as well as a whole host of MTV Europe, NME, Mercury, Q, Kerang and American Music awards as well as three Grammy nominations. 

They also won Best Rock Album for their 5th and last studio album The Resistance.
On the early auditions for X-Factor, as a guest judge, Leona looked more like a mum in her 40’s or the school secretary. 
I think she was trying far too hard to even be moderately tepid, let alone anywhere near cool. Then again, I think she’s trying to appeal to the BBC Radio 2 listener. 

They are play listing her single, and that radio station has several million more listeners than the slightly more famous BBC Radio 1. ‘Trouble’, for me, is pretty much in trouble. It’s not great Leona, 6.2 out of 10 at best.
rapper psy
Rapper Psy
 Every week at this time of year we just can’t get away from even more former X-Factor, or X-Crapter as I like to think of it, artists rushing to release any old music while the show generates its own unique airtime schedule. This week is no different.

OK, this new version does include five brand new songs which is encouraging for fans but five is never enough for a full album.

As a result SYCO have just tagged them into what would seem like a great deal special edition. The best example of the true meaning of a ‘special edition’ for me is when a car model is almost at the end of its run.

And finally, not British but certainly worthy of a mention is South Korean rapper PSY who’s heading for the UK Top 10 after the sales of his Gangnam Style single quadrupled week on week.

The track has not only broken YouTube records but according to the Official Charts Company in the UK alone the sales have risen by 389 per cent and that’s in just three days!



The Island release has also made history by becoming the first Korean-language hit to ever chart in the UK. It’s as catchy as the day when all the residents of the planet Catchy tried to find out who was the catchiest of all the catchy people.

It’s also has the ‘love/hate’ factor. Gangnam Style scores 7 of 10. This post was originally shared on Stirring Trouble Internationally - (A humorous take on news and current affairs) and is only a partial extract to read the article in full go to Stirring Trouble Internationally dot com.
English: Muse performing Resistance at the Nat...
English: Muse performing Resistance at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, UK, as part of The Resistance Tour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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