Feed Limmy Songs of 2012: #20 – #11

At this point, y’all are probably thinking, ‘anything goes with this goddamn list.’

Songs of 2012: #20 - #11

I’ve tried really hard to suppress my delight in some of these songs because I know in my head, they’re probably non-events to the majority of you “discerning pop music listeners” but  under very inexplicable circumstances I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy the likes of Toni Braxton‘s barely-known dance single ‘I Heart You’ and even Melanie Amaro‘s saccharine uptempo ‘Don’t Fail Me Now’.

Not just enjoy. But I’ve kept each of these songs on repeat in all sorts of places – when I’m up in the gym, strutting down supermarket aisles, roaming the streets of Paris by myself. Everywhere.

Here are the tracks that reign in my Top 20 this year:

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Chart Feed – 12.11.12

I left y’all scratching at the post a little last week because I took my ass on a little vacaycay to Brisbane.

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Bitch, you should’ve seen me lounging on the beach in an island that was practically deserted on a Monday arvo. I was having a Mariah moment frolicking in the sand, trying to look cute for my Instagram photos. But hey, I am back now and here comes your chart feed – which might cover some things I didn’t get to touch on last week.

This has been a good week for Robbie Williams who scored his first simulatenous UK #1 album-and-single action in 11 years. Elsewhere, the following chart showboaters can’t complain either: Taylor SwiftCalvin Harris, Little Mix, Of Monsters and Men, The Wanted, and to a certain extent, Christina Aguilera. SAY!

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Chart Feed – 06.08.12

A whole season must’ve passed beneath our feet, moons come and gone, colours of the wind changed, since our last Chart Feed – but I’m now ready to immerse myself back into a regime of tireless research on Monday nights.

Chart Feed

Perhaps once the choir of angels performing their celebratory rendition of ‘You Bring Me Joy’ has ascended back to heaven, we can begin this week’s pickings of the ARIA, UK Official and US Billboard charts.

This was a particularly rosy week for Justice Crew and Conor Maynard, featuring new entries also from The Veronicas, Kelendria Trene Rowland and Scissor Sisters.

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Misha B “Why Hello World” Mixtape Review

“Einstein. Einstein! I’m lookin’ for that Einstein.” Well stupid hoes, search no further because Britain’s most exciting, upcoming fresh professor is now ready to school you right.

Misha B was without question the most bright and promising young talent to emerge out of last year’s UK X Factor series. However, after a series of ill-advised song choices, the fierce child lost her way and voters kinda stopped believing.

The most important thing for Misha to get right now is that original British hip hop and soul swag she was dealing from the start – that’s where her fan base is at, patiently waiting. I’m pleased to say, children, that our prayers have been answered and the heavens damn well parted when we heard the girl’s debut mixtape Why Hello World.

“Why Hello World’ has become a catchphrase synonymous with the teen star ever since she used it to open her rap in ‘Rolling In The Deep’. The mixtape features cuts and covers of some artists that have inspired Misha, including her winning take on said Adele hit, and some originals she’s been cooking up in the studio.


The 15-minute mixtape menu reads:

1 – Why Hello World Misha B Intro
2 – Misha B – Big Dreaming
3 – Weeknd feat. Drake – Crew Love (Can’t You See Refix)
4 – TLC – Unpretty Original / Misha B Cover (Cut)
5 – Beyoncé – Run the World (Stylus Refix)
6 – Misha B – Last Forever
7 – Misha B – Home Run
8 – Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Classic Hip Hop Blend)/Misha B Cover
9 – Usher – Climax
10 – Lil Wayne feat. Bruno Mars – Mirror Original / Misha B Cover
11 – Outro

As much as we enjoy swerving and grooving to the familiar hits, what y’all really came for is to inspect Misha‘s originals and check where she’s headed musically.

‘Big Dreaming’ really needs to be her first single or, at least, a buzz single. The earnest and autobiographical hip hop track gives the world a proper introduction to Misha Bryan and her musical influences. The style is so remarkably reminiscent of early Estelle at her finest. I can sleep sound tonight knowing that this child is gonna do great things if this is the kind of music she’ll present to the world.

‘Last Forever’ is a completely different shine altogether. Here we have some summery island pop beats mixed with handclaps and house pianos, which is perfect for radios and UK music festivals in June. Following that, we got ‘Home Run’ pitching us a sassy, synth-driven dance pop with finger snaps which sounds like the kinda hit Rihanna would’ve sold her soul for circa A Girl Like Me.

What an utterly satisfying introductory mixtape. Child, shine on. Shine. On.

Footnotes:

Misha B‘s Why Hello World mixtape is up for free download. Go ahead and treat yo’ self.

X Factor UK: 2011 Winner and Best Moments

Little Mix has made UK X Factor history as the first group to ever snatch the crown. Better yet, they are arguably the most exciting pop act to win the competition since Alexandra Burke three years ago.

The four-piece girl band – cheekily dubbed “Pick N Mix” by Twitter pal Greg – was formed on the show after each girl failed to qualify as solo acts in the under 25 females category.

Rookie X Factor judge Tulisa saw potential in Jesy Nelson (age 20), Leigh-Ann Pinnock (age 19), Perrie Edwards (age 18) and Jade Thirlwall (age 18), and decided to pitch them as a feisty new generation girl band that’s part early-Girls Aloud and part Parade in flavour and styling.

After a short run under the moniker Rhythmix, the group redubbed themselves as Little Mix to avoid run-ins with an established UK charity that’s shares the same name. It’s probably for the best anyway, because “Little Mix” is a lot easier for text voters to spell than “Rhythmix”.

Watch Little Mix celebrate their win with an emotional warble of Damien Rice‘s ‘Cannonball’ – their incredibly redundant and beige winner’s single. Shit, if I had known that this was what Syco had up their sleeves, I would’ve petitioned for these girls to cover Kate DeRaugo‘s stunning ‘Maybe Tonight’.


 
For those who have followed my UK X Factor posts, y’all know I stan hard for these bitches. Little Mix has been on-point from the very first live shows, effortlessly capturing our attention with their infectious energy and solid harmonies.

They were also most consistent in sticking with their artistic angle and brand. Regardless of the shifting weekly themes, these ladies always deliver a pop performance that doesn’t betray their style.

Little Mix‘s consistency was rewarded with consistent voting love so, they’ve thankfully never found themselves pegged as a Power Bottom Two act. Mind you, no act that has ever been in the bottom two had gone on to win the UK X Factor.

Who run the show? Girls.

There’s been an overwhelming amount of girls “puttin’ it down” in this year’s series – probably thanks in no small part to the independent woman energy Kelly Rowland and Tulisa‘s injecting into the game.

Now that the series has wrapped, it’s been revealed that Janet Devlin won the first four live show episodes where the public was allowed to vote. The waify-voiced singer reigned the hardest when she covered Elvis‘ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ (Love & Heartache week), Guns ‘N’ Roses‘ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ (Rock week), The Police‘s ‘Every Breath You Take’ (Halloween week) and Jackson 5‘s ‘I Want You Back’ (Club Classics week).

Amelia Lily‘s comeback performance in week six earned her the most votes and she did it again in week eight (Guilty Pleasures & Heroes week) with her dual cover of T’Pau‘s ‘China In Your Hand’ and Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Since U Been Gone’.

Misha B, although incredibly notorious and well-talked about, never won the most votes in any given week. The best she ever managed was coming second in week seven (Movies week) when she had her epic sob story and cover of Whitney‘s ‘I Have Nothing’.

Little Mix might’ve won the competition but the only week where they came out with the most public votes was in week seven (Movies week) when they did En Vogue‘s ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’, which will forever be known as their series defining moment.

Speaking of series defining moments, check out this year’s finalists (and one very special guest) performing a medley of 2011 dance/pop hits:


 
And of course, here are Feed Limmy‘s highlights of the 2011 UK X Factor series:

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X Factor UK: 2011 Semi Finals

I am aware that it’s the semi finals but can these bitches be trusted to choose their own songs? I don’t think so.

Look, the idea with this week’s double performance was to impose a Motown theme for the first set and with the last one, our final four would pick a song that they think will help them secure a place in the finals.

The Motown theme really complemented our final four to a tee and I have no complaints whatsoever with the performances in that category. It was energetic, joyful and for the most part – very Glee.

Correct me if I’m wrong but this is the first time in ages that we’ve seen the X Factor left with four young, energetic pop performers – am I right? There’s usually a vanilla balladeer up in these ranks but this series had shed its down-tempo divas Craig Colton and Janet Devlin in the last two weeks.

I am certain that the second “contestant’s choice” option was placed there as some kind of test of their artistic readiness and perhaps what kind of music Marcus Collins, Little Mix, Amelia Lily and Misha B see themselves making after the competition.

Results were less than satisfactory with Marcus Collins turning out basically the same Motown/funk-driven stompfest we’ve seen him do, not only earlier in the night, but for the past three or four weeks. The Liverpool hairdresser is a fave to take out the crown but after this week’s fizzer, I’m desperate to see him tweak the formula a little. Would it kill for Marcus to take a present day hit and give it a funk makeover rather than simply covering an old record as it was done decades ago?

Another front runner that tripped up a little this week was Little Mix, once again due to a flop song choice for their second performance. In this case, it wasn’t that we’ve heard it all before – it just wasn’t a very suitable or exciting choice.

Last week, the flawless four piece had a hit with Christina Aguilera‘s emotive ‘Beautiful’ and that has somehow given them this idea that they can now start assigning themselves big diva ballads. No, bitch. You are breaking from your brand. Beyoncé‘s ‘If I Were A Boy’ is bloody boring and it couldn’t be further from the fun, sassy and youthful Little Mix we’ve come to love.

Somehow Kelly Rowland‘s gurls – Misha B and Amelia Lily – came through with the right stuff this week, both not only nailing their respective Motown songs but also getting pretty close to perfection with their cover of pop/rock ballads by Pink and Avril Lavigne.

Take a look at the stand out performances of this year’s semi finals episode, why the judges are getting it twisted and, of course, the elimination we all saw coming:

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X Factor UK: Live Shows Week Eight

This is apparently the hour to come for them nanna votes. Now that Craig Colton has been dismissed and y’all are left with a Top 5 full of young guns pitching to today’s youthful pop market, who’s gonna entertain the middle-aged voters?

I’m just trying to find some way to justify the snoozefest song choices that were assigned this week because something don’t look right when you got Misha B doing ‘Killing Me Softly’ and Marcus Collins belting a piano-based Stevie Wonder ballad.

The final five acts served two performances this week – one being a “guilty pleasure” song choice and the other, a hit cover of their music “hero”. Everyone sensibly chose to showcase an uptempo and a ballad but only one act managed to hit the spot with both styles.

Tulisa‘s last remaining group – Little Mix – effortlessly owned the night with two youthful and relevant performances. It’s interesting to note that the only two acts left that have never been in the bottom two are Little Mix and Marcus Collins. I would not be surprised to see them both in the grand finals, alongside latest entry Amelia Lily.

Check out the highlights of this week’s live shows and why the Power Bottom Two was justified:

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