Leak Report: Nadine Coyle vs Kylie Minogue ‘Sweetest High/ Put Your Hands Up’

I don’t normally post about mash ups but this is just too good to pass up. It’s the kind of pop perfection you’d break a mash up fast for so roll up your sleeves and fasten your bibs.

So we all know Girls Aloud‘s prime warbler Nadine Coyle is on a mission to take over America right now and she has decided to bowl ’em over one gay night club at a time. The Derry queen decided that her ammunition should come in the form of a hi-camp 90s dance number – ‘Sweetest High’ – and while the dated production has divided fans, I can tell that the gays are living for it.

The club gigs generally render themselves to crafty mash ups and medleys but unlike Beyonce and her Destiny’s Child flashback set, Nuhdeen hasn’t the luxury of hitting up a Girls Aloud megamix to a receptive and knowing audience in America. What works is having a few slick and current mash ups tucked away under your garter belt.

Ms Coyle’s management has just uploaded two mash ups of ‘Sweetest High’ that are primed to set the clubs on fire.

Check out ‘Sweetest High’ vs Kylie‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ – this one is a revelation:


 

And here is ‘Sweetest High’ vs Rihanna‘s ‘S&M’. It is exactly like you imagined it to be:


 

Footnotes:

Are we gagging for more Nuhdeen club gigs, y’all? Somebody please order another round of that ferocity she was serving up at Splash.

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Leak Report: Nadine Coyle ‘Sweetest High’

On a scale of zero to ‘Beat of My Drum’, how do you rate Nuhdeen’s latest offering?

The Girls Aloud warbler is busy hot-wiring shit to give this solo career of hers a reboot and she’s convinced that this time around, it should take a dance route.

‘Sweetest High’ is the first taste of Nadine version 2.0 and while it’s not the high-octane racy dance stomper I had expected from glimpsing the cover art, it’s not utter rubbish either. Oh, what am I saying? The Derry queen has gone all 90s house on us and I can’t tell whether it’s even the right and relevant kind of 90s sound for today’s ears.

Check out ‘Sweetest High’ here:

 

I just can’t. Gurl, you sure you wanna crack America with something like this? If anything, it’s gonna end up soundtracking some painfully laissez-faire drag queen performance in Minnesota. I just know it.

Footnotes:

Nadine Coyle‘s ‘Sweetest High’ will be released in full today on iTunes worldwide.

Nadine Coyle relaunches solo career: “Nadine 2.0”

All new and improved, I take it?

Girls Aloud warbler Nadine Coyle is relaunching her solo career after a disastrous first run with Insatiable. Yes, we get it. The bitch sold like 117 CD singles in the first week. They weren’t exactly flying off the shelves at Tesco. The album flopped so hard, I felt truly sorry for her because while it wasn’t cutting edge or exciting – it really wasn’t that unbearable!

Last month, Nuhdeen announced that she’s cracking America with ‘Runnin’ as the lead single. Now she has tweeted this as some kind of teaser of a darker, more dance-oriented repackage? I am liking the ferocious video vixen image she’s going for here and even the slick oh-so early 00s Aaliyah logo.

Nadine 2.0 boasts a new recording ‘Sweeter High’ – written and produced by Nuhdeen, Vito Fun and Damian Major, the latter two are no strangers to the American DJ/club scene.

Footnotes:

All shall be revealed on 22 June. Stay tuned.

Chart Feed – 13.06.11

Adele has got the singles chart shook now with two Top 5 hits. Her second 21 single ‘Someone Like You’ was issued to Aussie radios last week and after much tugging on heart strings/ bursting into tears in the middle of the freeway/ sobbing quietly in your office cubicle – the song shoots to #4. Over on the Australian album charts, 21 and 19 bookend the Top 10 with the former ascending to #1 ending Gaga‘s two-week reign on top.

Nicola Roberts‘ debut solo single ‘Beat of My Drum’ enters at #27 in the UK, reportedly selling 12,851 first week copies. I mean, damn. The chart placement itself is simply too close to Nadine‘s flop single ‘Insatiable’ which came in at #26 last November but if you actually look at the sales figures, Nicola has evidently outsold her Irish bandmate. FYI: ‘Insatiable’ only managed to sell 117 physical copies and 2,439  first-week downloads. This is still not good enough, my British friends. Please take ‘Beat of My Drum’ higher.

I mean, let’s be real here. Nicola will never match the stratospheric figures of Cheryl‘s X Factor-promoted singles like ‘Promise This’ (157,210 first-week sales) and ‘Fight For This Love’ (292,000 first week sales). But it deserves to at least go Top 15.

Coldplay‘s comeback track ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ debuts at #6 in the UK and #14 in Australia. ‘Every Teardrop…’ is also the most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Over in the US, the single cracks the Billboard Hot 100 at #29, selling over 85,000 first-week copies. The band’s as yet untitled fifth studio album is still being finalised as we speak but they recently premiered five new tracks live at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival: ‘Hurts Like Heaven’, ‘Us Against The World’, ‘Charlie Brown’, ‘Princess of China’ and ‘Major Minus’. They might all make the cut, you’ll just have to wait and see.

Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ debuts at #29 in Australia this week while ‘Run The World (Girls)’ drops ten spots to #20. The track came in at #30 on our ARIA digital charts, making it the third most downloaded new single in Australia behind Coldplay‘s new one (#14) and Pitbull/Chris Brown‘s ‘International Love’ (#27). Over in the US, ‘Run The World (Girls)’ sinks to #55 after peaking at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week. Elsewhere, the stunning album track ‘1+1’ drops to #89 on the Billboard Hot 100.

‘Best Thing I Never Had’ debuts at #53 on the US Billboard R&B charts and #84 on the Hot 100. Surprisingly enough, the song is the second most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Alright, it’s all buzzing in the Beyhive now.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ soars to #3 in the UK this week, making it her third consecutive solo Top 3 smash there. OK, I didn’t think it could happen but bravo, mami. I’mma have to send her some flowers. Meanwhile, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is still in the Australian Top 20, now certified gold sales. The Killer Love album moves back up the UK charts to #22 but Australian and American fans are still hanging tight to see what we’ll get with the forthcoming US edition. Last time I checked, Killer Love is still slated for a 12 August release in Australia.

Seeker Lover Keeper – made up of unstoppable A-grade indie/pop artists Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann – sees their self-titled debut enter at #3 this week. It’s not only the highest selling Australian album here this week but also the biggest selling new entry. Given that the project is headed up by three established solo acts, Seeker Lover Keeper has launched three singles, each with their own video, featuring one of the girls as the lead singer. Could you see Young Divas doing something like that? Didn’t think so.

Watch one of their new videos ‘Light All My Lights’:

 

Cute, non? There’s a twist with the videos! Watch them all here.

Arctic Monkeys‘ long-awaited album Suck It and See debuts straight in at #1 in the UK and #4 in Australia this week. This is a good track record for the Monkeys, who is now the second band in UK history to have four consecutive studio albums debut at #1 there. The only other band to have accomplished the same feat is Keane. Best thing I’ve heard about the release so far was this laughable censorship bullshit going on in America. Apparently album title has been deemed “rude and disrespectful” by some major supermarket chains so they’re slapping a sticker over the cover. Yes, they’re really doing that

Kylie‘s Aphrodite shoots back up the charts to #14 this week as she continues to play shows around the country. Sydney and Brisbane have had their fix and splash. Tomorrow night is the first Melbourne show and I’m ready for you, mama. ‘Put Your Hands Up’ creeps into the ARIA singles chart at #50 this week. Boo, hiss etc.

Was there a fucking flash sale of some sort last week? Because it looks like a couple of the current bargain bin titles have re-entered or shot up the Top 50 this week. Check it out: The Script‘s Science & Faith, Ke$ha‘s Animal and Lady Gaga‘s The Fame all returned to the Top 30. Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D., Glee‘s Season One Volumes 1 and 2, Taylor Swift‘s Fearless, Taio Cruz‘s Rokstarr and Ronan Keating‘s 10 Years of Hits re-enter our Top 50. And yet, no sign of Erika Heynatz‘s album – what is wrong with this country?

The Potbelleez‘s new album Destination Now is now out of the Top 20 after debuting at #17 last week. The record slips to #26 but looking at all the major international artists they are fighting chart space with, I really don’t think Destination Now can reign very much longer just on the leg of ‘From the Music’. ‘Hello’ was a major smash but gawd, that felt like a lifetime ago. It’ll be interesting to see what they’ll pick for the fourth single. Anyone care to nominate a fave?

Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ soars to #23 in Australia. Yes, it is catching on as planned. Well done. Meanwhile, Sneaky Sound System‘s new single ‘We Love’ debuts at #20 on the Aussie dance charts. What is not to love about this song? It sounds like a cheeky Kelis‘ summer jam. Take a look at the cheeky video:

 

Calvin Harris‘ new single ‘Bounce’ featuringKelis cracks our Australian club charts at #32 this week. I like it as it is. It’s actually pretty decent music to clean your room to but I imagine there’d be several completely sick’ning remixes reserved for the dance floor. Report back if you’ve heard anything.

The Saturdays‘Notorious’ continues to travel south of the UK charts but how’s this for a marvelous twist? Their next single ‘All Fired Up’ is produced by Xenomania – the hit factory behind Girls Aloud‘s discography – and Space Cowboy (Lady Gaga circa The Fame). This should be delicious. Will they be Xenomania’s new girl band muse? ‘Notorious’ drops to #33 in the UK this week. The gang just announced arena tour dates around the UK over December. Umm, they’re doing Wembley. Should we be worried?

Wonderland‘s debut self-titled album enters at #8 while their new single ‘Starlight’ breaks in at #57 in the UK this week. I wish they were more memorable. Really, I do. Wonderland is basically the brainchild of X Factor judge/industry heavyweight Louis Walsh and Westlife‘s Kian Egan – think: bankable style of Taylor Swift country pop done by five gorgeous girls. Care to invest?

Check out their latest offering ‘Starlight’ and tell me if you like:

 

Y’know, gotta give props where props are due. This was a tough week to launch your record – not only were you up against the unwavering forces of Adele and Gaga, but there were six other new entries in the UK Top 20 this week. Wonderland has done pretty well to be the fourth best selling new album.

Paramore‘s new single ‘Monster’ debuts at #21 in the UK this week. Other new and exciting movers include The Wombats‘ fourth Modern Glitch single ‘Techno Fan’ going from #100 to #60, LMFAO and Natalia Kills‘ ‘Champagne Showers’ debuting at #71, and Josh Groban‘s ‘To Where You Are’ entering at #53. Yeah, we got love for The Grober here.

Martin Solveig and Dragonette‘s ‘Hello’ is finally going mainstream in America. The single has already reigned hard and vacated the throne in most territories but now that the song is featured in a random commercial and promos for Zooey Deschanel‘s TV show New Girl, things are starting to heat up on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘Hello’ moves to a new peak of #46 there this week. The song has already spent four weeks at #1 on the American dance airplay charts.

Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way spends its second week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 despite reports of an 84% drop in second-week sales. Maybe this was why will.i.am felt the need to tweet-endorse the record yesterday? It has been widely speculated that Adele‘s 21 will reclaim the top spot. If she does, it’ll be the album’s tenth non-consecutive week on top of the Billboard charts. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ remains at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Into You’ creeps back up the Billboard Hot 100 to #96 this week. It’s interesting to note its slow progress but turns out, the song hasn’t actually been serviced to American mainstream radios. According to The Prophet Blog, Def Jam pulled back the radio impact date because ‘On The Floor’ was still going hard. ‘I’m Into You’ is set to hit US Mainstream/Top 40 radios on 14 June. We might start seeing some proper chart action after.

Have you clocked mami ending careers with her So You Think You Can Dance performance?:

 

Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ spends its second week on top of the US R&B charts. The gorgeous diva is now confident enough to bring her album release date forward so mark your calendars, Here I Am is expected to arrive in America on 26 July. Yes, kids. Just a month after Queen B drops 4. Michelle, gurl, you ready? We got August all clear for you.

Chart snack of the week:

Major Lazer‘s ‘Pon De Floor’ is back in fashion thanks to Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World (Girls)’ giving it a second wind. The track is currently at #104 on our Australian iTunes. It’s a current fave on my strut playlist and let me tell you, you better give the council a call because when I come through, I’m tearing up the pavement with this track.

Nadine Coyle announces US single: ‘Runnin’

This scheming bitch really deserves a round of applause for her impeccable timing.

Your band mate makes headlines world over getting sacked from a lucrative US X Factor gig and you put up a link on Twitter hours later announcing your plans to crack America? Nuhdeen, you are comedy.

After the disastrous floppage of her actually decent debut album Insatiable, Nadine Coyle promptly dismissed her management team and delayed the release of her second UK single ‘Put Your Hands Up’. Just when you thought the project was steadily being lowered six feet under, out comes news of an American crossover.

‘Runnin’ will now serve as her debut US single and the Derry queen is set on pitching it to the clubs. She’s currently working on the remixes with DJ/producers Vito Fun and Damian Major.

The dance route seems like a sensible and accessible entry level for the Girls Aloud vixen. She’s already got her foot through the door when Armin Van Buuren remixed ‘Put Your Hands Up’ and interestingly enough, included it on his recent trance compilation. Mind you, it was the only pop track to make the compilation.

Better yet, I’m overjoyed with the single choice because ‘Runnin’ has always been a favourite of mine. A classy, well-manicured mid-tempo with elements of late 80s pop beats. Good luck, lady.

Take a listen to the track here:

 

Footnotes:

Stay tuned for an official US date for ‘Runnin’ and its accompanying remixes.

Feed Limmy’s Top 30 Albums of 2010: #30 – #21

Run and tell somebody.

The Feed Limmy Albums of 2010 is now upon us, ranking my favourite and most defining LPs of the year. We’re waddling in a digital age where consumers are more inclined to purchase individual tracks than to endure an entire album with only a handful of favourites.

And with that comes, what I would expect to be, a pressing need for artists to get it right and craft the strongest and most cohesive album possible. Here’s a picking of 2010 albums and EPs that have made an impression on me and earned the Feed Limmy stamp of approval.

Check on our first ten:

#30 – 8bit Heart by Simon Curtis

Imagine a fizzy fusion of N*Sync pop with Britney‘s Bloodshy & Avant sessions.
Key tracks: ‘Diablo’ and ‘Joystick’.

#29 – Insatiable by Nadine Coyle

An acceptable blend of styles, carefully tailored to reflect the Girls Aloud warbler’s sonic preference.
Key tracks: ‘Runnin’, ‘Chained’, ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Put Your Hands Up’.

#28 – No Gravity by Shontelle

The Barbadian singer’s reinvention and commercial awakening begins here.
Key tracks: ‘Perfect Nightmare’, ‘Impossible’ and ‘Take Ova’.

#27 – Pulse by Toni Braxton

Vocals like suede, draped elegantly over a collection of contemporary R&B ballads. Purpose served.
Key tracks: ‘Yesterday’, ‘Make My Heart’ and ‘Why Won’t You Love Me?’

#26 – Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

Even the hipsters can’t help but give in to this indulgent serving of guilty pleasure pop.
Key tracks: ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘The One That Got Away’ and ‘Firework’.

#25 – Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree by Diana Vickers

A mix of youthful pop and enchanting ballads perfectly tailored for the X Factor alumni’s waify vocals.
Key tracks: ‘Once’, ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’ and ‘Numb’.

#24 – Still Standing by Monica

A soulful and relevant return to form for R&B goddess Mo.
Key tracks: ‘Still Standing’, ‘Love All Over Me’, ‘One In A Lifetime’ and ‘Believing In Me’.

#23 – Illumination by Miami Horror

To me, this is what summery dance music is in 2010.
Key tracks: ‘Holidays’ and ‘Imagination’.

#22 – Introduction by Florrie

Fun, chic and effortlessly cool – this is only the beginning.
Key tracks: ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Left Too Late’

#21 – Up From Below by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

My lazy Sunday arvo soundtrack, especially on days where I’m nursing a hangover.
Key tracks: ‘Home’, ‘Janglin’ and ‘Simplest Love’.

Footnotes:

Check out Feed Limmy’s Songs of 2010: #30 – #21.

Keep your ears to the ground and hand on your heart for the #20 – #11 of our songs and albums of 2010.

Chart Feed – 15.11.10

Jessica Mauboy‘s Sasha Fierce-tripping Get Em Girls album sold over 4100 first-week copies to debut at #6 here this week. I don’t know about ya’ll but I’d be happy with that. Given that Australia discreetly fobbed off the first single and is only catching wind of ‘Saturday Night’ now – you can’t expect the record to be a shoo-in chart topper. The new single ‘Saturday Night’ debuts at #20 on the digital charts this week.

Sia finally has a Aussie Top 20 hit to her name! Pop the champagne and crap your pants for ‘Clap Your Hands’ breaking ground at #17 this week. The previous single ‘You’ve Changed’ only managed to lurk at #31 here back in January. Elsewhere her cover of The Pretenders‘ ‘I Go To Sleep’ (previously released on her Some People Have Real Problems LP) has started charting at #32 this week.

Black Eyed Peas has the highest charting new single in Australia this week with ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’ debuting at #10. Fergie – see also: Billboard‘s 2010 Woman of The Year [Editor’s note: a little belated for The Dutchess, isn’t it?] – has announced that she’s fully committed to the BEP project now with no plans for another solo record in the near future. The Peas will drop The Beginning next Friday.

Jason DeRulo‘s ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ took off charting at #24 here this week. I know he got his headset on and twirled his way around our X Factor stage but nobody cares. We’ve had the album for eight months, marinated with the track for just as long – the novelty’s gone. This explains why more pop artists are inclined to drop new recordings for singles number three/four these days instead of simply electing album tracks everyone’s already bored with.

Glee Cast‘s fangurl baiting [Editor’s note: so the gays tell us] cover of ‘Teenage Dream’ debuts at #35 in Australia this week.

Susan Boyle almost had this one in the bag. According to Auspop, Simon Cowell‘s seasonal cash bovine was leading the album sales until Bon Jovi‘s Greatest Hits overtook her half-way through the week. The race ended with Bon Jovi topping the charts here with over 14,400 copies sold and SuBo‘s The Gift riding closely behind with over 14,160 sales.

Haters gonna hate but SuBo‘s still the real winner here with her I Dreamed A Dream album re-entering at #20 this week. Elsewhere, The Gift debuts at #1 UK and we’ll have to wait ’til Wednesday to see how she fares in the States.

Sarah McLeod‘s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ is one of the biggest movers and shakers on the club charts this week. The Bruce Springsteen cover and accompanying remixes leapt from #35 to #11 here and if Sairs is setting up some kind of litmus test, all signs point to “YES. DROP THE MADNESS NOW.”

“That Rihanna reign just won’t let up!” ‘Only Girl In The World’ is still clinging tight to #1 in the UK this week, painfully cock blocking the new Take That single. ‘The Flood’ managed to draw tidal sales of 69,484 first-week copies to debut at #2 but it’s still a pretty huge gap from RiRi, who’s churning over 93,426 copies in its third week out.

Shayne Ward‘s comeback single ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ only managed a #12 debut in the UK this week. The tireless mignons at Syco Records have only just finished cleaning up after Joe McElderry‘s chart splatter and here comes another. Poor lads.

Nadine Coyle doesn’t give a fuck about chart positions so don’t bother tweeting her your condolences. She’s all about the big picture, haven’t you heard? The poor Girls Aloud warbler is probably consoling herself with a pint down at The Irish Mist now after learning that her Insatiable album debuted at a  shocking #47 this week. Meanwhile, the title single slides from #26 to #50 in the UK.

Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Better Than Today’ started charting at #67 in the UK this week. This is purely off the back of last week’s X Factor performance and you know what, the official single release date hasn’t even been confirmed yet. This is just a quick wave to let us know she’s still kicking after her last single – ‘Get Out of My Way’ – failed to stick around. Expect promo to kick into turbo drive in February when her Les Folies tour begins.

Mariah Carey sold over 56,000 copies of her new seasonal release – Merry Christmas II You – to debut at #4 in the US this week. Billboard reports that the first-week sales here topped that of Ma Mimi‘s iconic Merry Christmas album 16 years ago, which only sold 45,000 copies in America back then. Mariah recently told USA Today that she’s filmed a video for ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ so brace yourselves for another gawdy Mimi promo.

N.E.R.D sees their brand new album Nothing come in at #21 in the US this week. It’s a crazy time of the year for any new studio album – you’re essentially pitting new, unfamiliar material with the bankable greatest hits collections and Christmas choons. Good luck to those purveying new material without a massive hype drive.

Ke$ha‘s ‘Sleazy’ has started charting at #51 in the US. The glitter monger has been steadily releasing new tracks every week in the lead up to the Cannibal EP drop. The title track and ‘Blow’ are the latest to surface online.