Feed Limmy Albums of 2012: #10 – #1

Are these really my Top 10 albums of 2012? I mean, over the last 12 months I’ve been making mental notes of LPs I’ve come across that really stood out to me as Top 10 material but it wasn’t until I started ranking them that it sank in how much I’ve enjoyed, learned from, and connected with each one of them in different parts of the year.

Top 10 albums of 2012

2012 has been a really special year for me and one I’ll probably look back on as the year I chose to be happy. I’ve never consciously thought about happiness as being something I choose to attain or achieve for myself. I had always expected for happiness to simply happen as a reaction to something.

I’ve had the pleasure of travelling overseas by myself for the first time this year, I’ve met and hung out with some awesome people in London, Paris, Brisbane and here back home in Melbourne. Making the move to breakfast radio and receiving a broadcasting award from the station after five years on air was such a surprise and delightful moment of validation. I felt my confidence come back to me, not as it was before I lost it, but in a new and slightly more bulletproof form. I was excited by change, I was opening myself to new experiences and beneath all these experiences, the music never stopped.

Although it has been a year of playlists and tailoring my own listening experiences, I’ve been really inspired by a handful of artists who have come through with really good albums. These Top 10 albums of 2012 have all inspired me and my personal exploration as a songwriter and artist (it still feels weird for me to refer to myself as a singer even though I know I can sing. I am not ready for the pressure of being a ‘singer’). There are glossy pop albums here, creative projects that opened me up to new styles and influences, and grand singer/songwriter albums.

As much as I love blogging about music, I’m really excited to explore the possibilities of being an artist myself and that’s pretty much what I’m gonna focus my time and energy on in the new year. Friends, you gotta follow your bliss.

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Chart Feed – 01.10.12

“Oppa gangnam style!” *drops the beat*

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You know when your parents start to recognise a internet viral music video that it’s well and truly time for everyone else to move on.

It has been a tremendous week for K-pop sensation PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’, not only is it officially the most ‘liked’ video in the history of the internet – the track has also successfully topped the Australian and UK charts to become the first Korean pop single to do so.

Its crossover chart success in the Western market is just mind-blowing, no doubt bringing a whole lot of national pride for South Koreans everywhere.

Elsewhere, it has also been a great week for Pink, Mumford and Sons, Conor Maynard, Brandy and Christina “I think you already know my weight!” Aguilera.

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Chart Feed – 27.08.12

Success comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, on local levels and global fronts. Some just seem to want a piece of it in every market.

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It has been a very good week for overachievers Bloc Party and Taylor Swift, as well as Birdy, Ricki-Lee, and Brandy. Also, find out where new releases from Owl City, Aiden Grimshaw and David Guetta land.

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Chart Feed – 13.08.12

The Olympic Games is doing nothing to stimulate Britain’s album buying habits as the nation hits its lowest weekly album sales in 16 years. Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk has returned to #1 on the UK charts with just over 9,500 copies sold – making it the lowest weekly sale for a UK #1 album in the 21st century.

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Elsewhere, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips scores big on the digital charts thanks to a placement in NBC’s Olympic broadcast, the Pet Shop Boys cops a chart fail with ‘Winner’, and J.Lo now ties with Katy Perry for most consecutive US #1 dance/club play singles.

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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.

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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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2011 Brit Awards Nominees

I’m struggling to get it up for this.

The Brit Awards simply hasn’t had the same summer sheen since Girls Aloud graced us with their last glorious peformance and claimed one for ‘The Promise’.

In any case, this year’s list of nominees should be of some chin-stroking interest to you pop music observers.

Get ready for a full blown bonanza with Take That, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Plan B confirmed to perform at the awards show on 15 February.

The Brits will go live a mere two days after the Grammy’s which will feature performances from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Eminem and Cee Lo Green (who pulled out of his Aussie Good Vibrations festival appearance in favour of this understandably cooler gig).

Here’s the list of 2011 Brit Awards nominees:

British Female Solo Artist

Cheryl Cole
Ellie Goulding
Paloma Faith
Rumer
Laura Marling

British Male Solo Artist

Tinie Tempah
Mark Ronson
Plan B
Robert Plant
Paul Weller

British Group

Take That
Gorillaz
Mumford & Sons
The xx
Biffy Clyro

British Breakthrough Act

Tinie Tempah
Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons
Rumer
The xx

British Single

Alexandra Burke feat. Pitbull ‘All Night Long’
Cheryl Cole ‘Parachute’
Matt Cardle ‘When We Collide’
Olly Murs ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’
Florence + The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
Taio Cruz ‘Dynamite’
Plan B ‘She Said’
Tinie Tempah ‘Pass Out’
The Wanted ‘All Time Low’
Scouting For Girls ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’

British Album

Take That Progress
Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy
The xx xx
Mumford & Sons Sigh No More

International Female Solo Artist

Robyn
Kylie Minogue
Rihanna
Katy Perry
Alicia Keys

International Male Solo Artist

Kanye West
David Guetta
Eminem
Cee Lo Green
Bruce Springsteen

International Group

Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Arcade Fire
The Script
Vampire Weekend

International Album

Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown
Eminem Recovery
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Arcade Fire The Suburbs

British Producer

Stuart Price (Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Take That)
John Leckie (Radiohead, The Corals)
Markus Dravs (Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire)
Mike Pela (Maxwell)
Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright)

Footnotes:

The 2011 Brit Awards will be held at London’s O2 arena on 15 February and it will be hosted by young actor James Corden

Who are your picks to take the cake?

Paloma Faith ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ Video

You didn’t need to tag this as a Sophie Muller video for us to get it. The director’s signature zoom shots spoke for itself in the first five seconds.

Smoky-voiced chanteuse Paloma Faith may have moved on to writing her second album now but her label’s still flogging her hugely successful debut: Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful?

Cue single number five – actually, six if you consider the re-release of ‘New York’ avec Ghostface Killah – ‘Smoke & Mirrors’. The track has always been an album favourite of mine and naturally, the concept of a magic show was encoded in its DNA.

Here’s three highlights from Paloma and Sophie‘s ‘Smoke & Mirrors’:

1) Paloma has perfected the get-me-the-fark-outta-here look.

Here she plays a magician’s assistant who could not have expressed her ennui in a more subtle way.

2) Showgirls shouldn’t have to work.

Finally, someone who feels my pain. Can you imagine the drama of fitting a call centre headset with one of these?

3) The similarities to ‘Today The Sun’s On Us’.

Check the other stunning Sophie Muller-directed promo – Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s ‘Today The Sun’s On Us’. The same bird coos were used in the opening and closing sequences. Zing!