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.

Chart Feed

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 – 24.09.12

We’ve seen the charts light up like it was Christmas this month, thanks to the heavy flow of new albums taking over the shelves.

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For only the second time in history, the entire top six spots on the US Billboard 200 are filled with debut entries. Here in Australia, we have eight new albums scaling our ARIA Top 20, while over in the UK, they have six.

Y’all can obviously expect for it to get even more competitive in the coming months as all the strong sellers come out to play for your seasonal spendings.

This has been a good week for Pink, The Killers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West and – definitely more than ever – PSY, the K-pop icon responsible for ‘Gangnam Style’.

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Quick Feed: The Wanted, Christina Aguilera, Pink and Robbie Williams

Have The Wanted found another hit?

THE WANTED I FOUND YOU

If The Wanted is desperately seeking a second colossal hit, they might just find it in this Xerox copy of ‘Glad You Came’.

The British lads premiered their new single ‘I Found You’, which is produced by Steve Mac – the man behind virtually all their singles, on BBC radios yesterday.

Take a listen to it here:



Look, I wasn’t immediately impressed by ‘Glad You Came’ when I first heard it because I found it to be painfully repetitive. However, with ‘I Found You’, I think The Wanted have definitely made more of an effort to deliver moments.

The inferno of a falsetto they rocked in the chorus rekindles all kinds of warmth in my loins usually reserved for a Scissor Sisters party record. Then there’s the soulful belting at the 2:16 mark, which totally takes you to dance floor church.

‘I Found You’ drops on 4 November and the boys will release their third studio album next year.

Meanwhile, here in Australia, The Wanted‘s 10-track EP of singles and notable album tracks to date have yet to make an impact on our ARIA Top 100.

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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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The Wanted ‘Chasing The Sun’ Music Video

These lads would’ve sent their careers to death row if they foisted one of their lesser past singles in America. After the skyscraping success of ‘Glad You Came’ – let’s be real about it – you know there was nothing of equal or greater value worth following on that Battleground album.

‘Chasing The Sun’ is a brand new recording pulled out of the hat to sensibly sustain the TGIF-party energy these boys are starting to be known for around the world.

The song is co-written by British rapper Example and producer Alex Smith, who hemmed Olly Murs‘ UK #1 hit ‘Heart Skips A Beat’.

Sun smart.

The music video for ‘Chasing The Sun’ sees The Wanted resume work with Director X, who was responsible for their ‘Glad You Came’ and ‘Warzone’ clips. Conceptually, it has thankfully got more going for it than just endless reels of the lads schmoozing females at a bar.

The whole “contagious transference of that sun tattoo” could’ve been snatched and re-tooled from a safe sex ad campaign? I don’t know. You tell me. I thought it was a good, working concept to execute visually and it fit very well with the theme.

Wanted: new stylist.

There is still something plain uninspiring about the way these fellas are portrayed on film. It’s them same tired ass, Roger David casual wear we’ve clocked before – leather jacket, tee and jeans.

There’s a fine line with dressing popstars that attract the young females’ gaze. Pop music videos are always built on the premise of fantasy – it’s about wishing you looked that good, wishing you could sexually assault one of the band members in a nightclub toilet cubicle, and wishing you could take their nice clothes after you’re done.

Sure, ladies want The Wanted to look relatable – like they’re regular guys you’d date or flirt with at a bar. Teenage boys wanting to impress their girlfriends want to be able to copy these looks within their means (whatever is available at their local mall/affordable on a fast food wage allowance).

That would’ve been fine for The Wanted to cater to in their first two or three music videos, perhaps. But these guys really need to raise the bar and challenge this pedestrian look they’ve rocked for far too long. Start playing with new colours, new textures, new hair styles. There is such a scope to play with in men’s fashion these days without feeling like they need to stay on one editorial page to avoid clashing with One Direction.

I mean, fuck, bitch. I feel like I’m Gok Wan running some sort of emergency tutorial right here – so help me.

Watch The Wanted go ‘Chasing The Sun’:



Footnotes:

The Wanted‘s ‘Chasing The Sun’ is out now but will impact US mainstream radios on 15 May. It’s just one of two new recordings to surface on their seven-track North American EP, The Wanted, which features five past singles.

Chart Feed – 23.04.12

Carly Rae Jepsen, you can’t shake this bitch. Her mega pop hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ continues to reign on the Australian and UK singles chart, beating down heavyweights like Delta Goodrem and Florence + The Machine.

New albums by Kate Miller-HeidkeJason Mraz and Monica blow up the Australian, UK and US charts.

We trace the first imprints of The Voice Australia‘s impact on our ARIA Top 100 and look ahead to new releases from Reece MastinMaroon 5 and Alexandra Burke.

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