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Ellie Goulding tops BBC Sound of 2010 poll

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Ellie Goulding

No great surprises here – folky-synth popper and critics’ darling Ellie Goulding has taken the number one spot on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll.

The unassuming 22-year-old has been impressing industry types for a while with her acoustic ditties but was inspired to ‘dance it up’ a bit after hanging out with Frankmusik. It’s a move that seems to have paid off.

The crown was previously held by Little Boots, though it proved to be something of a poisoned chalice as last year’s list also raved about La Roux, Lady GaGa, Florence and the Machine and White Lies, all of whom enjoyed greater success than Boots.

It’ll be interesting to see how Ellie fares this year, but we have a feeling she’ll be bigger than the other artists on the longlist: Daisy Dares You, Delphic, Devlin, The Drums, Everything Everything, Giggs, Gold Panda, Hurts, Joy Orbison, Marina and the Diamonds, Owl City, Rox, Stornaway and Two Door Cinema Club.

There’s some truly awful band names in there, readers. If you’re in a band, our advice would be: ‘For goodness sake don’t have a crap band name.’

Check out Ellie’s ‘Under The Sheets‘ video if you’ve not already – unfortunately we can’t embed it. Boo!

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WAPS Presents The 50 Greatest Pop Songs Of 2009!

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

It’s been a busy year in pop, and WAPS has been delighted to guide you through it!

Looking back over our articles prompted us to compile a rundown of 2009’s best pop songs – you know, because there really aren’t enough lists flying around at the moment…and with this in mind, we whittled a shortlist of almost 200 tracks down to 50. There were arguments, believe us, but here they are.

We hope you’ll agree that our selection represents the year in pop rather well, and we apologise if your favourite song or artist fell by the wayside. The list is presented in alphabetical order by artist because we think each track is equally important (not very scientific, but there you go.)

Finally, to celebrate our Top 50, Nokia Music have generously supplied us with two vouchers – worth 50 songs each! – which we are giving away to two lucky readers (one per winner). If you’re a winner you could download our entire Top 50 from the Nokia music store – or 50 entirely different tracks, the choice is yours!

To be in with a chance of winning*, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us your favourite track of 2009 and why you love it. The winners will be selected at random.

* Nokia Music Store is only supported on PC with Internet Explorer. Prize draw open only to UK residents. Competition closes at 31st December 2009. Terms and conditions apply.

Alexandra Burke ft Flo Rida – Bad Boys

With the public behind her and celebrity backing from Beyonce, X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke couldn’t go wrong with her first ‘proper’ single, ‘Bad Boys’ -and yet for some curious reason Flo Rida was roped in for a cameo. If you’re reading, Flo, she’s not called Alexander. Mispronunciation-issues aside, ‘Bad Boys’ was a pop song you couldn’t help but bounce along to. Swanky video, too.

Alphabeat – The Spell

Exuberant Danish pop group Alphabeat bounced back from label limbo with their strongest single to date. ‘The Spell‘ was an irresistible take on early 90s dance acts such as Black Box and Snap, but sadly failed to translate into mega chart succes

Beyonce – Halo

Although ‘Halo‘ pretty much marked the point that Ryan ‘One Republic’ Tedder’s sound became overly familiar to the world and his wife, nobody minded because the sound was coming from Beyonce. Emotional pop of the highest order.

Beyonce – Sweet Dreams
A ferocious slab of electropop that showed Beyonce – sorry Sasha Fierce – at her most deadly. Ms Knowles stole the show with her rendition of this single at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

WAPS declared BEP’s ‘Boom Boom Pow‘ almost unlistenable the first time round, yet by the end of the summer it was rarely off our ipods. A bizarre dancefest of epic proportions that kickstarted six months of world domination from the Peas.

Britney Spears – 3

An odd year for Britney – her ‘Circus’ tour ran to 97 dates and made millions, while its star released a series of increasingly lackluster singles that she failed to promote. ‘3‘ was the only new one, and was intended to showcase her frankly unnecessary ‘Singles Collection’. The pervy ode to threesomes divided fans, but WAPS loved it.

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone

Scottish producer/electro-bod Calvin Harris was unavoidable in 2009, and unfortunately so were his vocals – but his refusal to hire a guest vocalist didn’t stop ‘I’m Not Alone’ from storming to the top. His mega-wacky Jedward stage-invasion, however, may yet become his defining career moment. D’oh.

Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love

What is there to say about Cheryl Cole that you haven’t heard already? How about: ‘Fight For This Love‘ is actually brilliant and deserved to be a number one smash. It also resulted in one of the best X Factor performances of the year. Shame her album’s a bit ropey, but hasn’t she got lovely hair?


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Little Boots ‘Earthquake’ (video)

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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WAPS has been a big fan of Little Boots‘ ‘Earthquake’ ever since we heard a demo version earlier this year. As we had hoped, the song is now getting a well-deserved single release.

Thoughts on the video?

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Little Boots covers ‘Running Up That Hill’

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

First MPHO and now Little Boots – everyone’s queuing up again to cover Kate Bush’s 1985 classic ‘Running Up That Hill (Deal With God)‘. Placebo, of course, released their interpretation a few years ago.

Which version do you prefer?

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Sean Kingston ‘Fire Burning’ (Video)

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

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Hmmm. If you read down a bit you’ll see that we’ve discussed Little Boots‘ new single ‘Remedy’ – and how it really needs to be a hit for her. Unluckily for Boots, Sean Kingston is back with ‘Remedy’-soundalike ‘Fire Burning’, and he’s probably going to have the bigger song…

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