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Song of the day: Tove Lo- Habits

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The artist Tove Lo made her debut this year. She released an EP and an album, and she reached the charts with this song. It is the lead single from the EP and the album, ending up on number 3 in the US. She was the first artist from Sweden that charted since Ace of Base (with the Sign in 1994). After her own release, Hippie Sabotage came and sabotaged the song (meaning they made a remix) and released it. In this version, it would also reach the UK with a number 6 hit single. Enjoy

Tove Lo- Habits (Stay High)

Song of the day: Route 94- My Love

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Remember that I was talking about Jess Glynne, who debuted this year with Clean Bandit? She also appeared on the song My Love by Route 94, which made it to number 1 in the UK. The song makes you think about the eurodance from the nineties, and it has a kind of deep house sound over it. Enjoy

Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne- My Love

Song of the day: Meghan Trainor- All About That Bass

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Before 2014, there was hardly anyone who knew the music of Meghan Trainor. That changed with her song All About That Bass, which reached number 1 in both the UK and the US. The song was written in about 40 minutes and even the song-writers had not believed it would be a hit. Inspiration came from Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars) and Lollipop (the Cordettes), together with the problems of body image by Meghan Trainor. Alltogether a very good song, enjoy

Meghan Trainor- All About That Bass

Song of the day: Jason Mraz- Hello You Beautiful Thing

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Jason Mraz released his fifth studio album this year, named Yes! The song of the day is the third track of this album, and it is not an official single (as far as I know). Therefore, I could not find any chart positions. However, it’s a great song and it once more establishes Jason Mraz as a good singer, this time acoustic! Enjoy

Jason Mraz- Hello, You Beautiful Thing

Song of the day: Pitbull- Fireball

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This summer, Pitbull invited John Ryan to sing on one of his records, so they could enter the charts together. Well… they succeeded. The song went to number 23 in the US, number 49 in the UK and even to number 1 in the Netherlands. In the US, it has sold around 750 000 copies now! For John Ryan, this was his debut (though he has already written some songs). Enjoy and dance to

Pitbull & John Ryan- Fireball

R.I.P. 2014

2014 was a beautiful music year, but unfortunately we have lost some great singers on the way. Once more an ode to the ones who died.
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One of the first singers to die this year was Phil Everly, who was part of the Everly Brothers. He died on the third of January because of a lung disease, which followed his life of smoking. He was 74 years old, but will live on through his songs with his brother, who is still alive.

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Some weeks later, the folk and protest singer Pete Seeger died. Though Pete did not have success with the original versions of his songs, covers have reached the hit charts. The song Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season), which was sung by the Byrds and written by Pete Seeger, even hit number 1. Pete Seeger was 94 years old.

frankie-knucklesIn March, the Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles, passed away. He was famous for the song The Whistle Song, which laid the basis for house music. Only 59 years old, he died of diabetes.

Rik mayallIn June, several famous artists passed away. Rik Mayall, a member of the Young Ones, died on the 9th. He was mostly a comedian, but his work with the Young Ones brought him a hit, when they re-recorded Living Doll with Cliff Richard for charity.

gerry goffinOn the 19th of June, Gerry Goffin died at the age of 75. He was a songwriter, firstly for his wife, Carole King, but he wrote a lot of hits later: Will You Love Me Tomorrow, The Loco-Motion, and with some others Theme From Mahogany.

tommy-ramoneThe drummer of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, died at the age of 65 in July. A nice anekdote is that he had to, since no-one else wanted to do it. Apart for drumming some years, he also was one of the producers of the Ramones.

Lynsey_De_PaulOn the first of October, Lynsey de Paul died. There were some charting singles, but that’s not the main reason why I remember her. I remember her for playing songs between different parts of a Tommy Cooper show, and I thought she had a lovely voice.

Alvin_StardustAlvin Stardust also died this year. Mostly famous for his hit Pretend, but with quite some more hits, he passed away at the age of 72. He was still active in the music industry, though he did not release any new albums the last years (since 1989).

November brought us the death of Big Bank Hank. He was one of the rappers in the Sugarhill Gang. Much too young, he died at 58 this year.

joe cockerAnd only a few days ago, Joe Cocker died. He became really famous because of the hit Up Where We Belong, together with Jennifer Warnes, but his cover of the Beatles’ song With A Little Help From My Friends already established him in the sixties as a good singer. Hits like Unchain My Heart, You Can Leave Your Hat On and Summer In The City put his fame down in the eighties and the nineties.

An impressing list of good artists, who will live on in their music. May they rest in peace.

 

Song of the day: The Script- Superheroes

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Pop rock from Ireland! They have already had several hits, and their new album brought some more songs which are very good to us. Oneof them ended on number 3 in the UK and number 73 in the general US chart. Tastes differ… The song was written for all those heroes which don’t have a song (we can’t all be Superman, can we?). Enjoy

The Script- Superheroes

Song of the day: Gary Fomdeck- I’ll Be There This Christmas

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Firstly: Merry Christmas everybody!
Secondly: the song of the day. Actually, this song is a joke, which has become a bit too big… Every year, 3FM (a radio station) has an action for charity: Serious Request. One of the DJ’s, Gerard Ekdom, recorded a song in secret. No-one knew he was Gary Fomdeck, and so some radio stations started playing the song. And now it is number one in the Netherlands iTunes chart… Enjoy

Gary Fomdeck- I’ll Be There This Christmas

Song of the day: American Authors- Best Day Of My Life

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The group American Authors was unsuccessful, until they recorded this big hit. Originally it was a single, but they decided to put it on their third EP. They were mainly looking for the right sound, and found it in the African rhythms. The stuttering in l-i-i-ife was found in old records from David Bowie (Changes) and Buddy Holly (among others). It gave them place 11 in the US and number 17 in the UK. Enjoy

American Authors- Best Day Of My Life

Song of the day: London Grammar- Strong

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This probably was one of the surprises of the year. I can’t describe what the song sounds like, but I get goose bumps on my arms when I hear it. London Grammar are three persons, who make trip hop. The song made it to number 16 in the UK, and even to number 4 in Australia! Listen to

London Grammar- Strong