Sunday, 29 April 2012

Top Of The Charts Update

Dear me, why has it been so hard to find time to blog recently? I am sorry about the lack of activity but I'm always here for your Chart update :P
It's not just the blog that has been quiet this week, seems like we have only one new song in the Charts; Calvin Harris with 'Let's Go' coming in at number two.
The re-entry front hasn't been as quiet however, and we have some golden tunes coming back into our lives :P
Firstly, we have Stereophonics coming back with 'Dakota' at number twenty nine. Then, The Fray with 'How To Save A Life' at number thirty four (An amazing tune that I am ashamed to say I had forgotten about till now) and it also means it has spent an amazing 113 weeks in the charts. Not as long as Kings Of Leon with 'Use Somebody' meaning it has spend a whopping 139 weeks in the charts. Just goes to show how songs can stick with people if they are good enough.
Through the lack of activity this week, we have only lost a few songs from our top 40. However we have still lost some; Birdy with 'Skinny Love', Train with 'Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)', Labrinth with 'Last Time', Plan B with 'iLL Manors', Breathe Carolina with 'Blackout' (one of my favourites :S) and finally DJ Fresh with 'Hot Right Now' have all sadly gone from the top 40 but won't leave our playlists anytime soon :P

Thursday, 26 April 2012

New Music Of The Week Feature

Okay so I have had a lot of glitches with the not-so reliable laptop recently, and have gone to do this weeks feature only to find that it was a review saved on the page instead so apologies my friends :) so now who should have been the music of the week. 
JR Aquino is an amazing artist, I don't know if any of you have heard of him but if you haven't and love the acoustic feel to songs definitely check him out as you will probably instantly fall in love with his style just as I did.
Only one link to my favourite song of his but there is a link to his Youtube channel where you can find tonnes of stuff :) Enjoy.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Music And Madness Update

Music and Madness is going Link crazy! :P From this moment on, all of the charts will have links directly to all of the songs so you can just click and go straight to it. Easy huh?
Also the updates will have links as well as the reviews so you can get all the juicy bits. :D.
Also... watch this space because there are big plans for a madness make over :P
Top Of The Charts Update

Wow, another week. Another update....
And now for the first time with the charts, all you have to do is click on the song and you get directed straight to it. :P Making it even easier to listen to them all.
Firstly, Carly Ray Jepsen is still rocking number one with 'Call Me Maybe'.
A lot of fairly different types of music making their way into the charts this week, Conor Maynard starting out at number two with 'Can't Say No'  and I can't say no to loving this song. :P B.o.B is back and feeling 'So Good' at Number Seven. Marina & The Diamonds have a rather light feeling track called 'Primadonna' at number eleven. Then Train come out with another hit called 'Drive By' at a respectable number fourteen.  Then last but definitely not least, Linkin Park grace the charts with 'Burn It Down'
Only one re-entry this week, Birdy with 'Skinny Love' coming back at number twenty eight and having a huge 57 weeks in the chart, that knocks Christina Perri off the scale (Sorry Christina :P)
Again we have dropped some from the charts, so take a moment to look through these and maybe even have a little listen to them :P

First, Alexandra Burke with 'Elephant'Labrinth with 'Earthquake'Wheatus with 'Teenage Dirtbag',  Ed Sheeran with 'Drunk', Coldplay with 'Paradise' and finally Beyonce with 'End Of Time' have all gone from the top forty, but watch out because they may be back :P

Saturday, 21 April 2012

REVIEW: Cover Drive - Bajan Style CD

One of the latest trend groups, with their first CD out.

(Casually covered in paint for a photo shoot)

We all know and love (Well I love at least :P) one of their hits 'Twilight' which was number one on the charts for four weeks :) as well as their other single 'Lick Ya Down' which also made it into the charts. Now we have more of the Cover Drive to look forward to.
Their new Single from the album is called 'Sparks' and is pretty awesome, typical R&B to Pop style but still a very catchy tune. (Something which Cover Drive seem to create very well with the songs they produce).
These four have done extremely well in such a short period of time and their music gives us tunes to dance around our rooms to, this CD is the ultimate feel good collection.
The album Bajan Style is out on 7th May 2012, if you want to pre-order it you can on the link below 

REVIEW: Anathema - Weather Systems CD

Anathema isn't a band I have really heard a lot from, their earlier work was very death metal, but they developed so much since 1990.

(Very natural picture of the band, with )

I have listened to quite a few tracks off this album and I can't help but feel so relaxed. The song 'Internal Landscape' has so much meaning behind it, and the speech at the start really gets to you. It's rare that I find an album that you can really feel the emotion through but I believe this album really does it, and I have to really credit Anathema for the way they have put themselves into this album.
Its amazing to listen back to 'Serenades' which was their first album from 1993 and see the transformation from then to now, but they have done so well to transform an still make amazing music like 'Lightning Song', so quite and peaceful to hear. There are only nine songs on the album but it is really worth a listen and you know what they say; its quality not quantity.
The album 'Weather Systems' is available to buy now, if you wish to buy it you can find it on the link below.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

REVIEW: Micture Project Music

Okay guys so I know I have been kind of slack with the reviews but I'm back with plenty more for you.
Love it when you come across new music and they can be found anywhere, :) This band has a really good mixture of styles going on here.

(Picture from their Facebook page which is linked below)

Their influences range from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Disturbed to Eminem which makes their sound appealing to many different people, and being a crossover band gives them their own unique twist. Starting back in 2009, they have really grown not only in numbers but in style too; developing their sound further to make it what is is today. They have a Youtube channel up and running which you should check out, get a feel for the music and have a Facebook page so you can show your support.
I love their song 'Rewind' right now (Click it to check out the tune :P)
Here is their Youtube channel where you can check out their work and subscribe for more updates
Like them on Facebook and share the love :)
Keep checking back, We hope to see this band go far.
You can even show your support by Rating them 5 stars to give them a shot at touring with 'Redbull', just click on the link below and click all five stars. :P its that easy

Monday, 16 April 2012

Top Of The Charts Update

May be a day late but let me tell you it is worth it.
Don't you just love it when it comes to the start of the new week, not because the weekend is over (I know we all hate that :P) But because you get to hear all of the new tracks in the charts over the radio and we have tonnes this week.
Nine new songs in the charts, must be our lucky week; To start with we have Justin Bieber in with 'Boyfriend' at number two, then Usher with 'Climax' at number four. Doing well so far for their first week. Then there is fun. with 'We are Young' at number seven and straight after we have Sway with 'Level Up' at number eight. Down at number twenty one, we have one of my personal favourites (Again another one I am surprised hasn't been in the top charts sooner) Breathe Carolina with 'Blackout'. Jessie J at number twenty six with 'Laserlight' and I really hope this goes up further :). At twenty seven John Legend brings us 'Ordinary People'. At thirty five Train comes in with 'Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)'. Then last but not least, Alex Clare with 'Too Close' at thirty seven.
You know what this means, some of the songs that lit up last week have been dropped. Alex Day with 'Lady Godiva' after just one week in the charts. Rihanna with 'Talk That Talk', You Me At Six with 'The Swarm', Coldplay with 'Charlie Brown', Olly Murs with 'Dance With Me Tonight', Flo Rida with 'Good Feeling', Ed Sheeran with 'Lego House', Stooshie with 'Love Me', Alyssa Reid with 'Alone Again' and Maroon 5 with 'Moves Like Jagger' have all gone from the charts, but I'm sure most will still venture onto our playlist.
Only one Re-entry this week, Wheatus with 'Teenage Dirtbag' now bringing it up to spending twenty eight weeks in the charts.
Long Review this week but a lot has happened, if you want to check out the full charts go to the page above Top Of The Charts

Monday, 9 April 2012

Music And Madness Update

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REVIEW: Jason Mraz - Love Is A Four Letter Word CD

Fourth album, and all the fans will be pleased with this one. :P

(Looks so laid back, and tasty :P)

Jason Mraz first appealed to me when I heard his probably most well known song 'I'm Yours', and I fell for his voice which is so soft. Now we have more of his voice to enjoy with his new album.
Some of you may have already heard the single from his latest album 'Love Is A Four Letter Word' which is called 'I Won't Give Up', which I find to be such a touching song. You find that with a lot of his work; that they have meaning behind them.
The original release date was originally the 8th May 2012, so lucky us for being able to get it earlier :P
The track list is now up and it won't be too long to wait until we can get this to listen to, we even have Inara George featuring on one of his tracks called 'Be Honest'.
The album 'Love Is A Four Letter Word' is due to be released on 16th April 2012, if you want to pre-order it you can on the link below

REVIEW: Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix CD

Their back, and they are louder than ever.

(Jack Black and Kyle Gass posing Rocker style)

Many people share a lot of love for Tenacious D and their wacky ways, and they are back again for their third album.
Although the track list hasn't been released yet it doesn't take a genius to know that this one will not disappoint. It is only a shame that they always wait so long to release an album. Their comedy rock lightens the mood for anyone and there aren't many that don't know of their music.
They have been going in 1999 and are still producing songs that please their many fans
Updates will come as soon as possible when I can find the track list.
The album 'Rize Of The Fenix' is due for release on the 14th May, if you would like to pre-order the album you can find it on the link below.
REVIEW: Mars Volta - Noctourniquet CD

Their music is very different to what I am used to.

(These men create some very rare styles of music)

Mars Volta is a band that if someone said to me was an electronic rock I'm not sure I would have listened to them, but knowing nothing about them I decided to give them a shot.
Their New Album 'Noctourniquet' is one of the most unique albums I have ever heard and their style is really unique. I listened to a few of their songs from that particular album as well as a few of their older tunes and definitely noticed their confidence to push the boundaries in their sixth album.
It is a very heavy electronic sound which appeals not only to the rockers out there but also to the more techno people which makes their audience huge.
I hope you enjoy this music as much as I did as this was really something new for me.
If you want to order their new Album 'Noctourniquet' here is where you can find it

Top Of The Charts Update

Its come to that time again and we have a few more good songs to add to your playlist.
New in the Charts this week we have Carly Rae Jepsen with 'Call Me Maybe' knocking Chris Brown off the number 1 spot. Then coming in at number 15 we have Alex Day with another one of his uniquely styled songs, this one being called 'Lady Godiva'. Finally, Beyonce is coming in at nubmer 39 with 'End Of Time'.
Couple of good ones re-entering the charts too thanks to you lovely people still listening to them; At number 18 The Script with 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved'. At number 35, Flo Rida with 'Good Feeling' then Ed Sheeran back with 'Lego House'.
Unfortunately like every week, some good songs have to step aside to make room for new ones to spread their wings. This Week JLS with 'Proud', Tinchy Stryder with 'Bright Lights', Lil Wayne with 'Mirrors', The Vaccines with 'If You Wanna' (which had re-entered the charts last week), B.Traits with 'Fever' and finally Lloyd with 'Dedication To My Ex' have all dropped out of the top 40.
Quick shout out to Maroon 5 with 'Moves Like Jagger' for spending 34 weeks in the charts now, they are coming close to beating the previous long run by Christina Perri who spent 40 weeks in the charts with 'Jar Of Hearts'. Just goes to show they've still got it!
If you want to see the full charts and all the positions check them out on the page above 'Top Of The Charts' or even go to BBC's Website's link below to see how they have progressed.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

REVIEW: Keane - Strangeland CD

Never used to be that into their music, but this Album has changed my views completely

(Lovely Photo, and a lovely set of guys)

They said they have really pushed themselves this year to 'make the album amazing' and boy, have they done the job. I have known about Keane but they have never really made it into my CD collection, however that is all about to change with this new album as I believe it to be a must have.
This is their first full album since 2008 when they made 'Perfect Symmetry' and they wanted to make it a good one. I've listened to the trailer of the track (The link you can find below) and was impressed by it instantly. Their Alternative Rock style has a calmer feel and makes it sound so much more meaningful.
To see the trailer for this new album and see for yourself, click the link below
Their new album is due to be released on 7th May 2012, you can pre-order it on the link below.
REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball (Special Edition) CD

At the age of 62, Bruce Springsteen can still Rock it.

(Looks quite good too :P)
His 17th Album and he can still create some fantastic music with 'Wrecking Ball' and he has now tied with Elvis Presley for third place in the most No. One Albums in the United States. (Now thats pretty impressive).
I have listened to some of his tracks; the singles from the album 'We Take Care Of Our Own' and 'Rocky Ground' which I find to be amazing. They fit with the tastes of today as well as keeping their original form making his music appeal to not only long time followers of Bruce Springsteen but for new people just starting to take more notice of his music. Like me :)
If you want to Order his New Album, 'Wrecking Ball' here is where you can order the special edition one. Enjoy
REVIEW: Maverick Sabre - Lonely Are The Brave CD

Heard him on the radio but now he has his own album for you to enjoy.

(Think this is a rather simple but nice photo)
His new album was released in Februrary and so far doing quite well, for those of you who haven't got the CD yet, or if you haven't even heard of Maverick Sabre, you are in for a treat.
Many have probably heard his two great song successes so far, 'Let Me Go' and 'I Need', which are two quite different songs. I find Maverick has a very unique voice that you can recognize, and his music can take a few catagories; from Post-Dubstep to Reggae Fusion and Soul. His diversity in his music makes this album so interesting because we see many different styles all put onto one disc.
I rather like 'Open My Eyes' which you can also find on his new album.
If you want to order the album 'Lonely Are The Brave' here is where you can.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

REVIEW: Maximo Park - The National Health CD

Never heard of them before, although they have been going since 2001.. lets hope its some new music for you guys to love too

(This seems to be the classic pose for most bands now)

I love finding artists that I haven't heard of before, and this is another one that I am glad I found. Their rock style is really good and they have an upbeat feel to their music and it sounds a little different from other rock bands (I think its due to Lukas Wooller's Skills on Keyboard to give it a subtle techno edge). 
I managed to find what I think is their single from the fourth album, 'The National Health', and it really drew me to them. The lyrics aren't what you would normally expect so it makes a change and after that it made me want to hear more and more.
Their Album is due for release on 11th June 2012. You can pre-order it on the link below and even better, this link is to the 2CD Exclusive signed-copies.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Top Of The Charts Update

Okay, so I know I am a day late doing the review. I Updated the charts yesterday but was sooo tired. But here is the update as promised. :P
Got some goodies in the Charts this week, Chris Brown with 'Turn Up The Music' has knocked Katy Perry  off the number one spot this week. Coming in at number 6, Plan B with 'iLL Manors'. Olly Murs gets another song in the charts with 'Oh My Goodness' at number 28, and I love this song. Then two more, The Vaccines with 'If You Wanna' (Which I thought would have been in the charts sooner than now but better late than never :P) coming in at number 35. Then B.Traits with 'Fever' at number 36.
Lost some good ones this week too, Marcus Collins with 'Seven Nation Army', Pitbull with 'International Love', Rihanna with 'We Found Love', Florence + The Machines with 'Shake It Out', Dappy with 'Rockstar' and Tyga with 'Rack City'
I love having some new music each week, but doesn't mean we have to forget the older ones :P
If you want to check out the full Charts, click on the page above 'Top Of The Charts' or go to the link below