Monday, 5 July 2010

Meet Me Halfway





2010 has been a pretty impressive year for music and we're only halfway through! With albums from huge artists like M.I.A, U2, Arcade Fire and the Beastie Boys still to come in the second half it can only get better. Beyonce, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Jamiroquai, Kings of Leon, No Doubt, Britney Spears, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Evanescence and Amy Winehouse all have rumoured album releases as well. If only half of those acts release an album before the year is out, 2010 could be the most star-studded year for music releases ever! Anywho, let's take a look at some of the most notable acts over the past six months...


Ellie Goulding

One of 2010s most exciting new stars, Ellie Goulding has left the world starry eyed in her wake. Her debut album, Lights, went straight to the top of the UK charts. She hasn't made a huge impression outside of Europe, but with work already underway for her second full length, it's only a matter of when, not if, for this pop wonder.

...download 'Starry Eyed'...




His debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, debuted at #1 in America. His debut song, 'Nothing On You,' went to the top of the US and UK charts and second single, Airplanes, has gone top 5 worldwide and this week sits at the top of the UK charts. Not bad for a guy who's only 21. I feel old and unaccomplished.




Do I even need to explain? The domination of the mighty Gaga continued on from 2009, with 'Bad Romance' and 'Telephone' cementing her status as the #1 music star in the world. In 2010 she has become the most watched artist on YouTube, picked up a healthy number of awards and created more debate than anyone else on the scene. Love her or hate her, you can't deny the power of Lady Gaga.








She's come a loooong way from 'Show Me Love' in the 90s to become one of the best electronic acts of the 2000s. In June she dropped Body Talk pt. 1, and that's only the first of three albums she's expected to release this year! If either of the two unreleased Body Talk albums has anything half as good as 'Dancing On My Own' I'll be as happy as can be.




The return of the king.... perhaps. Maybe you prefer the prankster Eminem as opposed to super serious rapper Slim Shady. Regardless, he's on his way to having the best selling album of the year with Recovery and 'Love The Way You Lie' is only weeks away from becoming the #1 song worldwide. 2010 is seeing a return to form for rap music and Eminem is leading the way.



Again... do I really need to explain? Glee has managed in one television season to become the most influential music programming in the world. Not that it's hard when MTV isn't even playing music anymore. Anyway, with countless #1 albums and about a million songs in the charts, Glee has left its mark on music... and I couldn't be happier. After all... I'm a Gleek.




Releasing a triple album takes balls. You'd think there would be a ton of filler material and a whole lot of criticism, but somehow the genius that is Joanna Newsom managed to pull it off with very little in the way of negative reviews. Have One On Me, her third studio release, has also become her most commercially successful album to date.



Well kids, that's BARELY scratching the surface of the goodness we've seen so far this year. Don't forget about all the amazing music released by The Slow Club, Florence + The Machine, Sia, The Drums, She & Him, Operator Please, Marina & The Diamonds, Crystal Castles and all the other great artists that have made an impression so far in 2010. I hope you're as excited as I am to see what else we've got waiting for us in the second half of the year!

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