The Kaje talks Cheryl Cole to Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson is so much more than the songwriter behind Cheryl Cole’s “Parachute”, yet in the UK she is far from a household name. The New York based singer/songwriter is currently on the world’s leading independent artists and though her heartbreaking 2009 release “Everybody” received a modicum of attention in the post Cheryl Cole single release period, Michaelson is probably best known to UK audiences who have searched for the wealth of songs she has had featured in the background of everything from “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Scrubs”. However, that should all be about to change as Michaelson prepares for the UK release of her fifth studio album “Human Again”. With the irrepressible “Blood Brothers” heading up the release, The Kaje though it was time to finally close the Cheryl Cole chapter…

While you are a celebrated artist in your own right, you are best known on these shores for writing Cheryl Cole’s “Parachute”. How do you feel about it?

I love it. The whole Cheryl Cole thing was amazing for me.  I didn’t really know who she was. We don’t really know who she is  in the States but she is gigantic here. So I came here on the heels of that to say ‘hey, I am the one who wrote it.’ I was able to play a few shows, and did a few radio appearances and played my own version of “Parachute”. I love it.

I think it is so interesting to hear somebody else sing the words that you wrote. I am not used to it as I’ve only written for one other person, one other song and it was a co-write too. This song was written with a friend of mine, then somebody else took it and sung it. Cheryl Cole didn’t write any of it. But it was so cool, and the video was really good to. I was just really flattered and excited. I love seeing people do it.

It was an opportunity that came up, but I have been meaning to do it again and do more of it. It is just that life gets in the way. I think the older I get and the more I want to stay at home and not travel, then I might try get into the writing for other people thing a little more. I think as I get older I don’t want to be touring nine months out of the year. I love touring and I love performing, I think I will always tour, but I will just lessen the amount. But that will leave more time for me to write for other people. I am looking a long way down the line.

Cheryl Cole aside, you are one of the most successful independent musicians in the world currently. What is the secret to your success?

Timing. I had my song on a commercial in the States just as I started getting placements on television shows, so people started buying my record and the radio started playing it, all without a label. It was only then that labels came around and asked if I wanted to sign with them, but I just didn’t want to as I didn’t really need to. But it was just the timing followed by a lot of hard work which meant I was able to get my foot in the door and get this profile so quickly. Because we never signed to a traditional record label, we had this strength and control. I feel very fortunate that I got found on MySpace when it was not inundated with artists. It was just the right time, as it was also the beginning of commercial placements, I had this perfect storm happen. We just made the right decisions, so now that  I am established and successful, I do not need to cower to a major label. I work in tandem with a smaller label, which allows me to maintain control of it all. It is amazing.

I would never  say that is the only way to go. If you are an artist and a major label comes up to you and are willing to put $500,000 behind you for a record and video and you have nothing, then do it. I am very fortunate but it is not a formula to get where I am. I do not even really know how I got where I am.

I think you should just go with your gut and do what you love. Don’t expect anything but be ready for everything. If you go into music and want to be a  rich, famous rock star then the chances are it will not happen. It is a very hard thing to succeed in. I play for 2000 seat theatres in the States and I play for 500 when I come here, or Budapest and play for 3 people. It is an ongoing struggle to find success, or what you gauge as success. I think of everything as tiny successes and focus on doing what I do because I love it and not to be Lady Gaga. That is probably not going to happen.

With each release your commercial success has increased. Do you think you have managed to channel new fans with each release?

I think so. I think I just keep slowly building on what I have already built. My bandmates and I put on a really great show. In the States it is really fun, there are six of us and it is  big rock show. My live show is really important to my records and my career. I think it drives a lot of my record sales. Always being present, particularly online, being very close with my fans and personal. I try to maintain this connection with them.  You can’t just go into hiding for a few years, then come back and expect everything to be the same. It is a constant thing. It is work. it is being honest with your fans, being grateful and thankful and giving them what they want to hear.

I don’t think I did that particularly with this last record, they wanted to know where my ukulele was, or complained that it was too loud or with too much production, bur hopefully I will make some new fans to replace those other ones. The ones who say ‘well at least I have her other records!’ I mean, come on! Anybody who is afraid to travel with an artist  isn’t really a true fan anyway.

You are heading up the UK release with the single “Blood Brothers”. How did you settle on this track?

I just love the song. I feel like it has a universal feeling to it. It is the idea that we are all in this together, that we are all one unit. There are three songs on the record that we thought were potentials for singles; “Ghost”, “Blood Brothers” and “Black And Blue”. We have done “Ghost” and “Blood Brothers” already in the States and it just seemed like the right fit to start here with “Blood Brothers”. It is just universal, upbeat and catchy but not too catchy or poppy.

Do you still recall what inspired “Blood Brothers”?

I was recording my record in the city. Out of all the songs on the record, there are thirteen, only the first one “Fire” did I come to my producer with a ready-made  song. Everything else I wrote the year I recorded, which was pretty amazing and something I had never done before. With “Blood Brothers”, I was in the studio one day and someone came over and shoulder checked me, I got this surge of  New York anger. I just thought, we are all in a rush, we are all going somewhere, can we not co-exist in a kind way. It was just “listen dude, don’t be an arsehole. Just say excuse me.” I feel like, in major cities especially, we are just in this cellphone world, without any grace or kindness.

The Dylan Steinberg & Shervin Lainez video is brilliant. Are the artists you portray your own inspirations?

Not necessarily. I wanted to pick iconic musicians, so that people would know who they were right away. I wanted to do Judy Garland, as I love Judy Garland, but no one is going to know that it was her. I wanted to do Elvis but it didn’t look right. It was very dependent on me being able to pull off the looks. I didn’t want people to think I was wearing a costume either. I really wanted to transform. That is why I picked who I picked.

It is kind of an obvious concept, in that it goes along with the song. We are all the same thing, just painted differently. I had the idea for the video for a very long time, not necessarily with the icons, but more a shape shifting face in real time. You get to see the make-up coming on and off. Then when I wrote the song, I thought it would be perfect for “Blood Brothers”. Then  I took it further and wanted to do it iconic. I wanted to then take it further to iconic musicians.

With your career already soaring in the States, would you say your aims with the record differ on the differ continents?

I think it is the same at the core, it is to get people to hear about you and fall in love with your music. You want them to buy your records, come see your show and become a fan. You try your best with the song, the video and provide a package and just hope people will like it. There are definitely English people in the video, we have Bowie and Amy Winehouse, so it just felt like the right fit. It is just trying to get a little splash and next time we come back we can take it a stage bigger.

“Blood Brothers” is out now.

Photographs and Interview by Jeremy Williams

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NEWS: Andy Bell Added To Poptronik Line-Up

The Poptronik Festival is delighted to announce the addition of electronic pop legend Andy Bell of Erasure to their lineup on Saturday, 1st September 2012. Andy Bell’s powerful voice, bittersweet lyrics and flamboyant stage manner have earned him millions of fans around the world as part of Erasure and has made him one of Britain’s most beloved pop icons for 25 years.

The addition of Andy Bell to the Poptronik Festival will be a surefire hit with  festival goers as he performs a plethora of classic Erasure hits along with material from his acclaimed solo albums “Electric Blue” and “Non-Stop” on the main stage. Andy Bell will also be spinning a surprise DJ set at one of the many after-parties scheduled around the festival.

Tickets for the Poptronik Festival are available now on Club Tickets and Ticketmaster Spain, priced from € 35 per day.

Poptronik Festival Lineup – 1st September 2012

Andy Bell of Erasure | Kazaky | Fernando Garibay (DJ / Lady Gaga) | Cazwell | Phil Marriott (Gaydar Radio DJ)

Soraya | I Am A Camera | Sugasmak! | Woman E | Garçon  Garçon | Terry Vietheer (DJ) | Sam Lemans (DJ)

Adam Tyler | Nina | Rodrigo Moratto |Maighréad | Prince Persona (DJ)

Poptronik Festival Lineup – 2nd September 2012

Martika | Bright Light Bright Light | Sammy Jo (Scissor Sisters Tour DJ) | Monarchy | Yall DJs

Disco Damage (DJs) | Monti Montanez (Menudo) | Electrovamp | Parralox | Mickey Cupid | Johnny Lazer | SIRPAUL |  Barb@zul | Carlos Nóbrega | Lady Joker | Raff | DJ Adamix

The Poptronik Festival is also extremely proud to be teaming up with Beatbullying to raise awareness around the problematic issue of youth bullying. The partnership of Poptronik and Beatbullying especially important to the organizers of Poptronik who believe that bullying is a major problem that has affected them and continues to effect the youth of today.

Beatbullying works with children and young people to stop bullying. They empower young people so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school every day. Beatbullying helps young people to support each other and help young people that bully to change their attitudes and behaviour.

For more information on Beatbullying,  visit their website on www.beatbullying.org

For further information about the Poptronik            Festival including line-up and news, please visit the            festival websites on www.poptronik.com | www.EQmusicblog.com  | www.aztecrecords.com

For more information about the town of Sitges, Spain please visit the Sitges  Tourism website.

NEWS: Lady Gaga Announces Second Twickenham Show

Thanks to overwhelming fan response following immediate sell outs in both London and Manchester on Friday, Lady Gaga has announced a second Born This Way Ball on September 9th at Twickenham Stadium, London. Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 20th at 9am at LiveNation.co.uk.
Five-time Grammy Award winner LADY GAGA is set to make her triumphant return to the stage this Spring with THE BORN THIS WAY BALL. In this brand new tour, Lady Gaga will perform her latest album Born This Way as well as music from both The Fame and The Fame Monster. The Born This Way Ball, produced globally by Live Nation, will begin on April 27th, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. The European leg of the tour begins August 14th in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Supporting Lady Gaga for the European leg of The Born This Way Ball will be the newly reformed British rock band THE DARKNESS. Lady Gaga’s longtime performance partner and DJ, LADY STARLIGHT, has been confirmed as a special guest DJ for all concert dates in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
“The Haus of Gaga and I have worked for months conceiving a spectacular stage,” said Lady Gaga. “The Born This Way Ball is an Electro-Metal Pop-Opera; the tale of the Beginning, the genesis of the Kingdom of Fame. How we were birthed and how we will die celebrating.”
The Born This Way Ball will be Lady Gaga’s first tour since the release of her album Born This Way (Streamline/Konlive/Interscope), which has sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide since its release in May 2011.The album is the follow-up to back-to-back Grammy Award-winning albums 2009’s The Fame Monster, and 2008’s The Fame. Combined, The Fame and The Fame Monster have sold 15 million albums worldwide, while Lady Gaga’s hit singles have combined sales of over 65 million worldwide.
Gaga was named Forbes’ Most Powerful Woman in the World 2011 and was included in Time’s annual “The 2010 Time 100” list of the most influential people in the world. With over 2.2 billion combined views of all her videos online, Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living people on Facebook with over 49 million ‘likes’ and is #1 on Twitter with over 22 million followers. Lady Gaga is the only artist in the digital era to top the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits.
Tickets for The Born This Way Ball – September 9th, Twickenham Stadium – go on-sale at 9m on 20th April. Ticket prices will range from £50 – £80, and be available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.LiveNation.co.uk
For VIP Experiences and Hospitality buy online at www.LiveNationExperience.co.uk or call 0207 009 3484      

NEWS: Lady Gaga Announces UK Tour Dates

Five-time Grammy Award winner LADY GAGA is set to make her triumphant return to the stage this Spring with THE BORN THIS WAY BALL. In this brand new tour, Lady Gaga will perform her latest album Born This Way as well as music from both The Fame and The Fame Monster. The Born This Way Ball, produced globally by Live Nation, will begin on April 27th, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. Today, The Born This Way Ball announces performances in 21 European cities, following overwhelming ticket on-sales throughout Australia and Asia, including multiple sell outs in Melbourne, Auckland, Hong Kong, Singapore and more. The European leg of the tour begins August 14th in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Famed German electronic dance music DJ and producer ZEDD will join the tour as Lady Gaga’s special guest for all concerts in Asia starting April 27th in Seoul and ending June 3rd in Jakarta, Indonesia. Supporting Lady Gaga for the European leg of The Born This Way Ball will be the newly reformed British rock band THE DARKNESS. Lady Gaga’s longtime performance partner and DJ, LADY STARLIGHT, has been confirmed as a special guest DJ for all concert dates in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
Lady Gaga’s last tour – The Monster Ball – captivated audiences around the globe, receiving rave reviews in every city. The Sun called it “the best live show you will see this year,” and The Observerpraised it as“a performance of truly gargantuan proportions”.
“The Haus of Gaga and I have worked for months conceiving a spectacular stage,” said Lady Gaga. “The Born This Way Ball is an Electro-Metal Pop-Opera; the tale of the Beginning, the genesis of the Kingdom of Fame. How we were birthed and how we will die celebrating.”
The Born This Way Ball will be Lady Gaga’s first tour since the release of her album Born This Way(Streamline/Konlive/Interscope), which has sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide since its release in May 2011.The album is the follow-up to back-to-back Grammy Award-winning albums 2009’s The Fame Monster, and 2008’s The Fame. Combined, The Fame and The Fame Monster have sold 15 million albums worldwide, while Lady Gaga’s hit singles have combined sales of over 65 million worldwide.
Gaga was named Forbes’ Most Powerful Woman in the World 2011 and was included in Time’s annual “The 2010 Time 100” list of the most influential people in the world. With over 2.2 billion combined views of all her videos online, Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living people on Facebook with over 49 million ‘likes’ and is #1 on Twitter with over 22 million followers. Lady Gaga is the only artist in the digital era to top the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits.
Tickets for The Born This Way Ball go on-sale for London & Manchester at 9m on 13th April. Ticket prices will range from £50 – £80 for London and £60 – £80 for Manchester, and be available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.LiveNation.co.uk
For VIP Experiences and Hospitality buy online at www.LiveNationExperience.co.uk
or call 0207 009 3484
Lady Gaga Tour Dates
Aug 14 Sofia, Bulgaria Vasil Levski National Stadium On sale Apr 27
Aug 16 Bucharest, Romania Arena Nationala Stadium On sale Apr 27
Aug 18 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle On sale Apr 21
Aug 21 Vilnius, Lithuania Vingis Park On sale Apr 30
Aug 23 Riga, Latvia Riga Mezaparks On sale Apr 30
Aug 25 Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Grounds On sale Apr 30
Aug 27 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena On sale Apr 16
Aug 30 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe On sale Apr 20
Sept 2 Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium On sale Apr 20
Sept 4 Koln, Germany Lanxess Arena On sale Apr 20
Sept 8 London, UK Twickenham Stadium On sale Apr 13
Sept 11 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena On sale Apr 13
Sept 15 Dublin, Ireland Aviva Stadium On sale Apr 16
Sept 17 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome On sale Apr 16
Sept 22 Paris, France Stade de France On sale Apr 16
Sept 24 Hannover, Germany TUI Arena On sale Apr 20
Sept 26 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion Zurich On sale Apr 20
Sept 29 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis On sale Apr 13
Oct 2 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum On sale Apr 20
Oct 4 Nice, France Stade Charles-Ehrmann On sale Apr 16
Oct 6 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi On sale Apr 19
Itinerary subject to change
More dates to be announced
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.ladygaga.com and www.livenation.co.uk

The Kaje’s Top 20 Albums 2011!!!!

2011 has been an eventful year in music. While it could be argued that the female soloist has continued to battle against the folk-pop contingency for chart domination, here at The Kaje we have been more than a little blown away by the sheer diversity of the tracks hitting the airwaves.

While we initially intended to compile an album Top 10, we felt there were far too many notable releases missing from our list so have pushed the boat out a little further, but still somehow we didn’t have room for The Kaje favourites Washington, The Grates, The Wanted and Ed Sheeran…

Though we could sweet talk about those who narrowly missed out, we would rather just head straight to our 20-1 countdown..

20. Bonjah – Go Go Chaos

2009’s “Until Dawn” put Bonjah on the musical map when it saw the quintet nominated in the Best Album category at both the Apra and Air Awards.  While they may not have walked away with the prize they so deserved, the boys wasted little time in recording this blindingly brilliant sophomore record.

19. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale

Britney is back and better than ever. With killer dub beats and ‘I am what I am’ attitude, Britney wasted no time in showing more recent pop princesses Lady Gaga and Jessie J that she is far from ready to give up her crown.. Here at The Kaje we are more than happy for Britney to rule the airwaves!

18. Hanson – Shout It Out

Hanson have been written off by many as a one-hit wonder. Though ‘MMMBop’ is without doubt their biggest chart hit to date, the Tulsa based trio have to their name an impressive catalogue of Blues and Soul influenced records. However, 2011 saw Hanson return to the pop domain which saw them hit the top spot some 15 years ago and boy can they still make those booties shake!

17. Darren Hayes – Secret Codes & Battleships

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes may have confused his loyal fan base slightly with his more experimental 2007 release ‘This Delicate Thing We’ve Made’, prompting a break from his solo career. Having spent time writing for an array of other acts, Hayes noted that he was simultaneously compiling a set of songs for a solo return. The result is the sublime “Secret Codes & Battleships”. The perfect fusion of Savage Garden-esque questioning ballads and Darren Hayes experimentation, “Secret Codes & Battleships” is Hayes’ best release to date.

16. Melanie C – The Sea

Former Sporty Spice Melanie C is the most successful solo spice. Her debut album still tops the poll of solo records from one of the world’s biggest girl bands ever. Yet despite consistently strong releases, Melanie C’s albums have failed to capture the public imagination in the same way. Post 2007’s “This Time”, Chisholm headed to the West End and it seemed like the solo dream was over. But Chisholm was simply biding her time and her 2011 comeback record “The Sea” warrants celebrating.

15. Ane Brun – It All Starts With One

Ane Brun decided to postpone her solo career when Peter Gabriel asked her to be his backing singer on tour. While she was keen to follow-up 2008’s “Changing Of The Seasons”, she felt uninspired and needed time to collect her thoughts. The time off has clearly worked wonders as 2011 saw her return with this deliciously delicate collection.

14.  Kelly Rowland – Here I Am

Kelly Rowland’s solo career has been somewhat tumultuous. While her 2002 debut album “Simply Deep” was both a commercial and critical success, her 2007 follow-up “Ms. Kelly” was largely overlooked. With Rowland written off by many, she focussed her energies on profile sustaining guest vocals while working hard on ensuring her third release “Here I Am” was able to hit the mark. And boy, it does far more than just that…

13. Frankie & The Heartstrings – Hunger

Sunderland’s Frankie & The Heartstrings have spent the past couple of years building up a reputation on the live circuit. With the distinctive on stage presence proving increasingly popular, the boys finally bit the bullet and unleashed their irrepressible debut album “Hunger” at the start of 2011. With their riotous rawk perfectly captured in album’s 10 tracks, this record is just brief appetite warmer for a band that may just be Britain’s biggest export in years to come.

12. Clare Maguire – Light After Dark

Birmingham’s Clare Maguire was selected by the BBC as one of the acts to watch in 2011. The honour is seemingly a curse, with the pressure piled up the selected acts to deliver commercially and critically. The praise lauded prematurely upon Clare Maguire saw many a critic slam her album upon release somewhat unfairly. With one of the most powerful and distinctive vocals of 2011, “Light After Dark” reveals more of its beauty with each listen. This may be a slow burner, but there is nothing wrong with a lack of radio friendly immediacy.

11. Adele – 21

By rights “21” should be at number 1 on our list. Londoner Adele is without any question the real star of 2011, however, with the record released at the start of the year, here at The Kaje its sheer over exposure has caused us to put it to the back of our shelf for a while. Though it may have very temporarily lost its sheen, there is no denying the innate artistry in Adele’s heartbreak. Seemingly effortlessly Adele manages to capture the  devastating beauty of break-up blues. Magically chilblain inducing.

1o. Kami Thompson – Love Lies

The daughter of folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson has spent most her adult years running away from the inevitable – that she is a musician to the core. Having tried an array of careers, Thompson finally faced up to her genetic disposition and set about work on her own material, a move which the whole world will soon be thankful for. “Love Lies” is at times tender at others playful debut effort, but its real beauty lies not in its diversity but the charm of its dexterous vocalist.

9. Charlie Simpson – Young Pilgrim

Charlie Simpson left boy band Busted while they were going from commercial strength to strength. There was little the pop trio could do wrong, but Simpson felt he was being disloyal to his musical roots and instead launched the rock heavy Fightstar. The move built his credibility and proved his diversity, therefore few eyebrows were raised when Simpson took his baby steps to solo success with 2010’s “When We Were Lions” EP. Rather than rushing a record, Simpson bided his time as he crafted his debut album “Young Pilgrim”, a wise move, as it supersedes all his other musical outings to date.

8. Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief

2011 marked the return of Oh Mercy minus founding member Thom Savage. However, the subtle charm of frontman Alexander Gow ensured that “Great Barrier Grief” topped 2009’s “Privileged Woes”. Sincere, sturdy, clean-cut and minimalist, “Great Barrier Grief” is a romantically charged effort.

7. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Make A Scene

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has always been a star in our eyes. With Theaudience’s only record to date still a regular feature on our stereo, we simply cannot get enough of Janet Ellis’ stunning daughter. With Ellis-Bextor having focussed her attentions on motherhood in recent years, “Make A Scene” packs a sophisticated punch and builds on Ellis-Bextor’s distinct sound.

6. Will Young – Echoes

Will Young has come so far from his Pop Idol days that he is barely recognisable from his early recordings. Having taken time to return to tread the boards, Will Young’s “Echoes” is an understated Richard X soulful dance influenced effort that easily walks over his past efforts. Will Young is back and better than ever.

5. Kimbra – Vows

Kiwi Kimbra may be best known globally for her Gotye collaboration “Somebody That I Used To Know”, but her debut album “Vows” shows that she can more than hold her own away from an established partner. Playfully innovative, Kimbra is an artist who understands how to create no-nonsense pop music that oozes credibility.

4. Nicola Roberts – Cinderella’s Eyes

Nicola Roberts is not Cheryl Cole, nor does she want to be. While Cole may have dominated the post Girls Aloud solo output with her conventional auto-tuned pop slices, Roberts has relished in her lesser profile allowing her creative freedom. Far from a typical pop record, Roberts has pushed the boundaries and the raised the bar with this humour filled, synth pop treat.

3. Little Comets – In Search Of Elusive Comets

Little Comets should be one of the biggest things since sliced bread. Having more than proved their ingenuity on stage, the Newcastle troupe came the attention of Columbia Records way back in 2009. They hit the studio and crafted what they felt best represented their appeal, to find that the big label bosses wanted them to be something they weren’t. Rather than sell their soul for success, the lads stood their ground and finally released the ingeniously crafted “In Search Of Elusive Comets” at the turn of 2011.

2. Georgia Fair – All Through Winter

School pals Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley have never believed in rush releases. Though they have been playing together since their early teens, the duo never felt they had quite the right set of songs to record a full length record. Rather than force their creativity, the focussed on honing their skills on the live circuit and releasing a set of stellar EPs. With their profile steadily rising, the pair finally bit the bullet and headed Stateside to work with Band of Horses’ Bill Reynolds. The result is a no-nonsense,vocally centred record that ensures Georgia Fair are at the forefront of the indie-folk movement.

1. Dionne Bromfield – Good For The Soul

Dionne Bromfield first came to public attention as the child prodigy God-daughter of the much-missed super talent Amy Winehouse, but she grown into an artist who is so much more than a ‘by-association’ act. “Good For The Soul” leaves you breathless. Bromfield boasts a classic soul vocal and it is clear she has learnt more than a trick or two from Winehouse.With 60 and 70s soul vocals applied to contemporary urban pop, Bromfield ensures she is a step ahead of the pack. Aged just 15, Bromfield is still at the beginner’s block career wise, but “Good For The Soul” is light years ahead of many artists twice her age.

WIN!!!! Many of our Top 20 Album acts have been kind enough to donate signed copies of their releases for a big bumper prize pack! To get your hands one of the mix bags then simply tell us the title of Dionne Bromfield’s debut album… Answers by email to jeremy@the-kaje.com by January 15.

ALBUM REVIEW: Alvin & The Chipmunks “Chipwrecked”

Record Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: 14.11.2011

You may be asking yourself why I have volunteered to review the new release by cartoon pop superstars Alvin & The Chipmunks given that I am 25 year old male with no children or younger siblings. Nostalgia is the simple reason. Alvin, Simon and Theodore were without question my favourite cartoon during my younger years. In 2007 the first film of the squeaky songsters was released and through sheer curiosity I ventured to the local cinema and fell instantly in love.

I was still a student back then and my behaviour was easily written off.  However, when in 2009 I ventured to the cinema to see the return of the Chipettes to the fold, my then girlfriend questioned my moves. I laughed it off and went alone, as I shall be to the impending third installment (no one knows I will be going but you – so keep it hush hush – ok?)

So, when we were asked if anyone fancied having a listen to the album ahead of the film, I screamed yes on the inside and shyly accepted the proposal. I do not own either of the earlier soundtracks, however, after listening to the latest collection – which includes unique takes on everything from Gaga’s “Bad Romance” (even more addictive than the original) to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” (I hated the original so reworking was written off before I pressed play) – I may well be adding others to my collection.

Though The Chipettes outshine The Chipmunks – skip straight to their take on Rihanna’s “SOS” – the whole record is so stupidly uplifting that even I have had to question my attachment to The Chipmunks. However those issues can wait as right now I just want to push play and bounce up and down on my bed while singing along to “Party Rock Anthem”!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: David Hunter

VIDEO: Destinee & Paris “True Love”

Everybody knows that there is a formula for bubblegum pop – from addictive musical hooks to picture perfect performers – so it is little surprise to see that new pop sibling duo Destinee & Paris are sugary stunning bleach blonde babes. However, every rule has its exception and for each Gaga or Britney there is a long forgotten Kaci or JoJo… But having already suffered one failed attempt – in the shape of pop trio Clique Girlz – the sister duo are back and stronger than before… Here at The Kaje we are loving their debut effort – let us know what you make to it…

 

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