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GLOBAL PLAYLIST – Ellie Goulding

March 8th, 2010 by
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It’s been about a year since I first heard the enchanting song “Starry Eyed,” written and performed by new UK sensation, Ellie Goulding. Back then, I wouldn’t have guessed that Goulding’s music would experience so swift a rise to the top, but that’s precisely what’s happening–and how! The song’s debuted at #4 in the UK Charts, and her freshman album, Lights, is poised to be her first #1 album come Sunday, too.

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Leading By Example: “Won’t Go Quietly” hits UK Charts, Keeps on Climbing

January 27th, 2010 by
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You know that saying, “If at first you don’t succeed then, try, try again?” British rapper Example, who’s been on the grind these last five years making a name for himself, has done just that. Born in London as Elliot Gleave, he adopted the name “Example” as a sly nod to his own initials. Gleave enrolled in university to study film, but soon found that his real passion lay in music. First inspired to pick up the mic by Wu Tang Clan and Slick Rick, in 2006 Example began releasing his tracks independently, and while his first studio album garnered little commercial attention, it didn’t discourage him; in 2008 he signed to UK label Data Records and began developing a fresh new sound.

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GLOBAL PLAYLIST- 10 Artists To Watch in 2010

January 4th, 2010 by
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Just as you’re finished eating the last of your holiday leftovers and and trying to get the sound of Auld Lang Syne out of your ears, you realize that we have indeed come to the beginning of a brand new year and darn it, a new decade! Greetings 2010! To start the year off right, I have for you a sampling of some non-U.S. acts of various genres who I predict will be winning lots of praise and new fans over the next twelve months. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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GLOBAL PLAYLIST- Pony Pony Run Run

December 23rd, 2009 by
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Inspired by the likes of Duran Duran and Wet Wet Wet, Pony Pony Run Run chose their distinct name to stand out and and leave a lasting impression. The band was formed back in 2003 when brothers Gaëtan (guitar/vocals) and Amaël (bass) met Antonin (keyboard) while attending art school in the picturesque city of Nantes, France. After three years of touring extensively throughout Europe, the guys hooked up with prolific producer Frédéric Lo and collaborated on their debut album You Need Pony Pony Run Run which was released this past June.

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GLOBAL PLAYLIST – Donkeyboy

December 1st, 2009 by
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When describing this next group I have the tendency to call them the “Norwegian Black Eyed Peas”. It’s not because Donkeyboy is known for infectious dance tracks with hip-hop flair, but because, like BEP, the band has seriously dominated the charts this year in their native country. Donkeyboy released its debut single, Ambitions, this summer and it clung to the #1 spot on the Norwegian charts for a record 12 weeks, only to be usurped by the band’s sophomore single Sometimes. Clearly, to say that they are popular in their homeland would be a gross understatement.

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GLOBAL PLAYLIST- Paloma Faith

November 20th, 2009 by
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2009 has been a very busy year for music newcomer, Paloma Faith. The 24-year-old London crooner has gotten ears buzzing and folks talking about her unique brand of soul pop. Her debut album, Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful, twittered and soared into the UK’s top 10. So far, the album’s spawned two hit singles: the brash Stone Cold Sober and the stirring New York.

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