Skip the Rope

Das Pop released their latest album The Game just a couple of weeks ago. The first single, same title different format, was well received in the band’s home country. To shoot the video for the follow-up Skip the Rope, the band was followed around by 150 cameras at the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art S.M.A.K. in Ghent. The footage was cleverly edited afterwards into a quirky video clip. To make it even more fun, you can log onto the official site daspop.com to play around with a keyboard and mash up your own little montage. Try it, or watch the original here.

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Later with Beverley Knight

Past week BBC aired its final episode of this season’s Later with Jools. Guests included Friendly Fires, Donovan and Beverley Knight. Beverley performed her brand new single Mama Used to Say on Tuesday’s show. She also performed Soul 2 Soul’s Fairplay, Young Disciples’ Apparently Nothin’ and took to the piano with Jools (Holland) to sing Where in the World. All this to promote her upcoming album Soul UK. Though the backings sound a little off, BK brings out her passion and raunchiness as usual. Knight is one of those artists you have to experience live on stage. Want to see for yourself? Sit back and click to continue.
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The Answer is… love!

The message is clear: NOH8. DJ Cedric Gervais teams up with Mýa on Love Is the Answer. Remember Mýa? Case of the Ex, Lady Marmalade (with Christina Aguilera, Pink & Lil’Kim) and Ghetto Superstar (with Pras) are some of her bigger RnB hits. Now she joins Gervais on this dance cut to spread a message of Love & Understanding. The video features a cameo by Perez Hilton.

Riverside

Switch on these days and you will come across Riverside, no doubt. You may have heard of Agnes Obel before. Her song Just So was used in a T-mobile tv commercial. Both tracks feature on Agnes’ debut album Philharmonics, released late 2010. The album spent seven weeks at #1 in Denmark and reached Top 10 in France and the Netherlands. The Danish singer-songwriter, who also plays piano, performs and produces all material herself. Her dreamy vocals remind a little of Feist. Press play and let Riverside (Lulu Rouge Remix) set you adrift…

New Justice Video

French synth-duo Jus†ice’s most recent single Civilization has been gliding the airwaves for some time now. Originally soundtrack to the ‘All Adidas’ campaign, the official single will be out June 6th. Yesterday the video premiered on Dailymotion. Be sure not to miss this mini motion picture. Watch and be amazed.

Bilal electrifies with Tainted Love

Bilal came out strong with his highly anticipated new long player Airtight’s Revenge. For this week’s session of Mashup Mondays on Billboard.com he brings us his own interpretation of a new wave classic: Soft Cell’s 1982 Tainted Love.

Jamming around, the band replaces the keyboard sounds and makes the song much more guitar-driven. The RnB singer adds his crunchy vocals to give the track a more bluesy rock-like feel. Like!

Prince to play North Sea Jazz

Last year Prince performed twice on Belgian soil. This summer he is returning to Europe.

North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, is headlining his royal highness three night in a row. Friday 8 July to Sunday 10th Prince will close each night starting his set at 01.00, playing into the wee hours of the morning. The set list will be different each night.

Ticket holders can purchase ‘plusconcert’ tickets to combine. ‘Prince only’ tickets are also on offer. Sadly all 3 nights are sold out. Good luck to those still hunting tickets.

Not the Right Time

Contrary to what was announced earlier, Right Time has been pushed back to become the second single to be taken from Taylor Dayne’s forthcoming hits package. Floor on Fire is being remixed to be released in 3 to 4 weeks from now. Expect some dope dance grooves. Stay tuned for that first listen.

Stromae & Will.I. hit it off

Belgian dance act Stromae caught everyone’s attention last year with his self-composed Alors On Dance, and earned himself instant success. None other than Kanye West blogged about this fresh young talent.

Will.I.Am (The Black Eyed Peas) spotted Stromae in France, where both acts were on the same bill. Will really liked what he heard and met his Maestro, or Stomae if you will (real name Paul Van Haver), backstage.

During the variety show Taratata, The Peas and Stromae joined forces onstage, bringing a mash up van Alors On Dance & Don’t Stop The Party.This collab might be the beginning of something greater. Future tour plans together maybe?

Surely this will put this singer-songwriter on the map, if this hadn’t already happened.

Who run da world?

You either love her or hate her. Hard not to love Beyoncé, you gotta admit. Every time she takes the stage, she tears the house down. Yesterday she singled out the lady-contestants of this season’s American Idol at its concluding night for a fun performance of Crazy In Love, finale to a medley including Single Ladies, Irreplaceable, and If I Were a Boy. B also sang the brand new track 1+1.

Earlier this week she rocked the house at this year’s Billboard Music Awards performing her latest offering Run the World (Girls), first single taken from her upcoming album 4, scheduled for release 28 June. The performance started off with a video segment in which greats like Stevie Wonder, Babyface, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Bono, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Knowles’ parents praised the superstar.  It was Knowles’ mother Tina who presented her the Billboard Millennium Award. Catch the mesmerizing performance (and video introduction) here.