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Ci-Tay Songs: MP! checks out some of the best songs about cities!

So, are you lot still obsessed with Taylor Swift’s 1989? Cos we sure as hell are! In fact, one of the tracks that has received the most abuse from the repeat button at the MP! office is album opener ‘Welcome To New York’ AKA ‘the next track to get an inevitable Glee cover’. Natch’. It even scored Tay Tay a new job as ambassador for the BIg Apple. Impressive, non?

It also got us thinking about other awesome songs about cities – or at least with tenuous connections to them anyhow. After some very intensive research on our part (and copious amounts of tea and biscuits) we’ve compiled an exhaustive list of some the best geographical odes to city life and here are just some of our faves…

Will Smith – Miami

A stone cold 90s classic, ‘Miami’ is the perfect, sun kissed jam for any party playlist. WARNING: This song will cause involuntary shaking of the rump-ular area when you least expect it. WELCOME TO MIAMI.

Neon Jungle – Sleepless In London

A weepy mid tempo ballad for the normally fierce foursome, NJ showed they could do sensitive on this stellar album track about the heartbreak of missing someone when you’re miles away. *Sniff*

Katy Perry – California Gurls

Written as repost to the then ubiquitous ‘Empire State of Mind’ by Jay Z, K Pezza wrote this catchy floor filler to celebrate the bikini clad la-deez of the West Coast. This was THE song of summer 2010 and remains an untouchable pop classic to this day.

Amelia Lily – California

Ah, the pain of transatlantic love. We can’t say we’ve ever experienced it ourselves, but former X Factor star Amelia Lily sure has, and wrote a damn catchy tune about it too. The “Ca-li-for-ni-a” and “Lon-don ci-taaaay” bits in the chorus are still both ridiculous and genius in equal measure.

Mini Viva – Left My Heart In Tokyo

One of Xenomania’s most promising acts since Girls Aloud, Mini Viva were a sassy pop duo with killer singles like this completely bonkers dance tune about carelessly leaving your heart down by a river. We’ve often left our own hearts by the Thames so give us a shout if you find them. Cheers.

For these tunes and others, why not have a gander at our Ci-Tay (see what we did there?!) Spotify playlist and immerse yourself in some quality sounds from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Paloma Faith, Conor Maynard and loads more! Have we missed any? Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments below…

Amazing Album Alert: Taylor Swift – ‘1989’. Check out our track by track review (yes, even the bonus tracks!)

It genuinely feels like eons since Taylor Swift rocked our worlds with the release of ‘Shake It Off’ and the announcement of a brand new album called ‘1989’ way back in August. Now that the singer songwriter has finally made the transition from country superstar to a full fledged member of the pop brigade, we’ve been dying to hear what she’s had in store for us all this time. Much has been made of Tay’s new found 80s influences (not to mention her numerous lyrical references to a certain, long haired member of One Direction) but how does it all come together in the album as a whole? Well, why not put the kettle on, stick your feet up and check out our track by track review to see what we made of it all…

P.S. We may have cried. A lot.

Welcome to New York 

A perfect opener, ‘Welcome to New York’ kicks the album off in style with twinkling, 80s style synths and a commanding beat. Co-written by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, the song details Tay’s recent real life move to New York with Glee levels of naivety and silliness (of COURSE New York is fabulous for a multimillionaire singer songwriter) but just about gets away with it. Plus: SO CATCHY.

Blank Space

Playing on Tay Tay’s reputation as one of music’s most notorious serial daters, ‘Blank Space’ is dreamy, bubblegum pop with a dark centre at the heart of it. It’s a song absolutely stuffed with amazing one liners too as Taylor declares “I can make the bad guys good for a weekend” and riffs on her ‘unlucky in love’ schtick (“Oh my god, look at that face / you look like my next mistake”), proving that Swiz is not only self aware, but she knows how to write about it in a fun and clever way too.

Style

Style or ‘The One That’s Supposedly About Hazza Styles’ is a supercool, laidback jam of a song that simultaneously bemoans the pitfalls of dating a bad boy, and celebrates just how darn fun it can be all the same. Once that sugar rush of a chorus hits you, you will be powerless to resist.

Out Of The Woods

AKA ‘The Other One That’s Supposedly About Hazza Styles’ (don’t shoot the messenger, Directioners!) The closest thing to a power ballad on the track list , ‘Out of the Woods’ builds on pounding drums and reverb soaked vocals while T Swiz reminisces on the fragile nature of her fledgling relationship. All jokes about Harry aside though, anyone can relate to this song and its depiction of that awkward in between-y stage of a relationship where you have absolutely no idea where you stand.

All You Had To Do Was Stay

The title says it all, really. No one does yearning, teen drama break up songs like Taylor and this one is no exception. “People like you always back, the love they gave away / and people like me wanna believe you, when you say you’ve changed”. OH TAYLOR. The wonderful, desperate “STAY!” bits at the end of each chorus are also completely irresistible and may be one of the greatest pop hooks of the year.

Shake It Off

Obviously we still absolutely LOVE shake it off (only a fool wouldn’t) but in the context of the album it sticks out a mile. Amongst the perfectly nuanced love and break up songs on offer here, ‘Shake It Off’ is a shamelessly hook driven, loud, brash 3 minute party of a song designed to get you dancing – not that we’re complaining of course. It’s a welcome respite from all the break up songs though, and still one of THE best pop singles of 2014.

I Wish You Would

Probably the most overtly 80s sounding song on the album, ‘I Wish You Would’ is an energetic, driving pop rock number with a brilliantly cheesy, half time chorus at the heart of it all. The fantastic middle eight really seals the deal though, with the devastating couplet “You always knew how to push my buttons / You give me everything and nothing”. It’s basically like Taylor has been surveilling our love lives for inspiration.

Bad Blood

Ooh er. We’ve been waiting to hear this one. Supposedly about the alleged beef with Katy Perry, ‘Bad Blood’ is a chant heavy number over a marching drum beat that simply demands to be sung by thousands of voices in stadium. “Baby now we got problems / and I don’t think we solve ’em / You made a really deep cut / and baby now we got bad blood”. Whether it’s about K Pezza or not, it serves very well as a one size fits all anthem for anyone who’s been screwed over or double crossed. Who knew Tay could do anger so well?

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Wildest Dreams

One of the prettiest weepy ballads we’ve heard this year, the gorgeous ‘Wildest Dreams’ is a delicate goodbye to a lover that’s not quite right for you, but you want to remember them being perfect anyway. On one of our favourite choruses on the album, Taylor sings the breathless, tender refrain “Say you’ll remember me /
Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sun set babe /
Red lips and rosy cheeks / Say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams.” Disclaimer: We may or may not have cried listening to this on the bus. Ahem.

How You Get The Girl

Ok, we’ve had a pretty stellar run on the album so far so it’s inevitable we’ll come across one or two duffers on the album and sadly ‘How You Get The Girl’ falls into this dubious category. Not a bad song, but not particularly memorable either, the sugary sweet confection simply doesn’t pack the same lyrical and emotional punch of the rest of the tracks.

This Love

By this stage of the album, country Taylor is but a distant memory. However ‘This Love’ harks back to it briefly by slowing things down a bit and bringing some twanging guitars into the proceedings. Luckily Taylor’s new found 80s-isms also make the cut and the whole thing swells into a hazy, stirring mix of booming snares and arpeggiated synth bass. We imagine this would be the perfect addition to the soundtrack of a romantic, teen drama. *sigh*

I Know Places

Helmed once again by one man hit machine Ryan Tedder (seriously, is there anything he CAN’T do?), ‘I Know Places’ starts off with a single piano and haunting, eerie verses describing a relationship played out in front of the cameras (“They are the hunters/ we are the foxes”) before exploding into a glorious chorus where Taylor promises her lover “I know places we won’t be found”. It’s the perfect mix of light and dark in one song.

Clean

“The drought was the very worst” Taylor quivers in the opening of what could be her most heartbreaking song to date. Running with a slightly overused but no less effective addiction metaphor (Tay is ALL about the metaphors on this album), Swift describes the heartbreak of leaving a toxic relationship but how ultimately it was the best thing for her in the end. By the final, trembling “I think I’m finally clean”, we were basically in a heaping mess on the floor here at the MP! office. DAMN YOU, TAYLOR.

Wonderland

The first of three surprisingly good bonus tracks, ‘Wonderland’ fizzes along in the verses before a fairly epic chorus (inspired by ‘Alice In Wonderland’) about getting lost in the throws of a relationship kicks into gear. Taylor’s obviously been taking some cues from Rihanna’s 2007 hit ‘Umbrella’ with those nagging ‘Eh eh eh’ parts as well. We approve.

You R In Love

We’ll ignore Taylor’s unfortunate ‘text speak’ song title because ‘You R In Love’ is actually an achingly pretty ballad floating over warm synths about the inability to express exactly how you feel about someone. Lovely stuff.

New Romance

Relegated to bonus track status, ‘New Romance’ is actually a brilliantly realised electro pop number that could’ve easily sat very comfortably in the main track list. Playing like a moodier, cooler sequel to ’22’, the song is filled with clever, pithy lyrics about the growing pains of the being a young person in the spotlight, something Taylor knows only too well. “Cos baby I could build a castle / out of all the bricks they threw at me” Taylor cries defiantly, before turning it on it’s head by declaring “heartbreak is our national anthem / we sing it proudly”, managing to create the ultimate call to arms for her fans.

We always knew Taylor was one of the best songwriters of her generation (not to mention one of the best pop stars EVER) but she’s truly surpassed herself with ‘1989’. The production is polished to perfection but never feels sterile. The lyrics are both intensely personal yet totally universal at the same time and, despite being one of the most beautiful, talented women in the world, she still knows exactly how to relate to everyone else and pin point exactly what it’s like to fall in love, fall out of love and grow up in the big bad world. We tip our imaginary hats to you Taylor. Now if you’ll excuse us, it’s time to move the furniture so we can dance and shake, shake, shake it off, baby.

MP! Rating 5/5

It’s Katy Perry’s 30th Birthday! Here’s some of our favourite whacky KPezza outfits

You will not believe what today is. Katy Perry’s 30th birthday! We know – she looks good for her age, right?

K-Pezza is known for her kookiness, so what better way than to celebrate with some krazy Katy outfits?

1. Someone needs to recreate this dress as a doll version but edible for her birthday cake.  Continue reading It’s Katy Perry’s 30th Birthday! Here’s some of our favourite whacky KPezza outfits

Saturday’s pop events: Louis Tomlinson’s appearing on The X Factor, Ed Sheeran’s performing in Birmingham and Jedward on The Saturday Night Show

What’s happening in the pop world this sunny Saturday? Louis Tommo’s appearing on The X Factor – so set those TV’s to record and let’s see what him and uncle Simon get up to.

 

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Tuesday’s pop events: Ed Sheeran, Luke Friend and the Vamps are ready to take over London while Concept are taking over Twitter, time to grab your 1D Diploma!

Tuesday, feeling new? We see you looking good!
Ready to plan you night out? There are some awesome events you can’t miss tonight. Get off the sofa and take off your sweatpants!

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Monday’s pop events: Your chance to see One Direction at Universal Orlando Resorts, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Cher Lloyd gigs and design Elyar Fox’s EP cover if you’re arty smarty.

This goes to the peeps feeling arty! And for those who need a boost of pop madness in their lives this Monday morning. Click the links to find out more details.

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Friday’s pop events: The Janoskians, Katy Perry & Hollywood Ending are entertaining our US pals. Win 1 of 5 One Direction calendars.

Friday’s pop events happening around the globe in a handy snippet. Click the events for full details:

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Thursday’s pop events: 5 Seconds of Summer on your telly, Neon Jungle gig and The Vamps strutting their stuff again in Manchester.

Thursday’s pop events digest. Get off of the couch, the weekend it’s around the corner. Click the events for full details:

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Charli XCX is going on tour with Katy Perry! Hurrah!

Charli XCX is one of our fave popstars of 2014 so far. ‘Boom Clap’ is still an absolute belter of a tune AND it’s sold over 1 million copies world wide, confirming Charli’s promotion to the pop big leagues.

Not only that, but the ‘Fancy’ singer is about to go on tour with none other than Katy Perry! She’ll be the main support act for K Pez on her 2015 ‘The Prismatic’ European arena tour which will take place next February and March. Speaking about the tour, Charli said;

“I’m excited – it’s going to be a magical tour. Katy’s the coolest and it’s an honour to go on tour with such a pop legend. Pussy power.”

Pussy power indeed! Check out the full list of tour dates below and prepare for EXCITEMENT.

KATY PERRY TOUR DATES:

February 16, 2015 – Barcelona: Palau Saint Jordi
February 17, 2015 – Montpellier: Park Suite Arena
February 20, 2015 – Lyon: Halle Tony Garnier
February 21, 2015 – Milan: Mediolanum Forum
February 23, 2015 – Prague: O2 Arena
February 24, 2015 – Krakow: Krakow Arena
February 26, 2015 – Vienna: Stadthalle
February 27, 2015 – Bratislava: Slovnaft Arena
March 1, 2015 – Zurich: Hallenstadion
March 2, 2015 – Munich: Olympiahalle
March 4, 2015 – Antwerp: Sportpaleis
March 5, 2015 – Cologne: Lanxess Arena
March 7, 2015 – Herning: Jyske Bank Boxen
March 9, 2015 – Amsterdam: Ziggo Dome
March 12, 2015 – Hamburg: O2 World
March 13, 2015 – Berlin: O2 World
March 15, 2015 – Riga: Arena
March 18, 2015 – Helsinki: Hartwall Arena
March 20, 2015 – Oslo: Telenor Arena
March 22, 2015 – Stockholm: Ericsson Globe

Don’t forget, Charli’s new single ‘Break The Rules’ out on October 19th and is still officially brilliant.

Miranda Sings is coming to the UK! Here’s why you need to see her

Over the next few months Britain is going to be blessed with the arrival of a superstar. For a few dates (looky here) starting on the 19th September (!!!), the iconic, divine Miranda Sings is going to come and perform for us mere mortals. Literally stop your entire life right now because Christmas has come early, along with your birthday and the day you were followed on Twitter by Union J all at once. If you know who Mirana Sings is already then you know we’re not just going crazy with the hyperboles (we use big words sometimes), but if you’re not -yet- a Mirfanda, then let us give you a quick induction.

 She can sing, she can dance:

 AND she can rap:

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