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The Monday Punch: Daughtry, Britney & Lil' Kim, Temposhark, Keane, U2, Celine Dion

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I made it back home this weekend after a hectic trip to Europe last week that was made up of traveling to three different countries in six days. I was also in Cannes, France where I shot that photo of me posted above. That place is totally terrific. I bet it is happening every year during the Cannes Film Festival.

Musically, there wasn't a whole lot of new stuff to report about. Driving in a cab back to the airport in France, I was surprised to hear Daughtry on the radio. The American Idol contestant is going global. It made me wonder about what it is that makes certain pop music resonate around the world. It is fascinating to me that people who live such different lives in such different environments still often listen to the same music. It might be a cliché, but music really does connect people even if they don't understand the lyrics. It is the emotion that matters I think.

Talking about Daughtry, I caught him on the broadcast of the 2007 American Music Awards where he was one of the big winners. It places him in pal position to scoop up a few Grammy Awards as well next year. I liked the show that ranged from Fergie's poor vocals to the solid performances of Maroon 5 and Lenny Krativz, and from the deliciously bizarre duet of Beyonce and Sugarland to a bit of nostalgia with Duran Duran. Alicia Keys was strong too, but I was disappointed she invited homophobic Beenie Man to join her on stage. Boo!

French female rapper Koxie is on the top of the charts in France with "Garcon." Lily Allen meets Peaches or something like that.

I listened to Celine Dion's new album when I was in Las Vegas last week and wrote up a little review for Bravo.

Temposhark will finally be releasing their debut on February 28 in both the U.S. and Europe. It is about damn time!

Download a free trailer of Keane's upcoming live DVD.

Finnish soporano singer Tarja Turunen is blowing up in Germany right now. "I Walk Alone" is epic.

Japanese J-pop sensation is taking over the Europe with "Japanese Boy." It's trashtastic.

Do you remember Nena?

Listen to a remix of Britney Spears' "Gimme More" featuring Lil' Kim.

Listen to some of the best European hit tunes on Dutch radio station Radio 538 here.

U2's Bono talks about unreleased track "Wave Of Sorrow" from the upcoming "The Joshua Tree" re-release.

November 19, 2007 in The Punch | Permalink

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I love Radio 538! I've been listening to it for almost a year now. I downloaded a widget of theirs (for Yahoo! Widgets) that sits on my desktop...Good music is only a click away!

Welcome back!

Posted by: Talal at Nov 19, 2007 8:38:41 AM

Great post!

Posted by: xolondon at Nov 19, 2007 4:31:39 PM

It made me wonder about what it is that makes certain pop music resonate around the world. It is fascinating to me that people who live such different lives in such different environments still often listen to the same music. It might be a cliché, but music really does connect people even if they don't understand the lyrics. It is the emotion that matters I think.

I often wonder about the same thing. But it also begs the question as to why the pop music that resonates and travels around the world seems to (mostly) only be in English ? Are English speakers not capable of feeling the emotions behind other languages for some reason ? I think it is sad that there is so much amazing pop music out there that doesn't get discovered outside of its native land and language simply because it is not in English. *sigh* Thank god for the advent of the Internet and sites like Radio 538 that allow people from anywhere to have access to music from everywhere !

Posted by: HiC at Nov 19, 2007 6:16:07 PM

Great post!

Presumably you know that Tarja Turunen is the former lead singer of Finnish group Nightwish. Like Tarja, they are also hugely successful in Germany. Continuing with the theme of "music resonating around the world"; what is it with Finnish bands like HIM , The Rasmus, Nightwish, Sunset Avenue gaining success especially well in Germany...? Well, we Finns like Rammstein a lot, and they sing in German! Hmm... beyond me!

Posted by: FiRe at Nov 20, 2007 12:48:35 AM

Oh my god!! temposhark have their album coming out. I love them!!

Posted by: cris at Nov 20, 2007 2:56:06 AM

whats up with all the "alternative" advertising on this site, I got a sore butt just looking at it

Posted by: straight and proud at Nov 21, 2007 9:18:58 PM

Lil Kim celebrates her 33 year birthday !

Posted by: Lil Kim the murda mami at Jul 12, 2008 5:11:51 AM

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