September 19th

September 19, 2011

Dappy has released his first solo single ‘No Regrets’ today. He recently announced that N-Dubz could be coming to an end in two years, in a recent interview he said, “The band is definitely going to quiet down for the next year-and-a-half to two years. We may release some stuff every six months but it will definitely be quieter. Then at the end of that period, we will do a Greatest Hits or Best of N-Dubz’. Then that’ll be it: finished.” With co-band mate and cousin Tulisa currently wrapped up in judging this year’s X-factor, Dappy has decided to try his hand at a solo album and was quoted “I really want to earn the respect of an older audience.”

“I don’t think there’s any shame in trying to write music that will be recognized by people I admire, like Adele. Even Bono. I have big goals. I want to have two No. 1 singles back-to-back as a solo artist.” In reference to his debut solo album, which is being released late 2011 or early 2012. So he wants Bono, the lead singer of one of the most successful rock bands of all time, to be a fan of his music? If that’s not ambitious enough he also wants two back-to-back No.1 singles? Well the charts are littered with some questionable music these days, so SupaJam wouldn’t be surprised if Dappy achieves the No.1 singles he wants, but we just can’t see Dappy popping up on Bono’s i-pod anytime soon …

Anyway onto the single!  As much as we were dubious about Dappy, and N-Dubz for that matter, no one can fault their ability to write catchy tunes packed full of annoyingly catchy hooks. With lyrical gems scattered throughout this song such as, “Back To The Future..Marty Mcfly” “Now I’m flying with the birds.. Richard Branson” and the ever wonderful “Cos I’m famous..Call me Gallagher..’Cos I’m so shameless” who can complain Dappy can’t write?

The song flows very well from start to finish and is complete with a killer key change PLUS a gospel choir! We can easily see this getting to Number 1 and if his following single packs as much energy and genius as this does then he may be very well on his way to getting his back-to-back No.1 Singles.

We’ve included the video below so let us know your thoughts! Love it or hate it give us your opinions!

Next up is Miles Kane, the former frontman of The Rascals and Co-front man (with Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner) of the band The Last Shadow Puppets. He is releasing his track ‘Come Closer’ from his debut solo album ‘Colour Of The Trap’ this week. He has described the track as “Sleazy” and said it was inspired by John Lennon. The song is, as Miles puts it himself, “A good first proper single, because it has all the elements. A bit sexy, sleazy, with cool guitar,” and we here at SupaJam definitely agree with that statement. The song is a great mix of cool rock infused with a funky chorus that will be oh so familiar to fans of The Last Shadow Puppets. Check out the track below and let us know what you think!

Our final review this week, of Lady Gaga’s latest release, is brought to you by guest reviewer Emily Richardson.

I doubt there is anyone out there who doesn’t have an opinion on this platinum selling artist; good or bad, you can’t deny she’s doing something right. With an estimated 51 million single sales, she is now regarded as one of, if not the, best selling artists in the world right now.

Her latest track You and I, is the fourth release from her second album Born This Way and continues the trend of the previous three singles in its 80’s power ballad traits, gritty guitar riffs and air punching, catchy vocals. Slower in pace, it immediately makes me feel like putting on a tassled pleather jacket and teasing my hair (and, not going to lie, it makes me want to pole dance.)

I wouldn’t go as far as “little monsters” but I’m not ashamed to say that I am most definitely a Lady Gaga fan. In this day and age of poorly written, mass produced, soulless fucking drivel (“One Direction”, I’m looking at you) I think it’s refreshing to see a young female artist do something a bit different and offer up a new type of role model who isn’t all about bubblegum and boob jobs, who actually writes her own music, performs live, sticks her fingers up to the record labels, and says it’s OK to be different.

Her critics see her carrying a teacup, talking through a massive telephone and wearing dresses made out of meat, but they are fools to believe it’s not all tongue in cheek. Look past the weird outfits, performance art and unnecessarily extravagant music videos, and you’ll find a very talented young woman making a phenomenal success of a character called Lady Gaga. And as we all sit around throwing opinions about, discussing her latest fashion monstrosity or that ‘teeny or weeny’ rumour, guess who’s having the last laugh?

Not a Lady Gaga fan? Well, neither is a certain member of our SupaJam blogging team. To read their (rather strong) opinions on her new release (and her in general) CLICK HERE – warning EXPLICIT CONTENT 

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