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From Popmaster
post time 2004-01-04 22:37:44
Was just wondering - did Vaya Con Dios ever had a Blue-Box hit?

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2004-01-04 23:23:07
Not really... the closest they came was with "Heading For A Fall" which peaked at #17...
Though they DID re-enter the Album charts last year with their "Best Of" album, reaching #6 and going Gold... due to a kind of "revived interest" for their music (quite some time after their reign), and giving them somewhat of a "classic" status on the Blue Islands - with many of their hits like "Nah Neh Nah", "Something's Got A Hold On Me" and "What's A Woman?" being requested quite often on radio.
In other words, their chart history on Blue-Box shouldn't really be seen as representative of the interest they garner on the Blue Islands these days...


From Popmaster
post time 2004-01-03 21:45:55
Sophie Zelmani's new album "Love Affair" was released in Sweden 2 weeks ago. This is a short quote from one of the reviews:

"... Sophie's voice sometimes disappears into a mere whisper.

"Love Affair" is a softly spoken album - the music is (thanks to its emptiness) of amplified intensity, at times so powerful it is painful..."

I can't wait!

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2004-01-03 22:46:08
Yeah, I agree! Probably the most anticipated album of the year for me so far!

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2004-01-03 23:51:35
And, the album seems to be doing well in Sweden, moving up from 38 to 12 on the Albums Chart.


Replied by Rudie
Post time: 2004-01-04 08:47:43
Hi, I must confess I don't know this Sophie Zelmani, but after reading all this - I'm gonna check her out!


From Webmaster
post time 2004-01-03 11:49:17
Quote of the day:

Asked whether he considers himself to be a good singer, Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys replied: "Not really. But I can make a distinctive pop sound in the studio. "


From Webmaster
post time 2004-01-02 11:59:12
Is it just me, or is METRO having a run of bad luck lately?

I can just imagine the expectations surrounding some of their latest projects recently... producing the new Enrique Iglesias and Ronan Keating albums, remixing a single for Shania Twain (amongst others).

Firstly, whereas they HAVE made some great remixes in the past, the one they did for Shania ('When You Kiss Me') turned out to be possibly their worst yet!

Furthermore, since Enrique and Ronan are currently some of the biggest male artists in the world, chances of a project of theirs failing, would seem impossible... right?

So it must have been quite a SHOCK in the Metro camp when both the new Enrique and Ronan albums FLOPPED!! (Not the case on the Blue Islands, though they HAVE been less successful than the predecessors).
Surely NO-ONE could have predicted this??

Guess they can't be too happy...

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2004-01-02 12:53:34
They also did a (rather good) remix for Michael Jackson's "One More Chance" - it just that nobody cares about this one it seems.

Replied by Stephen
Post time: 2004-01-02 19:17:55
Problem with Metro is, they just become too stereotypical, didn't they?

The Oakenfold mix of MJ's "One more chance" is also quite good, isn't it?

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2004-01-02 20:29:11
True Stephen! Though lately they have started moving away from the "latin/spanish guitar" sound - but the bottom line is... it doesn't SOUND like much...!


From Webmaster
post time 2004-01-02 09:03:26
As you may or may not know already, the original line-up of Duran Duran have been gearing up for a major comeback in 2004 (already having re-introduced themselves in a series of concerts).

2003 also marked the 25th anniversary of the band's formation in 1978.

Nick Rhodes says that the band's past required it to lay down new material though before setting out on a full-fledged tour.

"That was the first priority," Rhodes says of the new album, targeted for release in early 2004 on a to-be-determined label. "That's really the centre of it all to us. We had to make sure we could get that right. We didn't just want to get together and play the old songs."

He continues, "This (last) year has been very much about reintroducing Duran Duran as this lineup and trying to let people know that 'Yep, we're back.'"

By carefully mapping out its comeback, Rhodes believes Duran Duran has a strong shot at a lasting reunion.

"If we're going to do it, let's do it properly," he says, noting that the group's new songs feel as satisfying as anything it has written before.

What is interesting about playing together after so long, Rhodes, observes, "is that we've become a little more graceful with each other, allowing the space for each person to do what they are best at."

He describes the new material as a mix of edgy rock and dark, electronic synth pop. Others, he says, have described the sound as "Duran Duran, but what [we] should sound like now."

Replied by CharlesX
Post time: 2004-01-02 09:40:50
Honestly? Should be interesting to see what they do, and I predict they'll have SOME success due to the nostalgia (certainly sold-out tours!), but I don't think they'll have any REAL success with the new material... (similar maybe to the Fleetwood Mac comeback)... I mean, how old ARE they?!

Replied by Rudie
Post time: 2004-01-02 10:29:41
Hi - first time for me here... ace site!

I think it all depends on DD's NEW MATERIAL... if it's REALLY GOOD, it might just be a major comeback! (Hope it's more uptempo than their 90's hits)

Replied by Webmaster
Post time: 2004-01-02 11:39:50
Welcome Rudie, glad you like the site!


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