Dolly Parton has a new album out this year and not only will it be brilliant but also comes with a glorious title. Its called Backwoods Barbie and I personally feel that this name might be the best of the year so far. Its scheduled for late February but this might change so keep an eye out (on this brilliant site).
The German girl group No Angels are releasing a new single. Its called Disappear and its for Eurovision! It sounds like a uptempo anthem but those German girls have some strong lungs so they might just pull it off.
Meanwhile, Ninja Sarasalo is attempting to represent Finland with the song "Battlefield Of Love" which was written by the amazing Susan Nova! Have a listen to Fashion here. Switzerland have selected their song to represent them this year and its in Italian. Which makes total sense as Italy doesnt take part. Still its sung by the quite lickable Paolo Meneguzzi! See him perform it here (check it out for the choreography and the dancers alone!)
Kylie is rumoured to be leaving Parlophone/EMI while her fellow collaborator R.Williams is thinking of striking. Doesn't "industrial action" require some kind of working to be done? We all know Kylie works her guts out for EMI. Since 2000 there have been 4 studio albums, 1 greatest hits, 5 world tours and some very stressful health issues. Since receiving that 80 million pound contract Robbie Williams has released 2 studio albums. Not quite industrious is it? Not worthy of strike action anyway. Still, the Kylie rumours are just rumours. The Kylie forums also claiming that she's releasing 3 new singles. The UK is getting Wow, the U.S.A gets Speakerphone and everyone else gets In My Arms. Yay! Also it seems a key Kylie track from her new album The One was already released some 12 months or so earlier by another act called Emma on some dance compilation. Sadly not Emma Bunton.
Talking of music being given a new lease of life, the lady that is Alesha Dixon is finally getting a release of her long-awaited longplayer (album cover pictured above!). At the moment its only released in Japan but expect that to change especially on the back of her Strictly Come Dancing win. You can buy it here.
Robyn, who releases her new single Be Mine on Monday, is about to go stateside with critical coastal dates announced for her promotional tour. To read more see XoLondon and Chartrigger who have the full down of her return to America. In Europe, next on the horizon is the release of further singles, live dates like Koko in Camden (which I hope to attend!) and the release of some brand new material such as the track "See Into the Light". She's also appearing on Never Mind The Buzzcocks this month on the week her album achieves a new peak in the British charts!
The Brilliant, and beautiful, London based Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi is releasing her album at the end of the month. The tracklisting looks great but the only problem is the album cover: she's not actually on it. Sort it out!
Elena Paparizou is about to release a special French version of The Game Of Love with three new bonus tracks one which includes Dalida's Le Temps Des Fleurs!
Will Young is peaking back into the world of pop with a collaboration with the rap outfit Dreamkatchers. Its called Teardrops (listen here) and to me it sounds like a tribute to the Eurovision non-classic Love City Groove.
And PayTV are back! Very much back! Back as back could be! They are so back you'll feel your back being backed up by their backs. More on this later though ;-)