by Lauren

2014 in review: music

December 29, 2014 in music by Lauren

It’s that time of year again! I can’t believe 2014 is already coming to an end. It’s been such an eventful and exciting year (as evidenced by the significant lack of posts on here – my apologies!) and I love that music can play such a great role in helping to remember all those amazing moments.

Daniel Kim from Pop Danthology has done it again this year with an amazing mash-up of all the hits of 2014. I’m glad to see Happy makes it back in this year, because the Pharrell concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July was one of my musical highlights of the year. I’m also excited to see that Let It Go from Frozen makes an appearance right at the end because that song must have been stuck in my head for about six months! Did your favourite song of 2014 get a mention?

by Lauren

friday film: happy

November 22, 2013 in music by Lauren

pharrell-happy-music-video-01I love the concept of Pharrell’s new music video – it’s 24 hours of random people dancing down the street to his new song, Happy. Fortunately, it’s the kind of song you can listen to again and again, and it’s just so… happy!

There are some amazing dancers (my favourites are probably the swing dancing couple at 9.08am and Jimmy Kimmel giving a walk-through tour of his studio at 11.48am) and Pharrell himself shows up on the hour every hour.

The video will automatically start at whatever time it is for you where you’re watching but you can skip on through to any time you like. Enjoy – and get happy!

by Lauren

best of 2012: music

December 21, 2012 in music by Lauren

With the official Gangnam Style YouTube clip hitting 1 billion views just an hour or so ago, it seems a great time to discuss the best songs of the year.

Of course, the K-Pop hit has to be up there, along with Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe. For me, Fun.’s We Are Young reminds me of my great summer holiday with friends and, living in Europe, I’ve come to appreciate club mixes more than I care to appreciate.

Check out a spectacular mash-up of the year’s hottest songs below and then let me know – what’s your song of the year?

by Lauren

design a t-shirt for queen

February 22, 2011 in music by Lauren

Legendary rock band Queen is preparing for its 40th birthday – and they need a hand from your creative selves.

In partnership with Talenthouse, Queen is offering fashion designers, illustrators and graphic designers the chance to become part of history by creating a t-shirt design featuring the band’s famous logo.

The selected t-shirt will be sold in Queen’s online stores, on the band’s official site and on the Mercury Phoenix Trust website. The winning design will also be featured on the band’s Facebook page, which has over 7.5 million fans.

All proceeds will be donated to fighting AIDS worldwide through the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity set up in Freddie Mercury’s name – so not only will you be getting global recognition for your design, you’ll also be helping those less fortunate!

The winning artist will receive $1,500 and a further 10 designers who receive the most votes will share a prize pool of $1,500. All submitted designs will be reviewed and judged by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Submissions close 19 April 2011 so head over to the Talenthouse website for all the details.

Queen will also be collaborating with Talenthouse on two other creative initiatives – stay tuned for more details!

Here’s a little ditty to inspire you to greatness…

by Lauren

friday film (clip): big jet plane

January 28, 2011 in music by Lauren

Angus and Julia Stone took out the number one spot in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2010 (an Australia Day institution for those readers from overseas). While it wasn’t one of my votes, its easy tune and sweet lyrics have been swirling around my head for the past two days – and the film clip is pretty cute too.

I’m actually a bit of a fan of this song at the moment for another reason – I’ll be taking my own one-way trip on a big jet plane shortly… more details to come!

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