Poor Will Young.
Judging by the clip for his gorgeous new single “I Just Want A Lover,” it looks like the original Pop Idol winner has gone and squandered all of the funds from his insanely incredible studio album Echoes last year, and now he’s fallen from grace–from pop star status to a full-time Tesco register boy. (“And it feels like…bankruptcy!”)
But fear not: He’s a crafty one. Sure, he doesn’t have a dollar to his name, but DAMN IT, he still knows how to dance!
Well, with a shopping cart anyway: Watch as Will twirls for miles on end to the delicious disco stomp of his new single, all while accompanied by new metallic beau. They’re basically the new Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers!
This video hits frighteningly close to home back in the days I used to work in retail. I’d rather not talk about it.
But for serious, though: As with everything about the Echoes era, this video and this song are nothing less than complete perfection.
Will Young is really having his finest moment ever, isn’t he?
Between the premiere of “Jealousy” (one of my favorite songs of 2011), the heartbreaking Trapeze-inspired video, and the adorkable, Best In Show realness-serving clip for “Come On”, Young’s delivered nothing but pure quality from Echoes.
Now comes the video “Losing Myself,” the latest disco-tinged track off of his sensational 2011 record.
Watch below as the Pop Idol alum goes through the motions of a typical day at work and sees double, triple–no quintuple–along the way. Think incredible synchronized choreography, mirror play, and some rather handsome boys…sounds like a good time, right? It most certainly is.
Either Will’s suffering from a little bit of split personality disorder or just a much-needed visit to the optometrist. You decide.
But seriously-this entire campaign has been completely free of flaw. Bravo, Will!
Echoes was released on September 9 in the UK. (iTunes UK)
Two weeks ago, I presented my Top 25 Albums of 2011. Now…it’s time for the Top 50 Singles of 2011!
If the album list was tough, this was one step short of impossible, Shontelle style. Between rock-solid offerings from my favorite pop princesses, to stunning debut tracks from some of MuuMuse’s Most Anticipated artists, to throbbing dance floor bangers from DJs and producers worldwide–there was simply too much to love in 2011!
As a result, the list took a while. I didn’t sleep. I didn’t eat. I haven’t bathed. I’m literally a disgusting music-minded mess right now.
BUT NOW IT IS COMPLETE!
This is a list of 50 of my favorite offerings of the year (plus one honorable mention which was never actually released as a single.) Since I am giving like the Baby Jesus, I’ve created a full playlist of all my Top 50 tracks on Spotify. You are welcome in advance.
So without further ado, check out the full list below. Remember: If you have a problem with the final ranking, please…don’t hold it against me!
There’s no way around it: 2011 was an astoundingly good year in pop music.
Not since the 2007 reign of Kylie‘s X, Britney‘s Blackout, Rihanna‘s Good Girl Gone Bad and Girl’s Aloud‘s Tangled Up has there been such a strong showing in pop: We found love in the most hopeless of places, hung onto a moment and danced to the beat of our drums ’til the world ended (well, until next year anyway.)
As per usual, I’ve hemmed and hawed over a final ranking for my favorite records released over the past year. Although I wasn’t initially going to rank them numerically (YAY–everybody wins!), I ultimately realized that was just a cop-out.
Nonetheless, every album featured on this list deserves to be on included on everyone’s iPods and Spotify/iTunes libraries (or, dare I say it, in your CD players), because they’re all beautiful in their way.
Now, I present my Top 25 Albums of 2011. And if you’re not satisfied with the ranking? Please…don’t hold it against me.
This is required listening: You can now stream ten tracks from Will Young‘s fifth studio album, Echoes, at his Facebook until Sunday.
I’ve just listened all the way through once and I’m already obsessed. Gorgeous disco beats, lush electronica…I can easily deem this a favorite of the year. Full album review to come upon release…
Echoes will be released on August 22 in the UK. (iTunes UK)