Pop vs. Country. – seems to be the recent battle on Radio Bobby. New directions by each of the genres are churning out amazing songs and vocals – so this should come as no surprise. Last week, the list was topped by a Canadian pop icon and a Texan country music band. This week, the battle is waged between a Scottish pop singer and a crossover country singer from down unda’ (that’s slang for Australia). Without any further ado, I present to you – Radio Bobby:
1. “My Kind of Love” by Emeli Sande (RedOne and Alex P remix) – (pop) [tie] For whatever reason, the United States hasn’t embraced the English-born Scottish singer, and that truly is a shame. “My Kind of Love” was included on Sande’s debut album last year, but this remix takes the song and singer to a new level of appeal. If this doesn’t connect with American audiences, I don’t know what will. Maybe somebody could tell me – why is the US not embracing Emeli Sande!?
1. “Somewhere in My Car” by Keith Urban – (country) [tie] Urban’s back! Fresh off his judging run on American Idol, country’s one and only Keith Urban is back to deliver this uptempo track that would crossover easily onto hit, mainstream music stations! Get this single out ASAP Mr. Urban and Co. While we’re at it, let’s get him performing on the next season of Idol. I promise y’all – windows are gonna come down and radios are gonna go up to this.
2. “Missing You” by Alex Gaudino ft. Nicole Scherzinger – (pop/dance) Italian record producer and Nicole Scherzinger collaborated on this ultra-catchy pop song. Hey, it’s not my fault if you sing it throughout the day after you listen to it. Blame the former Pussycat Doll – who by the way, is another singer who isn’t embraced by the US! What gives!?
3. “Atlas” by Coldplay (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) – (pop/soundtrack) If the track is any indication of the movie – then we can expect something more polished and likely more cinematic than the first Hunger Games movie. Could a sequel be about to eclipse an original? Possibly. (note: I love the lyric video for this song!)
4. “Who’s Gonna Save Us” by Gavin DeGraw – (pop) DeGraw delivers a raspy, soulful, pop-infused song from his upcoming album Make a Move.
5. “Rough Water” by Travie McCoy ft. Jason Mraz – (hip-hop/pop) Naturally, “Mr. A-Z” Jason Mraz shines bright on this track – but that’s about it. Have you ever liked a song just for its chorus? I have, and you probably have too, remember “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine. Levine’s part was the part – the rest of it, I could leave behind – do without. Same thing with this song – but “Rough Water” clocking in at #5 this week is a testament to my dedication to Jason Mraz.
There you are – the Radio Bobby Top 5 (or 6, depending how you look at it). Oh yes, this week’s MUSIC VIDEO of the WEEK is… well, this too is a TIE!
“My Kind of Love” by Emeli Sande – Her video to this song sends an uplifting, positive message and presents viewers with a vulnerable look at Sande, while giving us some emotional imagery.
“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus – If you recall, Miley put out her newest single “Wrecking Ball” two weeks ago. It topped Radio Bobby then. Now this week, she’s got her video, which seemingly offers a personal, intimate glance into Miley – who may not be as far gone as we all had once thought (at the VMAs). I love the way she breaks the fourth wall and delivers raw emotion – making us all feel a little guilty inside.