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Last Friday, I had the pleasure of listening to the iconic falsetto tones of Mr Pharrell Williams live at the 02 Arena. An incredible night, accompanied by an array of equally historic and fresh chart stopping tracks from the sexy beats of Frontin, to the ghetto clicks of Drop it Like it’s Hot and the spirited claps of Happy. If you get the chance to see Pharrell live, you will not be disappointed – a five star performance!

Ever wondered what face cream he wears? He literally hasn’t aged a bit!

Michael Buble Concert

It took many years, countless email notifications alerts, and a very stressful October morning in 2012 to finally bag myself two tickets to a Michael Bublé concert at the O2 Arena in Greenwich – and it was well worth the wait!

Opening for Michael Bublé was Naturally 7, a New York based seven person, all male a capella group, full of tight harmonies and classic tunes. With an infectious stage presence Naturally 7 were the perfect accompaniment, exciting the audience and gearing them up for the long anticipated arrival of the main act.

Michael Bublé’s arrived to a huge instrumental introduction, sliding down the stage in shiny shoes, a dapper tuxedo, and broke flawlessly into ‘Fever’ to screaming gooey eyed women around the arena. Buble continued to play a host of songs; several from his new album, some classic standards and a sprinkling of Bublé’s own pop songs including: It’s A Beautiful Day, Everything, Haven’t Met You Yet and a wonderful arrangement of Home with tear jerking visuals behind him. As expected his vocals throughout the show were powerful yet effortless, and the experience of his exceptional live band made paying the slightly extortionate £170 for two tickets slightly less painful.

I almost cried a river [excuse the pun] at the possibility that my favorite song was not to be included in the show, when Bublé’s reentered donning a sparkly silver suit and encored with the enormous notes of Cry Me A River to an almost wild audience. Buble finished with Save the Last Dance for Me and completed the night with what I naively believed to be a wiring fault, and was in fact Acapella belting out of the final notes of the concert. An unforgettable moment, which had the audience shrieking out in appreciation.

Flirtatious, charming, and welcoming – shaking hands and hugging people as he passes through the crowd, Bublé’s confidence, humor and camaraderie with his band made for a very pleasant experience. This was a truly wonderful show and I felt privileged to be able to appreciate Bublé’s voice live in an arena, as opposed to face up against a television screen. If you are a fan and have yet to experience Buble live in concert, I would strongly recommend it.

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Justin Timberlake is finally back, but is it with the big musical bang so many of his fans were hoping for? Sadly for me, it isn’t. J.T always fills me with a feeling of deep nostalgia, and I think back wistfully to the days when the iconic red tea cosy hat of “Like I Love You” was sexy, and when it was cool to attempt the classic “Rock Your Body” beatbox. Yes, we hear the familiar falsetto voice of Timberlake over deep R&B grooves in his come back single “Suit and Tie”,  but it is certainly lacking something. Something, aside from the lack of percussive sounds which punctuated his previous albums, which I cannot quite pinpoint, and I am not convinced Jay-Z adds much to the song other than an additional big name. It is good to know Justin Timberlake is making music again, let us just hope that his upcoming album The 20/20 Exprience will pack more punch.

Overall, a relatively pleasant track, but perhaps it will sound better amidst the sultry temperatures of summer.

54,414,442 hits on YouTube! Really? I don’t hate the track, but it’s certainly too cutsie and Katy Perry for my likings-I would definitely have a complete cringe attack if this came on in a club! 4 weeks at number one and a lot of hype, Carly Rae Jepsen is evidently the lady of the moment…though having watched the video a few times myself, I do have sneaky suspicion a few of those hits may be a result of a certain bare torso hottie seductively backing the h20. 

 

Tulisa has gone solo and her breakthrough track ‘Young’ is the fastest selling debut single of the year so far; the second fastest overall behind DJ Fresh’s ‘Hot Right Now’. It is definite grower and no doubt it will remain on repeat throughout the summer. The former N-Dubz star was hoping for a triumphant return to the music scene after her recent sex tape scandal, but Tulisa’s  ‘poor’ performance on the Britain’s Got Talent show seemed to provoke a mixed reaction from fans. It certainly wasn’t the best performance in the world, but apart from a wobbly start and the odd pitching problems, I think she done a good job given the style of track. Looking forward to seeing what else Miss Contostavlos can pull out of the bag.