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Rita Ora in Moscow

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It’s really funny that Rita Ora’s recent Moscow gig opened with the famous Mean Girls quote ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ splashed all over the screens. Because for the last couple of years I was desperately trying to figure out how Rita managed to reserve a seat among pop’s biggest names without having a proper banger or some nuclear charisma. In my book, she’s just another sexy chick with a powerful voice and nice style but who most people would mistake for a better-behaved Rihanna lookalike. And the Moscow gig (which was nothing more than a big budget HP commercial) didn’t prove me wrong.

While she has the looks of the proper star, a powerful voice and she does know how to pose Beyonce-style, Rita lacks that spark that would turn her into a proper showstopper: she doesn’t look like she owns the stage or rules her bombastic entourage (the dancers were amazing by the way!) but more like she was put in the middle of that chaos by accident and has no idea what to do next. During the third song of the set (‘Roc the life’) she literally sat down on the ladder in the middle of the stage and let the backup singers carry the whole song. I’m sure there was a reasonable explanation behind her laziness (jetlag or a sore throat, maybe) but that certainly didn’t help me warm up to Rira more. And when you only sing about 1/3 of your biggest solo hit (the closing number – a great but anyone-could-sing-it ‘I Will Never Let You Down’) it goes to show how much the ‘music thing’ means to you.

Rita must really be a Hercules of networking or have some pop genie slave scoring her all her endorsement deals as there is literally no explanation to why that girl is where she is right now. Yes, she’s ‘hot right now’, but can anyone explain to me why? As that show was more bullshit than party. Now can you please release a proper banger, honey, that will showcase your awesome voice and finally help you find your musical identity? No, rejected Rihanna demos will not do this time around.

At least we seemed to be having way more fun than Rita herself:

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The return of Danity Kane

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Talk about perfect timing… What were the chances that I’d get to LA exactly the same time when Danity Kane would do their comeback show?! I mean 4 months ago we wouldn’t even dream about ever hearing ‘Show Stopper’ live again and here we are now – with 4 of 5 ladies back together to remind us about their driving skills and bad girl agendas. And make me feel like I’m 16 all over again!

Just like their original career, the show was short (about 50 minutes), fierce and charming. Danity Kane was never a huge band: they weren’t as corky as Girls Aloud, or brand-friendly as The Pussycat Dolls, but they were always pretty decent: 5 sexy girls with enough sass and charisma to record two great albums and provide enough drama for 4 seasons of Diddy-produced ‘Making the band’ show on MTV. The band split during a heated series finale in 2008 and girls started solo projects (with Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richards attracting the most attention). Yet somehow a lot of their material aged incredibly well – I personally never really got over the brilliance of ‘Show Stopper’ and ‘Bad Girl’. They were always way too good with the whole ‘silly sexy’ vibe.

Watching them perform together again after all these years was surprisingly satisfying. What was missing during recent Girls Aloud reunion (the chemistry between the girls and the sense that they’re really back) was very present here. Everything was spot on: the dancing, the singing, the fun. The highlight of the show was girls’ solo mini-performances which highlighted their upbringings (‘That explains a lot’ said Shannon after Aubrey did her version of ‘Like a Virgin’). And the whole concert was all about their show stopping charismas: Aubrey was dry humping the curtains and grinding on the speakers, Dawn was waving her ridiculously long hair and shooting the fierceness all over the place, Aundrea was literally jumping with excitement and Shannon has finally replaced ‘cute’ with ‘sexy’ providing killer moves and striking new looks. It was a girlband show from heaven. The one that was made for the fans: we got all the hits and some amazing album tracks (‘You know you want my strip tease, If you want it say please’!). The lack of new material (we only got one song towards the end) was rather disappointing but then again there’s hopefully more to come so a night dedicated to the band’s past was more than alright with me. These bad girls are on FIRE.

Just sing me one more song

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I didn’t just take an interview with the girlband heaven that is The Dolly Rockers during my trip to London in March. I also asked them to sing the chorus from their RedOne-produced drunk-anthem ‘One More’. Now that the song’s finally online, I can share their stunning acapella performance right on the street.

Interview with Robyn

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There were tons of exciting gigs in Moscow this year and Robyn’s surprise appearance at Martini Carnival was the best way to kiss 2012 goodbye. Not only did she give us a spectacular and energetic performance, but she also took time to give several interviews the day before while fighting the cold. So I managed to have a little talk with one of the most exciting popstars of the modern times for The Village website.

How are you feeling after the flight?

I’m fine. I’ve been a little sick this week, so I’m trying to get over cold before the show.

It’s just got very cold in Moscow. I guess, it’s our way to welcome cool guests.

Maybe. But it’s cold in Sweden, too!

So you’re used to cold?

Yes.

You’re one of the first artists to try the EP-way of releasing an album – with ‘Body Talk’ being released as 3 EPs. Now everyone’s doing it – Gaga, Lana del Rey, etc. Will you stick to this formula in the future?

I think it worked well for the people who bought the music. I don’t think the record labels I work with understood how to release it, but the fans totally got it. So it’s a little bit divided between real people and industry people. I think I’ll continue with smaller releases but I don’t think I’ll ever do 3 albums in one year again. It was a lot of work and it was fun but it was tough. I’ve kinda used all of the songs I’ve written for the last 5 years. So when I start recording next year it will be really starting from scratch.

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