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Forgot About Friday/Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield

Here at Philly Mixtape, we’re all about music firsts, and today is certainly a “Forgot About Friday” first, as we will be getting lost in the forgotten about music careers of UK music siblings, Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield. For quite some time, these two crazy music kids have been off of the music radar, which is quite sad because there was a time when they ruled the music world…and were soon forgotten about. Just how are we gonna get through this? I think it’s time to get lost in the Bedingfield family “Forgot About Friday” mixtape…

Okay, let’s serve up the long lost tunes of Ms. Natasha first, since she is quite the lady. Ms. Bedingfield launched her ’04 debut set, ‘Unwritten,’ in the UK to glowing reviews and fabulous chart success, due to lead single, um, “Single,” destroying the UK pop charts. Over here, “Single” didn’t snag a chart boyfriend, barely cracking top 50, but follow up track, “These Words,” did the trick. With its fun, cheeky video and simple summertime feel, the jingle put Ms. Natasha on the music map, and she landed her first top 20 hit. That would only lead to follow up single, “Unwritten,” which really did the diva some chart good, landing not only in the top 5 U.S. chart, but in EVERY Clairol Herbal Essence commercial you could think of….

Next up, Natasha came roaring back with her follow up set, ‘Pocketful Of Sunshine,” as the Sean Kingston co-starring lead single, “Love Like This” (personally, I’ll take the Johnny Vicious mix over the original), helped our girl avoid the sophomore slump. But, as we all know, it was the albums title track that was almost too good to be true, because while yes,  it exploded on the pop charts, sadly it became the last big single for her on the Billboard front. Maybe Emma Stone’s interpretation of ‘Pocketful’  in ‘Easy A’ had something to do with Natasha’s demise…I guess we’ll never know. It should also be mentioned that Natasha’s bruise-y gem, “Bruised Water” with  Chicane should never be forgotten….

Okay, so now onto Natasha’s younger brother (She’s 33, he’s 31), Mr. Daniel. In the early ’00s, Daniel was quite the force to be reckoned with, delivering smash-after- smash single in the UK, adding #1 singles, “Never Gonna Leave Your Side” the ones that we know, “If You’re Not The One” and MOST notably, the pulsating, “Gotta Get Through This.” to his music hit roster. He’s also delivered quite a buffet of other singles, “James Dean(I Wanna Know), “I Can’t Read You” and “Nothing Hurts Like Love,” which all landed in top ten positions on the UK singles charts. 

However, sadly, much like his sister, Daniel’s music career was short lived, but he did go on to become a mega-successful UK songwriter, penning hits for UK acts Pixie Lott, Adam F, Secondcity and Spica. He also landed a judges chair on ‘The X Factor New Zealand’ in 2013. Which, come to think of it, now that (ugh) Natalia Kills and her husband Willy Moon have been kicked out of their respective judges chairs, maybe Natasha and Daniel could do them such justice? Sigh…in a perfect “Forgot About Friday” world…

 

 

 

 

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8 Essential Sade Grooves

As much as Philly Mixtape thoroughly enjoys a nice dance ditty or a perky pop tune, sometimes a chill, relaxing groove is just what the music doctor ordered. To slip into that musically melancholy mode, there’s no other grooves that hit that coveted music “G” spot quite like the slowed down, sensual flow provided by beguiling UK music group, Sade. For those that may not know about this incredible music creation, Sade is an English soul band who formed in London, waaaay back in 1982. Named after their lead singer Sade Adu, their music features elements of soul, R&B, baby makin’ and jazz. In a word, if you’re looking for pure music bliss, then Sade has just the extensive music catalog for you. While we could chill-ax all day to their charismatic collection, Philly Mixtape picked out 8 essential Sade grooves that will just absolutely take you there and beyond. Get lost in the Sade mixtape below…

“Your Love Is King”

The one that started all the baby makin’ music magic….

“Hang On To Your Love”

This song will not only hang around in your heart, but in your music soul as well…..

“Smooth Operator”

If you haven’t heard this smooth number in your local dentist’s office, then clearly, you’re not going to the dentist.

“The Sweetest Taboo”

We’re going to tell you now…..this is the sweetest Sade joint ever recorded….

“Paradise”

If you want to get transported to a magical music land far, far away, this is the one you need to get lost in….

“No Ordinary Love”

Sexy, slinky, silky smooth Sade music lovin’ at its very best…..

“By Your Side”

Sigh………………………………………………..

“Soldier Of Love”

Their last big hit, with a bombastic beat that will march straight into your heart and soul…..

 

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Mixtape Music News/UK Edition

1. Zayn Malik breaks his silence after quitting One Direction…

While many of you guys out there are absolutely devastated over the news that Zayn Malik..gasp…quit One Direction, not to worry, the UK pop crooner finally broke his silence over his sudden departure. In an exclusive interview with the Sun, the 22-year-old singer told the paper that he’s “feeling quite interesting” and said the past few days for him were a bit “crazy and wild and a bit mad.” Of the ‘1D’ departure, he went on to say, “I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of other people’s happiness-and that was mainly the fans. And I only ever tried to do it fir the fans, and it was only ever for them. And basically, I’m only upset I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way.” Sigh…be still our ‘1D’ hearts. Hey, if the Spice Girls did it (for a while) without Geri Halliwell, One Direction can pull through as well, right?

2.Are the Spice Girls getting back together???

Speaking of the Spice Girls, rumors are swirling around that the gals may be getting back together to commemorate their 20 (!) year mark in the biz. In a recent interview with England’s Daily Star, group member Emma Bunton (a.k.a. Baby Spice), hinted that a possible reunion may just be in the works. “I was with Geri (Ginger Spice) and Mel B (Scary Spice) recently; we love each other and we love performing together,” Bunton told the mag, “It’s just when the timing is right because we all have our own careers now and we have families. It’s just about getting five schedules together, and that’s all it is.” All Philly Mixtape can say is, get it together gals, we need some “zig-a-zig-ah” in our lives, stat!!

 

3.UK pop star Will Young delivers a groovy new single, baby….

Philly Mixtape has just discovered a HOT new single called “Love Revolution,” by pop crooner Will Young. The gummy tune is packed with ’60s inspired drum beats, Young’s sharp vocals and a delicious sample of the 2002 club banger, “Loneliness” by Tomkraft. While it may not be the club-tasctic track that “Loneliness” was, Mr. Young’s new take certainly delivers, and we can only hope U.S. radio will soon take notice….

 

4.UK pop diva Alexandra Burke also serves up comeback single, ‘Renegade’

Earlier this week, UK pop girlfriend Alexandra Burke delivered her electrified, moody new single, ‘Renegade,’ off of her upcoming E.P. of the same name. The bluesy, synth-y tune sways along, beautifully mixed with Ms. Burke’s smoky vocals. For those that may not know about this delightful diva, she’s certainly brought the UK chart over the years, delivering powerful tracks that have yet to make their mark in U.S. chart territory. Philly Mixtape thinks it’s time for you guys to pay attention to this spicy diva, as her juiced up new anthem will certainly take you there…

 

5.Listen to this hot Fifth Harmony/Kid Ink single….

By now, you guys have certainly heard “Sledgehammer,” by sexy UK girl group, Fifth Harmony. (If you haven’t, go here) Now, the girls are looking to break more chart success with the throbbing, “Worth It,” featuring UK spitster, Kid Ink. The breezy pop number glides sways and along with a bumping beat and just the right amount of sax blowing through. The blazing single is already making chart waves across the pond, so we can only hope it’s a matter of time before it breaks big stateside, as it’s the perfect warm weather banger. Make your day “Worth It” and check out Fifth Harmony’s jumping track below…