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Shannon Noll : Summertime

I am a fan of Shannon Noll - I like his appeal, style and sound - but this track unfortunately does nothing for him.

Why record a lead song for an upcoming “greatest hits” album - when it really does not suit the artist?

Its a shame as Shannon has the potential to outlast many non Idol artists - his Aussie and international appeal is undisputable - but this song is just a silly choice.

He writes better tracks himself and this is just a darn shame.

The million selling lad should be treated better than this.

Its not a hideous song - its just not worthy of Shannon Noll. zzzzzzzz

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VA: Hip Hop The 2008 Collection

Whoever put this CD together had the label interest at heart rather than actually producing a credible hip hop album you could actually call “hip hop”!

Since when are Nelly Furtado, Fergie or Janet Jackson hip hop?

You’d think I am just bitching - but the list goes on and on. This release should be called “The best from Universal Music’s Commercial Music Catalogue” rather than Hip Hop 2008.

No wonder fans crack the shits when things are misrepresented. If the labels cant get it right then should they be surprised when it does not sell?

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DARREN HAYES : Time Machine Tour

This had to be THE creative tour of 2007 & now you can check out what all the fuss was about - filmed in Brisvegas, you can get not one - but two versions of the show - the first is a limited edition DVD available from darrenhayes.com & the other is from your favourite local store! Do yaself a favour & check out THE show from THE performer of the year!

Brilliant.



You can check out our exclusive interview with Darren Hayes in Episode 5 of the POPrepublic.tv TV Show.

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VA : Homegrown Roots Vol 3

You have to love this series - fully hooked up and brilliant music. This disc is the perfect (and most cost effective) way of getting the cream of the indie music crop. With artists like Ash Grunwald, John Butler, The Orphans, Benjalu and Paul Kelly to name a few, its a mix that will definitely keep you content til the next volume is released.

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KATY PERRY : One Of The Boys

From the metrosexual bashing You’re So Gay (which is H-I-Larious!) to the Lesbo-licious ‘I Kissed A Girl’ Katy Perry has been singing her way through the gender minefield with awesome pop sensibilities and catchy hooks galore!

The album is just as good as her first two singles and we have it on high rotation.

Definitely destined to be one of the standout artists of 2008, Katy offers up 12 tasty morsels on ‘One Of The Boys’....

We just want to know if she will be headlining Sleaze Ball or Mardi Gras anytime soon? If so, we will be front and centre!

Loving it!

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THE WHITLAMS : Best Of...

With a 22 page press release in tow, the best of the Whitlams landed on my desk - and to be honest I only thought they had one or two hits.

No doubt they are an awesome band, so if you are only familiar with their top 40-penetrating material, this disc will get you up to speed.

The Whitlams have had a long and interesting career - especially on the live circuit, & they should be proud of such a showcase piece. Oh did I mention it comes with a bonus DVD?

Brilliant!

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DOLLY PARTON : Backwoods Barbie

OK, this has to be one of THE releases of 2008 to date. Her appearance on American Idol performing ‘Jesus and Gravity’ proved to any doubters that Dolly definitely has a lot of life left in her. Not only was it released on her own label, but her song-writing skills SHINE on this disc.

Dolly also performs a couple of covers including ‘Drives Me Crazy’ by Fine Young Cannibals and the Motown classic, ‘The Tracks of My Tears’ giving them a really cool Nashville twist.

A Total talent and a disc worthy of Grammy nomination for sure! The artwork for the album is brilliant too - so its well worth the trip to the record store to buy the physical copy.

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CHRIS BROWN : Forever

There is normally not much point in reviewing singles anymore - as you may as well just get em on iTunes - but when a single comes along that’s collectible, includes bonus features like videos - then that’s what its about right?!

Chris has released one of those - and its a corker - so why not pay for a physical copy and get some bonus stuff for yourself - you know your going to digitise it anyway! haha.

Chris is one of those true pop style artists that still thinks of how his fans interact with his product.(And the song is great too!)

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VA : Pink Tie

Set for release on July 20, Pink Tie is THE BEST compilation album so far produced this year - and with a swathe of stars backing it, your purchase will help raise much needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation!

Artists like Missy Higgins, Youth Group, Josh Pyke & more give you a CD well worth the cash, let alone the charity “tie” in!

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