Kasabian “Eez-Eh”

The lead track from Kasabian’s 5th studio album, “48 : 13” saw the band graduate from their typical indie-rock sound to electronic dance with a hip-hop inspired edge. The most exciting thing the band have produced since 2009 single, “Fire” from “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum”, the third offering from the Leicester band. 2014 was a stellar year for Tom Meighan and Co; they played a massive homecoming gig in June 2014 to mark 10 years as a band and they headlined Glastonbury for the very first time later the same month.

Lana Del Rey “West Coast”

The Queen of melancholy returned in triumphant style in early 2014 with her third  LP, “Ultraviolence”, following 2012’s “Born To Die” and her self-titled debut, released digitally in 2010. “West Coast” , a ballad soaked in both hip-hop and soft rock that oozes the sensuality Del Rey has become known and loved for. The singer came under fire from Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain’s daughter, France Bean in June for romanticizing the death of young musicians when she tweeted, “I wish I was dead already”. Del Rey looks set to continue her reign in 2015; the singer revealed just days ago that her next album will be titled, “Honeymoon” and she is set to tour with Courtney Love this summer.

Paolo Nutini “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”

2014 saw the return of Scottish singer/songwriter, Paolo Nutini when he released his third album, “Caustic Love”, his first studio release in five years. Lead single, “Scream (Funk My Life Up)” saw Nutini swagger back onto mainstream; this soul-soaked sizzler was championed heavily by Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe, Fearne Cotton and Radio 2 DJ, Jo Whiley who frequently played the track. The single was the launch pad for a stellar 2014 for Nutini; he played a set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow and festival slots at both T In The Park and Glastonbury. The singer plays his Glasgow SSE Hydro debut this weekend.

Taylor Swift “Shake It off”

Love her or loathe her, Taylor Swift is the undisputed Princess of infectious pop. “Shake It Off” was released in August, the lead single from her fifth studio album, “1989”, released in October 2014. The accompanying promo saw Swift twerk, ballet dance (sort of) and show she has spirit as a spunky cheerleader, while “shaking off” the hate of the haters! Guilty pleasure pop at its finest, and impossible NOT to dance to. Go on, I dare you to try! Taylor Swift’s “1989 World Tour” kicks off in Japan in May 2015.

Mark Ronson (Feat Bruno Mars) “Uptown Funk”

British-born producer, Ronson scored his first UK number one single just a few weeks ago (with a little help from Bruno Mars) thanks to this sassy slice of 80s funk and R&B inspired track. The single will be featured on Ronson’s forthcoming studio album, “Uptown Special” due for release later this year; Ronson was forced to release the track early on iTunes after the song was performed live on The X Factor by contestant, Fleur East. To add insult to injury, East’s version went to number one on The iTunes Chart. Ouch! Ronson was reportedly NOT amused, while Simon Cowell commented on the controvery, “I mean, give me a break!”

Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass”

You couldn’t have escaped this track in 2014 even if you’d migrated to the moon! This 50s throwback to the doo-woop days was the debut effort from American singer, Meghan Trainor and spent 4 weeks at the top spot in the UK. The track, reportedly offered and turned down by Beyonce, pays homage to the larger lady (the bass) and condemns photo-shop, silicone and skinny bitches (the treble). Glaswegian, Tylor Moffat became an internet sensation when his parody of the track, “All About The Cakes” filmed in his mum’s living room went viral. Trainor is set to release her debut album, “Title” later this month. 

Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”

2014 was undoubtedly the year of Ed Sheeran; the singer scored a number one album in both the UK and US with second studio album, “X”, released in June. “Thinking Out Loud” was the third single taken from the album, released in September and a number one single for Sheeran, who described the track as a “walking down the aisle song”. The singer performed the song live on The X Factor as a duet with eventual winner, Ben Haenow. Sheeran unveiled plans to play Wembley Stadium in July 2015; he sold out three consecutive nights before Christmas

Iggy Azalea (Feat Charli XCX) “Fancy”

Aussie rapper, Iggy Azalea joined forces with Charli XCX and scored one of the biggest singles of 2014. Electronic, hip-hop track, “Fancy” saw Azalea land a number one single in the United States, and the accompanying promo paid tribute to 1995 chick-flick classic, “Clueless” with Azalea as socialite, Cher Horowitz (played by Alicia Silverstone in the movie) and Charli XCX as Tai Frasier (played originally by the late, Brittany Murphy). “Fancy” was bizarrely covered by The Killers during their set at V Festival in August.

Sam Smith “Stay With Me” 

Who knew a one night stand could spawn such a beautiful ballad? British singer/songwriter, Sam Smith released this gospel-tinged gem back in April 2014. The single was taken from his hugely successful debut offering, “In The Lonely Hour”. Zane Lowe was the first DJ to play the track which deals with the protagonist pleading with his one night stand not to leave him when morning breaks, and has gone on to sell over six million copies worldwide

Jessie J (Feat Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) “Bang Bang”

London-born rapper/singer, Jessie J pulled out the big guns to mark her overdue return to the mainstream in 2014 when she brought in new pop sensation, Ariana Grande and rap diva, Nicki Minaj for her long-awaited comeback single in July 2014. The result? A summer smash! “Bang Bang” was the lead single from Jessie J’s third album, “Sweet Talk” and was written by Minaj. It hit the top spot in the UK and was given The X Factor treatment by Fleur East.

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