Karaoke Playlist

So last week on an impromptu snow day night in (#SNOLO) and after reading a list of 50 things to do before you leave University, my friends and I decided to have a Karaoke Night.  I absolutely love Karaoke.  It usually occurs on a night out in a bar, or in front of the family computer after a dinner party, but we decided to give it a full on go; microphone and everything.  So I thought I’d share with you my personal Karaoke Playlist, my favourite songs to sing (warble/scream/shout) when a Karaoke night comes my way.  Sooo ..

NOTE: Technophobe over here, click on the link if you want to hear the songs :)  Sorry if it looks wrong or anything!

Smokie – Living Next Door To Alice

ImageNow this a tune my Ma introduced to me (on my parents 24th Wedding Anniversary no less, naw!) about a year ago now.  It’s from the 70s when she was growing up and was one of her favourites.  I cannot count the number of times my Mum and I have screamed this after some wine, its always the one I start with on a Karaoke night – I just love it!

Ironik – Stay With Me (Live Lounge Version)

IronikThis is the Radio 1 Live Lounge version (that is VERY important people) that I discovered on a ‘Best of Live Lounge’ CD a few years ago.  I played it to my Dad and he LOVED it so much, so much we both learnt it to whack out at a dinner party.  He does the girly bits, and I do the rapper bits .. which I know EVERY word to!  I’m not really sure how I managed it, I’ve never actually looked at the lyrics, but nevertheless I know ALL the words, he knows the girly bit – and we rock that mike.

I_Will_Survive_Gloria_GaynorThis is just a Karaoke CLASSIC if we’re all being honest, and the one I bring out when I really want to impress (i.e. in a social situation that doesn’t involve family, family friends or my best mates).  I know everybody thinks they’re absolutely incredible up on a stage after a few drinks, and I am no exception in  this – I rock!

Rihanna EminemAnother corker, especially if your secret talent is rapping.  My Dad isn’t a fan of this one as such, so this is one I crack out on my own.  This song did indeed require checking out a lyric website, but now I’m a pro!  Maybe in time, the more confidence I get in this blogging thing after giving vlogging a go, if you guys are very very lucky you might be able to catch a cheeky video of me rapping, ha!


EdelweissTheSoundOfMusicThis is a most definite end of the night tune.  (Ironic, cause you might think that would be the ‘Goodbye’ song from The Sound of Music, but I find that one a bit too stressful.)  It’s quite a recent addition to my Karaoke Playlist.  When people are over, we always ask them their favourite song and what they would like to song (or like us to sing), and this is one that popped up recently.  Just beautiful.

I absolutely LOVE a good bit of Karaoke, and I’m not ashamed to say so!  What are your favourite tunes?!  Love Bella x

Watch The Throne

On Friday night, I went to watch The Throne at the O2.

NO.  Not that kind of throne, stupids.  This kind of throne.

The amazing, the incredible, the outstanding .. Jay-Z and Kanye West throne!

Strengths:  EVERYTHING.  The two hour wait where we were supposed to have a pre show, believe it or not, was pretty good.  The whole crowd got completely hyped, and completely sozzled judging by the queues at the bar and the amount of people security were throwing out.  The show started from nowhere.  Kanye on the main stage and Jay-Z on the tiny stage in the middle of the arena, both rising high complete with graphics of sharks, random, but awesome.

Set List:

Who Gon’ Stop Me
Otis – SICK
Welcome to the Jungle
Gotta Have It
Where I’m From
Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator ’99)
Can’t Tell Me Nothing
All Falls Down
Flashing Lights
Jesus Walks – Didn’t expect it to be so good, but one of my favourites.
Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)
Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
U Don’t Know
Run This Town
Power / Power (Remix)
Made in America
New Day
Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem) – Amazing
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
Empire State of Mind
Heartless – Beautiful
On to the Next One
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
I Just Wanna Love U (Give it to Me)
That’s My Bitch
Good Life
Touch the Sky
All of the Lights
Big Pimpin’
Gold Digger
99 Problems
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong song)
No Church in the Wild
Lift Off (Interlude)
Niggas in Paris

In my opinion, the strengths were most definitely in Kanye’s tracks.  I may be bias in the fact I LOVE him (despite the fact what he did to Taylor, I don’t mention that one) but his stage presence and his pure arrogance were just incredible.  Strong songs were Runaway and Stronger (funnily enough).  FYI I’ve heard on the grapevine that there are still some tickets left for the up north shows of the European Tour, get tickets or get lost, seriously.

Weaknesses:  The stage set itself.  Pretty basic, but perhaps it didn’t need to be all big and jazzy with fireworks and dancers?  Being a dancer myself, I ALWAYS think dancers can amp up a performance, and in some of the tracks they really could have here.  ‘Yeah, but then they can’t improv’ I hear you cry.  Trust me, good dancers can bop to improv.  Not gonna lie, I was half expecting Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Alicia Keys to pop up, so a definite weakness they didn’t!  Also Kanye’s ‘If you love someone tonight, you better hold them tight’ after Heartless.  Dude, man up, what you on about?

Highlights:  When the red lazers spelt out 1D (not gonna lie, pretty funny), the montage of What a Wonderful World of America being obliterated by terrorism and war (very political and poignant, I almost wanted to do the declaration) and the crowd dancing like nutters … pretty much the entire way through.


P.S. #DatS**tCray