Thursday, September 1, 2011

...And now Back to the Music! 1 September - On tonight's Show : The New Album by Caro Emerald

Tonite we feature new music from Caro Emerald.

Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor : Caro Emerald (Grandmono / Dramatico Records)

Dutch Pop Jazz Chantuese Caro Emerald features on tonite's show. Her debut album Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor set an all time chart record on 20 August 2010 by spending its 30th week at number one on the Dutch album chart, beating the previous record set by Michael Jackson's Thriller by one week.[1] The album has become the biggest selling album of 2010 in the Netherlands, selling over 270,000 copies so far. On 3 October 2010, Van der Leeuw was awarded the Dutch Music Prize "Edison" for Best Female Artist.[2] On 15 January 2011, she won the Popprijs 2010 for best Dutch pop act of 2010.

With a nogstalgic swing meets DJ thing, it's like a mix of Sola Rosa and Madonna (Circa Dick Tracy Album). That Man is the top tune on this generously swinging hunka wax. Just One Dance follows up with a slightly more poppy tune, backed by some nice bandstand brass.

From there the execursion begins towards mainstream. The strings and Carribean undertow on Riviera Life are a little too sachrine for my taste (Think Madonna's Holiday) but redemption is at hand with followups Back Up (Sultry Sax Samples) and the The Other Woman (Some sexy breathy vocals and xylophones, a la Luis Bega and a great Bond guitar riff too).

This is Caro's debut album was released on 29 January 2010 and immediately occupied the number 1 position of the Dutch Album Top 100 charts.

The album has been at number one in the Dutch Album Top 100 almost continuously since (except for two weeks when it went down to number two to make way for a new number one). On 20 August 2010, the album grabbed another record by spending its 27th (non-consecutive) week at number 1. The previous record was held by Michael Jackson's album Thriller, which spent 26 weeks at number one in 1983 (although that album still holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number 1, with 23 weeks).

The album reached double platinum status in the Netherlands on 5 July 2010. In August 2010 it reached triple platinum. and in November 2010 it reached four times platinum, which means over 200,000 copies sold.

The first new song from the album was A Night like This. The song was listed in the Dutch Top 40 for 26 weeks and peaked on the number 2 position. The song was selected as the official song of a 2009–2010 Martini ad campaign. In May 2010 Caro announced she was going on a promotion tour to France. In an interview on the Dutch TV show "X de Leeuw" she announced that her debut album will be released in October in France. After having released her singles and album in France she will try to release it in other European countries. In August 2010, it was announced that the album would be released in the UK by Dramatico Records, home of Katie Melua. Caro was supposed to support Melua on her upcoming UK tour in October, but the tour was cancelled, because Melua is suffering from exhaustion. In December 2010, a second single, Riviera Life, was released in the UK. A Night like This was released as the third UK single early in 2011. A small number of UK concert appearances are planned for 2011.

There are other surprises like the reggae tinged Stuck, the darkly cool Dr Wanna Do, another big swinging number and the Bassey retro reacher The Lipstick on his Collar (My personal fav).

Consistent through this album is the constant references to 20's bandstand swing, horns and sax, the images are all aural cinema, sampled and mashed underneath Emerald's competant, confident vocals. The title fits perfectly. This girl is one to watch and to jive to, meantime.

A bit about her ...

Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw (born 26 April 1981 in Amsterdam), better known by her stagename Caro Emerald, is a Dutch jazz singer. She debuted on 6 July 2009 with her single "Back It Up".
Caro Emerald first gained public recognition for her debut single "Back It Up". The single was initially written for a Japanese pop group, by David Schreurs, Robin Veldman and Jan van Wieringen, who are Dutch producers, and Canadian songwriter Vince Degiorgio, who had previously worked with various artists including 'N Sync, Atomic Kitten and Aloha from Hell. Van der Leeuw was approached to record the demo of the song and consecutively added it to her own set. Before 2008, when Caro sang it live on local Amsterdam TV channel AT5, the song was unknown to the general public.

Back It Up was officially released by Grandmono Records on 6 July 2009. It was listed in the Dutch Top 40 for 12 weeks and reached the 12th position in the charts. Kraak & Smaak made a remix of the song. Back It Up was the most played song by radiostation 3FM in 2009 and Caro received the 'Schaal van Rigter' award for this achievement.[3]

Official website
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Caro Emerald Profile and Discography on This is Vintage Now

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