Monday, December 21, 2009

This Week's New Songs: Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, Norah Jones & More

Some of the biggest songs of 2009 have just arrived on Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection, just in time for Christmas.  Check out songs from Taylor Swift, Sean Kingston, Norah Jones, and this year's undisputed pop chart champions, the Black Eyed Peas.

If you managed to go through all of 2009 without getting a Black Eyed Peas song stuck in your head, congratulations - you are in select company.  The Black Eyed Peas were inescapable this year, putting three songs at the top of the charts around the world.  "I Gotta Feelin" was arguably their biggest hit, going to #1 in 19 different countries.  The song's melody and vocal tradeoffs make it a shoe-in for the karaoke sing-along song of the year, and its synth based instrumentation will sound great on your Yamaha keyboard.

The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feelin

Since making her name with the jazz inflected piano balladry of her debut album, Come Away With Me, Norah Jones has come a long way from the piano bar.  She's starred in a film with acclaimed director Wang Kar-Wai, collaborated with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Mike Patton, and this year released her latest album, The Fall. The first single from the album, "Chasing Pirates", shows Jones taking her music into new territory, while maintaining the smooth lyricism that made songs like "Don't Know Why" so irresistible.  Lead by a bouncy organ line, the song hearkens back to the 70s sounds of Steely Dan which, as our MIDI version of "Peg" shows, means it'll it'll be tons of fun to listen to and play along with on your keyboard.

Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates

Taylor Swift's Fearless has become one of the most successful records ever to bridge the worlds of country and pop.  Classic pop songs like "Love Story" sit alongside country tunes like "White Horse", and with the release of "Jump Then Fall" Taylor has now struck gold with the fifth single from the record.  Fans of Taylor's blend of pop and country will not be disappointed with this wonderfully upbeat acoustic guitar driven love song.

Taylor Swift - Jump Then Fall

Keep reading for a full list of this week's new releases.

This Week's New Songs

I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Chasing Pirates - Norah Jones
It's Gonna Be - Norah Jones
Jump Then Fall - Taylor Swift
You Should Be Dancing [from "Saturday Night Fever"] - The Bee Gees
Fire Burning - Sean Kingston
Elenore - The Turtles
American Idol Theme - The Idolatry Pop Orchestra

- Doug