Pet Shop Boys are out with an extended trailer for their new live CD/DVD release, ‘Pandemonium’. The show was recorded live at the O2 Arena in London on December 21, 2009. The DVD extras include the ‘Love Etc’, ‘Did You See Me Coming?’ and ‘All Over The World’ music videos plus audio commentary from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, and the 2009 BRIT Awards Performance featuring Lady GaGa and Brandon Flowers. Watch the trailer via YouTube below.
Pet Shop Boys are out with the music video to their new single ‘All Over The World’, off the British electronic dance duo’s ‘Pet Shop Boys Christmas’ EP, out Monday (December 14) via Parlophone. Watch it via YouTube below.
Pop acts on television this week include:
DataRock perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Tuesday.
St. Vincent perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Wednesday.
Justin Bieber performs ‘One Time’ on ‘It’s On with Alexa Chung’ (MTV) on Wednesday.
Ashlee Simpson Wentz visits ‘It’s On’ (MTV) and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC) on Thursday.
Pet Shop Boys perform on ‘Late Night’ (NBC) on Friday.
Pet Shop Boys are out with the music video to their new single ‘Did You See Me Coming?’, taken from the British synthpop duo’s tenth studio album ‘Yes’, out now on Parlophone/Astralwerks. Watch the Douglas Hart directed video below.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys talked with ITN about the possibility of collaborating on ‘The X Factor’.
“I think it promotes a very limited, formulaic view of pop music,” Tennant opined. “I think it is best regarded as a game show. It doesn’t really have anything to do with music.”
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Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys chatted with t5m.com’s Guy Pratt backstage at The BRIT Awards 2009 about co-writing the Girls Aloud single ‘The Promise’, which won Best British Single. They also talked about pop music being “in a very good place at the moment”, citing Lady Gaga, The Killers and Girls Aloud.
“It was great,” Neil Tennant said about working with Xenomania on ‘Yes’. “We wrote some very sort of odd pop songs. We just thought Xenomania were the best pop producers in the country if not the world at the moment. Also they do the electropop thing, like we were meant to do, so we went and met them, met Brian Higgins. It was such a lot of fun making it. We wrote Girls Aloud last single in the process, with Xenomania, co-write. So it’s been really good.”
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Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has spoken out on the topic of ‘Top Of The Pops’ being axed after a 42-year television run. “We’ve felt that the BBC have gradually run down the show since the mid-90s, not trusting the chart-based format, moving it from its classic Thursday evening slot on BBC1 until it ended up on BBC2 with inevitably smaller viewing figures,” he tells Popjustice.com. “‘Top Of The Pops’ is a world-famous name in music television and it’s a shame to see it disappear. Actually, it’s worse than a shame, it’s a mistake.”
ContactMusic.com reports Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant is upset over what’s classified as pop music nowadays. “We are going through a phase where the term ‘pop’ is used to mean rubbish,” he said. “But bands like the Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Killers, [and] Franz Ferdinand make pop music. They like to think they are rock but they are pop and all have a sense of fun about what they do and have a great look. It annoys me that pop gets clogged up with Pop Idol and reality TV rubbish. [‘X Factor’ winner]Shayne Ward has a waxwork in Madame Tussauds – can you believe it?!”
Tiscali reports the Pet Shop Boys have slammed the current crop of UK pop stars as band member Chris Lowe said, “When we started as a pop group in the 80s we were proud to be a pop group. But that doesn’t really exist anymore – look at S Club 7, Westlife, etc. Everyone wants to be taken seriously rather than as a pop group, yet most of them don’t even write their own songs! In our time, we always wrote our own stuff, and still do – so did Soft Cell, Culture Club, Heaven 17, etc. Pop music had some sort of integrity then.”