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Turn on the radio, and most of the English songs you'll hear are standard American pop -- similar-sounding, yet insanely addictive. Take, for example, Lady Gaga and her noises. Or Britney with her creaking. There are, of course, exceptions, but not many.

And of course, unless you live under a coconut shell with Frogger, you'd have heard of Glee. Which costs 3 million USD minimum to make per episode. Don't Stop Believing by the Glee cast (Lea and Cory) has been playing on the radio. Btw, it's my second-favourite version of the song. My favourite version is by Sam Tsui on Youtube. Unfortunately, Glee just does covers of songs, not write their own tunes, so it can get a bit weary sometimes.

Basically, the problem with the radio is that there just isn't much variety. So people usually

(1) choose a band, say Muse or Paramore, and just listen to their other lesser-known songs.

(2) choose genres, say Instrumental or Heavy Metal, and listen to whatever song sounds good.

(3) go back in time, and tune in to the 60's, 70's, 80's and the 90's.

I have attempted, mildly, all of the above. And I am now a fan of U2, Phil Collins and Broadway music. But. It gets old.

So, I discovered, thanks to the Internet, the British music scene. Previously, I had heard of Duffy, Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis, but just only through a couple of songs on the radio. Then I discovered Adele and Lily Allen. Adele actually won a Grammy for best new artist and another Grammy for her single Chasing Pavements. But I have to add, though, that Chasing Pavements is a very emo and unhappy song. Too unhappy for me.

Lily Allen, on the other hand, I love. Some of my friends know that, especially after I forced them to listen to her :P. Her songs are so quirky and cheerfully vulgar, like the wryly named F*ck You (apparently aimed at George Bush) and Alfie. Then there is the more famous and very happy Ldn. And, of course, the emo song Smile (which Glee covered, but the original has more attitude). Not forgetting the dreamy The Fear.

Wow. That's a lot of hyperlinks.

And... she's pretty, don't you think? :P
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