"Loveshift"/"What's Your Name" - Christian Walz: I discovered his music thanks to Poster Girl, and these are two cracking tracks from his new album.
"The Astronaut"/"Someday" - Salem Al Fakir: two live tracks from his appearance at the Swedish Radio P3 Guldgalan press conference. These will be on his forthcoming second album, but hear them in very different acoustic form at http://www.sr.se/sida/artikel.aspx?artikel=2482155&programid=3266 and follow the link at 'lyssna: från presskonferensen'.
"Broken Strings" - James Morrison & Nelly Furtado: a very nice little duet which sounds great on the radio. I'm not a massive James Morrison fan, although I like some of his songs and I think he is rather underrated nonetheless.
"Crying Blood" - VV Brown: this is soooo ridiculously catchy and should have been a massive hit. Expect to hear a lot more from her in 2009: she's certainly a lot more lively than many of the female singers around at the moment.
"Ping Pong" - Stereolab: an oldie, but what a great one! For no reason whatsoever, I've been listening to this a lot lately. The lyrics are brilliant too.
"Silly Really" - Per Gessle: a very welcome change in musical style, more lively and catchy than anything he's done lately, and recalling Roxette in places.
"Rehab" - Rihanna: I'm getting really tired of her being a constant fixture in the charts and on our radios, but I rather like this, probably because it sounds like "What Goes Around Comes Around" with new lyrics.
"Rule The World" - Take That: this is having a revival at the moment, and already it's sounding like a timeless classic. To think I hated it at first....unthinkable now.
"Up All Night"/"Hello" - Take That: I haven't listened to "The Circus" too much yet - will need to rectify that. Strangely enough I'm gravitating towards the Mark Owen songs which on first/second listen are the most instantly catchy tracks.