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  1. Nikki’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

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    horus music turns 10Digital Marketing Manager Nikki is the latest team member to give us her guilty pleasures, there’s a bit of all sorts on this list, but it makes for fun listening.

    Listen along with us on Spotify.

    1. Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart

    I don’t care that he hasn’t had much musical success since, or whatever the hell his daughter is up to this week (seriously, what is she doing?!), if this comes on I’ll be singing and dancing along! Achy Breaky Heart was the debut single of the man who made the mullet famous, along with the phrase “Business at the front, party at the back”. The music video shows Cyrus playing the song live and clearly having the time of his life!

    2. Rebecca Black – Friday

    Is it possible for a song to be so bad that it becomes good? Everyone knew this song for all the wrong reasons and it is a real ear-worm. The music video first gained popularity after comedian Michael J. Nelson called it “the worst video ever made” and the rest is history. The original video was removed from YouTube due to legal issues, by which point it had 167 million+ views with over 3.1 million dislikes, however it has since been re-uploaded and currently has 1.6 million dislikes. Rebecca was able to laugh at herself in the end though and produced a sequel to this gem – get ready for Saturday.

    3. Toni Basil – Mickey

    There are many reasons why I love this song, and these lyrics are just one of them “So come on and give it to me anyway you can / Anyway you want to do it, I’ll take it like a man.” Says it all really. Random fact of the day: Toni changed the original name of the song from ‘Kitty’ to ‘Mickey’ to make the song about a man.

    4. Aqua – Barbie Girl

    It is definitely possible to sing both male and female parts of this song on your own, but it is even better in a group. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it. Besides, have you seen the music video to this? It’s typical 90s cheese and I love it, the resulting music video is, quite frankly, hilarious.  “Come on Barbie, let’s go party …”

    5. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time

    Taking it all the way back to Britney’s debut single, it’s pretty hard not to at least sing along to this, and it is another 90s classic. Most 90s pop songs could make my ultimate guilty pleasures really, it really was a golden era of music ;) ‘…Baby One More Time’ was originally an unused song from Toni Braxton that Britney recorded as the demo that ultimately got her the record deal, so basically we have Toni to thank for Britney’s later hits that included ‘Oops! … I Did it Again’, ‘If You Seek Amy’ and ‘Circus’.

    6. A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place – Dolly Parton and Theresa Merrit 

    This is from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas which is the first film Dolly’s I Will Always Love You was used in (way before Whitney Houston covered it). As the name of the film suggests, it is a musical about a brothel in Texas whose nickname is the “Chicken Ranch”, a local news reporter tries to get the Chicken Ranch shut down and the Sheriff intervenes in an attempt to save it. There are a bunch of songs in the film but this one has to be up there as one of my favourites, it’s just all kinds of great!

    7. Scissor Sisters – Lets Have A Kiki

    There’s no guilt here, I just wanted an excuse to listen to this song again, it’s just one of those songs that never fails to get you in a good mood. Afterall, how can you be sad when you’re having a kiki? FYI “A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves / where spilling tea, and dishing just desserts one may deserve.” I’ll refrain from doing the dance this time though. Or maybe the fact that I know the dance could be the reason for the guilt.

    8. Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 – Your Makeup is Terrible

    This song is terrible and the video is in a world of its own, but it gets in your head and you feel like it will never ever leave you. It’s amazing. The video does get rather weird for a minute or so in the middle, but it does improve again if you have the will power to stick with it.

    9. Steps – Tragedy

    The theme song for almost every childhood party I attended, and yet another song with dance moves attached – there’s definitely a theme here. Tragedy was originally a hit song for the Bee Gees, but it is much more well known as a hit for Steps (especially for people my age). It was a sad, sad day when they broke up, and although they have reformed once or twice, it just isn’t the same.

    10. RuPaul – Sissy That Walk

    As much as some of us complain about this song, when it comes on in a bar/club you basically have no option but to join in, strut down that dance floor like it’s a catwalk and Sissy That Walk! Tip: when watching the music video, keep an eye on Victoria “Pork Chop” Parker (the one on the right), she’s great!

  2. 10 Best-Selling Paperback Books in 2006

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    horus music turns 10As we continue to look at the many delights that came out of 2006, we look at some of the best-sellers of the year, including the 10 Best-Selling Paperback Books.

     1. Nora Roberts – Morrigan’s Cross

    In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea… Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family’s embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for thousands of years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world—and those beyond it…

    2. Nora Roberts – Dance Of The Gods

    With one vampire determined to rule the earth, the Circle of Six prepares to battle for their lives—and their hearts… Blair Murphy has always worked alone. Destined to be a demon hunter in a world that doesn’t believe in such things, she lives for the kill. But now, she finds herself the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lilith and her minions.

    3. Nora Roberts – Valley of Silence

    The battleground has been chosen for the final showdown between those selected by the gods and the minions of the vampire Lilith. But there is one vampire who dares stand against her. And his love for the scholarly queen of Geall will complete the circle of six – and change the face of eternity.

    4. Nora Roberts – Blue Smoke

    Reena Hale at 12 is almost raped, her family restaurant burned to the ground. In university, her boyfriend burns in his apartment. She becomes an arson investigator, haunted by obscene phone calls and horrific crimes. On the good side is Bo Goodnight, who sought Reena for years, and will not let her go.

    5. James Patterson – 4th of July

    Police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer takes leave from the force after being sued for wrongful death after a recent shootout. She stays at her sister’s house in Half Moon Bay, and reads about murders that resemble one that haunted her for 10 years. She joins with the local police to solve the murders, while dreading her awaiting trial.

    6. James Patterson – Mary, Mary

    FBI Agent Alex Cross is on vacation with his family in Disneyland when he gets a call from the Director. A well-known actress was shot outside her home in Beverly Hills. Shortly afterward, an editor for the Los Angeles Times receives an e-mail describing the murder in vivid details. Alex quickly learns that this is not an isolated incident. The killer, known as Mary Smith, has done this before and plans to kill again.

    7. Patricia Cornwell – Predator

    “PREDATOR” is an acronym for the Prefrontal Determinants of Aggressive-Type Overt Responsivity, a secret neuropsychological project to determine whether dangerous murderers have different brain patterns or functions from “ordinary” people.

    8. Janet Evanovich – Eleven On Top

    Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it’s time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now…

    Angels And Demons9. Dan Brown – Angels And Demons

    The novel introduces the character Robert Langdon, who is also the protagonist Brown’s subsequent novels, The Da Vinci Code; The Lost Symbol; and Inferno. When Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyse a mysterious symbol he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati … the most powerful underground organisation ever to walk the earth.

    10. Stephen King – Cell 

    Cell is an apocalyptic horror novel which follows a New England artist struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals.


  3. Nina’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

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    horus music turns 10Continuing with our Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs, Business Development Manager Nina explains why these songs are her guilty pleasures.

    Listen along with us on Spotify.

    1. Peter Andre- Mysterious Girl

    Peter Andre was someone I liked when I was much younger, primarily for his looks and the fact that he went on Big Brother when that used to be a big deal. I am extremely ashamed to admit that I have seen him in concert.

    2. Taylor Swift -  22

    Taylor Swift is one of those artists that divides opinion. A lot of guys don’t like her but loads of girls love her. I think she speaks to all women who have ever had their heart broken by a guy. She is pure pop and divides opinion so for me it’s a guilty pleasure.

    We would include the original version of 22, but unfortunately Taylor doesn’t like Spotify so we have no choice but to go with this version instead.

    3. Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again

    This was an artist that I loved in primary School. So much so that I was Britney in our school play, I had posters, CD’s, perfume and even a wallet. So although I’ve grown out if it now, I still know all the words to her songs.

    4. Shakira – Whenever, Wherever

    Mainly for the lyrics, they really touched me and I live my life by them everyday the poetic lines of: “lucky that my breasts are small and humble so you don’t confuse them with mountains.”

    5. Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby

    This is a song that it’s impossible not to like but it doesn’t give you much street cred to admit it. It’s kind of like saying you love Shania Twain or Cheryl Crow.

    6.  Lilly Allen – LDN

    I think this is a guilty pleasure because of the fact that Lilly Allen made wearing trainers and dresses a thing and I don’t know whether it should have been. I also dressed up as Lilly Allen once and I can’t remember why.

    7. Pocahontas – Colors of the Wind

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that is an amazing piece of music but it’s not very cool to admit that you like Disney as it’s something you’re supposed to grow out of.

    8. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle

    This is just really 90’s and I think that the majority of 90’s music is a guilty pleasure.

    9. Princess Superstar – Bad Babysitter

    I literally have no clue why I like this song other than the fact that the lyrics are just stupidly, ridiculously great. Therefore, Bad Babysitter had to go on the list.

    10. Dido – White Flag

    This is a guilty pleasure because Dido like Enya, or James Blunt are another one of those artists that divides opinion. They’re often the butt of jokes bless them maybe due to the fact that they’re a little dull or depressing? I actually don’t mind all 3 just don’t tell anyone!