Posts Tagged ‘Girls Aloud’

Confession #1: Product Endorsement

February 8, 2010

I use Sunsilk‘s Straight To Perfection line because Nadine from Girls Aloud does, …sorry Nicola I don’t need Captivating Curls. I am easily swayed by ways of Girls Aloud. I think it works! My hair is almost a fraction as beautiful as the Girls’.

Their Kit Kat campaign is a different story, …those were some fat days. If only their follow up campaign were a treadmill company.

Here’s the advert that did me in:

…wait? THEY DID A CAMPAIGN FOR NINTENDO DS?!?!…

I must go to the store.

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Happy Seventh Anniversary Girls Aloud!

November 30, 2009

It’s been seven years to the day that Girls Aloud formed as a band on Popstars: The Rivals! Congratulations girls, you’ve managed to become one of the greatest girl groups in history. 20 consecutive top ten hits in the UK charts (including four number ones and four number twos, also 15 top 5 singles) and  6 Platinum Albums!

Girls Aloud are my all time favorite recording artists and I just want to say…

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

I’m smitten with the past and I can’t wait for the future! Well done girls!

Cheryl Cole: 3 Words | Album Review

October 25, 2009

3 WordsInitially I was thrilled to hear that two of the five member’s of the UK girl group Girls Aloud were going to release solo projects while they are on a break from the band. Cheryl has become one of the most lovable famous faces in Britain today and seems to be somewhat of a national treasure. Apart from the group and in addition she has been a judge on The X Factor, the new face of L’Oreal, and well if your here you probably know all about her so let’s get to it then, yeah?

3 Words is the solo debut and sixth studio album by the British popstar  Cheryl Cole. Her main collaborator was will.i.am and it definitely shows. Cheryl has said that she wanted to break away from the Xenomania-esque sound Girls Aloud has been known for and go for an album with an R&B feel, it was at that moment I sighed a little. What we ended up with was a less than stellar debut, filled with repetitive hooks, meh lyrics, and all in all lack luster tunes. The album itself is a not particularly bad, it’s just not as fantastic as I had hoped for. Cheryl’s 3 Words overall is a(n) occasionally dark,  mid tempo melody of songs about love and clearly reflects on her own life choices.

Here is my quasi-track by track breakdown of 3 Words:

  1. 3 Words (featuring will.i.am): The album’s title track and soon to be second single is a strangely beautiful subdued tune that is among the best the album has to offer. It’s a bold choice for a single, but never the less I enjoy this song. Cheryl has said this is her favorite track on the album.
  2. Parachute: Some of my favorite verses on this album happen in this song. “I don’t tell anyone about the way you hold my hand” backed by a military drum beat that plays throughout the song opens this great track. The chorus is used in just the right amount of moderation (unlike most on the album). Cheryl has said it was between this and ‘Fight For This Love’ for the first single, so maybe this will surface again as the third? Like the ‘3 Words’, this one shines above the rest.
  3. Heaven (featuring will.i.am): Memorizing opening followed by a great intro by Cheryl. Everything about the song is fantastic, except for the over used bit “my heaven’s with you“, it can get a bit annoying. So far so good.
  4. Fight For This Love: The album’s first single is most certainly a grower. I at first was fairly disappointed, but soon enough I began to love it. It’s catchy is a sneaky way! I do cringe a bit at the line “ain’t gonna be no picnic” though. Other than that I am that fool driving down the street singing loudly along to the chorus.
  5. Rain On Me: This is where things take a turn for the worst. Horrible music, horrible lyrics, just an awful track that would be better left off the album. “What’s the price of thunder?” Really Cheryl? I have half a mind to just delete this track and pretend it never existed.
  6. Make Me Cry: A really good R&B tune that is really catchy, but falters due to the extremely repetitious hook “Are you trying to make me cry?“. If they edited out about 3 of the uses each time it plays in repetition I think all will be good. Granted the likelihood of this horrible mistake being corrected is very small.
  7. Happy Hour: Using alcohol as a metaphor, this track is easily one of my favorites on the album. It’s the best out of more upbeat tracks that are sprinkled throughout. A great chorus, great verses, and good production make this a standout track. Catchy enough to sing along to and upbeat enough to get a good dance going on.
  8. Stand Up: This can join ‘Rain On Me’ as one of the worst track’s on the album. Taio Cruz wrote this for her and frankly I think she should have declined. I don’t even know how to explain it… tacky maybe?
  9. Don’t Talk About This Love: Mrs. Cole is clearly talking about asking people not to talk about the whole Ashley Cole businesses. The title suggests that this might be a beautiful, soulful track, well it’s deceiving. The music is fairly light and the lyrics are easily delivered, but it just makes it sound like it was poorly produced.
  10. Boy Like You (featuring will.i.am): Upbeat and seemly fun to dance to. It’s just very underwhelming. The open has me thinking “oh this may build up nice”, but nope. Cheryl’s delivery just makes the chorus and the entire song a borefest.
  11. Heartbreaker (featuring Cheryl Cole): This a will.i.am that is unnecessarily included on her album. She’s in it for about 30 seconds! Cheryl’s part is so tiny is ridiculous. It’s an okay song, it just shouldn’t have been included.

In some final words let me say that I had high expectations for this album due to the fact I’m a huge fan of Girls Aloud. I knew I could possibly be in for heart break the moment I heard she wanted to do an R&B album, but my hopes stayed high. Needless to say she did a decent job on her first real solo venture (in music). Most of 3 Words had to grow on me, but when it did I really enjoyed it. C+

Cheryl Cole’s New Single: ‘Fight For This Love’

September 7, 2009

Cheryl Cole

Today was the day BBC Radio One debuted Cheryl’s first ever solo single ‘Fight For This Love’! Just when I was beginning to die of anticipation. Here is a youtube video of a radio rip:

My first thought’s…

“Wow”

“that’s Cheryl’s voice?”

“This is good.”

This is going to be on repeat for the week. Now I’m ready for the music video! In other solo career news Cheryl’s debut album will be called Three Words and here is the tracklist:

1. 3 Words
2. Heaven
3. Parachute
4. Fight For This Love
5. Don’t Talk About This Love
6. Trying To Make Me Cry (Hurt Me)
7. Girl Like You
8. Happy Hour
9. Rain On Me
10. Heart Breaker
11. Stand Up

The single ‘Fight For This Love’ is going to be released on October 19th followed by the album’s release on October 26th, according to Amazon and Play.com.

This track is sure to be a hit in the UK. I like it, not quite in love with it though.

The Saturdays | New single, new album, already?

August 25, 2009

Okay whoa! Again? I’ve totally missed putting this possibly amazing upcoming album on my post about possibly amazing upcoming albums? I give up. But how and why are The Saturdays releasing brand new material already? Their last single ‘Work’ was like only a couple of months ago, beginning of summer kind of deal. I’m not upset, I’m just really excited to hear more from one of the greatest new girl groups to form since Girls Aloud.

The Saturdays’ sixth overall single and lead track from their second album is called ‘Forever Is Over’. It’s definitely something that has to grow on me, but I like the new sound and obsession will soon follow. I didn’t mind the old sound at all, but like Girls Aloud they seem to be maturing from album to album. All good things.

The music video isn’t available to view in my country because of damn restrictions, fml. I can still post the song, but it’s just a picture with the song (quality audio though!)…

The Saturdays new single ‘Forever Is Over’ will be released on October 5th followed by their second (TBA) album on October 12th.

I’m watching ‘The X Factor’ this series and Cheryl Cole is [mostly] why.

August 24, 2009

It’s been a rough this year with no Girls Aloud album to look forward to in the fall. I was wonder “how will I go on?”, but just in the nick of time the 6th series of the UK show The X Factor premieres. This past saturday by the graces of all that is holy Mrs. Cheryl Cole made her return to the hit show as one of the best singing competition judges ever (yeah that’s right I said EVER, Paula Abdul eat your heart out!). Speaking of which I feel Mrs. Cole is a perfect candidate to replace the late great American Idol judge.

Cheryl Cole 2

Ok ok no more anti-Paula, seriously though! I’m excited for this season to really kick off. I’m not one for watching the audition processes for the show, I’d rather fast forward to the good stuff (i.e. the Boot Camp bit and the what not after). Happily I will be able delay my Girls Aloud withdrawals a little longer while I hang on to ever word Cheryl says during the competition and in hopes of some sort of performance or what not of her upcoming debut solo single.

In other X Factor news, the talent that we did get to see was rather good. I really loved Stacey Soloman’s personality and her performance (watch here) took me by surprise as well, loved it. Joseph McElderry is such a cutie and did a great job as well with his performance (watch here). Last, but definitely not least was Danyl Johnson who just did a stunning performance (watch here) that was soo freaking genius for an audition that you just know he is going all the way to the final group.

If you want to catch the whole episode check out www.watch-x-factor.com. It’s not a quality picture but the audio is good. I really wish they aired this in America.

Cheryl Cole to front a US version of ‘The X Factor’.

July 5, 2009

Cheryl X Factor

Cheryl Cole celebrated an X-tra special birthday – as it was revealed she is set to front a US version of The X Factor.

The Girls Aloud singer turned 26 with a £60,000 surprise party thrown by Chelsea and England soccer star husband Ashley, 28.

And the icing on the cake came when she learned she had been specially chosen by Simon Cowell to take his top-rated TV show across the Atlantic.

Senior US executives from NBC are due to fly to Manchester this weekend to see her in action at the live auditions.

A source said: “Simon is on the brink of signing a deal to take The X Factor to America and, if he gets his way, Cheryl will be its star.

“He thinks she has amazing presence and her down-to-earth Northern charm will appeal to the American public. She is also an incredibly beautiful girl.

“She won’t get paid anything like the million pound salary she’s on here, because obviously she is not as well known in the States.

“But if it is a success, like most of Simon’s shows are, it could catapult her into the big league.”

It is understood Simon, 49, will not be able to appear on the show as he is tied into a deal with rival network Fox for American Idol.

The music mogul, who has an estimated fortune of £120million, has already announced he plans to quit after the next series of X Factor.

And he has made it clear he wants Cheryl to step into his shoes and become the main face of the show, which regularly pulls in around 15 million viewers.

ITV1 bosses are desperately trying to persuade him to stay, but while  he wants to continue with Britain’s Got Talent, he feels it is time to move on.

Simon was at Cheryl’s bash on Wednesday at London’s Vanilla nightclub. Other guests included Cheryl’s bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts and X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue.

Hubby Ashley had secretly invited Cheryl’s showbiz pals, plus friends and family from Newcastle – treating them to flights and putting them up in hotels.

He even arranged for Cheryl – looking stunning in a frilly white mini-dress – to be presented with a giant pink birthday cake in the shape of a star. A friend said: “Cheryl just thought they were going out for a quiet meal.

“But when they pulled up outside the nightclub, she knew he had planned something special and she welled up with emotion.”

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Music video magic time.

April 6, 2009

In the past couple of weeks I’ve came across some wicked genius music videos. So I’m declaring music video magic time, thats right three quasi-fresh music videos right here right now for your eyegasmic pleasure. Take it in…

Well of course you need to be all about this shit. It’s Girls Aloud’s 21st single ‘Untouchable’ and this vid is one of their greatest yet. Future fun fanatastic…

Now it’s time for some funk me fantastic sexness with Ciara feat. J.T.’s ‘Love Sex Magic’. Single greatest moment is when Ciara is all on the floor crawling and all you see is lights line her bod. Oh Ciara.. you sex me good woman.

Rounding out the list is Kleerup feat. Titiyo with ‘Longing For Lullabies’. Sad, beautiful, sheer music freakin video greatness. I like lose my s**t with discoveries like this! It’s takes you to dinner and pays the bill good.

Sorry if this post seems a bit insane (yeah insanely loaded with amazing music videos!!) but I’m running on last bit of energy I gots after a such an outstanding feat of great procrastination on a ten page film term paper. Sleep didn’t even see me coming.

Girls Aloud win Best British Single for ‘The Promise’ at the BRITs

February 19, 2009

Last night turned out to be a great night for Girls Aloud seeing as they won their first BRIT Award! The Girls won Best British Single for their number one hit ‘The Promise’, beating the likes of Coldplay, Duffy, and Leona Lewis. They did a stunning performance of the winning song at this years show which I’ll post below and also below you’ll be able to see the Girls’ red carpet action pre- and post- show. Girls Aloud were also nominated for Best British Group this year along with Coldplay, Radiohead, Take That, and the winner Elbow. Congratulations!

 Pre-Show:

Performance:

Post-Show:

Song of the Day: ‘Something Kinda Ooooh’

February 13, 2009

Artist: Girls Aloud

This my favorite Girls Aloud song and that was one of their greatest performances. It’s a track that is bursting with energy and is perfect for the dancefloor! Maybe this will help set the mood for a good friday night out. Blast it. Shake it. Sex it. UP! Alright well if your interested here is the official music video and you can purchase it on US iTunes! if you follow me.