POP BITS. What with JLS splitting up, The Wanted setting the internet alight with their new track, Union J emerging from the recording studio with an ace new tune and One Direction being… well, One Direction, it really is a boy bands world in the big bad pop world out there. It’s hard for solo artists like poor Amelia Lily to even get a look in, never mind the news that the ‘You Bring Me Joy’ songstress’ album ‘Be A Fighter’ has been delayed yet again.
The album was at first meant to tickle our ear drums on the 21st of April but was then pushed back to May 20th and now the album has been moved all the way back to June 29th. The delays have us worried and we fear the worst, that ‘Be A Fighter’ might share the same fate as fellow Xenomania act Mini Viva’s debut album (i.e. it mightn’t even happen).
We hope that Amelia takes inspiration from her album title and fights to get it out there. We all need to get behind her and help make this album happen, after all it’s only fair after she helped us plan an awesome imaginary party. Let’s all say a prayer that the party isn’t over for Ms. Lily.
Listen to Amelia’s latest single ‘Party Over’ below. POP BITS OUT.
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POP BITS. It’s all getting exciting for X-Factor graduate Amelia Lily. She’s three-for-three when it comes to amazing singles and has just released the video for third single ‘Party Over’. She’s been touring the country playing in front of thousands supporting Girls Aloud. All this from a girl who was never even supposed to be in the X-Factor finals.
The video sees the pink-haired starlet seemingly travelling through time both surveying the damage of a house party as well as engaging in the debauched anarchy getting in a pillow fight with a wolf and losing a bet that ends with her getting a tattoo. It’s fair to say a good time is had by all.
It’s been a crazy whirlwind for a girl who’s still only 18. Amelia said of her experience, “Only 15 months ago, I’d just finished my GCSEs and left school. A couple of months later, I was on the biggest television show going, got knocked out, came back, got to the final, came third, & got a record deal. Now I’ve released two singles, shot videos in Los Angeles, and recorded my first album!” The album, called ‘Be A Fighter’ will be released on April 24th and if the previous singles are anything to go by, it’ll be an absolute corker. POP BITS OUT.
Amelia Lily is one busy pop star these days. Not only is she supporting Girls Aloud on their national tour, she’s also found the time to unleash the lyric video for her new single ‘Party Over’. As you’d expect it’s another pulsating dance banger – a little bit clubbier than her last two singles, but still sprinkled liberally with that distinctive Xenomania magic.
Now, here’s the awkward part. Much as we loved it, Amelia’s last single ‘Shut Up (& Give Me Whatever You Got)’ didn’t exactly set the charts alight in the way her amazing debut ‘You Bring Me Joy’ did, so she’ll be hoping that this one is strong enough to put her back in the top 5 where she belongs.
We really hope Amelia gets the success she deserves with this single – she’s a great pop star with bags of attitude and a brilliant voice, as she aptly demonstrated during her time on X Factor many moons ago. ‘You Bring Me Joy’ is still one of our favourite songs from last year, and we’re anticipating more Xenomania-penned gems when she finally releases her debut album in April. But as we know when it comes to Brian Higgins and co, for every Girls Aloud there’s a Rachel Stevens or a Mini Viva who burn brightly, then all-too-quickly fall by the wayside despite a host of brilliant tunes. (The second Rachel Stevens album is still a total lost pop classic, and ‘One Touch’ by Mini Viva should have been huge).
Fortunately, Amelia survived this download or ditch. We can’t wait for the whole album.
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The Hits Radio Future Hits Live returns with its best line up yet. Join The Wanted, Sam & The Womp, Lawson, Fazer, Amelia Lily and Angel live *this* Saturday 27th October in Preston. For your chance to win one of 3 pairs of tickets just complete the below. We’ll be announcing a winner at 5pm, 9pm and 10pm. Good luck!
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If One Direction can come third on The X Factor and go on to score worldwide success that even has the power to stop Justin Bieber winning a fan-voted VMA, then so can Amelia Lily. At least, that’s the dream.
The hotshot, who’s on course for a No1 debut this weekend with ‘You Bring Me Joy’, told Capital FM that she’s already got her eyes on the US of A. “When I went to LA for the music video, I just looked around and I kept thinking in my head that I can see myself out here,” she said. “Not even just music-wise, like living-wise as well… The UK will always be my home but I would like to eventually go out there because I just think it’s so inspiring out there.
Continuing her passionate speech, she added: “It really makes you want to go further and more determined but I’d love to go to America one day with my music and stuff. It’s amazing watching One Direction because they went through the same journey as me – they came third [on The X Factor] and now they’re playing at Madison Square Garden. That’s my dream. So maybe one day, fingers crossed.”
We love a bit of Amelia Lily here at Maximum Pop! so it was a nice surprise to find this stripped back acoustic version of ‘You Bring Me Joy’. Check it out!
‘You Bring Me Joy’ is released 9 September.
A boiling hot afternoon in some rather posh record company offices. Diet Coke for Mr McElderry, strong cup of tea for Maximum Pop! No sugar, please. Let’s talk…
Personal – I did a lot of songwriting and it’s the first album I’ve had writing input.
Growth – with what I’ve learnt since Popstar To Operastar and touring, my vocals are a lot stronger now and they’re showcased quite a lot on the album.
Emotional – the lyrics are strong and I think people might cry a little bit!
Do you have a favourite track?
‘What Have I Done’ is about when you’ve ended a relationship with somebody and before you can move on you need the answers. It can be a girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, family member. There are some lyrics in there that wouldn’t relate to a family member - “lying by your side”…
That would be a very different type of song, Joe.
Haha! When you’ve had a row with somebody and the contact goes, sometimes the most difficult thing is that you just don’t talk to them anymore and it’s ended horribly.
Do your lyrics come from your own experiences?
Sometimes you don’t want to write all about you. With ‘Here’s What I Believe’, the song, so many of my friends had been cheated on and I’d heard so many stories: “he was seeing another girl for six months”, you know. I’ve experienced that as well, it’s horrible when you get cheated on. So that was more taking in information from other people.
Well now they know you’re listening for gossip, they might not tell you everything! In the writing process, is it lyrics or melodies first?
I did a writing camp and a lot of that was melody first, then lyrics. I prefer to write lyrics first because you’re not as limited. If you have some lyrics down you can’t say “well that doesn’t fit to that tune”; you make the music fit to the lyrics.
As your writing develops are you looking to include less cover versions on future albums?
I think so, but with the covers on this album we’ve been really clever and not picked obvious ones that people would expect me to do.
‘Skyscraper’ by Demi Lovato will be known by obsessive pop fans but it might be a new song to most listeners.
That song had slipped under the radar in the UK and it’s so powerful that it deserves to be well known. I hope people enjoy it! Also, I said that if we’re going to do covers on this album, they have to be completely different to the originals. I’ve done the carbon copies now. With these ones I wanted to totally change them.
Well, it’s difficult with opera or Christmas songs to stray too far from the versions people know…
Yeah, those two albums were kind of concept albums so you had to fit to the concept. With the Christmas one you couldn’t start doing a disco version of ‘Mary’s Boy Child’!
The album reminds us of your time on X Factor in that it’s quite a “mature pop” sound.
This is the album that I always should have made. It’s poppy but it’s not overly produced. I suppose it’s what I am! If you come along to my live show I’m very much about not trying to dress things up too much, just belting some tunes out and I wanted to do that. The inspiration for lots of this album was Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood and those country and western, hooky melodies with clever lyrics.
On X Factor you were more of a George Michael, Will Young type artist, all about the vocals, etc. Then the Wide Awake album came out and it was very…
…overproduced! It was quite Europoppy with some American pop ballads. I’m really proud of that album, I love it and there’s some great songs on there. At the time we fit to a brief because we’d found ‘Ambitions’ and we were going for it as the single. Had that song not been found the album probably would have been totally different. That happens sometimes. You get a song you think is going to be a hit and make everything fit to it. If I was to do it again I wouldn’t have had the vocals produced as much.
Yes, on ‘Someone Wake Me Up’ there was a really ludicrous Auto-Tune moment before the final chorus that felt rather unnecessary.
Yeah. I think we just tried to test things out a bit. It’s a great pop album but it shocked a lot of people. They were like, “where’s his voice?”
You did a video shoot the other day for ‘Here’s What I Believe’. How important is the visual side of your music? 1 being “I suppose we’d better do a video if we want the song to be played on TV”, 10 being Lady Gaga’s attention to image.
I’m very precise with my image but I’m quite a laid-back, reserved person so you’d never see us like Lady Gaga because I’m not that type of artist and I sometimes feel it does distract. There’s times I watch Lady Gaga, who is incredible, and I just wish she’d wear a plain dress. She’s got such a good voice that she doesn’t need to do “all of that”. Image is important and I got creatively involved in this video. I suppose I’m a 10 but in a different way. I’m very “on” with what I want to look like but it’s not as full-on as Lady Gaga!
You’ve won X Factor and Popstar To Operstar. What do you think about talent shows in general?
People will disagree with this and say “X Factor ruins the industry” but it’s hard to come from the North East and get into the music industry. It’s not as plain sailing as “I’m going to put a band together” so talent competitions are a way in for a lot of normal people who have a bit of talent. I don’t know how that’s become frowned upon. It’s quite shallow to slag it off because every popstar started off as a normal person with a dream.
I don’t want to say “you used the show” but they used that show as a platform to get where they are and it’s quite nasty and spiteful to then go, “well actually I don’t want to be associated with it anymore”. I also think it’s pretty stupid because your fanbase voted for you on that show, so are you calling your fans stupid? I think it’s silly.
Having moved on from Syco, was there ever a point where you felt let down by the X Factor?
No. Simon Cowell never was responsible for my career. I’m responsible for that. He was a business partner in my first album, like any label is! They invest money and put time in and if it works it works, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. I didn’t feel let down, I just thought, “thanks for the opportunity. I’ll see you around!” I still feel like that now. If I see Simon there’s no hard feelings between us.
Did it annoy you seeing the trailer for the new series with Alexandra and Olly and you hadn’t been invited to be in it?
Errrmm, you know, I’m signed to Universal and everybody that’s part of that trailer is part of Syco.
Well for now, for however long… Would I promote somebody that wasn’t signed to my label and could be seen as competition? Probably not. I’m not really that bothered. I take all these things with a pinch of salt and if there’s any underlying reasons why I’m not in there you’d have to ask Simon! I’m proud of X Factor and I have no issues with it.
Do you think the significance of being the winning contestant has changed?
Yes. The runners up can get on with what they want to do without much judgement. It’s becoming much more of a pressure for the winner. I work well under pressure so that was never a problem for me! But for some I think that’s where the problem lies.
Who do you predict will do well from last year’s lot?
I hope Little Mix will do well! I like Amelia Lily as well. She has a good song.
How have you changed since X Factor?
I’m stronger, gutsier and I enjoy myself more than I used to instead of stressing. At the end of the day, we’re not saving lives! We’re singing songs. I love what I do but I enjoy it, I don’t take myself too seriously.
Are there any aspects of fame that you dislike?
When people are negative. It used to be hurtful but now it’s annoying. Why would you bother? When people base their opinions on untrue facts it’s the most annoying thing EVER. People say I haven’t sold any records but it’s like hang on a minute, I’ve worked my backside off for two years and I’ve sold quite a lot of albums. But people base their opinion on the story that I left Syco nearly two years ago. It’s like, get over it! We’ve moved on from there, so when people keep dwelling on negative things from the past, I sometimes think, yawn! It’s really boring.
How is Hugo the rabbit getting on?
Hugo is really good! I feel guilty because I’m away all the time and he’s been staying with family friends who own his brother rabbit, but he comes home all the time. They’re very cute!
The deluxe edition of the new album includes a Joe McElderry tea towel. Please explain this.
That’s like a merchandise thing, a souvenir that people can have, and wave them around at the concert.
Has your mum got one yet?
She hasn’t. I would find it a little weird having a Joe McElderry tea towel in my house. It would be a little self-indulgent!
But it’s self-indulgent having that tea towel from primary school where everyone draws their portrait.
That’s true, haha!
Let’s talk Newcastle icons. Why is Cheryl Cole amazing?
She is a down-to-earth girl, she represents the North East, she’s a dignified lady and an amazing performer.
Newcastle Brown Ale?
I’ve never tasted it but apparently it’s an acquired taste. I’ve been all over the world and I’ve seen it on the top of a mountain in Colorado when skiing and in a beach bar in Florida. It’s great to have something that’s world famous!
Oh, I love Byker Grove. I used to live over the road from somebody from Byker Grove and I was obsessed with that fact. The one who fell out the window and ended up in a wheelchair.
Somebody seemed to die every series. It was quite traumatic.
It was very traumatic for children. I wish they would bring it back. I’d like a cameo!
Do you have a message for Maximum Pop! readers?
I hope they enjoy the new album and thanks for the support!
Thank you very much, Joe!
Here’s What I Believe (the album) is out on 10 September. ‘Here’s What I Believe’ (the song) is out now! Joe performs in Newcastle and London in September.
With Amelia Lily’s single out in the open and Misha B due to release ‘Home Run’ this weekend, now seems like a good time to take stock of last year’s X Factor crop and see how everyone’s faring. The 2010 run of the show proved particularly fruitful, with Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Aiden Grimshaw all equalling and, in many cases, bettering winner Matt Cardle; and with the 2011 group firing out the traps particularly early, let’s see how they line up…
GOOD NEWS: CONTAINS NO MATT CARDLES