Our favourite pint-sized former Disney diva is back after a bit of a hiatus and while everyone’s singing and raving about legitimately amazing dub-lite pop tune ‘Heart Attack’, we’ve been giving Demi’s fourth album (appropriately enough titled ‘Demi’) a spin and we’ve found one of the BEST songs of the entire summer on there!
‘Really Don’t Care’ is a duet with Cher Lloyd and the pair have never sounded so good as Demi sings about an ex who wants back into her good books – it’s relentlessly catchy, refreshingly good pop, with a chorus that’ll stick in your head for days. Cher’s pretty good too, her sparky middle-eight a genuine treat in a pretty ace song. We could easily see this being a big breakout anthem for Demi, the feisty sister of Carly Rae’s ‘Call Me Maybe’, and hopefully it’ll get picked to be the next single off the album.
Listen to ‘Really Don’t Care’ below:
The one X Factor finalist we thought would never make it big, Cher Lloyd proved us wrong with her surprisingly good debut album last year and has only gone and made it big in America following in the footsteps of One Direction, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted – with a repackaged version of that LP finding itself inside the Top 10 this week.
Cher’s new single from that album – ‘Oath’ – is a brilliantly catchy ditty, instantly at home with the foot-tapping highlights on the album and arguably features some of her best vocals, particularly as she’s not hollering about running beats or being aggressive. Cher is promising unending love and solid devotion to her BFF, something that suits her as the bubbly, infectious beats and production combine with her improving vocals to make something unexpectedly sweet.
Even newcomer Becky G’s contribution to the song is well-handled, slotting in well alongside the tune which reeks of ‘late summer anthem’ and will probably end up with a ’90210′-inspired video down the line (not that we’re complaining!).
Listen to ‘Oath’ below:
Our advice? When it finally hits UK shores, download all the way.
I’m only 19 but I am old enough to go out to clubs and to have fun, but ‘Can’t Say No’ is tongue-in-cheek. It’s not really a representation of me. It’s just easy to sing along to and makes you want to dance.
Do you get annoyed when people compare you to Justin Bieber?
Comparisons come early in your career and it’s always better when people get to make their own opinions. I think it’s best to get further along and let people decide for themselves.
How difficult was it filming the music video to ‘Vegas Girl’ where you chat up lots of ladies?
The video was such a surreal situation. To have to walk up to a girl and ask for her number is just something I would never do. The conversation with the director where we were choosing what to say went on for ages, I thought it had to be realistic. The director suggested I said ‘Oh hey you’re really beautiful, can I have your number?’ but I would never say that so we stuck with ‘Hey can I have your number? I know some good massage techniques!’ and another line was ‘Can I have your insurance number, because I think you’ve broken my heart!’
Pretty cheesy. If there was one girl who you couldn’t say no to, who would it be?
There is a collaboration with Rita Ora on the album so if I had to choose one girl I can’t say no to it would have to be Rita – though I may have to fight off Rob Kardashian first! I would probably do a runner, I’ve never met him but he is a bit bigger than me. But I saw an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians where he did a charity boxing match and got destroyed and I was like “oh my goodness!”
Who else would you love to collaborate with?
Out of anyone, dead or alive, I would have to choose Michael Jackson to collaborate with. No competition.
We hear you have an exclusive Black Card from Nando’s – has it had much abuse yet?
Yes! I think I’ve used it every day.
I came up with the tequila line. It was around halfway through the song and I thought it hadn’t really shown off my vocals yet so I wanted to do something different and it just happened the tequila line was just before it so we stuck with that.
What would you say to Simon Cowell if you were stuck in a lift with him?
I would ask him if he would put me through on The X Factor or not because it would be interesting to know. He would probably say no and then I would cry.
Where would you take a girl on a date?
I would have to choose the beach, it is just such a romantic place. I mean, I come from Brighton where we have pebble beaches so it’s probably worse and much more painful.
What do you look for in a girl?
I don’t really know because if I look at past relationships I have been in and they have all been lots of different types of girls. I have only had one long term relationship but I have had lots of mini ones too.
‘Vegas Girl’ has appeared on the Billboard Pop Chart – do you want to break America? One Direction, The Wanted, Ed Sheeran and Cher Lloyd are all having a lot of success over there.
I do want to break America! It’s quite scary, it is a big place to try and break. It’s an amazing place, but for me I don’t think I could live anywhere other than the UK, I love my home too much but then again I am only 19 so I haven’t really been able to experience America properly.
What’s been your top highlight of the past 12 months?
The highlight of the last year for me would be the people I have been working in the studio with from Pharrell to Ne-Yo to Rita Ora and other amazing names. I have learnt so much from people that are legendary in the industry.
Thank you very much, Conor!
Thanks, Maximum Pop!
‘Turn Around’ is the next single from Conor’s album Contrast, which is out now!
Cher Lloyd, the 493405th British artist to attempt to ‘break America’ over the last few months, is wisely putting ‘Swagger Jagger’ to one side and opening her international campaign with the far better ‘Want U Back’. Is the song good? Yes. What about this new USA-specific music video? Hmmmmmehhh. We’re not so sure. Honestly, we far prefer the cheeky UK version from earlier this year, and we reckon it would have been much better (and cheaper) to just re-edit that one to get rid of Astro’s rap in the middle. But still, this is quite a fun clip and shows Cher getting herself into lots of trouble at a diner.
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Does this sound like a helicopter? No, actually it sounds like an unmissable competition that will send your swag rating off the charts. We’re giving five lucky MP!ers the chance to win an official Cher Lloyd t-shirt – and you’ll even be able to choose which one you want from her web store. Follow these instructions to enter:
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
This year’s Wireless Festival just got even more exciting. Joining headliner Drake on Saturday are Example, Tulisa (we assume she’ll have some solo material by then), Professor Green and special guest Nicki Minaj. Warming the crowd up for Rihanna on Sunday will be Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Cher Lloyd, Calvin Harris and new girlgroup Stooshe. Check out the dates in our Pop Diary, and head to the festival’s website for the full line-up, tickets and VIP packages. Hit like below if you’ll be attending.
The votes have been counted and verified, and to our surprise the winner of this week’s Song Off is Cher Lloyd with ‘Want U Back’ – well done to all 553 Little Brats who voted for her!
Don’t agree with the final result? Think One Direction should have come first? Leave a comment below and let us know what YOU think.
Welcome to the greatest chart battle that might ever happen - or not, we’re not psychic y’know. Last time, Cover Drive emerged triumphant with ‘Twilight’ over Lana Del Rey and Professor Green – this time around it’s the battle of the third singles with Cher Lloyd taking on her X Factor rival One Direction’s new cut as well as Scottish chanteuse Emeli Sandé’s new tune from her debut album. But which is best? Find out who we chose below and vote for your favourite. (more…)
Yeah, we know we already posted about Cher Lloyd performing her brand new single ‘Want U Back’ live for MTV – but when your acoustic sessions are as good as Cher’s, it’s definitely worth posting them all. Plus we’ve been hitting the replay button on this all day. Check out the teeny tiny rapper perform the track for That Grape Juice below. Can someone please get her to do the helicopter noise next time too?
Yesterday we reported that Cher Lloyd challenged former X Factor mentor Cheryl Cole to a sing off and then criticised her use of auto-tune, but in an effort to clear the air, Cher took the comments back this morning on Daybreak.
“Basically I said something on radio which I shouldn’t have said and it wasn’t intended to sound as bad as it did.” said Cher, before explaining that she really *would* love to perform live with Cheryl. “I just want to say sorry to her if she found that offensive. But at the end of the day, she is the person who got me to where I am today.”
Well we hope Cheryl heard the apology, because after the original remarks were made, she posted the mysterious tweet below:
As we always (well, sometimes) say here at MP!, it’s all about the music at the end of the day – and we reckon it would be amazing to see these two perform together. Someone make this happen please?
Who? It just slipped past me. I don’t know with that one.
Arch nemesis Lil Kim claims to not know that Nicki Minaj performed at last week’s Grammy Awards. We bet she was watching really, with tissues at the ready.
To be nominated for ‘British Single’ again is great, but I would have liked to have been up for ‘British Male’. It would have been nice to be nominated.
Olly Murs – humble as usual. Maybe next year try “pretty please?”
I’m 18 now, so I can swear in my songs if I want to.
Spoken like a true child, Cher. We’d say stick to the helicopter noises.