POP BITS. To be honest, we’d kind of been worrying about Alecia Moore – aka Pink – recently, largely due to the amount of balladry she’d been putting out. Not that a softer change of pace isn’t nicer for pop’s feistiest female, but we’ve kind of been missing the fiery side of her.
However, it looks like Pink’s been answering our prayers and has released standout album track ‘True Love’ as her latest single, an upbeat summer anthem about love/hate relationships that kisses with one lyric and punches with the other, a song we reckon will be a mega-hit here in the UK.
Why in the UK, you ask? It might have something to do with the guest spot – the welcome popstar return of Lily Allen (or Lily Rose Cooper as she’s now called herself) for a great middle eight. Whatever the reason, it’s a great choice for a single and we can’t wait for the video to appear. POP BITS OUT.
Listen to ‘True Love’ below:
‘Truth About Love’? She’s not going all sappy on us is she?
No, no, no – just because she’s all happily married and has an adorable daughter, that doesn’t mean she’s softening her pop-rock approach. Lead single ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ is a ballsy, badass stomper of a tune and it’s the template for the rest of the album which, while it’s all about the various shades of romance, isn’t exactly the next Taylor Swift LP.
Good to hear! What is the next single like?
Ah, you mean ‘Try’! ‘Try’ is a gorgeous anthemic ballad with a chorus that’ll stick in your head like a toffee melting in the sun but much nicer. It’s possibly the best ballad on the album although ‘The Great Escape’ comes close.
It’s not all full of ballads though, right…?
Of course not. There’s a lot of fun to be on the album – ‘How Come You’re Not Here’ is a stadium-sized tune while the title track is a sassy delight. ‘Slut Like You’ is a bit of a favourite too – it’s sung with both a smile and a snarl and the cheekiest intro we’ve heard since we last watched ‘The Inbetweeners’.
The best song on the album?
Hard call but it’s between two of the collaborations – ‘True Love’ with Lily Allen (or Lily Rose Cooper as she’s now calling herself) and ‘Here Comes The Weekend’ with Eminem of all people. The former is a midtempo pop gem and an immensably enjoyable and bright tune while the latter is the ultimate alternative club banger which combines rawk guitars, heavy beats and plenty of drums action to create something cool as hell. It’s also great to see Eminem having fun on a track!
Are those the only collaborations?
‘Just Give Me A Reason’ features Fun. lead vocalist Nate Reuss in a sweet duet that, if we hadn’t had ‘We Are Young’ blaring out of every radio for the past six months, would be an instant hit.
Wow, sounds great! Any not-so-good tunes to watch out for?
Hmm. ‘Are We All That We Are’ is a bit of an underwhelming, overblown opener for the album. ‘Beam Me Up’, while a soft and delicate piece of balladry with heart, isn’t a huge hit either.
Altogether pretty good then?
Yep, we think so. The overall quality of the album places it amongst Ms Moore’s best. Huzzah!
‘The Truth About Love’ is out Monday 17th September.
Awfully named pop trio, leap-frog experts and all-round nice blokes GMD3 are through to the Boot Camp stage on X Factor 2012! Dan, Micky and Gregg, who are managed by The Wanted mastermind Jayne Collins, auditioned for the show last month and got 4 BIG YESs from the panel. One Direction 2013? We hope so.
After topping the charts with new single ‘Call My Name’ and almost topping the charts with third album A Million Lights, Our Chezza has announced the name of her new single. The Alex Da Kid-produced tuuuuuuuune ‘Under The Sun’ will be officially released on September 10th – over 3 months away. Come on Cheryl, get a move on. See an exclusive pic from the video here.
Who likes queueing? The oragnisers of Katy Perry’s: Part of Me 3D European film premiere have revealed that the first 100 people to arrive at 5.30pm on the day will win some Katy Perry goodies. We’re not exactly sure what they are, but are hoping for squirty cream and candy floss. The premiere will take place Tuesday 3rd July in London’s Leicester Square. Added bonus? You’ll get to see Katy, a bunch of famous faces and team MP! walking the red carpet, from behind the barriers. Oh, the glamour.
Pop ritiree and big fibber Lily Allen has announced she is back in the recording studio throwing shit at the wall. Forget throwing shit Lily, we want SONGS. *Ahem* Terrible jokes aside, we’re not going to say anything apart from yehaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. More insightful commentary from MP! if you check back every day.
Maximum Pop! is all about loving pop, but we also know that sometimes our favourite pop stars can suddenly start acting like complete tools. And what better way to call them out than by making them our Pop Idiot Of The Week? Maximum Pop!: Helping pop stars take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror since January 11th, 2011…
As it’s our first ever Pop Idiot Of The Week, we thought we’d go all out and have TWO. Being sent to the naughty step this week is… Lily Allen and Cheryl Cole!
For the benefit of those of you who are too young to remember, here’s a quick catch-up session: