POP BITS. Pixie Lott has joined the cast of BBC period drama Inspector George Gently where she will play a holiday camp entertainer called Megan. Pixie is no stranger to acting, having starred in the movie ‘Fred: The Movie’ in 2010.
We’re torn about this: on one hand, it means we get to see more Pixie, on the other, where’s the new album? Please start singing songs again Pixie! POP BITS OUT.
We’ve done it again MP!ers, *another* fanmail directory success story. Pixie Lott is using her free time between albums wisely – by replying to your letters, pictures and declarations of love.
MP!er Dan tweet us this picture of his signed Pixie albums which she sent back to him them after a whopping 18-months. Although at least they didn’t disappear into the Pop Star Black Hole with all the other un-returned fanmail you guys have been sending.
Despite crafting a first album packed with fantastic toe-tappable pop, Pixie Lott’s sophomore set Young Foolish Happy was, though we hate to say it, an all-round disappointment. Occasionally good and occasionally (whisper it) boring, it was a bit of a chart flop, entering at No.18 and spending all of one week in the Top 40.
How is she attempting to turn it around? With a Motown album. Says she: “I’m going to be heading to New York to work with the guys who did the original Motown records in the sixties to make a new album soon.” We’re not exactly who she means by that, given that most of “the guys who did the original Motown records” are either deceased or retired, but whoever she means, we’re not particularly enthralled by the prospect. Occasionally popstars can make the whole Motown-goes-21st-Century thing work (see: Duffy’s first album), but most of the time they really can’t (see: Duffy’s second album). After all, the Motown golden era has long gone – does anyone really think that a Pixie Lott album will go down in history as one of the genre’s all-time greats?
Good on Pixie for wanting to do something that’s not particularly being done in the charts at the moment, and we really do wish her all the success in the world with it (her record label might not be so forgiving if this one flops too, lest we forget), but we’d be much happier if she jacked in the whole idea and just busted out another album of amazing pop like she did back in 2009.
We miss this Pixie :(
Chester Rocks have announced their line-up for this year’s weekend festival at Chester Racecourse, and while the Saturday is headlined by The Courteeners, Sunday’s line-up is packed with pop. Pixie Lott has grabbed the headlining slot, and hitting the stage before her on Sunday 17th June will be Labrinth, Maverick Sabre, Katy B, new girlgroup Indigo City, and Tinchy Stryder. Saturday is only open to over-14s, but Sunday is open to all, provided you’re accompanied by someone over 18. Grab your tickets – £35 for each day – here. We’ve added the date to our Pop Diary so you can see how it lines up. Hit like below if you’ll be rocking out in Chester this summer.
There are three poptastic reasons to tune into this weekend’s Let’s Dance For Sport Relief. Hat-wearing popstar Olly Murs will be recreating a classic dance routine for the entertainment and judgment of the nation, while Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott will be in the studio to perform their new single, ‘Bright Lights’. Make sure you turn to BBC1 at 7pm on Saturday 3rd March. We’ve added the programme to our Pop Diary. Hit like below if you’ll be tapping your toes.
The clock is ticking down to the release of tickets for this summer’s V Festival, so we thought we’d better give you the details of why you’ll want to be there on August 18th and 19th. Sharing the bill below headliners The Killers and The Stone Roses are a whole load of poptastic acts including Nicki Minaj, Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran, Tinie Tempah, Example, Labrinth, Rizzle Kicks, Dappy and Pixie Lott. The festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park near Birmingham, switching their line-up across the two days so you won’t be missing out on anyone. Check out the full line-up on the V Festival website. Be awake at 10 am on Friday, 2nd March to grab your tickets from any of the official outlets linked on the website. Check out how the dates look in our Pop Diary, and hit like below if you’ll be attending.
If Pixie Lott’s record label are scratching their heads and wondering why her unfortunately-named 20-track-long second album ‘Young, Foolish, Happy’ has peaked at a massively disappointing 18 in the charts, they should probably watch this video. Tuneless singing, borderline-terrified facial expressions, and one fan letting everyone down by shouting out the wrong lyrics – it’s all a bit Mama Who? Oh dear. It’s not that we don’t think Pixie has the potential to be a great pop star, but this performance isn’t going to do anyone any favours; however firmly she wears her trademark inane grin. In short, so bad we’ve just broken our ‘be nice to popstars’ rule. Pixie Lott we’re very mad at you right now.
Dodgy video aside, the third single to be lifted from Pixie Lott’s mostly disappointing new album is a rollercoaster ride of a song. With a stuttering, robotic beat and lyrics like “put the plug in the socket, give me all of your power”, ‘Kiss The Stars’ is the kind of song that perfectly soundtracks your blast off from the dreary office/classroom at the end of a Friday out into the starry and limitless galaxy that is the weekend. By which we mean we’re gonna be sprawled out on the sofa, cheering and jeering at Take Me Out. We bet Pixie is a fan.
Watch the video for Pixie Lott’s ‘Kiss The Stars’ below…
JLS are 3 records down in their attempt to release one album every year for a whole decade, but now that the band are essentially granddads in the pop world (and last November’s Jukebox was definitely not an MP! fave), can they pull out all the stops and make the next one an unmissable hit? Read on for the 5 things you need to know about JLS’s upcoming 4th album and make your own mind up…
The list of hit makers working on the 4th JLS album is enough to make any pop fan jump up and down like a maniac. From Babyface (Beyoncé, Madonna), to Bangladesh (Rihanna, Ke$ha), all the way through to Sean Garrett (Jay-Z, Usher). Plus, the boys have been in the studio with the legendary Darkchild. *Bangs head on ceiling*
*In best radio DJ voice* It’s Sunday, it’s just gone 7pm, the chart results are in!
It was a good week for:
Jessie J. ‘Domino’ has made it two weeks in a row at the top of the charts. How long until that well-known pizza company starts using the song to advertise Two for Tuesdays?
Pixie Lott. ‘Kiss the Stars’ has clawed it’s way up into the top ten and right now is sitting comfortably at Number 8. As Miley says, it’s all about the climb.
One Direction. After premiering their video for ‘One Thing’ last week the boys have finished this week at Number 28. Who wants to bet the track will be the Valentines week Number 1 when it’s officially released on 12th February?
Cher Lloyd. The other big new entry this week is ‘Want U Back’ which also gets its official release next month, the track has entered the midweeks at Number 26, that’s two ahead of 1D.
Gotye. ‘Somebody I used to Know’ is one of this week’s biggest climbers (up 15 to Number 21) which may have something to do with clever cover version that’s currently sweeping Twitter. Watch it so you know what everyone’s talking about at school tomorrow.
It was a bad week for:
Rizzle Kicks. OK Number 2 in the singles chart is exactly soul-shattering but we’re sure the boys were hoping for their first Number 1 without the help of Olly Murs. There’s always next week.
Enter Shikari. After this very loud and shouty band entered the mid-week album chart at Number 1 we were a tad worried. But luckily pop has triumphed over the bullies with Adele moving back into the top spot and Ed Sheeran just behind. In your face.