We gave you the lowdown on Rebecca Ferguson’s somewhat retro-ish new single ‘Backtrack’ last week. Now the soulful Scouser has revealed its video, we’re going to tell you our favourite bits:
- Rebecca sitting on the side of a bath, “moodily” scrolling through texts while a man pretending to be her boyfriend does some unconvincing fake sleeping. Is there a Bafta for best acting in a music video? No? Oh well.
- Rebecca standing in front of her wardrobe, carefully sorting through clothes for the next Oxfam run. So organised. So ethical!
- Rebecca standing in a recording booth in a nice red frock, doing a bit of a hip shimmy. Fact: the hip shimmy is not only one of the best dances in pop, it’s one of the easiest. Even our gran can do it.
- Rebecca standing next to some exposed brick. Authentic!
- Rebecca standing on a stage, concluding this angry little ditty about a no-good, lying, bad boyfriend with a defiant smile. What a survivor.
‘Backtrack’ is available from iTunes on 14 October and Rebecca’s just been added to the line up of BBC Radio 2’s Live In Hyde Park concert, which takes place this Sunday! More info on the Hyde Park thing here.
The last we heard of Rebecca Ferguson was a VERY public rant on Twitter where the Liverpudlian singer accused her management of overworking and taking advantage of her. The angry tweets showed a different side to the softly spoken star but it’s back to work for the former X Factor runner-up as she announces new single details.
‘Backtrack’, which appears on the US edition of Rebecca’s debut album Heaven, is her newie and will be released on iTunes on 15 October. The single will precede a re-release of the UK edition of Heaven (are you keeping up at the back?), which will include two brand new tracks and Miss Ferguson’s covers of the Drake/Rihanna duet ‘Take Care’ and Aqualung’s ‘Strange And Beautiful’.
Take a listen to the Motown-flavoured ‘Backtrack’ below and let us know what you think!
A number of major pop names are staking their claim for the summer’s first big anthems this week – but which are successful and which should be forgotten? There’s a lot to choose from, but don’t panic – MP! are here to guide you through which singles deserve your hard-earned 99p.
Cover Drive – ‘Sparks’
The Bajan quartet return with the follow-up to their January chart-topper ‘Twilight’, and ‘Sparks’ is a slightly mellower tune with another lovely vocal performance from Amanda. But, truth be told, we’re not big fans of the excessive auto-tune effects, especially on the boys’ lines and, much as we love the band, we can’t help but feel like ‘Sparks’ would be better off as a decent album track rather than a big hit single. DITCH
Tulisa – ‘Young’
The lyrics are repetitive, the production is a bit like Calvin Harris on an off day, and Tulisa even sounds slightly aggressive on the verses… but roll down the windows, turn up the volume, put your hands in the air and you have an instant summer anthem. OK, its chances of winning any awards are about as distant as Matt and Sueleen’s odds of winning The Voice, but sometimes the amazingness of pop is totally inexplicable. DOWNLOAD
Rebecca Ferguson – ‘Glitter & Gold’
R-Fergz’s third single from her album Heaven has a lot more bite to it than you would expect from one of The X Factor’s nicest ever graduates. Written about some of the fame-hungry attention-seekers she encountered on the show back in 2010, it’s got a dark edge to it that isn’t a million miles away from Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, and though its lack of radio support makes it an unlikely contender for chart glory, it helps cement the Liverpudlian’s status as one of our favourite talent show contestants of recent years. DOWNLOAD
Starboy Nathan – ‘Who Am I’
“I was down like four flat tyres,” sings Starboy Nathan on what we can only assume is his all-important make-or-break single. ‘Who Am I’ follows the disappointing chart performance of Wretch 32 collab ‘Hangover’, and it’s an incredibly honest midtempo R’n'B-flavoured nugget with lyrics about facing up to obstacles and refusing to give up. It’s nothing particularly ground-breaking, but its relevance to Nathan’s difficulty in hitting the big time is kind of what makes it endearing. So for the sake of making sure this isn’t the last we hear of the hard-working singer-songwriter, we strongly suggest that you… DOWNLOAD
Tom Jones – ‘Hit Or Miss’
And the first coach from The Voice to use the exposure as a platform for new music is… Sir Tom! ‘Hit Or Miss’ is taken from the veteran hitmaker’s forthcoming album Spirit In The Room, and as much as we respect the man’s status as an utter musical legend, we can’t see ‘Hit Or Miss’ shooting to the top of our iTunes Most Played list any time soon. Sozza, Tom. DITCH
Rebecca Ferguson has sneakily added an extra track to the US edition of her debut album Heaven, and it’s an upbeat Emeli Sande ‘Next To Me’ style tune with a bit of Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need A Dollar’ thrown in for extra bite. ‘Backtrack’ also has a swanky lyric video, which you can check out below:
Before she follows Adele, One Direction and The Wanted across the Atlantic to have a go at the American market, Rebecca Ferguson will release her infectious third single ‘Glitter & Gold’ in the UK on April 29. Written about the fame-hungry hopefuls she encountered on The X Factor in 2010, it’s a sophisticated strut of an anthem that sounds even more addictive in this remix by Cahill. Go on, crank it up…
Rebecca Ferguson and her amazing voice have managed to rule the charts recently with a phenomenal debut single and album – but during her current UK tour it seems she’s pulling out all the stops to prove just how versatile an artist she really is. Watch the video below to see Rebecca tackle the Rihanna and Drake track ‘Take Care’ and discover why we’d do backflips if she ever decides to release her own music in the same style.
- Watch Rebecca’s video for ‘Too Good To Lose’
- Which is better – Rebecca Ferguson or a cucumber?
- Send Rebecca some loving fanmail
Welcome to Pop Star Vs A Vegetable. This highly scientific experiment is tasked with finding out what’s better – greens or Professor Greens? This week X Factor graduate and silver medallist Rebecca Ferguson goes up against the divisive cucumber. Keep reading for the results…
Is it possible to follow up a Top Ten single and the biggest first week album sales for a debut female artist? X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson is about to find out. The second single to be released from Heaven is ‘Too Good To Lose’ and you can now feast your eyes on the music video below. It’s a bit like Nicola Roberts’ ‘Lucky Day’ but without the eye-watering special effects.
Can she recreate the success of ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’? Only time will tell – but we’re feeling pretty confident for her. Check out the video for ‘To Good To Lose’ below…
Just watching the Willow Smith video for Fireball! I thought I had long arms and legs but she puts me to shame LOL Go Willow #limbs
If anyone can get a limbs hashtag trending it’s Rochelle from The Sats
Just saw first photos of the stage being built. Just peed all the way down to my Chanel shoes!! *sorry Karl* ahhh!!!!!!
Tena Lady just got it’s first celebrity spokesperson in Lady Gaga
The man on jeremy kyle is vile! How could you turn your back on your own flesh and blood! And his girlfriends a joke too! (Rant over)
Rebecca Ferguson’s had a busy morning…
I think there’s something not right about Caroline and Harry. For me and Zayn it was different, because he was 18 so at least he could drive over to pick me up
Nice to see Rebecca Ferguson’s got her priorities in check…
There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak and that will turn out to be what the next album is about
Sounds like Taylor Swift’s next release is shaping up to be a jolly affair.
I think all the 160k+ viewers of Love Me need to click “follow” on our Twitter lool what is goin on we neeed more followers. Help x
Stooshe are concerned. Sort it out everyone. No one likes an unhappy pop star.