If you haven’t heard of Calum Scott, you soon will have. He first appeared on last year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and went all the way to the final of the competition, where he placed sixth overall. He has just released his audition song, a cover of Robyn‘s ‘Dancing On My Own’, and it has so far peaked at number two on the UK iTunes singles chart and at number ten on the UK Official Singles Chart. We caught up with the budding pop star about his plans for the future.
How did you come up with the idea to perform ‘Dancing on My Own’ for your ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ audition, and to rearrange the song as a ballad?
If you don’t know what an Alarm Pop is by now, then we’re starting to get worried. We’re pretty sure it will be joining the likes of “Twerking” in the dictionary soon. It’s basically a totally amazing track for you to listen to through out the day.
Jessie J is no stranger to an Alarm Pop and once we heard her new collaby-wabby with Brandy, we knew we had to share it with the world. It’s lifted from Jessie J’s ‘Alive’ album and is pretty darn awesome.
Is it ‘Boy Is Mine’ 2.0? Not really, but it’s just as amazing! ‘Conquer The World’ is the perfect mixture of urban beats, acoustic guitar and powerhouse vocals. The song is full of empowerment and we have been left feeling more indestructible than Robyn and Sia’s lovechild! Both of these ladies can “saaaang” and we haven’t been this pleased by a duet since Nariana’s ‘Almost Is Never Enough’.
Listen to ‘Conquer The World’ below and let us know how you feel about the duet:
She may have a name that sounds like it belongs near the end of a Knock Knock joke, but Australian-born Betty Who may well be the most exciting new pop star of 2013. So far all we’ve heard is a four-track EP – which she released for free on her website earlier this year – but it’s packed with enough irresistible pop hooks to place her firmly at the top of our ‘ones to watch’ list.
Combining ice-cool delivery with bouncy 80s synths and huge singalong choruses, songs like summer anthem ‘Somebody Loves You’ and ‘You’re In Love’ (she’s a big fan of love), sound like Katy Perry partying with Robyn in Madonna’s recording studio in the 1980s. Incredible, in other words.
She gives good video, too. Y’know how some pop stars today try to be a bit too cool for school these days – with their guitars, their aversion to dancing and their ‘serious musician’ facial expressions? Well, Betty’s Somebody Loves You video is basically the exact opposite of that.
Look how happy she is! Plus look how many classic signs of a great pop video she’s managed to crowbar in – Aerobics! Old-school telephones! Headbands! Arm-Wavey dance routines! Frankly, a party at Betty Who’s place looks like the best shindig ever, and here at MaximumPop! we’re itching for an invitation!