Fresh from securing their first ever Number One single with the literally amazing ‘What About Us’, our favourite female five-piece, The Saturdays, have gone and released long-since-rumoured single ‘Gentleman’ on our ears. But is their new single and new sound more ‘what about us’ or more ‘what the Hell is this?’
Fortunately, it’s a great tune and definitely one of the girls’ most experimental as the girls move to a slick, 90s R&B pop beat and sound. The lyrics are also pretty worthwhile a spin as the girls lament their ability to find a good man whilst on the hunt for a ‘Mr Right Now’. There’s even a rap-sung middle eight where the girls name check every available fella from Ryan Gosling, Barack Obama and Kanye West, which is pretty awesome in its own right.
The tune might take a few spins to wriggle into your brain and it’s certainly no ‘All Fired Up’, but ‘Gentleman’ is a fun, catchy tune destined for the dancefloors when you’re scoping up your next potential boyfriend or moaning about your current one.
Our verdict? DOWNLOAD.
Listen to ‘Gentleman’ below:
When their 13th single ’30 Days’ bombed out of the charts after approximately 30 seconds, it looked like The Saturdays were forever doomed to girl-group bridesmaid status. But with the help of a TV series, a cameo from Sean Paul and their catchiest release in a long while, they’ve finally broken the curse and can now stand proudly alongside the likes of The Spice Girls, Girls Aloud and Sugababes as bona-fide chart toppers. About time too!
So, who does that leave still on the waiting list for entry into the Number One club? Here are a few of the most high-profile residents of planet pop who haven’t quite gone the distance yet…
Yesterday was a dark day for pop when Girls Aloud announced that they will be joining Spice Girls in the graveyard of “Great Girl Groups Gone by”. We have finally stopped crying (on the metro) and dusted ourselves off and wondered: Who will carry the Girls Aloud gauntlet? With The Saturdays on course to be number 1 the same week that Girls Aloud stepped down, many people believe that they could take the crown. But Little Mix are dominating charts and with a talent show win under their belt, could they snatch the title? It’s time to settle this. We did want a ‘Walk This Way- Sugababes Vs Girls Aloud’ re-creation but it was outside our budget so we’re going to pit them against each other the way we do it best… with a Maximum Pop! Versus!
Do they have their own TV Show?
Who have they collaborated with?
Did they win X Factor?
Member most likely to join the X Factor judging panel?
If they were a boyband, who would they be?
Would they get thrown out of a party for being too rowdy?
Now it’s time for the Aloud Analysis:
Who’s the Nadine?
Who’s the Cheryl?
Who’s the Sarah?
Who’s the Nicola?
Who’s the Kimberely?
So, do you think one of these girl groups can fill the void left in our hearts by Girls Aloud? Which band of beauties should come out on top? Are The Saturdays something you look forward to all week? Or maybe you think Little Mix ‘Change Your Life’ whenever they’re on your mp3?
So there we have it! With a fairly conclusive 65% of the vote, The Saturdays are our new favourite girlband. Glad that’s sorted. Hurrah!
POP BITS. Weird isn’t it that despite having at least six good songs (and that’s just off the top of our heads) that the Saturdays have never had a number one? You thought maybe that one was? No, it wasn’t. Neither was that other one. Crazy!
After an insanely long wait (we first heard this just after Christmas right?) and the addition of an always necessary Sean-a-Paul rap ‘What About Us’ has finally been given a proper release. And it seems they kept a lot of people waiting as the Official Charts Company have announced that the Sats are set to be number one this weekend. And we couldn’t be happier for them. Honest. POP BITS OUT.
The UK’s favourite girlband The Saturdays made their TV debut in America on Monday night performing their snazzy new single ‘What About Us?’ on Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ on NBC. This Sunday their reality TV show ‘Chasing the Saturdays’ will premiere on E! It looks like its all about to kick off for our girls.
‘What About Us’ sees the girls take on a more mature, world-conquering pop sound. Don’t worry, it’s still the sort of synth-y pop anthem we’ve come to expect from our beloved Sats. The distinctively European sound should set them apart from the rest of the pop acts in America so there’s absolutely no reason why the US won’t be left asking, “What about the Saturdays?” Good luck girls!
Their show ‘Chasing the Saturdays’ debuts on E! in America on Sunday. ‘What About Us’ is out now in the US and March 17th in the UK. Their new album ‘The Chase’ will be out later this year.
We’ve been dancing along to ‘Wings’ all summer long, we’ve got ‘DNA’ the single on pre-order and now Little Mix have gone and released previews of their debut album (also called ‘DNA’) on iTunes! Colour us excited!
From the sounds of the previews, there’s going to be plenty of choice for fans, whether they fall in the ‘banger’ or ‘ballad’ camps respectively; there’s nothing as dark as future single ‘DNA’ on the album but there’s plenty of solid ballads in the forms of inspirational tune ‘Change Your Life’, emotional tear-bringer ‘Pretend It’s OK’ and even acoustic tune ‘Turn Your Face’. Fear not if you’re in team ‘banger’ either. ‘Stereo Soldier’ is a corker of a 90s-esque tune that deserves to be on the airwaves until next summer and Nicola Roberts-penned tune ‘Going Nowhere’ is a guitar ditty that’s both original and catchy as hell.
It’s obvious that ‘DNA’ is going to be one of the strongest pop debuts for a few years, with Perrie, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne sounding incredible. Bring on the full album (which is out 19th November in case you didn’t already know)!
Listen to the previews of the album below:
What: The Saturdays will be meeting fans & signing copies of their official 2013 calendar!
Where: HMV Birmingham (The Fort Shopping Park)
When: 18th September 2012
Full Details: The Saturdays official website
New The Saturdays single. This is not a drill. Last night, Una, Frankie, Vanessa, Mollie and Rochelle kicked off their campaign to bring their girl group charm and top-notch pop tunes to America by walking the MTV VMAs red-carpet, then heading over to perform at Perez Hilton’s VMA After Party – the girls’ *first ever* performance in the US. And not only did they debut all new choreography, and some really big hair, but they also used the special occasion to perform new single ‘What About Us’ for the first time. From what we can tell, the song which is set for release early next year, is a a bit of a stonker! Which makes it an almost perfect track record for Team Sats. Good work ladies.
Things have been a wee bit quiet on planet Saturdays since ’30 Days’ hit the top ten back in May, but the girls have been far from idle – not only recording new music but also making some serious legwork over the pond, where they’re gearing up to launch themselves onto an unsuspecting American public. Could they follow the likes of Adele, Ellie Goulding and One Direction to the top of the US charts? Here’s what we’ve learned so far…
They’ve got a new single coming out!
It’s called ‘What About Us’ and as well as being their 14th(!) UK single, it’s also going to be their very first American release in January 2013.
They’ve already nabbed some Hollywood fans!
Celebrity gossip blogger and self-proclaimed ‘Queen of all Media’ Perez Hilton has been championing the girls for months, and they’ll be performing their first ever American show at his ‘One Night in LA’ event this Thursday, alongside Rita Ora, Far East Movement and US X Factor winner Melanie Amaro. Not a bad start!
They have their own American TV show!
These days you’re nobody in the US of A until you’ve got your own reality TV show following your every move. Despite not technically being famous in America yet, the Sats have landed a fly-on-the-wall documentary series on the prestigious E! channel – home of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The series will follow the girls in their valiant efforts to make it in America.
They’re going to all the best events!
Una and co certainly aren’t wasting any time during their extended stay in the States. They’ve managed to nab tickets to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, where they’ll be partying with the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift! Blimey!
They haven’t forgotten the UK!
British fans need not worry that the Saturdays have “done a Natasha Bedingfield” and abandoned their home shores forever at the first whiff of a US hit. ‘What About Us’ will be released here in the UK before the girls kick off their American campaign. We’ll be able to bring you all the details very soon, but the buzz is that it’s going to be a big one!
So there you have it. If Little Mix think they can take the crown of the UK’s favourite girlband, they may have a fight on their hands!
So, the original Sugababes have reformed, but of course they can’t call themselves Sugababes because that’s still Heidi, Jade and Amelle (except when it comes to stationery and gift wrapping, but we’ll ignore that because frankly this is making our heads hurt already). What matters is that Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan – the ice cool trio who scored early Suga-hits ‘Overload’ ‘New Year’ and ‘Run For Cover’ – are back, back BACK!
Now trading under the imaginative band name Mutya Keisha Siobhan, they’ve been secretively working on new material for the best part of a year now and we’re finally close to hearing the first fruits of their labours. Here are five things we learned from their first ever post-reformation interview with the ever-wonderful Popjustice.
The album isn’t out until 2013
Boo! But there is a new single pencilled in for November. Does this mean an X Factor performance could be on the cards? That intro-video would certainly be interesting…
They’ve been working with some interesting people
Teen production whizz MNEK, who co-wrote ‘All Fired Up’ for The Saturdays and ‘Home Run’ for Misha B, is one such interesting person. Others include ex-Blazin’ Squad members Mojam, Spice Girls wizard Biff Stannard and Girls Aloud architects Xenomania! OMG!
Some song titles ‘n’ stuff
‘Drum’ – a repetitive dance track inspired by Rihanna
‘Back in the Day’ – a TLC-esque early 90s jam
‘Too In Love’ – the first song they sang together on since the One Touch days
‘Love Me Hard’ – written with Biff and former Triple 8-er Iain James. Remember Triple 8?
Siobhan’s favourite post-One Touch Sugababes song is ‘Stronger’
She also likes ‘Freak Like Me’. The girls are open to performing songs from post-Siobhan incarnations at their gigs. We wonder what Heidi, Jade and Amelle will make of that?
They wouldn’t say no to a Girls Aloud duet
But they’re not – unsurprisingly – so keen on the idea of getting together with the current Sugababes lineup.
Overall it sounds like the MKS “project” is going pretty swimmingly so far, and the girls are determined not to repeat the mistakes that saw them fall apart the first time around. With some seriously cool producers on-board and fan excitement at fever pitch, this is bound to be one of the most interesting comebacks of the next 12 months. We do sort of hope the “other” Sugababes come back with some goodies too though, there’s plenty of room on pop’s playground after all, and a good old fashioned chart battle could be just the thing to boost record sales for both groups.
Are you on team MKS, or will Heidi and co always have your heart? Have your say in our comments section!