With Little Mix dominating the midweek charts, Stooshe’s ‘Black Heart’ dominating the airwaves and Sugababes v1, Girls Aloud and Parade plotting their comebacks, it wouldn’t be surprising if The Saturdays were slightly nervous about their passes as Britain’s Best Girlgroup being revoked. But that’s not the only thing the girls should be worried about – Mollie seems to have lost two fingers on the way over to LA. Take a look at this new promo picture which either features Miss King making a bold statement about the Paralympic Games, or being the victim of a soon-to-be-fired Photoshop expert’s rather heavy-handed work. Ouch!
We like Una from the Saturdays. We do. But we really don’t understand the purpose of this YouTube video. “Una Healy gives top tips on how to tackle unpredictable weather” should be a self-explanatory title. But Una’s tips for battling the British downpour seem to include “colour therapy”, the importance of breakfast and the power of hugs(!)…
GET ON WITH YOUR NEW ALBUM, THE SATURDAYS.
Maximum Pop! Reporter Jon Hornbuckle caught up with Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays to get all the gossip on the girls’ new album, what she makes of other girlbands on the scene and smelling like Marvin. Obviously.
Hello Rochelle. How are the American plans going for The Saturdays?
Really well thanks, we’ve shot the pilot for the documentary but I really can’t say much more about it.
Do you feel more pressure to be a success over there because a lot of other British acts have done so well in the States this year?
We don’t feel any pressure to be a success in America, we’re just going to take it at our own pace. It’s just so exciting.
What else is happening in the world of The Saturdays apart from weddings, babies and TV shows?
We are working on the next album now, it’s going to come out early next year.
And when can we expect to hear the first single?
We’ve recorded our next single, but it’s not got a name yet. It’s going to come out at the end of Summer.
Will it be a similar sound to ‘On Your Radar?’
It’s very dancey, but it’s going to be a lot more edgy than our previous stuff and what we are known for. I think we are definitely a pop band so we will carry on doing what we do best. The best thing about singing for me is always being able to try out different stuff.
There are is some kind of girlband overload at the moment… The Spice Girls are doing a musical, Parade are working on new music, Girls Aloud are coming back and Stooshe are having a lot of success. Are you worried?
We welcome the competition from other girlbands. We are 5 years down the line now and on our 13th single. We are the only girlband now still going, obviously Girls Aloud are on some kind of break and the Sugababes, well… um, yeah, so it’s nice to have more come along. I presented a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall recently and Stooshe were performing so it was cool to hang out with them for a bit and I can’t wait to see the Spice Girls musical! There is no way I will miss it.
What do you make of Stooshe’s style?
I love their style. I don’t think The Saturdays would be brave enough to try it, but they do what they do very well.
Ever regretted some of your own fashion choices?
I do have some fashion regrets, I think every girl has and I definitely have some nightmares in my closet, mainly things I wear privately not so much public events. I liked the different colours we had on the first album campaign actually.
What do you make of the JLS boys releasing a perfume?
I think it’s a great idea! Not a lot of blokes would want to buy a JLS aftershave but I think a lot of girls will want to smell how they think JLS want them to smell.
Has Marvin got you a bottle yet?
Yes he has given me a bottle! I made decisions for them and helped them choose the scent. You know me, I’m always sticking my oar in!
P!nk’s back, new Aiden Grimshaw single, Olly Murs takes on America, Showcase Live and Lawson’s debut album!1
P!nk has announced her return to pop in this video where she used her croaky tones to inform us that her new single, co-written with Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Kelly Clarkson, The Wanted), is called ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’. The song will be released July 9th and is taken from the pop-rocker’s sixth studio album.
Glossy-haired pop icon Aiden Grimshaw’s following up his top 35 *smash*debut ‘Is This Love’ with a new single ‘Curtain Call’ on August 12th, followed by album Misty Eyes a week later. Aiden’s described the theme of the album as follows: “life is worth living, but love is worth everything”. *cries a river* Have you got any tissues?
Hat loving pop star Olly Murs has announced plans for his debut US album which combines tracks from his first two European releases. In Case You Didn’t Know will be released September 25th and will follow debut single ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ featuring
Rizzle Kicks Chiddy Bang. See the complete track-list here.
Showcase Live Goss 1: *Confusing pop world collision alert* Team MP! went to London pop gig Showcase Live on Monday and saw Ed Drewett and his loveable drunken family watch MP! favourite Tich perform ‘Glad You Came’ – a song he wrote for The Wanted. And what did Ed think? He thought she was “blinkin amazing”. Check out Ed’s free download ‘Good Morning’ here.
Showcase Live Goss 2: Later that same night Professor Green and girlfriend Millie Wot Is In Made In Chelsea watched on as Ed performed tracks from his debut album. Ed previously did the sing-y bits on Green’s track ‘Need You Tonight’. We also spotted The Loveable Rogues, Dionne Bromfield and errr… Jay That Used To Be In S Club Jnrs making up the numbers.
Lawson’s Andy has let us know what we can expect from the boys’ debut album – songs about his breakup from Mollie The Sats. He said: “The vast majority of the songs on the album are about heartbreak, and which I wrote after my relationship ended” . Of new single ‘Taking Over Me’ he said “I felt it was important that we had a song on there about the good times as well as the sad”. Seriously, HAS ANYONE GOT ANY TISSUES?
Vanessa White of The Saturdays has performed a Frank Ocean cover on her lonesome for RWD Magazine, and it’s rather lovely. Mashing up the songs ‘Thinking About You’ and ‘Swim Good’, Vanessa works her magic with the backing of only a keyboard and proves her worth as a fantastic vocallist. The mag also reports that she will appear Amelle-style on a forthcoming single from a mystery R’n'B artist. Watch her sing-song below.
Before you’d even finished your Cocopops, pop’s perkiest The Sats stopped by This Morning to deliver their long-awaited first performance of ’30 Days’. With a dance routine proving they’d spent literally minutes rehearsing, some amazing hair whipping and an amazing Una UGH! moment, there’s a lot to love. Download ’30 Days’ here.
With a string of big new pop tunes available for your downloading pleasure, let’s take a look at how they’re getting on after one day on sale… and how we reckon they’ll end up.
The Saturdays – ’30 Days’: Frankie, Mollie, Una, Rochelle and The One What Sings Good really need ’30 Days’ to do well, seeing as their last album On Your Radar and single ‘My Heart Takes Over’ performed worse than expected. The song is already in the Top 10 after a day on sale, and the EP is No. 1 on the iTunes album chart, so we reckon a Top 10 placement shouldn’t be too tricky to achieve. But given that The Sats’ sales usually tail off as the week goes on, we reckon around the No. 9 mark is a realistic prediction.
Demi Lovato – ‘Give Your Heart A Break’: Demi has only ever had 3 Top 40 singles, and we don’t think ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ will be her fourth. It’s amazing, but its lack of radio play and the fact it’s now eight months old don’t exactly spell chart glory. The EP is doing OK on the iTunes Album Chart, so – at best – a low-end Top 100 placement looks likely.
Scissor Sisters – ‘Only The Horses’: The track is currently in the iTunes Top 40 and a performance on The Voice tonight may well push it towards the Top 30. But is it just us who hasn’t really heard it around that much…?
Mark Ronson and Katy B – ‘Anywhere In The World’: This one has had a bit of airplay on TV ads, but other than that it hasn’t really made its mark yet. We think this’ll be a slow-burner, but for now an entry around the No. 50 barrier sounds about right.
Jessie J featuring David Guetta – ‘Laserlight’: Available on the Platinum Edition of Jessie’s album for the last few months, ‘Laserlight’ has already been in the Top 10 for a while, and we don’t think its official release today will make much of a difference to its chart journey. Even though a major climb looks unlikely, expect it to still be in the Top 10 next Sunday.
How do you reckon the new singles will get on? Leave your comments!
The Saturdays’ new single ’30 Days’ hits iTunes tomorrow (May 13), and bundled with it will be their all-new B-side ‘Turn Myself In’, which we’re quite fond of. OK, it’s not a classic, and the chorus doesn’t particularly go anywhere, but it’s quite a sweet midtempo semi-ballad with some nice “ooh hoo hoo” bits. And who has the heart to say no to nice “ooh hoo hoo” bits?!
The Sats are back and waving the Girl Power flag with gusto. New single ’30 Days’ isn’t quite as good as ‘Higher’ and ‘Ego’ but its pulsating Ibiza backing track and massive chorus have got our toes tapping so much we’ve got to check in with Doctor Pop. Now own up, who’s making Vanessa and Co hang around 30 days for love? Call us Nessie, we’ll be round in a flash with a big box of chocs and ‘The Notebook’ DVD.
If there’s one thing any certified pop nut knows, it’s that every bad The Saturdays moment is followed by a good The Saturdays moment. After ‘If This Is Love’ came ‘Up’, After ‘Missing You’ came ‘Higher’, after they forget our Chrimbo card came this timeless performance. Following this formula we can confidently predict that the girls’ new single taken from album unknown is likely to be the greatest pop song of all time, coming as it does straight after their disastrously under-performing (read: flopped) album On Your Radar.
Apart from its guaranteed life-changing nature, what do we know of this song? Not a lot. But if you’re a fan of very vague details read on. According to this article we’ve copied it’s called ’30 Days’ and when questioned about it by Capital FM, Rochelle replied: ”it’s great and you can expect it soon”. We’ve got more. Asked to describe it in one word the girls said “crazy” “amazing” and confusingly – seeing as it’s actually two words – “very pop”. Exciting times.