Amelia Lily ‘California’

We all thought Amelia Lily had an ace in her pocket when she teamed up with Girls Aloud’s hit-makers, Xenomania, for her debut album two years ago.

Amelia Lily California

 

‘You Bring Me Joy’, which peaked at #2 in the UK, was a brilliant yet subtle introduction to the kind of pop artist Amelia could be but she eventually scrapped her album with Xenomania, putting an end to their three-single partnership.

Cue ‘California’, which is essentially Amelia Lily 2.0.

The one-time X Factor contestant, now signed to Warner, reveals a more confident and American radio-friendlier sound. Her musical idols P!nk and Kelly Clarkson sound like reasonable influences here but to be honest, ‘California’ sounds like something Robert “Mutt” Lange would produce for Shania Twain.

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Chart Feed – 24.09.12

We’ve seen the charts light up like it was Christmas this month, thanks to the heavy flow of new albums taking over the shelves.

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For only the second time in history, the entire top six spots on the US Billboard 200 are filled with debut entries. Here in Australia, we have eight new albums scaling our ARIA Top 20, while over in the UK, they have six.

Y’all can obviously expect for it to get even more competitive in the coming months as all the strong sellers come out to play for your seasonal spendings.

This has been a good week for Pink, The Killers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West and – definitely more than ever – PSY, the K-pop icon responsible for ‘Gangnam Style’.

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Chart Feed – 17.09.12

No need to front like you haven’t been doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ routine down the supermarket aisle.

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This has been a good week for K-pop icon PSY, Amelia Lily, Taylor Swift and Pet Shop Boys.

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Chart Feed – 10.09.12

More flash in the pan sellers falling off the charts just as quickly as they came. You really come to appreciate what Adele‘s 21 achieved last year in anchoring the music industry, don’t you?

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This week the sun shines on K-pop star PSY and his incredible viral single ‘Gangnam Style’. Guy SebastianMatchbox Twenty, Flo Rida, Ne-Yo and TobyMac also come through with the goods.

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Amelia Lily ‘You Bring Me Joy’ Music Video

I won’t lie. A big part of my delight in Amelia Lily‘s debut single is knowing that Xenomania is behind this. In fact, so strong was the hit factory’s governing influence over all matters pop that I knew I was going to approve of this song even before I heard it.

AMELIA LILY 'YOU BRING ME JOY'

‘You Bring Me Joy’ is a straightforward, pulsating pop track that glistens with subtlety, which is something I wouldn’t have expected from Amelia, who was quite known for belting the shit out of everything on last year’s X Factor.

As for the video, it’s a lot more low-key and at ease than other teen X Factor contestants’ outing. I mean consider the hectic production values in Cher Lloyd, Misha B and Little Mix‘s recent videos.

Amelia‘s video – which was shot in L.A. – seem to glow with an effortless summer sheen with a plot that conveys an idyllic teen summer outing: road trip with the top down, wind blowing through your hair, mucking around with your mates and finishing up at a beach party.

The blonde starlet herself looks stunning but I do have a serious issue with her overactive hands. I mean the excessive pointing and air grabbing makes me think that she’s lip synching to ‘Genie in The Bottle’ in her head rather than her own single?

Check out ‘You Bring Me Joy’:



Footnotes:

Amelia Lily‘s ‘You Bring Me Joy’ is due out in the UK on 2 September, just a week after series winner Little Mix drops their debut single ‘Wings’.

X Factor UK: 2011 Winner and Best Moments

Little Mix has made UK X Factor history as the first group to ever snatch the crown. Better yet, they are arguably the most exciting pop act to win the competition since Alexandra Burke three years ago.

The four-piece girl band – cheekily dubbed “Pick N Mix” by Twitter pal Greg – was formed on the show after each girl failed to qualify as solo acts in the under 25 females category.

Rookie X Factor judge Tulisa saw potential in Jesy Nelson (age 20), Leigh-Ann Pinnock (age 19), Perrie Edwards (age 18) and Jade Thirlwall (age 18), and decided to pitch them as a feisty new generation girl band that’s part early-Girls Aloud and part Parade in flavour and styling.

After a short run under the moniker Rhythmix, the group redubbed themselves as Little Mix to avoid run-ins with an established UK charity that’s shares the same name. It’s probably for the best anyway, because “Little Mix” is a lot easier for text voters to spell than “Rhythmix”.

Watch Little Mix celebrate their win with an emotional warble of Damien Rice‘s ‘Cannonball’ – their incredibly redundant and beige winner’s single. Shit, if I had known that this was what Syco had up their sleeves, I would’ve petitioned for these girls to cover Kate DeRaugo‘s stunning ‘Maybe Tonight’.


 
For those who have followed my UK X Factor posts, y’all know I stan hard for these bitches. Little Mix has been on-point from the very first live shows, effortlessly capturing our attention with their infectious energy and solid harmonies.

They were also most consistent in sticking with their artistic angle and brand. Regardless of the shifting weekly themes, these ladies always deliver a pop performance that doesn’t betray their style.

Little Mix‘s consistency was rewarded with consistent voting love so, they’ve thankfully never found themselves pegged as a Power Bottom Two act. Mind you, no act that has ever been in the bottom two had gone on to win the UK X Factor.

Who run the show? Girls.

There’s been an overwhelming amount of girls “puttin’ it down” in this year’s series – probably thanks in no small part to the independent woman energy Kelly Rowland and Tulisa‘s injecting into the game.

Now that the series has wrapped, it’s been revealed that Janet Devlin won the first four live show episodes where the public was allowed to vote. The waify-voiced singer reigned the hardest when she covered Elvis‘ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ (Love & Heartache week), Guns ‘N’ Roses‘ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ (Rock week), The Police‘s ‘Every Breath You Take’ (Halloween week) and Jackson 5‘s ‘I Want You Back’ (Club Classics week).

Amelia Lily‘s comeback performance in week six earned her the most votes and she did it again in week eight (Guilty Pleasures & Heroes week) with her dual cover of T’Pau‘s ‘China In Your Hand’ and Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Since U Been Gone’.

Misha B, although incredibly notorious and well-talked about, never won the most votes in any given week. The best she ever managed was coming second in week seven (Movies week) when she had her epic sob story and cover of Whitney‘s ‘I Have Nothing’.

Little Mix might’ve won the competition but the only week where they came out with the most public votes was in week seven (Movies week) when they did En Vogue‘s ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’, which will forever be known as their series defining moment.

Speaking of series defining moments, check out this year’s finalists (and one very special guest) performing a medley of 2011 dance/pop hits:


 
And of course, here are Feed Limmy‘s highlights of the 2011 UK X Factor series:

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X Factor UK: 2011 Semi Finals

I am aware that it’s the semi finals but can these bitches be trusted to choose their own songs? I don’t think so.

Look, the idea with this week’s double performance was to impose a Motown theme for the first set and with the last one, our final four would pick a song that they think will help them secure a place in the finals.

The Motown theme really complemented our final four to a tee and I have no complaints whatsoever with the performances in that category. It was energetic, joyful and for the most part – very Glee.

Correct me if I’m wrong but this is the first time in ages that we’ve seen the X Factor left with four young, energetic pop performers – am I right? There’s usually a vanilla balladeer up in these ranks but this series had shed its down-tempo divas Craig Colton and Janet Devlin in the last two weeks.

I am certain that the second “contestant’s choice” option was placed there as some kind of test of their artistic readiness and perhaps what kind of music Marcus Collins, Little Mix, Amelia Lily and Misha B see themselves making after the competition.

Results were less than satisfactory with Marcus Collins turning out basically the same Motown/funk-driven stompfest we’ve seen him do, not only earlier in the night, but for the past three or four weeks. The Liverpool hairdresser is a fave to take out the crown but after this week’s fizzer, I’m desperate to see him tweak the formula a little. Would it kill for Marcus to take a present day hit and give it a funk makeover rather than simply covering an old record as it was done decades ago?

Another front runner that tripped up a little this week was Little Mix, once again due to a flop song choice for their second performance. In this case, it wasn’t that we’ve heard it all before – it just wasn’t a very suitable or exciting choice.

Last week, the flawless four piece had a hit with Christina Aguilera‘s emotive ‘Beautiful’ and that has somehow given them this idea that they can now start assigning themselves big diva ballads. No, bitch. You are breaking from your brand. Beyoncé‘s ‘If I Were A Boy’ is bloody boring and it couldn’t be further from the fun, sassy and youthful Little Mix we’ve come to love.

Somehow Kelly Rowland‘s gurls – Misha B and Amelia Lily – came through with the right stuff this week, both not only nailing their respective Motown songs but also getting pretty close to perfection with their cover of pop/rock ballads by Pink and Avril Lavigne.

Take a look at the stand out performances of this year’s semi finals episode, why the judges are getting it twisted and, of course, the elimination we all saw coming:

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