Making headlines in pop music this week…
A snippet of Cheryl Cole‘s new single ‘Promise This’ leaked yesterday. I’m sorry Nadine – I’mma let chu finish hyping your first single – but Chezza is dangling a fresh piece and we urgently need to attend to this.
The track is produced by Wayne Wilkins (the man behind her debut single ‘Fight For This Love’ and Michelle Williams‘ mighty ‘We Break The Dawn’) and the 50-second teaser hears Cheryl channeling a very sellable style of urban dance. Sonically, it sounds like someone had rendered wispy synths over the beats on Kristinia DeBarge‘s ‘Sabotage’.
Links to the leak were promptly taken down several hours later. I bet Cheryl was behind this. You know, just firing a warning shot to get Nadine shaking in her boots?
Nadine Coyle – yes, darl, it’s your turn now – broke news of her debut solo single this week. ‘Insatiable’ is a throw back to an 80s Bangles style and there’s no release date set yet but it’ll be out sometime this year.
Nadine has also recorded a track originally sung by the latest Sugababes recruit, Jade Ewen. I love how karmically aware Jade is.
She told The Sun, “I don’t know how I’ll feel when I hear it. It will be weird but I guess it will be like when Keisha would have listened to the stuff I re-recorded.”
But the golden quote goes to Heidi Sugababe who when asked to comment on Nadine‘s rumoured ousting from Girls Aloud said, “I don’t think we’re the ones to dish out advice on whether they should replace Nadine or carry on as a foursome.”
Diplomatic but wicked delicious if you read between the lines.
Rihanna will premiere her new single ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ on Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show next Tuesday, a week before its scheduled radio release. The track is written by her regular hit wordsmith Ne-Yo, so get excited.
Shakira unveils her new album and single covers. Hark! Sale El Sol, her forthcoming bilingual album, and its lead single ‘Loca’.
Fame whore Melanie B is premiering her new reality show It’s A Scary World in the US on Sunday.
I’ve always said that Mel B‘s larger-than-life personality and infectious laugh deserved a place on TV but peddling a reality show and thrusting your family into the limelight? Please. Where’s that line, Scary? Check out the first episode here:
The show is rumoured to have been picked up in the UK (airing October) and Australia (probably to air on a cable network in November).
Entrepreneur Scary is also rolling out her fitness video game this month. It’s reportedly been two years in the making but so is that third studio album of her’s and I honestly can’t say which will give me a bigger LOL to find in the bargain bins.
The Saturdays have roped Flo Rida in for a remix of their next single, ‘Higher’. Listen, if you’re resorting to this level of try-hard fuckery at least do it right? Flo Rida is so last year’s rent-a-rapper. Most folks are booking Pitbull these days.
Alesha Dixon has gone back to rapping. The former Mis-Teeq MC who found solo success with ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ last year haven’t rapped on a track since she left the band, so this’ll be a welcome return of “tha Mis-Teeq flow”, if you will. Alesha‘s forthcoming album The Entertainer is due later this year.
Sign of the apocalypse #27: Mama Celine braves a magazine cover sans make up. While I wish for world peace and for pregnancies to flatter all womankind, there’s no denying that ballooning with a child fucks with your hormones and better judgement.
There was no way in Hades’ lair the real Celine Dion would ever let a tabloid run untouched photos of her. God bless the twins she’s carrying but please, restore our lady to her proper diva mode.