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After half a decade in the music industry, it seems like just yesterday when Pixie Lott exploded onto the scene and now five years into her career, she doesn’t seem ready to let go just yet.

With her brand new single scheduled for release at the end of July, a new album finished and prepared to drop in August and more, Pixie’s career is on fire and the star is shining brighter than ever.

FemaleFirst got the opportunity to chat to Pixie about her time in the industry so far, what to expect from her new music and much more in an exclusive interview.

You’re to release your new single ‘Lay Me Down’ at the end of the month, what is it about this song that you love?
I wanted my second single to have a bit of tempo so people can dance to it if they want, but the reason why I loved it was because it’s sort of got a moody, mysterious vibe to it, I thought when I heard it.

The lyric is a bit more meaningful, it’s a bit more heartfelt than my previous single ‘Nasty’ which was complete fun, a funky fun number, but this lyric is a bit more meaningful yeah.

So I just thought it would be a good second single to get people excited for the album and then I can release my ballads as my third single.

How was the experience of filming the music video for the track in Cannes?
Oh I loved it, I’ve never been to the south of France before and then I got to go twice in one week, because I had to go for something else as well, and it’s a beautiful place, I loved it, even if I wasn’t in the video and had nothing going on, if they just took footage of the scenery I would have been happy, just because it’s so beautiful there.

What should fans expect from the other tracks on your forthcoming self-titled album?
The soulful sound is the whole way through, which is exciting for me because it’s my favourite style of music and I really get to sing in it. All of the songs have that style and I am so excited to perform them live with my band, we’ve got a brass section so I can really get into it! The first time I’ll be doing that will be at my album launch which will be the week of the release.

What’s the process like when putting together a new album?
Every process has been different. This process has been my favourite because it’s my favourite style of music so I feel it’s most like me. I’ve worked with a smaller group of people so I’ve really got to make it personal and really get to know the writers and producers and play off on them, whereas in the past on my other albums I worked with tonnes of people and I’d be out in LA for two months, and I’d be working with a different person every single day, so it’s a bit of a crazy experience, so I actually prefer working with a smaller group of people – it feels more natural.

Did you end up having to cut quite a lot of tracks?
Yes I did, I recorded tonnes of stuff and I’ve written tonnes of stuff, so that’s always hard to pick just 12 songs for the album, and of course they’ll be tonnes of songs on my iTunes that no-one will get to hear which is a shame, but again yeah, it has been my most favourite process of making an album this time round.

What do you think of emerging British talent nowadays such as Ella Henderson and Ella Eyre?
I think there’s some real great talents around, and it’s great to hear people with amazing voices.

I’m really interested with new talents and stuff like that, because I run a little acoustic night at my local pub, and it’s completely just for fun to get new artists heard by music industry people and meet other musicians etc.

Every month me and my best friend find four new talents whether it’s word of mouth, or through YouTube or something, and they come down and play their new material just for fun and meet new people, and every month we do it for a different charity and try to raise money as well.

What advice do you have for young aspiring singers?
I think it is to go for every opportunity and every audition, every open-mic night like the night me and my friend put on, and if you can’t imagine doing anything else it’s working hard, writing, meeting as many people as you can in the industry and just not giving up because everybody has set-backs and I think that’s when it’s easy to just stop, but it is possible for anyone to achieve, so I think you’ve gotta just keep it up.

Has the time since your debut seemed to fly by?
It has flown by since my debut but it also feels like I’ve done so much in that amount of years. Because I’ve always been singing and making music and trying to be an artist, from as young as I can remember, it also feels like a really long time, but yeah I can’t imagine doing anything else anyway.

How would you say you’ve evolved as an artist?
I think I’ve just matured. I think this album sounds more mature, I think I just learned more and obviously my first single came out when I was 18, so hopefully I’ve learned a few life lessons since then, and I’d like to think I’m not as naive as maybe I was when I first started out, so just learning a few things along the way.

If you could work with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
Current people, I would like to work with Bruno Mars, who wouldn’t? But also it’s fun when people from different genres get together so it would be great to work with a dance producer or an indie band or someone that’s not expected, that would be fun.

You’ve grown such a strong fanbase of millions, have you ever received any strange fan gifts?
I always get the best gifts from them! I absolutely love them. The best fan books, loads of amazing memories and cute little things like accessories.

Recently I just got back off holiday and I saw a few of them at the airport, and they’d made me a little holiday hamper and it had a special Tinkerbell towel, and a beach hat, and they made me a special cat pillow, so it’s all really cute stuff!

Finally what should we expect from you in the coming months?
Well I think definitely the single and the album are gonna be the main focus, and just a few shows that are coming up like my album launch, and I’m gonna do a few shows in Soho I think, and then my third single will be out after my album, and I’ll be doing festivals like V Festival! Still running my acoustic nights for the new singers, but yeah the main focus is gonna be on the album and making sure people can hear it!

FemaleFirst

Posted by prézli on July 17th, 2014

The 23-year-old pop beauty reckons Chez Fe-Vez, 31, has her ideal picture of marriage set in her head after she got it wrong with Ashley Cole first time around.

‘Maybe she just knows that it’s right? Every situation is different for different people. Maybe she just wants to settle down and have babies,’ Lott told Metro.

However the Kiss The Stars singer admitted she wasn’t yet considering taking the plunge with her 26-year-old model beau but is quite a good matchmaker.

‘I set one of my best friends, Carla, up with my other friend Oss,’ she explained.

‘I had a song called Broken Arrow and Ossian is the boy in the video I do the dance partner work with. We were already friends at school but then we met up again through the video and we became good friends again.

‘Then it was Carla’s birthday so I told him to come down and they got on like a house on fire.

‘Two weeks after I was on tour and booked them both to be dancers so they were together every day on tour and now they’ve been together for four years.’

Lott, whose new single Lay Me Down is out a week on Sunday is so confident about her Cupid abilities she thinks she should be commissioned to bring love alive.

‘I should have a TV show. I could bring people together on tour – it’s worked in the past. I could match-make people in the crowd,’ she laughed.

Metro News

Posted by prézli on July 17th, 2014

The biggest club match in world rugby just got bigger!

Last season when Saracens faced Harlequins at Wembley Stadium the match which had already attracted a world record crowd in 2012 smashed its own record.

And in 2015 the North London club intend to put on another wonderful show for fans with music star Pixie Lott confirmed to perform at the fixture.

Saracens Chairman Nigel Wray admits he is already anticipating another show-piece event.

“Saracens playing Harlequins at Wembley has become a calendar event on the sporting calendar,” he said, “we look forward to another wonderful occasion.”

Wembley Stadium

Posted by prézli on July 11th, 2014

Pop sensation Pixie Lott is to perform a special acoustic set at the Harvey Grammar School later this month, it has been confirmed.

The “Mama Do” singer will take to the stage on Wednesday, July 16 to promote her new single, as well as the work of charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Deputy head Andy Allon said: “We are delighted to announce that international star and multi-platinum selling artist Pixie Lott is to visit the Harvey to perform an acoustic set for our pupils.

“Pupils will be learning more about this important issue (cardiac conditions) in tutor time sessions prior to Pixie’s performance.”

The performance is a closed event and tickets are not available for members of the public.

Folkestone Herald

Posted by prézli on July 1st, 2014

As she considers her recently completed third album, Pixie Lott is filled with excitement as she relaxes in the top floor restaurant of a members’ club near her East London home.

The powerfully voiced blonde’s two albums to date – Turn It Up and Young Foolish Happy – have established her as an international star, but on the self-titled third release she’s focusing on the vintage soul that is her first love.

“It’s definitely been my favourite album to make,” Pixie, 23, says. “It’s my favourite type of music. My voice gets more room to breathe. I’ve worked with a smaller group of people, so I got to know everyone well.

“On the other albums, I’ve lived in LA for two months and every day there’d be a different person with different sounds, different writers and producers.

“It was hard to get a rhythm, but with this album there’s been a consistency throughout. It represents me more.”

A product of London’s Italia Conti stage school, Pixie’s talent shone from an early age, but she insists that personal control was always important.

“I was looking online for producers and managers from when I was 11,” she says. “When I signed my deal I was 15. My album didn’t come out until I was 18. I learned so much behind the scenes – I was definitely much more prepared.”

Although she was once a stand-in judge on The X Factor, Pixie never considered the talent show route.

“I always had something in the pipeline,” Pixie says. “But a lot of people don’t have a clue where to start. Those shows are great for people like that.”

Her new single Lay Me Down is a typically gutsy Pixie performance, with an accompanying video flaunting her curves in a bikini. Does she feel that with Miley and Rihanna setting the trend, there’s pressure for female
performers to be more revealing and explicit?

“There’s a lot of artists around expressing themselves in a risqué sort of way,” she says. “I don’t think there’s a pressure if you’re a new artist and want to stand there in a plain black dress. I don’t think people would think it weird.

“You don’t want to give a bad example – at the same time, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and I’m sure there are lots of young girls who feel like Miley Cyrus. They have the same personality and they look up to her because it’s how they want to express themselves as well.

“I do think she is in control and making her own decisions. I don’t think it’s her label or manager saying wear less or do this. I think it’s just who she is.”

Pixie has enjoyed her years of success in the company of her boyfriend of four years, male model Oliver Cheshire, who provides a boon both personal and musical.

“It’s been great,” Pixie says. “He’s my first serious boyfriend and we’ve had loads of fun and good times.

“Before, when I was writing songs, I was imagining how things would be, but now I’ve had experience in a relationship I can write and relate to it so much better. It really helps with writing.

“I can’t think of anything bad to say about him – he’s a good guy who has a great sense of humour.

“I really want to start a family – I am a big family person – but I’m just 23. I think there is so much we both want to do before we get to that.”

Irish Mirror

Posted by prézli on June 20th, 2014

A new pop princess took the throne for the very first time five years ago today, spelling the end of Black Eyed Peas’ Boom Boom Power!

It’s always exciting to see the ‘birth’ of a new star, to be right there at the beginning of their chart story. Five years ago today, a new chart tale was just starting out for Essex teenager Pixie Lott, thanks to her insanely catchy debut single Mama Do.

Although she was only 18 at the time of her debut hit, Pixie – real name Victoria – had been bubbling under pop’s radar for quite some time.

After being signed by huge US music producer LA Reid at just 15, Pixie spent her time recording and writing for other artists, biding her time until the day she herself would get her name on a record all of her own.

Mama Do went straight in at the top, deposing Black Eyed Peas’ Boom Boom Pow from its second (non-consecutive) week at the top. It’s sold almost 350,000 copies.

Mama Do was the first of three chart-toppers for Pixie. Boys And Girls made Number 1 in September 2009 and All About Tonight hit the summit two years later. Pixie has scored 11 Top 40 hits, with seven of them making the Top 10. All About Tonight is her biggest selling single, with over 400,000 copies sold.

Her most recent hit was Nasty, which peaked at Number 9 in March this year. Pixie’s self-titled album – her third – is due for release in August.

Official Charts

Posted by prézli on June 20th, 2014

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