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Pixie Lott can’t disguise her excitement at returning to the V Festival this summer.

Both as a performer and a music fan, it’s an event she’s been to many times but this year’s festival will be particularly exciting for the Brentwood singer as she’ll be showcasing songs from her new album, as well as playing all her hits.

Having grown up in Brentwood, Pixie, 23, says playing at the V Festival in Chelmsford feels like a home gig and she’s looking forward to another fun-packed weekend at Hylands Park.

“Yeah, I love it. V is my favourite festival to perform at and go to. I’ve been every year since I was 15 or 16. My family still live in Brentwood, so my friends and family always come along to support me – and I can pop home if I want a shower!”

The last time Pixie performed at V was in 2012 but she was at Hylands again last year for Olly Murs’ concert in the park. This time round, she’ll be able to play fans some of the new songs she’s been working hard on.

“I can’t say that I’ll be performing all my new stuff but I’ll definitely do the singles,” she says. “And I’ll do what I always do at V and do a special medley of songs, cover versions, which always goes down well.”

Pixie says she’s particularly looking forward to sharing the stage with her band who’ve helped give her new material more of a soul sound. Last year, she revealed she was taking inspiration from her favourite Motown artists and she’s very pleased with the results with her latest single, Nasty, hitting the top 10 last month.

“It’s more mature, very soulful, it’s a style I really like,” she says of her third album, which is simply called ‘Pixie Lott’. “It’s all recorded, mixed and mastered, it’s just frustrating waiting for it to be released. I just want everyone to hear it now. It’s taken two years to write it and get it done, I just want to sing the songs to people.”

The album is due for release just after the V Festival in mid-August, so Pixie’s appearance at Hylands Park will be a great chance for her fans to her the new songs for the first time live. And for Pixie, it’ll be great to reconnect with her fans live as well as return to one of her favourite stomping grounds, Hylands Park.

“I remember the first time I went to V, I camped with my two best friends and thought it was the best thing ever. I still camp when I perform, it feels like a little holiday weekend. And it seems like V is lucky with the weather, it always seems to be sunny. It’s one of my favourite things about the summer.”

Does Pixie get the chance to get out and about when she’s performing at the V Festival?

“I love getting in among the crowd. I’ve played at the JB Arena, the 4Music Stage, the Main Stage, I’ve done them all. They all have a great buzz and everyone is really excited to be there, enjoying the sun and having a drink. It’s a really cool vibe.

“I always try to see the headliners. I’m a big Justin Timberlake fan so I can’t wait to see him and The Killers this year. In the past I remember seeing Kings Of Leon and one of my favourite memories is seeing MGT. I love the range of acts you get at the V Festival, indie, pop and dance.”

Pixie says it’s always good return to Essex and the V Festival is a good excuse to do that. She may be based in East London now, but she says she comes home to Brentwood regularly to see family and friends and she’s certainly noticed how her home town has changed in the last few years.

“It’s changed a lot since I lived there, because of Towie and all the shops they have there. I think it gets quite a lot of visitors now. It’s quite crazy, it’s a completely different place now. I think a lot of people who come to the bars and clubs are not Brentwood people, but it’s good that people are coming to the town.”

Pixie Lott will be performing at the V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, over the weekend of August 16-17. For tickets and more information, go to www.vfestival.com

Essex Chronicle

Posted by prézli on April 23rd, 2014

Bauer Media has launched an Academy to invest in UK talent, based at Key 103 Manchester and Forth One in Edinburgh.

The Bauer Academy, which will also launch a partnership with the University of Salford, has Pixie Lott as an ambassador and Courtnay McLeod MA (Hons), PG Dip, FHEA as Director.

A Media Training Centre of Excellence will launch at Salford Quays this summer, providing a range of accredited training opportunities for local, national and international businesses. The centre will be based at MediaCityUK with additional training facilities at Bauer Media premises across the UK.

Also, in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Media and Culture, pedagogic research will be carried out in the summer of 2014 to explore how the Bauer Academy model can enhance, innovate and strengthen links between industry and education; embedding student learning, enhancing experience and developing essential employability skills

Graham Bryce, Group Managing Director, Place, Northern England and Scotland, Bauer Radio, commented, “I am truly excited to launch the Bauer Academy. It is completely unique in its approach, combining academic excellence with practical vocational expertise, which will make it stand out from other media academies in the UK. The success and feedback from our launch in Scotland has been exceptional, bringing new talent into the business and using our expertise to support our clients’ marketing communications using new and innovative techniques.”

Pixie Lott added: “I am delighted to be the ambassador for the Bauer Academy’s talent programme. It gives young people a remarkable opportunity for development inside the industry with training that builds confidence and creativity. It’s been a pleasure to meet the students – there’s a real buzz around how they are learning.”

Radio Today

Posted by prézli on April 17th, 2014

Pixie Lott always forgets to remove her make-up.

The singer – who is dating model Oliver Cheshire – insists that she’s awful at washing her cosmetics off her face at the end of the night and often wakes up to find ”crusty” bits of her eye make-up dried up on her skin.

She said: “I often sleep in my make-up and wake up with crusty mascara over my face.”

However, when she’s getting ready for a night out she doesn’t spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting her look.

Pixie explained: “I’m quite good at not spending too long [getting ready for a night out]. If I only have five minutes, I’ll quickly spritz some Batiste Dry Shampoo to add volume, apply some cream blusher and do a quick eyeliner flick. Mind you, I am always late for everything. It’s one of my worst habits.”

The blonde beauty also admits she’s not used fake tan since she was 15, but is lucky that she tans well naturally when she’s able to soak up the sunshine.

She explained to heat magazine: “I haven’t fake tanned since I was 15, as I tan quite well naturally. In fact, my record label had a go at me when I was on holiday last year, as I had to shoot my new album cover when I got back and they didn’t want me looking too tanned.”

Contactmusic

Posted by prézli on April 16th, 2014

London soul-pop singer Pixie Lott is still an unknown entity in the U.S. – she’s about to release her third studio album and has yet to chart in America. However, the 23-year-old songstress continues collecting hits in her native country, most recently with her single “Nasty,” which peaked at No. 9 on last week’s U.K. singles chart after being officially released overseas earlier this month.

Co-written by Cee Lo Green and Jack Splash, “Nasty” was originally earmarked for Christina Aguilera, to be used in her 2010 vehicle film “Burlesque.” Three years later, Lott scooped up the long-forgotten song to demonstrate a shift towards what she describes as “current soul” music on her new album, “Pixie Lott,” due out overseas on May 12.

“I first heard it and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this would be perfect to have as the bridge between my last album and this album,’” says Lott of “Nasty,” which she recorded in Miami. “It’s really fresh, but has got some old-school samples in it.”

“Pixie Lott” follows a string of UK. hits for Lott, including “Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh),” “Boys and Girls” and “All About Tonight” (“Boys and Girls” is her biggest seller in the U.S. with 20,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Lott took a prolonged break from performing last year to work on the follow-up to 2011′s “Young, Foolish, Happy” primarily in London and New York, and named it “Pixie Lott” because, out of all of her albums, this one best captures her personality.

“This album represents me the most out of all of my albums,” Lott says. “My last album had some dance tracks and some soul tracks, but this one is more centered.”

Lott adds that the new soul songs suit her vocal ability, and that she is looking forward to performing them when she heads back on the road. She’s already performed “Nasty” at a handful of U.K. television stops (she’s also staying busy as the new face of Batiste Shampoo) and can’t wait to show off the “fuller” live experience that the songs of “Pixie Lott” will showcase.

“I can have a full band and brass section, and some of the songs have a gospel choir, so I can’t wait to do that,” she says. “What I’ve missed in the couple last of years is playing shows, which is my all-time favorite thing. I can’t wait to do that with this album.”

And although no U.S. shows have been planned yet, Lott says that she wants some stateside dates to materialize, someday. “I’d love to come over there and play shows!”

Billboard

Posted by prézli on March 27th, 2014

Pixie Lott was only 14 years old when she wrote her debut album, Turn It Up. Five years after her first single ‘Mama Do’ went straight to number one and two albums later, the popstar is back and soon to release her self-titled third album, Pixie Lott.

The lead single ‘Nasty’, which was released last week, is a contemporary take on an old school vibe. The entire album was inspired by the 60s and 70s Motown that Pixie grew up listening to, namely legends such as Candi Staton and Otis Reading.

Both the video, which was chiefly inspired by an iconic scene from Dirty Dancing, and the album artwork show off a new edgier and perhaps more risqué Pixie who, now in a relationship, feels like she can now really relate to those more personal subject matters which she has been writing about since her teens.

Ahead of the release of the forthcoming album, we caught up with the 23-year-old talent to talk style, working on the album and sex.

HOW DOES THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM SHOW A PROGRESSION IN YOUR MUSIC AND STYLE?
I spent the last couple of years writing and recording this album and it’s the first one I have done that has a cohesive sound. My last album was a mixture of soul and electro/dance. Basically the style of the music is a mix of what I grew up listening to, soul music from the 60s and 70s, and the artist that I am. So while it’s quite current sounding it’s ultimately very inspired by soul. That’s why I self-titled it because I think it’s the most me, and it’s the style that I love the most. So I’m excited I got to make this album.

WHICH MUSICIANS IN PARTICULAR HAVE INFLUENCED THIS ALBUM?
I think the two artists I’ve listened to the most while writing this album are Candi Staton and Otis Reading, they’ve been my two favourites. I’ve listened to them a lot over the past couple of years as well as while growing up.

WHAT INSPIRED THE TRACKS?
Lyrically it was just anything I fancied writing about – different situations I’ve been in, experiences I’ve had. I feel like soul music, a lot of it is about heartbreak, or something that you want to sing from the soul. Those kinds of topics are the most emotional, the most soulful, so naturally a lot of the stuff I’ve written for this album is in that vein.

DOES THE ALBUM REFLECT HOW MUCH YOU’VE GROWN UP IN THE LAST THREE YEARS SINCE YOUR SECOND ALBUM?
Yeah, I think so. I have been in a relationship while working on this album whereas I wasn’t for my first and second. Anything that’s about love, whether good or bad, I feel like I can relate to it on a whole different level now. When I started writing my first album I was about 14, so I would always write about what my friends had been through or what I thought it would feel like. Now I can really relate to it all.

WOULD YOU SAY THIS ALBUM IS A TRUER REPRESENTATION OF YOU WHO ARE?
Yeah definitely, I think this album represents me the best. It’s more my kind of vibe.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE VIDEO FOR ‘NASTY’? WAS IT A REFERENCE TO CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S ‘DIRTY’?
No it wasn’t actually. The song’s called ‘Nasty’ so we had to do something fitting. When I was writing the treatment the inspiration for it was actually Dirty Dancing the movie; in particular the scene when Baby first walks into a room where they’re all dancing and she drops the watermelons because she’s shocked. She sees all these people dirty dancing with each other and it’s all sweaty and underground, a completely new. That was the main inspiration. We also had this innocent vibe, and then by the end everyone’s dancing and getting involved. We had a scene with me and my two friends walk down the street to the party, it was meant to be a more prim and proper look however it actually ended up looking really Clueless because there were three of us and we were all dressed up, there’s only a few flashes of that scene though so blink and you might miss it.

HOW INVOLVED ARE YOU IN YOUR OWN STYLING?
I’m always involved in my styling. I have a really great stylist called Abigail and she comes in and brings a selection of clothes and I’ll just pick my favourite things. I’ve always liked 60s style and I’ve been able to really embrace it with this album because of the sound. I like looks which are quite classic but quirky as well.

THERE’S A CONSTANT FURORE AROUND WOMEN AND SEX IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. DO YOU THINK FEMALE ARTISTS ARE EXPECTED TO USE SEX TO SELL?
I don’t feel like it’s too expected. It definitely is happening a lot at the moment. I think those who have a raunchy, revealing style aren’t pressured into it, it’s not the label forcing them into it. I feel like that’s exactly what they want to do and it’s more or less their idea, they want to express themselves that way. I think men and women are equal and if some girls want to express themselves like that then they can.

DO YOU THINK FEMALE RECORDING ARTISTS ARE TOO HEAVILY CRITICISED?
Yeah I think there is criticism around women in the industry, and men, there is just criticism in general. Artists are definitely taking more risks and doing what they want to do.

WHAT DIRECTION DO YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR CAREER IN THIS YEAR? WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR?
I’m most excited for the album finally being out and people being able to hear what I’ve been working on. The release goes hand in hand with doing loads of shows so I’m looking forward to performing live, because of the sound of the album I can have a big band and have a brass section which I never have before. The first time I performed ‘Nasty’ was on The Jonathan Ross Show recently and that was so much fun, I hope I get to do that loads. So excited to just tour with this sound and the band and let people hear me play live in that way and go travelling with it. That’s it really, just really excited for people to hear the rest of the album.

Pixie Lott’s self-titled album will be out on 12 May.

Hunger

Posted by prézli on March 21st, 2014

Students at Ravens Wood School in Bromley got a fantastic surprise today when Pixie Lott dropped in to assembly.

The pop star, who grew up in the area, performed three tracks. But the real reason for her visit wasn’t to promote her new single – it was to support a campaign calling for compulsory cardiac screening for young people.

Every week, 12 young people lose their lives to sudden cardiac death in the UK. And 80% of them have shown absolutely no previous symptoms.

Just three years ago Ravens Wood School lost one of its own pupils to sudden cardiac death. Ben Daniels, 15, collapsed without warning while playing football in 2011.

His father Paul has now set up a fund to pay for other students at the school to be screened for heart defects.

And he’s confident that Pixie’s visit will drive home the importance of screening to Ben’s contemporaries.

ITV

Posted by prézli on March 11th, 2014

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