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Pixie Lott really had to fight hard to release her new single.

It wasn’t her record label putting the project on hold that was the problem, but rather the numerous samples in her upcoming single ‘Nasty’, she tells Digital Spy in the video interview below.

The track was originally recorded by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for 2010 movie Burlesque, but they abandoned the song after facing legal issues.

However, that didn’t deter Lott when she was given the opportunity to re-record the cut for her upcoming self-titled album, and her team were finally successful in clearing all of the song’s samples.

‘Nasty’ will be released in the UK on March 9 and new album Pixie Lott will follow later in the year.

Digital Spy

Posted by prézli on March 6th, 2014

The worlds of football and music have come together, again, to record the video for the official England 2014 World Cup song – a cover of Take That hit Greatest Day.

Led by Gary Barlow and former England captain Gary Lineker, the 20-strong group includes pop stars Katy B, former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Pixie Lott.

Footballers Peter Shilton, Michael Owen and Glenn Hoddle have also taken part.

The video will make its debut on Sport Relief night on 21 March.

Proceeds from the sale of the record will also go to Sport Relief.

England did not have an official song at the last World Cup in 2010 after the then-manager Fabio Capello banned one, saying he wanted to be “fully focused on the football”.

However an unofficial release featuring James Corden and Dizzee Rascal – titled Shout – still topped the UK charts.

The promo for Greatest Day was filmed at Sarm Studios in west London, where the 1984 Band Aid single was also recorded.

The single will not be released until nearer the tournament in June.

Other pop stars featured on the track include another former Spice Girl, “Sporty Spice” Mel C, Eliza Doolittle, Conor Maynard and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh also participate.

Dion Dublin, Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Keown, Gary Mabbutt, Gary Pallister, Carlton Palmer, Kenny Sansom and David Seaman make up the rest of the football contingent. Between them they have played in eight World Cups.

Unofficial anthems

It is not the first taste of the music business for some of the sportsmen. Hoddle reached number 12 in the charts in 1987 with the track Diamond Lights, which he released with fellow footballer Chris Waddle.

Sir Geoff featured on the 1970 England song Back Home, while Shilton was involved with both that song and the 1990 number one song World In Motion by England New Order.

Other England World Cup songs include Embrace’s World at Your Feet in 2006 and Ant and Dec’s 2002 release We’re On The Ball, which both reached number three in the chart.

Yet (How Does It Feel to Be) On Top of the World, released by Echo and the Bunnymen and the Spice Girls, only made it to number nine in 1998.

Official songs in recent years have been overshadowed by unofficial anthems, among the Three Lions ’98 – a version of a song Frank Skinner and David Baddiel recorded with the Lightning Seeds for the European Championship in 1996.

The 1998 tournament also spawned Vindaloo by Fat Les, a raucous pop collective comprising actor Keith Allen, Blur’s Alex James and artist Damien Hirst.

BBC

Posted by prézli on March 5th, 2014

Shout magazine will feature pop icon, Pixie Lott, in its next issue, on sale Wednesday 5th March.

In the interview with Shout, Pixie reflects on what she was like at age 14 and talks about fashion, friends and boys.

The singer/songwriter reveals her favourite trends of the moment and discusses her love of the ‘Clueless vibe’, “You know Cher Horowitz from [the movie] Clueless? That kind of style is really fun and cool.”

When asked what she was like at 14, Pixie replies, “I started writing my first album when I was 14 and I’d always stay late after school to do extra ballet and tap classes, and then at the weekends I’d go out with my friends.” She adds, “I was also flying to America and recording out there.”

On meeting her first, and current, boyfriend she said, “I’d never be too worried about having a boyfriend because I was too focused on my music.” Adding that when it came to getting a boyfriend, “I was definitely older than all my other friends, but it just naturally came along and so far, so good.”

During the interview, Pixie also revealed that she still keeps in touch with her friends from school, “All of my best friends who I see today are just exactly the same set of friends that I’ve had since I was at school.” Shout wanted to know more… do you argue, do your friends want to borrow your clothes and, importantly, what is Pixie like as a friend? All of which Pixie unveils in her interview.

The upcoming issue of Shout also features an interview with pop superstar Elyar Fox.

Read Pixie’s full interview in the next issue of Shout, on sale Wednesday 5th March.

Posted by prézli on March 4th, 2014

Pixie Lott doesn’t think it’s healthy to stay friends with ex-boyfriends.

The ‘Nasty’ singer is currently loved up with her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire and thinks part of the reason their romance is going so well is because she doesn’t try to maintain relationships with any of her exes.

When asked if it’s possible to stay friends with an ex, she said: “It’s really hard, I think. I had a few flings before Oliver and we haven’t stayed friends, but I don’t know whether it would be healthy to anyway.”

The 23-year-old blonde beauty also admitted that although it’s difficult she has had to cut ties with friends in the past and claims it’s all a part of getting older.

She said: “If a friend turns out to be someone that you don’t like or can’t agree with, sometimes that’s when you should start questioning things. I think it’s part of growing up and it happens to a lot of people.”

Pixie feels like she takes her family and friends for granted and says if she was to do a good deed every day for a week it would be to appreciate them more.

She told Top of the Pops magazine: “Maybe I should ring my friends and family everyday. But then again, they might get annoyed with me telling them I love them all the time on the seventh day, ha-ha!”

Contactmusic

Posted by prézli on March 2nd, 2014

- What led to you working with Pixie Lott?
Basically, we both actually trained at the same school. Different years! (laughs) I’m a bit older than her, and both of us – I’m artistic director for the Italia Conti Arts Centre in Guildford – and she’d come and see some of the choreography and shows that I did, and she just really liked the choreography.

Then, she found out that I was personal training and she knew she was doing her comeback so she wanted to get fit and ready, and asked me to train her, and then the routine I did – because I do a lot of dance cardio – she really enjoyed that one and was like: ‘I’d love you to choreograph my video!’, and it was as lovely as that. It was just our good relationship and trust.

- How much time would you say went into the making of the video?
A long time because, I was training her for three months before to get her ready, but we had the music that early on as well so we were having a play, and working out what looked good on her, but running up to the actual video I would say two weeks intensely with other dancers, and the director and costume, and all of that – that was two weeks before.

- You obviously are quite close with Pixie; how was she to work with?
She’s lovely to work with, she’s an absolute pro and she’s just really inspiring, but she’s really laid back and easy as well which is nice, so you feel relaxed. It’s a very comfortable environment to work with her, so I couldn’t have really asked for anything more.

Female First

Posted by prézli on February 15th, 2014

Pixie Lott says she wants to be a role model but is at the age where she also wants to go out and party so she can relate to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus’ troubles.

Our enduring memory of Pixie Lott saw her strutting around New York in high-heeled boots and knickers in the steamy video for her anthem All About Tonight.

Back in London, it’s a more demure Pixie who arrives to meet me in a chic Shoreditch bar. Barely a head turns as she walks in wearing a plain red jumper and jeans.

But don’t be fooled by the girl-next-door look. After two years away, party girl Pixie will return in an even hotter video when her new single Nasty comes out next month.

It sees the Essex girl grind against a string of men on a club dancefloor wearing just a bra, miniskirt and another pair of knickers – this time with NASTY written across the buttocks.

If that’s not revealing enough, there are topless scenes where only a strategically placed handbag protects her modesty. “Everyone keeps saying it’s my most raunchy video yet,” says Pixie, giggling mischievously. “But the song is called Nasty and you have to do a video that portrays that.

“It’s all about being naughty and cheeky. I didn’t feel self-conscious at all – I just embraced it. After all, I was 18 when I started and I’ve grown up now.”

Pixie, 23, has come of age in the public eye. Since her debut in 2009 with the No?1 hit Mama Do she’s had nine Top 20 singles including two more chart-toppers plus two hit albums.

She even has a celebrity boyfriend in the chiselled form of Calvin Klein model Oliver Cheshire, 25. So, is her raciest video to date proof that Oliver has done for Pixie what Michael Hutchence did for Kylie?

“I’m just playing a character,” she insists. “I’m not really nasty!”

Nor is she a goody-two-shoes. Photos of her staggering a little the worse for wear from nightspots in London and her home town of Brentwood are testament to that.

“That’s just what girls my age do, what all my friends my age do,” says Pixie. “I want to be a good role model but the most important thing for me is to be a realistic role model.

“I don’t want to be completely crazy but I don’t want to not go out and party, because that’s just not what 23-year-olds do, is it?

“It’s just that I also wanted to do music at a very young age. I saw Britney Spears when she was 17 or 18 and I thought, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’ I was just itching to get out there.”

But today’s child stars have a habit of going off the rails. And currently veering way off-track is Justin Bieber, who only last month was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs then, following a separate incident, charged with assault.

“I feel sorry for Justin Bieber,” says Pixie. “If you think about it he’s just 19 and people make mistakes at that age. I can imagine loads of boys across the country doing the same thing.

“I’ve never done anything as extreme. But if I did I know it would be watched. It is harder, you know. I’ve been offered drugs before. Every teenager gets in that situation but my friends and I are just not interested. So those friends and family are keeping me grounded. I’d like to say: ‘Yes, I’ve nearly come off the rails’ but I haven’t and I know I’d have support if that ever did happen.”

She also has sympathy for Miley Cyrus, who during the five years of Pixie’s career has transformed herself from sweet Hannah Montana to the twerking sex-bomb we see today.

“Miley wasn’t forced into it,” says Pixie. “She wants to be like that and it works for her.

“If it’s what she wants to do then good luck to her. Everyone has the freedom to do what they want to do. I certainly don’t feel any pressure.”

Later this year she’ll release her third studio album under the simple title of Pixie Lott. It promises to be her most personal yet and includes a tribute to her gran, Amelia Martin, who died in 2012, aged 76, just as Pixie was about to go into the studio to begin recording her album. It hit her so hard that she called a temporary halt to the sessions.

“It’s definitely the lowest point of my life so far,” says Pixie. “I’ve never had to deal with the loss of someone so close.”

Amelia had been suffering from Alzheimers, which meant she often didn’t recognise her famous granddaughter.

“The track Cry and Smile is probably the most personal I’ve ever written,” says Pixie.

“It’s sad. Alzheimers meant she wasn’t the same person she had been but I try to remember her for the person she was and I hope there’s also a positive message in there.”

The album promises to show a new and more soulful side to Pixie.

“For pretty much the last two years I’ve been away from releasing singles,” she says. “I’ve been writing and recording in the studio. Usually pop stars and singer don’t take that long. It’s usually quick, quick, quick.

“But I wanted to get it right. It’s a sound I really love and I wanted to be 100% happy with it. My whole focus has been on this album.”

The only exception was an acting role. Before becoming a pop star Pixie had small parts in West End shows and bit parts on TV, but this week she’s appearing in her biggest role to date, as a murdered girl on BBC1’s Inspector George Gently.

She plays a holiday camp singer and dancer who discovers a dark secret and ends up being killed.

“The first scene sees me dead on a beach,” she says. “It was freezing and I had to lie on wet sand covered in cold water. But because I was supposed to be dead I couldn’t shiver.

“Fortunately you see what happened to her in flashback and I do actually get to speak as well as do some singing and dancing.

“I really enjoyed it, so I’d like to do more acting in the future.”

She would also consider going back to the higher education she gave up
to pursue her music dream, though she already has eight straight-A GCSEs,

“I think I’d like to go back and study and expand my mind a little. The trouble is I’m the sort of person that wants to do everything.”

Does that include marrying her boyfriend and having children?

“Well, we have unofficially moved in with each other,” she says.

“And I would love to have children, but not just yet…”

Mirror Online

Posted by prézli on February 13th, 2014

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