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Katy B and The Vamps will be among the acts involved in CBBC’s The Big Performance this year.

The show is returning to CBBC for a third series later this summer, and will see The Choir’s Gareth Malone challenging six of the UK’s most talented children to produce a performance that marks the centenary of the First World War.

Pixie Lott, Conor Maynard and Eliza Doolittle will also help the 11 to 13-year-olds with writing and performing a song that celebrates the memory of their ancestors, ahead of the finale on August 4.

Melissa Hardinge, executive producer for CBBC, said: ‘We are delighted that Gareth Malone is back on CBBC, inspiring a new group of children with this extraordinary songwriting challenge for the World War One anniversary.

“We hope that the series will encourage our young audience to trace their own family histories, and understand the importance of the international commemoration on August 4.”

Previous series have seen Malone bring shy young people together to sing in front of millions at Children in Need and Proms in the Park.

Digital Spy

Posted by prézli on June 12th, 2014

Mariah Carey’s new album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse is the singer back to her very best. Chanteuse is French for female singer so I interpret the “elusive” subtitle as meaning nobody can touch her – despite pop’s up-and-coming talent.

With its soulful R’n’B hues, inspiration from her old-school days and collaborations with hottest producers and artists of today, she is still very much a living legend. Here’s my take on the album, song by song…

Cry: One of my favourites. Not only does it showcase Mariah’s vocal ability but you can really hear the emotion and the meaning she puts into it. It shows she is all about the storytelling alongside the vocal tricks. This track resembles the sensational vocals in her rendition of Can’t Live Without You and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up knowing we are in for a treat with this album as I hear that classic Mariah sound.

Faded: A beautiful chord sequence opens this song when Mariah teams up with hot property produce Mike WILL Made It, whose name you may recognise from working with Miley Cyrus. My favourite factor of the the verses is the skippy rhythm and the vocal harmony arrangements that flourish throughout- a quality Mariah is know for. This is the first time in the album we encounter a string of her well-known whistle notes as lead ad-libs, decorating the end of the track.

Dedicated: As Mariah was one of the first females to mix R’n’B/pop with hip-hop, it’s perfect that she has capture this flavour again here. The song’s familiarity makes me smile as it oozes the old-school Mariah that we know and love, combined with a catchy sing-along top line.The “La, da, da, de, da, da,da, da” motif that repeats during the track in different ways is a highlight for me and you can’t help but bop your head to this slow jam.

#Beautiful: Miguel and Mariah work exceptionally well together as a duo on this song with their vocal abilities unmatched. This was an R’n’B/soul/pop song of the summer and I’m sure it has the staying power for many summers, festivals and road trips to come with its feel good, throwback appeal.

Thirsty: Sassy Mariah strikes again with some attitude-inflected R’n’B/pop with a big hip-hop twist proving and reminding us who the real diva still is. It has a fun lyric discussing Hollywood, Instagram and Celeb culture, which has an appeal for youth and party people!

Make It Look Good: Bursting in with a unique intro using only a harmonica is the best way to prepare you for an even more unique track. This is one of my favourites on the album with the R’n’B vibes and the fast vocal rhythms that echo the Emancipation of Mimi days,.. The only thing that would top this for me is if Mariah did it live and Stevie Wonder came on stage to play the harmonica! Make it happen.

You’re Mine: The lighted match at the start of this tune instantly intrigues and engages you with another unique sound we are accustomed to from Mariah’s early days. This is definitely a soft and emotional moment on the record but contrasts with an Oriental hook that makes it stand out from the rest.

You Don’t Know What To Do: This begins with special intro vocals and in a flash reminds me of the Eighties soul classic Somebody Else’s Guy by Jocelyn Brown- but with an edge.

Supernatural: This has the most adorable entrance by Mariah’s little ones aka Dembabies, and feels exciting that we have an opportunity to of hearing potential talents of the future- if they indeed take after their parents. There is nothing more endearing for listeners than hearing a personal song with this feature, which shows the new chapter of Mariah’s life and the overwhelming love for her children she is experiencing.

Meteorite: Club track with an interesting and creative, using an Andy Warhol quote. A super fun song for the dancefloor, ending in powerhouse vocals.

Camouflage: I was ecstatic to hear a gospel choir break out properly in the second verse in among the angelic harmonies, too. The lyric “I camouflage my tears” is a heart-wrenching line but aligns with the sweetest melody.

Money ($*/…): This song is already massively catchy from the start with an in-your-face brass sample in at the top right to the finish. I have a feeling this could be a potential single, with the superb collaboration of Mariah and Fabolous. It is an ultimate feelgood tune with a modern take on a retro sound that makes you want to dance.

One More Try: The organ intro fits excellently with Mariah’s fragile opening runs, which ensures she makes this George Michael original her own. Her voice sounds just as incredible as it did in her early days. Mariah has such such success with covers in the past because she puts her own spin on them completely.

Heavenly: An inspirational and uplifting song that Mariah nails, as she did previously in Can’t Take That Away From Me (Mariah’s Theme) but this time with a dirtiness in the track and, of course, concluding with a key change and unbelievable vocals. It is the perfect end to an impressive yet familiar-sounding Mariah album that resembles her early days…but with a fresh twist.

Rating: 5/5

The Sun

Posted by prézli on May 24th, 2014

She was recently pictured looking a little worse for wear after a night out in Cannes but Pixie Lott refuses to stop partying over a few prying eyes.

The Nasty singer said she would not stop ‘living her life’ and has become ‘oblivious’ to paparazzi who might catch her off guard after too many glasses of wine.

‘I think most 23-year-olds like to go out and have fun with their friends,’ Lott told me. ‘If I have work the next day, then obviously I’ll go home early, but if I don’t then I don’t worry about being papped or what the pictures will look like or anything like that. You just have to live your life, I’m so oblivious to all that sort of stuff now.’

Lott said she was merely having a catnap after pictures at the weekend showed her asleep in a taxi with boyfriend Oliver Cheshire, 25. She had spent the day drinking on a yacht on the French Riviera.
‘I mean it was a long day, girls get tired!’ she explained. ‘We had a great time, obviously there were some lovely drinks there, but we were just having fun. When we got a taxi back I had a little catnap and I didn’t realise there were some sneaky photographers hanging around but it’s fine, everyone likes a little catnap here and there.’

Meanwhile, the English beauty admitted she had never been tempted to join her model beau for a fashion campaign.

She said: ‘We’ve never actually spoken about that. We’re signed to the same model agent, I mean never say never but we do like to keep our careers very separate.’

Pixie Lott’s self-titled third album is out August 4.

Go Metro

Posted by prézli on May 22nd, 2014

Amber Lounge is thrilled to announce British superstar singer-songwriter, Pixie Lott, as this year’s official Amber Lounge Grand Prix Party headlining live act.

23-year-old Pixie rose to fame in 2009 with her UK no.1 debut single Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh), which was followed up by her debut album, Turn it Up, that spawned five consecutive top 20 singles, and sold over a million copies in the UK. 2 albums and a string of chart-topping hits later, Pixie Lott has established herself worldwide as the next global pop superstar.

Amidst the glamour and excitement of Amber Lounge’s extravagant fashion show and charity auction, Pixie will be performing a medley of her greatest hits and new songs from her upcoming album, aptly titled Pixie Lott.

“I AM SO EXCITED TO BE PERFORMING LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONACO, AND THERE IS NO BETTER STAGE THAN AT THE ORIGINAL F1 PARTY” ­­– PIXIE LOTT.

Amber Lounge

Posted by prézli on May 16th, 2014

Polydor will release a soundtrack album for the animated feature “Postman Pat: The Movie”. The album features the songs from the film by the film’s voice cast including Ronan Keating who provides the title character’s singing voice and Rupert Grint. Also included is Peter Gabriel’s Big Time, The Saturdays’ cover of Please Mr Postman, Jessie J’s It’s My Party, The Wanted’s We Own the Night and more songs. Also featured is a suite from the movie’s original score composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams (Over the Hedge, Bee Movie). The soundtrack will be released in the UK on May 19, 2014. Postman Pat: The Movie is directed by Mike Disa (Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil) and also features the voices of Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet and David Tennant. The film is based on the TV series of the same title and follows Postman Pat as he is facing a moral crisis and enters a national TV talent show competition. The animated feature will be released in the UK on May 23. No word yet on a domestic distribution deal.

Here’s the album track list:

1. Please Mr Postman – The Saturdays
2. Lovin’ Each Day – Ronan Keating
3. Struck By Lightning – Rupert Grint
4. With You – Ronan Keating
5. Big Time – Peter Gabriel
6. Really Happy Postman – Riley Friesen, Derek Mount
7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Ronan Keating
8. Everything To Me – Shane Filan
9. I Only Want To Be With You – Pixie Lott
10. Move My Way – The Vamps
11. One Of These Days – Shane Filan
12. Lost Generation – Rizzle Kicks
13. It’s My Party – Jessie J
14. We Own The Night – The Wanted
15. The Promise – Girls Aloud
16. Postman Pat Score Suite – Rupert Gregson-Williams
17. Postman Pat – Bryan Daly, Ken Barrie

Film Music Reporter

Posted by prézli on April 25th, 2014

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

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