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Mar 5
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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

Mar 4
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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.

Mar 2
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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

Feb 15
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- 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

Feb 13
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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

Feb 7
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- What character do you play?
I’m playing Megan Webb. She is one of the Bluebirds at the holiday camp. She has left her home, which was a strict environment to pursue her singing and dancing ambitions there. She meets some friends and then something dark happens in the camp which she gets involved in, leading to an unfortunate event.

Is this your first television drama?
This is my TV drama debut. It has been really fun. I’ve learnt so much about how it all works, and a lot from the other actors and actresses in the cast. I had no idea how much detail goes into everything. Hopefully I will take everything I have learnt here into my next job.

So, you’ve watched the show before…
I think the show is really great. I enjoyed doing the research. The first episode I saw was ‘The Lost Child’ last series, which had Helen Baxendale in it, which really impressed me as she plays Emily in Friends – and I am a huge Friends fan. She was doing something completely different to what I had seen her in before – in Inspector George Gently she was playing a very gritty character and I thought I absolutely wanted to be involved.

Do you have an interest in the Sixties?
I have a massive interest in the Sixties which is what predominantly drew me to the part. Being set in the Sixties, the makeup, the hair and costume, props all looks so cool. I love the music from the Sixties which has inspired my next album, including costume. It’s been great to sing a song which was made in the 60s and all the dance moves were so fun to do.

Tell us about the ‘Shoop Shoop’ Song
Well the ‘Shoop Shoop’ Song is originally by a singer called Betty Everett but has since been covered by loads of other artists. I love the version that was sung by Cher, which my grandfather used to play in his car. But I will be doing my own version of the song.

What have you enjoyed best during filming?
I’ve enjoyed seeing how it all works, meeting all the crew. Seeing how much goes into everything, all the props… it looks exactly how you imagine the Sixties looked. Also I think my favourite scene shot so far is the one where Megan gets killed. She gets hit over the head with an iron. It was fun putting all the anger and emotion into that scene – it had serious guts!

What has it been like filming in the North East?
It’s been fun for me. When I come up here on tour it’s usually only for a couple days at a time. It’s been good to come and spend a serious amount of time in the area. The weather isn’t as good as it is in London (where I have supposedly missed out on the hottest day of the year being up here). It was especially bad yesterday, when it was all cold and raining and I was doing a scene where I was completely wet and I had to put my head in the wet sand, so my hair was all wet, making me really chilly. But apart from that it has been really nice. We had a day trip out yesterday to Durham where we got to see the Cathedral and cobbled streets.

I hear you went to holiday camps when you were young?
Yes I did. I went to a holiday camp when I was really young called Hoburne Holiday Park. I remember loving it, meeting all the other kids, making lots of friends. I even entered the talent competition and had my outfit already – which was a jumpsuit, top hat and cane. I was tap dancing to ‘Cheek To Cheek’ from the movie Top Hat. I did win (but was only up against a few other people) – it was good fun!

Do you remember the Blue Coats at the camp?
I remember they did have blue coats. We went to one in Devon, when I was three and the other one in Highcliffe, Dorset when I was a bit older. I know they still have them going – they’ll probably find it funny when they find out I’m now playing a Blue Coat.

BBC

Feb 6
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Pixie Lott is keeping a close eye on her laptop as it contains two very valuable assets – a couple of tracks recorded with Calvin Harris.

Pixie visited the Razz HQ yesterday to perform two acoustic numbers and chat to us about funky new single Nasty, which is released on March 9.

But although she decided not to work with any other artists on her latest album, released in the spring, she let it slip that she’d once worked with the superstar DJ, as well as Emeli Sande, before they were global stars.

She said of Dumfries lad Calvin: “Calvin and I worked together ages ago at singer songwriter Cathy Dennis’ house. He is really talented and has blown up massively since then.

“I met him on a radio tour before we were doing lots of stuff and we wrote two songs which I carry about on my laptop.

“I remember Ke$ha telling me she wanted to work with him at the time. They are good tracks but they wouldn’t fit in with my new album.”

Of Emeli she added: “I wrote with Emeli years ago before she was an artist. As a songwriter she came into the studio and worked with me and this guy Lucas. She was also really talented.”

Pixie’s single, which she also recorded as a special version with The Vamps, is getting rave reviews.

It was orignally sung by Christina Aguilera and Ceelo Green for the movie Burlesque but was never released because of difficulties surrounding samples.

Pixie said: “I really wanted it as my first single because it perfectly bridges between this album and my last one. There is a lot of soul and funk in this album which I grew up on and it is very cohesive.

“I have never met Christina but hopefully she’ll hear it soon.”

Pixie recently played at the Brits nomination party and would love to come to one or two of the big Scottish events this year, including Radio 1’s Big Weekend at Glasgow Green on May 24 and 25.

She said: “T in the park I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve never done. It’s one of the festivals a lot of pop singers do so I’d like to make sure I can do it this year.

“I love festivals. I’ve been going to V Festival since I was 15 because it’s near where my family live and still camp now.

“Radio 1’s Big Weekend looks good too and the Commonwealth Games.

“I love sport and I hope my schedule lets me catch some of the action.”

You can see Pixie peforming her acoustic tracks on the Daily Record website.

Daily Record

Feb 4
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Pixie Lott has opened up on what it was like to film scenes for the BBC drama Inspector George Gently recently.

The singer made her acting debut on the popular crime show and admitted that she was incredibly nervous about taking part, even though she was just playing dead.

Pixie’s body is found on a beach, so she had no lines to deliver and just had to look like a convincing corpse, but even that made her sick with nerves she admitted.

She told The Sun that starring opposite Martin Shaw left her a bundle of nerves and the blonde beauty explained:

“(I was) really nervous. I started acting classes aged five, but I hadn’t done it for such a long time.”

Lott was freezing when she filmed her scene. She was playing dead on a cold beach and periodically staff would pour water over her, to make things look convincing.

She said: “We filmed that scene on a Northumbrian beach.

“It was a horrible wet day, but I still had to be watered down until I was soaked and lie on the damp sand.

“I was shivering so much I had to keep running inside for a blanket to try to warm up between takes.”

We are assuming that somewhere in the series Pixie will get to actually speak, as Inspector George Gently’s producer Matthew Bird revealed that she was cast for her singing and performing ability, as well as her stunning good looks.

He explained:

“We were casting the second film of the new series of Inspector George Gently and were looking for someone to play Megan, an entertainer at the Blue Bird Holiday Camp in 1969. We were looking for an actress that could act, sing and dance and then I saw Pixie acting so brilliantly with Rowan Atkinson in their performance of Goodness Gracious Me (filmed for the NHS Organ Donation ‘From The Heart’ campaign). It was a brilliant remake of the classic Sixties song performed by Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers – and that was it!”

He added:

“Pixie was very excited about joining the cast and we are delighted that Pixie is to make her TV acting debut in Inspector George Gently – we know she will bring something very special to the role.”

The George Gently special will see Gently and Bacchus visiting a family holiday camp to investigate staff and holidaymakers, after the body of a pretty young singer is found on the beach nearby.

The colourful inmates of the holiday camp, from the flamboyant owner and his sister, to the chalet staff, talent acts, lifeguards and of course the holiday makers, throw the investigation sideways as Gently and Bacchus uncover a story of jealousy, ambition and the dark underbelly of the permissive society.

Unreality TV

Jan 31
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Pixie talks to Alex about fighting off the competition to make her new single Nasty her own. “There was a few other female artists who wanted the song. But here’s where we got the step ahead – there’s loads of samples in the song! We got to record it.”

Pixie performed the song at the BRIT Nominations Party for the first time. She said, “It was incredible to be able to sing Nasty for the first time and perform it. We had a dance routine worked out and I absolutely loved it, it was so much fun. I couldn’t wait for people to hear it finally.”

Speaking about the gigs she did abroad during her time out, she said “Asia is crazy, because it’s so different to back home. It’s a completely different culture and everything looks different and that’s why I like it. Everyone’s so lovely and polite – I love it out there!”

Press play to hear the highlights from the interview.

The Hits Radio

Jan 27
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Pixie Lott has revealed that she has gained a new knowledge about television, after making her small-screen drama debut in Inspector George Gently.

The All About Tonight singer got a makeover as a 60s go-go girl in the BBC One murder mystery series, where she plays a holiday camp entertainer who aspires to hit the big-time – before she gets killed off.

“It has been really fun. I’ve learnt so much about how it all works,” she told The Sun.

“I had no idea how much details goes into everything. Hopefully I will take everything I have learnt here into my next job.”

The sixth series of the show, starring Martin Shaw as the inspector, begins on February 6. The episode featuring Pixie will be shown on February 13.

Pixie, who has been working on her third album, admitted she was inspired to make her cameo after seeing Helen Baxendale’s guest appearance on the programme.

“I think the show is really great. The first episode I saw was The Lost Child last series, which had Helen Baxendale in it. She was doing something completely different, playing a very gritty character and I thought I absolutely wanted to be involved,” she said.

Yahoo TV UK

Jan 20
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The Vamps have teased the possibility of another collaboration with Pixie Lott.

The band praised the star for jumping on a remix of their new single ‘Wild Heart’, which was released in the UK yesterday (January 19).

“We have a lot of alternative versions,” frontman Bradley Simpson told Digital Spy. “The one we did with Pixie Lott is great. She smashed the vocals as she’s got an incredible voice.

“We may be on something of her’s,” he teased. “But who would know? You’ll have to wait and see.”

The Vamps’ new single ‘Wild Heart’ follows their previous hit ‘Can We Dance’, which reached number two back in September.

Asked if they’re feeling extra pressure following a successful debut, Simpson explained: “We were so lucky with ‘Can We Dance’, so to replicate that would be insane.

“If it has added any pressure, I don’t think we’re feeling it too much. If it’s a good enough song people will buy it, but if it’s not they won’t.”

‘Wild Heart’ is the second cut to be released from The Vamps’ forthcoming debut album, which is currently scheduled for a release in April.

Digital Spy

Jan 5
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Tuneful pop bird Pixie Lott has teamed up with superstars-in-the-making The Vamps to record (and release!) a new version of the boys’ yet-to-be released second single ‘Wild Heart’. The video appeared online today as the final Gifts From The Vamps, and will appear on iTunes at midnight tonight – 2 weeks before the original song’s official release. Watch Brad and Pixie make sweet, harmonious music together in the clip below and start counting those pennies, this is one for the iPod.

Maximum Pop!

Jan 5
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At just 22, singer-songwriter Pixie Lott has two platinum albums under her belt and is about to release a third. Oh, and she’s dating a male model. So where does all the angst in her lyrics come from, wonders Liz Jones?

Pixie Lott is late. Only 40 minutes but, as she tells me when she arrives at the studio in East London, not too far from her home, she is always late. ‘I will say to my friend, “We will meet here at this time,” and something will happen and I get caught up and won’t be there for another hour. That’s my worst thing. I’m working on it. It’s my New Year’s resolution.’

She is wearing a very short tweed dress, buttoned up to her chin but which reveals her buttocks every time she hugs someone – the photographer, the make-up artist. Also black-rimmed spectacles, a hairband and flat patent pumps. ‘This dress I designed and had made when I was in China [she is very big in China]. I chose the fabric, then told them how I wanted it to look. The patent pumps belonged to my nan.’

Pixie’s maternal grandmother died not long ago. Her mum, too, has been a source of fashionable borrowing: apparently she has lots of old Vivienne Westwood ‘bodies’. ‘I took her vintage Chanel bag to Las Vegas, and I lost it. I was so upset: it was my favourite bag ever. I thought I was going to be in so much trouble. I phoned her up and said, “Something really bad has happened.” Her heart was pounding, she thought something terrible had happened to me. So when I told her I’d lost her bag she was like, “Oh, OK, that’s fine.”’

Has she bought her a replacement? ‘No, but I’m treating my mum, dad, my older sister, brother and my boyfriend to a skiing holiday.’ Her sister Charlie Ann got married recently and Pixie wrote a song, which she sang at the wedding. ‘It was a surprise, but she probably knew I was going to do it.’ Both her sister and brother Stephen work in the City. Pixie is only 22 and is, of course, already a huge success.

Her first two albums, Turn it Up in 2009 and Young Foolish Happy in 2011, both went platinum. She has been co-writing her third, entitled Pixie Lott, in the two years since, in studios ‘the whole time’ in London, New York and Miami. Was she not worried that her fans would move on to someone new? ‘I wasn’t. I feel if you have a voice, like Lily Allen or Joss Stone, you can come back at any time.’

In the hiatus, it seems her fellow female recording stars have changed. Rihanna, Miley Cyrus have all been removing their clothes. Hell, even Ellie Goulding appeared on The X Factor with the sides of her Julien Macdonald gown missing. ‘I think each to their own, fair enough. Maybe [Ellie] was experimenting with fashion. I’ve never felt pressured to dress a certain way. It’s tricky. I would never go to extremes. But I’ve definitely done videos that are more raunchy than others just because of what the song is about.’

Her favourite period in fashion is the 1960s. I give Pixie a great big theatrical yawn. Hasn’t that decade been done to death? But Pixie, who looks very slight, indeed like an elf or a fawn, and has an endearing lisp and little-girl voice, will not be moved. ‘I love everything about the 60s. I love Brigitte Bardot and Edie Sedgwick as style icons, I love the whole fashion from that era.’ Did she see the biopic about Sedgwick, where she was played by Sienna Miller? ‘It’s my favourite film.’

She once brought out a range for Lipsy, but has no time to design dresses at the moment. ‘But I would love to do a collaboration that’s purely me. I think if I had to do it now the clothes would have a 60s vibe. But it takes time because you have to do the sketches. Music comes first.’

She grew up in Kent and then Essex, and her mum Bev (a housewife; her dad is a stockbroker) was already a fan of Motown, Otis Redding, Bill Withers. I tell her that her new album doesn’t sound very retro, thank God. ‘It’s definitely modern and current and fresh. The first single – “Nasty” – sounds current but has lots of old-school samples in it, like James Brown, to give it that soul flavour.’

Was she nervous, playing her new material to the record company bosses? ‘I was in a boardroom and I had to play the new songs; it was just fun and nice. I wasn’t nervous. I am a really easy-going person and I kind of go with the flow a lot.’ Is she in control of her career? ‘I am more so now. For the video to the first single, I wrote the treatment. I start out prim and proper, innocent and well-dressed, and then I see this guy and the clothes are transformed into something a bit more nasty. It was a cool video to shoot.’

Pixie went to the Italia Conti stage school from the age of five – her real name is Victoria, but she has always been called Pixie, due to her diminutive size. Wasn’t that a nightmare: all those extrovert Bonnie Langford types? ‘Everyone was a bit crazy, but that is what made it fun. I met so many great people. One of my friends from school [Jasmyn Banks] plays Alice in EastEnders. She is the loveliest girl ever.’

She was writing songs aged 13, and admits she had no experience of a relationship to draw on, so simply sang about what was happening to her friends instead. Now she is with Oliver Cheshire, a male model. How did they meet? ‘We met at Fashion Week. It was a Vivienne Westwood after-party. We were introduced by a mutual friend and then met up when we were both in New York.’

Who asked who out? ‘He asked me, but it wasn’t just us two, we were with friends. I was only 19 at the time and looked a lot younger, so we couldn’t even get a drink!’ They have been together three years. Has he moved in yet? ‘No, but he is always round, he is always there. I really like being in the house by myself.’

Does he mind that some of the new songs are about him? Such as the entirely fictitious and hopefully not prophetic ‘Break Up Song’. ‘I don’t think he minds, because it makes great music; we are really strong.’ I tell her the best art comes out of tragedy, and she doesn’t seem to have experienced any real angst yet. ‘I think real emotion makes a better song. I just love writing about tragedy and heartbreak. I feel I’ve experienced it enough to write about it.’

But no boy has ever dumped you! ‘No, but there have definitely been hard times I’ve drawn from, arguments that make you feel like the world’s over. I think girls are more emotional than boys. That’s what makes the best songs and I’ve had those situations in the past couple of years.’ OK, so tell me about them. ‘I think just having a boyfriend, the ups and downs. He’s not naughty, but you know when you have disagreements, even if it’s something small, it can blow up massive. Also, my nan passing away.’

It’s always better if the man is less attractive than the woman, I add. Does she worry he is so good-looking that women will fall at his feet? ‘I don’t feel insecure at all.’ Does he? ‘He is used to me signing autographs and people taking pictures and stuff. He’s learnt how to deal with it. It was a shock when we were first going out but now he is fine with it.’ His modelling career won’t last for ever. ‘He has already started writing about fashion. He has a few strings to his bow.’

I ask her what is the most expensive thing she has ever bought, apart from her flat. ‘I recently bought my first Chanel bag. It’s just a little one. My flat is like a joke – there is so much stuff everywhere. I am going to announce a charity sale!’

How many Twitter followers does she have? ‘I’m not sure. Let me look on my phone.’ Except she can’t find her phone. It’s probably in the cab. Or on the floor at home. Pixie is endearingly scatty. Does she get any abuse on Twitter? ‘The comments are really positive. If I’m ever feeling sad, there are always nice messages on there that make me smile.’

When I ask her the name of the last album she downloaded, she can’t remember. Is there anything she does at home alone that she wouldn’t want others to see? ‘I play music really loud and dance around the house.’ Is she vain, does she have a beauty routine? She looks at me as though I am insane. ‘I don’t always take off my make-up before I go to bed,’ she says, squirming. ‘It’s because I’m really tired. But the other day we did a face mask, me and two of my friends.’

The most amazing person she has met so far? ‘The most, like, wow, was Stevie Wonder. On my 21st birthday, Lionel Richie sent a lovely message that was played at my party: “Happy Birthday” to the tune of “Easy”. It was the best present.’

Has success changed her? ‘I feel I’m exactly the same, I just obviously got busier. I’ve learnt loads, I’m not as naive. All my friends are from school. I see my family all the time, I listen to their advice. If I am upset I have them to rely on. I’ve been really lucky with my upbringing – my family are so close, we all love each other loads.’

Mail Online

Dec 20
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Past nominees, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and Pixie Lott will all play at The BRITs Are Coming on Thursday, January 9 along with 2014 Critics’ Choice winner Sam Smith.

The programme will be televised on ITV1 and hosted by Nick Grimshaw, who will reveal the nominees for the BRIT Awards 2014.

Rudimental have had a fantastic 2013 with their debut album Home reaching No. 1 in the charts and will also play at the BRIT Awards on February 19 where they will be joined by Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Bastille.

Pixie Lott and Tinie Tempah have eight past BRIT Awards nominations between them, with Tinie winning two in 2011 for British Breakthrough Act and British Single for Pass Out.

BRIT Awards

Nov 28
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The Q Awards are the annual music awards run by Q, the UK’s biggest music magazine. As the official charity at the awards, this year saw WaterAid invite a whole host of the nation’s favourite music artists to sign bespoke prints. The ideal gift for any music fan this Christmas, the prints will be auctioned online from today until Sunday 8th December.

The full line-up includes Pixie Lott, Ronnie Wood, Ellie Goulding, Pet Shop Boys, Biffy Clyro, Jake Bugg, Eliza Doolittle, Tinie Tempah, Suede, Dizzee Rascal, Chrissie Hynde, Conor Maynard, Foals, Vampire Weekend, Wretch 32, Palma Violets, Tim Burgess, Al Murray – The Pub Landlord and John Cooper Clarke.

Singer Pixie Lott said:

“I am thrilled to support the Q Awards and WaterAid auction this Christmas. All the money raised will go towards WaterAid’s work with some of the poorest people in the world, bringing clean water and sanitation. Place a bid today to get your hands on one of these awesome limited edition prints, and make a real difference to someone’s life this Christmas.”

Get bidding today >

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