Love Her or Hate Her: Lady Sovereign

After her cringing moment on the last ever Celebrity Big Brother, you don’t hear or see much of Lady Sovereign. It’s not the first time the 25-year-old have ‘cringing moments’. Read on, and you’ll discover there’s other ‘moments’ that makes her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother look like a Christmas nativity play.

Lady Sovereign

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Back in 2007, she assaulted and spat (yes you read it right) at a San Francisco- based MC “Jelly Donut” during a rap battle.

During her first visit to Australia in 2009, the I Got You Dancin’ ‘rapper’ was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour for spitting after a nightclub bouncer and a getting into fight with a transvestite. All this fiasco occurred within seven hours after she landed.

 

Lady Sovereign

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Last January, The North-West Londoner had the chance to redeem herself on BBC’s political show, This Week. Instead, poor presenter Andrew Neil had to apologise viewers because she decided ‘to do a runner’.

Lady Sovereign or ‘Sov’ later explained in a Guardian interview that she had a panic attack. She added: My hands went stiff and I started hyperventilating. I didn’t want to do it hours before but I went anyway, then I just changed my mind at the last minute, I guess.”

All these catalogue of disasters would well and truly see the back of the ill-mannered artist. Far from it. Sov -whose real name is Louise Harman -- has struck up a deal with EMI to launch her own record label, Midget Records. Immediately follows the first album Jigsaw. It’s definitely not for the faint-heart, as it’s nothing more than you expect from ‘Sov’ herself: honesty, raw, very much in-your-face. It’s that type of rawness that somehow won her thousands upon thousands of fans across the world.

 

Lady Sovereign

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Now Lady Sov-who gained her nickname by stealing a sovereign ring from her friend’s boyfriend -- set to release her album of more vulgarity at some point this year.

Since Def Jam giant Jay-Z took her under his wing, Lady Sovereign took the world by storm, selling way over million copies of the single Love Me Or Hate Me. Living the dream of a more deserving musician, she toured with the likes of Gwen Stefani and even made music with Pharrell Williams and The Beastie Boys. After six months leaving Def-Jam, she was producing materials under her new empire.

Let’s pray that her new empire keeps her out of disasters.

 

 

The Brit Awards Does Have Some Big Winners

It can be easy to criticise the Brit Awards and there is certainly nothing new or innovative about the majority of artists that feature but it is a great way for people to find out about music. Most music fans will find it incredulous that some people are only hearing of acts like Arcade Fire, Adele or Mumford & Sons for the first time at these events but then again, not everyone takes music as seriously as hard-core fans.

Adele

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For all that there are group of hard-core music fans that buy albums every week and spend a lot of time checking out new bands on the internet, there are many more people who will experience artists for the first time through events like this. One of the most interesting things after these award shows is to look at the sales of an artist and to see if their sales figures rise dramatically. Thanks to iTunes and other downloading sites, it is possible to see almost instantaneously which bands benefit from their appearance on these shows.

 

Huge sales increases for some artists

In the day after the Brit Awards, some of the major acts on the night featured huge increases in sales. It has been reported that Mumford & Sons album sales rose by 2,000% compared to sales prior to the event. Okay, they may have sold very little albums in the lead-up to the Brit Awards and this 2,000% increase may not involve astronomical sales but it is still an astounding figure. Other artist who experienced big spikes in album sales includes Tinie Tempah, Adele, Arcade Fire, Plan B and even Rihanna.

Who does not know Rihanna by now?

You would think that everyone in the world knows Rihanna and if they had any intention of buying her album they would have done so by now but it seems not. Even some of the biggest artists in the world are able to experience stellar sales from appearing at an award ceremony so you can see why the music industry is so keen to have them.

 

Rihanna

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Most people are aware that the only people that make serious money from the music industry are the record labels but this sort of exposure will push artists like Mumford & Sons or Adele to even bigger heights and Adele is perfectly positioned to make the most of her new found popularity.

On the back of the award ceremony, the artist announced a UK tour for September with tickets going on sale in the same week as the award show. This sort of timing indicates the importance of these award ceremonies to labels and the industry but if it gives people more opportunities to see some great talent perform, it is not a bad thing.

Many people are opposed to award ceremonies for musical talent and it is a good point. Music is an art form and surely all art is subjective? Trying to compare the merits of an Adele album against a Tinie Tempah record should be a futile exercise because it is not a case of like versus like. The only thing is, the benefits of having these award shows are all too evident for record labels and they will be keen to see them continue. The only positive comes from the fact that some people can find out about artists that they may not have done otherwise.

 

Actresses Turned Singers

In Hollywood, it is not uncommon for actors or singers to try to switch roles. A slew of actresses have attempted to make their way to the number #1 slot on Billboard. Likewise, many singers have tried their hand at performing on the silver screen. Unfortunately, not many female artists have made this role switch successfully; although there have been a few that have made their actress-turned-singer debuts a hit.

Bette Midler started as an actress on Broadway, and her singing debut opened up in 1972 in a duo with Barry Manilow. Midler has continued to act and sing, and some of her most successful films now include Ruthless People and The Rose. Her hit songs include “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From a Distance.” Of course, Midler did have a few flops along the way in her singing and acting career; Big Business being one of her most criticized films to date.

Courtney Love is another successful actress-turned-singer; however, her original acting career wasn’t much of a hit. It wasn’t until she turned to singing that her Hollywood career took off. After a number of Billboard hits, Love took a shot at the silver screen, yet again. Her second shot fared much more successful, thanks to her newfound Billboard fame. Her greatest acting hit was The People vs. Larry Flint, which won her a Golden Globe nomination.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman was also a success story amongst the actress-turned-singer phenomenon. Her acting career started in small Australian films and shows, and her breakthrough came after starring in the film Dead Calm. Although she does not have an extensive music career, the film Moulin Rouge put this actress on the music charts. Another actress currently going singer: Gwyneth Paltrow. She is expected to star in the movie Country Strong in January of 2011. As to whether it will end in harmony or crash and burn is yet to be determined by fans and critics around the globe.

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Unfortunately, not every actress-turned-singer makes a graceful entry into a music career. In fact, for every successful story, there are at least a handful of actresses that flop in their music careers, or vice versa. For example, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez have all had their fair share of transitional embarrassment, and only time will tell if these pop queens will have another chance at success on the big screen.

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Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Has Katy B got her Lights Switch On about the US?

This is one Brit artist who is not jetting off to LA anytime soon…Dubstep star Kay B is not interested in launching her music career in the US – just yet. The 21 year old – who enjoyed big success with singles, Katy’s On A Mission and, Lights On, featuring Ms Dynamite- feels that there is no need to travel across the Atlantic, as there are plenty of talented artists in the UK to work with.

Katy B

Katy B

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The Peckham-born singer added: “Don’t get me wrong, I love American music. A lot of music I listen to is American.

“There are so many talented artists out there but I think at the moment there is a lot of UK talent, so there’s not really much point in me getting on a plane and going all the way to LA, when I could get on a bus or maybe get on my bike.”

Katy B is currently working on her debut album, On the Mission, (which is 95 cent completed) will be released on 28 March 2011. The album promises a mixture of D&B, grime, funky house which is, in her words, bringing the underground to the overground!

Many may think that Katy B is mad not to take up the US opportunity, but this girl is well wise beyond her years and so many UK artists can learn a thing or two from her. She the type of girl who likes to ‘keep it real’ – so there’s no chance of her stumbling out of Chinawhite’s or dating some daft footballer!

Having being offered major record deals in 2009, Katy B – whose real name is Kathleen Katie Brien – musical life really kicked off in 2010. She released her first single, Katy On A Mission with Rinse label (owned by pirate-turn-official radio station Rinse FM). In the same year, Katy B graduated in Popular Music at Goldsmith University of London.

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Katy On A Mission was released in August 2010 and immediately reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 on the UK Indie Chart. Her second single, Lights On, was released in December 2010 and stormed in at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.

Not bad for a South-Londoner. There are so many artists, such as Leona Lewis and Alexander Burke, say they’ll never let stardom go to their heads…give them a couple years! With Katy B you know that she is a mature lady who is true to her word.

Cher Lloyd: Strong-Willed Swagger or a Petulant Child?

Apparently the 17-year-old is the next best thing since sliced bread because of her ‘unique swagger’ witnessed by millions throughout X-Factor.  There’s absolutely nothing original about the rapper from Worcestershire – in fact American artists have been working those moves for years. The only original trait the Lloyds have is that she sings and moves like (in the words of much hated tweeters) a stroke patient.

Cher Lloyd

Cher Lloyd

Receiving intense support from her so-called mentor Cheryl Cole, she finished at fourth place in the competition, smiling like an arrogant cat (did anyone noticed that?) That’s because there was a war between Jay-Z and Will-i-am in a bid to sign her to their record label. But Lloyd – who looks more and more like Cheryl Cole – was snapped up by Simon Cowell’s label Syco.

Since the end of X-Factor, Cheryl was whisked off to LA to produce material for her first album (God help us). On return to the UK, she was faced with nearly 500 of fans at Heathrow airport. Reports reveal that the crowd was so fierce that little Cher was rushed into a police van.

Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Lloyd needs to grab all the fans she can get- the Americans have already branded her as ‘trashy and low rent’. Even her style hasn’t gone unnoticed by US showbiz guru, Juliet Izon.

 

The Life and Style news reporter said, “Lord, girlfriend needs a stylist! With her style, Cher would send the American paparazzi running.”

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“Her clothing choices are low-rent. There’s no chance a US audience will have anything to do with her, unless she gets her teeth fixed, stops wearing her hair like a wannabe Rihanna and gets a stylist to burn her current wardrobe and replace it.”

Cher Lloyd on Stage

Cher Lloyd on Stage

It doesn’t end there as just a few weeks of the taste of stardom, strong-willed Cher is at loggerheads with US stylists.

Cher- who wants to crack America quicker than Leona Lewis – has a long way to go. Yes it’s good that she wants to do her ‘own thing’ but there is a word that the ballsy rapper should live by – compromise. If she wants to crack America so bad may be, just may be, Lloyd can learn to compromise on choice of clothing and music -- otherwise she may not make it to the release of her first album.

Cher Lloyd

Cher Lloyd

However Lloyd- who threatened to walk if Syco does not let her record urban songs– seems to have luck on her side as two most influential musical figures are after her. Following her threat to leave Syco, Jay-Z and Will-i-am approached Simon Cowell about buying the tearaway teenager out of her recording contract. No doubt Lloyd must be very flattered – you can almost see her ego growing by the minute.

Is Cheryl’s Job as US X-Factor Judge in Jeopardy?

Cheryl Cole - X-Factor Judge

Looks like Cheryl Cole’s dream to crack America as an X-Factor judge has been put on hold. TV producers of the US version of the show have doubts that the Girls Aloud star will ‘pull in’ figures.

An X-factor source told the Daily Star, “The American public don’t know who Cheryl is and just ‘being a good friend of Simon’s from some unknown girl band’ isn’t cutting it.”

The decision has led to heated debuts and X-Factor pioneer Simon Cowell has threatened to ‘pull out” on the US show if his side-kick isn’t given a seat on the judging panel.

There’s been speculation that more worthy stars such as Katy Perry, Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Robbie Williams may be selected as judges for the sing competition. Even the most uninterested person will be shocked by the news, that Cole – whose best pals with Will-i-am and Justin Bieber – did not bag the job. Let’s face it, she’s been kissing Cowell’s butt for many years.

So what exactly could Chezza bring the X-Factor table? Let’s look at the evidence: Cole made a fifth of Girls Aloud, producing a string of cheesy pop or guilty pleasures (whichever you prefer). After the band ‘split temporarily’ in 2009, she embarked a solo career, occasionally collaborating with her old pal Will-i-am. She even appears in L’Oreal adverts (because she’s worth it- couldn’t resist.)

Cole became an X-factor judge in 2008, replacing Sharon Osborne. She deserves some credit for her work on X-Factor, recognising Alexander Burke and Rebecca Ferguson as true talent. However, Cole is more noted for mess-ups: remember Gamu?  Say no more.

Cheryl Cole as a judge on X-Factor

It’s laughable that the so-called singer -- whose debut album, Messy Little Raindrops, is nominated for the worst album of the year – could mentor hopefuls who are clearly more creditable singers. Thanks to her poor judgement, most talented hopefuls don’t even make it through the live shows. If there’s any justice in the world, they should pick up a recording deal at a drop of the hat.

There’s no doubt she will somehow be behind the scenes of America X-factor, thanks to Cowell’s hair brained schemes. Reports reveal that Cheryl is set to be the US version of Sinitta, helping her puppet master to mentor up-and-coming contestants.

So what’s the moral of this story? If you kiss Cowell’s behind long enough, you too can crack America.

Bieber’s Plans for Boutique Fall at the First Hurdle

Poor Justin Bieber. His plans for world domination didn’t come to fruition. The 16-year-old wanted to open his own boutique in LA selling- wait for it – Justin Bieber memorabilia, so every impressionable teenage girls around the world can have a piece of him. He even called on his celebs friends Kardashians for help to push things forward. However the Justin-themed shop crash at the first hurdle.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber - Too Much Too Young?

Bieber’s publicist, Jennifer Gordon, told the Los Angeles Times newspaper: “I was working with them last year with the possibility of this happening. Towards the end of November, everything had fallen through. It’s not happening.”

It’s not all bad news for the Canadian pop singer, as he has his own nail vanish range, One Less Lonely Girl, which is doing ‘amazing well’, selling out in department stores across America. There’s more – besides joining forces with rapper Dr Dre, to design ‘JustBeats’ headphones, Bieber has a book out called, Sitting Pretty, which somehow found its way on the NY Times Bestsellers list. We have the screaming teenage girls to thank for this.

While thousands would beg (or even pay) him to stay in high school, Justin literally burst on the music scene, giving his female peers worldwide the ‘Bieber Fever’ with his first single, One Time in 2009. The song was certified Platinum in the US and Canada, and Gold in Australia and New Zealand. Since then, Bieber continues the spread the fever with array of hits including, Baby, One Less Lonely Girl, Love Me, Favourite Girl. With such runaway success, Bieber’s mentor, Usher must shed a tear when he sees his little puppet at work.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

But is it too much too soon for this teenage ‘heart-throb’? He maybe doing swimmingly well selling mechanise to girls in his age group (thinking he has all the answers to what a woman want). At a click of a finger (or just like his boutique) it could all disappear, leaving little Justin on crap heap, a forgotten child star.

It happens all the time, particularly in America. A talented child becomes a big star and the world is at his or her feet. When the hype fades, that child is dropped at a great height. Just look at the life of the late actors Corey Haim and Gary Coleman.

Let’s hope, for Justin’s sake, that the rug is not pulled abruptly underneath his feet. After all, he’s just a boy caught the circus called the music industry.