Fans of Stooshe can relax… 6 months after its original release date, the London trio are gearing up to release their debut album ‘London with the Lights On’ this coming monday. A creative and inspiring wave of sound and lyrics was originally mentioned as a reason for the push back. Something the girls felt was necessary especially as their third single ‘Waterfalls’, yes a cover of the TLC classic, was released under pressure by the record company and failed to impact the charts. Did they do the right thing?
Kicking off the album, is the brand new single ‘Slip’ which has a funky motown feeling, similar to the group’s UK chart topper ‘Black Heart’ (though slightly more uptempo). ‘Slip’ felt like a new start for the trio, and it does sound a lot better in their repertoire, comparing it to its predecessing singles. Their ‘Love Me’ ft Travvie McCoy, also good for a top 5 position in the UK charts, couldn’t be forgotten. These three signature tracks (we’ll forget ‘Waterfalls’ even exists) proof what an intriguing and exciting pop trio Stooshe are. And there is plenty more new material on the album that has the distinguished Stooshe sound, which would make up for great singles. Buzz single, appearing online end of November with a fantastic lyric video, ‘Hoochi Mumma’ is another great tongue-in-cheek example of pop music.
It’s great to see how the girls, decided to go back into the studio and add some brand new tracks to the album, despite having to see the original album being leaked on the internet. Yet for those fans we would still recommend to go and get this new album as the tracks which were on the leak have been tweaked. In all fairness, we preferred the original version of ‘One Man Music’, though the new version is definitely still single-material if you ask us; the same counts for ‘Your Own Kind of Beautiful’ which takes us back to the era of the Supremes. It’s heaven! The other new tracks include ‘Round 2′, ‘Put the Kettle On’ and the track which the girls boost about most themselves ‘Fly Again’ as it’s the most stripped back we’ll ever hear Stooshe. Just a piano and the girls. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.
In general, pushing an album back, is not the smartest move to do for your career or for fans who are really looking out for the album, yet the little break for Stooshe has been a blessing and shouldn’t give them a backlash. In fact more than ever has it made it possible for the group to deliver an outstanding debut album. Not to mention the showcase of a band who knows what they want, and do not want to compromise! And that’s girl power we haven’t seen since the Spice Girls. We very much approve! Thank you for Tongue in cheek pop music, Stooshe!
‘London with the Lights On’ is out on Monday May 27. Pre-order the album via Itunes or Amazon.
With the release of their debut album at the end of November, Stooshe have taken the opportunity to showcase a brand new track, to be featured on their debut. ‘See Me Like This’ follows the trend of their second single, the Motown sounding ‘Black Heart’, although the brand new track is slightly more uptempo with an edgier wink referring to their debut single ‘Love Me’. As many have discussed we are quite surprised this didn’t make it as the third single, instead of TLC cover Waterfalls but it’s definitely mouth watering good as a taster for the album.
We’ve heard this pretty damn catchy new track live during their support set at the J.Lo concert in the O2 and boy oh boy the tight vocal harmonies are very impressive. Bring on that album!
Stooshe are releasing their third single, ‘Waterfalls’, on November 5.
Yes a few weeks ago we were twittering away and not sure whether UK girl trio Stooshe had gone for the TLC classic ‘Waterfalls’ as their new single or not. Some said they had, other said it would be a B-side on their new single but after a good week of speculations, we can definitely confirm that ‘Waterfalls’ is to be released as the third single of November 4.
So how do we feel about the track? It’s a tough one, covering a classic from one of the biggest R&B girl groups ever, but Courtney, Karis and Alex should be proud of themselves. Their version of ‘Waterfalls’ is actually very sincere and a nice tribute to the TLC girls. Many might agree that you should stay clear off those evergreens, but really Stooshe have done ‘Waterfalls’ proud. Don’t expect major changes, as ‘Waterfalls’ sounds just as fresh as when it was released 17 years ago. If the likes of Girls Aloud (‘Jump’) and Atomic Kitten (‘Eternal Flame/The Tide Is High) managed in the past to achieve a great chart result with a cover, than the three magnificent singers of Stooshe, have absolutely nothing to worry about.
The video, which premiered this afternoon on youth channel T4, includes of course waterfalls, even though they are a bit more colourful and there’s a surprise for the TLC fans as well towards the end of the video. I bet you know what we’re talking about.
‘Waterfalls’ will be released on November 4. Stooshe’s debut album is expected to hit stores towards the end of the year as well.
London based girl trio, StooShe blew our socks off a few months ago with their infectious ‘Love Me’. The track, which reminded us very much of the Spice Girls track ‘Wannabe’, featured the guest vocals of Travie McCoy and reached a respectable 5th place in the UK charts.
The group, which consists of members Alexandra Buggs, Karis Anderson and Courtney Rumbold have now released details for the successor of ‘Love Me’ and the lead for their debut album ”Swings & Roundabouts”, which is released by Warner Music today.
”Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster… he got a black heart…” are part of the lyrics of the genuine heartfelt ballad ”Black Heart” which oozes soul, glamor and emotions. It’s a very strong ballad, which is different from the usual pop girl ballads as it shows off the vocals of the three ladies without getting the impression the members are in a competition among themselves to prove which one has the strongest vocals . In that sense it made perfect sense for StooShe to correct interviewers in calling them a girl band. They are not, they are three brilliant vocalists, who carry ‘Black Heart’ throughout the whole song and that’s why StooShe is so refreshing.
Alexandra, Karis and Courtney look amazingly glam in the new video, and are without a doubt three very strong singers with a distinctive voice, each one of them interpreting the lyrics of ‘Black Heart’ in their very own, emotional way. ”Black Heart” breathes an authentic yet refreshing 50/6oies feel, celebrating leading female groups such as The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvelettes which are being remembered in the video which looks absolutely brilliant and makes us want to go and rent ”Dreamgirls”.
New single ‘Black Heart’ is out today June 17 via Itunes, Amazon and any other record store.
It’s been awfully quiet in the girl band camp, especially with Girls Aloud having a break, no more Sugababes line up headlines (sorry girls), and the little muffins aka Little Mix embarking on the X Factor tour, one should wonder what has happened to the once strong Girl Power slogans of girl bands. But fear no more… because a new girl group is on the horizon: StooShe!
Alexandra Buggs, Karis Anderson and Courtney Rumbold, three girls from East London, were signed to Warner Music Group in August 2011, releasing their debut single “Betty Woz Gone” on 28 October 2011. 2012 is expected to bring them their big breakthrough with their 2nd single ‘Love Me’ being launched on 5 March. For the song they are collaborating with Gym Class Heroes front man Travie McCoy.
‘Love Me’ is Funky Britpop at its best, having that fresh 60ies pop style, a style being really current at the moment. It’s incredibly catchy, includes some rapping (not only by Travie) harmonies are sublime, the production is amazing and everything blends in wonderful. They bring the kind of freshness the Spice Girls brought in 1996, and mixed their own style with some Sugababes & Misteeq swagger. No wonder the girls were put on the BBC sound of 2012 list.
Personally we don’t think they needed Travie McCoy to join them, especially since the girls rap themselves, but as a 2011 is still fresh in the mind, the trend of having a rapper to support your single will most likely still continue for a little while. So we forgive it them as a one off.
A great start for the girl band and they’ve set the bar for Little Mix very high. Let’s see who will win the battle of the girl bands this year.
''Alive'' by Bo Bruce
''People Like Us'' by Kelly Clarkson
''Walks Like Rihanna'' by The Wanted
''I Love It'' by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
''Love Me Again'' by John Newman
''Here's To Never Growing Up'' by Avril Lavigne
''Gentleman'' by The Saturdays
''Everything Has Changed'' by Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift
''What Love Is Made Of'' by Katy B
''Gun'' by Chvrches
''Right Now'' by Rihanna feat David Guetta
''Come & Get It'' by Selena Gomez
''Heartless'' by A*M*E
''Tunnel Vision'' by Justin Timberlake
''Undefeated'' by Ed Drewett
''Cinderella'' by Diana Vickers
Doing OK by Wretch 32 feat. Jacob Banks
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
Album Review: ‘Heaven (Deluxe Edition)’ by Rebecca Ferguson