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.
While ‘Stereo Hearts’ ft Adam Levine (Maroon 5) did not quite reach the biggest tops of the charts here in the UK, Gym Class Heroes are teaming up with British singer song writer Neon Hitch and give it another try in order to crack it on this side of the pond.
‘Ass Back Home’ or non-explicit title ‘Get Yourself Back Home’ follows the same collaboration style, in line ‘Stereo Hearts’ although the melody sounds a little bit more rocky this time and suits the vocals of Neon Hitch much better than ‘Stereo Hearts’ did with Adam Levine.
The video sees Travie & The Gym Class Heroes being on tour, while Neon Hitch is waiting at home for Travie to return. There is clearly something wrong in their relationship and all Neon wants is Travie to get his ass back home. But will he?
The beat is really addictive, and I would say that the chorus, sang by Neon Hitch, really lifts the song and gives it that extra push to make it memorable enough. Whether ‘Ass Back Home’ will make it completely at the top of the music charts, remains to be seen but it’s a proper attempt. We wouldn’t mind.
‘Ass back Home’ is the second cut lifted from the album ‘Papercut Chronicles II’ and is expected to be available for download on February 19.
''Going Crazy'' - Dizzee Rascal & Robbie Williams
''Walks Like Rihanna'' - The Wanted
''I Love It'' - Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
''Gentleman'' - The Saturdays
''Come & Get It'' by Selena Gomez
''Cinderella'' - Diana Vickers
Wretch 32 feat. Jacob Banks - Doing OK
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
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