It’s been some time since they dominated the UK charts, but if today’s news is anything to go by The Saturdays are gearing up for a global take over.
This, set to be put in motion by their recent signing to Universal’s Def Jam, before the release of their fourth studio album.
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Inking a deal with both Def Jam and Mercury, the ladies will launch the first international album in 2013, preceded by a single due out in January.
Enlisting the legendary Diane Warren and Darkchild to craft the project, the ‘Up’ belles told Billboard:
“We were so afraid. We didn’t want to leave England.Nowadays, luckily, [English] people are a lot more open to their favourite acts going to America.
It used to be a little bit like, ‘They’re leaving us! They’re going to the US and they’re never coming back!’ People seem a little more accepting of that now.
We feel like the time is now for pop music coming from the UK and Ireland, but there’s never been a girl band coming from there since The Spice Girls. It’s time for us.”
As it stands, numbers like the above and ‘All Fired Up’ make The Saturday‘s the UK’s leading girl group… at least on a dance front.
However, we’d be lying if we said their current set up is strong enough to win over US audiences and hope their Def Jam signing welcomes new choreographers, the trimming of over produced vocals and a sound that is truly their’s.
A sound, which showcases both the vocals and personalities of all five members.
For as it stands, the girls are actually a three piece vocal troupe armed with two members whose voices are either ‘absent’ on recordings, or drowned in those held by their stronger members.
This doesn’t mean they aren’t talented, but does mean they’ll have serious creative work to do before the release of the Sean Paul assisted ‘What About Us’, and if they are to be taken seriously by US listeners, who are by difficult to please by default ( see Kylie Minogue).
In short, here’s hoping ‘The Saturdays’ break ground in every possible way this time around, and serve a project worthy of their appeal and undeniable talent.