By Sam on Sunday 6th May 2012 | Filed Under Tulisa
Renown for her “triple x factor”, it seems Tulisa‘s career has actually been boosted her now infamous “tape”.
For, her debut solo single ‘Young’ rocketed straight in at #1 on the Official UK Singles Chart today. Having amassed a string of top-ten’s with her former group NDubz, ‘Young’ also earns the honor of serving as the 23 year old’s first career chart-topper – both solo and as part of the London-bred collective.
Despite the shocking levels of “generic” the song is coated in, what isn’t a surprise is that it’s been a success. Much like the Cheryl Coles and other talent-strapped acts before her, Tulisa has morphed into a “tabloid celebrity” – a hat she wears readily and willfully.
And why not? After all, these days it’s easier for the “basic” to generate and capitalise on scandal as a means of promotion, instead of actually earning success. The end result, as seen here, are number ones. Congratulations?
As previously reported, ‘Be Without You’ belter Mary J. Blige boasts ‘guest editor’ rights for the June 2012 issue of Essence magazine. Rockin’ a regal red number for the occasion, the 9-time Grammy winner lists the latest achievement as one of many that will lead her into the release of her forthcoming film ‘Rock Of Ages’ (Tom Cruise, Stephen Baldwin).
You’ve already been teased with the cover, now get into all the behind the scenes action below:
With the world at large drooling over the The Wanted and One Direction, it is safe to say that boybands are back in style.
Indeed, more than 10 years have passed since the last “boom” courtesy of the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC – who dominated charts globally. One of the latter’s last ever singles, ‘Girlfriend’, is this week’s From The Vault pick.
The track served as the final single from their blockbuster curtain-call ‘Celebrity’ and was a Top 5 hit in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Originally produced by multi-talented Wade Robson, the video mix for ‘Girlfriend’ featured rapper Nelly and was helmed by the mighty dynamo duo The Neptunes – who would go on to produce the bulk of Timberlake’s debut.
This more Urban, edgier sound was a departure for the boys, who before that were serving up cheese-flavoured bubble-gum in abundance (not to take away from the classic statuses of ‘Bye, Bye’, and ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’). The tune was also a hit with critics (as was its parent album), and is considered a fan favourite.
Its drag race-themed visual echoed the edgy; and is clearly a visual Team Bieber had on loop before shooting the youngster’s latest vid, ironically titled ‘Boyfriend’. The ressemblance is uncanny.
We can’t say we are eager for a NSYNC reunion (although another JC solo run is a *must*). Still, we’d amply appreciate if the new breed of boyband stopped wallowing in the cheese, and actually concentrated on giving them young girls (and boys) something to really scream about. Today’s superstar’s should be building on the foundations set by their predecessors…not peeing on it.
He may have wowed ‘The Voice UK’ coaches with a unique rendition of Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin‘, but today- following his stellar set on the show’s 9th episode – he has been labelled a copy cat by users of social networking site Twitter.
As previously reported, ‘Man Down’ mannequin Rihanna was set to bring her mechanical wine to the SNL stage tonight. Also guesting famed NFL quarterback Eli Manning, see Riri bring live renditions to fan favorites ‘Talk That Talk’ and ‘Birthday Cake’ after the jump: