YES, this is exactly the career boost that Alexandra Burke needed! The opportunity to display her vocal skills and rid herself of the drama, controversy and unfortunate song and image choices that have been plagued her since her 2008 X Factor(y) win. For those who haven’t got a clue what I’m harping on about, well it was recently announced that Ms Burke will be taking residency at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in June to perform the songs from Lady Sings The Blues, the classic 1972 biopic about troubled jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday, portrayed brilliantly by Diana Ross. Performing with a full jazz band, Alex will sing her own interpretations of Billie’s classic jazz/blues standards like Good Morning Heartache, God Bless The Child and Strange Fruit. I love Alex’s voice and have always said that her raspy alto would be better suited to traditional adult/contemporary R&B as opposed to saccharine pop and disposable dance music. It will be interesting to see where her career will head after this show, but it looks like it’s finally moving in the right direction.
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The trailer to the 1972 biopic Lady Sings The Blues – maaan, I loved that film
Moments ago pop princess Alexandra Burke announced on Twitter that her second album, Heartbreak On Hold, was now available on itunes. While no one who has followed Alex’s career to date would’ve expected a Miseducation part two, it would’ve been nice to hear one or two quality pop/soul tracks in amongst the monotonous sound-alike dance tunes. But hey, if that’s what the kids wanna get down to at the mo, who am I to judge? I wish the X Factor alumni the best of luck. Check out a sample of the album here.
This afternoon we unveiled the cover of our June/July summer issue and the response was phenomenal. The cover was conceptualised by Dionne Smith founder of BDM, shot by photographer Agata Preyes and features Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Ufuoma Itoje, dressed in a daisy yellow trouser suit perfectly placed in front of some matching yellow flowers. We instantly fell in love with the image once we saw it, so we’re delighted by the positive response so far. It’s quite a light-hearted issue this month, with the main focus on gearing up for summer (when it decides to arrive). Journalist Ese Odetah delves into a subject that I’ve always been curious about and that’s black women who use tanning beds (yes, we use them too apparently). Elsewhere we interview Alexandra Burke about her hair and beauty regime, and like her or loathe her, you know Ms Burke’s glam is always on point. We also welcome the return of the badass Santigold, and chat it up with the outspoken Tami Roman from Basketball Wives who ‘keeps it one hundred’ in her inimitable style. And of course in addition to these features we have hair inspiration. Lot’s of it. So do yourself (and us) a favour and pick up a copy on May 8th from WH Smith and all good newsagents. And you can follow our movements on Twitter @Blackhairmags
Before there was a Leona Lewis or a Alexandra Burke, British soul singer Jaki Graham was one of the biggest black female singers that this country had produced. With 5 top twenty hits and two top 40 albums, there seemed to be a time when Jaki appeared to be a mainstay on Top of the Pops. Who can forget that infectious smile, that big ole head of hair and that old school innocence expressed poetically via timeless Brit soul classics such as Round and Around, Heaven Knows and her biggest hit – Could It Be I’m Falling in Love? I was a big fan of Jaki. We shared the same sized hair so I felt an immediate affinity with her. But huge tresses aside, she also seemed to possess that down to earth persona that is far too often a rarity in the ego-driven world of show business.
So how nice it was to all these years later finally get to have a chat with her. I wasn’t disappointed at all. Jaki still has that charm, and warm personable spirit that leads you into believing you’ve known her for eons. We spoke about Jaki’s journey through fame with all the the varying ups, downs and bumpy bits.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of her album Breaking Away. To celebrate the occasion Jaki is releasing a re-mastered version of the album. And that’s not all. In October the singer will be releasing another album Absolute Essential – The Very Best of Jaki Graham, which is a compilation of all her hits. Continue reading
Alexandra Burke bagged her very first Glamour Woman of the Year Award at the high profile event which took place in central London yesterday. Alex won the award for Best Newcomer which was a bit of a strange one considering she won the X Factor a good couple of years ago. The Bad Boy singer is also featured as a cover girl on the July 2010 issue of the mag, along with Zoe Saldana, Katy Perry and Lily Allen who are fellow recipients who also have their own covers. For an hilarious run-down of this year’s winners visit Ms Madnews who offers an alternative view to the gushing sentiments of the mainstream.