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Alexandra Burke Puts Heartbreak On Hold

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.

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JLS And The Sweet Smell of Success

I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong about the chart topping, mega-selling  pop force that is JLS. When we were first introduced to the boys in 2008 via The X Factor, I was one of the naysayers who scoffed at their eyesore colourful hoodies, 90s boyband esque backflips and hit and miss vocal harmonies. And while I will never be a full  card-carrying member of their squealing female supporters, I have to give respect where it’s due. Three albums down the line, and with a string of arena tours under their belt, the boys are now taking on the lucrative fragrance market.

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Why Hello There, It’s Misha!

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It’s ironic that the X Factor threw Misha B under a bus during the controversial ‘bully-gate’ debacle last season,  because she just might be the one able to salvage the show’s ever decreasing credibility. The 20 year old Mancunian recently released a mixtape called ‘Why Hello World’ and is said to be gearing up to release an album under a Sony imprint. I had a quick listen a few days ago and loved it. It’s everything Misha was when she appeared on the show: fresh, unique, bold and multi-faceted. Some of the songs are just rehashes of the stuff we heard on the show, such as her bass-heavy, hip-hop inspired cover of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. Elsewhere we’re presented with new tracks that blend seamlessly through the star in the making’s key musical influences such as dancehall, R&B, hip hop, electro and pop. If you’ve yet to listen check it out here. Misha’s the first artist in a while who I’ve actually felt excited about. If she is afforded true artistic freedom to explore, create and do what she does best, she’ll hopefully breathe some much needed fuel into the black British music scene. As you can probably tell – I heart this girl. Wishing her the best of luck. She certainly deserves it.

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