Where To Start With… Pixie Lott
Despite only being 23, Pixie Lott must be beginning to feel like pop veteran. Signed by music industry impresario L.A Reid when she was just 15, she steadily worked on tracks until 2009, when she released her debut single ‘Mama Do’, which went straight in at Number One.
Two albums in successive years followed, all with big hits, including two more Number Ones. She’s been a little quieter in the past two years, but she’s back now with a new self-titled record, which features new hit ‘Nasty’.
So, if you need to catch up on her career so far, we thought we’d help you out, here is where to start with Pixie Lott…
The big breakthrough, Lott’s first single, it's still got the same bounce as the day it came out. Co-written by songwriters Mads Hauge and Phil Thornalley, with big production from Lily Allen/P!nk collaborator Greg Kurstin, this is 100% pure bubblegum pop.
This came from the same record as 'Mama Do', 2009's Turn It Up and is pretty much the album's highlight, with a real swing to the verses and a bombastic chorus. Another effort from Hauge and Thornalley with production from pop maestro The Cutfather.
This was the lead-off single from Lott's 2011 record Young Foolish Happy, an album that saw her flirting more and more with dance and R'N'B. This is the perfect example of that, built round skittery beats and a juicy keyboard refrain, it's also got a corker of a chorus.
A collaboration with British rapper Tinchy Stryder, this is a big, swaggering bit of commercial hip-hop, with bombastic beats and piano samples. Written about the pitfalls of fame, it's about the only hip-hop track to reference The Apprentice and Nando's in the same verse. Lott's chorus is the best bit though.
This is actually Selena Gomez's track, featuring on 2011's When The Sun Goes Down, the last album she did with her band The Scene. Once again though, Lott's contribution is what makes the song.
Pixie Lott’s new self-titled album will be released on Monday (August 4th) and is available for pre-order in hmv stores now.