LITTLE Mix and Kylie Minogue’s race to No1 in the albums chart kicks off on Friday – and the girl group are ramping up the raunchiness.
I can reveal their sixth record, Confetti, includes lyrics about one-night stands in a racy move that matches the promo shot here of the girls strutting their stuff in body stockings.
I’ve heard the album, and Kylie’s latest collection Disco, both out on Friday, and expect one of the year’s tightest chart battles, as both are brilliant.
But Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards have really turned it on for their songs, with two in particular featuring saucy references to their sex lives.
On Rendezvous, sampling US crooner Dean Martin’s 1954 song Sway, the girls sing: “Say if you need a ride, I can be right outside. Pull up in your driveway, take you to paradise.
“We can go anywhere, as long as we take it there, nothing that I won’t do.”
In the chorus, they belt out: “How’d you feel about a rendezvous? Rendezvous?
“Time for two? I ain’t tryna fall in love with you, just tryna do a rendezvous. And you already know the time and place, come see me face to face.
“I want you every day, in every single way.”
Another track, Nothing But My Feelings, includes similarly suggestive lyrics.
The girls sing: “I know that we will never work out, but if you’re looking for a workout, you should come round.” Then the track’s chorus continues: “I’m laying here in nothing but my feelings, thinking ’bout our shadows on the ceiling.
“Waiting for you, so you should probably come through if you know what’s good for you. You should come see me, in nothing but my feelings.” It’s great to hear Little Mix releasing such a strong and fierce album almost a decade into their music career — something unheard of among most girl groups.
Whatever happens with the race to No1 next Friday, this album cements them as one of pop’s greatest ever groups.
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Kylie makes Xmas
HER 15th album, Disco, isn’t the only thing Kylie Minogue has been making during the pandemic.
The Aussie singer revealed she has got crafty at home and is now determined to make all the Christmas presents for her family and friends, with the help of her boyfriend Paul Solomons, creative director at GQ mag.
Kylie said: “It will be a very different Christmas. I am going totally overboard with my decorations and gifts.
“It is going to be arts and crafts central, I want that warmth and feeling of happiness this year. Luckily Paul is so creative too.”
But Kylie is planning a quiet festive period and will be snuggled up in front of the box with Paul at home in London.
She said they are fans of Channel 4’s Gogglebox and have been binge-watching repeats. In a radio chat to air on Gaydio this morning, Kylie added: “Paul’s got such a dark sense of humour, whereas I would just happily sit and watch Gogglebox all the time. I just think all of the people on the show are hilarious. Then Paul will come out with some real clangers that are shocking but hilarious. I look at him and say, ‘Did you really just say that?’”
I don’t want to know, Kylie.
FILMING for Harry Styles’ new movie has been forced to halt just ten days in after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.
His co-stars Chris Pine and Florence Pugh have been shooting Don’t Worry, Darling with the One Direction singer in Los Angeles.
Everyone from the set now has to isolate for 14 days as a precaution.
Single is a Raye of hope for romance
RAYE is hoping new single Love Of Your Life will bag her another chart hit – but also a boyfriend.
The Brit singer-songwriter says the tune, out Friday, is an advert for herself as a potential girlfriend, after a “breakdown” last year when her most recent romance ended.
In an exclusive chat, Raye, who wore this knockout white dress for the video, said: “It’s kind of like a husband application.
“I’m sick and tired of being single and dealing with this trash so it was like, ‘Look, I’m like this, but I’m a Scorpio woman, I’m intense and full-on’. It’s about looking for someone who’s like, ‘OK, I’m down for that, let’s give it a go’.”
Of her upcoming record Euphoric Sad Songs, which the song will feature on, Raye said: “Last year, when I was on tour with Khalid, I had a breakdown.
“I was posting myself crying on my Instagram Stories because I was so heartbroken.
“So that’s basically what the project is, throughout s****y heartbreak.”
More recently she has been making upbeat music with her best pal, Brit Award winner Mabel.
She teased: “We’ve been writing so much. I am so excited for her music.
“I know that we’ve been making some songs that everyone is going to lose their s*** over. It sounds like money, to me.
“I’m just so proud of her.”
Despite Raye’s release of her single about looking for love, she does have one possible fella in mind.
She admitted: “There’s some-one cute I’ve been talking to but I just don’t get my hopes up these days until they’re like, ‘I wanna be your boyfriend’.
“Until I get that seal of approval, you just don’t know.
“But as a writer, when your personal life is going up in flames, your art is amazing.”
She is not short of admirers, though. Fans have spotted how DJ Joel Corry has been leaving a string of flame emojis under her photos on Instagram, clearly showing interest.
Raye said: “We did a songwriting session just after lockdown started to lift a bit. We created something we’re both really excited about.”
Away from music, she also has other work going on, as a lingerie model. She flew to Italy last month to shoot a sexy campaign, which she found empowering.
She said: “It was fabulous, just wearing no clothes in nature. I was strutting all over. They were like, ‘Do you want a dressing gown?’ And I was like, ‘No, I’m good!’
“I was having the best time. It was so fun. I loved it.”
She never stops.
THE Weeknd has jumped on Maluma’s song Hawái for a remix.
The Blinding Lights star sings in English and Spanish for the first time. Ahead of the single and video release, Colombian singer Maluma said: “I have always admired The Weeknd so it feels nothing short of a dream come true to have him collab on Hawái Remix. He brought another flow to it.”
Em’s gone off Oscars
SHE won two Oscars in the Nineties but Emma Thompson now reckons the ceremony is “nonsense.”
Now to be held next April, she said of the annual film bash: “It’s so random and nonsense. Everyone knows it’s kind of mad and silly. But if it can be made theatrical and fun to watch, then all power to them. The Oscars . . . used to be fun because they were taken less seriously.
“They were a celebration, whereas now it’s like, ‘If you get your film in them, your film will make more money’. The event itself is very surreal.”
ROMAN Kemp was left mortified on Capital radio today when his dad said he bedded the DJ’s mum within an hour of meeting.
During a chat with former pop stars Martin and Shirlie about how long to date someone before sleeping with them his dad said: “We had about 45 minutes.”
Roman begged: “Dad, stop, please.”
Chris album a festival fix
FESTIVALS feel like a distant memory – but Chris Evans has a solution.
The Virgin Radio Breakfast host is launching a charity album to mark ten years of his hit festival CarFest, called Supergroup Live!
The double vinyl album features live performances including Roger Daltrey, The Feeling, Ricky Wilson, Kt Tunstall, Sharlene Spiteri and Gary Kemp.
Chris said: “This finished double album is testament to not only the artists and performers, but to all our visitors and supporters, who can certainly be heard on the album.”
Also appearing on the record will be Sophie Ellis-bextor and Gavin And Stacey star Rob Brydon.
Chris continued: “I love [Sophie’s] voice because I love the way she doesn’t sing American. And there’s something really, well I will use the word, sexy about that. And she’s lovely in person.”
Profits from the album, out on December 18 and also available on CD, will go to CarFest’s Charity partners BBC Children In Need, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.
The DJ has also announced that next summer’s Camp CarFest North and South (held in Cheshire and Hampshire), and an all-new edition Retro CarFest (Oxfordshire), will be Covid compliant versions.
Tickets are on sale now at carfest.org
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