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Posted by: ThePensmith Feb 17 2019, 06:34 PM



Following her string of sold out comeback dates last year, 90s pop princess Louise confirmed on her website on Friday that she has signed a new record deal with Warner Music, and is releasing her first full studio album since 'Elbow Beach' in 2000 later this year: http://louiseredknappofficial.co.uk/louise-signs-worldwide-record-deal-with-warner-music-uk/

They've also been reissuing all her old singles on Spotify and Apple Music in the last few weeks - all the 'Naked' and 'Woman In Me' era singles are available for streaming now.

First Emma Bunton, then Louise having new material. It's quite exciting having grown up listening to and buying her singles to get some new stuff having long presumed that she'd called time on it all! Be interesting to see what style she comes back with.

Just whilst we're here as well: '2 Faced', 'Arms Around The World', 'Beautiful Inside' and 'In Walked Love' were all great songs.

Posted by: Feel_The_Fever Feb 17 2019, 07:19 PM

I can see her album going top 10 but after that in not sure.

Posted by: Bjork Feb 17 2019, 07:29 PM

my favourite of hers was Undivided Love
what did she do for the last 20 years?

Posted by: ThePensmith Feb 17 2019, 08:12 PM

QUOTE(Bjork @ Feb 17 2019, 07:29 PM) *
my favourite of hers was Undivided Love
what did she do for the last 20 years?


Well her greatest hits 'Changing Faces' came out in 2001. She released her single 'Pandora's Kiss' in 2003 and that went top 5, but she fell pregnant with her first son not long after - and it was quite well documented she had a lot of difficulty starting a family - so she stepped away from music and focussed on TV presenting and being a mum. She returned to the stage first and then music after she did Strictly in 2016!

Posted by: dannjohn Feb 17 2019, 10:35 PM

Is there even a want for this?

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 17 2019, 10:37 PM

Stuck in the middle (although a cover) is my fave Louise song, bloody love that one! My friend was convinced it was a Victoria Beckham song for some reason lol.

Posted by: ThePensmith Feb 17 2019, 11:14 PM

QUOTE(dannjohn @ Feb 17 2019, 10:35 PM) *
Is there even a want for this?


We've two weeks removed from Claire Richards having had a top 10 solo album. Not to do the former Ms. Redknapp down but you'd be surprised given the low sales climate!

Posted by: ThePensmith Feb 17 2019, 11:14 PM

QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Feb 17 2019, 10:37 PM) *
Stuck in the middle (although a cover) is my fave Louise song, bloody love that one! My friend was convinced it was a Victoria Beckham song for some reason lol.


Oh me too! I always get an internal eye roll from 'REAL MUSIC YAH' bores when I say I love her cover but it's aces. Cool video too!

Posted by: ___∆___ Feb 17 2019, 11:20 PM

Not sure even who her market would be in 2019?!

Posted by: diamondtooth Feb 18 2019, 10:10 AM

Well I was a huge Eternal and Louise fan and I still listen to their music lots on Spotify. If her shows sold out last year there must be some demand for her.
I think she still has a certain celebrity power. At least enough to get a top 20 album given the low sales climate.
Looking forward to hear what she comes back with. She has my support anyway!

Posted by: Jordan Lee Feb 18 2019, 08:37 PM

Probably do about as well as Alexandra Burkeís third album did or Claire from Steps.

But itís about 12 years too late.

Posted by: ___∆___ Feb 18 2019, 08:48 PM

QUOTE(Jordan Lee @ Feb 18 2019, 08:37 PM) *
Probably do about as well as Alexandra Burkeís third album did or Claire from Steps.

But itís about 12 years too late.


Claire was helped by the Steps comeback - I think this will do a Alexandra Burke or Martine McCutcheon. Fair play to her for getting signed to a major in 2019 though, they were probably banking on the fact she would be riding high with the 9 to 5 show when negotiations started.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Feb 18 2019, 09:12 PM

Louise was one of the first popstars I ever got into! I'm happy she's coming back, really looking forward to the album. It's crazy to think it's been 19 years since her last album! This news has got me listening to her music again, I hadn't really listened much for the past few years.

It's interesting that her singles back catalogue is being made available digitally. There's probably such a niche number of people who'll be listening to Louise B Sides and Remixes, but I'm glad they're going to the effort anyway! I wish more of my faves from pre-digital era had all their stuff available. It's the first time I've heard these B Sides - enjoyed Keep the Lovin In and Better Next Time.

Light of My Life (8th Feb), In Walked Love (11th Feb), Naked (14th Feb) and Undivided Love (18th Feb) have been added to Spotify so far. I hope they have the rights to add Pandora's Kiss!

Posted by: SamJudd Feb 23 2019, 10:47 PM

This sounds interesting, but think she's left it way too long and late to make any impact chartwise in this era, the album could do okay, top 20 or even top 10 if lucky. I used to love her back in the day and still own her 2nd album 'Woman In Me', which was brilliant and packed with so many gems ('Arms Around The World', 'I Pray', 'Shut Up And Kiss Me', 'Reminds Me Of You', 'Running Back For More' & the title track) which along with 'Shut Up and Kiss Me' should have been singles and such a shame the album only had 3 singles as there was at least 5 or 6 potential tracks on there.

'Naked' was and still my favourite single by her and in fact I love most of her singles. Remember being gutted when she quit her music career and was looking forward to her next album, the lead 'Pandora's Kiss' was fantastic and a very interesting new direction for her and the planned follow up 'Bounce Back' was also great and would have definitely done well back in early 2004...shame it got cancelled along with the album, which was rumoured to be titled 'Lil' Lou' (some of which have leaked online), and interesting enough it would have included her first collaboration 'Don't Ever Change' with American boy band 3rd Wish. The others that leaked were 'Slam' (another potential hit, and could have followed 'BB'), 'Download', 'Lil' Lou', 'What's Gonna Go Down', 'Too Late', 'Let Go' & 'Don't Give Up' (double a-side with 'PK'). These sound really good and showed a definite progression and mature direction for her to take, and back in 2004 I reckon this album could have done well and kept her pop career going for a couple of more years.

Her 3rd album 'Elbow Beach' was also fantastic, the 2 singles '2 Faced' & 'Beautiful Inside' were amazing and the latter deserved better than its mere #13 peak and because of this no more songs were released, 'For Your Eyes Only' was planned as the next release and was remixed with Chic's 'Le Freak' for its release but was scrapped at the last minute, which was such a shame as this could have easily been another hit and turn things around for the album.




Also just for fun I've posted clips of 'Bounce Back' & 'Slam'. 2 lost potential hits in my opinion, what do you guys think...




Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 20 2019, 01:01 PM

All of Louise’s old singles are now available digitally/to stream, including Pandora’s Kiss / Don’t Give Up for the first time ever! Unfortunately it is currently showing up on a different Louise’s page, rather than her own - hopefully that’s fixed soon.

Unlike the previous singles which have been released by Parlophone/Warner, Pandora’s Kiss is released under “Lil Lou Records” which suggests that Louise now has the rights for those two songs. It also has brand new artwork!


Posted by: diamondtooth Mar 21 2019, 11:54 AM

Oh that's nice. I always like Pandoras Kiss. I have added it to some of my Spotify playlists now :-)

Posted by: ThePensmith Mar 25 2019, 08:10 AM

New album is called 'Heavy Love', out 18th October. First single is called 'Stretch' and gets its first play shortly on Radio 2 with Zoe Ball:


Posted by: tommie Mar 25 2019, 08:23 AM

Why the hell is she waiting to release this in October?

Either they're confident she has a cross-over smash on her hands or they're being stupid. She'd be better off releasing it in June/July when sales are low...

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Mar 25 2019, 10:52 AM

Crikey. That'll be almost two years since I saw her at the comeback gig in London (Scala), where I was thinking a new album would be with us in a few months at the latest. laugh.gif

Posted by: Spiceboy Mar 25 2019, 11:28 AM

Love the album cover she looks amazing!

Posted by: Neil Mar 25 2019, 11:39 AM

Q4 release? Are her team brave or stupid...

Posted by: diamondtooth Mar 25 2019, 12:22 PM

Wahoo, I can't wait. I really never thought she would release anything again.
Think I will pre-order the CD now!
Looking forward to hear Stretch too. I have been streaming Pandoras Kiss on Spotify a lot since it was added last week.

Posted by: Feel_The_Fever Mar 25 2019, 12:25 PM

This could easily get list in a q4 release unless she has strong promo lined up. I'd say she will get a strictly performance.

Posted by: ThePensmith Mar 25 2019, 12:44 PM

Instinct tells me that they'll either bring it forward for a Q3 release or it'll get pushed back until Q1 in early 2020. One of the two, but it does seem foolhardy to unleash a new album from an artist who's not been active albums wise for at least 18 years in one of the busiest sales periods of the year.

Posted by: Euphorique Mar 25 2019, 01:18 PM


Posted by: tommie Mar 25 2019, 04:42 PM

QUOTE(ThePensmith @ Mar 25 2019, 01:44 PM) *
Instinct tells me that they'll either bring it forward for a Q3 release or it'll get pushed back until Q1 in early 2020. One of the two, but it does seem foolhardy to unleash a new album from an artist who's not been active albums wise for at least 18 years in one of the busiest sales periods of the year.


It's not just that she's releasing in Q4, it's that she's releasing at least two singles before the album which seems fairly pointless since she's unlikely to do well on streaming.

The only reason I can see for doing that is if they truly believe they have a chart hit on their hands. Or they're delusional.

Posted by: ___∆___ Mar 25 2019, 05:27 PM

QUOTE(tommie @ Mar 25 2019, 04:42 PM) *
It's not just that she's releasing in Q4, it's that she's releasing at least two singles before the album which seems fairly pointless since she's unlikely to do well on streaming.

The only reason I can see for doing that is if they truly believe they have a chart hit on their hands. Or they're delusional.


I think they know they really need to try and embed Louise into the public conscious again as a singer - if they just went with the album itíd be a 16-87-out affair and I guess they at least want to try and make something of it?!

Posted by: Moses Mar 25 2019, 05:32 PM

Perhaps theyíre testing strategies and ideas in this now streaming-dominated era. There are still relative unknowns and what they learn from campaigns like this could help market other artists in the future, from areas that havenít been selling/streaming much.

Posted by: tommie Mar 25 2019, 05:33 PM

Maybe, but I could easily see that strategy backfiring - all initial curiosity about her comeback will be gone by single two and the album won't be able to take advantage of that. I don't see the album selling well regardless...

Posted by: tommie Mar 25 2019, 05:34 PM

QUOTE(Moses @ Mar 25 2019, 06:32 PM) *
Perhaps theyíre testing strategies and ideas in this now streaming-dominated era. There are still relative unknowns and what they learn from campaigns like this could help market other artists in the future, from areas that havenít been selling/streaming much.


True, they might see her as a low-risk artist to try new strategies on since I doubt the album was expensive to make.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 25 2019, 07:18 PM

7 months of pre-orders drama.gif!

I like the artwork and that she's using her logo from Elbow Beach!

When it's released, it'll have been 19 years and 3 months since her last studio album Elbow Beach. I wonder how many pop artists have had longer gaps between studio albums?

I was thinking to myself earlier that it's been so long since she released an album, that Elbow Beach was released at a time when cassettes were a completely standard format, and now Heavy Love will be released on cassette when it's considered as being a retro format lol.

Intrigued to hear the new single. Official Charts describes it as a cross between Little Mix's Strip and Cheryl's Love Made Me Do It.

QUOTE
Louise has worked with some big names on the record, including Eg White (Adele, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith), Clean Bandit and rising singer-songwriter Raye - an artist in her own right plus songwriter for John Legend and Little Mix.

"Making this album has been a real emotional and honest process for me," Louise said. "It’s been 18 years since I went into a recording studio, and with no expectations I’ve come out with a body of work which I am so proud of. I can’t wait for you all to hear it!"

We've had an early listen of Stretch ahead of its release and it picks up neatly where she left her solo career, albeit with a 2019 twist: In terms of sound and musical style, it lands somewhere between Cheryl's Love Made Me Do It and Little Mix's Strip. Sparse beats and a pulsing bass build over the course of the song, eventually boiling over into a slinky and seductive chorus on which she whispers: "I'm gonna make you work out, to work my body... stretch".

https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/louise-announces-her-new-album-heavy-love-and-lead-track-stretch-first-listen-preview__25886/

Posted by: ManicKangaroo Mar 25 2019, 09:53 PM

QUOTE(tommie @ Mar 25 2019, 08:23 AM) *
Why the hell is she waiting to release this in October?

Either they're confident she has a cross-over smash on her hands or they're being stupid. She'd be better off releasing it in June/July when sales are low...


That'll be a Strictly performance in the bag then.

Posted by: .MIKE. Mar 25 2019, 10:07 PM

To be fair, sheís starring in the west end until June so wonít be all that available for promo until after then..
the other thing is that sheíll gather many many more pre-orders (hopefully) and so thereís maybe more chance of a higher peak because of that?

Posted by: ThePensmith Mar 26 2019, 09:06 AM



Hmmm. Sounds a bit like a Holly Valance cast off c. 2002. Also that single artwork looks awkward as hell.

Posted by: diamondtooth Mar 26 2019, 09:53 AM

Oh I really like this. I tuned in to Radio 2 this morning to hear the first play and I liked the song from very first listen.
Its catchy.

Posted by: Euphorique Mar 26 2019, 11:57 AM

Judging by the snippet, sounds exactly like the Louise bop I need

Posted by: Jay ☆ Mar 26 2019, 02:13 PM

Iím really liking this on first listen! Slinky & sexy R&B-ish pop, very Louise. *.*

Posted by: Alex! Mar 26 2019, 02:13 PM

This is actually a bit of a BOP.

Posted by: vibe Mar 26 2019, 02:45 PM

I donít like this at all and canít see any radio station playing it .
Single artwork is horrid .

Posted by: tommie Mar 26 2019, 04:12 PM

YouTube link:


Posted by: Jordan Lee Mar 26 2019, 05:57 PM

I actually like this track.

I can see why OCC described it as being like Little Mixís Strip.

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Mar 26 2019, 08:34 PM

It's verrrrry 2004 sounding isn't it? Almost like she's picking up where she left off before.

I can't imagine it's something I'll go back to much, but I suppose it's fun. But then, in a way I'm pleasantly surprised because I imagined a Louise comeback after all this time might end up just being a Mother's Day covers album or something.

Posted by: ___∆___ Mar 26 2019, 11:28 PM

Never going to be a hit but itís unoffensive pop - all the daytime TV will be all over her being in to perform and as has been said she could have easily returned with a musicals cover album!

Posted by: Euphorique Mar 26 2019, 11:54 PM

I'm glad it doesnt sound anything like 2019's pop music. On the other hand, it doesnt sound dated, it sounds quite current too

Posted by: Moses Mar 27 2019, 06:51 AM

The comparisons to "Love Made Me Do It" and "Strip" are bizarre blink.gif

Actually quite enjoyed this on first listen!

Posted by: diamondtooth Mar 27 2019, 07:30 AM

Keep streaming it people!
I love it!
Actually I cannot believe in 2019 I am listening to a new Louise single.
Who would have thought that when Eternal launched with Stay all those years ago that Louise would still be releasing in 2019.
Right now I am on a Spotify binge of all the Eternal and Louise singles.

Posted by: tommie Mar 27 2019, 11:19 AM

QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Mar 26 2019, 09:34 PM) *
I can't imagine it's something I'll go back to much, but I suppose it's fun. But then, in a way I'm pleasantly surprised because I imagined a Louise comeback after all this time might end up just being a Mother's Day covers album or something.


I think most people honestly expected her to just come out with a chintzy Mother's Day album, so I guess this is a nice surprise. laugh.gif

It reminds me of the stuff Dannii Minogue worked on for her follow-up for Neon Nights that ended up on Unleashed.

Posted by: Moses Mar 28 2019, 08:18 PM

I actually really like this, and there I was laughing about the concept of a Louise comeback being any sort of deal laugh.gif

Posted by: Juranamo Mar 29 2019, 08:45 AM

Please donít tell me Iím the only one who thinks this sounds like Museís ĎMadnessí?

Posted by: Mikee1981 Mar 29 2019, 09:12 AM

Apparently be 4 singles before the album , all with videos according to twitter and someone who met her and asked... shes also touring the UK... Louise always seemed to release lots of singles before an album

Posted by: Mark. Mar 29 2019, 09:13 AM


Posted by: diamondtooth Mar 29 2019, 01:05 PM

Good video. Louise looks great in it!
I think this is the best song of her career!

Posted by: Euphorique Mar 29 2019, 01:49 PM

Damn she still looks so freakin good!

Good video too!

Posted by: vibe Mar 29 2019, 05:37 PM

This has really grown on me .

Posted by: tommie Mar 30 2019, 06:01 AM

QUOTE(Mikee1981 @ Mar 29 2019, 10:12 AM) *
Apparently be 4 singles before the album , all with videos according to twitter and someone who met her and asked... shes also touring the UK... Louise always seemed to release lots of singles before an album


That would be a single every 2 months. Interesting strategy considering she'll be lucky to even get a charting single out of this.

Assuming they'll go

Stretch (Late March / April)
Single #2 (June)
Single #3 (August)
Single #4 (October)

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Mar 30 2019, 01:00 PM

Could never really get into her old stuff except 2 Faced but Iím really liking the sound of Stretch!

Posted by: Jack Mar 31 2019, 10:35 AM

This is such a pleasant surprise!! I absolutely love the song and she looks fantastic. I really respect that she hasn't played it safe with boring MOR stuff that would've probably done better for her.

Posted by: Spiceboy Apr 1 2019, 02:34 PM

It's catchy enough, sounds like she has continued from where she left off. I'm not a fan of her wet hair in the video though, it just looks greasy lol.

Posted by: Blond 2.0 Apr 1 2019, 02:57 PM

In love with the song and the video heart-old.gif blush.gif

Posted by: Euphorique Apr 2 2019, 08:09 PM

Obsessed with Stretch wub.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Apr 3 2019, 01:30 AM

Louise’s Heavy Love March 2020 tour presale starts at 10am!

https://louise.tmstor.es/?page=splash2&splash=5c9cbf5d28d48 (To get the code)
https://myticket.seetickets.com/tour/louise?pre=louiseartpre&offercode=louiseartist&direct=true&src=louiseartist

I’ll bide my time and see if I feel like getting a ticket nearer the time / after I’ve heard the album, but I hope she sells well!

Posted by: diamondtooth Apr 3 2019, 11:05 AM

I pre-ordered the album yesterday! Looking forward to the next singles in the meantime.
I just ordered the deluxe CD. Don't need the cassette or vinyl versions.
Would be nice if Stretch got some more exposure through playlists or a TV performance some time soon.

Posted by: Simon. Apr 3 2019, 06:29 PM

It reminds me of Hands To Myself by Selena Gomez thinking.gif

Posted by: ___∆___ Apr 3 2019, 08:28 PM

QUOTE(diamondtooth @ Apr 3 2019, 11:05 AM) *
I pre-ordered the album yesterday! Looking forward to the next singles in the meantime.
I just ordered the deluxe CD. Don't need the cassette or vinyl versions.
Would be nice if Stretch got some more exposure through playlists or a TV performance some time soon.


Yep I know they are clearly in this campaign for the long haul and sheís busy with 9 to 5 etc., but she should be all over daytime TV etc., with this, she totally needs to re-establish herself as a singer again.

I know ĎPandoraís Kissí went Top 5 but Iím guessing most people wouldnít remember that so her last proper/big hit was in 2001 so she has a lot of work to do to sell this album.

Posted by: Jordan Lee Apr 4 2019, 01:37 AM

QUOTE(Simon. @ Apr 3 2019, 07:29 PM) *
It reminds me of Hands To Myself by Selena Gomez thinking.gif


I didnít think of that at the time but it definitely sounds similar now youíve mentioned it.


Posted by: tommie Apr 4 2019, 06:26 AM

B-listed on Capital Radio 2.

Posted by: diamondtooth Apr 4 2019, 10:40 AM

QUOTE(tommie @ Apr 4 2019, 06:26 AM) *
B-listed on Capital Radio 2.


Oh that's good news! Glad it will get some more exposure there!

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Apr 12 2019, 10:14 AM

Stretch has become my favourite pop song so far this year.

Posted by: ThePensmith Apr 12 2019, 08:13 PM

I saw Kelle Bryan - her old Eternal bandmate who's now in Hollyoaks - on Loose Women today saying she texted her to say she loves the single. That's sweet they're still friends even after all these years!

Posted by: tommie Apr 12 2019, 08:44 PM

QUOTE(ThePensmith @ Apr 12 2019, 08:13 PM) *
I saw Kelle Bryan - her old Eternal bandmate who's now in Hollyoaks - on Loose Women today saying she texted her to say she loves the single. That's sweet they're still friends even after all these years!


I'm sure they can connect about how much they hate Vernie and Easther.

Posted by: vibe Apr 12 2019, 10:01 PM

Kelle is in Hollyoaks , is she good ?

Posted by: ___∆___ Apr 13 2019, 10:44 PM

Actually canít stop listening to Stretch atm - she needs to do something/anything to promote it though huh.gif

Posted by: Moses Apr 13 2019, 11:13 PM

Louise is not getting a hit in 2019 no matter what she does, let's be realistic laugh.gif

Am pretty obsessed with "Stretch" at the moment, I do actually really like it laugh.gif

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Apr 14 2019, 12:23 AM

Such a good pop song

Posted by: ___∆___ Apr 14 2019, 08:57 AM

QUOTE(Moses @ Apr 14 2019, 12:13 AM) *
Louise is not getting a hit in 2019 no matter what she does, let's be realistic laugh.gif

Am pretty obsessed with "Stretch" at the moment, I do actually really like it laugh.gif


Of course she wonít get a hit but she needs to promote to let the GP know sheís back making music if she wants to sell the album

Posted by: bluesunstorm Apr 14 2019, 06:32 PM

QUOTE(Jordan Lee @ Apr 3 2019, 06:37 PM) *
I didnít think of that at the time but it definitely sounds similar now youíve mentioned it.

That's what I thought to, but "Stretch" is even poppier.

Posted by: ___∆___ Apr 25 2019, 11:03 PM

Initial Talk Remix out now of ĎStretchí and itís a BOP music.gif

Posted by: diamondtooth Apr 26 2019, 09:44 AM

Yes I like the Initial Talk remix!
Hopefully it brings some new attention and fans on board!

Posted by: tommie Apr 26 2019, 03:19 PM


Posted by: Spiceboy Apr 26 2019, 04:34 PM

I love the Initial Talk Remix, much prefer it to the original version!

Posted by: Prettylittlebry May 16 2019, 02:30 PM

iTunes shows a track called Small Talk. This will be released Friday Iím assuming? 3:03 in length

Posted by: tommie May 16 2019, 04:47 PM

QUOTE(Prettylittlebry @ May 16 2019, 02:30 PM) *
iTunes shows a track called Small Talk. This will be released Friday Iím assuming? 3:03 in length


Guess it's the next single.

Posted by: Prettylittlebry May 23 2019, 11:03 PM

Small Talk is out now! Nice little bop wub.gif

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn May 25 2019, 09:48 AM

It sounds a lot more modern/current than 'Stretch'.

Posted by: Euphorique Jun 15 2019, 11:49 AM

Small Talk is another great song. 2/2 so far

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Jun 25 2019, 11:12 AM

Track no.2 is called Lead Me On

Assuming this will be the next single

Posted by: ___∆___ Jun 26 2019, 12:50 PM

I really like the songs so far but Iím still struggling to see who Louiseís fan base is in 2019? I hope the album does well but it really feels like itís going to be an 18-out event?

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Jun 26 2019, 01:00 PM

QUOTE(___∆___ @ Jun 26 2019, 01:50 PM) *
I really like the songs so far but Iím still struggling to see who Louiseís fan base is in 2019? I hope the album does well but it really feels like itís going to be an 18-out event?


I don't think anyone's realistically expecting more than that, to be honest.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 26 2019, 01:14 PM

I would assume her fan base (in terms of music) is predominantly gay men who were old enough to remember her at any point between 1993 to 2003! Having said that there's a few members on Popjustice forum who are definitely too young to remember her the first time around who really loved Stretch.

I don't really have any expectations for her album in the commercial sense. She has a lot of physical formats (including a signed CD) & 7 months of pre-order, which could build up a few thousand perhaps. In October she'll probably need to do 4k to get Top 20.

I'm just looking forward to more music, both Stretch & Small Talk are fantastic wub.gif

Posted by: ___∆___ Jun 26 2019, 02:11 PM

QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Jun 26 2019, 02:00 PM) *
I don't think anyone's realistically expecting more than that, to be honest.


Maybe - just seems like a huge effort from her label (Mutiple formats, promo videos etc.,) for minimal return? Makes me think they are wanting/expecting more from this?

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Jun 26 2019, 04:45 PM

Well, Iím a new fan so thereís 1 sale 😂

Posted by: diamondtooth Jun 26 2019, 07:10 PM

I have ordered the album too and I can't wait for it! I just cannot believe that after all this time we will have a Louise album in 2019!
But I do also wonder what they are expecting from this. How can she expect much return if she has not done much to promote Stretch or Small Talk. Has she performed anywhere on TV?
In my mind they are waiting to make some sort of impression with the Clean Bandit song.
I think I saw on Twitter recently that she was in Portugal for a new music video.

Posted by: tommie Jun 26 2019, 10:54 PM

QUOTE(diamondtooth @ Jun 26 2019, 07:10 PM) *
In my mind they are waiting to make some sort of impression with the Clean Bandit song.
I think I saw on Twitter recently that she was in Portugal for a new music video.


Are you confusing Louise with Louisa?

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 27 2019, 12:05 AM

Louise has actually worked with Clean Bandit!

QUOTE
Louise announces her first new music in 16 years, a brand new album 'Heavy Love' released via ADA/Warners on 18th October 2019. Recorded in Sweden, London and LA, 'Heavy Love' is Louise's first album in 18 years. She has worked on the album with a sensational collection of music luminaries including Clean Bandit, RAYE, Eg White, Sinead Harnett and Karen Poole.

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Jul 2 2019, 04:05 PM

Lead Me On is the Clean Bandit collab and is out on Thursday.

Posted by: Cqmerqn Jul 2 2019, 05:42 PM

OMG itíll flop even more than Mama

Posted by: Jack Jul 2 2019, 09:22 PM

'Stretch' was a bop so I'm here for it!

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Jul 3 2019, 09:14 PM

I'm guessing it's her single produced by them, rather than a Clean Bandit single featuring her? unsure.gif

Posted by: vibe Jul 4 2019, 05:57 AM

Clean bandit are not attaching their name to it it seems .

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Jul 4 2019, 10:27 AM

Quite like the new track, very summery!

Posted by: ___∆___ Jul 4 2019, 10:57 AM

I really like it - just a shame CB are not being associated with it though, obviously happy to give her a track but not to have her as a feature huh.gif

Posted by: MedellŪam Jul 4 2019, 03:40 PM

Whoever her photographer and stylist are need to be sacked. The artwork has been horrendous.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 4 2019, 06:59 PM

QUOTE(___∆___ @ Jul 4 2019, 11:57 AM) *
I really like it - just a shame CB are not being associated with it though, obviously happy to give her a track but not to have her as a feature huh.gif

I really doubt it's deliberate shade, after all Clean Bandit's name is still being thrown around in association with the song anyway, in all the articles/promotion. At the end of the day it's a song for Louise's comeback album, it's not her providing vocals for a Clean Bandit single (I doubt they're ready to start a new era yet).

Posted by: Cqmerqn Jul 4 2019, 07:11 PM

Not a fan

Posted by: vibe Jul 4 2019, 07:57 PM

I quite like it

Posted by: tommie Jul 5 2019, 06:02 PM

Burn up my eyes and tell me lies



This is a bop for us older than 30.

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Jul 5 2019, 06:26 PM

I've listened to this twice and it kind of just washes over me. sad.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 5 2019, 07:00 PM

I really like it! It's very summery/breezy & the "Oh - I wanna know - what makes you feel that you're allowed to treat me so unkindly" melody is very catchy!

Posted by: Jordan Lee Jul 5 2019, 07:17 PM

i so wish the track was labelled as Clean Bandit feat Louise as it could actually chart to be fair had that been the case.

Posted by: Monzo Jul 6 2019, 05:33 PM

I'm sad that comeback singles 2 & 3 only peaked at 100-something at iTunes. That worries me for her whole album.

Louise's comeback makes me listen to her music again. I got all albums, enjoyed many singles, but there's one song I loved through the years: "Don't Be Shy". Does anybody remember this track from her second album?

Posted by: ___∆___ Jul 7 2019, 01:42 PM

QUOTE(Monzo @ Jul 6 2019, 06:33 PM) *
I'm sad that comeback singles 2 & 3 only peaked at 100-something at iTunes. That worries me for her whole album.


This is what Iíve said all along - Iím not sure who Louiseís market is in 2019? She doesnít seem to have a huge gay following, the GP have mostly long forgotten her music career.

By the time the album arrives in October we could have had 4/5 singles released from it!

Posted by: diamondtooth Jul 7 2019, 02:25 PM

But I think from the beginning it has always been the plan to release 4-5 singles before the album.
I just want to see some promotion from her! Some live tv performances or something!
But what are the promotion opportunists for some like Louise in 2019? Appear on Loose Women, do album signings (but Will Young for example cancelled his), some Radio 2 support...

Posted by: Monzo Jul 7 2019, 04:48 PM

Whoever greenlighted a whole Louise album most have a lot of faith or is just a big fan. I'm thankful to that person because it's really nice getting new Louise music. Anyway, I hope that person won't lose his / her job if Louise albums flops.

Posted by: lewistgreen Jul 7 2019, 05:55 PM

Lead Me On is fabulous wub.gif

Posted by: Jack Jul 7 2019, 08:09 PM

'Stretch' was a one off imo, this and 'Small Talk' are both .... not it. This gives me second hand cringe.

Posted by: dannjohn Jul 8 2019, 04:47 AM

QUOTE(Monzo @ Jul 7 2019, 05:48 PM) *
Whoever greenlighted a whole Louise album most have a lot of faith or is just a big fan. I'm thankful to that person because it's really nice getting new Louise music. Anyway, I hope that person won't lose his / her job if Louise albums flops.


You got it in one

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 8 2019, 07:03 AM

I'm really enjoying Louise's comeback! I'm still pleasantly surprised that she's put effort in and recorded new material, rather than phoning it in with a covers album (which would possibly have been a safer & cheaper route to take). I'd consider her 3 songs released so far to be up there with her best 90s/00s hits... just really good, straightforward pop. I'd even say that she's improved as a vocalist in comparison to her heyday!

I'm not particularly concerned about how the album will perform commercially. I'm really just here to enjoy her comeback for however long it lasts... I'm already fully prepared for this to be a one-off moment anyway!

I hope there'll be an opportunity for her to perform at some point. I hope it's the case that promotion is being saved for nearer the album release. Does Strictly It Takes Two ever have performers? If so, I could see her doing that show. Hopefully This Morning and Loose Women too.


How I'd rank the songs so far:

1. Stretch
2. Small Talk
3. Lead Me On


The only aspect of this comeback I'm not loving is her artwork... I struggle to believe the pictures used so far are really the very best they had. That's really just a minor niggle though.

Posted by: tommie Jul 17 2019, 07:19 PM

Lead Me On is now A-listed on Radio 2!

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Jul 18 2019, 08:42 AM

I kind of don't understand why this is still 3 months away.

Posted by: tommie Jul 18 2019, 08:48 AM

QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Jul 18 2019, 08:42 AM) *
I kind of don't understand why this is still 3 months away.


According to someone who claims they spoke to Louise they are going to release 4-5 singles before the album. I assume Lead Me On is counted as single #3 (Small Talk being a "buzz" release).

I think they're kind of using her and Westlife as experiments with how to handle single releases with older type of acts that doesn't do strongly in streaming.

Posted by: ___∆___ Jul 19 2019, 07:34 PM

She has promo coming up next week on Sunday Brunch and Build - to be honest neither will help the single, they should just get the album out and hit every promo slot available.

Posted by: Jordan Lee Jul 19 2019, 07:45 PM

She posted a photo of herself with the Vinyl today.

Crazy how itís not out. With the previous post about Westlife they had a huge fanbase and there was more of a want for a comeback for them.

With Louise sheís more niche market maybes? Like Westlife appeal to mums which is a huge market for Q4 Louise wonít appeal to that market.

It wouldíve been better to release at a time like this when sales are lower as a top ten position on paper would look great. By the time the albums out itís sales will probably see it chart at like #20 something.

Is the pre order doing well?

Posted by: lewistgreen Jul 20 2019, 10:02 AM

QUOTE(Jordan Lee @ Jul 19 2019, 08:45 PM) *
Is the pre order doing well?


#31 on iTunes pre-order chart

Posted by: diamondtooth Jul 21 2019, 08:18 AM

Maybe this is a stupid question but are the streams for Stretch, Small Talk and Lead Me On counted towards the albums first week sales when it is released in October?
Ok her streams are small but every little helps!

Posted by: lewistgreen Jul 21 2019, 08:29 AM

QUOTE(diamondtooth @ Jul 21 2019, 09:18 AM) *
Maybe this is a stupid question but are the streams for Stretch, Small Talk and Lead Me On counted towards the albums first week sales when it is released in October?
Ok her streams are small but every little helps!


They are not counted.

Posted by: ___∆___ Jul 21 2019, 06:11 PM

She performed 2 songs live on R2 today - all this promo feels like a bit of a waste tbh? I donít think itís helping to build awareness that Louise is back nor is it helping her single.

Posted by: tommie Jul 21 2019, 06:39 PM




Posted by: Jay ☆ Jul 23 2019, 11:03 AM



Promo schedule! Glad that we're getting TV performances!

Posted by: tommie Jul 23 2019, 11:04 AM

Good to see that they're pushing this after not doing anything for Stretch really. Maybe they're hopeful this'll somehow cross over into the mainstream, but at least it should help with pre-orders.

Posted by: tommie Jul 26 2019, 09:06 PM

Live performance on The One Show:


Posted by: kye Jul 27 2019, 11:34 AM

iím really liking this song but that performance was so lifeless.. why didnít she sing most of the chorus?!
the backing vocals were so low that it lost any momentum at the biggest point of the song. i guess she was nervous!

Posted by: ___∆___ Jul 27 2019, 12:03 PM

Has this responded to the performance? I couldnít see it on a quick iTunes scroll?

Posted by: tommie Jul 27 2019, 12:04 PM

QUOTE(___∆___ @ Jul 27 2019, 12:03 PM) *
Has this responded to the performance? I couldnít see it on a quick iTunes scroll?


There is a version in the 200s and a version in the 400s last I checked.

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Jul 31 2019, 06:58 PM

She has a song called Wonder Woman on the album that JoJo wrote and recorded a little while back!

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Aug 2 2019, 09:31 AM

Tracklist for standard:

1. Stretch
2. Lead Me On
3. Breaking Back Together
4. Not The Same
5. Small Talk
6. Hurt
7. Hammer
8. Just A Minute
9. Wonder Woman
10. Hands on the Sink
11. Straight to my Heart
12. Wrong


Deluxe tracks being revealed at a later date.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Aug 2 2019, 08:47 PM

Deluxe now revealed!



1. Stretch
2. Lead Me On
3. Breaking Back Together
4. Not The Same
5. Small Talk
6. Hurt
7. Hammer
8. Just A Minute
9. Wonder Woman
10. Hands on the Sink
11. Give You Up
12. Straight to my Heart
13. Villain
14. Settle for Nothing
15. Wrong

Posted by: lewistgreen Aug 4 2019, 10:30 AM

Todayís performance on The Sara Cox Show


Posted by: Lukuzz Aug 4 2019, 10:40 AM

She also did Let's Go Round Again

Posted by: Andrew. Aug 4 2019, 04:33 PM

Who knew Louise Redknapp was coming to save pop music in 2019 mellow.gif *.*

Posted by: ___∆___ Aug 5 2019, 09:50 PM

QUOTE(lewistgreen @ Aug 4 2019, 11:30 AM) *
Todayís performance on The Sara Cox Show



This has really grown on me - shame itís doing nothing on iTunes, hopefully people are seeking out the album pre-order instead?

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Aug 29 2019, 04:24 PM

Breaking Back Together is the next song to be released and is 3:08 long

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Sep 4 2019, 07:06 AM

Album has been pushed back to January 17th

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Sep 4 2019, 08:14 AM

Oh Lorde.

I feel like I'm one of the few people who's keeping up with this, and even I've pretty much lost interest. sad.gif

Posted by: Lukuzz Sep 4 2019, 08:28 AM

What a mess

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Sep 4 2019, 10:17 AM

Seems similar to what happened with Claire Richardsí album

Posted by: tommie Sep 4 2019, 10:45 AM

QUOTE(Prettylittlebry @ Sep 4 2019, 07:06 AM) *
Album has been pushed back to January 17th


It wasn't ever a good idea to release a Louise album in Q4 and my assumption was that they either must've had a lot of confidence in the material OR just didn't care where it ended up peaking, but considering the length of the promo you'd have to wonder why they didn't just release it in August? It's not like she's suddenly going to score a hit single

Posted by: Jordan Lee Sep 4 2019, 02:32 PM

It wouldíve made more sense to push it forward than move it back since sheís not recording anything new for it.

Januaryís also a pretty busy time to release as well.


Posted by: diamondtooth Sep 4 2019, 04:57 PM

Oh what a pain. I pre-ordered this ages ago.
I donít really get this strategy. I will be bored of Stretch, Small Talk and Lead Me On by the time the album comes out.

Posted by: vibe Sep 4 2019, 05:02 PM

Itís probably because itís likely to sell terribly .

January the market is at its lowest.


Posted by: dannjohn Sep 4 2019, 07:20 PM

Like i dont know anyone who cares about louise. Ever. She has about 50 fans. Tops.

Posted by: Euphorique Sep 4 2019, 08:58 PM

Disappointing. 3 great singles and yet we have to wait half a year to get the album still

Posted by: Prettylittlebry Sep 4 2019, 09:39 PM

Was pushed back because of her schedule for her appearance in 9 to 5. She wants to give the album her all when itís released.

Posted by: JosephStyles Sep 4 2019, 09:42 PM

QUOTE(vibe @ Sep 4 2019, 06:02 PM) *
Itís probably because itís likely to sell terribly .

January the market is at its lowest.

Except it isn't - summer is worse! Pulling it forward would have been better if they wanted a higher peak.

Posted by: Jordan Lee Sep 4 2019, 10:02 PM

Iíd have understood the decision to pull back if she was still recording but I donít think she is!

The album seems like itís been good to go for a while now the pre orders been up since the end of March.

Posted by: Feel_The_Fever Sep 6 2019, 12:16 AM

Let's hope its not one of those albums that never gets released.

Posted by: diamondtooth Sep 7 2019, 08:12 AM

The 4th song released from the album was released yesterday!
Its called 'Breaking Back Together' and its really nice.
Probably my second favourite song from Heavy Love, after Stretch.

Posted by: ___∆___ Sep 7 2019, 06:51 PM

Mess tbh - sheís released 4 songs from the album already and there is still another 5 months until its released. Pre-orders which have been up for 6 months must have been horrendous and as has been said it was never a good idea to release in Q4.

Iíve said it before and this decision kind of backs it up - Iím really not sure who is here for Louise in 2019.

Sheís doing a charity gig at OíMerea for Nordoff Robbins in September - the venue is tiny (320 capacity), tickets are £10 and after a month on sale the show is still not sold out, there seems to be lack of interest in her tour too - wouldnít be surprised if they donít end up going ahead tbh if sheís struggling to sell 300 tickets to a show for £10.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Sep 10 2019, 02:56 AM

I think Heavy Love should have come out in the summer, when sales are at their lowest! It will be interesting to see what else Louise does over the next 4 months to try and encourage more pre-orders.


She's releasing on 17th January 2020, so the album will chart on 24th January. Here are the sales from 1 year earlier, 25th January 2019:

#5 - 6,409
#10 - 5,102
#15 - 4,500 (approx)
#20 - 4,100 (approx)
#30 - 2,750
#40 - 2,300 (approx)
#50 - 2,000 (approx)
#75 -
#100 - 1,250 (approx)


Here are the sales from 26th October 2018 (to compare the possible sales levels had she stuck with the 18th October 2019 release date, i.e. would have charted on 25th October 2019):

#5 - 14,959
#10 - 7,193
#15 - 5,293
#20 - 3,278
#30 - 2,754
#40 - 2,269
#50 - 1,945
#75 - 1,425
#100 - 1,167


Finally let's have a look at the sales from 30th August 2019, just to show that summer sales are typically lower than in October or January:

#5 - 5,321
#10 - 4,084
#15 - 3,016
#20 - 2,688
#30 - 2,187
#40 - 1,833
#50 - 1,687
#75 - 1,334
#100 - 1,134

Posted by: ___∆___ Sep 10 2019, 02:31 PM

January is not a great time to launch a new album - January sales, albums recovering from the Christmas market, Brit Awards announcement etc.,

Surely sheíll be able to shift 4.5k though to go Top 15? To push the album back 5 months makes me think that they probably didnít hit 1k in pre-orders.

Posted by: tommie Sep 10 2019, 04:13 PM

QUOTE(___∆___ @ Sep 10 2019, 02:31 PM) *
January is not a great time to launch a new album - January sales, albums recovering from the Christmas market, Brit Awards announcement etc.,

Surely sheíll be able to shift 4.5k though to go Top 15? To push the album back 5 months makes me think that they probably didnít hit 1k in pre-orders.


I think it's more the fact that they know at this point that nothing is really taking off from the album, so they'll put everything into getting decent first week sales and then they'll abandon it like with the Claire Richards album.

Posted by: ___∆___ Sep 15 2019, 12:00 PM

Have to hand it to her team - they are pushing this album as much as they can. A new pre-order has been added to her website (Deluxe version with signed postcards and alternative sleeve) - not sure itís going to make much difference but they are trying.

Posted by: Jay ☆ Sep 16 2019, 02:14 AM

QUOTE(___∆___ @ Sep 15 2019, 01:00 PM) *
A new pre-order has been added to her website (Deluxe version with signed postcards and alternative sleeve) - not sure it’s going to make much difference but they are trying.

Unfortunately it's not a new pre-order, it's just this version: https://louise.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=42723 (which was available to pre-order at the same time as all the other formats). I think this is the first time that we've seen what the postcards are set to look like though!


Posted by: ___∆___ Sep 16 2019, 07:09 AM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Sep 16 2019, 03:14 AM) *
Unfortunately it's not a new pre-order, it's just this version: https://louise.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=42723 (which was available to pre-order at the same time as all the other formats). I think this is the first time that we've seen what the postcards are set to look like though!



Ah cool - as I said Iím not sure itíll do much to help the cause regardless.

In terms of promo Iím not sure what more is left for her by the time the album comes out - lots of places donít repeat their acts and sheís already done The One Show, Sunday Brunch etc., - apart from some radio and daytime TV there is really not a lot more for her to do when the album is released.

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