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ThePensmith


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...arner-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.
Feel_The_Fever
I can see her album going top 10 but after that in not sure.
Bjork
my favourite of hers was Undivided Love
what did she do for the last 20 years?
ThePensmith
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!
dannjohn
Is there even a want for this?
Spiceboy
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.
ThePensmith
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!
ThePensmith
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!
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Not sure even who her market would be in 2019?!
diamondtooth
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!
Jordan Lee
Probably do about as well as Alexandra Burkeís third album did or Claire from Steps.

But itís about 12 years too late.
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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.
Jay ☆
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!
SamJudd
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...



Jay ☆
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!

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

tommie
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...
Tawdry Hepburn
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
Spiceboy
Love the album cover she looks amazing!
Neil
Q4 release? Are her team brave or stupid...
diamondtooth
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.
Feel_The_Fever
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.
ThePensmith
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.
Euphorique
tommie
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.
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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?!
Burns
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.
tommie
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...
tommie
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.
Jay ☆
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/l...preview__25886/
ManicKangaroo
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.
.MIKE.
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?
ThePensmith


Hmmm. Sounds a bit like a Holly Valance cast off c. 2002. Also that single artwork looks awkward as hell.
diamondtooth
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.
Euphorique
Judging by the snippet, sounds exactly like the Louise bop I need
Jay ☆
Iím really liking this on first listen! Slinky & sexy R&B-ish pop, very Louise. *.*
Alex!
This is actually a bit of a BOP.
vibe
I donít like this at all and canít see any radio station playing it .
Single artwork is horrid .
tommie
YouTube link:

Jordan Lee
I actually like this track.

I can see why OCC described it as being like Little Mixís Strip.
Tawdry Hepburn
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.
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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!
Euphorique
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
Burns
The comparisons to "Love Made Me Do It" and "Strip" are bizarre blink.gif

Actually quite enjoyed this on first listen!
diamondtooth
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.
tommie
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.
Burns
I actually really like this, and there I was laughing about the concept of a Louise comeback being any sort of deal laugh.gif
Juranamo
Please donít tell me Iím the only one who thinks this sounds like Museís ĎMadnessí?
Mikee1981
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
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