Want U Back USA _

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On Tuesday 22 May 2012 Cher released her debut single in the USA – the perky pop perfect…

“Want U Back”

…and absolutely fantastically, sales of the single in the USA exceeded 2,000,000 !!!
It was the original ‘Sticks + Stones’ version of ‘Want U Back’ that became Cher’s debut release in the USA, which meant it no longer featured Astro as the UK single had. I think this was simply because as a debut release it was important for Cher to debut on her own – just the same as in the UK with ‘Swagger Jagger’. The collaborations can, and did, come later, but for now, let’s talk about ‘Want U Back’ for the North American markets. Yet, as I have discussed in some detail the track in my post ‘Want U Back’, I’ll just recap here by saying that the song tells us of a girl whom having kissed her boy goodbye and walked away, is now wanting him back after spotting him around town with another girl. Perky, addictive – and from the opening “UHHN!” the track is loaded to the hilt with brattiness! And I think …

It just has ‘Cher Lloyd‘ written all over it!!!

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And omg did America just love it or what!!!

 
Cher recorded an entirely new video for the US release of ‘Want U Back’. Which must have been loads of fun to do as it was a really good opportunity for another interpretation of the song and therefore, a platform for new ideas. When I heard there was going to be a new video I couldn’t wait to see it and how it compared to the UK version as that for me was classic Cher – funny, cheeky and bratty! So I was delighted as the US version more than kept true to the mischievousness of the track and even more so! This time in the video, Cher confronts her ex in an American Diner called ‘Cadillac Jacks’ and buys him a strawberry smoothie which ends up getting flung all over his new girl! Cher continues to play up – knocking over a tray, walking on the counter, writing ‘too bad’ on it in ketchup and putting a ‘kick me’ sign on her ex’s back! In the end the police arrive to arrest her and she is taken to the station for mug shots, pop and cookies! It is very funny and I can imagine the Dukes of Hazzard arriving later to bust Cher outta jail!
Cher’s outfits include colourful Cher wearing polka dot shirt with chunky necklace, shorts and charming floral boots – and naughty Cher wearing biker chic cropped black and grey striped top and black skater skirt with gold chain belt, gothic fabric tights and black heeled lace up boots. Enjoy the video!

Does this sound like a helicopter? Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Model Deal

120200 Disorder Issue 38
My Disorder Magazine, which was also from Feb’ 2012.
A piece of exciting news was revealed 24 February 2012 when the Sun and other publications reported Cher had signed to London-based model agency ‘Select Models’. A lovely photograph of a very Elvin looking Cher accompanied the articles!
The Sun quoted Select’s Special Booking Division as saying in a statement “[Cher’s] strong individuality represents everything that we love about the youth today and their music … like everyone, she is a melting pot of different emotions, from super confidence oozing fun to a vulnerability.”¹
I think that’s a very sweet thing to say and is true of what many of Cher’s fans see in Cher too! It was nice to read about the model-signing-deal at the time because it was another indication things were all on the way up! Yea!
¹ Article in ‘The Sun’ online published 24/02/12.

Want U Back _

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The 3rd UK Single from Cher Lloyd was the perky pop perfect…

“Want U Back”

…released 19 February 2012, the song reached No. 25 in the UK charts!
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“Want U Back” was the 3rd UK single from Cher Lloyd, released in Feb 2012 and recruiting Astro from XFactor USA to add some guest vocals to the track. The song tells us of a girl whom having kissed her boy goodbye and walked away, is now wanting him back after spotting him around town with another girl. Perky, addictive – and from the opening “UHHN!” the track is loaded to the hilt with brattiness! And it’s that bratty attitude, which rather than just shine thru is glares thru blindingly – as if looking into the sun – that just makes me love the song so much! I think of all the releases from ‘Sticks + Stones’ and in fact, of all the tracks on the album, ‘Want U Back’ captures the brat element the best of them all ha ha ha!

It just has ‘Cher Lloyd‘ written all over it!!!

Musically, ‘Want U Back’ is an extremely catchy and sassy electr0-pop tune. Cher opens the track with a loud “UHHN!”, and the song begins with synths and drums combining to produce an incredibly lively bouncy infectious melody and beat. After a nonchalant throwaway ‘la la la-la la la laaa’ Cher sings “Hey Boy u never had much game, thought I needed to upgrade so I went and walked away away away…” and off she goes, leaving boyfriend in her wake. But before long however, Cher then discovers her ex has moved on to someone new but still doing all the things he used to do with her. Cher reminisces “Remember all the things that u and I did first? And now you’re doing them with her?” and realizes she is feeling like shh and wants her boyfriend back!

I Love the way Cher sings “…and now you’re taking her to every ‘Restaurant!!'”

 
The video for “Want U Back” is hilarious! In it, Cher looks amazing and as in the video for ‘With Ur Love’ has a much softer look than the urban style of the video for debut single ‘Swagger Jagger’. Cher wears her hair in a charming long loose wavy bob throughout the video and in the opening sequence in a cosy white knit with her lips and eyes pink, she sits on the bed looking at Polaroids of her and her ex. Cher then launches into some crazy schemes to demolish things between her ex and his new partner which include pouring water and popcorn all over them! When she does this Cher looks very cheeky, pulling faces ha ha! She wears a delightful short demin jacket with lace sleeves over a (™!) printed t, with a bold vertically striped black and white miniskirt and matching striped ankle boots. It’s a very youthful mischievous look and no doubt Cher had great fun filming the sabotage scenes! Elsewhere in the video Cher sings whilst wearing a simple ensemble of black tights and shorts and top itself topped with a cropped white top with spots of colour and lovely purple eyes and lips and a striking Grace DuPrez arrow necklace. Pops of colour are everywhere throughout the video to accompany perfectly the great colourful bubblegum pop song that is “Want U Back”! The video is very funny and simply fab!

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 My “Want U Back” poster …
Available with ‘Want U Back’ were 4 additional remixes & versions! First up is a radio edit which is a slightly shorter version of the lead track but without Astro – so is almost the ‘Sticks + Stones’ version – except for that is 3mins 34sec and this is 3 mins 33sec? Second up is an acoustic version of the song – which with all the electronic effects and studio treatment stripped away totally hi-lights just how fab Cher actually sings the song!
4th is Cahill Remix and is an absolutely inspired dance remix of the track – as trance as trance can get – all loaded up with electronic sweeps, keyboard hits, bouncy ball basslines and outer space laser zooms and spaceship passes! Cher’s vocal layered over the top is nothing short of sublime! I fell in love with this remix so much on the first listen that I thought it could never be topped? And, I don’t think it can…
…but it could be equalled! As Pete Phantom does exactly that with his treatment of the track as the final fifth take on ‘Want U Back’. Very trancey but leaning towards house this remix has the most delightful kick in when Cher’s voice goes galactic before it all comes back to earth with a tumbling sampled snare and a ‘boy you can say anything you wanna, I don’t give a shh no one else can have ya’! Ha ha! Both the Cahill and the Phantom remixes stand head and shoulders at the same height. Tremendous!
Credits:
‘With Ur Love’ was written by Shellback, Max Miller, Savan Kotecha and Mike Posner. Produced by Shellback. I’m not sure where to pitch it’s UK only sales as these were later so completely eclipsed by it’s sales in the US and worldwide. These will be talked about later on so for now I’m gonna remain quiet on it. I guess, by March 2012, however, sales in the UK of ‘Want U Back’ must have been somewhere around the 10,000 mark?
Lyrics:
Hey Boy u never had much game Thought I needed to upgrade
So I went and walked away away away
Now I see u’ve been hanging out With that other girl in town
Lookin’ like a pair of clowns
Remember all the things that u and I did first?
And now ur doing them with her
Remember all the things that u and I did first?
U got me got me like this
And now ur taking her to every restaurant
And everywhere we went, come on
And now ur taking her to every restaurant
U got me got me like this
Boy u can say anything u wanna
I don’t give a shh no one else can have ya
I want u back
I broke it off thinking u’d be crying
Now I feel like shh lookin’ at u flying
I want u back
Please, this ain’t even jealousy She ain’t got a thing on me
Tryna rock them ugly jeans jeans jeans
U clearly didn’t think this through If what I been hearings true
U’ll be crawling back like boo hoo hoo
Remember all the things that u and I did first?
And now ur doing them with her
Remember all the things that u and I did first?
U got me got me like this
And now ur taking her to every restaurant
And everywhere we went, come on
And now ur taking her to every restaurant
U got me got me like this
Boy u can say anything u wanna
I don’t give a shh no one else can have ya
I want u back
I broke it off thinking u’d be crying
Now I feel like shh lookin’ at u flying
I want u back
I thought u’d still be mine When I kissed u goodbye
And u might be with her but I still had u first
Remember all the things that u and I did first?
And now ur doing them with her
Remember all the things that u and I did first?
U got me got me like this
And now ur taking her to every restaurant
And everywhere we went, come on
And now ur taking her to every restaurant
U got me got me like this
Boy u can say anything u wanna
I don’t give a shh no one else can have ya
I want u back
I broke it off thinking u’d be crying
Now I feel like shh lookin’ at u flying
I want u back
Boy u can say anything u wanna
I don’t give a shh no one else can have ya
 I want u back I want u back want want want u back
I broke it off thinking u’d be crying
Now I feel like shh lookin’ at u flying I want u back
 I want u back want want want u back
I want u back
 I want u back want want want u back
 Yeah Yeah
 I want u back I want u back want want want u back
Does this sound like a helicopter? Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With Ur Love

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The 2nd UK single from Cher Lloyd was the charming and uplifting…

‘With Ur Love’

…released in the UK 28 October 2011 and reaching chart position No. 4.
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The follow-up single to ‘Swagger Jagger’ was ‘With Ur Love’, released in October 2011 just ahead of debut album ‘Sticks + Stones’. Featuring Mike Posner, this is a lovely crafted piece of pop music with a completely different style to its predecessor. If ‘Swagger Jagger’ was the rough then this was the smooth. Of course, both tracks are diamonds – but just think of them in different ways: ‘Swagger Jagger’ is hard like a diamond. ‘With Ur Love’ sparkles like a diamond.
Ok, I guess some ‘Swagger Jagger’ attitude is retained at the start as Cher sings ‘I keep building walls up but u tear ’em down, I’m fighting … u got an AK and ur blowin’ through, explosive’ but the song is a love song so that’s what wins through and Cher gives into love and the track builds and builds and eventually lightens and takes off like the balloons that feature so profusely in the video. Cher’s vocal ‘da da da-da dum dum, da dum dum’ sets the melody which begins and ends the track and underpins throughout. Mike Posner hops on board to lend some vocal support too. It’s lovely!!!
I wish it had landed Cher a 2nd UK No.1. But No.4 knockin’ at my door is an extremely respectable position for a fledging artist – especially given the tough competition for a high chart position at the time from the likes of Rihanna teamed with Calvin Harris and Professor Green to boot. So well and truly knockin’ at their doors was Cher – so there! It’s worth noting that ‘With Ur Love’ actually sold more copies than ‘Swagger Jagger’, which is demonstrative of the tough competition the single faced. So with this in mind I think we can say Cher has done very well!

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The video for ‘With Ur Love’ is soooooo charming sweet! Cher is in her bedroom with friends, happy and revelling in her new-found love. Then they go for a walk around London where they are followed by large heart-shaped balloons and little round ones, all with different colours which multiply in abundance as the song builds. Mike Posner stands on a rooftop set against London’s skyline and delivers his part of the song from there.

Cher looks sensational with a much more girly look than in the ‘Swagger Jagger’ video. Starry-eyed and mellifluous, Cher wears a skirt and blazer, has natural makeup and wears her hair long and over her shoulders but with a sharp undercut on the right hand side! So ha ha ha a little clue there of Cher’s feisty attitude there! The whole video is delightful!!!

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I really love the track ‘With Ur Love’. As said, it takes things in another direction to ‘Swagger Jagger’ and so giving a hint of the different avenues and directions the forthcoming album ‘Sticks + Stones’ will take us. On the track ‘With Ur Love’ Cher really gets to sing, which she acknowledged herself ‘instead of jumping around’! It’s a wonderful piece of pure pop music with elements of r&b. So sassy and inspirational!
The cd also featured an acoustic version of the track and available online was an 5-track ep which contained the lead track plus the acoustic version and extra remixes too. These were an ‘Alex Gaudino and Jason Rooney Remix’, ‘Digital Dog Radio Edit’ and a ‘Teka and Soul Force Reggae Remix’. The remixes are quite experimental and each gives the mid-tempo ‘With Ur Love’ a different treatment.
‘Alex Gaudion and Jason Rooney’ give the track an Old Skool makeover with an 808 reminiscent 4/4 kickdrum and military sounding snare. There’s squelching bass lines and atmospheric swoops and sweeps which Cher’s reverberating vocal is draped all over. It is really good! ‘Digital Dog’ breaks it all down during the verses of the songs with a simple 1/2 drumbeat and sub bass but wonderfully builds it all back up for the chorus with enchanting ethereal keyboards and strings and so keeping true to the uplifting essence of the track. 
‘Teka and Soul Force’ give the track a wonderful skippy toe tapping reggae arrangement and it works so well with Cher’s lovely vocals layered throughout. It gives the track a deliciously warm summer feel – despite the autumnal release date ha ha – and someone couldn’t resist throwing in some airhorns at the start – well, it is a reggae remix I know – but is it also a nod back to ‘Swagger Jagger’?
¿…Perhaps, it is…?

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‘With Ur Love’ was written by Shellback, Max Miller, Savan Kotecha and Mike Posner. It went on to sell between 300,000 – 400,000 copies in the UK!
Lyrics:
Baby u the best cuz u worked me out
 I keep building walls up but you tear them down
I’m fighting I don’t wanna like it but u know I like it
But u know I like it like it like it
Used to always think I was bullet proof
 But u got an AK and you’re blowin’ through
Explosive, u don’t even know it, I want u to know it
 I want you to know it know it know it
All of them other boys can walk away
They ain’t even in the game
Cuz they know that u own it
 U got this swag u got this attitude
Wanna hear you say my name
 Cuz you got me
Flying with ur love, shining with ur love, riding with ur love
 I feel like I’m on top of the world with ur love
One hit with ur love can’t quit with ur love so sick but so what
 I feel like I’m on top of the world with ur love
Everybody wants what I got with u
Cuz I’m standing on top with a killer view
Inspired feeling like a million, I’m one in a million
 I’m one in a million million million
I ain’t even here I’m in outer space
 Like I’m Venus ur Mars in the Milky Way
It’s crazy, what ur doing to me, how you do it to me
How u do it to me to me to me
All of the other boys can walk away
They ain’t even in the game
Cuz they know that you own it
U got this swag u got this attitude
Wanna hear you say my name
  Cuz u got me
CHORUS
U got it yea yea u got it
I could slow down speed it up how u want it girl
all night long
I don’t even care if you sing my songs wrong
1st date, 1st base, 2nd date, 2nd base
 3rd date, ur looking at me funny, u got a hard shell but the middle’s so yummy
Cuz u got me flying baby I’m shining baby I’m riding with ur love
One hit baby I can’t quit baby I’m so sick but so what
Cuz you got me flying baby I’m shining baby I’m riding with ur love
One hit baby I can’t quit baby I’m so sick but so what
CHORUS

& Swagger Jagger

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The debut single from Cher Lloyd was the blissfully infectious …

‘Swagger Jagger’

…released 31 July 2011, it went straight into the UK charts at Number 1!

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The track opens with Cher singing the ‘Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger, you should get some of your own,’ over small crackles and pops – as if the recording was been played back on vinyl. Then kick in the drums and the  blaring airhorns, before Cher raps ‘you can’t stop looking at me, staring at me, be what I be…’ and declares her swagger’s in check. Swagger Jagger incoporates the melody from a famous traditional North American folk song called “Darling Clementine” and  is a song about copycats who need to ‘get some [swag] of their own’. I interpret it as a rallying call for the listeners with their own “swagger in check” to face down the haters with the message to them been – just “let it go”…

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The video begins with Cher pressing play on her MP3 player and slipping it into her pocket whereupon we find her in an urban setting carrying an enormous ghetto blaster. Wearing a leather jacket with what I consider her ™ on the lapel and the words ‘Swagger Jagger’ emblazoned across the back, Cher sets down her Soundbox and so starts the music. Animated speakers and megaphones on poles quickly unfold from the device to accompany the prominent airhorns and the track gets under way. Animations spring all around Cher wherever she goes and she is joined by her gang for the dance routines. There’s loads of images of speakers and of volume controls turning themselves up, there’s also costume and setting changes from club to street and back again, with Cher’s fashion ranging from Urban Street to Urban Chic. It’s all fantastic!

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You know, I think ‘Swagger Jagger’ is my all time favourite Cher Lloyd song, I just really really like that track. And I don’t care what anyone says about the song as I just love it’s blistering airhorns and catchy hooks – I think it’s fab – so if you hate it – just ‘get out of MY way’ ha ha!!! Swagger Jagger was a brilliant debut as it’s as catchy as hell and really gets stuck in your brain. It’s as if the animated airhorns and speakers that unfold, and expand and stretch out in the video also do so in your own head until they’ve completely filled it. As I said before, it blew me off my little peds and it has to be the boldest debut by anyone for ages – I do love it!!!

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 There were a number of remixes that were also available: Hygrade Radio Mix (which was on the cd as track 2) and also; Hygrade Club Mix, Wideboys Radio Edit, Dillon Francise Remix and Eyes Remix (available for download, for example from Cher’s online shop on her website). Of the downloadable remix’s all four have a big clubby sound (those airhorns helping with that!) – Hygrade Club Mix and Eyes keep it very Dubstep + Wideboys and Dillion Francis retaining this too yet adding some House. My personal fave is the Dillion Francis Remix which is full of big Dubstep bass noise and a 4/4 avoiding heavy drumbeat – but when the track reaches the chorus and Cher sings “Hi Hater, Kiss Kiss, I’ll see you later” it all lightens up with skittering vocals and a shed load of electronic tweets and bleeps – I listen to that and I’m in heaven!!!
And I also found on Ebay a sampler cd of Swagger Jagger. This contained the lead track itself, this time described as a ‘Radio Edit’ and all the tracks above. It also contained a ‘Wideboys Club Mix’, a ‘Wideboys Mega Dub’ and a ‘Punjabi MC Remix’. To my knowledge, these 3 final remixes must be very rare as I can’t find them to have ever been released, so I made sure I snapped up a copy hee hee x

Swagger Jagger was written by Cher Lloyd, Autumn Rowe, Jermaine Jackson, Andrew Harr, Andre Davidson, Sean Davidson, Marcus Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr. The song went on to sell over 200,000 in the UK .

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Lyrics:
Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger, u should get some of your own Count that money, get ur game up, get ur game up, get ur get ur game up
U can’t stop looking at me, staring at me, be what I be  U can’t stop looking at me, so get out of my face
U can’t stop clicking at me, writing bout me, tweeting bout me  I can’t stop it’s what it gone by, my swaggers in check
Get on  the floor, get on the floor, my swaggers in check  Get on the floor, get on the floor, I got it in check
Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger, ur should get some of your own  Count that money, get ur game up, ur a hater just let it go
Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger, u should get some of your own  Count that money, get ur game up, get ur game up, get ur game up
U can’t stop shouting at me, calling at me, be what I be  U Can’t stop looking at me so get out of my way,
U can’t stop YouTube-ing me, on repeat, runnin’ this beat  U can’t stop it’s funny to me, I’m laughing all the way
Get on the floor, get on the floor, get on the floor, get on the floor, I got it in check,
CHORUS Hi hater, kiss kiss, I’ll see you later  Hi hater, it was very very nice to meet ya
Get on the floor, get on the floor, get on the floor, I got it in check,
Get on the floor, get on the floor, my swaggers in check,
Get on the floor, get on the floor, I got it in check!