Cher Lloyd Live @ Shepherds Bush Empire, Sunday 15 April 2012 #Video #6

This one really needs no intro – so just play it – I love it so so much!

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Swagger Jagger @ Rock City

This is my video of Cher Lloyd performing ‘Swagger Jagger’ live at Nottingham Rock City, Thursday 12 April 2012.
Unfortunately, the very good sound quality at the venue did not pass to my device but you can get a sense of the fun from the video and to all the other brats out there I hope it means something x.
So brats, please enjoy, share and please please comment – thank you x

Sticks + Stones #1

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The debut album from Cher Lloyd was a fantastic (juke)box of tricks …

‘Sticks + Stones’

… released 07 November 2011 the album reached Number 4 in the UK album charts!
It was November 2011 when Cher Lloyd unveiled her debut album in the UK, ‘Sticks + Stones’. It was released on Syco Records (Simon Cowell’s venture with Sony) and described by Cher Lloyd herself as a ‘jukebox’ because each track is different! Which is certainly correct!
I think it’s a classy, sassy pop mix which contains slices of  bubblegum, synthpop, r&b, hip-hop, rap, dubstep and even a ballad! Cher has input on the writing on of 5 of the 10 tracks on the album – and ‘Sticks + Stones’ whizzes  along thru the 10 in a little over half an hour with a ton of swag! I just love every minute of it!
This post will talk about the first 5 tracks that make up ‘Sticks + Stones’!

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The opening track is ‘Grow Up’- a piece of peachy perfect bubblegum pop music. Cher opens the track by singing the chorus “We ain’t never gonna grow up, we just wanna get down” before launching into a quickfire rap “I got a flow that’ll make you drop, I got a flow that’ll make you pop!” – clearly demonstrating her ability to both sing and rap! Like Cher’s biggest selling single off the album; ‘Want U Back’, the track ‘Grow Up’ has Cher Lloyd written all over it!
Cutesy and cheeky, it is Cher Lloyd doing what she does best – with echos of Nikki Minaj and in terms of fun, Dizzee Rascal. It’s so good Busta Rhymes even hops on board as well to deliver a rap for Cher too! ‘Grow Up’ is a great choice of opening track for the album as Cher determinedly launches ‘Sticks + Stones’ and brand ‘Cher Lloyd’. The stall is set out – then it’s set on fire!!!
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Track 2 is ‘Want U Back’. A song which 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 is no way is gonna just shine thru but positively blazes – as if looking into the sun – that just makes me love the song so much! I think of all the tracks on the album, ‘Want U Back’ captures the brat element the best of them all ha ha ha!
Musically, ‘Want U Back’ is an extremely catchy and sassy electro-pop tune. Cher opens the track with a loud “UHHN!”, and the song begins with synths and drums combining to produce a tune so incredibly lively and bouncy. 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 realizing she is feeling like “shh” wants her old boyfriend back!!!
‘Want U Back’ is beautifully produced, embellished with delicious electronic hooks and licks – and Cher’s own voice adding fun haughty backing vocals. It’s a delight and an incredibly strong track and has been likened to Jessie J and Rihanna. But I’m not gonna say that as to me it is a signature Cher Lloyd track! This leaves all the others miles behind!
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So Cher begins ‘Sticks + Stones’ with 2 lively and catchy synthpop tunes which are classic Cher tracks in extrovert mode. But what if we wanted to get nearer the centre? The nucleus? The heart? What would we find beating away at the centre of ‘Sticks + Stones’? What if we needed the album to provide something for our own hearts as well as for our dancing feet?
Well next up is ‘With Ur Love’ delivering just that. It’s a lovely crafted piece of pop music and an emotionally charming and inspirational lovesong. Ok though, but this is Cher Lloyd – and the first 2 tracks of the album were so loaded with attitude do we not get any here? Well yes we do! We get that at the beginning of the track with 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 really takes off. 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!!!
Cher really gets to sing on ‘With Ur Love’, which she acknowledged herself ‘instead of jumping around’! It’s a wonderful piece of pure pop music with elements of r&b. So sassy!
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With track 4, we’re getting towards the middle of the album and in stark contrast to the track before, where we’re placed in a cosy place, Cher then removes our sense of security and gives us a punch in the chops with her tiny fist! As next up is lead single from the album ‘Swagger Jagger’! Probably one of the most divisive number 1’s that’s been in the charts for ages! The track opens with Cher singing “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’ incorporates 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”… sticks + stones and all that yep?
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!!! The tune really gets stuck in your head – like some kind of tentacle that goes into your ear and feels around the inside of your brain – I do love it!!!
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After ‘Swagger Jagger’ Cher calms it all back down again with ‘Beautiful People’ described by Nick Levine as “an emo power ballad”¹ which I think on one hand is an authentic sum up of the track. On the other it’s very accessible, like a track you could imagine from Avril Lavigne – so sitting just on the threshold of emo-land! The song is a collaboration with American/Swedish alternative rockers “Carolina Liar” and is a magnetizing and heart-breaking ballad. Acoustic guitars and piano combine to give the song a really human feel completely needed for the subject matter of the track, which I interpret to be unrequited love with a disturbing twist.
In the song, the object of the subjects love, who would usually be unaware of that love and so unreturning it unknowingly, is this time is fully aware and playing it all to their own advantage. This recognition of the dark side of unrequited love is what the track deals with as the subject realizes and prepares themselves sorrowfully for their inevitable fall.
It gives Cher the opportunity to really let her voice soar and when she does, she more than sends shivers down your spine! The emotion in her voice is incredible! When Cher sings about the life been sucked out of her heart I’ll challenge your own beating heart to stay within its ribcage and not be ripped from it. If it isn’t, you must either be clinically dead or a Zombie!
So Cher’s vocals give the song immense power and it’s clear this girl really can sing like an angel. Magnificent and melancholy, dramatic and dark all at the same time. The track is a real surprise and perfectly placed at the centre of the album where it wraps up the first half  leaving us in a very thoughtful place…
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Credits:
‘Grow Up’ was written by Cher Lloyd, Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Savan Kotecha, A. Harr, J Jackson and Trevor Smith. It was produced by Kevin Rudolf and The Runners.
‘Want U Back’ was written by Shellback and Savan Kotecha. Produced by Shellback.
 ‘With Ur Love’ was written by Shellback, Max Miller, Savan Kotecha and Mike Posner. Produced by Shellback.
‘Swagger Jagger’ was written by Cher Lloyd, Autumn Rowe, Jermaine Jackson, Andrew Harr, Andre Davidson, Sean Davidson, Marcus Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr. It was produced by The Runners.
‘Beautiful People’ was written by Chad Wolfinbarger, Alexander Kronlund and Tom Hamilton. Produced by Max Martin and Shellback.
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Lyrics:
(As “Want U Back”, “With Ur Love” & “Swagger Jagger” all have posts of their own, please see there for the lyrics to those songs x)
Grow Up’
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
I got a flow that’ll make you drop I got a flow that’ll make you pop
I got a flow that’ll make ur mother and ur father call the cops
We’re gonna make this thing go blow  We got a system overload
We’re gonna be the generation that makes everything explode
And when I say explode I don’t mean that we’re using bombs
We doing stuff that we don’t ever have to tell our moms
 Love this life we got we got it all up in our palms
Papers chasing yea we’re buying everything we want
Some how some way we’re gonna have it our way
We don’t give a what what u say No we don’t
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town  No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
Do u Do u Do u know what I mean?
I’m princess I don’t want to be the queen
Please don’t say a thing Mr Bean
Everytime you talk it makes me wanna scream
I don’t know what u heard about me Don’t make me hold up my pinky
I’ma finish off all these mc’s Like they were my cup of tea
I got a flow that’ll make you drop I got a flow that’ll make you pop
I got a flow that’ll make ur mother and ur father call the cops
Some how some way we’re gonna have it our way
We don’t give a what what u say No we don’t
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
BUSTA RHYMES RAP
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
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‘Beautiful People’
x It’s my last big breath, what you want me to? x When you act all cool like you already knew x
x That I’ll be stuck here cold just waiting it through x Till ur heart starts beating for somebody new x
… U know that it’s true …
x Cause it’s Beautiful People  like u x Who gets whatever they want x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who suck the life right out of my heart x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who make my cry …
x Cause nobody else could be nearly as cruel as u … x
x It’s a wicked game that ur making me play x
x Where I crawl back home as ur walking way x
x And it’s all quite clear x What u want me to say x
But u’ll be so long gone if I ask you to stay
U know that it’s true
x Cause it’s Beautiful People  like u x Who gets whatever they want x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who suck the life right out of my heart x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who make my cry
x Cause nobody else could be nearly as cruel as ux
x Cruel as u x
x It’s my last big breath, what you want me to? x When you act all cool like you already knew x
x Cause it’s Beautiful People  like u x Who gets whatever they want x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who suck the life right out of my heart x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who make my cry
x Cause nobody else could be nearly as cruel as ux
x Nobody else could be nearly as cruel as u as ux
Notes:
¹ Nick Levine, in his 01/11/2011 review of ‘Sticks + Stones’ on the BBC website.

& 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!

“Getting my Swag on” as here is where it all begins!!! =

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Like most of the rest of the UK, I first became aware of Cher Lloyd when she appeared on the X Factor in 2010. But I’ll admit in those days (ha ha, hic oops!) Saturday evenings were spent in the Boozer so I always missed the shows! But a number of things led me to begin to take an interest. In no particular order some of these are as follows; that Cher was mentored by Cheryl Cole and in the world of pure bubblegum pop music, didn’t Girls Aloud! just make a massive impact in the noughties?! — Also, what was written in the press about Cher where it was clear this lady had some attitude and was unwilling to play it safe – which to me speaks volumes of her courage and creativity — What people talked about at work where XFactor was always Monday mid-morning topic of conversation – once all the really important reports were done and it was possible to ease off just a little with a latte at around 11am ha ha (!) — and also that Cher was from Malvern in nearby Worcestershire and so like us, was from the West Midlands — so these things started to make me aware …
… and in July 2011 something really special happened that really made me stand up and take proper notice of Cher Lloyd. Well, stand up and take notice once I’d got back on my feet that was – as what happened simply blew me off my little peds!!!
For me, it was something really special and I only need 2 words to say what it was …
… those 2 words are … 

“SWAGGER JAGGER”

… da dah! …
& of course!
Cher released her debut single “Swagger Jagger” which went straight into the UK charts at Number One and in my mind, electrified them. Opinion was ignited as everyone was talking about the track. People loved it or they hated it – in what seemed to be an even split. But how I think this track really worked was down to just that. Because no matter on what side of the fence you were with it – whether you liked it or whether you didn’t – it got inside your head and got into your brain and wound you up one way or another. I just thought what an utterly brilliant single to debut with as just about everyone had an opinion on it!
It was a really feisty track and it was clear Cher Lloyd was a really feisty lady which made her really interesting. I remember seeing a picture of Cher with long pink dipped tie dye hair, her hand in a fist as if ready to punch the camera and I was like who is this person?  I admire the quirkiness, the eccentricity, the boldness and the attitude – the spirit! And I admire the obvious ‘not afraid to experiment’! Britain was always a nation of inventors after all – just that most people seem to have forgotten that now with all the woolly thinking that goes on lol! But here at last was someone I could identify with ha ha!
Also, Cher’s voice omg! As Cher can pack so much emotion into her singing! Clearly, she has more umph in her little fingernail than most! I wish I had about even a molecule of that y’know – wouldn’t go amiss lol. And this comes thru in the singing as Cher can literally send shivers down spines and so has so much appeal with the emotion in her voice. It’s so very human and just makes an amazing connection!
So anyway, I got hold of the ‘Swagger Jagger’ cd as soon as I could and totally identified with its message – I’ve played it countless times now and it always remains fresh to me.
So if you don’t like ‘Swagger Jagger’ “just get out of my way” ha ha!
 as OMG … it made me into such a BRAT!!!!
xxxx
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