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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Music Junkie Digest: Shayne Ward Goes To Sweden, Posh Spices Up Her Mic

IKEA had better make room on the shelves: X Factor's Shayne Ward has apparently ditched ballads for the Swede treatment on his new album.

In a message on his official site's forum, Shayne said his new single will be out August 13:

"The first single has been chosen and will be released on 13th August (I wanted you guys to know first!). It's written by Max Martin who is a huge producer around the world...he wrote most of Kelly Clarkson's last album, the list of his hits is endless! He loves the song and is very excited which is great. I'm also working really closely with Rami, Anthor + Savan who have worked on the whole album with me. The music is different from the first album, taking a more cooler, urban/pop edge. I'm really proud of the album and hopefully you guys will love it! It's got a real mixture of uptempo's, mid tempo's and a beautiful ballad."

Silly, Shayne. Max Martin didn't write most of Kelly's last album. He wrote two of her singles. But you gotta give it to the slim Mancunian for knowing his fans are dimwits who'll believe whatever he says.

Meanwhile, only one ballad and the rest is Swede pop? Can't wait to buy that trash! After all, if Shayne said it on his own website, it must be true!

On a side note, the Max Martin tracks that were reported to appear on the new Enrique Iglesias album didn't make the final cut.


Gossip column Page Six reported yesterday that dork fans of Clay Aiken (who appears to have finally transitioned into a lesbian) have broken out into a "civil war" of sorts at ClayOnline.com. News last year of Clay straying from woman-on-woman love with several men apparently caused half of his 62-year-old fan base's panties to fly off in anguish, and the Claymates began bickering amongst themselves, leading to the closure of his message board and the posting of this statement:

"Due to reports of extensive unrest and disrespect amongst members that has been carrying on for several weeks, the Official Fan Club Message Board will be shut down until further notice. Please note that should tensions continue on other areas of the fan club, severe consequences may occur."

Members of the Red Cross who were sent in for relief aid have since been abducted and blugeoned with orthopedic shoes shoplifted from Target.


Meanwhile, judging by this photo, it looks like Posh jumped the gun and bought into that Robyn-comeback hype a tad bit too early.

Victoria Beckham and the rest of the Spice Girls will be staging their own comeback by year's end, with a greatest hits CD and tour. "The new songs are a progression of the old Spice stuff," she told the Daily Mirror recently about new tracks on the hits disc. "Nothing radical and still poppy but a bit different. We are all impressed with them."

She went on to say that singing in a studio for the first time in years knocked her spice rack for a loop: "It's been so many years since I've done any singing it freaked me out. This mic was put in front of me and I was like 'woah'. It was surreal being back in there. I always said I wasn't ever going to sing again and I really didn't expect to. But once I got going it was fun."

Clearly, she's transposing the word "working" with "singing" here. At any rate, the new songs will reportedly be finished once Mel B lays down her vocals in Los Angeles next week.


And finally, the BBC Theatre commemorated it's re-opening on Saturday with an hour-long concert by the Pet Shop Boys. [Listen here]

The songs they played didn't stray far from what they're doing on their current tour, though if you saw one of the shows last year, you may want to tune in to hear "Being Boring."

Here's the set list from the BBC Theatre show:

"Being Boring"
"King's Cross"
"Opportunities [Let's Make Lots Of Money]"
"Se A Vida E/Discoteca/Domino Dancing"
"West End Girls"
"Always On My Mind"
"So Hard"
"It's A Sin"

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  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger Adem IAR said…

    No matter how sad the Spice's look on this reunion, I'm so bloody excited. Can we please have a Take That style doco as well??

  • At 7:26 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I am very excited about new Shayne Ward stuff--not that I am expecting the world to stop in awe when it's revealed (though that would be nice), but just that it could result in a pretty enjoyable album. Only one ballad has to be a positive sign, though I'm not counting on that just in case it turns out to be a typo or poor wording on his part or something.

  • At 12:14 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    Colour me tres over the moon for a non all ballad Shayney album. I'm very ready for it. I'm very under the moon about the Spice Girls reunion and quite frankly what is going on with Clay? I would cross the street and run away if i saw him out and about,,,...

  • At 8:15 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Oh God, that Clay Aiken bit had me howling. You have outdone yourself this time, you juicy peach.

    I really want to hear about a time you run into Posh in LA. THAT would be brill. I am sure you'll have it hooked up!

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    XO, If I run into Posh, I'll hopefully not mistake her for a giant praying mantis and douse her with Raid.

    There's forum with a gaggle of ex-Claymates that picked up on the post, too, and found it quite sexy. Thank heavens they came to their senses before drinking the Kool-Aid.

  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger mobius said…

    Thanks for the PSB link.

    That Clay person looks unreal!

  • At 6:02 PM, Anonymous numbfromdrugs said…

    Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that Clay Aiken is massively hung?


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