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  1. EDIT: This is my first time posting on Exhale so if anybody could help me with embedding the videos, that would be amazing! Please be kind lol! Samantha Mumba might be one of the most mysterious pop stars of our generation. The Irish born singer burst onto the music scene at just 17 years old and took the world by storm. Her sultry voice and undeniable stage presence helped sky rocket her to the top of the charts in 2000. With a lineup of hit singles from her debut album, Gotta Tell You, the "Always Come Back To Your Love" singer seemed to be on top of the music industry. Mumba went on to top the charts in several countries, earned a Grammy Award nomination and even landed a starring role in 2002's blockbuster hit, The Time Machine. But even with all of her commercial success, a resume that most artists could only ever dream of, the singer seemed to step away from the music scene after plans of her follow up album seemed to be shelved by her record label. Fast forward to today, twenty years since her debut, and we were still asking: what the heck happened to Samatha Mumba? We got the chance to hang out with Samantha (virtually, of course) to discuss everything from her first album to her highly anticipated sophomore album. So, embracing the pop music fans that we are, we couldn't resist starting off our sit down (which included delicious glasses of wine) with the most popular question from our oh so curious readers. We asked, "what happened?" And the answer might be less dramatic than you'd expect. "There's no huge drama or horrendous thing," says Mumba who was glowing during out chat. "I very much so got caught in a merge when all of the labels kind of condensed into two and three large labels. My entire team was wiped out so I had all new people around me and they were kind of walking on eggshells as well. Nobody's jobs were secure and it was just kind of a weird time." "So, I was shelved," says Mumba. "The label wouldn't release music but I was still bound to my contract. So, I was in that for a couple of years before I was actually released." The singer was all smiles as went on to say that she discussed her hiatus from the music business. She was able to live a relatively normal life away from the lens of entertainment industry. She's got married and is loving being a mom to her adorable mini-me, her five year old daughter, Sage. Mumba is ready to make her highly anticipated comeback and is calling all of the shots this time around. The singer is releasing new music under her own independent label, a direction that more old school artists are going in. (You may remember that Brandy recently found success by releasing her latest album independently as well). And she's making up for lost time by quenching our thirst with not one, but two comeback singles. The **** mid-tempo "Cool" and the inspirational ballad "Process." "I think for me, this is my first time releasing everything under my own label. Doing everything independently myself and so I'm kind of getting a kick out of the fact that the rules don't apply," she said. "I can kind of be bold and release two singles." "It's just very much so a vibe that I just love," Mumba said about the first of the two new singles, "Cool." She went on to describe the single as "a fun bop" and said that she can't wait to perform it in the clubs. She also described the **** music video as a visual about "body empowerment" and "self worth." The album's second single, "Process," is an inspirational ballad shows a softer side of the singer. And although it was written before Covid, the song is an uplifting track during this pandemic. "And then, 'Process' is something that is so dear to my heart," says Mumba. "And I felt that if I didn't release it now, it just wouldn't be a single. And the timing and just everything everybody has been through this year. We're just all so in the same boat together. It's been a bad year for everybody. It sucks." Mumba expressed her optimism about things getting better for the world soon. "But like anything that sucks and is **** in life, it doesn't stay that way forever," Samantha says. "And it does change." We also chatted with Samantha about her favorite memories from her first album, her new music, motherhood and female empowerment in the music business. This is the comeback fans of 2000's pop music have been waiting for. And, if there's any doubt about Samantha's star power, we'll leave you with this: it's been twenty years since her debut and the singer's legacy is still undeniable and her songs remain timeless. Recently, Billboard named "Gotta Tell You" as one of the Greatest Choruses of the 21st Century; a feat that most artists could only dream of. Source: Gingerposh I'm kind of excited to hear more of her new music! I wish more artists from the early 2000's would make new music. What do you guys think?
  2. A great friend of mine, Basically set me back when we were talking about how the US prefers Madonna's Santa Baby over The UK version by Kylie Minogue. Madonna's Version is huge on Radio during Christmas season, recorded for A charity album called A Very special Christmas. But he told me a comment that had me shook "Americans don't understand Music at all". I was like why you said that.. He's Like You're pop music is Very Hip hop and R&B, that's not pop, you shut out everybody that isn't American, the only time you embraced British pop music was when TLC was MIA and destiny's child was a hit or miss (referring to The SPICE Girls, of course). I was like well The Spice girls knew they had to set camp here and stay here for at least 7 months to actually breakthrough, that's why it was successful, they actually put in the work to make it happen. To me it was very ignorant if his end. I said, look you have to put in the work, once the pandemic is over, you know everyone who wants to make it, has to sacrifice until a breakthrough happens. Yes, Steps opened for Britney Spears in the US, abd she returned the favor on their Arena tour of the UK. But it wasn't going to happen, yes they all have talent, but it would have worked in the clubs, but not mainstream America. European culture is more open, than the US, it's okay to be Super gay or Super camp and have that history selling çareer. .. Our country is Very different, you have to market in conservative markets. I did say, we shut out our own musicians who had successful careers outside the US. Scissor sisters is an American band, fronted by one of the most campiest gays of all Jake Shears, they were far more successful outside the states, Anastasia and Tina Turner as well, so we do sometimes deny our own people, but they still have huge careers outside the US. We do it to, it's just our tastes are different than what you guys actually prefer.
  3. **My first review** don't attack me S Club 7's very own Rachel Stevens' solo career should have made pop history. Taking after Kylie Minogue, she dove right into the trance-synth pop genre and mastered it on her second album. Her first attempt at solo music was her debut album, Funky Dory, a mediocre album that included the Britney reject stand-out track titled "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex". But Rachel Stevens didn't want to be mediocre, she would enlist the help of Richard X and Xenomania, the Music God's in charge of most of Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue's catalogues to record new music. With the release of her new single "Some Girls", Rachel was finally standing out amongst the crowd and demonstrating her full potential. The track proved to be magic and peaked at #2 on the UK top charts. The single was included on a re-release of her debut album, Funky Dory, but was also added onto her second album, "Come and Get It" which would soon prove to be pop perfection start to finish. After the success of Some Girls, Rachel knew what direction she wanted to take her next album. "Come and Get It" was released on in October 2005. The album received critical acclaim and would eventually make it onto the "100 albums to listen to before you die" list. The album proved to be ahead of its time and inherently influential. Stevens would make the most confident tracks of her career with the dazzling "Crazy Boys", a song with a thumping synth beat and ****, bold, confident talk-sing vocals by Ms. Stevens where she declares "For you I'd wait forever, nobody does it better". With "I Will Be There", another album standout and what some argue is the best song on the album, Stevens sings over an 80's synth pop production that sounds incredibly magnetic and electric. Stand-out tracks like "I Will Be There", "Crazy Boys", "Funny How" make you feel like you are at a disco that is raining down glitter and diamonds. That is the imagery that comes to mind with most of "Come and Get It". Stevens slows it down on the album half-way through with the ballad "Nothing Good About This Goodbye", a breakup song where she laments her regrets for her ex-lover. It's another standout track and would have been a good final single off of the album instead of the up-beat pop track "I Said Never Again (But Here We are)" that performed mildly well on the UK charts peaking at #12 and had a cute music video to go along with it. "I Said Never Again" is one of the album's more generic tracks and I can understand why they released it as a single but the album tracks are loads more interesting and magical than the latter. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the album underperformed and debuted at #28 on the UK charts. Rachel released her last single from the album, "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)" in October 2005 and she was never heard from again in the music realm... which is an utter damn shame. The album was revolutionary and influenced albums like "Dignity" by Hilary Duff, "X" and "Aphrodite" by Kylie Minogue, and in my opinion, you an hear it's sounds replicated and mastered on "Heaven On Earth" from Britney's Blackout. If you haven't listened to Come and Get It by Rachel Stevens, I highly suggest adding the album and giving it a listen from start to finish. You will not regret it. STAND OUT TRACKS TO LISTEN TO: So Good Crazy Boys I Will Be There Nothing Good About This Goodbye Some Girls Funny How Dumb Dumb
  4. We all know the Püssycat Dolls planned to reunite for a European/ Australian (possibly American) Tour this year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has been placed on hold and rescheduled for summer dates of 2021. For those of us that are excited for the reunion and tour, what would you like to see on the setlist? Typically they did 20 songs on their tour, so let's keep it at 20 songs. 1 When I Grow Up 2 Beep Feat. Will.I.Am 3 I Don't Need A Man 4 Painted Windows 5 Genetics Feat. Meghan Trainor 6 I Hate This Part 7 Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) 8 Buttons Feat. Snoop Dogg 9 Bottle Pop 10 Magic 11 Hot Stuff (I Want You Back) 12 Tainted Love/ Where Did Our Love Go 13 Elevator 14 Whatcha Think About That Feat. Missy Elliot 15 Halo 16 Wait A Minute 17 Hush Hush 18 Stickwitu 19 React 20 Don't Cha
  5. I'm literally so uninterested in current mainstream popstars, most of them don't have a real distinctive artistic identity, every new popstar out there is like a rehash of a previous one. Ava Max is like the disney/teen-idol version of Gaga Ariana is the teen-idol version of Mariah Normani is the boring version of Beyoncé Lizzo is the black version of Meghan Trainor, would people even care about her if she was skinny? Doja Cat is decent, Billie is aight There's no flavor, where is the spark ? am i just becoming old? I guess i'll just stick to Shoegaze and G-funk for now
  6. I by no means I want to attack Max (Schneider) personally, I have just been very curious about this for a while and am a little surprised no one seems to have drawn attention to it. MAX is a rising pop star who has had a few mild hits, including “Lights Down Low”. I genuinely do enjoy his music and he is obviously very talented but sometimes I question his motives regarding his target audience. He is known for his flamboyant, gender-bending outfits and makeup, he’s always playing PRIDE festivals across the country, and he frequently collaborates with LGBTQ+ artists (Kim Petras, Hayley Kiyoko) and even talks about meeting his current wife at a gay bar. I’m always happy to see a heterosexual, cisgender man standing up as an ally but at what point does it go from Allyship to Appropriation? I mean, Taylor Swift was all but ripped to shreds over her sudden allyship last year and was criticized for only speaking out in favor of LGBTQ+ rights when it benefitted her career but what about someone who has built a whole career on LGTBQ+ pandering? I by no means think that anything he is doing is necessarily detrimental to the community, but I believe it’s safe to say that he certainly profits off of a community that he is not a part of. Maybe I am in the wrong here, but something just doesn’t sit right with me, as a proud gay man, seeing a cis, hetero male profiting from gay culture. Anyone else have thoughts?
  7. In 2011 Kylie (the only one that matters) Minogue, went on tour with one of the most spectacular and well received shows of the last decade. It had a high-scale production, beautiful costumes, magnificent props, live vocals, great stage presence and still she remains one of the most humble, genuine, unproblematic and underrated pop divas in the scene. At 43 years old she was capable of putting on a great show, with a strong concept (Greek and Roman mythology), thirty water jets, a tilted platform, Dolce & Gabbana outfits, dancers and aerial performers. I hope I'm not giving you new information and just refreshing memories, but if this wasn't the case, I'll link down some pics, highlight performances and the full show, so you can enjoy. Also, stream Kylie's Aphrodite album for good luck and clear skin, xoxo
  8. PLAY ME - Harrison Barnes Hey guys... My friend Harrison Barnes released his first song and video yesterday..entitled PLAY ME Harrison is a huge Britney fan as you will see & the video is inspired by BOMT and the show Pen15 on Hulu. Fun pop bop and the video is very throwback to the early 00's time frame with the dance breaks and everything! Just thought some people here may enjoy it! Plus wanna support my friend!
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