First, from the new school, are "The X Factor U.K." Season 8's Little Mix, who broke the Groups' curse last year to become the very first non-solo act to ever win the British version of show--something that even One Direction couldn't do back in Season 7. Another prefab group straight out of Simon Cowell's X Factory (members Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwal originally auditioned as soloists), the quartet has just released the video for the title track of their forthcoming debut album, DNA, and it's ample evidence that Simon made a wise decision when he put these ladies together. Yes, the Sin City-inspired, leather-heavy video IS pure comic-book-heroine camp...but really in the best and most British way possible.
And then, from the old school--relatively speaking, at least--there's Girls Aloud, who formed 10 years ago on Britain's "Popstars" and went on to massive across-the-pond success. Americans will probably best know Girls Aloud as a vehicle for Cheryl Cole, who was an original judge on "The X Factor USA" last year, before Simon made the not-wise decision to fire her and replace her with Nicole Scherzinger after just a few days. (Cheryl, who previously was a judge on "The X Factor U.K.," returned to that series this season to serve as a guest advisor to judge Gary Barlow). Cheryl and her fellow Girls--Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Nadine Coyle--recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, and the resulting video, "Something New," is cause to celebrate indeed.
Little Mix's DNA and Girls Aloud's Greatest Hits both come out in the U.K. only a week apart, respectively on November 19 and 26. May I suggest a joint concert tour, then? One that eventually comes to America and maybe even makes a pitstop in Los Angeles for an appearance on "The X Factor USA"? That'd be bloody brilliant.
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