NADINE COYLE (UK)
As one fifth of chart-mauling, award-winning, expectation-shattering girl band Girls Aloud, Nadine Coyle has already played her part in helping redefine pop.
Under the watchful eye of experimental pop alchemist Brian Higgins and his band of merry men and women, aka production outfit Xenomania, Girls Aloud racked up a an incredible twenty-one UK Top Ten singles, twenty of those consecutively, with each one more batshit crazy than the one before. If each member of the band – who sashayed their way through a ten-year, five album career having launched on a now-defunct TV talent show in 2002 – had a role, then Nadine’s was The Voice. Often demoing the songs with Brian ahead of the other girls during the band’s tenure (they split in 2013, but more on that later), it’s always been any discerning pop fan’s dream for the pair to collaborate again on Coyle’s solo material. After a false start with Coyle’s Xenomania-free 2010 solo debut, Insatiable, that dream is now a reality, with the ludicrously amazing new single Go To Work (her first release since signing with Virgin), a high-energy, deliciously vampy ode to making your man work for your affections. This isn’t Girls Aloud 2.0, or even Nadine Coyle 2.0, this, finally, is Nadine Coyle: The Solo Artist. As Nadine says: “We weren’t trying to make it sound like Girls Aloud, we weren’t trying to make it sound the opposite, it was just a blank canvas. It’s exciting.”