Let It Go (Alexandra Burke song)

“Let It Go'” is a song by British recording artist Alexandra Burke from her second studio album, Heartbreak on Hold (2013). It was released in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2012 as the album’s second and final single.[1] “Let It Go” is an uptempo 90s throwback dance song drawing influences from the dance-pop and electropop genres.[2]

“Let It Go” received generally favourable reviews from music critics, who deemed the song the best song on the album, along with its catchy tune and production; however, minority of critics found the song generic. The song was unable to match the success like “Elephant”, only peaking inside the UK Top 40.

Start Without You

“Start Without You” is a song by British recording artist Alexandra Burke. Featuring vocals from Jamaican American reggae rapper Laza Morgan, it was written by Kristian Lundin, Eddy Grant, Savan Kotecha, Julian Bunetta, and RedOne. The song is an R&B song, which incorporates reggae fusion and dancehall. According to Burke the song was inspired by her Jamaican heritage and her need for a summer song. The song came about after studio sessions booked with RedOne produced a number of new records that were going to be used for a re-release of Overcome or Burke’s second album.

The unfinished version leaked online several days before the song was confirmed to before being revealed in its finished form as Burke’s new single. It was officially first released for digital download on 31 August 2010, serving as the first single from the re-release of her debut album, Overcome. “Start Without You” received favourable reviews from critics complimenting its summer and dance feel. The song debuted at the top of the singles chart in the United Kingdom, as well as peaking in the top five in Ireland. Its accompanying music video, directed by Max and Dania, features Burke dancing in a lace outfit working out with men in a gym and dancing. Burke performed the song notably a number of times including on Magic Numbers.

The Silence (song)

“The Silence” is a song by British singer Alexandra Burke from her debut studio album Overcome (2009). The song was written by Bilal Hajji and Savan Kotecha, along with the song’s producer Nadir “RedOne” Khayat. The song was released as a promotional single in anticipation of the re-release of Overcome (2010). Burke stated that the song was written when her aunt told the singer about how she and her partner were experiencing troubles in their relationship, and that they were not telling each other how they felt. In response, Burke asked her aunt why he was letting the silence in their relationship do the talking instead of them discussing it. “The Silence” is an R&B and pop-influenced power ballad and instrumentation consists of a piano, a guitar and drums. The lyrics of the song feature the protagonist asking why the other person in the relationship remains silent about their difficulties instead of talking about them.

The song garnered positive reviews from music critics, who praised Burke’s vocal performance. It also received comparisons to songs by Bonnie Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles and Leona Lewis. Upon the release of Overcome, the song debuted at number 95 on the UK Singles Chart on the strength of digital download sales. A year later when released as a promotional single, it peaked at number 16 on the chart. It peaked inside the top thirty on the singles charts in Hungary, Ireland and Scotland, and peaked at number 66 in Switzerland. An accompanying music video was directed by Nzingha Stewart and shot in black and white. It features Burke in a variety of different stylized sets in different outfits and dresses. The singer has performed the song on The Paul O’Grady Show and The X Factor. It was included on the set list of her All Night Long Tour (2011).

Everybody Hurts

“Everybody Hurts” is a song by R.E.M., originally released on the band’s 1992 album Automatic for the People and was also released as a single in 1993. It peaked at number twenty nine on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and France.

Much of the song was written by drummer Bill Berry, although as R.E.M. shares songwriting credits among its members, it is unknown how much he actually wrote.[1] Berry did not drum on the song—a Univox drum machine took his place—but he was responsible for the sampling of the drum pattern on the track. The string arrangement was written by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

Guitarist Peter Buck commented on the making of the track saying “‘Everybody Hurts’ is similar to ‘Man on the Moon’. Bill brought it in, and it was a one-minute long country-and-western song. It didn’t have a chorus or a bridge. It had the verse . . . it kind of went around and around, and he was strumming it. We went through about four different ideas and how to approach it and eventually came to that Stax, Otis Redding, “Pain in My Heart” kind of vibe. I’m not sure if Michael would have copped that reference, but to a lot of our fans it was a Staxxy-type thing. It took us forever to figure out the arrangement and who was going to play what, and then Bill ended up not playing on the original track. It was me and Mike and a drum machine. And then we all overdubbed.”[2]

In the liner notes of the album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003, Buck writes that “the reason the lyrics are so atypically straightforward is because it was aimed at teenagers”, and “I’ve never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the idea that high school is a portal to hell seems pretty realistic to me.” Incidentally, the song was used in the 1992 film of the same name that preceded the show.

In 2005, Buck told the BBC: “If you’re consciously writing for someone who hasn’t been to college, or is pretty young, it might be nice to be very direct. In that regard, it’s tended to work for people of a lot of ages.”[3]

In the video for the song, directed by Jake Scott and filmed along the double deck portions of I-10 near the I-35 Interchange in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, the band is stuck in a traffic jam. It shows the people in other cars and subtitles of their thoughts appear on screen. At the end, all the people leave their cars and walk instead; then they vanish. The video was heavily inspired by the traffic jam in the opening dream sequence of Fellini’s 8½.

In 1995, British emotional support listening service The Samaritans, in response to the high suicide rate but low crisis service take-up amongst young men, launched a UK press advertising campaign consisting solely of the lyrics to “Everybody Hurts” and the charity’s hotline number.[4]

The song was placed on R.E.M.’s Warner Brothers “best of” album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 in 2003. It was one of four songs from Automatic for the People to make the compilation, more than from any other album.

The song is included on R.E.M. Live.

It’s also featured in the Family Guy episode “The Heartbreak Dog”.

Elephant (Alexandra Burke song)

“Elephant” is a song by British singer Alexandra Burke from her second studio album Heartbreak on Hold (2012). It features Colombian-American DJ Erick Morillo, who co-wrote the song with Burke, Brittany Burton, Josh Wilkinson, Harry Romero, and Jose Nuñez. The song was produced by Morillo, Romero and Nuñez under their stage name Sympho Nympho, and Mike Spencer. It was released in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2012 as the album’s lead single. The song was released as Burke’s debut single in the United States on 13 March 2012.

“Elephant” was met with mixed reviews from critics, some of whom criticised the song’s production and the use of Auto-Tune. It debuted at number seven in Ireland and at number three in the UK, becoming Burke’s sixth top 10 hit in both countries.

Broken Heels

“Broken Heels” is a song performed by British singer Alexandra Burke, released as the second single from her debut album, Overcome.[2] It was written by the Moroccan producer RedOne, Bilal Hajji, Savan Kotecha and produced by RedOne,[3] the single was released on digital download in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2010[4] and physically on the following day, on 18 January 2010.

“Broken Heels” was written by Bilal Hajji, Savan Kotecha and RedOne (who also produced the song). In an interview with IVillage, Alexandra Burke revealed that she had a lot of say in the making of the song because she did not want to be a “toy” or “robot” in the song’s development process.[5] Burke, in an interview with Popjustice, elaborated on her experience of working with RedOne. She said,

I’ve got to say, Red was the one who basically got my personality out first. Then everything else slipped into place like a puzzle. Red really started it off for me. He had [the song] already ready for me, right? And then I walked in, and he met me, and he was like, “scrap every song we’ve just prepared for you, we’re going to start from scratch, because you’re not the person I thought you would be.’ So then he wrote [the song] according to my personality.[6]

Speaking to Metro, Burke explained the meaning of the song and the inspiration behind it, especially for the lines “All the ladies tell the fellas / We can do what they can do / We can do it even better with broken heels”. She said,

It’s very girl empowering. It’s more about girl power, no disrespect to fellas and all that but I thought it was cool to do a song about what men do but we can do better. We did the song from scratch based on my personality. This song means a lot to me.[7]

“Broken Heels” came about through a conversation between Burke and RedOne when her footwear made more of an impression than his original song choice. Burke explained, “We started getting into a conversation about why I wear high heels and then the title ‘Broken Heels’ came up and the song grew out of that.”[5] Nick Levine from Digital Spy interperated the song as carrying a good-natured girl power message.[8] Fraser McAlpine of the BBC reviewed the lyrical meaning of “Broken Heels” as follows: “It’s basically another one of those “girls are better than boys, right girls?” diva brag-jobs, and effectively puts forward the idea that even if a woman is hobbled by uneven footwear she can still kick man-ass when it comes to gold medal standard Olympic partying.”[9] Popjustice said that “Broken Heels” is “a song in which Alexandra explains that she can dance as well as a man, and she can do it even better if her shoes are broken.”[10]

Bad Boys (Alexandra Burke song)

“Bad Boys” is a song by British recording artist Alexandra Burke. The song is her second single after winning the fifth series of The X Factor, and the lead single from her debut album, Overcome. The song features American rapper Flo Rida. It was written by Mark Fowler, Laura Senior, Flo Rida, Melvin K. Watson Jr, Larry Summerville Jr., busbee, Lauren Evans, Alex James, and was produced by The Phantom Boyz. It was first released for digital download on 12 October 2009. The song is an uptempo electrohop song, lyrically about becoming attracted to dangerous men.

“Bad Boys” received positive reviews from critics, commending its production and composition as well as Burke’s vocals. The song topped the charts in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the top ten of Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, Norway, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Wallonia) and the top twenty of several other countries. The song’s accompanying music video takes place in an alleyway and a warehouse, and follows Burke’s adventure when her convertible breaks down. The song has been performed a number of times, including on the sixth series of The X Factor.

All Night Long (Alexandra Burke song)

“All Night Long” is a song performed by British singer Alexandra Burke taken from her debut studio album, Overcome (2009). The song was written and produced by production team, The Runaways (Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello).[3] The single was remixed to feature rapper Pitbull and released as the album’s fourth official single in 2010.

For its release as the singer’s third single from the album, it was remixed with new instruments and it now features vocals from Miami rapper Pitbull.[4] “All Night Long” also serves as the album’s second European single.[5][6] The song was nominated for BRIT Award for Best British Single.[7]

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