“Under the Sun” is a song recorded by English singer Cheryl, from her third studio album A Million Lights (2012). The song was released as the second and final single from A Million Lights on 2 September 2012 through Polydor Records. It was written and produced by Alex da Kid, with additional writing from Mike Del Rio, Jayson DeZuzio, Steven Battey, Carlos Battey, and Cheryl. Lyrically, it speaks of a male telling a female anything she wants to hear to get his way. “Under the Sun” is a mid-tempo song, piano riffs, sun-kissed breakbeats, and a pop chorus.
The song received a positive reaction from most music critics, with most of them, calling it a summery, carefree and enjoyable song. Some critics cited the Chemical Brothers, Natasha Bedingfield, and Lily Allen as references. “Under the Sun” fared commercially well where it debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 57, climbing to number 13. “Under the Sun”, is Cheryl’s second single to date that has not entered the top five. “Under the Sun” also peaked at number 16 in Ireland.
The accompanying music video sees Cheryl travel back to the 1950s to perform the track while strutting down the street. Further scenes see the singer draped on the bonnet of a classic car and performing a choreographed dance sequence with a handful of businessmen. “Under the Sun” was promoted with live performances in the United Kingdom, including a T4 special and The Jonathan Ross Show.
“The Flood” is a song by English recording artist Cheryl Cole. The song was written by Priscilla Hamilton and Wayne Wilkins, for Cole’s second studio album, Messy Little Raindrops (2010). It was released on 2 January 2011 through Fascination Records, as the album’s second and final single. The song, produced by Wilkins and Antwoine Collins, has lyrics that refer to a “natural disaster love” and make many allusions to shipwreck, the sea, and water.
“The Flood” received mixed reviews from music critics. Despite some saying the song is perfectly suited to Cole’s voice, critics questioned Cole’s effectiveness as a balladeer, while calling the song “a flood of stool”. “The Flood” achieved moderate success, peaking at number eighteen in the United Kingdom, making it Cole’s first solo single to not enter the top 5 on the chart. The song also peaked at number twenty-six in Ireland and at number forty-six in Europe.
An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Sophie Muller, was released on 24 November 2010. Filmed on the southern coast of England, it portrays Cole alone in a remote house overlooking a stormy ocean, while she struggles to adjust to life without her love. “The Flood” was performed at 2010’s Royal Variety Performance in front of Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. It was also performed in an acoustic form, along with “Promise This”, on Alan Carr: Chatty Man.
“Promise This” is a song by English recording artist Cheryl Cole, taken from her second studio album Messy Little Raindrops. It was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland as the album’s lead single on 24 October 2010 by Fascination Records. The up-tempo dance-pop song was written by American songwriter Priscilla Renea Hamilton, British music producer Wayne Wilkins, and Christopher Jackson and produced by Wilkins. The lyrics to “Promise This” reference Cole’s personal life and relationships, as well as incorporating the French language. The single’s release came in the aftermath of a public divorce from footballer Ashley Cole, as well as a life-threatening battle with malaria.
The song received generally favourable reviews from music critics. “Promise This” became Cole’s second solo number-one single in the United Kingdom and Ireland. As of June 2012, “Promise This” has sold 427,262 copies in the United Kingdom. “Promise This” is accompanied by a Sophie Muller-directed music video featuring Cole dancing as a ballerina. It also features scenes including Cole dressed as a flamenco dancer and a black leotard outfit. She performed the single live on the seventh series of The X Factor on 24 October 2010.
“Parachute” is a song by English recording artist Cheryl Cole. It was co-written by Marshall Altman and Ingrid Michaelson and recorded for Cole’s debut studio album 3 Words (2009). The song was released on 11 March 2010 as the album’s third and final single. “Parachute” became Cole’s third consecutive solo UK top 5 hit, and her third Irish top 10 hit. It was nominated for a Brit Award in 2011.
“Heartbreaker” is the second single from rapper will.i.am’s third album Songs About Girls. The British single version features guest vocals from Cheryl Cole; this version was also featured on Cole’s debut solo album 3 Words which was released in October 2009.
Cheryl Cole’s vocals and appearance in the music video came as a result of the ITV2 television show Passions of Girls Aloud. In the show, Cole learned the art of street dancing, and would ultimately audition for the will.i.am music video. She received the part and would also contribute guest vocals to the song, singing a new part of the chorus and replacing the original anonymous female singer in the break down. will.i.am said the record company suggested Cole, and after meeting her, he felt the idea was perfect. The duo performed the song unedited on The Graham Norton Show on 24 April 2008. At a promotional appearance on GMTV, will.i.am said that Cheryl was “hotter than Nelly Furtado.”
“Ghetto Baby” is a song by English singer and songwriter Cheryl for her third studio album A Million Lights (2012). The hip hop-inspired song was written by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey, Roy Kerr and Anu Pillai, with production helmed by Kid Gloves. Music critics were divided in their response to “Ghetto Baby”, stating that the track is a highlight on the album, despite Cole sounding too much like Del Rey. An accompanying music video was directed by Rankin, and features Cole and her then boyfriend and back-up dancer Tre Holloway indulging in a public display of affection while performing the track. “Ghetto Baby” was performed on Cole’s debut headlining solo concert tour, named A Million Lights Tour, in October 2012.
“Fight for This Love” is the debut single by English singer Cheryl, recorded for her debut studio album, 3 Words (2009). It was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland as the lead single on 30 October 2009 by Fascination Records and in 2010 in some European countries as the album’s second single through Universal Music. It was written and produced by Wayne Wilkins and Steve Kipner with an additional writing from Andre Merrit. The up-tempo pop, dance-pop and R&B song revolves around a lyrical content of not giving up on the partner.
“Fight for This Love” divided music critics; some praised Cole’s vocals and the powerful production, noting that it had the potential to be a hit with the clubs while other critics criticised the sluggish verses and weak vocals. The accompanying music video was directed by Ray Kay. It was generally well received by media and critics who drew comparisons to the works of Janet Jackson and the video for “Put the Needle On It” (2002) by Dannii Minogue.
Following her first performance of the song on The X Factor it topped charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom. In May 2010 it was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments topping 600,000 units. In December 2012 “Fight for This Love” became the 125th single to reach the million mark in UK Chart history, and the third to reach the feat in 2012, along with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”. “Fight for This Love” also achieved success in Europe by topping charts in Norway, Hungary and Denmark. “Fight for This Love” received a BRIT Award nomination in the Best British Single category.
Don’t Talk About This Love is the first EP by Nikola Rachelle released in 2006. It was released exclusively to the iTunes Music Store. It is her first release. The title track was co-written with Chris Braide (who has written for Will Young, Westlife, JLS and Diana Vickers) and later covered by Cheryl Cole for her debut solo album 3 Words.
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“Crazy Stupid Love” is a song recorded by British singer Cheryl Cole for her fourth studio album, Only Human (2014). It features a guest rap from Tinie Tempah. The song was co-written by Cole, Tempah, Wayne Wilkins, Heidi Rojas, and singer-songwriter Katelyn Tarver and Kevin Anyaeji, and produced by Wilkins. It was released on 18 July 2014 as the lead single from the album. “Crazy Stupid Love” is a pop and urban pop song with saxophones, handclaps, percussion and fingersnaps. Lyrically, the song talks about being uncontrollably in love with someone.
The song received generally favourable reviews from music critics, who praised its instrumentation, the song’s catchiness and Tempah’s appearance. On 27 July 2014, the single entered at the top of the UK Singles Chart, and also topped the charts in the Republic of Ireland. In the UK, she became the third British female in chart history to achieve a quartet of chart-toppers. The accompanying music video sees Cole performing the track in an underground club, while Tinie Tempah also makes a cameo. She further promoted the track with a series of live performances, including Britain’s Got Talent and Capital FM’s Summertime Ball as well as being a guest on The Graham Norton Show.
“Check It Out” is a song performed by American rapper will.i.am and Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj. The song, written by will.i.am and Minaj, samples the 1979 hit single, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. After release, it debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 78 and number 48 on the Canadian Hot 100. It appears on Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday, though it was not released in promotion of the album. The special remix released in the UK also features will.i.am’s close friend, English recording artist Cheryl Cole. The song peaked at 24 Billboard Hot 100, as of December 2013 the song has sold 780,000 digital downloads.
“Call My Name” is a song by English singer Cheryl taken from her third studio album, A Million Lights (2012). It was written and produced by Calvin Harris, and released as the lead single from the album on 10 June 2012. “Call My Name” is a dance-pop song that is compared by critics to songs produced by Harris for other singers.
The track received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Although many thought it was catchy, it was thought to be generic when compared to other songs played on the radio, and is noted for being a departure from Cheryl’s previous works. “Call My Name” achieved commercial success on Cheryl’s main markets, reaching the top spot of the charts in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom. The song also became her first and only chart entry in New Zealand, peaking at number 13 and earning a Gold certification in the country.
The accompanying music video was directed by Anthony Mandler, and features Cheryl performing an elaborate dance routine with backup dancers. The release of it was promoted with two teasers, until the full video premiered on 2 May 2012. To promote the song, Cheryl performed the track on The Graham Norton Show, Stand Up to Cancer, Capital FM’s Summertime Ball 2012, T4, The Voice Denmark, and The Voice UK. It was reported by various media outlets that Cheryl had lip synced her performances of “Call My Name”.
“3 Words” is a song recorded by English singer Cheryl Cole for her 2009 debut studio album of the same name. It was released in the UK and Ireland on 20 December 2009 by Fascination Records and later in 2010 by Universal Music, sometimes serving as the lead single for 3 Words. The uptempo dance-pop song was written by Cole and George Pajon. It was also written and produced by will.i.am who has guest vocals on the song. 3 Words was cited by Cole as her favourite song from the album for being different from what people expected.
“3 Words” was praised by contemporary critics who said it was “a sophisticated love song” and the “standout track” from the album. Its unconventional production abandons the use of ‘verse-chorus-verse’ structure instead, opting for a throbbing build up to a climax. The accompanying video, directed by Saam, features the singer in various fashion ensambles often contrasting colour with will.i.am and, paying homage to Madonna. It also makes use of split screen cinematography and camera effects for the transition of scenes.
The song was promoted on Cheryl Cole’s Night In. The single was less commercially successful compared to its predecessor “Fight for This Love” but despite not peaking at number one, it went on to become Cole’s second consecutive UK top-five and Irish-top ten hit. It was also a top five hit in Australia and has since been certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association and silver by the British Phonographic Industry.A