“Yo-Yo” is a song by British recording artist Nicola Roberts, released as the third and final single from Roberts’ debut solo album Cinderella’s Eyes on 6 January 2012. Originally, “Yo-Yo” was set to be Roberts’ debut single, but “Beat of My Drum” was selected in its place. “Beat of My Drum” and “Lucky Day”, Roberts’ previous singles, garnered positive comments from critics, but failed to impact commercially. “Yo-Yo” was written by Roberts, Maya Von Doll and Dimitri Tikovoi while it was produced by latter, and was the first song to be composed by the group. Roberts also claimed the track had defined her musical style.
“Yo-Yo” is a 1950s-themed electropop and synthpop song in which Roberts sings about an undecided lover. The song received positive reviews from critics, who compared Roberts’ vocals to those of singer Kate Bush. Commercially, it was a failure, charting at number 111 on the UK Singles Chart. A music video was released on 30 November 2011; the video sees Roberts repeatedly changing outfit for a party in which she finds her love interest cheating on her, ending with an aggressive confrontation. It garnered positive critical responses although the low-budget drew criticism. Roberts performed “Yo-Yo” at London’s G-A-Y nightclub and on the Alan Titchmarsh Show, among other occasions.
“Sticks + Stones” is a song by British singer Nicola Roberts. The track was released on 23 September 2011 as part of her debut album Cinderella’s Eyes. It was written by Roberts, Dimitri Tikovoi and Maya von Doll with inspiration deriving from her negative experiences as one-fifth of the girl band Girls Aloud, which saw internet sites, the media and celebrities such as Lily Allen and Chris Moyles label her “the ugly one”. The “faceless” bullying inspired the track, and years later she found a way to cope with the negative remarks after developing her debut album and finding confidence with fashion.
Lyrically the track details these personal troubles, including that of her underage alcohol consumption and musically it is a pop-ballad track. Critically the song garnered positive reviews with most complementing the honesty of the lyrics and also found success with anti-bullying organizations which applauded its message. A lyrical video was posted on Roberts’ official Twitter account. She performed an acoustic version of the track which was then uploaded to her official YouTube channel. Roberts appeared on British morning show BBC Breakfast to discuss her activism and the lyricism of the track which led her to do the same on BBC News and discuss the same issues with Rolling Stone. Continuing her activism she talked to the education secretary Michael Gove to help eradicate bullying.
“Lucky Day” is a song by British recording artist Nicola Roberts. It was released on September 18, 2011 under label Polydor Records as the second single from Roberts debut album Cinderella’s Eyes. The song was written by Roberts and was produced by Canadian electropop group Dragonette. “Lucky Day” is an upbeat pop song featuring synths; lyrically the song talks of a boy not succumbing to advances—but doing so eventually—although Roberts stated the concept relates to all aspects of life and luckiness. Roberts’ vocals have been compared to that of Liza Minnelli and the track has been compared to the music of David Guetta and the Katy Perry track “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”.
The song was well received by contemporary critics, who noted the success of the Dragonette-production, in addition to reviewers who called it a good follow-up single to her debut due to the successful pop themes and potential of the track. Commercially the track debuted at number 40 in both the UK Singles Chart and the Scottish Singles Chart. A music video directed by Stephen Agnes was released; the video was filmed in the East Village of New York City and presented Roberts walking down various streets in the city with special effects added to her movements. During the shoot, weather conditions made it uncomfortable for filming, although this was not reflected in critical opinion. The video’s simplicity, as well as the dress she wore in the video, gained mixed responses from critics.
Nicola Maria Roberts (born 5 October 1985) is an English recording artist, fashion designer, and songwriter. After auditioning and successfully completing the reality television series and competition Popstars The Rivals, Roberts became part of girl-group Girls Aloud. Their debut single “Sound of the Underground” topped the UK Singles chart. This success helped them win the competition and they were later entered in Guinness World Records as the most successful reality television music-group. The group enjoyed 20 consecutive top ten singles, spawning five albums and positive critical responses. During her time with Girls Aloud, Roberts received negative press attention for her pale skin tone and ginger hair which left her depressed with her fame.
In 2008, after releasing a pale skin make-up collection titled Dainty Doll, Roberts advocated the ban of underage usage of tanning beds with the documentary Nicola Roberts: The Truth About Tanning. Her public stance with a British MP led to a bill which banned under 18s from using tanning beds. In 2011, Roberts released her debut solo album Cinderella’s Eyes and her debut single “Beat of My Drum”. Both releases received critical acclaim but had mixed commercial success. Two follow-up singles “Lucky Day” and “Yo-Yo” both gained equally positive critical responses but failed commercially. The album was described as electronic-influenced and garnered positive reviews and peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom. In November 2012 Roberts reformed with Girls Aloud and toured for the first time in over four years in 2013, Girls Aloud, embarked on their “Ten: The Hits Tour”, which saw Girls Aloud split following the tour’s conclusion. Roberts net worth was estimated at £8.01 million in October 2014.