Go behind the scenes with Alex from this past weekend’s shows at Hyde Park & Victoria Park, where she took part in the Olympics celebrations.
The new video diary also features a rare look from behind the stage & a special message from AB.
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In Alexandra’s latest blog for The Huffington Post, she writes about her time off on holiday in St. Vincent and how much it all revived her with new ideas and more. Alex opens up about how much of a perfectionist she is when it comes to her craft and how perfect she aims to make this new project for all of the Beasties.
Check it out below!
Hi guys hope everyone is good! I’ve been off for a couple weeks on holiday in St. Vincent. It was quite blissful… I went snorkelling with turtles, swam with stingrays and just generally relaxed. It gave me a lot of time to think about the last few months and the next few coming up – ‘cos I have got a lot of work to do!
Even though I was officially on ‘me’ time when I was away, I can never fully switch off and I had a hundred different ideas buzzing round in my head! I’m not gonna lie, this is my second album now and there is that age old stigma attached to the ‘difficult’ second album! There are gonna be a lot of eyeballs on me, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I am feeling the pressure.
I’m a creative artist, and one that wants to be really involved with the planning and execution of my music (which has probably meant I’ve put a few noses out of joint in the past…lol!) and I’m a perfectionist, which is why I am thankful that I’ve been given a bit of breathing space to really get this record right. I’ve come to terms that I’m not the sort of artist that is gonna put out an album a year – I just don’t work like that. And I’m cool with that you know – I’ve learnt to be comfortable in my own skin and really focus on making music that I am passionate about. It took a lot of time for me to come up with the album name but this was something that was important to me. This album is my baby, it’s my art and I am so ready to tour and promote it you know. We’re only just getting stuck in!
AB is back with Yahoo! OMG! for another week of “Chart Chat” where she sums up the weekly album and single sales. Who were this weeks biggest sellers? Who made music headlines? Make sure you read all she had to say below:
Hey everyone it’s Alex here again for another round up for this week’s Chart Chat with Yahoo omg!
So, unless you were sitting underneath a rock somewhere over the last week, then you would have noticed one of the biggest events in the music industry took place last week – The Brits 2012!
I went along and it was a truly glittering affair, and there were so many familiar faces in one room it was brilliant to see everyone having fun and enjoying what we all love most – the music.
Needless to say, these events have a huge affect on the singles and albums chart and you only have to look at how the charts have reacted this week to realise the power of the whole event!
If you look at the Top 10 albums sales this week there have been some huge jumps numbers-wise for a lot of artists who were at The Brits. Adele jumped straight back up to the No.1 spot (will anyone ever manage to take the crown from her – this woman is unstoppable!), Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran are keeping up appearances in the Top 3, and artists such as Coldplay jumped up four places. The Florence and The Machine album ‘Ceremonials’ had a massive leap and jumped up 14 places so I bet they had a few drinks to celebrate! It makes me proud to be a UK artist when we have so much great British music flying the flag!
Adele, Ed, Coldplay and Florence all performed on the night and the performances were all great – just goes to show how much people really feed off a live performance. There’s nothing better than going to see your fave artist on a big stage and having a dance with all your girls! People totally feed off the buzz. I must admit I really enjoyed Ed’s performance – it was just really simple and him down to a T. You couldn’t move for chatter about The Brits on Twitter and Facebook that evening and my whole timeline was full of people commenting on the outfits, who looked the best, whose performance was the best and so on.
Aside from all the Brit’s contenders there haven’t been a huge amount of new entries, aside from one notable one which was Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch ‘Ass Back Home’ in at No.9. I haven’t seen or heard much about these guys for a while so this was one that caught my attention. I’ll be intrigued to see how this does over the next few weeks.
And of course save the best until last – the No.1 record this week is my FAVOURITE song at the moment; Gotye with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. I know I waxed lyrical about this track last week but I just can’t get enough of it! It’s so good! Hopefully it will still be up there flying the flag when next week comes!
Alexandra has written a new blog for The Huffington Post and in this one she speaks about Valentines day and gives some very good relationship advice.
Be sure to catch up on the latest blog below.
Hey everyone… hope everyone is good and surviving the cold!
So after the drudge of January comes February, and the day that most females either love or hate depending on your relationship status… it’s the dreaded Valentine’s Day!
I never know how to feel about Valentine’s Day. I think it was always a funny one when I was younger… although now I am so busy I don’t really have time to give it a second thought. For example, I’m in full promo swing at the moment for my new single Elephant, and last week I flew to Denmark for two days to finish some bits for the album and then was holed up in rehearsals for the rest of the week… so my mind doesn’t perhaps play on it as much as it did when I was a bit younger!
If you had asked me five years ago where I would be today, I would have said that I wanted the whole lot – before X Factor I was really into being part of a couple and being in a long-term relationship. I wanted the boyfriend, the marriage and the kids (although that part would be in years to come!) but now my views have really changed.
When you are in a relationship outside of the spotlight it’s hard enough to keep the spark going, but trying to do that in the media glare can be quite challenging. I dread the question in every interview I do when they ask me about my relationships. I’m pretty open in interviews and will talk about most things, but that is one thing I do try to keep to myself as to whether I am single or in a relationship – because the moment that relationship stops and it breaks up, it’s a huge new story. Sometimes I don’t really want to talk about those things, that’s a part of my life I like to keep to myself.
My mum always used to say to me that you must remain single for your male fans (my mum was the former lead singer of Soul II Soul) but I disagree with that – I don’t think that has any sway on my fans, I don’t think they would be that affected by it. For some artists however it can play a part. From a male point of view it can be different I think as sometimes the female fans can be a bit more tricky, and feel like they have more of a hold over the artists. I think that just shows how dedicated fans can be though – fans do really make the whole music cycle keep turning, they are the crux of everything and I am so thankful to my loyal fans who have been their supporting me from day one.
So, for me the whole relationship thing is just something that I’m putting on the backburner and something that will come later. I’m having far too much fun at the moment and doing the job of my dreams so a girl really can’t complain.
Although saying that… if anyone wants to send me a card, some chocolates and whisk me away for a romantic dinner I wouldn’t say no!
Alexandra left a new message via her official soundcloud wishing fans a happy new year + a quick update on everything that has been happening in regards to the “Elephant” single promo.
There is also a new contest which she teamed up with Fanzy for 1 fan to win a special dinner date with AB. For more details on the contest and how you can enter be sure to check out the official Fanzy page.
Alexandra Burke is officially a part of the Tumblr community. Tumblr is the popular blog site (linked with Twitter and Facebook) and Alex will be posting exlusive blog entries & pictures there so be sure to head over & follow now!
Alex has posted a brand new blog entry with the latest news & everything that she’s been up to this summer. She has been incredibly busy prepping for the new single release, her new jewelry line with Argos, Skyride and so much more. Here’s what she had to say:
It’s been a minute since I have written a blog. The time has indeed come for another update it’s going to be a long one….
Finally Summer time, but where is the sunshine most days is the question! The weather might be up and down but I hope you are all having a wicked Summer so far!
What have I been up too?
I got back from the states a couple of weeks ago. I went too NYC to work with Swizz Beats which was so much fun. I also attended his Reebok launch which was out of this world. I had the best time! Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Beyonce, Lil Wayne and more attended. Meeting Alicia also was special. I’m a huge fan so I was super star struck!
I then went to Atlanta to work with RICO Love and ended up seeing Usher in the studio. He listened to a few of my tracks from the second album. He gave them the thumbs up thankfully lol! It was a pleasure seeing him again!
The news you guys want to hear…
Well, the second album is officially done! I am doing the finishing touches right as we speak. This week we are deciding the first single for you all.
It’s between two songs, they’re both in the mix so it isn’t long now. I PROMISE!!
I’ve been doing a lot of summer shows! If you haven’t been to one yet please come along. You can check my website for more details of where I will be. CLICK HERE
I officially have my watch line out in an Argos store near you!! I’m so proud of this collection and I hope you guys like them too. You can grab yours HERE
I guess that’s it from me for now… I can’t wait to get back into promo so I can see you all again soon!
Beasties – check out this new video blog from Alex & producer Rico Love from the studio in Atlanta, Georgia yesterday. The duo took time from going hard in the lab for some jokes. LOL, looks like our girl is up on the #RedBull!
Has the 2nd album got a title yet? Find out below! #TTLO.
“OMG! We going in! … Check it out! #TTLO” – Alex Burke
“IN THE LAB WITH MY HOMIE @ALEXANDRAMUSIC AND SHE IS GONE OFF THAT REDBULL #TTLO” – Rico Love
Check out Queen Beast’s new blog wishing you all a happy new year! We’re also given a quick update on the “All Night Long” tour preparations and more! Enjoy guys!
Before I get in to this – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
So, it is now 2011 – where did 2010 go?? How did you all celebrate New Years Eve?? I had a small house party with my nearest and dearest and it was so much fun!!! My family and I didn’t sleep till 5am!! We we’re up playing Nintendo the whole night! LOL
I’m so excited to be writing this blog right now whilst sitting in my rehearsals for my tour. I have had my dance rehearsals and of course rehearsals with my amazing band! The time has come for me to have a band.. and I can’t wait for you all to hear what it all sounds like. It’s all coming together, and our first show is less then a week away. Nervous much? I think so.
I’m so excited about this year, recording the second album and of course meeting you all on tour!! If you haven’t got your tickets yet for this tour – it isn’t too late to grab some now..
I hope you are all happy and smiling.
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