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Cheryl!!! I was so excited to see this video….and it kind of lived up to my expectations. She looks AMAZING and I love that it was filmed at the same place as Grease. The mirror scenes are awesome and she has a great energy when she dances. But I really wish she had a different choreographer – this song has so much more potential than just doing the shuffle in twenty different directions. I do still love the song though and I hope it helps get her more attention around the world! She seriously just oozes star quality and I’m excited to see her perform the song.


C: Cheryl (Cole?) is back! Although I would have preferred an earlier start to the Girls Aloud reunion instead of Cheryl’s new album, I am excited to hear what she comes up with. “Call My Name,” produced¬† by Calvin Harris (of “We Found Love” fame), is pretty much what I expected – dancey with a killer chorus. Based on my first few listens, I think “Fight For This Love” and “Promise This” were stronger lead singles, but I’m sure this song will grow on me as the video is released and she performs it. The chorus is perfect – catchy, good lyrics and deep production. However, the verses are slightly disappointing. The melody is kind of weird and a bit of a non-event, and the layering of her vocals is kind of weird. I also think the song is missing a bridge and/or breakdown to help build the song because it’s a little same-y throughout. Overall though, a solid effort from Cheryl and I look forward to see what else she has come up with for the album. I’m sure the video for this track is going to be awesome as well!

D: I think this is a fun track, but I can’t help but feel like it sounds like a Remix of an original track, or a David Guetta-collaboration (I guess the fact that it was produced by Calvin Harris explains it). The beat in the chorus is getting a bit old for me, and it kind of overpowers Cheryl’s vocals. Cheryl has a very unique voice, and it doesn’t always work on every song – in this case it is sent into the background underneath layers of production; I don’t even find myself listening to what the lyrics are saying. It’s as if it should be Calvin Harris feat. Cheryl. However, I will admit that the chorus is catchy and will no doubt be heard in clubs throughout the UK this summer. That being said, I was hoping for something more unique and original – I felt “Promise This” delivered that as did “Fight for this Love”. But I guess the whole Ibiza vibe/Calvin Harris (or David Guetta) beat formula is popular these days. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan of Cheryl, I just hope the album brings more to the the table than this track.

Last night (early morning in the UK), the Saturdays revealed their new single, “30 Days,” bringing them back onto the music scene after their tour and Una’s pregnancy. Judging by the single cover, it seems the girls are rereleasing “On Your Radar,” a fantastic album that sadly bombed on the charts. With the amazingness of last year’s “Notorious” and “All Fired Up,” has “30 Days” met the mark and will it help the group’s awful album sales? Here are both of our opinions on this new track:

D: People who know me well know that I dig ballads, mid-tempo dance ones included. I’m sure the song will soon be playing in clubs in Ibiza. The build-up in the verses works well, leading to a catchy chorus. That being said, the problem I have with the song is that it ends more abruptly than I would have liked. Una takes the bridge and sounds great, but it lasts for approximately 12 second before the song goes into the chorus and… ends. Vanessa does not bring as much power either, leaving the end a bit empty and sparse (like when the club or radio DJ the radio cuts off the song off before it hits the peak).

While I think the hook of the song is infectious, this is not nearly as unique as “All Fired Up” or as catchy as “Higher” from two years ago, so whether this song will win them new fans is debatable. Nor can this song live up to the mid-tempo tracks created by Girls Aloud (think “Call the Shots”). Perhaps these comparisons are unfair – but ultimately I’m still a fan.

C:¬†I love the Saturdays. I tend to stick up for them despite their (and their label’s) faults and failures, and I am rooting for them to become as successful as they can be. However, there’s always just something missing…and I had extremely high hopes that this single would help solidify their position as the UK”s biggest girl group (or at this point…the only ¬†successful girl group). Were my expectations met? Kind of. I do like “30 Days” a lot – it has a great chorus, has the melancholy feeling combined with a thumping beat and the girls sound great. “Faster” was my favorite from the last album and this sounds quite similar – though I like “Faster” better. I also agree that the last chorus should be much more epic and needs some big adlibs – something that Vanessa can sadly no longer handle as well as she used to.

I can definitely see this song growing on me as I continue to play it and see the video/performances – but is this the best song the Saturdays have ever done? No. But is it at the standard they’ve set for their singles? Yes…but I don’t think it’s enough to help them gain more popularity. I hope it helps them sell more albums because they really do have some great album tracks, and it’ll be interesting to see how this fares on radio. I also look forward to the b-sides, “Turn Myself In,” a song the girls performed on the Headlines tour last year, and a version of “The Way You Watch Me” without Travie McCoy.

The single will be released on May 14.

What do you think of the new single? Leave a comment below!