Sunday, October 26, 2008

'Timberlake and Kylie to reunite'

...The US smoothie says he is hoping to woo back the Aussie sugar puff to work with him, some five years after the pair hit it off on stage at the Brit Awards back in 2003.

JT says he is now determined to pick up 'where we left off' on his new album...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Were you a fan of Rick and SAW acts?

1980s chart star Rick Astley will compete with American pop princess Britney Spears and Irish rock legends U2 for the title of ‘Best Act Ever’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool on November 6.

Southport Visiter reporter Gemma Jaleel has had the pleasure of meeting the Newton-le-Willows man himself – have you? Did you buy the Never Gonna Give You Up smash-hit single back in 1987, or did you prefer another act in the famous Stock, Aitken & Waterman stable?

Share you memories with the Southport Visiter.

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write to the Southport Visiter, 26-32 Tulketh Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1BT.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cliff Richard | Dionne Warwick | Anyone Who Had A Heart

This isn't a Stock, Aitken & Waterman production, but the live is really nice.

Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You (TOTP '89)

Samantha Fox produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman.

Samantha Fox True Devotion (live at BBC) - This wasn't a S.A.W. production but I think this song was wonderful. I was used to listen and listen and listen it!

Alphabeat, "Boyfriend" (Pete Hammond Remix)

Alphabeat get a PWL makeover...

Interesting news about Alphabeat's next single 'Boyfriend'. Pete Hammond, the producer and 'mixmaster' who had a hand in almost every Stock, Aitken & Waterman track on the face of the planet, has turned in his own remix of the track - and it's great.

The new version an affectionate and (we think) really brilliant mix which as well as being totally authentic-sounding (Pete used the same equipment he used when he was at PWL, and even roped in the old session guitar player who worked on songs by Kylie 'et al') is the perfect match for a band who've already referenced pivotal 80s tracks like 'Footloose' and 'The Safety Dance'. [continue]

Jayne Collins No Turning Back (MusicVideo)

I liked very much this song, a Mike Stock and Matt Aitken production!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jason Donovan is in the Toon this weekend, as Gordon Barr reports

FORGET the Great North Run this weekend, scores of people will be getting hot under the collar for a very different reason....

Having recently appeared on The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan, talking about his relationship with Kylie Minogue, Jason has been catapulted back into the spotlight. This is a rare chance to enjoy an original pop idol of the 80s and 90s, in anticipation of the release of his new single, and his first new album in 15 years, Let It Be Me.

“The aim is ‘all the hits and more’, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past,” says Jason. “I think the one thing with Stock Aitken Waterman was they had great pop songs.”

Jason Donovan in Japan Motormouth 1989

Jason Donovan - The Alan Titchmarsh Show - 24/01/2008

Jason Donovan - The Alan Titchmarsh Show - 24/01/2008 (2)

X Factor dad denies record deal rumours

... Her father, Adrian White, aged 50, said: “There have been stories saying Laura had had a recording contract with Matt Aitken from Stock, Aitken, and Waterman and that she had been mentored by him and had recorded two singles that had subsequently flopped.

“It was nothing on the scale that has been portrayed at all.

“Laura did make three visits to Matt’s studio in Buckinghamshire, when she was 16 or 17, working on an old cover from the 1960s.”

Before the single was recorded, Matt was approached by his two previous partners with an offer to collaborate with them again...

The Rick Astley Debate

Does he deserve his MTV EMA nomination or has Rickrolling gone too far?

Rick Astley is up for Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe Music Awards this November and it’s certainly causing a lot of debate in offices around the country...

Rick warned us he'd never say goodbye

The news that naff Eighties crooner Rick Astley is somehow in the running for Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe awards next month is both funny and mysterious. Why Rick? Where has he been all these years?

Britney, U2 and Green Day are on the shortlist with a man whose last big hit was 17 years ago. He was a proper star once, though, thanks to producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman: his first single, "Never Gonna Give You Up" got to No1 here and in the States back in 1987. Six years later, aged just 27, Astley retired. The big quiff and deep voice that didn't fit his boyish face were gone....

Kylie Minogue to pen West End Musical based on her greatest hits

Popstar Kylie Minogue is penning a West End musical around her greatest hits.

The singer, who has hinted that the musical will be a treat for the eyes, is co-writing it with Aussie novelist and pal Kathy Lette.

Kylie’s sister Danni Minogue is also helping in the project.

The team is hoping that the musical will be made into a movie...