New Release: The Saturdays Featuring Sean Paul - What About Us

18 March Critic Jonni 0 Comments

The Saturdays are a British girl group who are ready to tackle America and have been attempting to do so for a while. They are extremely well-known in the UK, managing to rack up a total of 11 top ten hits, but have yet to get a number one, they have been so close getting number two with songs: "Just Can't Get Enough" and "Forever Is Over". The five-piece consists of Una Healy, Vanessa White, Mollie King, Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Humes (née Wiseman). All of which had careers before The Saturdays, although the latter two had the biggest success, since they were in S Club Juniors/S Club 8.

The featured artist is Sean Paul, real name Sean Paul Henriques, he is a big hit across the world, but still haven't got his solo number one in the UK yet, but have managed to be on a featured number one which was Blu Cantrell's "Breathe", guess this will be his second featured number one of his... Will he ever claim his own number one?

"What About Us" was written by Camille Purcell, Ollie Jacobs and Philip Jacobs. I'm surprised that none of them have ever been featured on my blog, and it's rare for unknown songwriter to write a popular song, this may just push them into success. Again, I'm unhappy that The Saturdays didn't get involved with the song writing, as I think it would make the song much more personal, however they are amazing singers, and have managed to make this song have enough emotion, like they have managed to do so with all their singles, astounding me that none of them have been co-written by the girls. It's catchy and similar but different to The Saturdays other songs, this is definitely going to chart right at the top.

This music video has an American theme to it, to interest their American audiences, in the hope to rise up their chart. The band has been doing various gigs in the US to try and promote their song, along with their TV series called 'Chasing The Saturdays' which is shown on both sides of the Atlantic.

There are various scenes in the video, there's an American high street, a pool, a billiards club and a baseball stadium. The latter is joined by Sean Paul on the bleachers, and as he raps the girls perform dance choreography, which they do perfectly. I like how at the end they all collapse as if they're exhausted.

Overall a great song that should give the girls their first ever UK number one. And an accompanying music video that fits well for them, they're clearly enjoying what America brings. The only problem I have that it is neither a performance piece or a narrative piece, and purely showing off who the girls are and what they stand for and it's pretty much an introduction video.
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