Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Further shelved music from the UK: Melodi Brown

Further shelved music from Melodi Brown (Zahra, Kemi, Kelly Ann and Stefanie) an early 2000s girl group whose songs were later given to Jamelia, Rachael Stevens and even Britney Spears to record. Their debut single "Naked" was pulled a few months before its official release and "Do Something" was originally meant to be their song before it became a hit for Spears. Although very catchy, some songs were a little on the poppy side; "Never Knew My Baby" was later given to Thai pop singer Tata Young and another "Naked" starts out great before the chorus takes it - for me at least - into average pop song territory. Mostly produced by Bloodshy & Avant, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly "Skin", with its uncanny similarity to Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style", and with the energetic "Spin The Record" coming in at a close second.  Answers as to what happened include one member leaving the group and the label Polydor choosing to focus on its new girl band at the time, a certain one with a then Cheryl Tweedy as the lead singer.