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Swagger Jagger - Cher Lloyd

Single Track from Cher Lloyd - Genre: Dance - Release Year: 2011

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published 20/06/2011 | tipsyrabbit
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Pro Written by The Runners behind stars like Rihanna and Usher
Cons Produced by Diplo, it's going to take more than big names to make her a star
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"HIII HATER, KISS KISS I'LL SEE U LATER"

Turn your swag oonnnnn because Cher Lloyd has arrived with her debut single, Swagger Jagger. Many will know her of X-Factor fame because, well…. what else is she famous for? Cheryl Cole lookalike Cher ‘surprised’ the judges (because of course the producers hadn’t pre-warned anyone, ala Susan Boyle) when she took to the audition stage and performed ‘Turn My Swag On’, a mildly successful song by American rapper, ‘Crank Dat’, Soulja Boy. Most in touch with the music industry would have found this approach refreshing, those out of touch with the music industry through choice would have found this irritating – and only further compounded their probable dislike for any show Simon Cowell puts his name to. Sure enough, Cher sailed through to the boot camp stage of the competition.

Here she claimed to put her own spin on Coldplay and ‘Viva La Vida’, however many on the internet corrected her by pointing out she had completely copied a Swizz Beats rap. How Cher thought she’d get away with that I don’t know. This then brought us to the inevitable announcement she had been teamed together with malaria stricken Cheryl as her mentor, and the obligatory tears/break down at judges houses. Don’t worry thought, Will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) still thought, “yeah, she got it.”

Week after week, Cher continued to underwhelm on the live shows by repeatedly mashing up songs into one and prancing around the stage. She did gain some praise, but ultimately she ended up hiding behind Katie Waissel as the most hated contestant on the show. Having reached the semi-finals, there was again controversy as Cher progressed to the final after a sing-off with Tesco worker, Mary Byrne, despite it later being revealed she had received the least number of votes. At the end of the day, the brains behind this show manipulate the viewers into doing what they want them to, and if people can’t accept this for the entertainment show it is then they shouldn’t be watching. Cher would eventually come fourth in the final, despite performing a Black Eyed Peas medley with Will.i.am.

And that brings us to today, and Cher is probably the contestant with the brightest looking future and boasts a big record deal. Whilst the public may not have been ready for her last year, the emergence of Jessie J may have cleared the way for Cher – not that you can compare them in talent. Cher Lloyd is a poor mans Jessie J, whilst Lady Sovereign is a man Cher Lloyd. Simon openly admitted he wished he could have got Jessie J to perform on last years X-Factor, and has since further praised her after a Britain’s Got Talent performance, which shows Simon knows this genre is where the money currently is at.

‘Swagger Jagger’ leaked on to the internet June 15th ahead of its official release, this sent Cher into a Twitter frenzy expressing she has never been this upset. This would have been further compounded by critical response being generally negative, and on first listen it is very much a ‘what the hell was that’ reaction. Swagger jagger, swagger jagger, you should get some of your own, count that money, get your game on… The opening line to the track, and what does it even mean? Well for those who are as in the dark for me, apparently a ‘swagger jagger’ is a ‘hater’… someone who is negative or shows dislike to you/what you do.

Whilst the chorus does catch on, eventually (I’ve had to listen to it A LOT of times), I pity anyone that can remember the verses, as for the most part it is just a series of sentences that could be mixed up in any order and you wouldn’t tell the difference. You can’t stop clickin’ bout me, writin’ bout me, tweetin’ bout me Is Cher a rapper? No, but I’m not sure she is entirely pretending to be. I remember when Cher first showed up on XF she did say she would love to meet Nicki Minaj (a famous American female rapper) but never has she said, to my knowledge that she wants to be Minaj.

So if it’s not rap, what genre is this song? It’s pop, and surely a future UK number one. The repeated G-g-g-get on the flooorrr lyric signals attempt to be a dance track, but ends up sounding like a poor attempt at Jennifer Lopez’s recent number one, ‘On The Floor’. I think there is an audience for Cher’s music, but it’s mainly teenage girls that will play this on the bus from their mobile phone. I feel almost bad for comparing her to Jessie J, when you consider ‘Do It Like A Dude’ was a much better debut single.

Cher Lloyd’s debut album shall be released in November, timed perfectly for her X-Factor performance, and a T4 on the Beach first performance of ‘Swagger Jagger’ is the perfect stage for her fan base. Considering the team working behind Cher however, I’m sure they are hoping for a big return. A duet with Busta Rhymes has been described as the “anthem of our generation” (didn’t Lady Gaga recently declare this with Born This Way?) and RedOne has also produced for the album. Will.i.am has also contributed to the album, although his appearance hangs in the balance due to Cher being on Simon’s label and Will being upset with Simon’s recent treatment of Cheryl.

Ok, so is Swagger Jaggr that bad? It’s not great and if you didn’t like Cher Lloyd before, you certainly won’t now. Lyrically poor, produced well, and it could just get stuck in your head for sounding like Little Donkey. Or is it Star Spangled Banner? Or perhaps a fairground ruckus? The season of last years X-Factor contestants releasing singles is upon us…

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  • Essexgirl2006 published 21/06/2011
    You're right, it will probably be number one. I hope I don't have to listen to it too often.
  • Aken published 21/06/2011
    Well reviewed x
  • Novabug published 20/06/2011
    More generated rubbish. :)
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Single Track from Cher Lloyd - Genre: Dance - Release Year: 2011

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Genre: Dance

Artist(s): Cher Lloyd

Release Year: 2011

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