Friday, November 25, 2011

HEAR THIS: "Show Me" Jessica Sutta

You can say it feels right
Say it to me all night
I don't think you understand (oh)
Love is not a gimme gimme
If you're really with me
Gotta show me, show me
Show me, show me love
Show me love

-"Show Me", Jessica Sutta

I love it when a popstar surprises, but I love it even more when it's the popstar itself that is the surprise.

The name Jessica Sutta may not totally ring a bell to you, but when fleshed out it will. She's an ex-member of (the original version of) the Pussycat Dolls, one of the three original members who was basically relegated to back-up dancer status and unfairly overshadowed by Ms. Nicole Scherzinger. In a world Post-PCDpocalypse, several of the Shadow Dolls as I like to call them (so basically, everyone except Nicole) are attempting to go the solo route with various levels of success and much eye-rolling thrown their way. Jessica is notable to me because she gained a major solo deal via Hollywood Records of all places, a Disney-based stomping ground and home of the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez & the Scene. It's not exactly where I was expecting a flashy ex-PCD member to pop-up.

However, I couldn't be happier that she did, because Hollywood Records sure does know their catchy pop, especially in the dancey-vein. Her first official solo release, "Show Me", was released back in August and it's a total dancefloor corker of the Cascada or September variety. 

There's real popstar potential in Ms. Sutta, so much so that you almost find it hard to believe that she was part of the collateral damage caused by supposed "Doll Domination". It's very heavy handed with the Auto-Tune, but it's also 2011 and this is a club song. The beats are hard, the synths are unrelenting and Jessica seems very comfy in her new position at Center Stage, as she should be.

Perhaps we should send this news to Nicole, as Jessica is clearly "show"-ing her how the solo jaunt should be done. Jessica's motto is if it ain't broke/don't fix it and she plays to her strengths she learned via her days as a Doll during the glory years -- stay sexy, make people want to dance, keep the single singable and catchy. Someone should take notes at her dance class, as she is officially the only ex-Doll to score a solo #1 -- on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Chart. Get it, girl.

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