Monday, February 28, 2011

Sophie interviewed by SoSoGay

"I’m writing a new song with Junior Caldera"

Is Sophie looking for another mainstream floor-stomper? I hope so. Can't Fight This Feeling wasn't like her usual stuff, but it was great while it lasted. And it went down well on her tour. Collaborating with Junior Caldera again is definitely a good idea, and i hope something good comes out of it. Caldera is a talented DJ, and if he wishes to follow up his album with another Sophie single, then, here's wishing him all the success!

Here is a write up from SoSoGay.org. The interviewer (a fellow PJ-er) sent in a couple of questions to her publicist and some of the questions sent in were answered. Here is his write up and interview.


ORIGINAL ARTICLE:
http://sosogay.org/2011/music-the-best-of-february-2011-and-an-interview-with-sophie-ellis-bextor/


Sophie, what have you been up to today?
I’m writing a new song with Junior Caldera (with whom I did a song called ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’) and so I’ve been getting my lyrics sorted today.


Why do you think you and Sophie Muller (video director for ‘Not Giving Up on Love’ among many others) always end up producing the most brilliant videos together? Which is your favourite that you’ve done with her?
I love Sophie and I think we always have fun together while she shoots such gorgeous footage. She really knows how to get the best out of women on camera, and over the years has become my friend. I think that comes across in the videos – the fact I feel comfortable and we laugh a lot while we work. To be honest it barely feels like working! My favourite with her is tricky to pick… Maybe ‘Music Gets the Best of Me’ because I think that one captures the side of me most like the ‘real’ me – how I am with my friends.


What do you have up your sleeve for album number five?
A new direction. No dance music: time for a change, methinks!

MORE QUESTIONS ANSWERED AT SOSOGAY.ORG. Click on the link above to read through.

Sophie on That Sunday Night Show

Sophie appeared on That Sunday Night Show, ITV1, 27 February 2011
This is a show presented by Adrian Chiles, in which Adrian and his guests chat about news stories of the week.
Adrian's other guests were Clive Anderson and Brian Blessed.

Here you can download the full programme in two parts.

Part One, 194MB
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AG9MO2F9

Part Two, 99MB
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7UCP2P77


Also you can download a short video containing just the scenes in which Sophie features or speaks.
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RO5XRHVA

These are the scenes in this short video:

1) Introduction.
2) New single out in a week or so.
3) Feelings about the Olympics?
4) Emotional response to events in Libya.
5) Comments about Variety Entertainment.
6) A student was expelled from school because he dangled his testicles in a teacher's tea mug. Sophie asks, "is that called tea bagging?"
7) True Cornish Pasties can only be made in Cornwall by Cornish people.

thanks to Paul for the recording and the links

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sophie on Juice FM

Sophie on Juice FM by SOPHIERAZZI

- They talk about her being around for more than 10 years.
- She says she loves making music even more.
- She is appreciative about the work of her producers because the things she made on her own were really "rubbish".
- They talk about Richard + The Feeling and Sophie + Richard.
- Leave Me Out Of It - 80's cool ballad, she didn't write it, but she "really really" likes it.
- She think it can be quite unnerving about kids singing adult songs.
- Her new album is out in (let's say) May. The interviewer asks Sophie why it was delayed previously and she says it was largely because of Armin's tight schedule.
- The album is mastered, there's no touching it. It's finished.
- She talks about the making of NGUOL & Armin.
- She talks about her work with Calvin, Freemasons and Ed Harcourt.
- She was at home for New Years after several years.

EDIT - apparently this is a broadcast from 20th Jan.

ORIGINAL LINK: http://www.juicefm.com/player?url=http://contentbank.u-loader.com/Juice%20FM%20Interviews/Sophie%20Ellis%20Bextor%20(Final).mp3

Monday, February 21, 2011

Interview, Performance and other stuff

Sophie has been promoting her new single "Not Giving Up On Love" with Armin Van Buuren on Radio and TV. In fact, the single is already out on iTunes. Support Sophie, please buy the single.

Sophie was on LORAINNE where she was asked about the new single, being a mum and the usual. She also performed the new single, which sounded excellent, actually. Thanks to Paul and Renzo for the videos.





Recently, Sophie was also on T4 to talk about the new single and play Celebrity Squares. You can watch the show right here.





Also, Sophie has been picked by Erasue to support them on their tour in June. So maybe we can expect the album out before that. Hopefully this support tour will do some good for her. So if you couldn't catch her on her Straight To The Heart tour, you can go see her live now. Here are the tour dates
Fri 10 June Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk.
Sat 11 June Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Fri 17 June Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nr Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire.
Sat 18 June Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Fri 24 June Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Sat 25 June Dalby Forest, Nr Pickering, North Yorks.
Fri 1 July Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire. (Note: Sophie Ellis-Bextor will not be appearing in Delamere Forest)

Here's a video from T4 - Sophie Ellis Bextor Style Masterclass

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A lot has been going on, and you should know...

We all know that Fascination was closed down and there were several rumours that AATW picked up Sophie. Someone recently confirmed that AATW actually picked her up. But that isn't actually true. A lot has been going on, and i think you ought to know this.

Recently, AATW posted this.
"No news on the album at this stage i'm afraid we are only working on the single at the moment. If that changes of course we will let you know."

One fan from PopJustice met Sophie and asked her what the situation is with her album. Here are some excerpts from his posts.
  • Fascination have now folded. She is no longer with the label... neither is she with AATW, that is the label for the single release only, they are Armin's.
  • She said that she is currently in negotiations with several names for the album's label upon release, and hasn't yet decided.
  • She looked very confused when I asked her about the rumours of a ten-track download only album. She raised an eyebrow and said "Oh no, the album's still coming out as planned before, nothing like that".
  • I finally asked if it wasn't a June release then and that April was still on the cards as before and she said "er well, it's definately still Spring.
It seems to me that Sophie has been going through quite a rough time, but she has kept calm and tried to keep us calm as well. I request all Sophie fans to go out and buy her album (if possible, buy two copies each) and support her. I have even more respect for her now, for trying to release this record. Please support Sophie.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sophie in The Sunday Times, 13/02/2011

Time and place: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Blue Peter and the Beatles gave the singer a taste for performance while being
raised by divorced parents in west London

Interview by Sarah Ewing
Published: 13 February 2011

I was four years old and an only child when my mum, the TV presenter Janet Ellis, and dad, the director Robin Bextor, divorced in 1983. We’d been living in Hampton, Middlesex, in a house they’d bought when I was born. Mum soon remarried a lovely man, John. My stepbrother, Jackson, came along in 1987, followed by Martha in 1991.

Mum’s post-divorce home was in Ravenscourt Park, west London. It’s a big old Victorian house, where we each had our own rooms. I plastered the walls of my wardrobe with black-and-white shots of Hollywood hunks like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix.

I was just starting my second year at school when we moved in; Jackson, who’s now 23, has graduated to my big room, the lucky bloke. The house was perfectly situated beside the park, Jackson’s nursery and the local primary. We walked through the park to get to school; adjacent are the arches where I’d hang out as a teenager, and under which I remember opening my A-level results.

Over the years, Mum and John have commissioned some unique pieces of art, which are dotted aroundthe house. Two years ago, Mum appeared on Cash in the Attic, and blanched when she was told what some of them were now worth.

The house was always teeming with people because of Mum’s open-door policy. I loved that it was full of life and laughter, as I hope my new home nearby will be. The kitchen was the hub: I once came home from school and found Mum and Nerys Hughes filming a cookery segment for Blue Peter. I just barged in and said, “Excuse me, Nerys, I’m trying to get to the tuna.” As special time for just the two of us, Mum used to take me to a local cafe for hot chocolate and cake.

I now live 10 minutes away, in a five-bedroom detached house in Chiswick, with my husband, Richard Jones, guitarist in the Feeling, and our two boys, Sonny, 6, and Kit, 18 months. Sonny has just started at the primary school nearby, where Jackson and Martha went, and I take Kit to the park where I played as a child. It’s as if I’d never left home.

Dad moved around a fair bit after the divorce, mostly in west London, but he eventually settled in a beautiful 16th-century thatched cottage in a Sussex village. When I was growing up, he always had music playing in his house, like the Beatles and the Doors, and his love was a great influence on my career choice. His passion was infectious — even though he was tone deaf. We’d get really excited when new albums came out, and listened to them while playing Sorry or Cluedo.

He’s been in his latest cottage for five years with his new wife, the TV producer Polly Mockford, and their children, Dulce, 13, and the twins, Maisie and Bertie, 12. It’s been a fresh start, precipitated by his purchase of a restaurant, Moonrakers, in Alfriston. My best friend is from there, so I felt like I knew it before Dad moved in.

Because I travel so much, doing gigs and DJing, my free time is erratic. I try to visit Dad with the boys once every two months. His cottage is wonderful: you can get there easily from London, but it feels like proper countryside. I love all the green space on our visits, and the sea is nearby in Brighton.

Divorce is never easy on a child, but my parents made me feel loved and welcome no matter where they were.

Sophie supports the baby charity Tommy’s; www.tommys.org. Thanks to an Asda Foundation grant, midwives give free advice on the Pregnancy Line; 0800 014 7800

Have you seen the new Rimmel pictures?

The one with the red streak on her hair looks amazing. The bronzed look makes her look sort of Dannii Minogue-ish, no? I like her pale skin look better than this bronze tan.

Both pictures are gorgeous as ever.

Sophie @ The Elle Style Awards & BRIT Awards
























Friday, February 11, 2011

Sophie in SHE MAG

thanks to Paul for the scans.

'IT HASN'T ALL BEEN PERFECT - BUT IT'S BEEN WORTH IT'

Music career, modelling contract, husband and family - at 31 Sophie Ellis-Bextor sure has got it all. If you're talking about things to juggle, that is. She tells Louise Gannon why she wouldn't have it any other way.

When Sophie Ellis-Bextor tips up at the south London studio for our shoot, looking fresh-faced and gorgeous in a vintage tea dress, it would be easy to think 'why Sophie - and why SHE?' After all, on the face of it, she has little in common with your average working woman. Her porcelain beauty and coltish figure show no signs of having. But Sophie has fitted a lifetime into the past 12 years - career, marriage, family - and within minutes of her arrival, she's embroiled in a passionate discussion about work/life effectiveness and talking like an old soul. Busy and loving it? You betcha.

What's more, Sophie is refreshingly unstarry, batting off the attentions of the hair stylist and laughing uproariously at the idea that she has any sort of a master plan for her life. 'Oh Lord!' she says, 'I am the woman with absolutely no plan. I have no idea what the future is going to bring; all I know is it's up to me to be ready for whatever happens. If life has taught me anything, it's that there is never any point in thinking you can control what's going to happen to you. You just have to be prepared to take it on, whatever it is, and make the best of it. If I have any motto, it's just "keep on keeping on going".' Which is intriguing, coming as it does from a woman who seems to have actually managed to have it all... fame, a critically acclaimed career, a modelling contract with Rimmel, a happy marriage to rock star Richard Jones (bassist in The Feeling), two cute little boys... Surely, you don't get all of this without knowing what you're doing? She shrugs. 'I don't think there's any point in having a life that isn't as full and rich as you can make it. But I believe a lot of that is to do with not having a plan and just taking everything that comes along and running with it. I tend to do what feels right, rather that what people think is the right thing for me to do.'

Sophie certainly took an unconventional route when it came to starting a family. 'People were surprised when I got pregnant with Sonny (now seven) when I was 24. Richard and I had been together for six weeks, we both had our careers and then, bang, I was pregnant! That definitely wasn't planned, but I was thrilled because I always wanted to have children, and we were in love and so happy. I wasn't thinking about what was best for my career, I was just focused on becoming a mother. I know a lot of women who want to wait for the right time, but what if that right time never comes?'

Despite her apparently gilded exterior, Sophie has faced tough moments over the past few years. During her pregnancy with Sonny, she suffered from pre-eclampsia and went into labour eight weeks early. At four months, Sonny then contracted life-threatening meningitis. Then when Sophie got pregnant two years ago, she suffered from pre-eclampsia again and baby Kit was born by emergency caesarean 12 weeks early, weighing just three pounds. Once more, her first weeks of motherhood were spent unable to cuddle her son but gently touching him through tubes and wires in a neonatal unit. She's not one to dwell on the bad times, though. 'What I think about is what we have now. Kit is amazing - a big sturdy boy who is full of energy. When he was born, he was so tiny with this enormous head - I called him "my beautiful little alien". I'm incredibly proud of my family, we went through a lot to get what we have and I never for a moment forget that. If everything went tomorrow - if no one wanted to see me perform, or my phone stopped ringing - I'd still be happy, because I'd have Richard and the boys.'

There's something genuinely warm and wise about Sophie. Make-up artist Lisa Laudat, who has worked with Sophie for a decade, describes her as being 'a really special girl. We've been all over the world together and she is happy to hang out and have a laugh. Sophie is always lovely company.' She has a super-loyal fanbase spanning the globe (particularly Russia), and she's constantly in demand for live performances and tours.

Sophie has been famous for a long time. Her mother, the former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, scandalised the television industry in the Eighties by becoming pregnant (with her second child after she split from Sophie's father Robin Bextor), despite not being married. Sophie remains very close to her stepbrother and stepsister (Jack, 22, and Martha, 19) and both parents. On the top of her right arm is tattoo of the word 'family' written across a large sailor-style heart. 'I had it done for my wedding. I thought it pretty much summed up everything that was important to me,' she smiles. 'For me, it means relatives and friends who have become my family.'

Sophie was just 18 when she signed her first record deal with her band Theaudience. 'I sat my A-levels, then went out of my school, got a bus to my record company and signed a contract.' Theaudience was an instant hit. Her face was on the cover of every credible music magazine and their debut album received nothing but rave reviews. 'It was a hell of a learning curve,' she says. 'You think it's wonderful to be this instant success, but within 18 months it all went wrong; the label lost interest, everyone lost interest. By the time I was 20, it was all over - no label, no band, nothing. It was a good lesson to learn straight away though; don't get fooled by the hype, and take everything with a pinch of salt. It also taught me to take responsibility for myself and just try to keep on keeping on.'

Within a year, she'd hooked up with Italian DJ Spiller for the dance hit Groovejet (If This Ain't Love). Sophie was pitted against Victoria Beckham as the 'real Posh' (by dint of having grown up in the royal borough of Richmond) and beat her to the top of the charts. 'It was an insane time,' Sophie recalls. 'I was in every paper with Victoria Beckham - even on the Six O'clock News! I just kept thinking, "This is amazing publicity, bring it on!" Of course, I also thought it was hilarious that there was supposed to be this huge feud between me and Victoria, when we'd never even met. The second time round, I realised you just had to sit back and enjoy the ride and take it all for what it is.'

Fame, she says, has not changed her life. It was love that did that, when she finally fell for her friend Richard Jones. On paper, it just shouldn't have worked. They began dating, she got pregnant within a matter of weeks, but seven years on, there is no sign of any itch. 'I never believed in that whole "we were friends first" idea,' she admits. 'But I knew Richard because he was in my band for a year and a half before The Feeling got together. We'd always talk and I honestly never thought of him in any romantic way. But he was the one I'd confide in with all my relationship problems. When I split from my boyfriend [her former manager Andy Bond], he was the one I wanted to talk to. Then a few months passed and he split from his girlfriend and we started spending time together. I just happened. Richard wanted to do things properly, he didn't want to drift into a relationship. He wanted to go out on dates; on our first date he arrived at my door with flowers and took me to a restaurant. We managed to keep it secret for six weeks and then I found out I was pregnant. I remember being shocked but also knowing deep down that it was right. My mum told me it may not be the right time but it was definitely the right baby, and she was right,' she smiles.

Her own parents divorced when she was four and Sophie says she'll do anything to make sure she and Richard remain together. 'Divorce is just crap for kids. My gift to my own is that I don't ever want them to have to go through that. My mum also told me that your kids have to come first, but never forget your husband. I don't. You have to invest in your marriage. Richard and I do date nights, we go out, we eat, we laugh. We remember we're still young and we're in love.'

'Richard has definitely changed me. He supports me and encourages me, and he doesn't have a jealous bone in his body, which I love. We've been through some big traumas and he's been by my side every step of the way, and I know that both of us share the same values. We have our family and we love what we do - music is a huge part of our lives and whether or not anyone wants to come and listen, it's still something we both have to do.'

Sophie has just finished her latest album, Make A scene. For the past few months, she's been in Russia, Indonesia and Europe promoting it, and she took Sonny on tour. 'He's not fazed by what I do,' she says. 'It's just normal to him. What he loved was being with me in hotels, ordering room service, and seeing different countries. I felt so privileged to be able to do that with him.'

On top of everything, Sophie continues to model (she has fronted a campaign for Monsoon and is the face of Rimmel) but, for some reason, she still thinks she's a bit of a slacker. 'There are people out there who do the whole branding thing - look at Dannii Minogue doing The X Factor, you have to hand it to her. There's a part of me that's a bit lazy, I don't push myself that much... If Simon Cowell asked me to join his panel, I'd definitely say 'yes', but I don't seem to have that extra muscle to put myself out there. Maybe I'm a bit too English,' she laughs.

It's more likely that she doesn't see herself as anything special. 'I do a lot of juggling, like millions of other mums,' she says. 'I give myself crazy schedules - dates in Russia followed by coming home and rushing out to a housewarming, then cooking for 18... Something has to give; for me, it's sleep. I generally manage on very few hours. I'm not a great sight in the morning, but luckily I'm with a man who always knows the right thing to say.'

She is, however, in remarkable shape. 'I'm thinner than I was before I had kids. I don't know why. I think it's genetic. I know what I'm going to look like when I'm older because I'm pretty much identical to my granny Sybil [on her father's side]. I get my long shins and pale skin from her - I missed out on her bigger boobs, though. Apart from that, I'm pretty happy.'

Sophie's new single with Armin Van Buuren, 'Not Giving Up On Love' is released on 7 March.





Sophie on the radio + new tweets

Dear @SophieEB if #MakeAScene #StraightToTheHeart or whatever u finally decide to name ur album isn't out by summer, i'll stop being ur fan
@carlosiberri well thanks for the threat ;-) but the album WILL be out by summer.

Has Sophie used CAPITAL LETTERS in her tweets before?
Has she used a smiley before? :o

And a treat for her Latin American fans:
  • i hear you, latin american fans. i will come and see you. x
  • woah that opened the floodgates! ok ok i will come to see all of you. have passport, will travel. x

Sophie is finally promoting the song on the radio. And the good thing is some stations are playing her song. Gaydar has A-listed the song as well. You can still keep voting for Sophie on Gaydar and MTV Dance. The links are in my previous post.

Here are some radio interviews:
Many thanks to Paul and Renzo for these interviews.

Interview on The Extra Big One (KMFM Extra)
Interview on The Extra Big One (KMFM Extra) by RenzoMV

Interview on Total Access
Interview on Total Access by RenzoMV

Interview on BBC Radio 2
Interview on BBC Radio 2 by RenzoMV

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