Charley says POP! My First Press Releases

A little over a month ago I received my very first press release.

While Charley says POP! specialises in Belgian pop, I love finding out about artists from all over the world. Especially if they’re as nice as gorgeous new popstar Marla, but I’ll get back to that later on.

The person sending me this press release was super friendly and what I loved most about it all was the personal approach. The e-mail she sent me wasn’t just a copy/paste job, she started it by telling:

“First of all, I had forgotten all about Milky’s ‘Just the Way You Are’ but I just listened to it and it has transported me right back to the summer when I was 19.  Happy times!  It was a complete blast from the past and very glad to have heard it on your blog!”

So not only did she bother checking out what my blog is about, she browsed further than simply what was the latest post at the time!

In any case, the music would have done the talking regardless. You may remember Marla from the Hollyoaks Music Show. Her debut single ‘Lipstick For The Vampires‘ is out now and while comparisons to a slightly darker Lily Allen would be lazy, it gives you an idea of what Marla is about. Her music is undeniably British, but has that certain groove that would have it being played on an episode of ‘The Hills’. In fact, songs like ’40 Winks’ and ‘Home’, have been featured in the likes of ‘Labor Pains’ and ‘Off The Hook’. Another track to listen out for is ‘One’, which was recently added to Marla’s MySpace profile.

‘Lipstick For The Vampires’ comes with a Ladybugz remix, which I was curious to hear. When there was some sort of delay when it came to that I got to hear the brilliant Prince Vince remix instead. Fresh from remixing Sia’s ‘Clap Your Hands‘, Prince Vince took all the best bits from the song and turned Marla from a sultry Lily Allen into a female Frankmusik. I’ve basically had it on repeat for ages. Brilliant.

Another thing I love about the press releases I’ve been getting over the last few weeks is that it gets me listening to music that I otherwise may not have checked out.

For example, I got sent a copy of ‘We Are…‘ by Cha-Cha. I have to admit it, at first sight I didn’t think I’d enjoy it very much. However, when I gave it a spin I turned out to really like lead single ‘Phonographic Love‘. Which, by the way, has a really cool looking video. Another favourite of the album is ‘Second Chances’. It has lead singer Blain McGuigan singing a song that reminds me of the verses of Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me‘, ending with a guitar bit reminiscent of Luv’s ‘Trojan Horse‘. Which is always a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

So if you’re a popstar, signed or unsigned, if you’re a manager, if you’re a PR company… Whoever you may be, if you’ve got pop you think I’d like, send me an e-mail at charleysayspop[a]hotmail.com!

However, I don’t want to turn this blog into a copy/paste press release kind of affair, so while I can’t promise that I will definitely feature everything I get sent, I can promise that I’ll listen to it all!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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