Singer Neneh Cherry has detailed the terrifying breakdown she suffered following the death of her mother. The Buffalo Stance hitmaker was plunged into a dark despair when her mum Moki passed away in 2009, and now she has opened up about her devastating depression.
She spent a year battling her dark thoughts and became so unwell she could barely tie her own shoelaces - but she eventually came back from the brink by writing new songs from her bed.
Cherry tells Mojo magazine, "It was really seriously heavy. I went into shock and was traumatised for a year, I had a breakdown and just lost it. One day I was almost unable to tie up my shoes - all the fine-tuning had gone. After the first full year I had to find a way of unloading some of the stuff that was all piled up in there, and that's when I started writing."
WENNComebacks from one of the world's biggest stadium rock bands, the original M.I.A. and Victoria Beckham's former arch-nemesis all feature in this week's guide to the best recently-unveiled tracks.Neneh Cherry – "Blank Project"Although Neneh Cherry has kept herself busy via collaborations with jazz trio The Thing and trip-hop collective Cirkus, it's been 17 years since her last solo LP, Woman. An intense Four Tet-produced account of a love-hate relationship, the title track from her forthcoming fourth studio effort proves she remains as compelling as ever.Solange – "Cash In"After kicking off the year in style with the stunning True EP, the most interesting Knowles sister now ends it with another gorgeous slice of leftfield R&B taken from her Saint Heron compilation – the first release on her own boutique label Saint Records.Sophie Ellis-Bextor – "Young Blood"Capitalising on her current run on Strictly Come Dancing, the UK's most well-spoken pop star abandons the elegant electro she made her name with in favour of a lush and cinematic baroque-pop ballad which certainly bodes well for her upcoming fifth album Wanderlust.Royksopp – "Something In My Heart"Accompanied by the yearning James Blake-esque tones of The Irrepressibles' Jamie McDermott, the Norwegian duo confirm their status as kings of electro-pop heartbreak with a typically dreamy blend of chugging synths, melancholic melodies and slow-motion beats.U2 – "Ordinary Love"Following the commercial disappointment of 2009's experimental No Line On The Horizon, U2 now go back to basics with their contribution to the new Nelson Mandela biopic. Produced by Danger Mouse, "Ordinary Love" combines a resonant piano hook with The Edge's familiar echo-drenched riffs a to produce the band's most quietly affecting single in years.
Singer Neneh Cherry made an impressive comeback in London on Tuesday night (12Nov13) ahead of her first album release in 17 years. The Swedish star is gearing up to release a new record in early 2014, her first solo studio album since 1996's Man, and she marked her impending chart return by taking to the stage in front of a star-studded crowd in the U.K. capital.
Cherry played several old and new tracks at the bash to celebrate the first birthday of hotspot Sushi Samba at Heron Tower in front of celebrity guests including Leona Lewis, Alexa Chung, Mark Ronson and his DJ sister Samantha.
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Renowned for changing their line-ups quicker than most groups change their underwear, UK girlband Sugababes have almost made Fleetwood Mac look like the picture of stability since bursting onto the pop scene with the brilliant "Overload" back in 2000. In the week that the original trio finally released their comeback single and the last all but admitting that the game is over, here's a look at each of their five incarnations from worst to best.
Jade, Amelle & Heidi (2009-2013)
After drafting in former Eurovision entrant Jade Ewen to replace the only founding member, Keisha Buchanan, the final Sugababes line-up became the complete antithesis to everything that the first stood for. Jumping aboard the 'fun in the club' Europop bandwagon, their one and only dismal studio effort, the anything but Sweet 7, saw them transform into shameless hit-chasers. While they spent their last three years focusing more on appearing in tacky reality shows (Dancing On Ice, Splash) than getting their act together. The recent news of their split comes as a relief.
Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan (2012-??)
Having left the band through a toilet window in 2001, Siobhan Donaghy and the rest of the original line-up decided to put their differences aside and join forces again last year. Only a handful of tracks from their unexpected reunion have emerged so far. But if they can keep their squabbling to a minimum, the triumphant Dev Hynes-produced hipster pop of "Flatline" and their classy take on Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" suggests that MKS are more than capable of surpassing their former glories.
Heidi, Amelle & Keisha (2006-2009)
An era of two halves, the third Sugababes line-up picked up where the second left off with a string of brilliant pop singles ("Red Dress," "Easy," "About You Now"), a Greatest Hits collection which confirmed their girlband superiority and a second UK number one album with Change. But they hopelessly lost their way towards the end with a lazy cover of "Here Come The Girls," its dull retro-soul parent album, Catfights & Spotlights, and arguably the death knell for the group, "Get Sexy," a jaw-droppingly bad slice of trash pop which for reasons unknown sampled Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy."
Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan (1998-2001)
Arriving at a time when the charts were flooded with girlbands hoping to fill the Spice Girls-shaped hole in the market, Sugababes managed to emerge as one of the most distinctive thanks to an intriguingly aloof image and an effortlessly cool urban pop sound produced by former Massive Attack and Neneh Cherry cohort Cameron McVey. But despite a wave of critical acclaim, 2000 debut One Touch didn’t exactly set the world alight and following Donaghy’s departure, the group were dropped from their London Records label.
Heidi, Mutya & Keisha (2001-2006)
One of the most remarkable career turnarounds in girlband history, Sugababes Version 2.0 went from the verge of extinction to the top of the UK charts in the space of six months. Comeback single "Freak Like Me," an inspired mash-up of Gary Numan’s "Are 'Friends' Electric" and Adina Howard’s '90s R&B classic, signalled their pop world-conquering ambitions immediately. But despite their new-found commercial success, the trio remained one of the most exciting and inventive acts around, forging a successful partnership with Xenomania before Girls Aloud had even formed and toying with everything from crunk to trip-hop to ambient electronica on their subsequent three albums.
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The Sin City beauty hit the London stage alongside Thandie Newton, singer/actress Neneh Cherry, Sting's producer wife Trudie Styler and British comedienne Meera Syal to stage A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.
The show, made up of a series of short monologues, was aimed at raising awareness about women's rights and boosting donations to charities Women for Women International, V-Day and the Domestic Violence Intervention Project.
Speaking before the production, Dawson told the London Evening Standard newspaper, "One in three women are going to be raped, killed, beaten or abused in their lifetime and that's a huge number of women.
"The show is entertaining, thought-provoking and emotional. I've never been on the stage in London before and it's a great opportunity to get up there and do something I'm passionate about."