Alexandra Burke (that's "Alex"
to you) is an English pop singer, songwriter, dancer and sometime model, born on the 25th of August 1988. After winning the UK version of The X Factor
in 2008, she released the number-one album Overcome
, which spawned four number-one singles.
Three years and one Updated Re-release
later, she released her sophomore effort, Heartbreak on Hold
. Despite buying into the electro-dance craze, it didn't fare as well on the charts, reaching number eighteen despite a number three single in "Elephant". A little while after the album's release, she parted ways with both her former record label and her management, and stated that she will return to her pop-R&B roots for her third studio album.
This musician shows examples of:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Bad Boys".
- But Not Too Black: Her skin is visibly whitened on her album and single covers.
- Call-and-Response Song: "What Happens on the Dancefloor", featuring Cobra Starship.
- Cool Pet: Her terrier, Alfie, has his own Facebook page.
- Cover Version: Her most famous one is of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", which was her "victory single" after winning X Factor.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry
- Executive Meddling: The song "You Broke My Heart" (co-written by Pixie Lott) was originally meant to have a different title, but Simon Cowell requested it be changed for reasons unknown.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her wardrobe can be stripperiffic, but not to the levels of her contemporaries.
- The Fashionista: Designed her own clothing range in collaboration with the Boy Band JLS, called 2KX.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "What Happens on the Dancefloor", "Bury Me (6 Feet Under)", "Good Night Good Morning".
- Melismatic Vocals: And how. She's been compared to Whitney Houston because of them.
- Overly-Long Name: Her full name is Alexandra Imelda Cecelia Ewen Burke.
- Record Producer: RedOne produced most of her debut, and she gives him a playful Shout-Out at the beginning of "Broken Heels". Eric Morillo even gets a "feature" credit on "Elephant".
- Retraux: "You Broke My Heart" is an old-school soul song in the middle of an otherwise electropop/R&B-oriented album.
- Self Empowerment Anthem: "Broken Heels", which carries the Unfortunate Implications that females still have to enjoy "girly" things even when they want to outshine the opposite sex. Oh, and it implies that all men are weaker than women, too.
- Title Only Chorus: "What Happens On the Dancefloor".
- Title Track: Both her albums have one.
- The Nineties: Many of the songs on Heartbreak On Hold are a pastiche of 90s house music.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: FloRida in "Bad Boys", Pitbull in the remix of "All Night Long", Laza Morgan in "Start Without You".