The Alesha Show

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This article is about the Alesha Dixon album. For the 2009 concert tour, see The Alesha Show (tour).
The Alesha Show
Studio album by Alesha Dixon
Released 24 November 2008
Recorded 2007-2009
Genre R&B, soul, funk
Length 52:25
Label Asylum, Atlantic
Producer Xenomania,[1] Steve Booker, The Underdogs,[1] Kuk Harrell, Stephen Lipson, Soulshock & Karlin, Al Shux
Alesha Dixon chronology
Fired Up
(2006)
The Alesha Show
(2008)
The Entertainer
(2010)
Alternative cover
International cover
The Alesha Show - Encore cover
Singles from The Alesha Show
  1. "The Boy Does Nothing"
    Released: 10 November 2008
  2. "Breathe Slow"
    Released: 9 February 2009
  3. "Let's Get Excited"
    Released: 11 May 2009
  4. "To Love Again"
    Released: 15 November 2009

The Alesha Show is the second studio album from British R&B recording artist Alesha Dixon, the album is her first album to be released in the United Kingdom. It was released on 24 November 2008 in the UK by Asylum Records. Dixon, an ex-member of UK Garage girl group, Mis-Teeq, used her full name for the first time while releasing The Alesha Show (her previous album was credited mononymously as "Alesha"). The album's Xenomania-produced track, "The Boy Does Nothing" was chosen as the lead single.[2]

A deluxe edition of the album was released on 23 November 2009, entitled The Alesha Show: The Encore. The first single from the Encore edition was "To Love Again". All the singles released from the album, including the Encore edition, reached the top 15 on the UK Singles Chart.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[3]
Dotmusic 7/10 stars[4]
The Independent 3/5 stars[5]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[6]
Orange 3/5 stars[7]
Teentoday.co.uk 3/5 stars[8]
The Times 3/5 stars[9]

Commercial[edit]

The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number twenty-six, selling over 26,000 copies. It dropped off the top 75 chart after four weeks.[10] The album slowly climbed up the chart and after the success of her second "Breathe Slow" it rose to a new peak of 12, giving the album its first top-twenty chart placing and has since been certified Gold for sales of over 100,000 copies. Following the release of "Let's Get Excited", it rebounded to a new peak of 11.[11]

Following the international release of "The Boy Does Nothing", The Alesha Show has charted in various European countries, including a peak of 39 on the French Albums Chart, compiled by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.

Critical[edit]

The album received generally mixed reviews from various critics. Alex Foster of the BBC started by praising Dixon on launching a well orchestrated comeback, saying "Modern celebrity is a fickle beast. After it chews you up and spits you out only a few are rewarded for their resilience with one more bite of the cherry".[12] However, Foster continued onwards criticising Dixon's apparent genre change, stating "Is this the Britney of old? A rhymes-spitting, N.E.R.D video featuring, uniquely British R&B vixen that can ace rather than ape the Americans? The answer sadly is 'no'".[12] However Foster did praise tracks such as "Breathe Slow" and "Hand It Over".[12] Nick Levine of Digital Spy gave the album three stars and stated that "Dixon tries her hand at everything from 60s glitz ('Cinderella Shoe') to synthy R&B ('Breathe Slow') to mellow ballads ('Don't Let Me Go'), managing more often that not to pull it off [...] Not unsurprisingly given its relentless genre-hopping, The Alesha Show does feature a few misfires. 'Ooh Baby I Like It Like That' sounds like a Dannii Minogue B-side from 2003".[13] However, the review ended on an optimistic note, saying that "these quibbles aren't enough to sink an album that's often as lively and likable as the woman who made it".[13]

Singles[edit]

Standard[edit]

Encore[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition CD
No. Title Music Length
1. "Welcome to the Alesha Show"   Alesha Dixon, Marvin-Paul Ambrosius & Yann Macé 0:26
2. "Let's Get Excited"   Alesha Dixon, Thaddis Harrell, Sean Hall & Todd Herfindal 3:18
3. "Breathe Slow"   Carsten Schack, Kenneth Karlin & Harold Lily 4:13
4. "Cinderella Shoe"   Alesha Dixon, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Carla-Marie Williams, Nick Coler & Xenomania 2:41
5. "The Boy Does Nothing"   Brian Higgins, Alesha Dixon, Miranda Cooper & Carla-Marie Williams 3:34
6. "Chasing Ghosts"   Alesha Dixon & Steve Booker 3:43
7. "Play Me"   Miranda Cooper, Alesha Dixon, Brian Higgins, Jon Shave, Toby Scott, Jason Resch & Kieran Jones 3:36
8. "Hand It Over"   Alesha Dixon, Harvey Mason Jr., Warren Felder, James Fauntleroy II, Frankie Storm 3:35
9. "Do You Know the Way It Feels"   Diane Warren 4:04
10. "Can I Begin"   Alesha Dixon, Alexander Shuckburgh, Amanda Ghost & Ian Dench 3:32
11. "Italians Do It Better"   Alesha Dixon, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Jason Resch & Kieran Jones 4:10
12. "Ooh Baby I Like It Like That"   Alesha Dixon, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins & Sasha Collinson 3:45
13. "Don't Ever Let Me Go" (Samples "Paper Aeroplane" by Angus & Julia Stone) Alesha Dixon, Angus Stone & Julia Stone 3:44
14. "I'm Thru"
"Mystery" (hidden track)
Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Matt Gray & Owen Parker
Alesha Dixon, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins & Tim Powell
8:56
Encore edition bonus tracks
No. Title Music Length
15. "To Love Again"   Alesha Dixon, Gary Barlow, John Shanks 3:51
16. "Shake"   Alesha Dixon, Steve Booker, Paloma Faith 3:30
17. "The Light"   Alesha Dixon, Brian Higgins, Miranda Cooper, Xenomania 3:57
18. "All Out of Tune"
"Mystery" (hidden track)
Alesha Dixon, Alexander Grant
Alesha Dixon, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins & Tim Powell
10:05

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
UK[14] 24 November 2008 Asylum
Ireland
Japan[15] 21 January 2009 Victor
Europe 20 February 2009 Warner Music
Poland[16] 23 March 2009
Brazil[17] 23 April 2009
Spain[18] 12 May 2009
Germany[19] 29 May 2009
Austria[19]
Switzerland[19]
Australia[20] 4 September 2009
United Kingdom[21]
(Encore edition)
23 November 2009
Asylum

Tour[edit]

In summer 2009 it was announced that Dixon would tour across the UK in support of The Alesha Show. Dixon named the 17 date concert tour "The Alesha Show". The tour is due to begin on 20 October in Nottingham and finish on 19 November in Brighton. Dixon had to reschedule three shows when it was announced that she would take on the role of judge on Strictly Come Dancing.[22]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Music (22 September 2008). "Hello!Magazine Interview". Hellomagazine.ca. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
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  4. ^  4 hrs ago (20 April 2011). "Dotmusic review". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
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  8. ^ "review". Teentoday.co.uk. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
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