Turn It Up (Pixie Lott album)

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Turn It Up
Pixie Lott - Turn It Up.png
Studio album by Pixie Lott
Released 11 September 2009 (2009-09-11)
Genre
Length 40:34
Label Mercury
Producer
Pixie Lott chronology
Turn It Up
(2009)
Young Foolish Happy
(2011)
Alternative cover
Turn It Up Louder cover
Singles from Turn It Up
  1. "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)"
    Released: 3 June 2009
  2. "Boys and Girls"
    Released: 5 September 2009
  3. "Cry Me Out"
    Released: 30 November 2009
  4. "Gravity"
    Released: 8 March 2010
  5. "Turn It Up"
    Released: 7 June 2010
  6. "Broken Arrow"
    Released: 10 October 2010

Turn It Up is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Pixie Lott, released on 11 September 2009 by Mercury Records. The album's first two singles, "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" and "Boys and Girls", both topped the UK Singles Chart, while subsequent singles "Cry Me Out", "Gravity" and "Turn It Up" all reached the top 20. Turn It Up peaked at number six on the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry, with sales in excess of 600,000 copies.

The album was re-released as Turn It Up Louder on 18 October 2010. It was preceded by the release of "Broken Arrow" as its lead single, and includes nine other bonus songs.[1][2] In 2010, it was reported that Interscope Records was planning to release Turn It Up in the United States with new songs in early 2011,[3][4] which never materialised.

Singles[edit]

"Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" was released on 3 June 2009 as the album's lead single. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, making Lott the second British female solo artist to have a debut single enter atop the chart without previously appearing on a reality television show, after Billie Piper.[5][6]

Follow-up single "Boys and Girls" was released on 5 September 2009, a week before the album's release. The song debuted at number 73 on the UK Singles Chart before climbing to number one the following week, earning Lott her second consecutive chart-topper and breaking the record of the biggest leap to the top position in the UK chart history.[7]

"Cry Me Out", released as the third single on 30 November 2009, peaked at number 12 on the UK chart, Lott's first single to miss the top 10.[8]

"Gravity" was released as the album's fourth single on 8 March 2010. It charted at number 20 in the UK, making it her fourth consecutive top-20 single.[8]

"Turn It Up" was released as the fifth single on 7 June 2010, for which a music video, directed by Nick Frew, was shot in Los Angeles on 17 April 2010.[9] The single became her fifth consecutive top-20 hit when it peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart.[8]

"Broken Arrow" was released on 10 October 2010 as the only single (sixth overall) from the Turn It Up Louder reissue. The music video was directed by Gregg Masuak, and premiered on 16 September 2010. The single reached number 12 on the UK chart, giving Lott her sixth consecutive top-20 single.[8]

Although it was initially suggested that "Coming Home", a collaboration with American R&B singer Jason Derulo, was originally going to serve as the second single from Turn It Up Louder after it debuted at number 51 on the UK Singles Chart,[10][11] Lott later confirmed on her official Twitter page that she was filming a video for "Can't Make This Over".[11] The video premiered on 25 November 2010, but the single release was ultimately cancelled.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 51/100[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[13]
BBC Music Favourable[14]
Daily Express 2/5[15]
Daily Star Favourable[16]
The Daily Telegraph 3/5 stars[17]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[18]
musicOMH 2/5 stars[19]
The Observer Mixed[20]
The Sunday Times 4/5 stars[21]
Yahoo! Music 7/10 stars[22]

Turn It Up received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 51, based on eight reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[12] Paul Lester of BBC Music described the album as a "classy, if not classic, debut from potential-rich pop newcomer" and stated that the songs on the album "do indeed sound as though they could be farmed out to other RnB starlets. That's a compliment as much as it is a criticism: from the 1960s soul stomp of her number one hit 'Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)' to new single 'Boys & Girls' with its brassy Mark Ronson-esque production, some of the material here lacks character."[14] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote, "Despite this fondness for swinging girl group sounds and Pixie's predilection for belting out the songs, Turn It Up doesn't play as a retro-soul throwback, the way Winehouse or Duffy do. Lott never attempts to seem wiser than her years, [...] and the production is wisely, slyly modern."[13] Sarah-Louise James of Daily Star viewed that "the photogenic Essex lass seems to combine the best elements of all our favourite British pop divettes: the smoky growl of Wino, the big sultry pipes of Duffy and the pop sass of Sugababes."[16]

Digital Spy music editor Nick Levine commented that "Turn It Up is never dull—Lott has too much natural exuberance for that—but it's a little safe and lacking in surprises", citing "Gravity", "Turn It Up" and "Here We Go Again" as highlights.[18] Dan Cairns of The Sunday Times opined that "[b]ar two missteps ('My Love' and 'Nothing Compares'), Turn It Up is superior, infectious, expertly tailored pop that, had it been recorded 30 or so years ago, would very likely now be being praised to the heavens in reissue sections."[21] Dan Gennoe of Yahoo! Music noted that "[t]he sass, swagger, killer hooks and big production have been focused on the obvious chart contenders and the rest of the album is, true to tradition, a lot of middle of the road balladry and overly earnest swaying, also known as filler."[22] Daily Express reviewer Robert Spellman felt that the single "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" "promised what the album hasn't delivered, a sort sultry self-confidence with a pinch of the wreckless that would do Lady Gaga proud", adding that "corny power ballads such as 'Cry Me Out' and too much half-baked R&B mistakenly attempt to give Pixie depth when she—or rather her writers—should be gunning for surface only."[15] The Daily Telegraph's Helen Brown referred to Lott as "[f]un and feisty but hard to distinguish from the rest of this year's girl pop pack."[17] In a review for musicOMH, Michael Cragg dismissed the album as "a fairly average pop album being strangled by a talented vocalist who equates loudness with emotion."[19] Imogen Carter of The Observer compared the album to a "Disney teen-movie soundtrack", calling it "cloying and cliche-ridden, particularly the slow numbers."[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

Turn It Up debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart, selling 25,652 copies in its first week.[23] Following the album's re-release Turn It Up Louder on 18 October 2010, it rose from number 29 to number nine on 24 October with 15,114 copies sold.[24] On 13 August 2010, the album was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[25] In Ireland, Turn It Up debuted and peaked at number 18 on the Irish Albums Chart for the week ending 17 September 2009,[26]

The album saw modest success across continental Europe, reaching number 16 in Denmark, number 24 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, number 49 in Switzerland, number 60 in France, number 70 in Austria and Belgium's Wallonia, number 81 in Germany, number 92 in the Netherlands and number 99 in Belgium's Flanders.[27][28] In Oceania, it peaked at number eight on the Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart and at number 30 in New Zealand.[27][29]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)"  
3:16
2. "Cry Me Out"  
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
4:04
3. "Band Aid"  
Gad 3:30
4. "Turn It Up"  
3:16
5. "Boys and Girls"  
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
  • Lott
3:02
6. "Gravity"  
  • Jeberg
  • Cutfather
3:35
7. "My Love"  
  • Lott
  • Cunnigham
  • Jeberg
  • Hansen
  • Jeberg
  • Cutfather
3:19
8. "Jack"   Zizzo 3:12
9. "Nothing Compares"  
Gad 3:34
10. "Here We Go Again"  
RedOne 3:05
11. "The Way the World Works"  
  • Zizzo
  • Lott
Zizzo 3:11
12. "Hold Me in Your Arms"  
  • Lott
  • Ryan Laubscher
Laubscher 3:30
Total length:
40:34
Enhanced CD

The enhanced CD includes a link to a bonus area on Push Entertainment, which can only be accessed by inserting the CD into a computer's CD/DVD drive, featuring videos of "Boys and Girls" and "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" to watch online, and to download for free.[32]

Turn It Up Louder[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)"  
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
  • Kurstin[a]
3:16
2. "Cry Me Out"  
  • Lott
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
  • Campsie
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
4:04
3. "Band Aid"  
  • Gad
  • Lott
Gad 3:30
4. "Turn It Up" (Single Mix)
  • Lott
  • Cunningham
  • Jeberg
  • Hansen
Jeberg, Cutfather 3:16
5. "Boys and Girls"  
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
  • Lott
  • Hauge
  • Thornalley
  • Smith[a]
3:02
6. "Gravity"  
  • Wroldsen
  • Jeberg
  • Hansen
  • Secon
Jeberg, Cutfather 3:35
7. "My Love"  
  • Lott
  • Cunnigham
  • Jeberg
  • Hansen
  • Jeberg
  • Cutfather
3:19
8. "Jack"  
  • Zizzo
  • Lott
  • Raven
Zizzo 3:12
9. "Nothing Compares"  
  • Gad
  • Brown
  • Lott
Gad 3:34
10. "Here We Go Again"  
  • Lott
  • RedOne
  • Kipner
  • Frampton
RedOne 3:05
11. "The Way the World Works"  
  • Zizzo
  • Lott
Zizzo 3:11
12. "Hold Me in Your Arms"  
  • Lott
  • Laubscher
Laubscher 3:30
13. "Use Somebody"  
  • C. Followill
  • N. Followill
  • J. Followill
  • M. Followill
  3:08
14. "When Love Takes Over"  
  • Rowland
  • Guetta
  • Rister
  • O. Nervo
  • M. Nervo
  • Thornalley
  • Hauge
3:20
15. "Without You"  
  • Lott
  • Mason
  • DioGuardi
  • Russell
Mason 3:50
16. "Rolling Stone"  
  • Lott
  • RedOne
  • Hajji
  • Hamid
RedOne 3:40
17. "Want You"  
  • Joergensen
  • Klein
  • McEwan
  • Lott
Deekay 3:58
18. "Broken Arrow"  
  • Lott
  • Cunningham
  • Gad
3:39
19. "Coming Home" (featuring Jason Derulo)
  • Lott
  • Sirach Charles
  • Derulo
James F. Reynolds 3:36
20. "Doing Fine (Without You)"  
  • Braide
  • James F. Reynolds[a]
3:09
21. "Can't Make This Over"  
John Shanks 3:33
22. "Catching Snowflakes"   Jay Reynolds 3:50
Total length:
76:04
Notes
  • ^a signifies an additional producer
  • CD pressings of Turn It Up Louder prior to November 2010 and its iTunes release contain the album version of "Turn It Up".

Personnel[edit]

Turn It Up[34]
Turn It Up Louder[35]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Label
Ireland[49] 11 September 2009 Standard Mercury
Netherlands[50] Universal
Poland[51]
Denmark[52] 14 September 2009
Portugal[53]
United Kingdom[54] Mercury
Italy[55] 18 September 2009 Universal
Brazil[56] 23 September 2009
Belgium[57] 25 September 2009
Australia[58] 2 October 2009
Spain[59] 6 October 2009
France[60] 26 October 2009
Germany[61] 30 October 2009
United Kingdom[31] 21 December 2009 iTunes deluxe edition Mercury
France[62] 18 October 2010 Turn It Up Louder Universal
United Kingdom[2] Mercury
Germany[63] 7 December 2010 Universal
Italy[64] 6 January 2011

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