Get To Know - The Saturdays
The UK is really big in their singing groups – much more than the US. We used to have boy bands and girls groups, and while boy bands are starting to show a comeback, the US in no way comes close to matching the love that the Brits have for a group of sexy people dancing around singing pop music. Ah, the good ol’ days.
I am going to write about many of these groups (and I already have written about some of them), but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned The Saturdays, and this is an injustice I should fix.
The Saturdays are a five piece female group that formed in 2007 and have been doing fairly well for themselves ever since. They have so far charted 11 top 10 hits (only two of their singles have not hit the top 10 – one which stopped at #15, and the other at #22 – not too bad for your ‘worst’). While they have done tremendously well single-wise, their albums haven’t sold quite as well. Two of their three albums made it to the top 10 (both peaking at #9) and their 2010 EP ‘Headlines’ is their highest-charting, at #3. This sounds fine, but a group with so many hit singles should be selling more albums, shouldn’t they?
No matter, their doing fine. The group is having a hard time breaking free of comparisons to other all-female UK groups, a problem that has followed them throughout their career (short as it may be). As annoying as it may be to continuously be compared to groups like Sugababes and Girls Aloud (we’ll be discussing them later, don’t worry), I don’t think they are letting it get to them. The fivesome have released a new single off of an upcoming untitled project (which we don’t know anything about yet), and it is already doing very well.
If I had any complaint about the group, it is that they are very commercial, and that’s about it. They were formed by a label in the UK for just this purpose – to have five pretty faces selling pop songs that were crafted only to chart and sell well. While everyone seems to think this is such a bad thing, I don’t always. They seem to be fairly open and honest about what they are doing, so I don’t think we should hate them for it.
It’s like being a hooker – everyone looks down on you, but if you just own it and rock it, good for you! Sure some will still hate you, but fuck ‘em, you’re makin’ that money and doin’ your thanggg.
Oh, and I don’t actually like them that much. That’s another complaint. But, they are culturally relevant, so thought I’d educate you. I probably won’t write about them too much, but here we go anyways.
Here are the Saturdays’ top ten singles. I’m listening to “Notorious” right now, and “30 Days” is their current single, if you’re interested.
And that’s that.