Alesha Dixon's third studio album, the second to be released, launches at a very different point of the singer turned dancing celebrity's career. The Entertainer was released after a platinum-selling album with four Top 20 singles, as well as after a shift to the judging panel of the Strictly Come Dancing stage. Both of these milestones reflect a marked change in Alesha's studio recordings, which in just two years have shown a marked improvement in terms of quality. Just about every line to every song on The Entertainer is brassy, reflecting a more confident and sexy pop star. Alesha isn't just guessing when she says I be the apple of pop-hop music on the blazing dance number La La La: she's telling the truth. Few artists in 2010 are able to blend hip-hop, rap, dance, and pop in one 12-pack of songs, but Dixon does it with mastery. Nearly every track is crafted to radio perfection, whether through the synth-stomp blasts of Drummer Boy and Entertainer or via the slick pop hook on Every Little Part of Me, featuring the multifaceted Brit pop star Jay Sean -- Alesha leaves you craving more tunes to bump and grind along to. At her finest, Alesha really does remind listeners of the greats: On Top is Alesha playing Janet Jackson at her finest, and Radio, when remixed featuring Wiley, shows that Alesha can rival the likes of even some of Whitney Houston's and Madonna's latest club tunes. On La La La, Alesha opens with a shout-out to the United States, announcing that she's planning on taking over. With the batch of songs she has now, this would not be surprising. It's hard to tell so early in Alesha's solo career whether she'll be more of a household name over the next few years, but a follow-up release this promising from a solo pop-hop female vocalist, as Alesha puts it herself, has not been found since Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad. Alesha isn't just making a claim; an entertainer, she definitely is. ~ Matthew Chisling, Rovi
01． Baddest Chick
03． Every Little Part Of Me ft Jay Sean
04． Take Control with Roll Deep
05． Drummer Boy
06． The Entertainer
08． Tug Of War
09． On Top
10． La La La
11． Cool With Me
12． Radio ft Wiley (Klaas Remix Edit)
Like Matt Willis, Kenzie, and Kerry Katona before her, singer Alesha Dixon became a household name not through her dance-pop music, but thanks to an appearance on a reality show. One of seven children born to an English mother and Jamaican father, Dixon grew up in Welwyn Garden City and initially planned to become a P.E. teacher. After completing a diploma course, she was about to take a position
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