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Interview ♦ September 09, 2017

Nadine Coyle talks new music, being a Girls Aloud fangirl and calling her fans her Passports…

She’s back, bitches.

Nadine Coyle stormed into New Music Friday this week by telling everyone to Go To Work over a thumping club beat and infectious pop chorus, teaming back up with Xenomania who she worked with on most of Girls Aloud’s biggest hits.

“It’s terrifying to release songs,” she told Gay Times when we sat down with her at the office of her new record label, Virgin EMI.

The singer likened the experience to running and running and running through lovely scenery and then jumping off a cliff and hoping you land somewhere.

But Go To Work feels like the proper launch of a solo Nadine Coyle, hearing her distinctive vocal lead a pop production she’s been accustomed to for 15 years now. But in true Xenomania style, there were plenty of different version before this one.

“When I recorded the chorus, it was so laid back and soulful almost,” she told us. “The track was completely different when I first sang over that wee bit.

“Then we did more parts, and more parts, and more parts, and then there were three versions. We didn’t know which one was going to be the lead single.

“The other two have different verse parts on it are now going out as part of a package, but at one point they were both contenders to be the actual single.”

Nadine has been busy in the studio with Xenomania for quite some time now, having recorded over a hundred songs with the hit-making team.

“We’ve got four singles back-to-back. It was really hard to get to that, because what style do you go with?” she said.

Surely that means there’s an album on the horizon then?

“I don’t even know, to be honest, if it’s going to be a classic singles then album type of situation. Everything is so different now. We’ll just go with it and see, but it would be great.”

Nadine seems cautious about committing to her fans about a full album at this point possibly because of how Insatiable played out seven years ago.

Many consider the collection an underrated pop gem, but because of a unique distribution deal with Tesco back in 2010 where it would only sold in their stores, it stalled at No.47 on the UK chart.

“At the time it was about trying something new,” she told us. “It seemed like it was all written out perfectly. But there was such a move to things being online and it just wasn’t available online anywhere, so you basically had to be in select stores or you just couldn’t get it.

“This time it’s a lot less on me. The last time I did this it was just a lot of pressure on me in terms of having to be the infrastructure. I had to basically be this building. It was impossible and I wouldn’t want to do it that way again.”

But through the ups and the downs, Nadine’s very passionate (and largely gay) fan base have stuck with her, essentially turning some of her iconic moments into fabulous memes.

“I get sent some. I’ve definitely seen some very funny ones,” Nadine laughed. “I know for a fact that in my new music video there are some memes right there.. just like, meme-worthy. I love it when they send me stuff like that.”

Obviously, the most famous one affectionately pokes fun at the times Nadine lost her passport – firstly during her appearance on Popstars in Ireland when she was just 16 and the minimum age requirement was 18, and secondly in 2008 when she failed to turn up to the Brit Awards with Girls Aloud and was stuck in Los Angeles.

“Did you know that there was a list of the most popular Halloween outfits one of the years, and that my passport was up there?!” she told us, before realising something…

“So after this we’re going to do some content… oh I forgot to bring my passport! Dammit! We need to put out an intercom! Who here has a passport? I was going to do something for the music video – a clip – which is going to include the passport.”

Yep, even when filming some online content to be in on the joke of always losing her passport, she forgot to bring it. Will it ever be found?

“The whole passport thing is hilarious. It’s created a life of its own,” Nadine said. “Somebody said to me the other day that I should call my fans Passports.

“Do you know what, if you think about it romantically, they actually were in a real sense. It’s because of the fan base that I’ve been able to travel the world and do all of these things.”

Speaking of travelling, there’s even talk of Nadine heading back out on the road soon for her own solo shows.

“They want me to go on tour. You’d want to see me? Really? Maybe it’s my own insecurity…” Nadine said. “But yes, I’d absolutely love to do a tour.

“We just want it to be a case that people actually want to come and see it. I’d go completely to town with everything.”

That sounds good to us.

As for Girls Aloud, Nadine is still a huge fan of her former group’s music and even admitted to listening to it recently.

“I was on holiday a couple of weeks ago in Spain and I was playing some of the old Girls Aloud stuff,” she said. “It was the Tangled Up album. I was like, Oh my god I remember this dance routine! I was fangirling over our own stuff. I love it. It definitely made the day job a lot easier.”

Listening to the music now, were there any tracks she wishes the girls had released as singles?

“I like Rolling Back the Rivers In Time and Black Jacks. Oh and Graffiti My Soul was a great one.”

Oh what could have been…

Nadine Coyle’s new single Go To Work is available to stream and download now.


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