Interview: Alexandra Burke

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Petro and Johno met up with UK popstar Alexandra Burke during her four-day promo trip in Australia, promoting the release of her debut album Overcome and the poptastic single “All Night Long”.

It all began for Alexandra on the fifth season of UK X Factor. The benchmark had been raised with the international success of previous winner Leona Lewis. Alexandra turned up to the 2008 auditions, having been rejected three years earlier for being too young and inexperienced. She succeeded in showing off her new-found confidence and under the guidance of judge Cheryl Cole, wowed television audiences with an array of standout performances including classics from Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. In the final round, she performed a duet with her own idol Beyonce.

She beat boy band JLS to take the X Factor crown and was signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Her winning single “Hallelujah” sold a record breaking 105,000 copies in just one day. By January 2009, sales had passed the one million mark, making her the first British female solo artist to sell one million copies of a single in the UK.

In October 2009, Alexandra released her highly anticipated album Overcome which entered the charts at number one in the UK and has since reached double platinum sales. The album features a mixture of uptempo pop-r’n’b anthems (Ne-Yo duet “Good Night, Good Morning”), motown throwbacks (“Bury Me”), and vocal-showcasing balladry (“The Silence”). The album has produced a string of top five UK hits including her second number one “Bad Boys”, “Broken Heels”, and the current dancefloor anthem “All Night Long”.

In the interview, Alexandra reveals the inspiration behind the album and the creative process, her plans for the US market, the X Factor experience and plenty more.


Overcome is out now through Sony Music
(Buy: iTunes / JB Hifi)

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