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Brian Higgins: «Sweet About Me is the finest record I have made»
Posted at 11:39 AM, 17 August 2008 -

The Manchester Evening News recently published an article about the success of Gabriella Cilmi's "Sweet About Me". Brian Higgins is quoted as having described the hit as "the finest record I have made".

Gabriella Cilmi talks about working with the producer: "He came to Australia and said to me: 'We're going to make this record and I won't let you down'," she recalls. "I think he's one of those people who really means what he says and it rubbed off on me. At first, we clashed over our different musical tastes. He made pop records for the Sugababes and Girls Aloud; and I was jamming back home with my mates playing Led Zeppelin. Janis Joplin was my idol. So at first, we really disagreed."

Cilmi adds: "Luckily, Brian knew how to work with me. When I first started off, I refused to sing anything soft or write anything a bit sensitive. But Brian played me the Rain Song and said: 'Look, even Led Zeppelin had a sensitive side.' And that's when I started thinking differently about things and experimenting."

Gabriella Cilmi, the youngest ever solo artist to top the ARIA charts in Australia, is also one of the new Australian acts that are helping to fuel a music industry recovery, according to the latest ARIA wholesale figures. Now, Cilmi is expected to to take on America, having signed a major record deal in the US (on the Republic imprint, which launched artists such as Mika and Amy Winehouse in America).

Gabriella Cilmi's new single, "Save The Lies", is released through Island Records tomorrow.

Trivia and facts about "Sweet About Me":

-- It's on the soundtrack of the game The Sims 2: Apartment Life.
-- It has been used in a commercial for Sure in the UK, as well as a commercial for Dove Bodywash.
-- It made Gabriella Cilmi the youngest Australian to reach the top of the Australian charts.
-- In the UK charts it entered at number 68 and began to steadily climb the charts, reaching its peak at #6.
-- It has so far spent 23 weeks in the UK Singles Top 75.
-- The Independent calls it "the sound of Summer".
-- The sound of "Sweet About Me" was inspired by a trip to Paris, after scouring second-hand record shops for French soundtracks from the '50s and obscure psychedelic albums.
-- Liam Gallagher says it is his favourite song of 2008.

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Blogger daavid said...

Ahem, the finest Xenomania record? I SO don't think so!

August 18, 2008 at 7:49 AM  

Blogger ana patrícia said...

Yeah.. it seems like an odd statement coming from the same man who a few years back practically said the same thing about "Biology"...

August 19, 2008 at 1:07 AM  

Blogger daavid said...

...only back then he was right!

August 19, 2008 at 8:45 PM  

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