The UK’s biggest girl band, The Saturdays, are riding high with the release of their new single My Heart Takes Over and their first-ever arena tour (Brighton Centre, Tuesday, December 6, tickets on 0844 847 1515)
Vanessa White is lapping it up: “It’s just been mental - absolutely non-stop”.
She admits it’s difficult to put her finger on just why the band has taken off so phenomenally: “I’ve no idea, but I know that we all get on really well, and that’s really important. And also we work really, really hard as well.
“It also helps that we have got a really close team. They are like a family now. We have had them since the beginning. If any of us had a diva strop, you just wouldn’t get away with it. We all keep each other on the ground.”
And that’s why coping with all the pressures has been relatively easy, perhaps: “I don’t really find it hard at all. We have never really been like that. We just have to pinch ourselves. Our lives have changed, but we are still the same people.”
And this despite the most remarkable of journeys.
Since their debut in 2008, The Saturdays have remained a permanent fixture in the charts, having sold more than two million records and snapped up ten top ten singles. One of the most successful girl groups in the past five years, they recently scooped Best Band at this year’s Glamour Awards.
The Saturdays have built up a huge, loyal fan base with over 800,000 fans on Facebook, over 1.6 million combined followers on twitter, and over 50 million views on YouTube since arriving on the scene.
On the back of it, they have attracted major sponsorship deals from the likes of Nintendo and have been the subject of two national television shows, aired on ITV2 (The Saturdays 24/7) and Channel 4 (What Goes On Tour).
My Heart Takes Over sees Mollie, Frankie, Rochelle, Una and Vanessa leave the dancefloor for a ballad which showcases the girls’ harmonies.
The single is the third from their new album, On Your Radar (released November 21). - a recording sees a transition for the girl group.
Having previously collaborated with heavy hitters from both the UK and US, such as Chipmunk and Flo Rida, for the new album they have been working with an all-star cast of producers including Space Cowboy, Steve Mac, David Eriksen, Brian Higgins and joining forces with US artists such as Travie McCoy.
Importantly, the album brings new directions in other ways: “We are really excited about the new album,” Vanessa said. “We have been so much more involved. We have loved being more involved creatively. We have never actually written this much for an album before. We wrote just a few on the last. We have got a lot to say.
“We split up into groups in the writing situation. We always swap ideas around, and we have taken our time with this album. It has been more relaxed. It was more fun to go into the studio. It all came together really naturally. We were just coming up with ideas. It was great.”