We were discussing with friends over lunch on Saturday just how many pop stars in the past 20 years had launched from the relatively safety of a pop outfit to go on to an even more successful solo career.
We came up with Robbie Williams, Beyonce Knowles and Justin Timberlake.
So while Girls Aloud is (tragically) in an apparent permanent hiatus while each of them tries their luck at the solo game (to varying degrees of success), the flame haired Nicola Roberts is attempting to add her name to the previously mentioned elite trio.
Whether she’ll succeed with her debut single ‘Beat Of My Drum’ or not, we’re not sure. It’s very English, you see. It’s a little bit Ellie Goulding, a tiny bit soul, and with her spelling out of the world ‘L.O.V.E.’, we can’t help but think it’s also a tiny bit Daphne & Celeste ‘U.G.L.Y.’
There’s also something altogether pedestrian about Nic’s performance in the official clip (below); it’s almost like she’s trying to be a little too cool for school. It may grow on us.