IAIN SHEDDEN SPIN DOCTOR
I’ M Brian McFadden. I’m a singer and here are my songs and I hope you enjoy them. Actually I’m not Brian McFadden, but if I were, that’s what I would be saying to you at this time, as I prepared for the release of my new album, Set in Stone , which comes out on April 19. ‘‘ The thought of doing that is very appealing to me,’’ the former Westlife and future Deltawife singer says about wanting to say that he’s a singer and that his songs are here and so on. The Fad has quite a lot to spout about a lot of stuff in the fluff accompanying his new release. The most startling revelation is that in the leadup to the making of Set in Stone , the Irish former bingo caller wrote 150 songs. That’s 150. Songs. Now, there’s nothing like being prepared when you’re about to go into the studio. No point walking in with a blank sheet of paper and shouting 1- 2- 3- 4 when the band arrives, although it has been known to happen. But 150? Really? Even allowing for the fact it has been almost 31/
2 years since his previous album, Irish Son , was released, that would be just shy of a song a week. But this period of creativity was ‘‘ in the lead- up’’ and most of the album was completed last year. A version of one of the songs from it, his Delta tribute, Like Only a Woman Can , came out overseas yonks ago. So how on earth does he manage it, given that he’s often to be seen playing footy or checking out his favourite rock bands or hanging out with her indoors at social functions, never mind maintaining a private life with his betrothed? Taking all of his personal and professional commitments and the time frame into account, as well as meals and toilet breaks, I reckon that’s a new tune every 20 minutes or so. There are only 10 songs on the album. That’s 140 unaccounted for. Where are they? What are they like? The Fad’s not answering these questions just yet, but let’s hope he does soon. POP stardom is all about reinvention, as Madonna and our Kyles would be only too happy to tell you. ( Delta’s trying desperately to up her sexy rating, but it’s a struggle so far.) Should McFadden or indeed his future wife be looking for some way to bolster their careers they could do worse than take a leaf from the book of American hip- hop phenomenon 50 Cent. 54 Cent, as he is known in Australia ( 25p Diddy in Britain) is about to launch his second video game following the success of his best- selling 2006 monster rap meets Rambo exercise, 50 Cent: Bulletproof. The new epic for Xbox and PlayStation is called 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand and you can bet your bottom half a buck it’s not about getting a nosebleed at the beach. There is a plot, however, in which the player gets to be one of the world’s biggest hip- hop stars, ‘‘ in an all- out battle to protect 50 Cent’s assets and to collect payment from a crooked overlord’’. He’s looking for songs to go with it, apparently. Brian, surely you must have something in that batch of 140 that could accompany the nasty, nasty overlord getting his comeuppance from the mighty Cent.
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