Their last album, ‘On Your Radar,’ could only reach the giddy heights of No.23 when it was released last November, while despite 13 attempts, they have yet to score a UK number one. So The Saturdays don’t seem the most obvious candidates to join in with the current British invasion of the States.
And yet just months after securing a reality show on the E! network, the band with nine lives are continuing to prevent what seemed like an inevitable slide into the pop dumper with the news that they have signed a record deal with US label Def Jam.
Yes, the hip-hop and urban giant, currently home to the likes of Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Nas, have somehow deemed the girlband, whose biggest hit is a HI-NRG cover version of an 80s Depeche Mode song, an ideal fit for their roster. Perhaps Flo Rida’s guest rap on ‘Higher’ wasn’t so pointless after all!
Understandably, the girls are excited, if like everyone else, a little bewildered, with Frankie Sandford telling Billboard:
“We were so afraid. We didn’t want to leave England. Nowadays, luckily, [English] people are a lot more open to their favourite acts going to America.
“It used to be a little bit like, ‘They’re leaving us! They’re going to the US and they’re never coming back!’ People seem a little more accepting of that now.”
Una Healy also went on to suggest that The Saturdays are exactly what America needs:
“We feel like the time is now for pop music coming from the UK and Ireland, but there’s never been a girl band coming from there since The Spice Girls. It’s time for us.”
Well, if Cher Lloyd can crack the States, then perhaps there’s hope for everyone.