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Diana Vickers

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Diana Vickers

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Since we last spoke to Diana Vickers, she's managed to achieve a seemingly impossible feat for any X Factor alumnus who didn't reach the final - scoring both a No.1 single and a No.1 album. With a summer of non-stop touring ahead of her and a second album already in the pipeline, we made sure we were punctual for our short-but-sweet catch-up with the best thing to come out of Lancashire since its infamous lamb hotpot.

How excited are you about releasing 'The Boy Who Murdered Love'?
"I'm really excited about this one! It's one that I've loved for some time. I had my heart set on 'Once' for the first single, but there was a time when we were considering this as the lead instead. I love performing it live too so I can't wait to be doing more of that. I also had loads of fun filming the video - the whole thing has been a nice little musical project!"

You co-wrote the track. Is it based on personal experience?
"It's about when you like or love someone and the world is such a perfect place and everything is great... then they break your heart and change your whole concept of love and you ending up hating it! It's not about anyone in particular. It's about any guy and probably every guy I've liked since I was younger."

Oh no! Are you still an optimist in love?
"Love isn't murdered for me just yet! I'm still very optimistic thankfully."

Having had such success so far, are you feeling nervous about how this one charts?
"Definitely, but you can't do any better than number one, can you?! It's not all about that anyway - it's about being successful and maintaining a good stamina, and of course I'm very, very nervous, but it's good nerves, you know? I'm very confident in the song and I'm going to do the best I can with it and see what happens."

How many more singles are you hoping to release from the album?
"I'm so proud of this album and there are so many I want to release as singles. I keep thinking, 'How am I going to release that and that and that?' Hopefully I'll get to release at least four or five, but I don't know yet."

Have you decided on the next single yet?
"Yes, we've set our hearts on one, but I can't reveal it yet! You'll know soon enough though."

You've already started work on your next album. How are you approaching this one?
"It's a bit different this time. I'm working with some of the people who helped on this album and some different ones too. We're starting quite early so that there's no pressure. With the last album I could take months out to focus purely on songwriting and recording, but now I'm doing my own gigs, supporting on the JLS tour, playing festivals and promoting this single. It's more a case of writing and going in the studio when I've got a couple of hours free. There's definitely less pressure because we're starting now, but it probably won't be released until next year."

Who have you worked with on the new album so far?
"I've been writing songs with Nerina Pallot, who gave me 'Put It Back Together Again' on this album, and also Eg White, Guy Sigsworth and Starsmith. Oh, and yesterday I met this great songwriter called Dee Adams for the first time. Chris Braide will be on there again and a few more other cool people hopefully!"

How do you feel about Ellie Goulding's recent statement that she's not writing for any other artists now?
"I spoke to her the other day actually - and I think her wanting to concentrate on her own music is a good idea. Her music is her main priority at the moment and I think that's great. But we did make a really nice little songwriting team on this album so you never know, we might get to work together again in the future!"

Are you hoping for a performance slot on The X Factor this year?
"I would really love to do that! It's where I've come from and it's such a big and exciting show. I'd love to perform there in a totally different situation - the feeling would be very overwhelming but I'd like to experience it."

Would a tiny bit of you take pleasure in showing off your success?
"Yeah, I think I would a bit! I came fourth - I didn't win and I wasn't in the final - and yet I've somehow still managed to be able to do what I want to do. It would also be good to meet the contestants and tell them it's not all about winning. To do well, you've just got to embrace the platform the show gives you, and then work your ass off after."

Diana Vickers releases 'The Boy Who Murdered Love' on July 19.

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