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Stooshe interview: 'We're getting together an American plan'

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After signing a major label deal with Warner Music two years ago, Stooshe have gone on to claim two Top 10 hits and a Top 10 debut album.

Digital Spy caught up with the trio for an acoustic performance of their new single 'My Man Music', as well as quizzing them on those intriguing US plans.

Where did the inspiration for 'My Man Music' come from?
Alex: "Basically we just say how much we love music and it's our main passion. We love all different types of music and the way it makes us feel - and it just brings everyone together."

It's the perfect summer song, so were you waiting for the warm weather to release it?
Karis: "I think that's what it was. Obviously it's a song off the album so everybody can already get it, but we wanted to put a video to it. This is something we've had from the very beginning - it's actually three years [old] - so a couple of summers have already gone, but this year's the right time."

Has it changed that much during that time?
Karis: "It actually hasn't. This is one of the only songs that we didn't re-vocal and we really want to! But it already went out on the album."


Congratulations on London With The Lights On going Top 10 - were you happy with the final charting?
Courtney: "It's our first album, so it's amazing that it went in at number eight."

Moving forward, are you looking to release more singles from the album? We've noticed that 'Kiss Chase' is a fan favourite.
Alex: "We love 'Kiss Chase', but we don't know right now. 'Kiss Chase' would be such a good single, but it's a mutual decision obviously. There is one single we've got an idea of releasing around Christmas time, but we don't know how far we are going to be into writing our second album."

What are your hopes for the second album?
Courtney: "Just having fun again, so whatever music we make, we can just go out and have fun with it."
Alex: "We want to branch out to different genres as well."
Karis: "We want to get into a session with Rudimental, but if we are going to cross over into that style of music, we want to make sure our vocals stay the same. We want powerhouse vocals on different types of music."

Do you think it's harder for girl groups to breakthrough into the industry and sustain popularity than for boybands?
Alex: "It's obviously easier for a girl fan to fall in love with a group of boys who look good and sing well. It's harder for three girls to get girls being like, 'I love those three girls'. Guys don't really like showing they like girls either, really."
Karis: "Either way, everyone has to work hard. Girls just have no shame in screaming for a guy than they do screaming for a girl."

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We recently saw you tweeting about some plans to head to America...
Karis: "[Laughs] That wasn't us tweeting, but you know how it is. We getting together an American plan, but we're just trying to keep it between us and get our heads focussed. We don't want to rush anything."
Alex: "We're just going to network and meet a few people and see what they think of us out there. We've never really done anything there before - just one show - so we'd like to go and explore."
Karis: "J Lo's team, who we met on tour and we've met up since - they're amazing - we'll meet up with them. We've got a few American link-ups, so it'll be good."

You've supported some massive names in the past like Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez - have they given you any good advice about the music biz?
Alex: "They've never really given advice. Nicki, when she saw us, said, 'I love your style - keep doing what you're doing. I hand-picked you guys, I saw something in you', which was nice. J Lo didn't give us any, but sometimes that's nice because they talk to you on a personal level. They just talk to you about going home for Christmas, and it's lovely."

We bloody love J Lo.
Karis: "I love her. We were standing on the side of the stage the other day watching her and she's amazing. So inspirational. She works out just before she goes on stage for an hour in her hair and make-up and outfit. Then she literally just floats on stage. It's crazy."

Stooshe's new single 'My Man Music' is available to download now.

Watch Stooshe cover The Supremes classic 'Where Did Our Love Go' exclusively for Digital Spy below:

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