Earlier in the week Ne-Yo said this about a young pop starlet: "We gave her a quality record and she did a ridiculously fabulous job." Was he talking about Rihanna? Leona? A resurgent Britney? Nah, he was actually spooning the praise on Lindsay Lohan - singer, actress and the best thing to happen to American gossip columnists ever.
Up until now L.Lo's pop career has been eminently forgettable: imagine a pair of Ashlee Simpson albums, but without the tunes or glimpses of personality. Finally realising that a change of sound was in order, she's hooked up with Ne-Yo and Stargate, the hitmaking team behind Beyoncé's 'Irreplaceable' and Rihanna's 'Take A Bow'.
The result, 'Bossy', has just been posted on her MySpace page. It's electro-dance-pop with attitude. "I'm just a little bossy," she urges. "I like it how I like it when I like it." That we don't doubt, but we wouldn't like to speculate as to what exactly "it" might be. Ahem.
'Bossy' isn't pop gold - the chorus lacks a bit of oomph and Lohan's vocals still aren't convincing - but it's the first Lohan tune we'd be prepared to listen to more than once. That, we suppose, is enough to constitute a small step forward.
You can listen to 'Bossy' by clicking here, but expect to be interrupted by extremely irritating plugs for her new album.
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