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If This Is Love – 10th Year Anniversary

If This Is Love

If This Is Love – 10th Anniversary

Today, isn’t just like any other. On the 27th July 2008, a new girl-group called The Saturdays entered the world of music by releasing their debut single ‘If This Is Love’, us like many others of you out there, rushed out to our local HMV, maybe even Woolworths (Yes, it was still open then, just!), your local Zavvi (Formally Virgin Megastore), or even just your local store to grab hold of the CD Single! Many did embrace the iTunes store and download it digitally too – our original post from 10 years ago (we feel old!) is available to view here.

Over the next few years, The Saturdays spawned 18 odd singles, four odd albums, a couple of EPs and a greatest hits – they also spawned a few kids of their own too, but more importantly the group created friendships – a common interest shared by a group of people who would have probably never had met, or crossed paths. Many friendships, and relationships, are still going strong today, some might have slipped and gone, and some might unfortunately be no-longer with us, but are never ever forgotten.

So here’s to If This Is Love, and the journey it started for all of us over the years, to the highs it brought us, to the many times it bought us all together to share a laugh, a joke, a drink or two or a meal. To the times it made us travel far too long across the country to see the girls do a 10minute set at a random festival (and to Stoke!), and more importantly to Frankie, Una, Vanessa, Rochelle and Mollie, the five girls who made all this possible.

Thank you!


10th Birthday! Happy Birthday to us!

Wow, not only is this an update, it’s also our 10th birthday celebration!!

A little over 10 years ago a group of people on an S Club Juniors (or S Club 8) forum noticed that a couple of members of that group where apart of something fresh and new, some random all-girl group called ‘The Saturdays’. Very little was known about this group, but a few collective minds puled together and a small site was born. We poked around the Internet for information, we came across information about their debut single, posted some photos from their debut music video, and within a few days I got an e-mail from a record label asking for them to be removed as the group wasn’t ready for their release yet – oops! Then so it started, lots of updates, lots of hours spending ending videos, lots and lots of helpers on the site coming and going, amazing support from the five members of the group, equally amazing support from the girls latter management at Fascination and here we are sitting at our 10th anniversary.

It might ‘only’ be a website, but I still hear stories on how the site has brought out friendships and relationships – and many are still going strong today! I will take this opportunity to personally thank everyone who has helped with this site over the last 10 years, your dedication helped create what this site became. I also extend my thanks to Mollie, Una, Frankie, Vanessa and Rochelle, whoms music, and lifes we all spent many a time with over the years created a bond, a common ground that we all shared a part of and celebrated together on this website and to the girls management who have been understanding and supportive of the fans of the girls giving us all as much access as possible to be on the same journey as the girls.

Not in the slightest would I have thought that in 2008 that I would be posting an update in 2018 celebrating the 10th anniversary of this website, so thank you to YOU, the visitor, those who have been coming since day 1 or those who have stumbled upon us whilst searching for something completely unrelated. The kind words from you online, via e-mail, socialmedia or even in person at events and concerts keep the flame going and making all the effort worthwhile.

Here’s to the next 10 years – or The Saturdays Juniors … maybe?

As always, we’re Not Giving Up, by Living For The Weekend (It is Saturday afterall!)

*Raises a glass*

– Matt x


Goodbye 2017 ..

Bin bags – the height of 2008 fashion!

Hello everyone! I write this as a more of a blog style post, its 26th December, or what might be known as Boxing Day in various parts of the world, and on this day in 2001 one of my most favourite pop groups decided to split up, days after yet another huge successful arena tour and there was plently of rumours about a new album being recorded (remember this was the day of online forums, SocialMedia and twitter where mearly just twinkles in people’s future eyes!)

Where am I going with this … Well this year this pop group … Steps … came back on the comeback trail again, backed by the team behind The Saturdays, and took part in a very successful tour, a celebrated album which has now sold over 100,000 copies in the UK and with a live album/bluray release of the tour due in 2018. It was a very enjoyable tour for all the fans of old, the group has grown up, as have we as fans, but everyone had a fun time remembering the times of old and leaving everything at the door to just have a few hours of fun, laugher and dance!

I also – for the first time in 20 years – met the group I spent hours over Christmas 2001 getting their Gold Tour on my Steps website, now remembering this is 2001 so computers barely had the power of a 2017 mobile phone, endless hours over the Christmas period uploading (in realvideo format, anyone actually remember that?) and getting it online before going to family! The best moment for me during my meet & greet at Wembley Arena was Lisa referring me to”Mr GenSTEPS” 20 odd years later, it’s a surreal experience but evidence enough that fans can really support the group that they love, adore, or simply just love the music or certain members – it doesn’t get forgotten!

Not sure if the team at Fascination read this site that much these days, but I do thank thanks for bringing back one of my old pop favourites and doing it so well!

Ultimately I think its fair to say that never give up on your dreams, or hopes, if the chances of a Saturdays reunion look as slim as ever, don’t let people knock you back or down living that hope, or dream, as one day it might well happen. I’ve been in a successful position to have met the Saturdays on a few occasions (although to this day, very rarely as a whole five piece!), I think what is important is that you don’t give up on your dreams, as it shows with Steps, even 20 years later the group, or individual members, will still remember who you are and what you have done, so if you have never met the girls but contributed to birthday books, sent in items, gifts, really never say never!

2018 is our 10th year annivarsary – we launched in 2008 – and although updates are few and far between, I know some of you have  been here since day one, and I can only thank you for your continued support. One day I hope I can post something that (some) of us are waiting to hear, but until then lets hope 2018 gives us some more solo music, or television, or whatever happens to be reported on!

Whatever happens, or doesn’t, I’m sure we will be around to report on it (eventually!) – keep in touch! – @TheSatsCoUk 🙂

Happy Holidays to everyone, have a safe one, and enjoy it with friends and family. Here’s to Mollie creating the ‘New Rules‘ of 2018! Cheers!

– Matt x


A welcome update … Mollie on Strictly Roundup

Hello everyone! I do apologise for the lack of updates in recent weeks, been very busy and those on social media will have seen that we have been active on there generating votes for Mollie on Strictly – we have got her to Blackpool after being in the dance off for the previous few weeks. We need everyone to pull together again this weekend and keep Mollie and AJ going!

Then once you have voted for Mollie, we will all need to get involved with Vanessa who has arrived in Australia for her stint on I’m A Celeb – but remember the first week is people voting for whom they want to take part in the trials, then you vote for whom you want to win.

Here’s a catchup of Mollie & AJ on Strictly:

Week 8 – Paso Doble ‘ Layla’

Week 7 – Foxtrot ‘Call me Irresponsible’

Week 6 – Cha Cha ‘Better The Devil You Know’

Week 5 – Viennese Waltz ‘Anyone who had a Heart’

Week 4 – Salsa ‘Subeme La Radio’

Week 3 – American Smooth ‘Climb Every Mountain’

Week 2 – Tango ‘Addicted To Love’


Mollie King Confirmed for BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Following in Frankie (and Rochelle’s) footsteps, Mollie has been announced as the first celebrity to be taking part in this years Strictly Come Dancing!

Go Mollie! We will be supporting her though-out the show, so keep checking back for more updates from Strictly, videos, how to support and vote for Mollie and more!


Mollie: The Saturdays will ‘definitely’ reunite

Mollie King insists The Saturdays will reunite in “a couple of years”.

The 29-year-old singer and her fellow girl group members, Una Healy, Vanessa White, Rochelle Humes and Frankie Bridge, decided to take a break from the music industry in 2014 but the blonde-haired beauty has revealed the ‘Up’ hitmakers are “definitely” set to re-group in the future.

Speaking exclusively about the band’s future to BANG Showbiz at the Coca-Cola Summer Party, which took place at London’s Kachette on Wednesday night (05.10.17), she said: “Definitely. I think that that will definitely be on the cards in a couple of years.”

However, Mollie has revealed for the moment her and the rest of her bandmates are all “having fun” pursuing their solo ventures, which has seen Una launch her own solo single ‘ Stay My Love’, although they still keep in touch with one another.

She continued: “But at the moment we are just having fun doing our own thing and we still catch up with each other all the time. So maybe in a couple of years.”

Mollie is currently in the midst of recording her debut solo album, which has seen her spend “every single day” in the studio working on her own records.

Speaking about her current projects, she said: “I’m recording every single day at the minute. It is absolutely mental.”

And the star is eager for the release of her own tracks this summer, which she has likened to the feel good vibe of The Saturdays hits, because she feels she has been “trapped in a box” and is ready to be free.

She added: “But it is going to becoming out this summer and I cannot wait. I’m literally like I feel I’ve been trapped in a box and I’m ready to get out. I cannot wait for it to come out. The sound is very pop, it’s going to be something you can dance to and just really feel good; you’d have it on with the girls on a road trip or a good night out. Definitely like The Saturdays in the way they feel good and can dance to. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Source: TheSpec


Mollie King talks Coachella hair & festival style

Mollie recently attended the Coachella festival, she talks about hair, style and more with Hello Fashion Magazine:

Mollie King, former Saturday’s star turned fashion blogger, caught up with Hello! Fashion Monthly at this year’s Coachella Festival. Known for her flawless blonde locks and effortless style, it’s no wonder she fits in with the LA cool crowd. This year she worked with ghd to debut many of the festival hair trends we can expect to see over the course of the summer. Find out how the blonde beauty achieves her own hairstyles, what inspires her boho-esque festival fashion choices and why her motto is “go hard or go home!”

What do you love most about Coachella festival & who do you want to see perform?

I love how Coachella has got such a chilled out and fun vibe, plus the setting is incredible and the sun is always shining. The music acts are always amazing too and the fact that when you walk into the festival and see the iconic Coachella wheel, you know that you’ve arrived. I was most excited to see Lady Gaga! And then DJ Snake and Martin Garrix as well. The line-up was great this year!

Blonde or brunette? Have you ever, or would you ever, go brunette?

I am definitely a blonde! I once tried on one of the girls in the band’s dark extensions in the front of my hair and it looked terrible so I wouldn’t try it again – unless I tried low lights so that it was dark underneath but still light on top. I definitely wouldn’t go dark all over.

Read the full interview over at Hello Fashion Magazine

 


Vanessa: ‘I’m calling it a day’

On the eve of our 9th Birthday .. 9 years wow .. Vanessa has spoken to the Metro Newspaper, not sure if this has been taken out of context with the wider picture, but they are reporting.

The 27-year-old insisted she was ‘mentally’ finished as she posed with grey hair to tease new solo music.

‘I don’t think I could go back. I’ve got so much that I want to do. There’s no space mentally for me to go back,’ said Vanessa, posing for Rankin’s Hunger TV to plug her second solo EP, Chapter Two.

‘As time goes on, I know it just wouldn’t feel right for me. This feels natural,’ she added.

 

 

The remaining four pop babes have previously insisted they are still together, despite a four-year gap for some of them to have babies.

Vanessa‘s second EP – Chapter Two – is available to buy/stream from today.