Fired Up (Alesha album)

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Fired Up
AleshaFiredUpJapan.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 November 2006 (2006-11-06)
Genre
Length54:02
Label
Producer
Alesha Dixon chronology
Fired Up
(2006)
The Alesha Show
(2008)
Alternative cover
Original UK cover
Original UK cover
Singles from Fired Up
  1. "Lipstick"
    Released: 14 August 2006
  2. "Knockdown"
    Released: 30 October 2006

Fired Up is the debut solo album by English singer Alesha Dixon. Her first solo project, conceived after the disbandment of her former band, girl group Mis-Teeq, Dixon worked with a variety of producers on the album, including Peer Åström, Anders Bagge, Johnny Douglas, Paul Epworth, Brian Higgins, Richard Stannard, and Xenomania. Initially scheduld for a 6 November 2006 release through Polydor and Victor Entertainment in the United Kingdom, it was postponed indefinitely after Dixon was dropped by Polydor several days before its release.[2]

The album was preceded by two singles, including lead single "Lipstick," a top twenty hit on the UK Singles Chart, and follow-up "Knockdown". Fired Up eventually received a physical release in Japan and Taiwan in 2008, where it was issued along with new artwork, a re-worked listing order, and additional tracks, including two remixes and the previously unreleased song "Voodoo."[3] Dixon later exclusively sold Fired Up in the UK as merchandise on her tour, The Alesha Show, supporting the album of the same name.[4]

Background[edit]

Dixon launched her solo career after Mis-Teeq's break-up in 2005 and signed a £500,000, three-album deal with Polydor Records. She spent a year writing and recording her solo debut album, working with a wide range of producers including Richard X, Xenomania, Johnny Douglas, Brian Higgins, Estelle and Paul Epworth. During this period, Dixon performed mononymously, known simply as "Alesha".[2]

In June 2005, she announced her first solo single to be "Superficial". However, at the last minute, the song "Lipstick" was chosen as the first single.[5] "Lipstick" was released on 14 August 2006, and charted at 14 on the UK Single Charts. Dixon released her second single "Knockdown" on 30 October 2006, which charted at 25 on the UK Download Chart. However, on the official UK Singles Charts, the single peaked at number 45, falling down to 68 the following week.[2] On 6 November 2006, it was revealed that Dixon had been dropped by her label, Polydor Records.[2] Polydor gave her full rights to her unreleased debut album, Fired Up.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Hypnotik"
Douglas3:47
2."Lipstick"
  • Bagge
  • Åström
2:47
3."Fired Up"
  • Dixon
  • Douglas
  • Woodford
Douglas3:36
4."Knockdown"
3:05
5."Superficial"
  • Dixon
  • Douglas
  • Woodford
Douglas3:02
6."Ting-a-Ling"
3:40
7."Free"
  • Bagge
  • Åström
3:30
8."Everybody Wants to Change the World"
  • Craigie Dodds
  • J'Nay
  • Dixon
Craigie3:24
9."Let It Go"
Douglas2:51
10."A Lil' Bit of Love"
  • Dixon
  • Douglas
  • Tzuke
Douglas4:11
11."Turn It Up"Paul EpworthEpworth3:26
12."Everywhere I Go"
Douglas3:56
Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Voodoo"
  • Dodds
  • Dixon
Douglas3:02
14."Lipstick" (Agent X Remix)
  • Bagge
  • Janson
  • Dixon
  • Åström
  • Bagge
  • Åström
  • Agent X[a]
5:09
15."Knockdown" (featuring Asher D) (K-Gee Heat Remix)
4:23
Enhanced disc bonus features
No.TitleLength
13."Lipstick" (music video)3:01
14."Knockdown" (music video)3:51

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies additional producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 54

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, formats, and label
Region Date Format(s) Label
Japan 20 February 2008 (2008-02-20) Victor
Thailand 31 March 2008 (2008-03-31) CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tripp, Anna (2009). Alesha Dixon: Her Story - The Unauthorized Biography. Michael O'Mara Books. ISBN 978-1-84317-945-0.
  2. ^ a b c d "Talking Shop: Alesha Dixon". BBC. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Thailand Online Blu-ray, DVD, CD Store". BoomerangShop.com. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  4. ^ "The Alesha Show Tour Merchandise | The Official Alesha Dixon Website". Aleshadixon.net. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  5. ^ Caroline Briggs (7 August 2006). "Alesha returns with added gloss". BBC. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Alesha Dixon: MC Harvey regrets his affair but I don't". Fametastic. 29 October 2007. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2009.