Blonde Ambition

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  • Blame it on Mary J. Blige or Beyonce, two of the most successful blondes in music. For some current artists it seems like having a good colorist on hand is as important as the ability to hit high notes. All of a sudden, there’s a host of female singers who don’t just want to earn platinum status, they dye platinum as well. Here’s our list of the blondes that should be getting as much space on your iPod as they spend time in a hairdresser’s chair.

    MELANIE FIONA
    Canadian chanteuse Melanie Fiona hit it big with “It Kills Me” off of her 2009 debut “The Bridge,” and has risen to greater heights with her sophomore release “The MF Life.” Her debut with Cee-Lo, “Fool For Love” has been a radio staple since it dropped and she’s just come out with her latest single “Wrong Side of a Love Song.”  The Toronto native started out with a full head of dark hair, but has been seen working the two-tone blonde look as of late. She may not be able to decide on a hair color, but she can definitely pick hits.  iPod worthy: “It Kills Me,” “Give It To Me Right” “Fool For Love.” Watch “Wrong Side of a Love Song” (live) here:

    EMELI SANDE
    The 25-year Scot is the new chick of choice for those who like their music multi-genre with a tinge of alternative. Her debut CD “Our Version of Events” quickly launched her into superstardom with the singles “Heaven” and “Daddy.” Even before its release, she was named the Brit Awards Critics Choice for 2012. If you didn’t already know who she was, this year’s Olympic Games from London gave her plenty of exposure as she performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies. The singer/songwriter of British and African descent has also written for acts like U.K. rapper Tinie Tempeh, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and Alesha Dixon.  iPod worthy: “Heaven,” “Next To Me.”  Watch “Next to Me” here.

    RITA ORA
    The U.K. version of Rihanna is not only using her old hair dye bottle, she’s doing the same kind of uptempo hits that brought the Bajan singer platinum success. But although Ora’s obviously been compared to the formerly blonde superstar and is also managed by Roc Nation, she’s making her own name with her out of the box U.K. hits “How We Do (Party)” and “R.I.P.” Her first CD “Ora” released in Britain in August debuted at #1 on the U.K. album charts. Although she was raised in London, Ora was born in Kosovo or what used to be Yugoslavia. Despite all the Rihanna comparisons, Ora says Gwen Stefani is her greatest influence. iPod worthy:  R.I.P. (with Tinie Tempeh), “How We Do (Party)”

    CHRISETTE MICHELE
    You may already know Chrisette Michele from her previous releases, but the New York-born singer has changed up her look lately going natural and blonde. Her jazz-influenced style has netted her some enthusiastic fans but Michele is still trying to create a higher profile career. Her last album was 2010’s “Let Freedom Reign.”  Her latest is “Audrey Hepburn Mixtape: An Audiovisual Presentation” out December 8th. Check out the video for her new single  “Charades” here and her track with Wale “Rich Hipster” here. Ipod worthy:  Her first CD “I Am.”
     

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