Nicola Roberts's "Beat Of My Drum" Makes A Transcontinental Bid For The Song Of The Summer Title

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Nicola Roberts's former mate in the British hit factory Girls Aloud, Cheryl Cole, is somewhere licking her wounds over being sacked from The X Factor. What better time, then, for Roberts to release an absolute banger of a single? "Beat Of My Drum," produced by Diplo, sounds like somebody created a track after listening to a bunch of 45s playing at once at maximum volume and wanting to channel the jolt of that experience into one song—it's part Go! Team, part Spice Girls, part "Run The World (Girls)," and all sugar-rush thrill. Listen after the jump.

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What Cheryl Cole's X Factor Dismissal Means For British Pop In America


Deep at the heart of Cheryl Cole's abrupt dismissal from the American edition of X Factor earlier this week is a twisted take on My Fair Lady. Here we have a pop star who takes leave from her U.K. homeland--where she's a household name thanks to her tenure in the hit-making girlband Girls Aloud--because she sees a chance to make her career global. She uproots her entire life, moves to L.A., presents herself with poise, and avoids getting into any trouble really. And then she gets axed, allegedly over reasons that would make people in traditional workplaces would call up a lawyer--having a thick accent, not connecting to a co-worker whose reputation for self-medicating precedes her.

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