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Melissa Indot's new sound


The AIM award-winning singer returns with a second album.

SINGER Melissa Indot is set to release her long-awaited second album MDot in October and she hopes that listeners will embrace her new sound.

"I've always been known for being more pop and R&B. With MDot, I want to showcase a 1980s electric vibe," said Melissa during a phone interview.

There will be 11 English songs on the album including a few bonus tracks and remixes. Melissa hints of a collaboration with another local artiste but refrains from revealing the mystery guest for now.

"All I can tell you is that she's a singer who is very proud of her Malaysian heritage," was all she offered.

MDot features Melissa's current single You & Me, which she says is essentially a love song.

"I wanted a song that could reflect my growth and journey in the music industry. I also think it's a song that anyone could relate to."


She describes the upcoming music video for You & Me as "abstract".

"It tells the story set between two different worlds. I think a lot of people will be surprised by it."

It took Melissa four years to come up with new material after the release of her debut album, Eclectism.

"I travelled and performed in various countries over the years. I certainly took the time to figure out the direction that I want to take with my next material.

"I didn't just want to release something and later not be happy with it," she noted.

In 2008, Eclectism took home the prize for Best English Album at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM). Prior to being a solo singer, Melissa was one half of Confucius Says, a London-based pop duo. Under Universal Publishing, Confucius Says released two singles, two music videos and even performed on a popular show in Britain.

With the upcoming release of MDot, Melissa wants to continue her own brand of "eclecticism" in the local music industry.

"In terms of my musicality, I'd love to be able to showcase my wide range of interest in various genres. Then again it would be difficult to say I want to make an album that everyone will definitely like. I just hope listeners will be able to relate and emphatise with the messages in my songs."

Check out Melissa's You & M:

Miley Cyrus does not regret raunchy show


The singer-actress claims that she wanted to make history with her infamous performance at the awards.

Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

In a documentary, Miley: The Movement, airing on MTV on Oct 2 in the United States, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, We Can't Stop, hit No.1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of Hannah Montana far behind her.

Cyrus refers to her performance during the August awards show with singer Robin Thicke and an oversized foam finger as a "strategic, hot mess".

The VMA show was "meant to push the boundaries," she says, adding she wanted the act to be memorable along the lines of pop star Britney Spears' kiss with Madonna at the same awards show a decade ago.

"That's what you're looking to do, make history," she says.

Spears, who begins a two-year stint in Las Vegas in December at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and other child stars faced personal struggles transitioning to adult careers. But Cyrus sees it as starting as a new artiste.

"I felt like I could finally be the bad b**** I really am," she says in the documentary. Cyrus' appearance – gold fingernails, tattoos and short, platinum hair – is a far cry from her days as the teenage star in Hannah Montana, which ran from 2006-11.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, before her twerking days.

Reinforcing her image, she posed topless for the cover of the Oct 12 issue of Rolling Stone magazine and for one of various covers for her album Bangerz, out Oct 8. Cyrus also shed her clothes in the music video track of the song Wrecking Ball.

The hour-long documentary was shot over three months before and shortly after the VMAs. It follows Cyrus at home in Los Angeles with her dogs, during appearances to promote We Can't Stop, and in rehearsals.

The film touches on her childhood with her country singer father, Billy Ray Cyrus, and her mother, Tish. It also includes clips with her idol, Spears, and music collaborators, producer Mike Will and rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams, who was featured in Thicke's summer hit, the multimillion-selling single Blurred Lines.

Notably absent is Cyrus' former fiance, Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth. Hemsworth, 23, and Cyrus called off their engagement a few weeks ago, ending a four-year relationship.

"We decided to focus on the music and the professional side," is all that Dave Sirulnick, an executive vice president at MTV and the executive producer of the film, would say about Hemsworth's absence. At a preview of the film, Sirulnick said the extent of the media reaction to Cyrus' VMA performance surprised everyone.

"As she said, people had this image of her as one thing and then here she came with something that nobody was ready for or expecting," he said. — Reuters

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