Steps in 2020

More details on the third Steps album

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For those of you who can receive VH1 UK there will be a Greatest Hits of STEPS on 28 July at 7.30pm. As with all TV programming this is always subject to being changed so I’ll keep checking to see if VH1 do move it or not!

I’ve been doing some research on the named producers and writers in yesterdays article, some of you are probably aware who some or all of them are and some of you might be thinking, who are they? The Swedish producers are probably the better known with probably Max Martin being the one that everyone has heard of. He is just one member of the team at Cheiron Studios. Max Martin has also own many awards including Pop Writer of the Year. Cheiron Studios, as mentioned below, are the main team behind the UK number one singles such as I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys and also behind the huge Britney hit Baby One More Time. They also produced the recent NSYNC single Bye Bye Bye.

Riprock ‘n’ Alex are probably less known here as NSYNC don’t have that much success here in the UK. They were behind the song Space Cowboy on their No Strings Attached album which features Left Eye from TLC. They have also produced a good remix of Britney Spears recent number one Oops! I Did It Again. The Metro team rings a bell but I can’t think of any other songs they have done apart from those already mentioned! Dianne Warren has written songs for the likes of NSYNC, Britney Spears, TLC and Mariah Carey.

All in all it really is going to sound interesting. Max Martin and the rest at Cheiron have a distinctive sound and usually you can tell when a song has come from their production team. The outcome with the Riprock ‘n’ Alex will be interesting and less predictable than what the Cheiron stuff will sound like. Also Faye’s song with Cindi Lauper and H with Gary Barlow seems that despite working with PWL still their songs might be few and far between, unless Jive plan to add additional tracks to the US version with more from Max Martin etc. To give it a more US sounding feel, who really knows at this stage? It really does seem that this album is set to be the make or break album in the US but it is already sounding great for what should be one of the biggest albums in late 2000 in the UK – especially with the Christmas release as sales are always high around that time. I know I can’t wait!


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