We can’t quite believe it’s been 18 years since Lolly released new music, but finally, she’s back with this cheesy but lovable track, titled “Stay Young And Beautiful”. The song also has a basic but engaging video to accompany it. Her latest release was in 2000 with a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, and recently she has managed to get her two studio albums released on digital sites, making them available to download and stream.
Lolly, real name Anna Kumble, launched in 1999 with the song “Viva La Radio”. She toured with the likes of Steps and 5ive, covered the Toni Basil song “Mickey” – becoming her biggest hit to-date and reintroducing the song to 90s/00s kids. She went on to release the beautiful ballad “Big Boys Don’t Cry” as a double A-side single with a cover of Bobby Day’s “Rockin’ Robin” which was made famous by Michael Jackson. Most of these singles appear on her first album “My First Album” which hit number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. Her second album “Pick ‘n’ Mix” was a lot less successful but saw her move towards a more grown-up pop style. Two singles were released, the still-a-jam-today single “Per Sempre Amore (Forever In Love)” and a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. All 5 singles charted within the UK Top 20 Singles Chart – which is something many artists just hope to achieve nowadays.
Now we’ve got this awesome new single from Lolly and it’s one we cannot stop listening to. It spreads positivity and strength to every single listener, all the while adding in Lolly’s typical 90’s cheese but reinvented for the 2010s. This has certainly been worth the wait!
Watch The Video That Lolly Released For Her New Single “Stay Young And Beautiful”
This is one of those tracks that will certainly get stuck in your head and you’ll be singing along to the track by the end of the song. Lolly impresses with her vocals showing how she’s looked after her voice during the 18 years away from the music industry. There’s a maturity in the vocal with an air of technical ability, all the while completely owning every single word of “Stay Young And Beautiful”, easily conveying the meaning behind the song. She’s joined by a male vocal interspersed throughout which mixes the track with sparks or reggaeton.
As for the video, we admit that it is basic and low-budget, but what it lacks in quality is made up with performance and joviality. Lolly has always been a performer and she always will be, easily giving us a smile just from this music video. She’s also joined by two puppets, one of which also appears on the artwork for the single; this guy, who is named Little Ben – according to her social media – is the one who has the male vocal in the track – who knew puppets could actually sing?
The visual also shows how beautiful Lolly is. We see her in various outfits including wearing wigs. She also can be seen with a facemask on, some gems on her face, and a ziggy-stardust lightning bolt face-paint. Additionally, various video motion techniques are used as well as a whole host of colourisation filters and simple cute graphics from shadows to thought-bubbles. This music video works well with the song and really amplifies the meaning behind the track.
“Stay Young And Beautiful” is available to download and stream right now on Lolly’s own record label, aptly named Lollydor Records. She also announced recently that she’s been in the studio recording a song similar to “Big Boys Don’t Cry” – we certainly cannot wait to hear that!