C5: After a difficult few weeks, ex-Wag Cheryl is set to release the third single from her hugely successful debut solo album. The first Girl Aloud to step out on her own, Cheryl has made her solo moves with characteristic style as the past few months have seen her become the UK’s foremost female solo artist.
'Parachute', released on March 15th, follows 'Fight For This Love' (a #1 for Cheryl in October '09) and '3 Words' (which peaked at #4 in December) as singles from her album '3 Words', which has now clocked up over 750,000 sales in the UK so far.
'Parachute' is an alternative R&B ballad that was a result of one of Cheryl's earliest recording sessions in the US. The track is produced by Syience, a producer with a CV that includes tracks with Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige and, most significantly for Cheryl, Beyonce. It was Syience's work on Beyonce's 'If I Were A Boy' that impressed Cheryl so much that working with the producer/writer became a foregone conclusion.
Parachute's a smart loveletter to the one who's "gonna catch me if I fall", with Cheryl's heartfelt words being sung over a marching military-esque beat. The next few months will see Cheryl clocking up the air miles as she promotes the release of 3 Words in Europe. The single 3 Words is already #2 on the Italian itunes chart.