Matt Cardle (born 15.4.1983) Matt Cardle is a British singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after entering the seventh series of The X Factor, which he eventually went on to win. After winning the series, he landed a £1 million recording with Syco Music, Simon Cowell's record label.
Childhood: Matt Cardle was born in Southampton, Hampshire, to David Cardle and Jennifer Cardle (previously Horner). At the age of two, he was diagnosed with Wilms' tumour but he recovered after having a kidney removed.
Before finding fame on The X factor, Matt Cardle had a number of jobs, including a bricklayer, postman and milkman. At the point at which he joined The X Factor, Matt had most recently been working as a painter and decorator. He had, at that point, been a member of the indie rock band Darwyn and another band, Seven Summers. The latter released a self-titled album in January 2010 and performed live on Sue Marchant's BBC radio program the previous December.
X Factor and beyond: Matt Cardle auditioned for the seventh series of The X factor in 2010, singing 'You Know I'm No Good', by Amy Winehouse. He was put through to the bootcamp stage and was then put through to the judges' houses, where his mentor, Dannii Minogue put him through to the live shows, after he performed a version of 'If I Were a Boy', by Beyonce Knowles.
On the first of the live shows, Matt sang 'When Love Takes Over', originally recorded by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. Other songs that he sang on the show include '.Baby One More Time' by Britney Spears, Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love', 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' by Elton John and 'Come Together' by The Beatles.
In week 10, the show's final, Matt Cardle duetted with Rihanna, performing 'Unfaithful'. The following evening, he won the show, with 44.6 percent of the votes, performing 'Firework'.
After the show, Matt Cardle released his version of 'When We Collide', by Scottish band Biffy Clyro. The song was the Christmas number one in the UK, despite several internet-based campaigns to keep it from the top spot. The final contestants of the show also released a cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes', in aid of the charity Hope for Heroes.
Paul Bradley, Helen Lederer, Matt Cardle, Lauren Goodger and Jake Wood - Theo Paphitis holds a tea party in Trafalgar Square in aid of 'Red Nose Day' and supported by other celebrities. at Trafalgar Square - London, United Kingdom - Friday 27th February 2015
Matt Cardle is one of the many names to come from the list of 'X Factor' winners after series seven, but it has been proven that winning 'X-Factor' doesn't mean that you will become a successful artist. Let's look at just a few names like Steve Brookstein, Shane Ward, Leon Jackson and who can forget Joe McElderry? Well, me for a start. These guys were all winners but what did they go onto achieve after? Yes, there were the exceptions of Leona Lewis and Little Mix, but, the question is, what category will Matt fall under? He is already under the shadow of third place in his year's competition One Direction, who you would have thought had won it.
Rant over, Matt Cardle is on the magic number three for his album; that's right, three in three years and on this, not only has he been singing on the album but he also wrote - or partly wrote - most of the songs and produced them.
There is always an upside and a downside, though, when you seemingly have all your fingers in so many pies, and there is no-one to say, 'Actually, mate, that sounds crap and bland'. So now that we have started with the bad, we might as well carry on. There is no denying that Matt can sing (he did win a singing competition) but after listening to this album a few times now (not going to get that time back), there is nothing that grabs you. It is like a cruise ship singer all the way through. The title track 'Porcelain' is a nice enough track but it is like something that you would find in the easy listening shelves of Virgin Megastores (kids, ask your parents).
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After winning 'The X Factor' in 2010 and getting a number one single and two top 10 albums, Matt Cardle hopes to extend his success with the release of his independent new album 'Porcelain', due for release on October 28th 2013. Said to be his most musically diverse album to date, the album incorporates funk, soul, rock and pop in what he promises is his most authentic album yet.
Matt Cardle speaks to us about the decision to self-produce, his departure from 'The X Factor' and becoming his own artist.
CM: Hi Matt, how are you?
Matt: I'm good thanks pal, how's it going?
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Both are the most bog-standard of performers, who rose to fame on The X Factor, have a similar passion for facial stubble and will no doubt fall into the same pit of obscurity as so many others like them have over the years. Still, the two have been at each others throats like a pair of school-ground girls for the past couple of weeks and even with Christmas on the horizon the two look as though they'll bring their feud into the new year. Here's a blow-by-blow account of what the pair have been nattering about over the past few weeks:
It was Arthur who really started things off, posting this on his Twitter: "the blokes that have won before have had a niche, they haven't sold records because they haven't made great albums. That's the bottom line."
X Factor winners; they seem so lovely, innocent and genuine before they triumph in their respective finals, but once they're crowned champions, you can't stop them mouthing each other off, The Mirror reports.
We've basically made that rule up, based on what's happening between Matt Cardle and current winner, James Arthur. They seem to be arguing in public, ether saying one's not very good, or that they're more successful than each other. Both pretty distasteful and petty, if you ask us, which you didn't. But there you go. When Arthur, the current winner of The X-Factor, who's destined to make a below average album with some awful dubstep/indie fusion - said that, "the blokes that have won before have had a niche, they haven't sold records because they haven't made great albums. That's the bottom line."
And Matt wasn't happy. He replied, saying, "I said, 'Look, James, you're very talented but you haven't sold two million records yet, which I have,'" Matt said, humbly taking his Mother Theresa costume out of the wardrobe and pulling it on while recounting a conversation which may or may not have taken place in his head. "You haven't had two top ten albums yet, which I've had. Don't start mouthing off before you've even really left the show."
Somehow, Myleene Klass' career is still alive, sort of. Believe it or not, Heart have handed her a special Christmas show, in which she can have special guests come in for a Christmassy chat and some mince pies, The Mirror reports.
"I'm so excited to be joining the Heart presenter line up," Klass explained of her new show, Myleene's Klass Christmas (wow). "To be given my own show, a piano and the chance to work with some incredible people (as well as the seemingly constant supply of mince pies), is a lovely way to get in the Christmas spirit," she continued. Clearly a fan of The X-Factor, Klass has elected the prematurely ejected Ella Henderson as the first guest on her brand new project. Deemed an 'incredible' person by someone who is yet to prove that of herself, Henderson was considered to be an X-factor favourite before her shock eviction from the show.
James Arthur - the eventual winner of The X Factor - has been hitting the headlines for a very different reason. He's been mixing it up with ex-winner Matt Cardle, saying, "the blokes that have won before have had a niche, they haven't sold records because they haven't made great albums. That's the bottom line." To which Cardle hit back, saying, "I said, 'Look, James, you're very talented but you haven't sold two million records yet, which I have,'" Matt said, humbly taking his Mother Theresa costume out of the wardrobe and pulling it on while recounting a conversation which may or may not have taken place in his head. "You haven't had two top ten albums yet, which I've had. Don't start mouthing off before you've even really left the show."
The Mirror reports that Arthur had commented that past winners of the show hadn’t done so well because they hadn’t created great records. Cardle took exception to that in a long rant: "I said, 'Look, James, you're very talented but you haven't sold two million records yet, which I have,'" we’re not sure if he actually did say that to James, but anyway. "You haven't had two top ten albums yet, which I've had. Don't start mouthing off before you've even really left the show” he continued.
"I doubt he's even listened to my albums. It's a shame and I hope it doesn't do him too much damage," the rant carried on, with Cardle sounding in absolutely no way bitter that his career hadn’t quite worked out the way he’d hoped. "Not only has he offended me but he's offended every other person that's won the X Factor and everyone who works or has written on these albums. That's some of the best songwriters in the world - all these people - and he's now rubbished their work. So it's a pretty s*** thing for him to have said." Can’t wait for Steve Brookstein’s response.
With only nine days left until the big day, the race is on to see who will be sitting atop the UK Singles Chart this christmas, with the charity Hillsborough single battling it out with X Factor winner James Arthur for the coveted Christmas No. 1.
Only a few years ago, it was pretty much a given that the festive number one spot would go to The X Factor or Pop Idol/Popstars winner, however the competition has gotten a little more heated in recent years for for a number of reasons, and unlike before there is an air of uncertainty as to who will walk away with this year's number one spot at Christmas.
Girls Aloud were the first to do it back in 2002, when 'Sound in the Underground' took the Yuletide top spot. Then, from Shayne Ward in 2005 to Alexandra Burke in 2008, Simon Cowell's creations had that top spot wrapped up like dad's songs on Christmas Eve. That all changed when a successful Facebook campaign saw Rage Against The Machine's 1991 debut single 'Killing In The Name' take the top spot away from that years' winner, and thus outrage erupted (even though all profits RATM made were donated to charity, as opposed to Simon Cowell's already bulging wallet). Even though Matt Cardle managed to come up trumps the next year with 'When We Collide,' 2011 again saw a change in the wind when the choir ensemble Military Wives with Gareth Malone took the Xmas top spot with their rendition of 'Wherever You Are.' This time round though, SiCo was a little more forgiving.
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This year’s x factor winner James Arthur has now beaten Alexandra Burke to have the fastest selling X Factor winner’s single since the show began. The song was released online almost immediately after he was announced as the winner. Just 24 hours later, the track had been downloaded over 187,000 times, The Independent reports. That’s a pretty impressive increase on the previous title holder; Burke’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ sold 147,000 in the same space of time back in 2008.
This year’s X Factor single is James Arthur’s ‘Impossible,’ a cover of the song by Shontelle. Comparing Arthur’s popularity to other recent years, Leona Lewis’ ‘A Moment Like This’ sold 101,000 and Matt Cardle sold 112,000. Out of the list of previous winners, of course, Cardle is the one to whom James Arthur should pay the most heed. Leona and Alexandra may have gone on to have successful careers but Cardle serves as a stark reminder that even with a huge PR machine behind them, X Factor winners can quite easily sink without trace once the initial hype has drifted away.
Keen to keep the fans that he does have on side, James was quick to show his gratitude on Twitter once the news of the sales figures broke. “Wow just seen the figures for the single sales and it’s blowing my mind! Thank you all for buying it on iTunes.” He’ll have to wait until the end of the week to see if he can keep up the momentum and beat Shayne Ward’s first week sales of 742,000.
One Direction may still be teenagers but they are worth a fortune, after less than two years in existence. One Direction shot to fame after appearing on the UK version of X Factor in 2010; the irony of their subsequent fortune, of course, is that they didn’t even win the contest: they came third behind Rebecca Ferguson and Matt Cardle. The revelations about the band’s fortune have come from Tom Bower’s new book about Simon Cowell, The Mirror have reported.
According to today’s report (September 20, 2012), the five young lads known as One Direction are now officially one of the UK’s most successful music groups ever. And it’s thought that the band have raked in around £200 million for Simon Cowell and Sony, on top of the vast sum of money that they have earned for themselves, too. It’s a pretty impressive story for a band that are barely out of their teens. Their eldest member, Louis Tomlinson is 21 and Harry Styles, the youngest member of the band, is still only 18. In his book, Bowen writes “One Direction were Cowell’s new Westlife – a revival of his mastery of the music business. Nothing had been left to chance by Sony Music, with the band’s hit album Up All Night selling over five million copies.”
In addition to sales of One Direction’s songs, Simon Cowell and his colleagues have managed to strike up some lucrative endorsements for the band. These include partnerships with Nokia, Hasbro toys and Pokemon games. Apparently, the boys like to splash their cash, now that they have plenty of it. Louis splashed out £2.5 million on a five bedroom pad in London and Harry’s got his own bachelor pad, as well as a number of pricey sports cars. Nice work if you can get it, eh lads?