Debut: Tulisa – “Young”

Introducing “Young,” the #1 UK debut single by Tulisa, the sensational former lead voice of N-Dubz, and currently the top judge on Simon Cowell’s X Factor UK competition!

Young” is the first blast from Tulisa’s highly anticipated solo debut album.  Before she returns for the 9th series of X Factor UK in August, Tulisa is expected to complete her album, coming out on Island Records.  The singer is currently working and recording with the world’s top producers including The-Dream (Rihanna, Mariah Carey), Toby Gad (Beyoncé, Fergie), Rico Love (Usher, Lil Wayne), and legendary songwriter Diane Warren.

Young,” which entered the UK national chart at #1, is one of the country’s top-selling singles so far this year, with over 320,000 sales and still inside the Top 40.  The song peaked at #1 in both the television and radio airplay chart having achieved A-List playlisting at both Radio 1 and Capital.Radio.  The official video, directed by Ben Peters, stands at over 12 million YouTube views since it debuted in March.  Tulisa has over 2 million combined followers on Twitter, and 379,000 Facebook likes.

Tulisa’s high-profile role on X Factor UK earned her title of FHM men’s magazine’s “Sexiest Woman of The Year 2012.”  She has also been featured on magazine covers including Glamour, and the UK’s Radio TimesCompany magazine, The Sun Fabulous magazine, and The Independent magazine.  Through her artistic direction, Little Mix became the first group (as opposed to solo artist) to win on X Factor UK.

Tulisa (Tula Contostavlos) was at the core of controversial UK trio N-Dubz since their formation (under a different name, one of several) in Camden Town, London, in 2000.  She was 12 years old and living in a broken family situation, under extremely dire circumstances.  Her cousin Dappy (Dino Contostavlos), and life-long friend Fazer (Richard Rawson) were just 13 years old.

After emerging as N-Dubz in 2006, they piled up a non-stop string of Top 10 UK R&B hits, whose videos generated over 100 million YouTube views.  The result was UK gold and platinum sales for their debut album Uncle B (2007), Against All Odds (2009), and Love.Live.Life (2010), the latter release on Island Def Jam.  After a sold-out arena tour from April-July 2011, Tulisa joined X Factor UK in August, and N-Dubz played one final show on September 18th before going on indefinite hiatus.

Since signing to Universal Music Group’s Polydor imprint in the UK in 2007 – the year they won the UK’s prestigious MOBO Award as Best Newcomer – controversy greeted virtually every move N-Dubz made, much to the delight of their fans. They went on to win a double share of MOBO’s two years later, including Best Album (for Uncle B) and Best UK Act.  Their autobiography Against All Odds: From Street Life to Chart Life turned into a best-selling book, and Being N-Dubz was a top-rated show on BBC’s Channel 4.

Check out the video for “Young” below:

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