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If you’ve had an eye on the club chart or a foot on the dance floor over the last couple of years, then you’ll be well acquainted with the name Zoë Badwi by now.
In late 2008, the Melbourne-based dance-pop diva burst on to the scene with the huge club smash Release Me that was the song of the summer. Produced by double ARIA-award winning outfit TV Rock, it spent a massive 7 consecutive weeks in the #1 spot on the ARIA Club Charts, and scored both ARIA and APRA nominations. A progressive monster, Release Me still fills dance floors over 18 months later, prompting The Freemasons, who’ve worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, Shakira and the Eurythmics, to remark: “We still play Release Me every week! It was our fave track of last year – we love Zoë!”
The track’s appeal swiftly spread beyond Australian shores, and it was subsequently released in 26 countries around the world (including the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Brazil), commandeering dance floors and club charts from Berlin to Beijing in the process.
Throughout 2009, the magic continued, as two further collaborations with TV Rock – Don’t Wan’cha and In The Moment – blitzed the Top 10 of the ARIA Club Chart. Zoë embarked on an international run of live dates, lighting up dance floors in hot spots such as London, Mykonos, and Sao Paulo, while remixers like Moto Blanco, Denzal Park, Niels Van Gogh, Ian Carey, and M.Y.N.C. Project lined up to work on her songs.
But Freefallin’ – Zoë’s latest assault on global dance floors – may be her finest moment yet. Fusing classic club beats from Australia’s own Denzal Park (who have already topped the ARIA Club Chart twice in 2010) with a powerful, heady vocal and anthemic keys, Freefallin’ is a dance-pop triumph. An uplifting floor-filler, its infectious singalong chorus will immediately take up residence in even the most seasoned clubbers’ heads.
As well as charging up the ARIA Club Chart, the track immediately found support at key radio stations across the country, becoming the #4 most added track to radio in its first week, and beginning an ascent of the national radio airplay chart. It wasn’t long before the international dance community got wind of another global smash in the making, and releases in the UK, US and across Europe were immediately locked in, confirming Zoë’s status as a dance-pop superstar in the making.
The next 12 months will certainly be busy. With her next single already lined up, Zoë is currently applying the finishing touches to her debut solo album. Created with a variety of writers from around the world, it’s a collection of songs that tap into the rich vein of dance floor magic that’s already brought global success. And with more live dates around the world falling in to place, this year should certainly see Zoë Badwi establish herself as a major international dance artist to be reckoned with.