Girl power. Duchess. – Kiss The Frog launch web and mobile sites for Duchess – UK’s hottest new girl band!
Get set – Duchess are here and are already creating a storm across the UK. Once again, our pals down at Universal Music have entrusted us to develop the new girl band’s online and mobile presence offering bios, competitions, tour dates, videos and social engagement.
This has all coincided with the band’s release of their first single All The Boyz (featuring Scorcher), also available to purchase from the site. We pulled together a site heavily reliant on visuals and social engagement, whilst finding the balance in offering users a good amount of content to generate more interest without cluttering the brand. The mobile version of the site has been adapted to suit handheld devices, without compromising the design, functionality or content.
Duchess are one of the most talked about new acts on the UK urban music scene. Red One wanted them all to himself, Jessie J’s team wooed them for months, Leona Lewis had a hand in their formation and the Black Eyed Peas whisked them off to Paris… it looks like Kate Middleton isn’t the only Duchess causing a stir in 2011.
Annie, Shanie, Jamie and Nadine, also known as Duchess release their first ever single ‘All The Boyz’, featuring rapper Scorcher on 22nd August through All Around The World / Universal. A tongue-in-cheek bite of electro rn’b, the single is a dance floor call to arms for girls across the land. A chant so ferocious it sounds like the ultimate alpha female in sonic form, without ever taking itself too seriously.
‘All The Boyz’ is already causing a furore with UK music tastemakers. BBC1Xtra and Choice FM are spinning the track weeks in advance, and influential DJs such as DJ Target, Ronnie Herel, Firing Squad, Kojo and Jamal Edwards of gigantic youth portal SBTV have been fervently endorsing the single’s credentials. Firing up at commercial radio, the song is looking like being this summer’s leading lady.
Inspired by strong female groups such as Destiny’s Child, Danity Kane & En Vogue, Duchess are four gorgeous young ladies with lungs to match their idols. Acoustic performances online have proved the girls are able to shine, and in fact blossom without accompaniment. A rare feat.
Duchess is Annie Ashcroft, Jamie Lisa Jacquemin, Shanie Ryan and Nadine Samuels. Put together some 16 months ago, the ladies quickly found themselves without a deal when the original team around them disintegrated. Not perturbed, and with impressive gumption, they set about defining their own destiny by blagging meetings with a host of the music world’s producer elite.