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It really is the year of nostalgia; Between the Spice Girls, Westlife and Carrie Bradshaw, it's clearly comeback o'clock. 

News recently broke that one of the biggest legends of the early 2000s is making a musical return, with her sophomore album expecting to be released before the end of 2019.

That's right gals, it's only SAMANTHA MUMBA.

We've all got more than fond memories of tunes such as Gotta Tell You and Always Come Back To Your Love, and soon we'll be hearing brand new music from the versatile singer.

We sat down for a chat with the woman herself, and once our starstruck fever calmed down, we managed to ask her a few questions.

There have been whispers of musical comebacks for many years now, considering her first album Gotta Tell You was released back in 2000 when she was only sixteen-years-old. 

While the rest of us were figuring out creative ways to abandon school for a few hours and day-dreaming of Zack Morris from Saved By The Bell, Samantha was making CHUNES.

So why choose now to release her long-awaited album number two? Samantha is a woman of many talents, trying her hand at Masterchef in 2017, as well as appearances in Dancing On Ice and on ITV's Loose Women.

“It’s been in the works for a couple of months, so for me I did Manchester Pride last summer, and I was so blown away by the response. As I was onstage I was literally like, why don’t I have any new music to perform? This is stupid, like it’s ridiculous. I’m one of those people who gets in their own way all the time. Even if I think of doing something, I’ll think of 20 reasons not to do it. I thought, ‘No, enough it enough’. I was afraid to do it again. The timing just feels good, and now I’m seeing that everyone is coming back, I thought, ‘What is going on?’ Hang on a second, I was coming back first!”

Needless to say, her fans are EXCITED.

Damn right she was. Samantha's popularity with a range of audiences and people of all ages has to be noted, but why do so many listeners seem to relate to her?

“That’s a great question, and I don’t really know the answer. It’s just one of those things, a nostalgia thing. I also think because I was so young when I started, a lot of people literally feel, and they have, like they’ve grown up with me. People have even stopped me in the street to say, ‘Oh hey, how are you?’ as if they know me. I’ve been around for a while, I think there’s that kind of connection where people have really gotten behind me, it’s like I’m a cousin of theirs. It’s that kind of thing, it’s brilliant.”

Samantha still returns home to Dublin fairly regularly, and her little daughter Sage calls it her home too. We wondered if she had stayed up to date on Ireland's current homelessness crisis?

“It’s scandalous, it’s absolutely shocking. That’s why I thought this Just Eat campaign was just such a no-brainer. I’d love if they could double what they did last year, which in itself was incredible. Even especially being home at the minute, and it’s so cold, you just think, ‘Oh my God’, it’s not right. There’s a lot of young kids that are homeless, and it’s heartbreaking. Being a mother now myself, it’s just awful. You never know what goes on in someone’s life, it can happen to anybody, you just never know what kind of bad things could come somebody’s way. It can happen to everybody, and everybody should chip in," she says.

She's partnered up with Just Eat this year for their annual National Takeaway Tuesday to raise funds for the Peter McVerry Trust, who do vital work for the homeless. To date, Just Eat customers have generated over €50,000 for the Peter McVerry Trust, enough to move five people out of homelessness and into better futures.

Samantha comments; "This takeaway campaign is perfect, because you can order food on a Tuesday, get a 10 percent discount and chip in 10 percent to 2019’s Just Eat charity of choice, the Peter McVerry Trust. So you’re doing something good."

Does she notice the homelessness which is also prevalent in Los Angeles too, while she's spending her down-time there?

“Again, who am I to talk about anything, but there are definite areas. Santa Monica area and Downtown area, what I find is that a lot of the problems there are mental health. These people should be in facilities, in LA for me I notice, it’s a lot more of that. Whereas here, it’s more people who are getting a bad run of things. It just seems to be different circumstances, I suppose," she emphasises.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her daughter Sage was born in 2015, with her husband Torray Scales. We're immediately jealous of Sage, because she's already heard some of her mum's new material;

‘Nightmare before Christmas is her thing. We listen to that soundtrack, and I love it as well, so it’s great. Sometimes she said, ‘I wanna hear mummy’s songs’, she approves of the new songs, thankfully. She’s very sweet, but other times she’s like, ‘Ok, back to Disney’, she laughs.

“She says she lives in LA and lives in Dublin, she loves being home. She gets totally spoilt rotten at home. The back and forth is her norm, she doesn’t know any different.”

We couldn't let Samantha go without trying to get the dates for her new music to be released, it had to be done. For the good of mankind. Luckily, she was ready for the question;

“I was hoping to have a date already. I have to have it within the next two weeks, because I want my first release to be latest end of March, early April. So we’re working on it. I’d love to have two singles out by the summer, and the album definitely will be later on in the year, but I’m on it.”

One core difference between now and when Samantha started is, of course, the power of social media. She's aware of it as a tool, and this time it's going to connect her even more to her fans;

“That’s what I’m enjoying the most, there’s no random people telling me what I have to do, I’m fully in control of everything. That’s kind of the most exciting part for me. The people I’ve been working with in the States are so creative, they’re really pushing me out of my comfort zone.”

In terms of teasing some collaborations in the pipeline, she's revealed a song with MNEK has been created, and we are SO HERE for it. The artist is known for working with some of pop's biggest names, among them are Dua Lipa and Zara Larsson.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“MNEK I have done work with, yes, I adore him. He’s incredible, he’s so talented. I have done one song with him, and I have my core group of people to work with. I think he’ll actually be in LA again in another couple of weeks, so we’ll do another session there as well. I’d love to bring him in with my people, because I think they’d all mesh really well. I’m excited for what that will bring. He’s such a talent and a joy to work with.”

Is there anyone she's especially got her eye on, in terms of new female talent?

“I just discovered her and I’m obsessed, it’s Donna Missal from the US. She’s incredible, I love her."

Samantha is 36-years-old, and time has only given her even more glamour, wisdom and thick-skin for the tough music industry.

Her new album is set to encompass that sense of maturity;

My new music is pop R’N’B, it’s current to where I am, I’m a grown woman who’s lived a life. I have a lot of things to say. I’m just expressing them, and hopefully other women will relate to it."

Samantha is the newest 2019 mood; let her reign begin anew.

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The early noughties WORSHIPPED the French manicure, and all of a sudden we're seeing a major comeback.

Between Ariana Grande using the trend as part of her iconic 00's chick-flick themed Thank U, Next music video, and Ocean's 8 featuring the nail art, fashion has taken a turn.

White-tipped nails were huge back in the day, everyone who was anyone sported the chic style craze. Heiresses such as Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian West aided the movement.

The trend appeared to die by the time 2010 came along, with those in the ensuing decade calling it cheesy and (*gasp*) TACKY.

The tide is turning, because the nail style is appearing everywhere from red carpets to fashion shows, from celebrity appearances to music videos. 

We're seeing massive 1990s comebacks, from bands such as the Spice Girls and Westlife as well as reboots of popular TV shows and movies such as Sabrina.

It makes sense that nails should follow fashion and popular culture, and we're SO ready to whip out those white tips.

LeChat celebrity nail artist Elle has said that;

"Fashion has taken a '90s turn from influence, so of course the trends have returned from that era. I'm enjoying the new modern twists, maybe because it comes from my era."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"How you approach the modern take is vital; the nail shape should be a ballerina, not a square. If it's not done right, it will become 'basic'," she commented.

Heaven forbid. 

Are you ready to WERK the trend, or do you think it should stay in the 2000s where it belongs? 

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The noughties aren't usually hailed as a particularly stylish era, but there were a few accessories from back in the day that we all loved to wear.

While these items should definitely never make a reappearance, we're feeling a bit nostalgic looking back at our favourite underage disco accessories.

How many if these did you rock back in the day?

13. Leg warmers

Why this 80s throwback ever came back into style is a mystery to us.

But if we didn't stretch a pair over our tottering high heels, we couldn't be caught dead at the local disco. 

12. Stretchy sequin belts

These sequin belts went perfectly with our tiered mini skirts and UGG boots.

Penneys UGGs, obvs. 

11. Bustier bags

Why these bags were ever a thing is beyond us, but they existed, although sometimes they were just decoration for the shelves of our teenage bedrooms. 

10. Long plastic beads

Pic: eBay

Whether you did the double wraparound or tied them in a knot, these beads were what you went into Claire's Accessories for.

And you had a strand in every colour to match every feasible outfit. 

9. Ties as necklaces

Championed by 00s rebel Avril Levigne, pairing a stripy tie with your cargo pants and giant DC runners was the ultimate emo phase outfit.

And lets be real, we all had one of those. 

8. Stripy arm warmers

 

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Another trend that Avril was fond of, these arm warmers fit in perfectly with our moody ambience.

And Panic! members wore them so…. no other excuse necessary. 

7. Phone charms 

Pic: 90s kids only

A phone charm was the ultimate accessory for your Motorola Razor or Sony Ericsson brick phone.

Did anyone else have a mini lip gloss one? 

6. Giant bangles

Pic: Pinterest

These plastic bangles were all the rage in the 00s, and stacking them all the way up your arms was the only way to wear them. 

5. Long necklaces

Pic: Pinterest

Any necklace that grazed your navel was okay in the 00s.

Necklaces with random objects like plastic hearts, keys and diamonds were especially popular. 

4. Hair bows

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Tiny hair bows were a staple for spicing up your school uniform look, or if you were a bit more on the daring *cough scene kid cough* side of style, then a whopper of a bow was ideal for weekend wear.

Like, you'd be getting a crick in your neck from the weight of the thing, and the amount of bobby pins you'd need to keep it in place was just obscene. 

3. Giant belts

 

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Most of the 00s tops were baggy and tunic-style, so what better way to showcase your figure than with an unnecessarily giant belt.

Bonus points if ou wore your cinched belt with leggings and matching pumps. 

2. Diamanté sunglasses

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The territory of Paris Hilton and the rest of her celebrity tribe, giant sunglasses were the way to go (we're noticing a theme here).

The most stylish of sunnies were encrusted with diamonds, as were all good things in the 00s. 

1. Glow sticks

On your wrists, ankles and even stuffed down your bra, glow sticks were a necessary requirement for attending discos in the 00s.

Peaking around 2007/2008, you begged to nab a few in your favourite colour off someone in the queue if you forgot yours.

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The noughties are generally considered to be one of the most sartorially starved eras, with chunky highlights and low rise everything. 

Von Dutch trucker caps and the OC were life, and Paris Hilton reigned on high as the ultimate fashionista around.  

If you were feeling fancy (or your parents gave into your perpetual pleas) you may have been the proud owner of a Juicy Couture matching tracksuit.

 

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In an ode to the era, Kylie Jenner opted to don a black velour Juicy tracksuit on Instagram, reworked by high end designer Vetements.

The brand debuted some reworked Juicy pieces in their S/S17 collection, and they went viral, instantly becoming the most talked about pieces in the line.

While all laughed and appreciated the nostalgia at the time, the fact that the look has just been adopted by one of the most influential young celebrities in the world places the Juicy tracksuit firmly in the risk category of making a comeback. 

Back in the noughties, style queen of the era Paris Hilton championed the tacky trend, wearing her rainbow of matching synthetic two-pieces with the hottest footwear of the time, high wedged flip flops.#NeverForget

The velour pieces were worn by every celeb worth their salt, everywhere from the red carpet to the Starbucks run.

The new version of the Juicy tracksuit is more streamlined, with a modern tapered leg and much less diamontes.

The new Juicy Couture bits are officially available to the public via ASOS, and one thing that hasn't changed about the coordinated athleisure wear is the hefty price tag, standing at about €300 for the set. 

We wont have a cent left over for Juicy Tube lip gloss and a set of chunky highlights. 

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Ever since the news broke that Noughties boy band Busted would be getting back together, we’ve been feeling seriously nostalgic.

We reminisced about some of our other favourite bands from times past. For example, S Club Juniors- or S Club 8, depending on the era. 

Don’t pretend you don’t remember this eight piece band that were nothing short of pop music legends.

Sundown was an absolute choon! The dance moves alone were enough to have us head over heels- never mind the fact that the band members were probably too young to even hear their songs played at teenage discos. 

Oh, and let us never forget the Christmas single!

It included puppies, so naturally we were all about that S Club life. Allow us to make you feel every bit your age as we re-introduce you to the band.

Frankie Sandford: 

She went on to join The Saturdays, a huge success and she’s married to footballer Wayne Bridges. The pair have two children together.

Rochelle Hume: 

Also a member of The Saturdays (currently taking a hiatus), is spending her time off hosting The Xtra Factor with Melvin Odoom. She married former JLS member Marvin Humes in 2012 and the two have a daughter.

Aaron Renfree: 

The 28-year-old was an assistant choreographer on various X Factor live shows and is a backing dancer for The Saturdays (gotta love those connections) and most recently Fleur East.

The openly gay star also reached an impressive no. 26 on this year's Attitude Hot 100.

Daisy Evans: 

After S Club 8, blonde beauty Daisy attempted another shot at musical fame, joining a girl band called From Above who were eventually signed by Beyoncé's dad Matthew Knowles.

After From Above failed to break into the charts and a failed X Factor attempt, Daisy gave up on chart success.

She married footballer Jonjo Shelvey earlier this year, and has a one-year-old daughter called Lola Fleur.

Calvin Goldspink: 

Everyone loved Calvin. He has an amazing surname, and got most of the male solos in the group. *swoon*

Sadly, he is now off the market after marrying Melissa Caballero earlier this year, and lives in Los Angeles. Excuse us while we cry into our S Club duvet (from Argos, don’t pretend you didn’t want one).

Calvin is still pursuing a career in music and has recently released his debut EP, The Lemon Tree.

Stacey McLean: 

Stacey made it to the final six girls on the X Factor in 2009.

Dannii eliminated Stacey before the finals in favour of Stacey Solomon, Lucie Jones and Rachel Adedeji. After a romance with Lawson singer Ryan Fletcher, the 26-year-old got engaged this year to Stevenage footballer Fraser Franks.

Jay Perry: 

The singer has taken to the theatre since his S Club days. He now boasts a long list of musical theatre credits, including Beautiful: The Carole King Story. He also presents a weekly show on Hoxton Radio.

There is also his Twitter account, on which he enjoys sharing topless selfies, just FYI.

Hannah Richings: 

The 24-year-old has disappeared from the showbiz world in favour of motherhood, with her Twitter and Instagram accounts littered with pictures of her three children with boyfriend Phil Blackford.

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Once payday comes around, the Brown Thomas cosmetics counter becomes a place of irresistible temptation. Rewind ten years and it was the same story, except we were blowing our pocket money in Boots and the local pound shop.

After all, how could you have faced the local GAA disco without a thick layer of baby blue eyeshadow and green glitter gel eyeliner? 

Here are just a few of the items no self-respecting Noughties teen was ever seen without…

1. Scented body glitter
Roll-on, of course. Mainly used on the cheeks, plus the collarbone if you wanted to feel *sexy*

 

2. Coloured hair mascara
The actual purpose of this still eludes us, but by God if we weren't going to collect every shade.

 

3. Two-tone purple eyeshadow palettes
They had the lilac AND the violet, y'see. Looking back, we probably looked like we had two black eyes, but at the time we felt FLY.

 

4. Perfumed body spray
You could always rely on Santa to give you a Charlie Red or So! gift set.

 

5. Sun-In
Back before we'd ever heard the words 'professional colourist.'

 

6. Tommy Girl perfume
For occasions that required something more sophisticated than body spray, Tommy Girl was our go-to scent.

 

7. A GIANT eyeshadow set
'Cos surely that was what real make-up artists used?

 

8. Juicy Tubes lipgloss
Sophie's Choice: go for an everyday baby pink or risk spending everything on the bright red one?

 

9. Urban Decay glitter gel eyeliner
To go with your lilac eyeshadow, obvz.

 

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That time of year is upon us again when all the kids head back to school. 

The shops are filled with stationary, uniforms, school bags and lunch boxes.

But while they moan and complain that life isn't fair, we take a look back at the things that only girls of the noughties will understand.

Get ready for memories to come flooding back:

 

1.The moment your teacher wheeled in the MASSIVE television to your classroom you knew it was movie time (aka. nap time).

 

2. The SHAME of being told to stand outside the class because you were being bold (but really you are a hilarious entertainer loved by your peers).

 

3. The battle you had with your mother to get a cool pair of Kickers as your new school shoes. She rarely gave in *sob*.

 

4. When you got a substitute teacher rather than your normal teacher – which meant ZERO work and having all the bants.

 

5. Adding amaze WordArt to your homework and school projects. 

 

6. Homework journals were a blank canvas – any available sticker/picture of hot celebrity filled the pages instead of actual homework. 

 

7. Writing on your schoolbag with Tip-Ex or a big black marker. Because that's how you expressed yourself, obvs. 

 

8. The dreaded bleep test. But you secretly made a pact with your BFF to drop out after round 2. 

 

9. New stationary – you hated going back to school but shopping for stationary was the highlight of your summer.

 

10. Your German aural exam beginning… and all you can remember are the words bibliothek, diskothek and nein. 

 

11. Texting under the table with your Nokia – and being able to text without looking because the phone buttons were oh-so HUGE. 

 

12. Finding out your teacher's first name. #Insiderknowledge.

 

13. Rolling up the waistband of your skirt – just so one centimetre of flesh could be seen.

 

14. MSN – where every teenage love affair blossomed.

 

15. When you FINALLY left school – which involved writing on each others worn out shirts, asking your favourite teacher to sign your memory book and crying loads – only to remember you'll see everyone down the local in an hour. 

 

 

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