Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

Fortune does not always favor the overly-ambitious, particularly when it comes to film and TV actors who want to be pop stars. For every Kylie Minogue, emerging from the protective […]

Fantasia – I Believe

It’s a tricky thing being the winner of a TV pop music talent contest. On the one hand, a win can lead to worldwide fame and massive chart success (Kelly […]

Donna Summer – Last Dance

One of the most interesting things I’ve discovered as the US Envoy/contributor for this column has been the often wide discrepancies between the US and the UK as to what […]

Randy Newman – Short People

What makes a song so horrific or offensive that is worthy of being banned from radio airwaves? In the UK, it has been a variety of things, from singing in […]

Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats

In the U.S. country has been the most popular radio format for the last ten years. Country radio is everywhere, and its corresponding hits regularly feature on the Billboard Top […]

Sheila E. – The Glamorous Life

In 1984, Prince Rogers Nelson, aka Prince, was at the height of his creative powers. His magnum opus, Purple Rain, had topped the charts around the world and generated hit […]

Belinda Carlisle – Mad About You

What makes the perfect summer single?  While there are many recipes for summertime pop success, a few key ingredients are essential: 1. A swooping, joyous chorus that builds gradually and frenetically […]

Scritti Politti – Perfect Way

One of the most interesting developments in pop music in the digital age has been the homogenization of the world pop charts.  Because everything now is instantly downloadable or accessible […]