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Category: 2000s

Tracey Thorn – It’s All True

In 2007 I was living in Bristol and had recently left Virgin Megastores for the indie pleasures of Fopp Records – not a place that was especially receptive to my […]

Joy Zipper – 1

For about half an hour in 2004, Joy Zipper threatened to be the band most likely to. They were featured in the NME as ones to watch, and their debut […]

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 […]

Bent – Sing Me

Some of the happiest times of my life were spent working in the Virgin Megastore in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. From the day it opened with a fake Melanie C and […]

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 […]

Malena Ernman – La Voix

Prior to 2009, it’s probably fair to say that not many people had wondered what it would sound like if you welded together Can’t Get You Out of My Head and […]

Gwen Stefani – The Real Thing

“Supergroup” is a term that rightfully sends a shudder through the body of even the most optimistic pop fan. You’d think that putting a bunch of hugely talented people together […]

Josh Rouse – Winter in the Hamptons

I spent almost ten years of my life working in record shops – mostly the Virgin Megastore on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, and for much of that time I was based firmly […]

Annie – Heartbeat

Being known by a single name is a long-standing tradition in pop. Sometimes it’s there from the get-go, as with Cher and Madonna, and sometimes the star in question kind of earns it, as with Kylie. Some […]

Jewel – Intuition

Here’s a classic example of one of the most common and potentially fatal pitfalls faced by many artists as they endeavour to keep their careers moving forward: The Dramatic U-turn from […]

Shea Seger – Clutch

Back when I still lived in the Welsh valleys, and after signing up for the BMG mailout via some Natalie Imbruglia release or another (ok, all of them) I received […]

Kylie Minogue – Your Disco Needs You

Question: can you have a hit so gay it irrevocably changes your career? Even damages it? Answer: yes you can. Case in point: Go West by Pet Shop Boys. Back in 1993 Neil Tennant was yet […]

All Saints – Chick Fit

When the Spice Girls‘ cooler rivals made their 2006 comeback with Rock Steady and reached the heady heights of number 3, they seemed nailed-on to conduct an assault on the […]

Roisin Murphy – You Know Me Better

There’s a certain kind of satisfaction to be had in liking an artist who never quite crosses over into the mainstream. A perverse satisfaction, sure, but you get to feel […]