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Category: 2010s

Betty Who – Somebody Loves You

This week, a good friend pointed out that I may just be the only person in the UK who even knows that Glee is currently playing out its final few episodes […]

Tove Styrke – Ego

Think back over the last few series of The X Factor and you might be able to name the winner, and possibly even the runner up, but rarely does anybody […]

Avec Sans – Hold On

Certain things in pop are like catnip to me – I am always going to have my head turned by a faintly dispassionate female vocal and I can never resist someone who dances […]

Lana Del Rey – National Anthem

Lana Del Rey is a brilliant example of everything that’s right with modern pop and everything that’s wrong with the modern pop audience. Here was someone who had done their […]

Britney Spears – Perfume

I don’t know about you, but I always tend to flinch when I see a pop star on the publicity trail describe their new album as “my most personal record yet” […]

Dami Im – Super Love

Unless you’re an ardent fan of The X Factor’s international franchises – and let’s face it, who is? – you won’t have heard of Dami Im, a Korean immigrant from […]

Charli XCX – SuperLove

Given the success of Fancy and Boom Clap, it’s hard to believe that not so long ago, Charli XCX’s pop career was in danger of fizzling out before it had […]

Erik Hassle – No Words

There’s a school of thinking that says Scandinavian pop is the best kind of pop, and with Måns Zelmerlöw taking the Eurovision trophy back to Stockholm for the second time […]

Cher Lloyd – Sirens

Remember Cher Lloyd? She’s that annoying bubblegum brat from the estate with the hi-tops and tracksuit who thought she was going to waltz her way to the X Factor title […]

Goldfrapp – Rocket

Choosing the right first single is a very exact science, and there are many factors to consider. Are you coming back from a hugely successful debut? Then you’ll be wanting […]

Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q – 2 On

  Thanks to the wonderful gift of hindsight, we can now see that the turn of the century was an extraordinarily fertile time for American R&B. Acts such as Aaliyah, […]

Pet Shop Boys feat. Example – Thursday

Let’s return to the notion of the Imperial Phase, that period of invincibility where everything you do is huge and deemed better than everyone else simply by virtue of your own […]

Nicola Roberts – Gladiator

When the lads down at CERN have finished with that Hadron Collider business they might want to turn their attention to more pressing matters, namely the inexplicable commercial failure of […]

Daphne & Celeste – You & I Alone

On the front cover of the Evening Standard’s latest ES Magazine is a striking image of a skull in spectacles with a full beard, and the headline ‘DEATH OF THE […]

St. Lucia – All Eyes on You

When you get to a certain age there comes a point when you have absolutely no clue about what’s going on in modern music. You don’t really understand how it […]

Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love

If you’re a pop fan of a certain age, raised on the standard single-or-two-then-the-album release pattern, then the modern world is a very confusing place to be. Since the digital […]

Madeon ft Kyan – You’re On

Before the days of ‘Little Monsters’, HypeMachine, and VEVOLift (an impressive rebranding of the term ‘advertising’,) if you wanted to be a popstar you had to pay your dues as […]

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Starlight

Here’s a good example of how to cope when your record company loses absolutely all interest. I present to you the story of Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the Last Laugh. Sophie’s tale is a […]

Lea Michele – Cannonball

When I first heard Cannonball I rushed giddily onto Facebook, pronouncing how I loved witnessing the moment when a superstar was born, and then sat back waiting for it to […]