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Category: 2010s

Little Mix – Boy

We often forget that the girls and boys who pop up as teenagers on talent shows like Popstars and The X Factor aren’t just people who want to be popstars […]

Robyn – Hang With Me

Following up a massive hit is one of the more interesting challenges that faces the jobbing pop star. When you’ve had a huge no.1 record – especially an unexpected one […]

Will Young – The Way I See

As someone who spent nearly 20 years buying singles for a living and many more doing the same thing on the ‘Amateur Circuit’, I still mourn the demise of the physical single, […]

Little Boots – Every Night I Say a Prayer

We’ve talked a little before about stealth marketing, and here’s another time where there’s a whole lot of stealth but very little marketing. I’m referring in this case to the concept […]

Prides – Messiah

As a card-carrying Scottish person (the card donates my organs to Greggs the Bakers) I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t actually heard of Prides until they popped up at the […]

Frida Sundemo – Snow

I’m often puzzled by the way record companies go about their business. If you were running a shop and had an exciting new product, would you leave it in the […]

Ruth Lorenzo – Dancing in the Rain

This may be an unpopular viewpoint, but something went terribly, terribly wrong at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. While it was amazing in all kinds of ways that Conchita Wurst triumphed on […]

SoundGirl – Don’t Know Why

“Right guys, it’s 2011. LOL-pop is over, and we need a new sound. You’ve got 15 seconds. Go.” “Well, I’ve got this song. It’s basically a pop-reggae interpolation of Carly […]

Summer Camp – Fresh

If you’ve ever wondered what Modern Romance fronted by a Nolan sister would sound like, look no further. Channelling 1981 to quite spectacular effect, Summer Camp‘s Fresh is a wonderful dollop of supperclub […]

Tegan and Sara – I Was a Fool

This is the record that answers the question no-one was asking: if Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige were lesbian twin sisters from Canada, what would they sound like? The answer […]

M.O – Hot

In my last missive I mentioned Left My Heart in Tokyo, and the fortunes of the Mini Viva girls – Brit and Frankee – have gone in somewhat different directions […]

Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath

There’s a slightly strange phenomenon in pop that I like to call Crap Single From a Greatest Hits Syndrome and it is surprisingly common. Many such collections are marred by the inclusion […]

Girls Aloud – On the Metro

  Polydor HQ, late 2012. Picture the scene: Girls Aloud have just sent Twitter (a.k.a. the gays) into meltdown with the “accidental” leaking of comeback single Something New. Cheryl Not-Cole is […]

Diana Vickers – Cinderella

Well now, this is sad. And not a little ironic. Diana Vickers enjoyed something of a Cinderella story herself, bringing a barefoot breathy quality to 2008’s X Factor before doing a triumphant West End […]