Luke gets a lesson in anatomy from Florence Welch and discusses the art of single picking.
Or: how to write a memorial without getting maudlin.
A spot of religious ecstasy from a band whose fondness for exclamation marks is rivalled only by Shania Twain.
Stewart on the rather brilliant Horse, regional bias and the inexplicable popularity of Scooter.
Surrender to the sound.
Niall asks the most important question in pop: what happened to Rachel Stevens' career?
Derek on Deptford Goth's gorgeous "Feel Real", and the social anxieties involved when you find yourself standing next to a pop personage.
How an incognito Human League predicted both their own future and all of the 80s in one record. Amazing.
If Into the Popvoid ever creates it’s very own ‘Hall of Fame’ – please Niall, can we have a ‘Hall of Fame’ – my first nomination would go to Roseann […]
I reserve a special place in my heart for the music genre that I shall refer to from now on as the ‘ice cold electro banger’. This relatively niche category […]
We’ve already discussed, on numerous occasions, the sad demise of physical singles and bemoaned the loss of their many secondary pleasures. No more ruinously creased ‘giant’ posters folded countless times to […]
I’m well aware of how completely out of touch I am with the modern way of marketing pop music. As we’ve discussed before with Brandon Flowers and Frida Sundemo, the […]
We exist in an odd time in the pop industry. In a post-recession world, money talks. Decisions at [insert record company here] are made with one eye on the bottom line rather than […]
Choosing a follow-up single to a massive hit is a decision always fraught with danger. As a man who spends way too much time thinking about what singles should be […]
The legendary music industry figure Simon Napier-Bell probably knows more about creating popstars than Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Simon Fuller combined. His career as an artist manager started in […]
The 90s were truly a golden era of female solo singers and whilst many of their careers were short, I still treasure the CDs I hoovered up from Woolworths during […]
Out of all the reasons for a band splitting up, nothing will ever beat the apocryphal tale that All Saints imploded during a row over a jacket. It remains one […]
Building the perfect pop star from scratch has never been easy. Whether it’s some shady Svengali-type exploiting a precocious singing talent they’ve stumbled upon at a holiday camp karaoke competition […]
As Donna Summer (memorably) and Sophie Lawrence (less memorably) pointed out, Love’s Unkind – but if there’s one thing more unkind than love, it’s pop. And specifically pop’s footsoldiers, i.e.) us. […]
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 […]