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Category: Female Solo

Sarah Cracknell – Coastal Town

When I moved to the seaside in 2008 one of the first thoughts I had, aside from “what the hell am I doing?” was “ooh, now I can listen to one of […]

Dusty Springfield – Occupy Your Mind

Come 1990, Dusty Springfield was in the curious position of being popular again. She had basically ruled much of the 1960s, leading a female invasion of the charts that sometimes gets overlooked by the one […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kirsty MacColl – My Affair

I think a lot of people – if I’m honest I’m one of them – tend to judge pop careers on chart positions. I do realise that this logic is […]

Taylor Dayne – I’ll Be Your Shelter

It’s time to talk about Taylor. Not that Taylor, the other Taylor. Taylor Dayne. In the very late eighties and the very early nineties Taylor Dayne briefly threatened to become the […]

Olivia Newton John – Twist of Fate

Think back to a time when you teamed up with someone at work and it turned out to be unexpectedly brilliant. For most of us that amounts to doing a presentation where […]

Paula Cole – I Believe in Love

One of the great things that can happen when you’ve had a successful album is that you can ring up the record company and say “hello, I quite fancy having […]

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, […]

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 […]

Kim Wilde – It’s Here

The 1980s felt like a very long decade – in a way that few since have – and they got off to a lovely scruffy start, with Bananarama arsing about […]

Sheena Easton – 101

My esteemed colleague and Popvoid’s Mr Big, Niall McMurray, has already discussed the concept of an artist entering his or her Imperial Phase, and today we explore the moment when […]

Barbra Streisand – Left in the Dark

There’s a moment when every established artist makes the decision to stop chasing chart positions and worrying about being thought of as relevant or contemporary, choosing instead to make what […]

Suzanne Vega – In Liverpool

In the late summer of 1992 I had just entered my third year at Glasgow University studying English Literature and Medieval History – boy have those come in handy – and […]

Jody Watley – Another Chapter

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that Japan has great taste in Western pop music – Shampoo notwithstanding – for as a nation they’ve continued to embrace releases from people we’ve […]

Laura Branigan – Shattered Glass

It’s almost impossible to discuss pop music at the end of the 1980s without mentioning Stock, Aitken and Waterman. For the last two years of the decade they essentially colonised the UK charts, […]

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 […]