New Pop On The Block

Rihanna – We Found Love (Listen)Did I misunderstand or is Rihanna supposed to be a boundary-breaking popstar? I don’t exactly dislike We Found Love, there’s just nothing to it. The chorus sounds like the fade out of a song, rather than its centrepiece. Has she just picked the Calvin Harris-produced track as her lead single… Continue reading New Pop On The Block

Popping The Question: Can a British Boyband Make It In The USA?

Take That, Westlife, Five, Busted, McFly, JLS. They all tried to replicate their British success in the USA and not one of them succeeded. I’ve decided to investigate why the Yanks don’t care for British boys, and why the Brits keep trying regardless. Last night I chanced upon some clips from the TV series America… Continue reading Popping The Question: Can a British Boyband Make It In The USA?

The Next Big Thing?

RonikaI’d heard lots of good things about Ronika, but the music I’d heard was not strong enough for me to jump on the bandwagon quite yet. It all changed, however, when I heard one track on her MySpace called System Error. It just clicks as a pop song in a way that the other songs… Continue reading The Next Big Thing?

Popping the Question: Does the music industry still need A&R?

I wanted to work in A&R even before I knew what it was. I’d just turned 13 when the TV series Popstars began, and my dream of being the editor of Smash Hits (which by then was going rapidly downhill anyway) was straight out the window. What could be more exciting than discovering new talent… Continue reading Popping the Question: Does the music industry still need A&R?

Idol ft. Bard part 3

A little delayed but here is the third episode of Idol 2011 for your enjoyment. Click here to watch the show in full and read on for my top 5 best bits… Weird Swedish humour of the day: Surprising a wannabe singer by blindfolding her and plonking her in front of the judges. Luckily she… Continue reading Idol ft. Bard part 3