If you’re wondering why This Must Be Pop is quiet this week, it’s cos I’m on holiday! But I’ll be back next week with Future Pop, announcements about November’s TMBP Live, and of course on Wednesday 3rd October it’s the first ever This Must Be Pop Industry Meetup! Click here to find out more, then… Continue reading Holiday! Celebrate!
This year’s X Factor starts next Saturday, and already there’s been more speculation than ever about the contestants. That’s because the rules have changed to allow artists with management to enter, so a number of singers and bands who already have a fanbase and a reputation in the industry are taking part. Here are a… Continue reading X Factor 2012: Ones to Watch
Back in September 2010 I was the first blogger to ever write about the girlband Parade. I knew about them as I’d been working for the company that put the group together. I hadn’t heard any of their music at the time, so my prognosis that “They are not looking to fill a girlband niche,… Continue reading From Louder to Light Me Up: The story of Parade!
Over the past few years, more and more people in the UK have been getting into Korean pop music, better known as K-Pop. Last year I attended an amazing gig at Brixton Academy featuring girlband 4Minute, boyband B2ST and female singer G.NA, and this month 4Minute will return for another gig at the Indigo2 as… Continue reading K-Pop returns to the UK!
This week I went to watch the X Factor auditions being filmed and it was a fascinating experience. Here’s what happened… How it works: Although the auditions were being held at The O2, two thirds of it were curtained off so it was actually no bigger than the usual venues they use. The auditions each… Continue reading What really goes on at the X Factor auditions?
Unfortunately Tinashé will not be able to perform at tonight’s gig as he was in a car accident on Friday and although he is otherwise fine, he is still recovering from the whiplash he received. Therefore his doctor has advised him not to do the gig. It’s very sad news but hopefully we will be… Continue reading Important update on tonight’s This Must Be Pop Live
I wrote the other day about my love of documentaries that show the real workings of Planet Pop, and a very similar niche genre is the pop autobiography. I have found that there are two types. Firstly, there are the ones written by relatively new pop acts at the height of their success, who have… Continue reading He watches TV, I read my books
I’m always interested in who the artists I follow are working with on their new music, and recently a name I’ve been hearing more and more is Autumn Rowe. Since penning Alexis Jordan’s breakthrough hit Happiness, she’s been snapped up to work with all the exciting new urban-pop talent, including many of the UK’s most… Continue reading Thank You For The Music: Autumn Rowe
For 6 weeks each Spring, pop nerds around the world visit the website of Swedish TV channel SVT every Saturday night and pray to Gaga that the precarious live stream will allow them to look in on the highlight of Sweden’s musical year. Some give up and turn to the next day’s YouTube uploads. Some… Continue reading Melodifestivalen: A Beginner’s Guide!
Here are my ideas of how the music industry might develop in 2011… let’s see if I’m right! 1. The distinction between album campaigns will become more fluid – Pixie, Ellie and Alexandra have all jumped on the extreme revamp of debut album bandwagon, while The Saturdays were so enthusiastic in following Lady GaGa’s trend,… Continue reading Top 10 Predictions for 2011