2012: Best Albums

Farewell then, 2012. You brought us the London Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, which made us all feel royally fabulous. You were also a glittery disco ball of musical merriment, with a number of standout albums and more than enough pop fragments to snag our attention. Before you evaporate completely from our memory, let’s look back with no anger and more than a scoop of love. And before you ask, no there is no Frank Ocean in the list because while Channel Orange had its moments, it was terminally long and dare we say it, dull – not an accusation you level at any of this lot…

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2011: Best Albums


Farewell then, 2011. You had your moments, but it’s time to move on now. Chop chop. And yes, I know I’m a little late with my Best Albums list, but blame Christmas and all those delicious mince pies and mulled wine that fogged my brain. So what did the past 12 months bring? Musical highs and musical lows. I don’t reckon 2011 was a vintage year for music, but here are my top picks of the past 12 months… Continue reading » “2011: Best Albums”

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Brit Awards 2011 – As It Happened!

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We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Brit Awards, mainly because we’re going to be there to bring you all the latest from the red carpet and a live blog of the evening’s proceedings from the O2 Arena. Will Tinie Tempah scoop the lot? Will Jessie J wear those funny tights again? And just how many bottles of champagne will be drunk before the first celeb falls over or punches host James Corden? This and so much more will be revealed by us over the course of the evening – frankly, it’s gonna be ruddy brilliant. So join us tonight for our live blog of the 2011 Brit Awards – I’ll be typing furiously from the media room where I’ve been told there are free light refreshments and all the tea you can drink. It doesn’t get more rock n roll than that! Join me from 7pm tonight…

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Holy Eurotrash – It’s Nearly Eurovision Time!

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The 54th annual Eurovision Song Contest will be played out in Oslo on May 29th, with the UK entry Josh Dubovie readying to give his plucky rendition of the Pete Waterman-penned That Sounds Good To Me. After the shock of last year’s entry Jade Ewan finishing fifth overall, Josh has something to live up to but we fear that normal service will be resumed this year unless Euroland falls for this. But let’s be honest – even Sonia would have rejected this number. Still, that shouldn’t detract from your enjoyment of the yearly parade of Europop, so come with us as we inspect the UK’s entry further and pick our top five Eurovision moments…

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Election Anthems 2010

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In one of the most unpredictable election contests in our lifetime, yet another twist has been thrust into the mix which includes Right Said Fred piping up with a Lib Dem anthem – we kid you not. Comedian Danny Robins has been tasked by Newsnight to come up with three party anthems for the big day, and he went about recruiting the best in the business – but when they weren’t available, he settled for Hadouken!, Right Said Fred and Nu Brand. To be fair, Hadouken! have conjured up a tune with their tongue firmly in cheek with a Labour anthem entitled Things Can Only Get Worse – what the others have in store is yet to be revealed. But we thought before that, we’d come up with some appropriate anthems of our own…

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Top Five Musical Resurrections

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You’re nobody if you haven’t made a comeback: Blur and Spandau Ballet did it last year and last week, Suede made a pretty convincing case for theirs at the Royal Albert Hall. Plus, with Easter closing in on us this weekend, what better time is there to round up our ultimate music comebacks? Because let’s face it, Jesus is the ultimate comeback kid – if only he’d managed to churn out some rock’n’roll in between rolling rocks and rising again then he too would be included on this list. But he didn’t, so he’s not. Rather, here we’re going to round up our favourite five comebacks of recent years…

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The Katy Perry Debate

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This post was written in August 2008 before Perry had become mega-famous and smitten with Mr Brand…

This week’s No.1 record in the UK official charts is Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl”. Apparently, what with Katy being a girl and all, this is a bit risqué – but as she says in the song, so long as her boyfriend doesn’t mind (I’m guessing that he doesn’t so long as there’s a video to watch), then everything’s OK…

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The Brits 2010 – Live Blog!

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More...Evening all! It’s nearly time for THE BRITS 2010, 30th Anniversary Edition! I said that in that voice they use on the X Factor you know. I hope you got that through my typing intonation. Right then, my predictions for tonight (which are bound to be right, obviously):

1 – Lady GaGa to be a bit ker-rayzee and scoop a ton of metal.

2 – JLS to sing slightly out of tune but be lovable all the same.

3 – Take That and Robbie to announce their reunion.

4 – Robbie to do that annoying smirk to camera about once every five seconds.

5 – People to get really rather drunky-wunk.

Let’s go to the red carpet shall we where it’s slashing down…

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