How do! It's Thursday, it's 9am, and thus time for us to board for our weekly trip back to the UK charts of two whole decades ago with The Story of Pop: 2002. Now, we've had three ladies opening this series so far, but this week we've got something for the ladies - or at … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2002 (Chapter 4)
From the year when The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was a box office hit, and when Trinny and Susannah were telling us all What Not To Wear on BBC One, this is The Story of Pop: 2002. This week: the major breakthrough for an artist whose career started two years … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2002 (Chapter 3)
It's Thursday, it's 9am, and we continue on with the second installment of The Story of Pop: 2002. This week's entry has a slightly more sadder tone than usual, for reasons that will become apparent as you read on, so let us begin... Artist: AaliyahSong: More Than A WomanReleased: 07/01/2002Writers / Producers: Timbaland / Stephen … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2002 (Chapter 2)
Well a hearty hello to you, as we welcome back an old friend to the blog today after a year's sabbatical! Starting today, and every Thursday this year at 9am, we bring you The Story of Pop: 2002. It's our weekly retelling of the sights, sounds and acts who were behind all of the biggest … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2002 (Chapter 1)
Happy Boxing Day - hope you've all had a good, safe and peaceful Christmas so far! As is annual tradition on this corner of the web, today is when I hand out my End of Year Prizes, where I name my favourites from the world of music, TV, books and podcasts from the last 12 … Continue reading Alex’s End of Year Prizes 2021
Hello everyone, Once again I know this festive season is looking different for a lot of people when they hoped it would be approaching something more normal. But I hope with this little poem I have written about my "Grate-ness" list (a Christmas Gratitude List, if you will) that I have encapsulated the reminder that, … Continue reading My Grate-ness List
20 years ago. That is exactly how long it has been since British boyband Blue released their debut album. When I first learnt of this on Instagram a week ago, I had two immediate reactions.Firstly, I am that mature now (I was 12 in 2001 for reference, date fans). Secondly, after cranking up that album … Continue reading A definitive ranking of all of Blue’s singles.
Just over two years ago in 2019, when we wrote our 10th anniversary blog for the release of their debut album, we confidently predicted (or at least hoped) that JLS would both get back together and return to the UK and Ireland's arenas in December 2020 to tour and mark the occasion properly. Whilst the … Continue reading #CrazyStupidAlbum: JLS (@JLSOfficial) – ‘2.0’
Olly Murs in rehearsals for The X Factor with The Muppets, November 2011. Image credit: Idil Sukan / Draw HQ With The X Factor finally given its official resting by ITV earlier on this year after 18 series, the dust has largely settled on the obituaries that said it should have happened sooner being delivered, … Continue reading Olly Murs singing “Dance With Me Tonight” with The Muppets is the greatest X Factor guest performance of all time: discuss.
I am deeply saddened to be hearing and thus writing a post about the news that Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding has passed away this morning at the age of 39, following a year long battle with terminal cancer. Although I never met her or knew her, the news has hit home today in a big … Continue reading Remembering Sarah Harding: pop’s walking primrose