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’
When pop bands get to a certain level of success - hit singles and albums, stacks of awards and sellout tours, it's safe to say they've reached national ubiquity and adoration. It is therefore not out the question, then, to mark this transition into absolute phenomenon via their first big screen outing. But it's a … Continue reading JLS: Eyes Wide Open – the 10th anniversary of an intimate 21st century pop film
Well hello there, and a warm welcome to this week's Pop Essays, our weekly revisitation of personal pop favourites of ours from years gone by to give them the proper kudos that they've not - until now - been given. And - it'll make more sense as you read along - but this is the … Continue reading Pop Essays #7: Aston Merrygold, ‘Get Stupid’
It's official: JLS are - to use the Smash Hits term - BACK! BACK! BACK! Following on - we would like to think - from our retrospective piece we did for the 10th anniversary of their debut album last November, Oritsé, Aston, Marvin and JB finally settled months of speculation last week, and announced details … Continue reading Our definitive ranking of all of JLS’ singles.
It's funny how much has changed in ten years. Not least of all The X Factor. Once the cornerstone and an unmissable powerhouse of Saturday night entertainment on ITV, pulling in 16m viewers at its peak, it actually once did what it said on the tin and produced stars. Nowadays, it's a pitiful and irrelevant … Continue reading JLS: a retrospective piece on the 10th anniversary of their debut album
ARTIST: Aston Merrygold SONG: Poison Ivy SO ALEX, WHY IS THIS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK? When we last wrote about Aston Merrygold, it was November 2017, when he'd suffered the injustice of being booted out half way through that year's series of BBC celebrity ballroom contest Strictly Come Dancing. (It's still a sore subject … Continue reading #SongoftheWeek: Aston Merrygold – ‘Poison Ivy’
Hello all, It's hard to have escaped anyone's notice that this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing has suddenly become talked about by everyone and anyone this last week - and not necessarily for the right reasons. I have now been watching the show since it's second series (the Jill Halfpenny series to everyone else) in … Continue reading An open letter regarding recent events on Strictly Come Dancing
It's nearly June. Can you believe that? Just time for me, however, to squeeze in my weekly round up of all the things I've been rating and slating in the week just gone - so here, for your reading pleasure viewers, it's this week's #AwesomeBoresome... #AWESOME - Aston Merrygold being Back! Back! Back! and single … Continue reading #AwesomeBoresome (Week ending 31/05/2015)