This Must Be Pop Live: Two Weeks To Go!

This Must Be Pop Live: Two Weeks To Go!

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The countdown to October’s This Must Be Pop Live begins! The big comeback gig takes place two weeks from today on 6th October at Queen of Hoxton, with performers MDNGHT, Ellie Rose and Max Marshall, plus our resident DJ October Boy playing some poptastic tunes. Click here to find out more about the gig, and here to buy cheap advance tickets.

To get you excited about the music we can expect to…

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The X Factor 2014 Song Choice Bingo

The X Factor 2014 Song Choice Bingo

I don’t usually do competitions here on This Must Be Pop, but I came up with an idea after watching The X Factor which I thought would be really fun, so why not?!

I want to invite you to play X Factor Song Choice Bingo with me. The aim is to predict the songs that will be performed on The X Factor 2014, from the Six Chair Challenge onwards (as that’s the point from which we’ll have a clear,…

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This Must Be Pop Live: The first act announced!

This Must Be Pop Live: The first act announced!

As you may have heard, This Must Be Pop Live is set to return on 6th October at Queen of Hoxton, London. This week I’ll be introducing each of the exciting new acts who will be taking the stage, starting with…

ELLIE ROSE!

Ellie Roseis a singer-songwriter from London who, at the age of 18, already has years of experience of playing gigs and making music videos for her catchy pop songs. She has…

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Exciting news: This Must Be Pop Live is BACK!!

Exciting news: This Must Be Pop Live is BACK!!

For those who don’t know, in 2011 I launched a live music night in London called This Must Be Pop Live. Performers included Rixton and A*M*E, who went on to achieve no.1 hits, as well as many other brilliant pop acts. You can read more about the history of This Must Be Pop Live here. I had to put it on hold for a while to focus on my work in management, but I missed the buzz of discovering and…

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Popping the Question: How will streaming affect the UK Singles Chart?

Popping the Question: How will streaming affect the UK Singles Chart?

When I first heard the news that streaming was to be included in the UK’s Official Singles Chart from July, I was concerned, but I wanted to wait to see the effect of the change before I made my judgement. I don’t like to be negative in my Popping The Question posts, but I also have to be honest, and following the publication of the first chart incorporating streaming, I’m ready to say that I…

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Rising Star: The next big TV talent show?

Rising Star: The next big TV talent show?

Following the huge success of Dutch talent show format The Voice in America, US TV networks looked overseas to try and find the next crossover hit. A natural choice was Rising Star, an Israeli show originally named HaKokhav HaBa (“The Next Star”). The US version is broadcast by ABC, which has no recent track record with talent shows, but it’s in capable hands with Ken Warwick (Pop Idol, American…

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Eurovision 2014 Cheat Sheet

Eurovision 2014 Cheat Sheet

I watched all this year’s entries and picked out the five you need to know about before the big day (or week, since some of these probably won’t make it past the semi-finals!)…

France: Twin Twin – Moustache

Here is a French Eurovision entry which showcases the quirky electro-pop that France should be better known for. It follows on…

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Popping The Question: 10 years on, how has legal downloading changed the UK Singles Chart?

Popping The Question: 10 years on, how has legal downloading changed the UK Singles Chart?

On Monday, Radio 1 are celebrating 10 years of legal downloading by counting down the top 100 best-selling downloads of all time. The UK Official Download Chart was launched in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2005 that download sales were counted in the UK Singles Chart, and only in 2007 were songs able to chart if there wasn’t also a physical release. That rule seems crazy now, as only one single…

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Register to attend March’s Pop Industry Meetup

Register to attend March’s Pop Industry Meetup

On 18th March from 7pm, I will be holding the next Pop Industry Meetup in central London. If you haven’t heard about this before, the meetup is an event where people who work in the music industry, or are aiming to do so, can make new friends and useful contacts and basically just have a good old pop chat!

The meetup has been running for a couple of years now, we always have a great turnout and…

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Sponsored Post: Paloma Faith and Samsung search for new music talent

Sponsored Post: Paloma Faith and Samsung search for new music talent

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Launching People is a new televised contest organised by Samsung, and broadcast by Sky1, which aims to discover new talent in music, film, food and technology. They’ve teamed up with big names in each area, who have committed their time to guide and support the most exciting candidates from those who apply. Aspiring musicians are competing for the chance to spend 2-3 weeks working closely with…

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