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


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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Live Review: The Big Reunion (series 2) at Hammersmith Apollo

Last night I went to see the bands from the new series of The Big Reunion perform live together for the first time. I attended the same event last year, with the acts from the first series, and I can’t say that the new show was anywhere near as exciting, but it was still a very entertaining and enjoyable night out, especially for a pop geek like me. Last year’s show felt like the Smash Hits Poll…

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Want to make it in the music industry? Come to tonight’s Pop Meetup!

Want to make it in the music industry? Come to tonight’s Pop Meetup!

Tonight This Must Be Pop’s Industry Meetup returns to Match Bar in central London for another get-together of great pop-loving minds. Come and join us to chat, meet new people in the music industry, gossip and share advice on working in pop. We’ll be…

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Announcing February’s Pop Meetup

It’s time to announce the next Pop Meetup! We’ll be back at Match Bar near Oxford Circus for the second meetup of 2014 on 18th February. Join us in the VIP area from 7pm for drinks and pop chat. It’s a chance to meet new friends and contacts in the music…

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January’s Pop Meetup is TONIGHT!

January is supposed to be the most depressing month of the year… but you can make yours much more fun by coming along to tonight’s Pop Industry Meetupand making lots of new friends and music industry contacts! Hooray! We’ll be at Match Bar in central…

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