Tag: Pop Music
Twenty years on: ‘what I really really want’
The Spice Girls started a music and pop feminism revolution in 1996 when their first single ‘Wannabe’ exploded onto the charts. But has ‘girl power’ really been good for women?
‘Fifth Beatle’ who brought classical to pop
They are the most influential rock’n’roll band of all time. Behind their success was George Martin, a musical ‘genius’ who changed the sound of pop music. Just how big were the Beatles?
Study pinpoints three dates that defined pop
What do 1964, 1983 and 1991 have in common? According to a meticulous analysis of data, they are all watershed years in the history of pop. But can we really be objective about such things?
Mrs. Carter shocks women with marriage tour
She is one of the world’s most successful female stars, admired for her empowering musical messages. But Beyonce’s latest tour is named after her husband. A step back for feminism?
Fifty years on, Beatles still top of the pops
On October 5th 1962, four men called John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded their first song – ‘Love Me Do’. Today, they remain the greatest phenomenon in the history of pop.
Pop meets politics at Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden claimed a decisive victory at Eurovision this weekend. But for all its glitz, the annual contest is dogged by controversy. In host nation Azerbaijan, repression and corruption are rife.
One Direction smash records with chart topping hit
This week, One Direction became the first UK group in history to debut at number one in America’s album charts. Boy bands have long been hugely successful – but are they any good?
X Factor heads for final Christmas showdown
The final of the ‘X Factor’ hits our screens this weekend. Little Mix, Amelia Lily and Marcus will battle for the top prize – but is the music industry the real loser?