What 2014 sounded like

Ellie Goulding – ‘Anything Could Happen’ The first song I listened to in 2014 was ‘Anything Could Happen’. The end of 2013 was a pretty shit time for me in retrospect; the social anxiety that had crippled me through school was back. There were a few times during that Autumn where I turn up to…

The ten best popstars of 2014, ranked solely on their pop tat

You know the saying: a popstar is only as good as their tackiest piece of merch. And so, here are the ten best popstars of 2014, ranked based on the crap in their merch collection. 10. Britney Spears (image: Britney Spears store) Item: Christmas decoration Price: $20 (£12.85) Not content with dominating the budget haircare and…

Pop Neighbourhood Watch: Christmas Day

These popstars could strike at any time (I mean hopefully on December 25, otherwise this is a waste of time). Tamera Foster There will definitely be some Tamera Foster music tomorrow. That is unless they’ve given all the good stuff to Fleur East. Rihanna It’s rumoured to be coming out on Boxing Day (or a…

The 20 best albums of 2014

Seeing as I did the singles a week-or-so ago, here are the best albums of the year: 20. FKA Twigs – ‘LP1’ Right, so the thing with the FKA twigs album is that it doesn’t sound like anything I’ve heard before, and it works as a whole ‘album experience’. Which is a polite way of saying:…

POP NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION #1: Stop teasing and get on with it

(image: Versace) ‘Wolf dog’ wants steak. ‘Wolf dog’ constantly gets teased with steak. ‘Wolf dog’ is given a few small pieces of steak. But, ‘wolf dog’ can only have the steak when the owner sees fit, despite the fact it’s just sitting there. Stans are much like ‘wolf dog’. As I’m sure anyone reading this…

The 10 best live performances of 2014, based solely on their lighting

Aside from hair/choreo/star quality, the main ingredient of an amazing pop performance is great lighting. Have great lighting and you can hide a lack of star quality. Shit lighting and even the professional popstar can fall flat. So here are the ten best live performances of 2014, ranked by their use of lighting. 10. One Direction…

The 40 best songs of 2014

It’s that time of year again. This is the fourth time I’ve done this: ‘Love On Top’ being #1 in 2011, ‘Anything Could Happen’ in 2012 and ‘Body Party’ in 2013. The overall standard has dipped somewhat this year, mainly because there was only one big comeback moment this year (thanks Taylor) and not enough new…