Ny Musik Fredag: Adrijana! Robyn! Seinabo Sey!

One of my new year’s resolutions is to write more good things this year (I kept it nice and vague so I can say I achieved it even if I just wrote a nice shopping list or something). Anyway, one thing I’ve decided to do as of this week is to keep a note of…

The 40 best Scandinavian songs of 2016

There have been so many great songs out this year, and most of them have come from Scandinavia. These are my forty faves from the year [spoiler: there’s a slight whiff of tropical].

Black Women and The X Factor

On last night’s X Factor, Gifty Louise lost her place in the competition to girl group 4 Of Diamantes. She looked upset and unimpressed, which is completely understandable when you’re one of the only contestants who can hold a tune. But nonetheless, she was dragged on Twitter, with people calling her arrogant and questioning her…

Some thoughts on The X Factor

Sometimes things that we love let us down. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to defend something, it just becomes impossible to defend.

Hiya Rita Ora, put Havva Rebke through this weekend

There is a real tendency on singing competitions at the moment to reward over-singing. In the post-Jessie J pop landscape, ‘talent’ is often confused with ‘being able to hit every note possible in as little time as possible’. There are a lot of ‘belters’ in this year’s ‘X Factor’, with varying degrees of success (from…

The 10 best names to have been read out by Peter Dickson

Peter Dickson has left ‘The X Factor’ *sadface*. See: After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose. — Peter Dickson (@peterdickson) July 28, 2015 ‘The X Factor’ will never be the same again. To celebrate the eleven years, here are the 10 names which…

Notes on the new Rita Ora video

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the new Rita Ora video since it premiered a week or so ago. I’ve watched this video more times than any other video this year, and I’m still totally perplexed. Here are some of my thoughts: Why are Rita and her friends just sat around whilst a man…