Bruno Mars has definitely found his groove. After a series of successful, yet sonically schizophrenic, singles the pint-sized popster has settled into a sound that he clearly really likes. From Treasure, to Uptown Funk, to 24K Magic – and now Finesse – he’s clearly making the funk work for him. But are we wrong to think that it all sounds a bit familiar?
Once a reliable refuge from the miseries of the modern world, the pop charts are becoming every bit as grim as real life. 2017 in particular has really seen things take a turn for the maudlin – but why is it happening? Why are we so obsessed with sad sounding songs at the moment?
After a decade of women performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, 2017 saw all-American country singer Luke Bryan belt out the Star Spangled Banner. It was well-received, hailed as a return to tradition, but was it actually? We scratched the surface – and found something unusual about it…
Tim Byrne is one of the biggest star-makers in pop music – yet remains practically unknown to the public at large. After a decade as Creative Director at Syco, he has left to mastermind an ambitious new project: an all-tween girl-band, L2M. The teenybopper market is an extremely tough one to crack. Is Tim the man to do it? Or has he finally lost the plot?
Weird though it seems, Sam Smith’s song – Writing’s On The Wall – has become the first Bond theme ever to top the charts. How has Sam Smith managed it? We stripped all twenty-three Bond songs down to their bare essentials to see if there was any explanation for it. Any explanation at all.