It's been a great year for music, and here's my selection of the best of it. I've chosen one 'if you only listen to one...' track for each album, which I think is the best/one you might not have heard of. Feel free to praise or abuse as you want.
There's a phrase I've come to use to describe some of pop's more 'interesting' offerings: Authentically contrived.Nicki Minaj is an excellent example. She appears to use her money and appearance as the key creative stimulus for her artistic output.
I say to all the young people I work with: the future of music is in the past. The secrets to today lie there. All you have to do you have to do is bring it forward to today, add some fairy dust and make it your own.
I think that the Glastonbury Festival should be given City Status. I've checked and all that's needed is approval from the Queen and the "City of Glastonbury Festival" will be born. Here's my argument.