Pop music is designed for mass appeal. When I ask customers what they think of the album at my till in a record shop in a small town, they always say that Galway Girl is their favourite song. You only need to hear it once and you can sing all the words. It is radio gold dust.
In this week's 'Into It', the team pick apart the two biggest announcements of the week: one shockin (Noel Fielding stepping into Mel and Sue's presenting shoes on 'Great British Bake Off') and one not-so-shocking (Ed Sheeran headlining at this year's Glastonbury).
As Ed Sheeran dominates the UK top 10 with tracks from his new album, ÷, the 'Into It' team discuss whether streaming has killed the singles chart for good, and if so, does that actually matter in 2017?
Two Brit Awards, a number one album and a song you can't switch on the radio without hearing every ten minutes. Props where they are due to Rag'N'Bo...
We, The Carnabys, gave away all of our pre-order earnings from this summer's album release to the Trust. 'Too Much, Never Enough' is an album that we are really proud of and we haven't taken this decision lightly. However its even more important to us that we - and the bands coming up behind - actually have somewhere to play in 5 years time. So if you want to really go and see the next Bowie rather than imagine what might have been, get on board and help us to #savelivemusic.
I'm looking forward to working with Holly in the near future with the Raise Her Voice project to ensure we support the young women that need our help.
Following your dreams is important. But never giving up on them is what makes them happen. This was very much the case for UK singer, songwriter, Jamie Lawson, who is the first artist to be signed by Ed Sheeran's new record label, Gingerbread Man. Here he shares how success is doing what you love.
Music is a great distraction for stress and helps with productivity in the work place. Here are five head nodding songs I believe will make your working week fly by, or at least, more bearable.
No one even seemed to get that drunk anymore. In fact, the most controversial thing to happen last year was Alex Turner dropping a mic and suggesting they invoice him for it. No rebellion ever started or ended with an invoice. But this year, Madonna fell.
There is a significant difference about this year's race however - an historic difference, truth be told. For 62 years, the Official Christmas number one has been decided on the basis of sales alone. This year, the race reflects the changing way that music fans are consuming music.
Usually nothing David Cameron says affects the music industry. This week he's shaken the whole UK scene up by announcing that from October, music videos will go through the same classification system as films and other video content, in an attempt to give parents more information to protect children from "graphic content".
We're well into the 21st Century - monogamy should no longer be the unspoken rule. Isn't it time for everyone to openly admit that not just men have sexual desires? Women who begin Tinder exchanges are probably more common than you think (it's not just straight white boys). What's the point in being coy and not saying what we really want to say?
Some incredible opportunities have opened up for me since I wrote One Direction's number one song Little Things with Ed Sheeran... But it's also highlighted to me the importance of articulating certain things that I need to say to the world, right now, and in an individual way that's musically faithful to myself.
Prepare to guffaw now when I suggest what the next wave of music and culture looks set to be. Are you ready? I believe it's prog rock ... (Okay, perhaps the headline spoilt the surprise). Yes, progressive rock. The kipper tie or puffball skirt of music.
After the star and her dancers took their final bow the curtains closed and the lights went up, drawing an end to an almost year long tour. It won't be too long to wait before we hear from her again as her new album is rumoured to be released this year following the two year cycle that her previous albums have followed.
Last week we got the chance to sit down with the 7 ft British rising rapper XO Man to find out exactly how well his musical career is going so far. Following on from the excitement of the newly released 'The Calm EP' we ask him about where he sees himself in the next few years and this is exactly what he had to say about it...