If listening to a plethora of fairly plateaued out love songs with somewhat superficial lyrics for 46 minutes and 14 seconds works well at forcing you into a false sense of emotional stability then this is definitely the album for you.
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.
SXSW (or South By South West, to use its full name) is widely known by the music industry and music fans as the ultimate showcasing festival for new music. Each year in March the World's music industry decamps to Austin, Texas, for six long days and nights of BBQ, margaritas, tacos and live music. And this week, for the first time, I'm amongst them.
Anyone who speaks out about their own mental health issues has the right to control how and where their comments are used, just as they would with any other health condition. Having depression shouldn't define Stormzy, nor should it overshadow every interview he does.
Today we get to recognise some amazing young people who have not had the easiest start in life and have had to overcome some major obstacles, which makes it all the more incredible when you hear what they've achieved.
This isn't the "biggest reunion in pop history" - that will always be reserved for ABBA - but just like those legendary Swedes, there is a huge amount of genuine love and affection for Steps and it helps that their timing is immaculate.
Oh yes, definitely worth waiting for! Despite being a fan since seeing the band featured on TV on the NME Awards Tour in 2005, I had never seen The K...
The Safe Gigs for Women team emerged from December, very tired, disheveled but feeling positive after four weeks working around the country, speaking ...
If I could persuade you to do one single thing it would be to at least eat considerately. By all means eat meat if you so wish, but please for the sake of the billions of animals that have died for your burgers and sausages, order or make more realistic portion sizes.
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...
Love or loathe Coldplay, Chris Martin remains one of the leading singer-songwriters of his generation, just like George - someone else who whose pop impulses are underpinned with the always authentic need to express and share.
In the latest episode of 'Into It', we're still recovering from the shock news Lee Ryan is joining the cast of 'EastEnders'. With the news splitting fans right down the middle, we ask whether stunt casting is ever a good idea in soapland. We're also getting our teeth into Katy Perry's new brand of 'purposeful pop', as well as putting our money where our (big) mouths are, as we predict who will triumph at next week's Brit Awards.
From my years of crafting music, content and industry research, I sit here now, managed and signed to an independent label in London, with an incredibly loyal team, and a whole new genre created. I am 17-years-old, with the dream to hit the music industry globally, not locally.
Sure. Shall we just get back to talking about the depressing state the world is in? We could continue discussing the relentless stream of doom that the news has turned into over the past few months? Or perhaps we could just forego conversation completely, and wait silently underground for the end of days?
What's the worst word in the English language? It's not what you think. It's not four letters, but nine - "malignant". One month shy of her 36th birthday, my wife Carolina handed me the results of her biopsy, which indicated advanced breast cancer. I felt like the earth was swallowing me up. It was October 11, 2011.
Independent music venues in the UK face tough times. While some thrive, like The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, a significant number struggles to survive due to rising rents, council license restrictions and redevelopment plans. In a time of financial uncertainty and global political division, we need their DIY-culture and punk spirit more than ever. Not least of all the audience.