I'm not suggesting we all burn our copies of 1989 and vow not to speak Taylor's name again, but I am accusing Swift of controverting everything she initially set out to do. She has become one of those girls she used to sing about, and she appears to be anything but ashamed of it.
I've heard some awesome musical collaborations in the last few weeks. Back in the day, featured artists were a rarity. Label conflicts and the need ...
As easy as it is to be snarky about Eurovision, there is a lot of genuinely well-crafted pop going on there too, so we at Popbitch decided to afford it the respect that such effort deserves. We analysed hundreds and hundreds of Eurovision entries since 2000 to see if there is any sort of scientific formula for success...
What happened with these steps is that, progressively, I began to become stronger and stronger in my defences against such shaming attacks. With this I became far more compassionate for myself and therefore for others. I began to experience deep gratitude for my job and deep love for the whole experience, with people I worked with through to the audiences who would turn up to my shows. This doesn't mean to say may I add that I live in a state of complete peace and harmony...
"It's the classic story of crash and burn," says Mark Baxter, the writer of the new documentary film Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry which hopes to do for one of this country's jazz greats what Searching For Sugar Man (2012) did for Sixto Rodriguez.
Hearing the completed versions of Too Many Broken Hearts and Especially For You in particular, were moments in my professional life that I will never forget, the door was wide open and I was at the centre of this incredible moment in time. You just knew that something magical was happening. It was very exciting. Only when I realise now that these are distant memories, do I appreciate how lucky I was. The great thing about this tour is, I can re-live those feelings and share it with the fans who were there with me.
I fear that the reason for the Mumfords' status as "one of the most maligned bands in the world", to borrow Drowned In Sound's phrase, is nothing more complicated than that old cliché: build 'em up, and knock 'em down.
Marilyn Manson is having something of a resurrection, as his new album has presented a re-primed Manson in a new phase of life. Manson's mother, Barbara, died during the making of this new album.
For those denigrating me as a "champagne socialist", I have to say I'm more of a prosecco girl, myself. I was born in a working-class family who have for generations been active in political protest. I was nine years old when I was first taken to a demonstration by my mother, who at the time was working as a housing officer for Cardiff council. I have earned a lot of money from creating music, but I've stayed in Cardiff, where my family are, where the people I grew up with are, where my roots are. I could have made a lot more money by investing in arms and oil, rather than ethically. I could have voted Tory.
It was probably a little raw, it was maybe a little by the seat of the pants and I'm pretty sure it was illegally loud but we had done it, we had performed the album, The Man Who Sold The World in it's entirety live for the very first time.
The climax of nine years protesting against plans to build flats next to an historic and iconic East London pub and music venue is nearing, as the family which owns The George Tavern in Shadwell are due at the High Court next week.
This past weekend I was in Namibia for the 5th Annual Namibian Music Awards which took place again in the seaside town of Swakopmund, at the Swakopmund Sports Indoor Centre.
[Camille O'Sullivan - Credit: Peter Williams] There were already high hopes, but the scale of ...
England's largest arts festival, arrived this weekend with a record 3,584 performances of 784 shows at 171 venues across the city for the entire month of May. Ticket sales are already 15% up on last year, meaning that we should be expecting audiences of close to 290,000 people.
The interviewer started off with a statement that she really didn't like my beard. I let it hang in the air. Now this is one way to deal with an unwanted opinion. Let it hang there and do not engage in it. If there is no engagement there is nothing the words can bounce off.
Has a record company ever taken you to dinner? I know that Jeffrey Lewis has some strong thoughts about that, but I have been lucky enough to have a few of these dinners, some in honour of me, some in honour of others, but never in Tokyo (until now).