Manchester Memorial

22nd May 2018

Hundreds of people have gathered to commemorate those who died in last years bombing of the Manchester arena. 22 people were killed, and hundreds were injured at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on the 22nd May 2017. Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined the families of the victims and the Manchester […]

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The Best 1D Memories

9th May 2018

Since One Direction announced their hiatus way back in 2015, things on the 1D side of life have been (in comparison to the warfare years of 2010-15) pretty quiet. Yeah, we’ve had solo music and tours, but we’ve not had the sheer wig-stealing drama we used to. So, here at b**p, we thought we’d head […]

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Charts and That

8th May 2018

‘Sup and welcome back to Charts and That. That’s right. We’re hip, and we use abbreviations of words in order to connect with a younger audience. This week we have God of War (again), Infinity War (again) and Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris (again). Neat. We’re going to start with music this week, where again, […]

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Beat That Infinity War

5th May 2018

In a bizarre twist of marketing, Deadpool 2 has brought on the voice of Celine Dion. Yeah, we’re as weirded out as you are. The singer has released a music video and an entirely new song for the movie, titled Ashes and it’s honestly not that bad. What makes it even better, would be Deadpool […]

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New Music: Troye Sivan – Bloom

3rd May 2018

When it comes to Australian presence on the airwaves, the flag has definitely been flown over the past five years or so by Sia. But Actor/Singer Troye Sivan has the power to give Sia a bit of competition if she chooses to let that flag slip. Born in South Africa, the 22-year-old who relocated to Perth, […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

29th April 2018

ABBA is back, back again! Amidst all of the chaos of A Levels, some glorious, brilliant news arrived on our phones on Friday: ABBA is coming back. Prepare for a reunion that beats Take That’s with Robbie Williams, because ABBA is something else completely. ABBA is back, back again. Tell a friend. Though I expect […]

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Charts and That

26th April 2018

Merry Thursday and welcome back to Charts and That. God of War, A Quiet Place and surprisingly not Drake are all at the top this week. Let’s take a look, shall we? We’ll start with games this week, where Sony’s God of War has been slaying the games list. Met with fantastic reviews, this reboot is […]

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A week in mild amusement

24th April 2018

Prince TBC, mighty is he An unemployed woman on state benefits has had her third child at the cost of the British taxpayer. Or, as The Sun didn’t write it, the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. At the time of writing, they have not released the child’s name. I’m hoping […]

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NEW MUSIC: JANELLE MONAE ft. GRIMES

21st April 2018

While the empowerment of women and gender fluidity are the hot topics of our timelines and newsfeeds, the latest release from the eclectic Janelle Monae is definitely harder hitting in a more ‘feminine’ way than other attempts of late. Particularly than that of the declaration made by Kendall Jenner in the Lil Dicky track ‘Freaky Friday’. Miss […]

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Charts and That

17th April 2018

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Charts and That, where Drake, Far Cry and Rampage are all chilling at the top spots. Drake’s new song Nice For What has rocketed to the top this week, so let’s take a look. Starting with music, as we mentioned, Nice For What has leapt to the top […]

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New Music: Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss

6th April 2018

Taking it back to his dance roots, Calvin Harris has teamed up with the hottest commodity in the UK right now, Dua Lipa, on his latest musical offering ‘One Kiss’. Lipa, who has just finished supporting Bruno Mars on the Australian leg of his 24K Gold Tour, dresses the beat with catchy lyrics and an […]

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Florence to Headline Biggest Weekend

5th April 2018

Florence + the Machine will be headlining BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival in Swansea, marking her live comeback in the UK. She is expected to release something later this month and will top the show at Singleton Park on Sunday 28th May. She will join big names like Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift, Craig David and Ed […]

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New Music: The Weeknd

30th March 2018

For anyone needing a new fix of music for the Easter weekend, you might want to check out the new six-track collection from Canadian superstar, the Weeknd. The Grammy winner last released an album in 2016 with Starboy, which boasted a dozen more tracks than this one including the self-titled collaboration with Daft Punk. But, when […]

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Charts and That

21st March 2018

Hello and welcome to this week’s Charts and That. Things have actually changed this week! We have a few new entries on the lists! Huzzah. Tomb Raider, Kirby and Drake. Again. Well, you can’t have everything can you? So, we’ll start with movies. Tomb Raider just missed the top spot, being beaten out by Peter […]

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Music Monday: Kygo feat Miguel

19th March 2018

We are kicking off our new ‘Music Monday’ column with Sony recording artist/producer Kygo, (‘Firestone’, ‘Stole the Show’), who has teamed up with the current go-to vocalist of the recording industry, Miguel on his latest track ‘Remind Me to Forget’. Having collaborated in the past with Selena Gomez and the likes of Ellie Golding. Kygo […]

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Karaoke etiquette

16th March 2018

Let it be known that I’m a big fan of karaoke. But it was at such an event last week that I discovered an unpleasant fact. It’s become clear to me that very few people are wise to correct karaoke etiquette. With this in mind, I feel it is my duty as an educator to […]

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Charts and That

14th March 2018

Hello, ladies and jellyfish and welcome back to another edition of Charts and That, where we’ll be reeling off this week’s most popular movies, music and games. Drake, FIFA and Black Panther all sit on top this week. Again. This week, Black Panther continues its reign atop the box office chair. It has so far […]

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Eminem Takes Shots at NRA

12th March 2018

While many used their spot on the iHeart Radio awards to plug their records, Eminem used it to take aim at the NRA and the problem of gun control in America. The comments come after the NRA began to sue the state of Florida for introducing higher age for purchasing guns. This is in the […]

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Charts and That

27th February 2018

Hello there and welcome back to Charts and That. We have our regular line-up of games, movies and music to rattle through. Maybe you’re enjoying Drake’s new song in the comfort of your home as snow batters the UK. Or playing Metal Gear Survive. Why you’d want to we have no idea. First up, we have […]

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The Brit Awards – Biggest Winners

23rd February 2018

Grime star Stormzy beat Ed Sheeran to win the main prizes at the Brit Awards 2018. The star seemed to be overwhelmed as he won best British male and best British album. The artist also closed the show and criticised the PM’s handling of the Grenfell tragedy in a fiery freestyle verse. This isn’t the […]

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God's Plan

Charts and That

21st February 2018

Drake’s newest song God’s Plan gets a music video, FIFA 18 is at the top on games and Black Panther is roaring at the box office. It’s Charts and That! We’ll start with games this week. FIFA 18 has jumped right to the top of the list, with a newcomer slipping into second. Kingdom Come: Deliverance was released last […]

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Inquiry into Nelly Sexual Allegations

14th February 2018

Claims that RnB artist Nelly sexually assaulted a fan in the UK at a gig, have been reported to the police and are under investigation. Allegedly, the attack occurred after a show at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on 5th December last year. An Essex Police spokesperson said the service had started the investigation after a […]

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Review: Sofar Secret Gigs

12th February 2018

Attending secret gigs is everything for music lovers. Being aware of the intimacy and ‘exclusivity’ at such performances is undoubtedly appealing. Perhaps it reflects a more selfish human trait, in that some people are forbidden and it feels more of a privilege to be there. Introducing Sofar Sounds I had never heard about it on […]

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Charts and That

7th February 2018

Welcome back to Charts and That, where we have a gander at what the general public has been watching, listening to and playing. This week we have The Greatest Showman, Monster Hunter and Drake leading the lists. This week, we’ll start with movies. The Greatest Showman is on top this week, after Coco’s brief time […]

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Charts and That

30th January 2018

Another week, another bunch of lists including the most popular movies, music and games. Let’s have a look, shall we? Films: We’ll start with films this week. Darkest Hour, featuring Gary Oldman’s award-winning performance as Churchill is top of the film charts, followed by Disney’s Mexican musical Coco. Have a look for yourselves: Darkest Hour […]

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The Grammys 2018

29th January 2018

Artists Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar picked up most of the awards at the Grammys 2018, with Mars ending the night with six wins. He managed to swoop the album of the year trophy from Lamar. Damn had been predicted to be a win for Lamar, but it turns out the public prefer something a […]

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Elton John Announces Final Tour

25th January 2018

Yes, the grand-daddy of the piano has announced his last tour to prioritise his family. Sir Elton John will say goodbye in a series of 300 shows. He spoke in New York, saying: “I always thought I was going to be like Ray Charles, BB King – on the road forever. ‘My priorities have changed. […]

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Review: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

24th January 2018

The Greatest Showman is clearly one of the smash-hit films of 2018 – and we expect to see many nominations for awards for the film in next year’s Oscars. Aside from the fact that The Greatest Showman bypasses the animal cruelty its subject, P. T. Barnum, subjected some of the world’s most beautiful animals to, […]

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Charts and That

23rd January 2018

Welcome back to another edition of Charts and That where we look at what’s popular with the kids and such in games, music and movies. This week we’re going to kick things off with music. Eminem and Ed Sheeran still hold the top spot with River, followed by Ramz and Ed Sheeran. Have a look […]

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Lorde and Charlie XCX Lead NME Awards

21st January 2018

New Zealand singer Lorde and Charlie XCX lead the NME awards with four nominations each, joined by Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Stormzy. Dua Lipa is included on the best British solo artist shortlist, alongside Liam Gallagher and XCX. Weirdly, Jeremy Corbyn is nominated for hero of the year, which is unorthodox for a music […]

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Coldplay Joins Top 10 Highest Grossing Tours

19th January 2018

Billboard’s highest grossing concert chart can go years without any huge changes. Well, Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses have broken the mold. Coldplay have jumped to No.3 overall with a gross of $523 million, from the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour which wrapped up in November after stretching over a year and a half. […]

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Katy Perry: Victim of Social Media

19th January 2018

Katy Perry has said she is a ‘victim’ of social media, due to society’s pressure to share everything online. The singer and upcoming American Idol judge, says that Instagram and Twitter are contributing to the ‘decline of civilisation’. Which is a bit of an overstatement. She also encouraged her fans to not care about social […]

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Hot ‘n’ then Tepid

17th January 2018

Capitol Records boss said he’s had ‘tough conversations’ with Katy Perry, after her most recent albums sales fell well below the mark. Perry released her fourth album last year, but despite appearances on Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Glastonbury, it failed to have the same affect as some other artists last year. In 2017 we […]

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Grand Theft Auto V

Charts and That

16th January 2018

Hello there and welcome back to Charts and That! We have another few lists of movies, games and music! Grand Theft Auto V, Darkest Hour and Ed Sheeran dominate this week! We’ll start with games this week, where not much has shifted. Grand Theft Auto V has taken the top spot from FIFA 18 with very […]

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Dua Lipa Makes Brit Award History

15th January 2018

Dua Lipa has been nominated for five Brit Awards, including best album and best video. Until now, no other female artist has received five nominations in one year. She tweeted as the short lists were announced: Lol how is this real — DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) January 13, 2018 Ed Sheeran is also up for multiple […]

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S Club 7 – Sell It on Ebay

11th January 2018

S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole has listed his 2000 best newcomer Brit Award on eBay and has garnered quite a bit of attention. He also offered a meet and greet, with a photo, depending on where the highest bidder lives. The item has been described as ‘very good’ with ‘signs of age’. Two years ago, […]

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Charts and That

9th January 2018

Hello there and welcome back to the latest Charts and That, your home for lists of stuff that’s popular and such. We’re also rather vague. First up, films! Looks like the UK followed suit when it comes to Jumanji. The blockbuster recently took over The Last Jedi in the US and it seems to have […]

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Lana Del Rey Being Sued by Radiohead

8th January 2018

After a rumor over the weekend that the band was taking on the pop singer, it has been revealed that Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey. The British band are acting over Lana’s track, Get Free. It is the closing song on her newest album, Lust for Life.  She confirmed the lawsuit on Twitter, saying […]

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Beyoncé Returns to Headline Coachella

3rd January 2018

Coachella has announced its line-up for 2018, promising Beyoncé to return for their 2018 show, after pulling out last year due to pregnancy. Coachella is an annual music and arts festival, featuring art installation, bands, fashion and is an endless mine for memes. Seriously there are reams of this stuff. Some of the biggest names […]

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Spotify Sued Over Songwriter Rights

3rd January 2018

Music streaming service Spotify has been hit with a lawsuit after allegedly infringing on the rights of songwriters and publishers. Wixen Music Publishing is seeking damages of up to $1.6bn – $150,000 for more than 10,000 songs. The California company represents artists including Janis Joplin, The Black Keys and Tom Petty. The company declined to […]

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Charts and That

2nd January 2018

Yes, the first Charts and That of 2018! Let’s see which movies, games and music made it to 2018. We’ll start with movies this time. Star Wars is obviously on top still, because it’s Star Wars. The newest movie in the latest trilogy has divided the fan base, with both sides vehemently disagreeing with each other. […]

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Song Review: Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2

23rd December 2017

4/5 I’ll admit it: I’m no Stormzy fan. Nor am I a fan of what’s usually in the charts. Back in the days of 2010, I was well into the charts, but now the rap and the dance is just not for me. So when I heard that Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2 was […]

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Lady Gaga Announces Las Vegas Residency

22nd December 2017

Like plenty of stars before her, Lady Gaga is taking up a two-year contract in Las Vegas at the MGM Park Theater in late 2018. Writing on Twitter to her fans she said ‘The rumours are true! I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theatre. Get ready for a brand-new show! It’s been […]

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Charts and That

20th December 2017

A day late but what do you want from me? Welcome to this week’s Charts and That, possibly the last one of 2017. Let’s start the list with movies. The Last Jedi was incredibly good, and the numbers prove that people were into it. In its first weekend, it has made £28,010,841. Not as much […]

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The Name’s Sheeran. Ed Sheeran.

18th December 2017

Ed Sheeran has written a Bond theme. It was going to happen eventually. Adele did it, Alecia Keys did it. Chris Cornell did it. Oh, I made myself sad. Speaking on The Late Late Show in Ireland, he said he decided to write the song just in case he was ever asked for one. Because […]

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Is Fairytale of New York Offensive?

11th December 2017

With the exception of a few Victoria’s Secret models, it’s widely accepted that non-black people shouldn’t say the N word while singing along to a song. This year, a certain lyric in an iconic Christmas song is causing a similar debate. In particular, it’s this verse in ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues featuring […]

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Sia Defends her actions

8th December 2017

Sia has defended working with 15-year-old Maddie Ziegler on tour after concerns over the young dancer’s exposure. The singer pointed out that she wanted to ‘empower’ Maddie, after a Guardian article pointed out that the 15-year-old’s face was out in the open, with Sia hiding behind a wig. The reporter who wrote the article asked, […]

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Mental Health Line Opening for Musicians

6th December 2017

A new mental health support line has launched for people working in the music industry. The phone line was created by Help Musicians UK and will offer advice not only for musicians but for those in management, tour crews and record labels. This is part of the Music Minds Matter campaign, which launched after Chester […]

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Dua Lipa Most Streamed Female of 2017

5th December 2017

There’s a new rule: everyone must listen to Dua Lipa. Yep, beating out Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, newcomer Dua Lipa has gained the top streaming spot on Spotify. New Rules, a rather handy guide for getting over your ex, has been streamed 464 million times. She also hit 453 million streams with Scared to be […]

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Jaden Smith’s SYRE: A Weirdo Rap Artwork

4th December 2017

2017 has been a great year for rap/R&B/hip-hop music. We’ve had Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Khalid’s American Teen and Drake’s More Life. Now we have Jaden Smith’s debut album SYRE. Reviews for this album haven’t exactly been great, but you know what? I enjoyed it. Given his reputation as a bit of an oddball, I was […]

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