Album Review: evermore

14th December 2020

3.7/5 (go with me on this one) Anyone with the Internet will not have missed Taylor Swift’s new, new album, evermore. Described by Swift as the ‘sister album’ to July’s folklore, the latest record is a further wander into the woods of her previous work, though some tracks are slightly lacklustre. The lead single on […]

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The Best Songs for Sleep

9th October 2020

For many people, getting to sleep is a hugely difficult thing. For some, it just comes to them naturally every night. Yet, for whatever reason, so many people choose to have a sleep playlist. If you’re looking for the best additions to yours, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our favourite tried-and-tested songs for […]

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Album Review: Smile, Katy Perry

8th October 2020

3.5/5 Once upon a time, Katy Perry was the ultimate Queen of Pop. If she released a song, she dominated the charts. With her album Witness, none of this happened. A whole era of her career was, as she admits, a failure. Two days before the birth of her first child, Daisy Dove Bloom, Perry […]

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The Simple Pleasures of a Record Player

27th September 2020

Once upon a time, a record player was as common as a Spotify Premium subscription. Everyone had one because that’s how you got to listen to your music. Once upon a time, you also paid about £3 for an album on vinyl. And that leads me to what I’m here to talk about: the simple […]

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Album Review: Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

23rd September 2020

4.5/5 It’s a common theme that I don’t really like much of what is produced in the 21st century. And when it comes to music, this theme is most pronounced. However, what I will say is this: Dua Lipa is the only person holding pop music as we knew it up. Future Nostalgia confirms this. […]

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What was it like at the first ever socially distanced gig?

19th September 2020

Yes, it was a while ago. But what was it really like at the world’s first ever socially distanced gig? I’ll tell you – I was there. Now that Virgin Money’s Unity Arena has had to cancel all remaining shows, it feels appropriate to reflect on what I think was the saviour of the summer. […]

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10 Years of One Direction

23rd July 2020

Ten years ago on this very day, a very special band was formed. If you’ve been with us at b**p from the start, you’ll know we’ve covered the band’s highs, lows and albums over the years. So it’s only right that we have our turn on such a momentous occasion. Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall […]

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Gig Review: Sam Fender

10th December 2019

North Shields and north east sweetheart Sam Fender took Newcastle’s O2 Academy by storm for two nights last weekend – and what an impression he made. The north already adores Fender, who grew up on a North Shields council estate with his mam, but this weekend only increased that admiration for the up-and-coming star. He […]

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Top 5 Music Artists of the 2010s

25th November 2019

After reviewing the top five DJs of the 2010s, I’ve decided to tackle the past 10 years of music as a whole. Therefore I’m going to explain, in-depth, why I believe that the following five artists have had the most influence across the globe since 2010. 5. Bruno Mars A close call for the fifth […]

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Live Music Review: Channy Thompson

25th September 2019

Channy Thompson is an amazing singer who recently performed at Newcastle University to a whole mix of ages. It was an awesome night and I sang and danced throughout the whole evening. I would recommend her to all ages above ten as she sings very family-friendly and upbeat songs, like What About Us? by P!nk, […]

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The Best Songs of the 00s

24th September 2019

As we increasingly approach the 2020s and pop music has become an absolute disaster, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane. The early 2000s was a time of pop genius, defining childhoods like nothing else could. So, without further ado, here are the best songs of the 00s. 1. I Kissed A Girl, […]

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How we Made an EP: Part Two by Magnus Dahlstrøm

2nd September 2019

Magnus is a musician from Noway currently studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where he met fellow musician Tilly Louise and helped make her EP, ‘VHS‘ Last week my friend and fellow musician Tilly Louise wrote her side of the story on how we made her band’s EP. This week, I’m sharing my […]

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Best Songs from Musicals

29th August 2019

Musicals are one of our favourite things the world these days. From productions of Mamma Mia! to The Lion King to Les Misérables, there are some absolute bangers to come out of musicals too. But what are the very best songs from musicals? We’ve narrowed it down to our top seven. 1. They Live in […]

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How we Made an EP: Part One by Tilly Louise

26th August 2019

My name is Tilly Louise. I’m a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, musician and producer from Liverpool and I was asked by the lovely Lauren White if I’d write an article on what it’s like to make an EP. This is because my friend Liam and I have just released our debut EP VHS with our band Clementine. […]

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Song Review: Small Talk, Katy Perry

9th August 2019

Pop superstar Katy Perry has dropped her latest single Small Talk today – and people are loving it. The song follows the release of smash-hit Never Really Over, which was loved by critics all over the world. And by me too. Never Really Over signalled the Teenage Dream Katy Perry coming back. And, to some […]

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On This Day: Live Aid 1985

13th July 2019

In 1985 came a day in music history that would change live concerts and our expectation of them forever. On this day in 1985, it was time for Live Aid. Live Aid was organised by musicians Bob Geldof and Midge Urie to raise money for the Ethiopian famine horrifying the world at that time. It […]

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Top 5 Elton John Songs

5th July 2019

Elton John is undoubtedly one of the greatest performers and artists of all time. His songs will long outlive him, and his stage presence will be felt for a long time after his retirement when the Farwell Yellow Brick Road Tour comes to an end. And, in light of this and the Elton biopic Rocketman‘s […]

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Review: Spotify

5th July 2019

Okay – I’ve got something to say. I was wrong. On 18th April 2017, I said that Apple Music was better than Spotify. Having been a loyal customer since then, I have since changed my mind. Yes – I have converted. I’m a Spotify streamer. Finally, at long last, I can connect with my friends […]

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Alex From Glasto: A True Legend

3rd July 2019

Glastonbury Festival is usually a place headlines are made – and this year’s festival was no exception. With artists such as The Killers, Kylie, Miley Cyrus and many more making an appearance on the legendary Pyramid Stage, Glasto made the headlines this year to say the least. But so did a young man named Alex, […]

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5 songs we’re listening to ATM

3rd July 2019

Here at b**p we are truly music lovers, and so there’s little we love more than discovering good, new music. Be it through our Spotify, our friends or family, we are always here for amazing music finds – and so we thought why not share them with you! So, without further ado, here are 5 […]

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Song Review: Sam Fender, Will We Talk?

3rd July 2019

4.5/5 North Shields singer Sam Fender yesterday evening released a new single on BBC 1 to the delight of fans. Will We Talk? is yet another smash-hit from the young singer who received the Brits Critics’ Choice Award this year. Will We Talk? – as usual with Fender – is totally irresistible. It has everything you […]

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Film reviews: Aladdin, Rocketman & Brightburn

6th June 2019

It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve seen four movies, only one of which I feel I can actually talk about for any length of article. So I thought, I’d save myself the stretching and do some quick-fire reviews for the first three. Aladdin Aladdin is the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney […]

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Is Leaving Neverland Inaccurate?

4th April 2019

Leaving Neverland was the documentary that had apparently taken pop king Michael Jackson to court, convicted him and thrown away the key. However, the director of the four-hour documentary shown on Channel 4 in the UK has come forward and said that one of the accusor’s dates are inaccurate. Director Dan Reed admitted that James […]

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The Brits in Brief

21st February 2019

Last night marked the 39th edition of the Brit awards. Held at the O2 in London, it featured show-stopping performances, deserving winners and much more. Here’s a brief summary of what when down during Brits 2019. The ‘Greatest’ Show The show opened and closed with some of the best performances of the night. Hugh Jackman […]

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Album Review: Dodie – ‘Human’

7th February 2019

HUMAN is a seven-track album from singer-songwriter Dodie released on January 18th. The EP, which is the third from the singer, was preceded by the songs ‘Human’ and ‘If I’m being Honest’. Dodie is known for her mixture of acoustics, piano and soft electronic music, and her innovative use of rhythms. Dodie has always stood […]

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Top 10 Queen Songs

15th January 2019

Here at b**p we’re still on that Bohemian Rhapsody hype, so we thought that we’d sign ourselves up for an impossible task: naming our top 10 Queen songs. Well, it might not be impossible, because we’ve done it, but it’s as good as. Anyway, without further ado, here are the best from the best. 1. […]

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The Best Break-Up Songs

10th January 2019

Break-ups hurt. And they hurt so much you often think you’ll never get over it. This is especially the case if you’re inflicting horrendously sad music upon yourself in the period after it. So, that’s why I’ve put together this list of the best break-up songs, inspired by one of my very own break-ups! I […]

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Queen: What happened to John Deacon?

9th January 2019

Having been royally entertained by the epic Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ all my mother could do was apologise to me. Apologise that I wasn’t alive to experience their outrageous live concerts during the high times of the 1980s. Exuberant on stage, the private lives of the bandmates were just as colourful, although they were masters […]

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Goodbye 2018: What and Who?

30th December 2018

What with Brexit ruffling feathers all over Europe, Trump upsetting the world in general, and the year of prevailing political correctness, 2018 has been a turbulent one. The turn of the year is a time of mixed emotions. We feel sadness for lives lost, relief at having left things behind and live in hope for change […]

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Top Five Christmas Songs

18th December 2018

Here are some of the best Christmas songs of all time, which by the 25th of December we will be sick of hearing. 5. Winter Wonderland This was originally recorded by Doris Day but has wowed fans of Michael Buble with his more recent version.   4. Santa Baby This song was recorded by Eartha […]

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Christmas No. 1: Then and Now

18th December 2018

Who will be in the running? An X-Factor hopeful, a tired old queen with a classic, or the newest queen on the block? With a history spanning 65 years, the UK’s Christmas No.1 is an annual institution, and the race is on to see who will secure the coveted spot. Likely Contenders Ariana Grande has […]

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Album Review Rewind: Malibu

17th November 2018

Anderson Paak’s 2016 hip hop hit Malibu has to be one of the most entertaining, intelligent and genuinely enjoyable albums of its genre. It’s poppy and funky, creating a bridge for fans of the Top 40 and most mainstream pop from the past to walk along and enjoy, which is credit to Paak’s crafty musical […]

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Four pop stars who deserve a movie biopic

12th November 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody depicts the career of the rock band Queen and, more specifically, the life of Freddie Mercury. This got me thinking, which pop stars of the modern day should receive the same treatment in 20 years? Here are our contemporary picks. Ariana Grande For better or worse, this music megastar has had an incredible […]

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New Music: K-Pop Collabs

3rd November 2018

Not sure whether you’ve heard, but K-pop is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with the likes of BTS making appearances on shows such as Ellen Degeneres, and collaborating with Nicki Minaj. However, this appears to be just the beginning, and we have a 2-for-1 deal for you right here. First up we have BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK, an emerging South […]

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Charts and That

27th June 2018

Another Tuesday another bunch of lists. Welcome back to Charts and That where Mario Tennis Aces, Ocean’s 8 and Clean Bandit are all at the top. First up, movies, where Jurassic World has been succeeded by Ocean’s 8, the all-female reboot of the heist franchise. With decent reviews, we’re going to guess this isn’t moving […]

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New Music: Tom Odell

21st June 2018

This has been in the b**p email box now for a week and it was only when I heard it on Radio One yesterday I thought, ‘Oops I did it again.’ So here we are posting, possibly one of Odell’s best tracks to date, later than we should be. ‘If You Want to Love Somebody’ […]

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What’s in a Rockstar?

20th June 2018

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a shift in the kind of music we listen to. Soundcloud hits like Post Malone, 21 Savage and the late XXXTentacion have revolutionised the term ‘rockstar’. Popping pills and partying with all your gains is now the entry fee for being a rockstar in 2018. How come? There […]

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Top Ten Songs of the ’80s

20th June 2018

Here at b**p we love nothing more than a good throwback. And what better to throwback to than the glorious musical era of the 1980s? Answer: nothing. So, without further ado, here are our top ten songs of the ’80s, featuring Foreigner, Cher, Madonna, a-ha and many more. Like a Prayer, Madonna Queen Madge deserves […]

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New Music – Beyonce and Jay-Z

17th June 2018

It was only a matter of time before the infamous Mr and Mrs Carter released some sort of music to accompany their current On the Run 2 Tour. Of course, there is nothing subtle about this illustrious duo when they do release their solo projects, so a collaboration from them both was bound to create […]

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Charts and That

12th June 2018

Hello there, welcome back to this week’s Charts and That, your one stop shop for all things chart-wise. This week, Vampyr is topping the physical sale charts with games, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is sitting pretty at the box office and Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris are still at number one for the 9th week […]

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Demi Lovato Cancels Show in London

11th June 2018

Mere hours before she was supposed to appear on stage, Demi Lovato cancelled her show last night, in London’s O2 arena. Doors were due to open at 18:00 BST, but after a tweet sent out at 17:17, she cancelled the show. She feared that performing on Sunday could injure her vocal chords, claiming she was […]

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YouTube Deletes ‘Violent’ Drill Music Videos

31st May 2018

In an effort to tackle inner city crime, YouTube has deleted more than half of the ‘violent’ music videos that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has requested to be taken down. More than 30 videos have been removed so far. She asked YouTube to remove the videos associated with drill music. Drill originated in the […]

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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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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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