• Music Album Review: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
    Taylor Swift’s second album, Fearless, released in 2008, received critical acclaim and established Swift as one to watch. Now, almost 13 years later, Swift has become one of the most successful artists of the 21st century, and her re-recordings have stood the test of time – Fearless (Taylor’s Version) showcases Swift at her best, with […]
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  • Music Review: Chemtrails over the Country Club by Lana Del Rey
    Lana Del Rey has recently released her highly anticipated seventh studio album, titled Chemtrails over the Country Club, which continues to explore the Americana aesthetic she has carefully crafted throughout her career. At first, I’ll admit, I felt almost let down by the album as it felt so similar to her previous work, but as […]
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  • Music Song Review: Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak – Leave The Door Open
    One thing I’ve been noticing recently is how artists are taking us back to the musical years of the 70s, 80s and 90s. In 2020 we had the likes of The Weeknd, Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga who were all reintroducing sounds to our ears that were modern but vintage. The overlying word here is […]
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  • Editorials Musicians vs Brexit
    When considering the impacts of Brexit on the UK, my personal first thoughts were about fishing, trade and holidays abroad. It wasn’t until the lovely Elton John appeared on a BBC interview via zoom that I realised there would be huge implications for musicians. As if Covid-19 hadn’t disrupted the careers of upcoming artists enough, […]
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  • Music Album Review: evermore
    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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  • health The Best Songs for Sleep
    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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  • Music Album Review: Smile, Katy Perry
    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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  • Editorials The Simple Pleasures of a Record Player
    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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  • Music Album Review: Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
    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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  • Music What was it like at the first ever socially distanced gig?
    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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  • Music 10 Years of One Direction
    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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  • Music Gig Review: Sam Fender
    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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  • Editorials Top 5 Music Artists of the 2010s
    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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  • Music Live Music Review: Channy Thompson
    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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  • Editorials The Best Songs of the 00s
    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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  • Editorials How we Made an EP: Part Two by Magnus Dahlstrøm
    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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  • Editorials Best Songs from Musicals
    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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  • Editorials How we Made an EP: Part One by Tilly Louise
    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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  • Music Song Review: Small Talk, Katy Perry
    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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  • Editorials On This Day: Live Aid 1985
    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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  • Editorials Top 5 Elton John Songs
    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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  • Music Review: Spotify
    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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  • Music Alex From Glasto: A True Legend
    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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  • Editorials 5 songs we’re listening to ATM
    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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  • Music Song Review: Sam Fender, Will We Talk?
    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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  • Movies Film reviews: Aladdin, Rocketman & Brightburn
    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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  • Music Is Leaving Neverland Inaccurate?
    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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  • Music The Brits in Brief
    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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  • Music Album Review: Dodie – ‘Human’
    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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  • Editorials Top 10 Queen Songs
    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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  • Editorials The Best Break-Up Songs
    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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  • Movies Queen: What happened to John Deacon?
    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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  • British Goodbye 2018: What and Who?
    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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  • Music Top Five Christmas Songs
    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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  • Music Christmas No. 1: Then and Now
    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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  • Music Album Review Rewind: Malibu
    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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  • Movies Four pop stars who deserve a movie biopic
    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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  • British New Music: K-Pop Collabs
    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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  • Games Charts and That
    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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  • Music New Music: Tom Odell
    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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  • Editorials What’s in a Rockstar?
    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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  • Editorials Top Ten Songs of the ’80s
    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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  • Music New Music – Beyonce and Jay-Z
    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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  • Games Charts and That
    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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  • Music Demi Lovato Cancels Show in London
    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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  • Music YouTube Deletes ‘Violent’ Drill Music Videos
    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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  • Music Manchester Memorial
    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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  • Editorials The Best 1D Memories
    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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