THE LATEST. Highs and lows from the pop frontline


Posted by Popjustice on Dec 19 2014 at about 18:30


2014azIt’s fair to say that Madonna hasn’t exactly kept her recording sessions a secret. And it would be easy to say that if you’re going to spend a year building up demand for a new album, you shouldn’t be surprised if someone, somewhere, does something to meet that demand.

But on the other hand, that’s bollocks. Nicking an album and putting it online when it’s not ready just isn’t on. Clips and maybe one or two tracks is alright. A whole album is just absurd.

Anyway, here are some songs we all know to be amazing, which didn’t sound quite so amazing to start with.

Lady Gaga – ‘Bad Romance’

Backstreet Boys – ‘I Want It That Way’

Girls Aloud – ‘Something Kinda Ooooh!’

Pet Shop Boys – ‘West End Girls’

Madonna – ‘Deeper & Deeper’

Madonna – ‘The Power Of Good-Bye’

Madonna – ‘Hung Up’

Fleur East – ‘Uptown Funk’

All those songs sound pretty good in their unfinished states, of course, but the finished versions were better. And if we’d heard all these versions before we heard the final ones, would we ever have fallen quite so deeply in love with the songs?

(The exception to that point is ‘Bad Romance’, which did leak ahead of the proper one, but that’s the best song of the millennium and it would have been amazing even if your first listen had been Lady Gaga shouting it down a paper tube in a shopping centre.)

2014 A-Z: G is for GET ON WITH IT

Posted by Popjustice on Dec 19 2014 at about 18:00
2014azThe Top 10 Get On With It artists of 2014:
1. Mutya Keisha Siobhan
Despite promising something new, something exciting, something big, something anything at various points during 2014, the ladies came up with somewhere in the region of bugger all. (ie They performed with Metronomy at the NME Awards and that was about it.)
2. AlunaGeorge
“We have nearly finished our next album,” they said in May. Where is that album? Nowhere.
3. Lady Gaga
She teased ‘ARTPOP: Act II’. She said she also wanted to release a jazz album. So she released a jazz album, while the ‘ARTPOP’ sequel sat on a shelf, growing old.
4. Madonna
Madonna is a slightly odd Get On With It entry in that – as we are now all too aware – she had indeed been getting on with it, with an album’s worth of songs in various states of completion. We’ll cover Madonna’s album leak in a future 2014 A-Z item, but for now let’s just say that if Madonna had got this album out in November, the debacle we’ve just witnessed would never have happened.
5. Tamera Foster
It was announced in March that promising X Factor star Tamera Foster had signed to Syco. She could easily have used an X Factor performance to get a single out this side of Christmas, and may even have been able to release an album. Instead: nothing. And now there’s every chance Fleur East will nick all her decent songs.
6. Say Lou Lou
Apparently this duo’s album was recently mastered, for 2015 release. Here’s a tip: if you master an album in October, you can have it out in November.
7. Adele
By the end of 2015 the Adele album will be so omnipresent that we’ll curse the day we ever expressed any desire to hear a single note, but she could easily have boshed this one out by now.
8. Brandon Flowers
B-Flow confirmed in October LAST YEAR that he was working on a solo album. This could have been out in the summer.
8. Little Mix
This lot cancelled their US tour in order, THEY SAID, to work on their album. That was back in July. How long does it take to sing a few songs? Yes, obviously, you need to spend time formulating a plan on how to drip-feed 120 different teaser campaigns across eight different social media platforms, but you can get people in to do all that important stuff.
10. Rihanna
Let’s not go there.