capital fm

Girls Aloud in a row

Girls Aloud are the surprise addition to Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball

Girls Aloud have been announced as a surprise addition to the second day of Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball. According to Capital FM (and they should know really), ‘the girls’ will perform on December 9 at the O2 Arena alongside Rita Ora, P!nk and The Wanted. The Jingle Bell Ball will […]

girls aloud radio tour 2

Radio 1 vs Capital FM: which station takes the best picture using the same ‘raw materials’?

There is a lot of rivalry between Capital FM and Radio 1 but after you take into account playlists, DJs and listening figures at the end of the day it always comes down to how a station copes when celebrities visit. This morning popular singing five-piece Girls Aloud (‘Christmas Round At Ours’, […]


Capital FM can play even less specialist music

Capital FM can now play even less jazz after it had its request to reduce the amount of ‘specialist content’ it has to play per week approved by Ofcom. The station, owned by Global Radio, will now only have to play 12 hours a week of ‘identifiable specialist music programmes’, as […]

Murs attacks

So here’s today’s challenge. Watch the first seven seconds of this Olly Murs ‘video content’ without shouting OH FUCK OFF YOU MASSIVE CUNT at your computer. [youtube]5I0sFrTjI2Y[/youtube] JESUS CHRIST. The following 44 seconds aren’t much better either. WHO chooses the hospitality area of Glastonbury (?!) as the place to plug […]

DJ Earworm’s Capital Summertime Ball mashup thing is quite listenable

We went to the Capital FM Summertime Ball on Sunday. It was pretty brilliant (we got pretty drunk). Here is a photo which looks as if it’s not very good but if you look a little closer is actually amazing. Actwise Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Alexandra Burke were our […]

Anyone for a JLS pearl necklace?

The best bit of the Capital FM Summertime Ball programme was this double page spread of solid gold (effect) pop merch amazingness: JLS and Saturdays jewellery, available from Argos. None of the items are up here with the amazing Michael Jackson charm bracelet from last year but look at products […]

Some words re JLS’ new single ‘The Club Is Alive’

About a year ago the Epic Records bigwig partly responsible many centuries ago for Another Level and Blue got very excited in front of us. Having signed JLS – another British boyband whose logo was destined to be tattooed across the face of Capital FM’s entire audience – he was […]

Another quick thing about BBC radio then we’ll be quiet

The BBC’s chief operating officer, Caroline Thomson, is in The Guardian today talking to ‘media executives’ about 6 Music. Her point – sit down before you read this – is that 37-year-olds (37 being the age of 6 Music’s average listener) are catered for by commercial radio. She goes on […]

The Newsdump, Feb 24 2010: from Nash maybe coming to your town to Rihanna turning frowns upside down

Hold onto your hats: » ‘I Just Love You More’ hitmaker Kate Nash has lined up some small, intimate gigs, which is a shame as there is definitely enough demand for a 28-date UK arena tour. (NME) » David Byrne and Fatboy Slim‘s tribute to Imelda Marcos sounds pretty much […]

The greatest website in the history of everything

WE LOVE COMPAREMYRADIO.COM. It is a website which compares playlist data from all the big UK radio stations then tells you who’s playing what how often, and which radio stations you should be listening to. One of the really interesting things is that you can search by song, so you […]

Advance Warning Of Spontaneous Fan Bedlam

It wouldn’t be a ‘successful US band comes to UK for whirlwind media spree’ without fans mysteriously appearing outside venues and traffic wardens appearing on local TV news reports saying “I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s like Beatlemania etc etc etc”. For reasons far too long winded and harrowing […]

Remembrance Sunday: The Tamperer – ‘Hammer To The Heart’

httpv:// The known facts: 1. This song is basically 'Hung Up' meets 'Something Kinda Oooh', except seven years ago. 2. If someone released 'Hammer To The Heart' tomorrow it would be Number One this time next week. Except it only got to Number 6 in 2000 because of problems with […]