As you now know, Little Mix’s ‘Move’ won last night’s Twenty Quid Music Prize. As ever, judging was a complete bloody shambles but it did follow a strange sort of structure so if you weren’t there – and even if you were there – the below account of what happened […]
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In a democratic shouting match held in a London hostelry last night, Little Mix’s ‘Move’ was voted the best British pop single of the last twelve months. Hurrah. Beating off Charli XCX’s ‘Boom Clap’ into second place, ‘Move’ – which was released way back in November 2013 – was praised […]
Last night in London, Will Young’s ‘Jealousy’ became the tenth recipient of the Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize. Judging was a long, booze-strewn and sometimes ‘high-spirited’ process. Here’s what happened. Round One: Instant elimination As is ‘customary’, the first round involved selecting one song from the shortlist to be unceremoniously […]
We live in exciting times, ladies and gentlemen. Tonight in a semi-secret London location 55 judges will sift through the twelve best British pop singles of the last twelve months and select one whose creator will win twenty quid (cash). We’ll be attempting to update you throughout the evening and […]
2014 shortlist, judging details and past winners for the greatest music prize in the pop calendar.
We are quite sad about Lily Allen retiring from being a popstar so, on our way to the Twenty Quid Music Prize judging event the other week, we purchased a ‘SORRY YOU’VE LEAVING’ card and got some of the judges to sign it. (You can click the image to see […]
1. Used the ‘Volume adjustument’ setting in iTunes to increase the volume of Jason DeRulo’s ‘What If’, a song which can never really be loud enough. ‘What If’ is now a little bit louder than almost everything else in our iTunes library, which makes for exciting times when the tune […]
The stage is set. The iTunes playlist of twelve amazing British pop tunes has been synchronised with a portable media playing device. The invited judges are choosing what to wear and, importantly, how to get to the venue if the tubes are still in a state of being tits […]
For the 2004 Twenty Quid Music Prize we produced a programme featuring, quite amazingly, interviews with each of the shortlisted acts. The interviews included Cheryl Cole, Brian Higgins, Rachel Stevens, Richard X, Keane, Will Young and Emma Bunton. (And Javine Hylton.) It was a lot of hard work for not much […]
Behold: the world’s greatest 12″ picture disc. It arrived in the post yesterday. It’s got some Calvin Harris music inside its grooves but that’s not really the important factor here. What’s important is the presence of the monster who played the triangle in that Ce ad Calvin soundtracked a year […]
It’s that time of the year again. Here is the shortlist for the 2010 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize. ‘Bad Boys’ by Alexandra Burke ‘One Touch’ by Mini Viva ‘Left My Heart In Tyo’ by Mini Viva ‘Bittersweet’ by Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘I Won’t Kneel’ by Groove Armada ‘Kickstarts’ by Example […]
During the judging for the 2009 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize, judges were asked to draw pictures of Lady Gaga. We found some of them in a box the other day and thought you might like to see them, a thought which led to us creating what will stand – […]
BBC coverage of last night’s Twenty Quid Music Prize is now the most read story on the BBC News website. Amazing. We haven’t felt this proud since the NME said Popjustice was futuristic than Sweden.
Girls Aloud’s ‘The Promise’ won this year’s Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize, as voted live in London last night by a panel of invited judges. Despite being one of the less exciting songs on the list ‘The Promise’ was also one of the best – one of four or five […]
The venue is boed, the judges are sharpening their pencils (pencils are actually banned – we’re keeping it Strictly Pen) and the nominees are elsewhere and/or unaware it’s evening happening: The 2009 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize is upon us! By 10.30ish tonight one of the following British pop singles […]
The new issue of the Pet Shop Boys fanclub magazine Literally features an extensive – ‘fifteen pages’ extensive – Brian Higgins interview. “It’s very difficult to get in. Everyone’s hand-picked. Your talent just gets you an interview – it’s character and attitude and application that determines things, it’s not talent. […]
Don’t forget, if you’d like to be a judge in the 2009 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize, get your application in soon. This year’s judging takes place on Tuesday September 8 – if you missed it last time we posted the link here’s a great BBC report of last year’s […]
These are the twelve British pop singles shortlisted for the 2009 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize. ‘Beat Again’ by JLS ‘Better Off As Two’ by Frankmusik ‘I’m Not Alone’ by Calvin Harris ‘In For The Kill’ by La Roux ‘Love Etc’ by Pet Shop Boys ‘Method Of Modern Love’ by […]
When we featured Christina Aguilera‘s new single ‘Keeping Gettin’ Better’ as Song Of The Day on Monday, we noted that we’d keep you posted on how our feelings changed on the track. Well once you’ve got over the initial excitement of Christina leaving behind the ridiculous Tiller Girls ‘routine’ of […]
Last night’s Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize judging event was a roaring success (‘roaring success’ = ‘nobody was seriously injured’) and, after quite a lot of arguing, ‘Call The Shots’ was crowned the best British pop single of the last twelve months. As you can see from the professional photograph […]
Tonight, in London, a group of Popjustice readers will meet and have a big argument about the best British pop single of the last twelve months. They will choose from: ‘A&E’ – Goldfrapp ‘About You Now’ – Sugababes ‘Bleeding Love’ – Leona Lewis ‘Call The Shots’ – Girls Aloud ‘Dance […]
Well it’s all hotting up with the 2008 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize (ie we keep forgetting it’s next Tuesday and you probably do too). Anyway, if you’d like to be on this year’s judging panel, you’ve got until 6pm on Thursday to apply. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!!!!!! If you’ve […]
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: ‘A&E’ – Goldfrapp ‘About You Now’ – Sugababes ‘Bleeding Love’ – Leona Lewis ‘Call The Shots’ – Girls Aloud ‘Dance Wiv Me’ – Dizzee Rascal feat Calvin Harris ‘Flux’ – Bloc Party ‘Money’ – Daggers ‘That’s Not My Name’ – The Ting TIngs ‘Valerie’ – Mark Ronson […]
Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Rehab’ is the winner of the 2007 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize. Twenty quid (cash) will be on its way to someone involved with Amy Winehouse later today. Thank you to all the judges.
What is currently being discussed on the Popjustice forums, particularly in relation to a certain recently announced list of prestigious music prize nominees? Let’s have a little lo… Mark Ronson – ‘Stop Me’ Says Poppin Fresh: “At first I hated it, then I quite liked it, and now I think […]
It’s that time of year again: twelve British pop singles, but only one will win twenty quid (cash) in September. To find out who’s been nominated, take a lo at our Twenty Quid Music Prize microsite. www.popjustice.com/musicprize The microsite also features details on how you can be a judge in […]
Girls Aloud’s ‘Biology’ won. They have now made £60 out of this thing. Thank you to everyone who came along and argued last night. It was quite a lot of fun.
These are the twelve best British pop singles of the last twelve months. ‘Biology’ – Girls Aloud ‘DARE’ – Gorillaz ‘Destroy Everything You Touch’ – Ladytron ‘I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)’ – Rachel Stevens ‘Number One’ – Goldfrapp ‘Over & Over’ – Hot Chip ‘Push The Button’ […]