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The 2014 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: as it happened

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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Little Mix’s ‘Move’ won last night’s 2014 Twenty Quid Music Prize

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 […]

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And it FEEEEEEEELS like victory

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 […]

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The 2012 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: TONIGHT!

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 […]

We might chuck in a carriage clock too

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 […]

Four things things we have done in the last seven days

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 […]

Tonight in London: the 2010 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize

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 […]

Six years ago in London: the 2004 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize

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 […]

12″ picture discs: a guide

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 […]

The 2010 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: shortlist revealed

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 […]

A Lady Gagallery

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 – […]

Amusing, slightly concerning

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.

The 2009 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: a roundup

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 […]

Who will win the 2009 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize?

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 […]

“Nobody knows who or what they’re joining…”

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. […]

Twenty Quid Music Prize: a reminder for would-be judges

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 […]

The Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: the shortlist!

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 […]

It keeps getting worse

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 […]

Twenty Quid Music Prize: congratulations, once again, to Girls Aloud…

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 […]

Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: tonight!

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 […]

Your chance to be a judge on the Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize

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 […]

The 2008 Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: Shortlist

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 […]

The chatter of Popjustice 17

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 […]

2007 Twenty Quid Music Prize: shortlist unveiled!

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 […]

Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize: the 2006 shortlist…

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’ […]