Song of the week:KLP — ‘Back In The Room’KLP’s ‘Ember’ EP came out last year but it looks like its best song is getting a push this week so this is as good a time as any to catch up on imminent chart-slayer Kristy Lee Peters, who as well as being a …

Today we launch an important initiative aimed at kickstarting a renewed sense of adventure in pop or, at the very least, ushering in one big pop single that makes everyone go “fucking hell”. Our pledge is this: we will pay £100 to the first major pop act (MPA) whose new single sticks a …

Song of the week:Julia Michaels — ‘Issues’You already know Julia’s music because she’s written half the amazing songs of the last three years, but the story goes that it was only when she wrote ‘Issues’ that she thought about reviving her career as a solo artist. ‘Issues’ is produced by …

In this year’s roundup of festive releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: Do you think Mariah Carey ‘et al’ knew, when they recorded it, that ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ was the tinsel-strewn megafestivebanger we recognise it as today? Or did they think …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: M.O continue to knock around and, as you’d expect by now, their new song is a good one. Obviously we would normally have included the new Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik song, but that …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: The Weeknd‘s album is out today, and the whole thing’s really rather listenable but we’ve picked ‘Secrets’ to top today’s playlist. ‘Ordinary Life’ — that’s another good one. Well done The Weeknd. Robin Schulz, …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: Naughty Boy‘s roped in Kyla (very smart) and Popcaan for a big dancehall-influenced release. (Is this song a cover? We’re sure we’ve heard it somewhere before.) Sean Paul, meanwhile, has roped in Dua Lipa for …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: Little Mix‘s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ sounds like a cross between ABBA and Carly Rae Jepsen. The verses seem like they’re half-finished but bloody hell, the chorus is just what 2016 needed. Betty Who‘s flung herself headfirst into the …

There are many great things hurtling through the late-2016 pop cosmos. Too many to mention here. Somewhere between 318 and 422 things. Loads of things. But the five best — and one worst — are currently: 1. Lao Ra We met Lao Ra in a pub a few weeks ago and from …

In this week’s new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify: It has finally happened. A chap with a bucket on his head has made the best song of the week. The man is Marshmello and he has been helped out on ‘Ritual’ by noteworthy manwarbler …