Happy Birthday X Factor!

Last night, X Factor marked 10 series with spectacular including current contestants singing hit tunes, old contestants making an appearance and a special performance from Olly Murs. Here’s a look at my favourite contestants from the last 10 series Judges have come and go but Louis Walsh has stuck around the whole time. Simon was…

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Single Review: The Collective – ‘Teardrop’

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“Labrinth’s breezy production immediately torpedoes the sensitive emotion the original had” 1 STAR Digital Release: November 13, 2011 Physical Release: November 14, 2011 The BBC Children In Need single has always been a fascinating spectacle. Whether you’ve supported it, watched awestricken from the sidelines and mocked it’s unsteady chart position, or spoken out of how…

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Album Review: Matt Cardle – ‘Letters’

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Matt Cardle – ‘Letters’: 3.3 If you thought The X Factor was going to make any kind of trend from it’s last two winner’s début albums – that being Alexandra’s and Joe’s – you thought wrong. Just look at the cover of Matt Cardle’s album. That’s clearly a serious artist, right? A serious artist who…

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Single Review: Matt Cardle – ‘Run For Your Life’

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“Something lacking greatly in freshness, sticking power, and testosterone” 2 STARS Digital Release: October 9, 2011 Physical Release: October 10, 2011 Given that the Barlow Ballad is enough of a staple to be as predictable as gravity, it won’t take much effort to imagine in your head what a song with a title like ‘Run…

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Matt Cardle: Run For Your Life is a fast grower

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When I heard the preview of Run For Your Life for the first time, I liked it a lot, but wasn’t sure everyone else would. I listened a couple more times and began to love it, but with such a short taster, it’s impossible to know whether the rest of the song will live up…

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Matt Cardle – Run For The Isles – Tour, Single and Album coming soon

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The talented Matt Cardle is coming back into the public eye with the announcement of his forthcoming mini tour of small venues in Scotland, taking in two islands, Orkney and Shetland, where audiences will get a preview of his single Run For Your Life and album Letters, both due to launch in October. Letters is due out on the 17th October, written by Matt in collaboration with some of the best songwriters around. First, though, he is poised to jump into the charts with the Barlow penned single Run For Your Life, due out on the 9th October.


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Single Review: Take That – ‘Love Love’

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To expect much quality from a single that’s been resigned the laborious duty of promoting a big block-buster film by being played as the end credits roll is only one step above foolish: ambitious. Furthermore, to expect that said song would in fact chart rather handsomely is pretty much plain daftness on both fan and artist’s part.


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Single Review: Take That – ‘Kidz’

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Just workin’ on the ol’ “Grr” faces, are we boys…?


Somewhere in the distance, the distance of an abandoned car park in Chatsworth, Take That.v2 are clinging onto an upright piano for dear life whilst being surrounded by a swarm of lary teenagers hurling tin cans, empty chip boxes, beer bottles, fag ends, sticks, stones… it does rather beg the question as to why, doesn’t it?


Well, the reason why is because Take That.v1 are back will more growl than ever before. They, with the help of some riot police and a screaming chorus of angry children, are walking all over Take That.v2. And to think, it only took Robbie’s re-instatement within Take That to do it. He’s been pretty much the equivalent of an electric shock to their balls.


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Album Review: Take That – ‘Progress’

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There’s a lot you can tell about this album without even having to hear it. Firstly, there’s the title, which of course suggests the growth of boyband to “manband” and how all earlier rifts between band members have now been filled it and long-forgotten. Then there’s the front cover, which adapts the iconic ‘Ape To Man’ image, and also enforces the idea of progress beyond human capability; the ability to fly. That’s what Take That are intending to do now, now that they’ve finally inserted the last remaining puzzle piece absent from Take That 2.0, they intend to soar above competition and accomplish things that, a few years ago, fans and casual listeners alike would’ve thought completely impossible.


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