Interview: William Orbit

Madonna collaborator William Orbit talks production, pop music and why musicians should not work for free…

The X Factor column: week seven

The X Factor has now been on our screens for a decade and this weekend saw ITV1 in celebratory mood with the show featuring songs that have been hits for past winners and runners-up, says Russell Iliffe.

The X Factor column: Week Six

PRS for Music’s pop guru Russell Iliffe brings us the latest from the last round of X Factor: check out his analysis of a competition which is rapidly hotting up...

The X Factor column: Week Five

We are now halfway through The X Factor’s live shows and after last Saturday’s hugely entertaining disco extravaganza, it was big band week for the remaining eight acts, says Russell Iliffe.

Playlist: Movember

This week we’re celebrating all the guys who are growing mos for Movember. Here at M Towers, we are watching with bated breath as the top lips slowly darken on three of our brethren. And, with some elaborate tash shapes already starting to make their presence felt, we’ve decided to look to the pop and rock world for some hairy inspiration. You'll find top tunes from Nick Cave, Andrew Weatherall, Giorgio Moroder, Motorhead, Frank Zappa and more...

The X Factor column: week four

Last weekend The X Factor caught a potent case of Saturday Night Fever, opening with a blistering medley from Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and some rather questionable dancing from the judges behind their desks, says Russell Iliffe.