Pop

Bananarama: pop in the first degree

Last week Bananarama were celebrated with deluxe reissues of their first six albums, making it a perfect moment to look back over one of the eighties' most prolific acts, says Russell Iliffe.

30 seconds interview: Dom McAllister

With only two songs currently up on Soundclound, singer songwriter Dom McAllister is keeping his talents close to his chest. Both tracks carry a similar sense of acoustic heartbreak and urban soul that Lianne Le Havas and Ed Sheeran have mastered so well and set a promisingly high bar for the talented teenager. With Bucks Music (also home to Ed) just signing him up, we spent 30 seconds with Dom to discover where his head is currently at...

The X Factor Column: Week Three

It was movie week on the third round of The X Factor’s live shows and sure enough, while there were some blockbusting performances, there were also a few box office flops, says Russell Iliffe.

New horizons: K-Pop & J-Pop

John Saunderson, Notting Hill's head of A&R, gives us the lowdown on the lucrative Japanese and South Korean pop markets

The X Factor column: Week Two

PRS for Music’s pop boffin Russell Iliffe brings you all the latest from The X Factor circus: check out his highlights from last Saturday's show.

The X Factor column: week one

Love it or loathe it, The X Factor has become an integral part of the British music calendar. Join our resident pop factition Russell Iliffe for the first of a weekly column that puts the popular show under the microscope.

Win tickets to Ja Ja Ja Festival

We’ve teamed up with Ja Ja Ja Festival organisers to offer one lucky M reader a pair of tickets to the inaugural two-day event at the Camden Roundhouse next month - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.

30 seconds interview: Fanfarlo

Baroque pop five-piece Fanfarlo return with their first output in 18 months, setting their sights firmly on the mainstream with the four track EP The Sea. Theatrical opener A Distance is a technicolour disco jam laced with howling sax and arpeggiating synth lines. Like the last Metronomy record, The English Riviera, it takes a knowing glance over its shoulder to early eighties chart life. We spend 30 seconds with them as they gear up to release their third studio album to find out how their sound has evolved.