Pop

Pet Shop Boys: pop time lords

As Pet Shop Boys release their 12th studio album Electric this week, Russell Iliffe takes a look at the singles that have helped the pair to achieve their status as pop time lords.

Interview: Tony Mortimer

Back in the nineties, British boy band East 17 enjoyed a hugely successful career with sales of over 20 million records worldwide and 18 UK top 30 hit singles. If Take That were the clean cut Northern boys next door, East 17 were the more rebellious East End likely lads. We talk to the band's chief songwriter about his return to music.

Playlist: Wireless festival

This week we're celebrating the Wireless festival, which returns today for a three day musical extravaganza at London's Olympic Park. Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Miguel, Wretch 32, Emeli Sande, Daley, Nas, Frank Ocean and dozens more acts from the UK and around the globe will descend on east London for a weekend of music and mayhem. You'll hear classics from Nas and A Tribe Called Quest, alongside solid tunes from Katy B, Mikill Pane, Rita Ora, Earth, Wind & Fire, Devlin, Roses Gabor, Mausi and more...

Interview: AlunaGeorge

We find out what it's like to be the buzz act of 2013 and become best buddies with chart-smashing house duo Disclosure

Interview: Jammer

Grime pioneer Jammer is an MC, DJ, producer and party animal who blends killer pop hooks with bass and a keen sense of mischief. M spoke to him ahead of the release of his Living the Dream album to discuss songwriting, the state of grime and dressing up as a superhero…

In session: WALL

WALL, aka producer and songwriter Lyla Foy, excels at mellow synth-pop in the vein of Au Revoir Simone or St Vincent. Her minimalist studio-based music is honest and featherweight, translating easily to the live environment where Lyla comes into her own. We caught up with her at The Great Escape last month to record her performing No Secrets to a packed crowd at Brighton's Komedia

Review: Madonna, Rihanna & Beyonce biographies

What do Beyonce, Rihanna and Madonna have in common? Other than qualifying as pop’s most prolific and globally successful divas, all three have been the subject of recent biographies. Read Russell Iliffe's round-up here.

Melody Maker: Justin Hayward profile

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Justin Hayward talks to M about his journey from playing Bo Diddley covers in fifties Swindon to penning international hits for The Moody Blues.

Interview: Dr Robert, The Blow Monkeys

Songwriter Robert Howard, aka Dr Robert, formed The Blow Monkeys in 1981and has since cultivated a success career spanning 30 years. As a soloist he's contributed to Paul Weller's solo debut album and co-written material Dee C Lee, Kym Mazelle and Beth Orton. Here he tells us why songwriting is like casting spells.

Interview: Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward is the main singer, songwriter and guitarist with legendary band The Moody Blues. We caught up with him after he received his third Ivor Novello Award (this time for his outstanding achievement in British music) to pick his brains about songwriting and find out why he finds collaborating such a tricky task.