Our latest edition of M magazine has just landed – and it’s all about pop!
For this issue’s cover feature, we check in with the new wave of female writer/producer/performers who are calling the creative shots – and changing the face of British pop in the process.
From the deluxe synth-pop of TUSKS and Kaleida to the after-hours sound of cover star Cosima or future-facing songcraft of Raphaella and FEMME, these are artists bringing something authentic and auspicious – if we, as an industry are willing to get behind it.
Elsewhere, we ask two leading musicologists to let us in on their recipe for the perfect hit and hear from the publishing A&Rs who are steering the hand of pop in 2017. We also learn how the UK pop charts have changed in the streaming era and ask whether they’re still an accurate barometer of success in the digital age.
This issue’s Sound Effect comes from DJ Phil Taggart, one of the youngest faces currently tearing up the schedules at BBC Radio 1, while our Just Joined section hosts rising rapper C Cane and Sigrid collaborator Martin Sjølie.
In Business News, we bring you a stream-ripping focus, outlining exactly what it is and how this new strain of piracy could affect UK songwriters, publishers, artists and labels.
Elsewhere, we hear from leading music academic Sally-Ann Gross, of the University of Westminster, who shares her thoughts on the current all-you-can-eat digital music market and its adverse affects on musicians.
You’ll also find much more, so go on, dig in…