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Interview: Mike Stock

'If someone says to me, "I've got a 12-foot circus freak who wants a song for a bearded lady", I'm off and running': veteran Mike Stock on the art of songwriting.

How to write a hit song

From using the ABBA formula to recording demos, songwriting expert Paul Whalley shares his top tips on how to craft that perfect tune...

Playlist: Girls Allowed

This week we're tuning into a fresh bunch of writer/producer/performers who are putting pop through the musical mangle and coming up with new shapes that filter R&B, electronics and urban soul.

Interview: Patience

'I’m ready to keep reinventing myself': Patience's Roxanne Clifford on life after Veronica Falls and why Italo-disco is her new jam...

Interview: Becky Hill

Cutting edge pop proposition Becky Hill on her trip from TV talent show to major label top table...

Interview: FEMME

'Chart music is generally lacking for me at the moment': Laura Bettinson, one third of Ultraista and soloist FEMME, gives us her take on pop production and songwriting in 2017...

Anatomy of a pop song

We sit down with some of pop’s leading musicologists to figure out what makes a hit record in 2017.

Interview: Cosima

'As women, we don't always get to put our version of womanhood into the world': meet Cosima, the pop outsider turned major label contender who's shaking things up from the inside...

Song Doctors

Tina Hart sits down with some of UK publishing’s most revered A&R execs to find out how they’re steering the hand of pop in 2017...

Interview: Raphaella

'It feels like nothing’s too weird for UK pop right now': writer/producer/performer Raphaella gives us her take on the 21st century studio dynamic...