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Are power ballads enjoying a post-millennium revival?

Love songs might be closely associated with the power ballads of the seventies, eighties and nineties, but the 21st century has certainly given us its fair share of hard-hitting hearts-and-flowers moments too, says Russell Iliffe.

Featured artist: Frances

Flawless vocals, plaintive lyrics and the bare minimum of window-dressing puts Frances' precision pop in the same bracket as Adele and Sam Smith. There's no wonder she's tipped for big things in 2016...

Take Note heads to London

Songwriter Jimmy Napes and drum and bass producer Roni Size will be among the speakers at the Take Note music conference in London.