Lyrics · Music · On my radio

“How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?”

It’s a while since a line from a song prompted me to write one of these occasional pieces about lyrics. It has happened again this month, with a performance by Rudimental on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. Zoe Ball took over the morning slot from Chris Evans at the start of… Continue reading “How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?”

Music · Trivia

More Pop Trivia: 15 acts who had one big hit and at least one less well-known hit

Pop Master, the mid-morning quiz that forms part of Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show, has been mentioned many times on this Blog, including this lengthy piece from last summer (“600 Round of Pop Master”). As you will know if you are one of the 7.5 million people who tune in to that part of… Continue reading More Pop Trivia: 15 acts who had one big hit and at least one less well-known hit

Music · Trivia

Stuck at 2: every complete decade of the UK singles chart (1960-2010)

Here in the UK there have been five complete decades of chart history, from the 1960s through to the 2000s. The first official singles chart was in 1952, so the 1950s are incomplete. So is the current decade, the 2010s, at least until December. A few months ago I was preoccupied with the concept of… Continue reading Stuck at 2: every complete decade of the UK singles chart (1960-2010)

In the news · Music

Sometimes the formula doesn’t work

You will be familiar with the work of Ed Sheeran, a staggeringly successful singer-songwriter. His world tour last year grossed more money than any other live tour, $432m according to this piece in the Guardian. Yes, you read that right: four hundred and thirty two million dollars, paid out by people all over the world… Continue reading Sometimes the formula doesn’t work