Happy 30th Birthday MTV

I do love a bit of MTV. Long gone are the days where MTV was seen as Music Television – for me, it is now defined as the home of my beloved Hills and the channel that first introduced me to the fabulous Lauren Conrad, not to mention the hours (days?) spent wasted in front of endless episodes of MTV Cribs and My Super Sweet Sixteen at University. (And then the ultimate MTV birth-child, The Hills’ Lauren Conrad does MTV Cribs:) And these days, my MTV viewing is still going strong with Hellcats and Pretty Little Liars clogging up my … Continue reading Happy 30th Birthday MTV

Axis of Awesome and the 4-chord pop song formula

Comedy music acts are generally pretty hit and miss. The classic comedian-at-piano act has been fairly done to death over the years, but still manages to gain laughs – especially on those late Saturday night TV slots with a sofa and three actors/musicians/sportsmen looking to peddle their latest movie/tour/autobiography. Yawn. Axis of Awesome are a rather different breed. There are three of them, they are genuinely funny, and genuinely musically gifted. They have however, somewhat blown the lid off the magic of pop success in one of their standard acts from the Australian homeland. They make one basic claim: that … Continue reading Axis of Awesome and the 4-chord pop song formula

Glee Live – the set list

Less than a month to go now until Glee Live lands on our shores, taking over the O2 for a week in June. Naturally, I’m going. For those attending who wish the set list to remain a surprise until the day, look away now. For the rest of you Gleeks, let the excitement commence: Main set with featured performers and original artists Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey) The Dog Days Are Over featuring Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz (Florence + the Machine) Sing (My Chemical Romance) I’m a Slave 4 U featuring Heather Morris (Britney Spears) Fat Bottomed Girls featuring Mark … Continue reading Glee Live – the set list

And That’s How Sue C’s… Madonna’s Vogue

Has any fan of the global phenomenon that is Glee NOT seen the Sue Sylvester/Madonna Vogue video yet? If this charm that opens the second season has somehow passed you by, please PLEASE check it out. It is beyond comedy. The episode will air in the UK later this month. Madonna is apparently such a huge fan of the hit U.S. show, that she gave the producers ‘free reign’ over her catalogue of pop hits. Not only will the season opener dedicate its premiere to the Queen of Pop, but the whole cast – including Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Montieth … Continue reading And That’s How Sue C’s… Madonna’s Vogue

The NFL rumour mill: The Who do Super Bowl XLIV

The unofficial word on the street today (or rather the New York Daily Post) is whispering that Brit rockers The Who will perform during halftime at this season’s Super Bowl in Miami on 7th February 2010. The band, led by surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, are all set for the big NFL season finale, according to Sports Illustrated – accompanied by a typical SI Swimsuit Tori Praver rocking The Who‘s band t-shirt. The NFL hasn’t confirmed the booking, saying only that, “When we have something to announce, we’ll announce it.” But the choice of the renowned British rockers makes sense, since … Continue reading The NFL rumour mill: The Who do Super Bowl XLIV

Legally Blonde hits London – 5th December

Omigod you guys – from Broadway to the West End, it’s finally here: The Times’ Playlist magazine had a very pink looking cover wrap this weekend, shouting loud and proud that Elle is coming to town. I’m a huge fan of the movie – that low-budget, enormously profitable surprise smash hit of 2001, that grossed $141m worldwide and catapulted a young Reese Witherspoon firmly into the A-list (she went on to command $15m for the sequel). My girlfriends share the love of the Blonde, but arguably I am the most ardent fan amongst us. Hence why, on our New Year break … Continue reading Legally Blonde hits London – 5th December

Jack Wills Freshers’ Tour, sponsored by… Jack Wills

Just yesterday at Synergy towers, there was some collective musing going on around how the face of sponsorship could change in the next few decades. And that got me thinking about that ever-elusive demographic – the 16-24 year olds – to see how they might be running businesses and consuming media in 25 years’ time. One area of interest is how immune (or not) youth of today have become to brand presence in their everyday lives. Do they reject it (oft-quoted myth)? Do they embrace it (when it suits them)? Do they challenge it to give them added value before giving it their valuable … Continue reading Jack Wills Freshers’ Tour, sponsored by… Jack Wills

JWUnsigned: when fashion meets music

Frukt, the leading music strategy and communications agency, usually has its finger on the pulse of brands, bands and fans, educating the marketing industry on how brands can use music to leverage their message. Shame they seem to have overlooked the latest in fashion/music integration: JWUnsigned. Because Jack Wills is jumping into the brand/music marketing mix head first with some pretty cool stuff. As a means of reaching out to an expanded youth market, JW has embraced the unsigned indie music crowd, providing a platform for new talent and a portal for new fans to find them. JWUnsigned.com showcases the … Continue reading JWUnsigned: when fashion meets music

Britney hearts Jack Wills too!

Clearly, to anyone that knows me, the idea of Britney shopping at JW is possibly the biggest news highlight of my day/week. So when this evening’s London’s free sheets told us as much, I figured it was worth sharing. Apparently, so dedicated is Miss Spears to her London retail outlets and the comfort of her plush Mandarin Oriental suite, she was driven the 200+ miles from Manchester to London following her set there on Wednesday evening. Cue regional Mancunian outcry that, not only had she greeted her adoring Manchester fans with ‘What’s up London?’ (oh, Brit…), but she rejected their kind hospitality … Continue reading Britney hearts Jack Wills too!

Flawless. Absolutely Flawless.

Now I’m not normally a huge fan of the red-top tabloid fodder that is Britain’s Got Talent (will we HAVE to endure Amanda Holden on the front page of every such paper for the next two months?), but this weekend’s opener held within its midst an absolutely blinding act. Not exactly new to the stage, Flawless have been together for over four years and have performed at a huge range of events from Sadlers Wells to Bloomsbury West End Theatre and for companies as diverse as Nike and Haringey Council. To let them introduce themselves from their MySpace page: Based in North London, … Continue reading Flawless. Absolutely Flawless.