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Classic Pop

Classic Pop February 2020

Classic Pop magazine is the ultimate celebration of great pop and chart music with star interviews, features, news and reviews. From pop to electronic and new wave, dance and indie – it's all here…

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United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the hot list

1 ALICIA KEYS UNDERDOG With a trademark riffy acoustic guitar threaded throughout and a R&B bounce to the groove, you won’t be surprised to hear that Underdog was co-written by Ed Sheeran. The song is taken from Keys’ forthcoming seventh studio album A.L.I.C.I.A., set for an early 2020 release. Keys has previously shared the songs Time Machine and the Miguel duet Show Me Love. aliciakeys.com 2 AUDIO-TECHNICA LP5X The LP5X is the latest entry-level turntable from Audio-Technica, building on the success of its popular LP3 and LP5 models. Priced at £349, it blends attractive living room aesthetics and straightforward manual direct-drive operation with a dash of audiophile quality. Sonic detail is top notch, with focused upper mids and controlled bass, and the solid build quality is exactly as we’ve come to expect from AT.…

3 min
ian peel’s a to z of pop

2020 SEES THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN RAVE ‘WENT POP’. WAS IT REALLY SUCH A BAD TIME FOR MUSIC? The consensus seems to be that the point at which rave went mainstream was a terrible thing and – while crimes were undoubtedly committed against fashion and taste in general – I’d like to fight the corner for the opposing view. The main way that pop-rave (not a great term, but it will do for the limited page space we have available) is looked down upon is through the lens of the media and TV of the time. Smash Hits couldn’t deal with rave music because, come the late 80s, it had built an audience on self-styled personalities. When Culture Club or Duran Duran appeared on magazine covers, the accompanying features sometimes showed…

1 min
the big reissue

While Universal released 10CD singles and rarities boxset Trials Of Eyeliner in 2016, Marc Almond is still understandably frustrated that his individual solo albums have been dealt with in a fairly haphazard fashion over the years. Marc has been on various record labels since Soft Cell split in 1984, making it tricky to herd his music into a coherent reissue campaign. “My music is spread everywhere,” he sighs. “Over the years, I’ve tried to get it all under one umbrella, but Cherry Red, Universal and now BMG variously own my music. “Record companies don’t really exist anymore, as everyone is owned by everyone else, which makes it really hard to organise everything.” Cherry Red confirmed to Classic Pop they’re planning a reissue series later this year of the albums they own by Marc,…

1 min
robyn crawford

DUTTON In the eight years since Whitney Houston’s death, one name has been mentioned persistently in the countless biographies and documentaries released, despite Robyn Crawford having refused to participate in any of them. A constant source of tabloid gossip, Crawford has variously been described as Whitney’s friend, manager and, most frequently, “secret lesbian lover” since their first meeting 40 years ago. In A Song For You, she breaks her silence to set the record straight, about not only her relationship with Whitney, but also attempting to show the world the real Whitney – failing to recognise the person painted in the films and books after her death. As one of those closest to the superstar throughout her life until 2000, when she could no longer reach Whitney through the toxicities she was addicted…

1 min
hazell dean

CHERRY POP Having released a couple of albums more suited to her early cabaret career, Heart First was Hazell Dean’s proper pop debut. Significantly, it was also Stock Aitken Waterman’s first album as producers. SAW founded it upon Dean’s classic 1983 single Searchin’, whose rubbery bassline and hollered, slightly desperate chorus failed to chart until its reissue a year later, but nevertheless found patronage in gay clubs. By then, Dean had followed it with a sultry Streisand cover, Evergreen, and then a disappointing shot at 1984’s A Song For Europe with Stay In My Life, which was rightfully pipped by Belle & The Devotions’ Love Games. SAW, though, saw their opportunity: they delivered another Hi-NRG banger, Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go), an almost instant Top Five hit – though its debt…

1 min
pet shop boys hint at glasto return

Are Pet Shop Boys about to pull on their Glastonbury Festival wellies for the second year running? Having joined The Killers as special guests during their headline set last year, the synth-pop duo have hinted they may play their own show at Worthy Farm this summer, too. Neil Tennant was asked about the Glasto-shaped gap in their summer touring schedule on BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. “Talking of live work, you’re going to be touring the UK later this year,” Ball said, adding, “I can’t see Somerset down there… you know I’m thinking perhaps Glastonbury.” A little flustered, Tennant responded: “Somerset, um, of course Glastonbury is in Somerset. You have put me on the spot, let’s just leave me there.” The last time Pet Shop Boys played Glastonbury on…