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A-ha reunite for album and world tour


(photos by Gerrit Sievert) At a press conference at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin this lunchtime, A-ha confirmed that their forthcoming reunion show at the Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil will not be a one off after all. In the Embassy’s cinema, the Norwegian trio admitted that their 2010 split was in fact a temporary [...]

Six more dates announced for Spandau Ballet’s Tour


Spandau Ballet have announced six outdoor summer shows in Britain, following their successful arena reunion tour which ended last week. They will play shows at three horse racing venues, a concert in Gloucestershire as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual series and headline Henley and Jersey’s Legends In The Park festivals. Henley Festival on July [...]

Squeeze announce tour and first new album for 18 years

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Squeeze have confirmed they are to release their first new album since 1998’s Domino. From The Cradle To The Grave will be released later this year, marking the first new album since the band reunited in 2007, having split shortly after the release of Domino.   Chris Difford said: “We’ve grown up a lot in [...]

Reloading the past tomorrow

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Reload Festival 2015 promises to bring together multiple generations of pop stars at the Norfolk Showground between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th September.   Saturday and Sunday are the main musical event days, headlined by reggae kings UB40′s Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, plus a resurgent Boomtown Rats. Along the way Billy Ocean, M [...]

Award Winners Revealed – issue 16 on sale now!


Find out who has won in our inaugural Classic Pop Awards. The awards celebrate the most inspiring music of the last 12 months, with categories including Best Album, Single and Film, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  We also present awards for Lifetime Achievement, Best Producer, Maverick Spirit and – our readers’ vote – Best Designer. Read interviews with [...]

Pet Shop Boys Musical Reopens

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Closer To Heaven, the musical co-written by Pet Shop Boys, will open in London again for a limited one month run in April.   Together with Gimme Gimme Gimme sitcom creator Jonathan HarveyPet, Shop Boys wrote an album’s worth of new songs for the musical. It opened in London’s West End in 2001, but ran [...]

Section 25 Release Brand New Single and Promise Album


Factory Records signings Section 25 are to release a brand new single for Record Store Day on April 18 and have revealed they also are to release a brand new album in 2016.   Limited to 500 7” copies, Mirror and its B-side You Leave Me No Choice were written in 1980-81, but were never [...]

Marc Almond New Photo Book


For four decades Marc Almond has been one of the most distinctive stylists and distinguished vocalists in modern music. The whole world knows his voice, thanks to Tainted Love, one of the most successful hit singles in pop history; his visual flair, from the early days of New Romanticism to his latter-day Post-Glam appeal, remains [...]

Doppelgangers and Blurred Lines


Following the news that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have to pay $7.4m to Marvin Gaye’s family after ‘copying’ his track, Got to Give It Up, on their no.1 hit Blurred Lines, here’s a handy Doppelganger playlist… Where does inspiration end and copying begin?  Listen to some of these, and let us know what you think. [...]

Classic Pop Video Exclusive: The Return of The Blow Monkeys

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Classic Pop is exclusively hosting the video for the new Blow Monkeys single OK, Have It Your Way.   Both OK, Have It Your Way and new album If Not Now, When? are due to be released on April 6. The album is the band’s ninth and is the first new material we’ve heard from [...]