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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and talks about it at school the next day, with Fraser McAlpine and Laura Snapes.

The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and talks about it at school the next day, with Fraser McAlpine and Laura Snapes.
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and talks about it at school the next day, with Fraser McAlpine and Laura Snapes.

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English


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Intermission: An Announcement

7/25/2017
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Gather round, there's something we need to tell you. And it's not just that Louis Tomlinson has released a really good single with Bebe Rexha. Seriously, Back to You is all sneaking charm. It has such a beautiful slow churn. No chorus, just the same four chords round and round and an atmosphere of anguished excitement, as if sung by someone who has decided the person who most annoys them in the world might also just be their best bet for a happy life. Bebe Rexha is the true star of...

Duration:00:02:06

Episode 19: Flying Solo

7/17/2017
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Laura's work has conspired to keep her away this week, but fear not Fraser is on hand to deliver the all-important Top 10 and put everyone out of their misery with regards to what the beginning of J-Hus's Did You See sounds like. Oh, but he's talking about Bad Liar again. Haim's cover of the song is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzI2FM2-7GM Switched On Pop's discussion of Bad Liar is here: http://www.switchedonpop.com/65-selena-gomez-bad-liar-great-performer/ You can email us on...

Duration:00:12:41

Episode 18: The Kesha Spesha

7/10/2017
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Kesha's solo comeback Praying is a song that strikes at the heart of how pop is made and where the power lies. It also raises the question of whether authenticity is a prerequisite when listening to highly emotive songs. Source material for this discussion includes Amanda Petrusich's excellent piece for the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-pain-of-denying-kesha-her-audience And John Seabrook's highly recommended book The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory....

Duration:00:44:44

Episode 17: Rebreak My Chart

7/3/2017
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The Official Charts Company have issued new rules to tackle the Sheeran Singularity, and they appear to be partly based on suggestions that have appeared in previous Unbreak My Chart episodes. We take a look at the new rules, and give them a prod to see how robust they may be. And along the way, accidentally embark on an imaginary cull of some of our biggest pop talents. Pitchfork's Rihanna feature is here:...

Duration:00:47:09

Episode 16: Songs of the Summer

6/26/2017
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At last! The results of our Song of the Summer poll are in, and they are mighty, although a little predictable in some cases (take a bow, Fraser McAlpine). The Zayn Malik piece mentioned by Elizabeth is here: https://melmagazine.com/two-directions-5a4321b0156 Also under discussion this week: the Artists for Grenfell single and Lorde's new album. As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist:...

Duration:00:52:02

Episode 15: Ed is Dead

6/19/2017
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It's the first week in Unbreak My Chart history that Ed Sheeran does not have a song in the Top 10, but Laura is not here to enjoy the moment. Fraser is joined by the comic artist, writer and chart-keeper John Allison, designer of the UMC logo, who has plans to revolutionise the chart with democracy. Note: there's some irksome telephone interference in this week's podcast. Do not adjust your listening device. As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist:...

Duration:00:46:03

Episode 14: Witless vs. 1984

6/12/2017
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Anyone in the mood for old beef? Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are on hand to dispense their leathery grumps, and Fraser appears to be trolling Laura. Elsewhere, there's a realisation that nice people aren't always nice, we finally nail our political colours to a mast, and swoon appreciatively in the direction of One Love Manchester. Fraser's BBC Music piece about Over the Rainbow is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/efc32112-f7a0-49b3-bfae-6e6a72a80572 As ever, all of this week's...

Duration:00:45:43

Episode 13: Pants on Fire

6/5/2017
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Political discourse has invaded the charts, in the shape of Captain Ska and his Theresa May-baiting social media hit Liar Liar. But will this usher in a new era for pop and politics, or is it just the Boaty McBoatface of popular song? Also, indie veterans are making pop music, to varying degrees of success. As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/snapes/playlist/2J6T6Ks6rQNNe9vUeu24ON Laura's most-listened-to song this...

Duration:00:46:40

Episode 12: Fandemoanium

5/29/2017
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This week, in an act of fannish solidarity with everyone who has been affected by the Manchester bombing, we're adopting a positive, gushing tone, putting all moans to one side and celebrating Great Things in pop music. The Smash Hits Black Type tea towel is here: https://smashhitsttowel.tumblr.com/post/161066715057/swingorilliant-tea-towel-news As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist:...

Duration:00:45:27

Episode 11: Where's the Beef?

5/22/2017
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This week, why Harry Styles didn't saturate the charts, a consideration of all the One Direction boys' solo careers, and Katy Perry's pitiful Swish Swish. Ann Powers' opus on Harry Styles and rock masculinity is here: http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/05/16/528617874/styles-of-the-times Mitski's brilliant piece on how we project fantasies onto Styles is here: http://www.talkhouse.com/one-projection-harry-styles-art-idealism/ As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our...

Duration:00:45:33

Episode 10: You're a Vision

5/15/2017
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This week we have thrown open the doors and welcomed guest contributors from around the world, to celebrate the spirit of Eurovision. We also have our first Unbreak My Chart guest mash-up, which is a remarkable thing. And there's a new No.1! Tom Ewing's presentation, Making Your Mind Up: How Eurovision Caused Brexit, is here: http://freakytrigger.co.uk/nylpm/2017/05/making-your-mind-up-how-eurovision-caused-brexit/ Michael Hann's thoughts on poptimism are here:...

Duration:00:45:15

Episode 9: Hey Maca-Bieber!

5/8/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. This week! A brilliant email from a listener in Sweden, touching on the Norwegian Russ phenomenon and Britain's Eurovision apathy. Two brand new songs with an ~internationale~ flavour crashing into the Top 5, and a low-key battle between Harry Styles and Niall Horan's very good new singles. Next week! We're doing a Eurovision special, and we want YOUR one-minute reviews...

Duration:00:45:49

Episode 8: Finally Clean

5/1/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. After last week's riffle through the vinyl top 10, we take a quick gander at Record Store Day's effect on that chart, before moving into the real thing, and chatting about Modern Drug Music. Here is the drug music article we discussed:...

Duration:00:46:30

Episode 7: Put the Needle on the Record

4/24/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. In honour of Record Store Day, Laura and Fraser examine the vinyl singles chart, and find a whole new world. Also, Laura's been to a pop conference, and we ponder the troubling thought that No.1s no longer matter if you want to be a pop star. Fraser's BBC Music thing about the king of pop is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/c3b6094f-f84a-4ee9-a86f-41f2a7a4a615...

Duration:00:49:22

Episode 6: He Is Risen

4/17/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. It’s Easter, Laura’s in the City of Angels, and the No.1 slot has undergone its own moment of death and rebirth. Everything is the same, and yet different. After an examination of the charts from Australia and Brazil, we ask: does Harry Styles toppling Ed Sheeran signal a new era of dystopian pop? As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in a Spotify playlist:...

Duration:00:49:03

Episode 5: O Solo Me-O

4/10/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. This week, the charts are pretty stagnant, so we're swizzing quickly through the Top 10 before getting on to this week's big story: the anointing of Harry Styles, Solo Artiste. We chat "Sign of the Times", and dive deep into the history of the post-boyband debut solo single to figure out where it fits on a scale of Bryan McFadden's "Real to Me" to George Michael's...

Duration:00:58:15

Episode 1: The Sheeran Singularity

4/10/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. In the week that Ed Sheeran has dominated the Top 20 with all 16 tracks from his new album ÷, we take a look at the Top 10, marvel at his achievement, prod the songs a bit and raise our palms to heaven asking, 'but what does it all mean?' Laura's personal No.1 of the week is Liability by Lorde, and Fraser's is Wedding in Finistère by Jens Lekman. As ever, you can email...

Duration:00:36:17

Episode 4: Music Sounds Better With EU

4/3/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. This week, as the UK triggers Article 50, we look back at the last chart before Britain joined the EU, and find some (possibly tenuous) parallels with the current Top 10. Is Anne-Marie's Ciao Adios just Roy C's Shotgun Wedding for 2017? Were the Osmonds the proto-Sheeran? Plus, an analysis of Young Thug's threat to poop on the competition without wiping his bottom...

Duration:00:55:59

Episode 3: The DrEd Duality

3/27/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. This week, we find that Drake has arrived with a Sheeran-sized parcel of songs to invade the Top 40. What does it all mean? And is it a sign that the charts are broken? For listeners on the move, our personal No.1s this week were: Cave by Future Islands (Fraser) and Slip Away by Perfume Genius (Laura), but all the selections discussed this week are on our Spotify...

Duration:00:46:42

Episode 2: Breaking The Rules

3/20/2017
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and then talks about it in school the next day, with Laura Snapes and Fraser McAlpine. Week 2: The Sheeran Singularity still holds, so two weeks in, we're breaking the terms of our own podcast (a wise idea we're sure) and finding out what the charts would look like if Sheeran had to abide by regular singles rules. Our discoveries entail an early push for 2017's Song of the Summer, and further evidence that any A&R person worth their salt should be hanging...

Duration:00:48:56