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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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United Kingdom

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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


Episodes

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: 00:44:44


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: 00:46:15


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: 00:49:18


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: 00:35:32


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: 00:55:13


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: 00:46:12


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: 00:47:56