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Fearne Cotton has dismissed suggestions that the recent revival in pop music could bring back Top Of The Pops. The weekly edition of the BBC's flagship music show was axed in 2006 - and now only returns for seasonal specials. When asked whether the success of British pop acts like Jls, N-Dubz and Alexandra Burke could lead to the show being broadcast every week again, Cotton said: "Obviously you've got a real resurgence of female solo artists with people like Lady GaGa and the British girls, as well as groups like Jls and The Saturdays. "It would be lovely if that played out to bring the show back full-time, but sadly I don't think that's (more) »
- By Nick Levine
So what happened? Did Rage Against the Machine rage against music mogul Simon Cowell successfully – did they manage to topple Joe McElderry's The Climb, making their own track, Killing in The Name, the first non-x Factor Christmas number one in five years? Whatever the outcome, what point were they and the online campaign trying to make and why didn't they make it better?
Let's be clear: whatever happens today, it hasn't lost Cowell money – Ratm just ensured him heaps of publicity, and an Oasis/Blur-style face-off, resulting in huge sales for both acts. Well, you might say, it still gave Cowell and Sony bloody noses. Nope. "Anti-capitalists" Ratm are also with Sony, so at least one record company will be having the best Christmas ever. You really stuck it to the machine there, didn't you, Rage?
Admittedly, Rage's is the better track, with that wonderful refrain: "Fuck you, I »
- Barbara Ellen
2 items from 2009
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