Tim Peacock

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As fast-rising stars such as Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Post Malone have proved over the past 12 months, modern pop music — in its many guises — is in particularly rude health right now. That’s a reason to celebrate in itself, but the really exciting news is that there’s already an array of fresh talent waiting to burst onto the international stage as we enter a brand-new decade. Here, then, are ten musical artists to watch in 2020.

Listen to the best of this year’s newcomers on Apple Music, and scroll down for our 10 essential artists…


Louis Chilton

It’s never been easier to listen to music while working out. Wireless headphones and online streaming have given exercisers a world of musical possibilities at their fingertips. But what are the best workout songs for an intense gym session?

While everyone has their own personal preference for music that will get their muscles pumping, there are a few qualities that all good workout songs have in common: a great beat, a quick tempo and a catchy, energising hook.

From sugary pop bangers to slick hip-hop hits, we’ve picked what we think are the best workout songs of the…


Rashad Grove

Before ‘Black Beatles’ and before Swae Lee hooked up with Kanye West, Lee and Slim Jxmmi were just two brothers operating outside hip-hop’s established guard as the duo Rae Sremmurd. The siblings hailed from Tupelo, Mississippi, but found their footing in the Southern hip-hop haven of Atlanta, where they went viral with their signature melodic rhymes, catchy hooks and leftfield delivery. On their ambitious debut album, SremmLife, the dynamic duo ushered in a new class of hip-hop eccentrics.

Listen to Sremmlife right now.

Products of the social-media age

Most people heard Rae Sremmurd’s hits before they even knew how to say their…


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From playing drums in cult alt.rock band Redd Kross, to working with French electronica outfit Air and creating scores for some of the finest movies and TV shows of the 21st Century (his work on the Lost In Translation soundtrack earned him a BAFTA nomination), composer Brian Reitzell’s career is was wide-ranging as the musical styles he’s mastered. One constant through it all, however, has been the legendary Blue Note label, to which he always turns for inspiration. “I close my eyes and go back in time,” he says of listening to the label’s iconic output. …


Tim Peacock

Pioneering US horror punks Misfits’ lengthy career hasn’t yielded chart placings and industry awards, but their influence has spread like a virus. The band’s colourful backstory includes splits, squabbles and enough hair-raising antics to service a series of biopics, but they’ve been championed by Metallica, blink-182 and Green Day, and their early albums, including 1983’s furious, hardcore-inclined Earth AD, have long since enshrined their legend.

Listen to Earth AD on Apple Music and Spotify.

“There was some really crazy s__t going on”

Misfits were formed in 1977, in Lodi, New Jersey, by aspiring singer-songwriter Glenn Danzig, who reputedly named his new outfit after Marilyn Monroe’s final…


Martin Chilton

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“Nobody embraced Christmas as my father did,” said Nancy Sinatra of Frank, a singer who remains indelibly associated with the holiday season.

One of Frank Sinatra’s first Christmas songs was a version of the Victorian classic ‘Jingle Bells’, which he first recorded in 1948, merrily singing the famous lines “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way/Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh” on a hot August day. That original version featured the sophisticated arrangements of the late, great Axel Stordahl.

A controversial past

At the time, ‘Jingle Bells’, written by James Lord Pierpont, was…


Tim Peacock

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In just a few short weeks, we’ll be entering a new decade in which a fresh generation of artists will surely emerge and rip up music’s rule book all over again. 2019 has, however, been one of the best years for quality pop hits in recent history, so before we all succumb to the festivities, we’re revisiting the dancefloor-fillers, the sumptuous ballads and the year’s most daring comebacks with a look at the ten best songs of 2019.

Think we’ve missed one of yours? Let us know in the comments section, below.

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Martin Chilton

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Tommie Connor, a songwriter from Bloomsbury, in London, received a strange commission in the early 50s: to write a song promoting the annual Christmas card of the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue department store in New York. The song-sheet holiday card, which included Connor’s lyrics to ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’, featured a cartoon showing a young woman kissing Father Christmas next to a decorated tree, with bags of presents strewn across the floor. This image would remain forever imprinted in the public’s mind after Jackson 5 released their version of the song, in 1970.

Banned on radio

‘I Saw…


Martin Chilton

Photo: Peter Röshler © Queen Productions Ltd

Reinhold Mack, the celebrated German record producer who worked with Queen, Electric Light Orchestra, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, vividly remembers the first time he met Queen’s frontman, Freddie Mercury. They bonded over drinks in a Munich beer garden. Mack, as he is known, went on to become the Grammy-nominated producer for Queen’s albums The Game, Flash Gordon, Hot Space and The Works, and Mercury’s solo album Mr Bad Guy.

“I remember our first meeting in 1980 very well,” Mack, 70, tells uDiscover Music in an exclusive interview. “I was working with Gary Moore in Los Angeles…


Rashad Grove

Post Malone’s emergence onto the pop music scene reads almost like a fairy tale. During his improbable rise to the mainstream, he navigated all the hurdles before him while the universe aligned in his favour, making his debut album, Stoney, one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2016.

Listen to Stoney right now.

Refusing to conform

Austin Richard Post has never been just a rapper or a singer. He is a musician with the rare ability to move in and out of various musical styles. His superpower as an artist is that he refuses to conform his vision of…

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