Unbreak My Chart
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The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and talks about it at school the next day, hosted by Fraser McAlpine and Laura Snapes. Email us! email@example.com Tweet us! csi_popmusic (https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic) + laurasnapes (https://twitter.com/laurasnapes) Nice stuff that smart people have said about UMC: "As pop critics, Snapes and McAlpine have plenty of background information and anecdotes to augment their rundown of the week’s chart. If only all playground debates about music had been so well informed." -- Caroline Crampton, The New Statesman (http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/podcasts/2017/04/how-podcasts-are-reviving-excitement-listening-pop-charts) "While the charts have become both confused and sidelined in recent years, they’re still an invaluable insight into the machinations of the music industry, something this pod proves in gratifyingly informed style." -- The Guardian Guide (https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/apr/07/the-10-best-things-to-do-this-week-syd-russell-brand-and-i-am-not-your-negro)
||CleanIntermission: An Announcement||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 sam.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Flying Solo||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.||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: The Kesha Spesha||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 disc.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Rebreak My Chart||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 t...||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Songs of the Summer||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-.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Ed is Dead||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 h.||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Witless vs. 1984||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 c.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Pants on Fire||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 vet.||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Fandemoanium||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 te...||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Where's the Beef?||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/there.||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: You're a Vision||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 Ewin.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Hey Maca-Bieber!||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 apath...||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Finally Clean||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 movin.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Put the Needle on the Record||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.||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: He Is Risen||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||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: O Solo Me-O||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.||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Sheeran Singularity||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||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Music Sounds Better With EU||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 ten.||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The DrEd Duality||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.||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Breaking The Rules||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).||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
New fave podcast!
A great listen whether you're in the U.K. or, like me, you're not - the chart is merely a jumping off point for Laura and Fraser's interesting, funny and fair analysis of the best (and worst) pop music has to offer. I now look forward to listening every Monday morning 👌.
One of the best
Whether or not you love charts or just love pop, this is a great pod by great people. Wish there were more like it
My new favorite!
Absolutely loving this podcast. I have always loved pop music but never really understood how to talk about it - music critics I'd read always seemed so stuffy and pretentious. But Laura and Fraser are the opposite - casual and companionable, with fair and reasoned opinions on pop, rather than ruthlessness and dismissiveness. It's totally great, my new favorite podcast. Listen!!! You won't regret it.