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Articles by Mark Elliott

Frozen: The Song That Fuelled Madonna’s Surprise Sonic Revolution
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Frozen: The Song That Fuelled Madonna’s Surprise Sonic Revolution

Marking a turning point for Madonna, Frozen was a hypnotic electro ballad that launched the ‘Ray Of Light’ album perfectly.

In Your Eyes: How Kylie Honed Her Perfect Pop Vision
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In Your Eyes: How Kylie Honed Her Perfect Pop Vision

How do you follow one of the biggest-selling singles of all time? Kylie Minogue had an ace up her sleeve with 2002’s In Your Eyes.

Ordinary World: How Duran Duran Created A Manifesto For The Future
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Ordinary World: How Duran Duran Created A Manifesto For The Future

With the hit song Ordinary World, Duran Duran engineered a career reignition that propelled them into a new era.

Like A Virgin: The Story Behind Madonna’s Career-Making Song
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Like A Virgin: The Story Behind Madonna’s Career-Making Song

Like A Virgin was a game-changing song: its catchy pop hooks and transformative video gave Madonna her first megahit.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina: The Story Behind Madonna’s ‘Evita’ Anthem
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Don’t Cry For Me Argentina: The Story Behind Madonna’s ‘Evita’ Anthem

The song that made the musical ‘Evita’, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina would prove to be one of the greatest challenges of Madonna’s career…

Material Girl: The Story Behind Madonna’s Richly Satirical Hit Song
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Material Girl: The Story Behind Madonna’s Richly Satirical Hit Song

One of Madonna’s most famous songs, Material Girl helped define the 80s. But everything wasn’t quite what it seemed – deliberately so.

Justify My Love: Is This Madonna’s Most Controversial Song?
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Justify My Love: Is This Madonna’s Most Controversial Song?

Madonna’s most provocative single to date, Justify My Love was a sex-positive anthem that shocked the world.

East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon’: a-ha’s New Creative Dawn
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East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon’: a-ha’s New Creative Dawn

With the ‘East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon’ album, a-ha took a grittier rock approach which supported their growing confidence on stage.

Erotica: The Story Behind Madonna’s Wildly Controversial Song
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Erotica: The Story Behind Madonna’s Wildly Controversial Song

Issued in 1992, Erotica, the lead song from Madonna’s album of the same name, faced a barrage of controversy not entirely of its own making…

Everybody: The Story Behind Madonna’s Universally Great Debut Song
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Everybody: The Story Behind Madonna’s Universally Great Debut Song

Madonna’s debut single, Everybody, still packs dancefloors. ‘I remember the feeling when I heard it on the radio,’ says ‘The Queen Of Pop’.

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