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Articles by Mark Elliott

‘Madame X’: A Track-By-Track Guide To Every Song On Madonna’s Bold Concept Album
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‘Madame X’: A Track-By-Track Guide To Every Song On Madonna’s Bold Concept Album

Heavily influenced by the music Madonna heard in the Lisbon clubs, the songs on ‘Madame X’ formed a wildly ambitious concept album.

Pet Shop Boys Album Covers: All 15 Studio Artworks, Ranked And Reviewed
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Pet Shop Boys Album Covers: All 15 Studio Artworks, Ranked And Reviewed

Developing a carefully crafted aesthetic, all Pet Shop Boys albums covers bear Neil Tennant and Chris Lowes’ unmistakable fingerprints.

Human Nature: Behind Madonna’s Most Defiant Musical Moment
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Human Nature: Behind Madonna’s Most Defiant Musical Moment

“Absolutely no regrets” was the message behind Human Nature, the Madonna song that once again urged fans to express themselves.

Best LGBTQ+ Pride Songs: 70 Anthems That Celebrate Inclusive Sexuality

Best LGBTQ+ Pride Songs: 70 Anthems That Celebrate Inclusive Sexuality

From disco classics to transcendent pieces of modern pop, the best LGBTQ+ Pride songs have championed the cause and effected change.

Beautiful Stranger: The Story Behind Madonna’s ‘Austin Powers’ Movie Hit
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Beautiful Stranger: The Story Behind Madonna’s ‘Austin Powers’ Movie Hit

Joining a long line of illustrious Madonna soundtrack contributions, Beautiful Stranger made itself at home in the hearts of fans and critics.

10 Iconic Moments From Madonna’s Landmark Celebration Tour
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10 Iconic Moments From Madonna’s Landmark Celebration Tour

Dazzling visuals, staggering statistics, mind-bending merch: these are the most memorable moments from Madonna’s greatest-ever tour.

‘Yes’: A Track-By-Track Guide To Pet Shop Boys’ “Colourful Pop” Album
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‘Yes’: A Track-By-Track Guide To Pet Shop Boys’ “Colourful Pop” Album

Made in collaboration with the production team that dominated 2000s pop, each song on Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Yes’ album is awash with invention.

‘Kiss Me Once’: A Track-By-Track Guide To Kylie Minogue’s Eclectic Album
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‘Kiss Me Once’: A Track-By-Track Guide To Kylie Minogue’s Eclectic Album

An eclectic album packed with fabulous pop, ‘Kiss Me Once’ deserves repeat adoration, as proven by this track-by-track guide to its 11 songs.

Burning Up: Behind The Madonna Classic That Lit Up The Dance Charts
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Burning Up: Behind The Madonna Classic That Lit Up The Dance Charts

Part of the demo collection that scored Madonna a record deal, Burning Up remains a fascinating outlier among her early hits.

How Spandau Ballet’s Live Debut Launched The New Romantic Movement
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How Spandau Ballet’s Live Debut Launched The New Romantic Movement

With Christmas 1979 approaching, Spandau Ballet made their debut live show, igniting a pop revolution soon billed the New Romantic movement.

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