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Articles by Mark Elliott

Pet Shop Boys: Behind One Of The Finest Pop Packages Of All Time
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Pet Shop Boys: Behind One Of The Finest Pop Packages Of All Time

With their maverick musicality and arresting visuals, Pet Shop Boys established themselves as a genius singles act – and much more besides.

True Blue: How Madonna Committed Herself To The “Queen Of Pop” Role
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True Blue: How Madonna Committed Herself To The “Queen Of Pop” Role

An exercise in unashamed hit-making, ‘True Blue’ saw Madonna pitch herself at superstar status, landing in a league of her own.

Spinning Around: How An About-Turn Reignited Kylie Minogue’s Career
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Spinning Around: How An About-Turn Reignited Kylie Minogue’s Career

Retooling Kylie Minogue’s pop sound for the new millennium, Spinning Around gained notice for more than just its music…

It’s A Sin: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Synth-Pop Salvation
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It’s A Sin: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Synth-Pop Salvation

The song most associated with Pet Shop Boys, It’s A Sin has become an anthem for a new age all over again.

Memorial Beach: a-ha’s Epitaph, Or A Critical Safety Valve?
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Memorial Beach: a-ha’s Epitaph, Or A Critical Safety Valve?

With the world at their feet, a-ha let musical and creative tensions lead the way for ‘Memorial Beach’, their most surprising album.

Love At First Sight: All Eyes On Kylie’s Dance-Pop Makeover
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Love At First Sight: All Eyes On Kylie’s Dance-Pop Makeover

Part of an unstoppable commercial reboot, Love At First Sight proved Kylie’s early 2000s renaissance was no fluke.

Best LGBTQ+ Pride Songs: 20 Anthems That Celebrate Inclusive Sexuality
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Best LGBTQ+ Pride Songs: 20 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.

Madonna Album Covers: All 14 Studio Artworks, Ranked And Reviewed
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Madonna Album Covers: All 14 Studio Artworks, Ranked And Reviewed

As chameleonic as any of her contemporaries, the best Madonna album covers stand as some of the most recognisable artworks in the world.

Fundamental: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Boldest, Most Political Album
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Fundamental: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Boldest, Most Political Album

Described by Neil Tennant as “the most extreme example of us going from one extreme to another”, ‘Fundamental’ was impossible to pigeonhole.

Stay On These Roads: When a-ha Took A New Creative Track
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Stay On These Roads: When a-ha Took A New Creative Track

Signalling a major change up ahead, the ‘Stay On These Roads’ album found a-ha turning away from the pop formula that brought them fame.

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