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Articles by Mark Elliott

‘Golden’: Behind Kylie Minogue’s Glittering Country-Pop Reinvention
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‘Golden’: Behind Kylie Minogue’s Glittering Country-Pop Reinvention

Like ‘Dolly Parton standing on a dancefloor’, Kylie Minogue ensured her ‘Golden’ album was her most surprising new direction yet.

Like A Prayer: The Story Behind Madonna’s Transcendent Signature Song
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Like A Prayer: The Story Behind Madonna’s Transcendent Signature Song

Creating no small amount of controversy, Like A Prayer sits near the pinnacle of Madonna’s many creative and commercial successes.

‘Rebel Heart’: A Thrilling Compendium Of Madonna’s Magic DNA
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‘Rebel Heart’: A Thrilling Compendium Of Madonna’s Magic DNA

The richest range of Madonna’s creative skills to date, the ‘Rebel Heart’ album emerged as a triumphant victory against the odds.

‘Diamond’: Rough And Uncut, This Is Spandau Ballet’s Glittering Jewel
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‘Diamond’: Rough And Uncut, This Is Spandau Ballet’s Glittering Jewel

More than a majestic time capsule, Spandau Ballet’s ‘Diamond’ album captured the group developing into one of the 80s’ most successful bands.

Why Duran Duran’s “The Wedding Album” Kickstarted An Enduring Union
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Why Duran Duran’s “The Wedding Album” Kickstarted An Enduring Union

The success of Ordinary World and ‘Duran Duran’ (aka ‘The Wedding Album’) in 1993 secured the band’s future at a critical moment.

Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: The Full Story
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Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: The Full Story

The most demanding performance of her career, Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show proved once again why she will always be the “Queen Of Pop”.

Best Madonna Albums: The Studio Discography, Ranked And Reviewed
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Best Madonna Albums: The Studio Discography, Ranked And Reviewed

Balancing her hit-making instincts with a flair for controversy, the best Madonna albums have built a discography that straddles art and pop.

‘Hotspot’: A Slow-Burn Classic In Pet Shop Boys’ Rich Body Of Work
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‘Hotspot’: A Slow-Burn Classic In Pet Shop Boys’ Rich Body Of Work

With especially pertinent timing, ‘Hotspot’ found Pet Shop boys dialling down the hedonism as the world was plunged into a unique crisis.

Madonna Number Ones: The Complete US And UK Chart-Topping Singles
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Madonna Number Ones: The Complete US And UK Chart-Topping Singles

As this list of every one of Madonna’s US and UK number ones shows, the “Queen Of Pop” has well and truly earned her crown.

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.

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