Standing cheek to cheek with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga staged her most radical reinvention yet, setting herself on a new creative arc.
With a fresh set of songs – and a storming, career-defining single – Maroon 5 reached for glory with their third album, ‘Hands All Over’.
With their debut album, ‘Popped In Souled Out’, Wet Wet introduced themselves as a band that was “totally wrong but unique – and totally great”.
Marc Almond’s second studio album, ‘Stories Of Johnny’ was the sound of the singer coming out of his shell and ushering a wider audience back to him.
LGBTQ musicians haven’t always benefitted from today’s attitudes towards sexuality, but many pioneers fought for LGBTQ rights in the mainstream.
By the time Frida released ‘Shine’, in September 1984, the landscape had changed for female pop stars, but it remains a thoroughly ambitious pop-rock album.
Carol Decker and Ronnie Rogers of T’Pau talk about career highs, overlooked songs, and the eclecticism at the heart of the band.
With Phil Collins handling production duties, Frida’s ‘Something’s Going On’ was a confident album which became the most successful post-ABBA solo project.
A confident step forward, ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ was a deeply personal Sam Smith statement that helped fans to share in their emotions.
Soft Cell masterminds Dave Ball and Marc Almond look back on the “enjoyable chaos” of Britain’s first ever synth-pop duo.
Revealing a deep emotional intelligence, ‘I’m Not The Only One’ proved that Sam Smith could write songs that tell us something about ourselves.
Digging deep into their roots for their fifth album, Maroon 5 emerged victorious with ‘V’, proving themselves the dance-pop-rock hybrid act of the decade.
Taylor Swift’s seventh album, ‘Lover’ jumps back to the sunnier world of ‘1989’ with an abundance of confidence in her genre-straddling pop.
Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ is widely regarded as a pop classic, and proved that Katy had both star quality and staying power.
‘Halcyon’ saw Ellie Goulding edge towards stardom. Its reissue, ‘Halcyon Days’, added a disc of club smashes that took that leap of faith.