It's been a while since we've seen "Britpop" reign, but we've never seen it be, so, well, bipolar.
I'm planning on seeing some great Brits over the New Year - Foals, The 1975 and the newly reformed Bloc Party, but in the meantime, I'm keeping my eye on some of the unusual suspects.
There's something of the unexpected in the ascendency of Ed Sheeran and Adele in recent years. I think it's something that is quite unique to British culture that old school acts are as celebrated as those on the cutting edge. Two Brit gals have got both spectrums covered right now...
I've made no bones about how much I love M.I.A over the years. I think she is the only artist with a mainstream profile that is really invested in what's making the world tick these days. As a result, she always seems one step ahead of the game. She pulled it off with MAYA with what many dismissed about the big brother nature of the Internet and took it even further with the Vickileekx Mixtape. And her recent/current Borders project has consistently been bold and prophetic. While we wait for the accompanying album Matahdatah (are you seeing the connection?) The Atlantic looks into the genius of her new Borders video.
Adele defiantly proves that 25 year olds still know what CDs are.
The fact that 25 has shattered records around the world and is not available on streaming services makes me think record companies are going to rethink their launch approach in the new year. But don't worry about the fracas about ticket buyers having their details revealed: the world is not ready for an Adele backlash just yet. Briefly on NME here.