5 surprisingly good songs by X Factor contestants

After weeks of ear-piercing warbling and out-of-tune crooning, we’ve finally reached the business end of The X Factor: the live shows. In just a couple of months (stay strong, X Factor haters…) one act will take home The X Factor crown, and all the prestige that goes with it. Well, …

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Bowie

musicMagpie’s Music News Round-Up

Been too busy to keep up with the latest goings-on in music land? Don’t worry: we’ve rounded up all the latest music stories and condensed them into one simple blog post for you (you can thank us later). Get well soon, Morrissey Manchester music legend Morrissey has revealed that he …

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Morrissey and Marr

6 legendary musical duos we’d love to see get back together

Johnny Marr’s new solo album, Playland, comes out today and it’s pretty good; you’ll get Easy Money stuck in your head for hours. But, as much as we like Marr’s solo material, we can’t help but dream of him teaming up with his old mucker Morrissey again (even though Johnny …

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Gone Girl

This month’s new releases

Dark nights are upon us, but don’t be sad: it means we’ve got loads more time to spend watching films, listening to music and playing games. Hooray! Here are some of the best new movies, music and games heading your way in October. Movies Gone Girl (3rd October) Ben Affleck …

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CDs

Why we still love albums

Have you heard the bad news? The album is dead. Yep, industry experts are predicting that the album is going to go the way of the Dodo, the Minidisc and the iPod Classic because people aren’t buying as many albums as they used to. Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence topped the …

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