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Ranking Britney Spears’ 9 Studio Albums from Worst to Best

Britney Spears’ debut song “…Baby One More Time” will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of being released on Tuesday. It’s hard to believe that she has been in the pop stratosphere for that long of a time and shows no signs of slowing down either as the busy mother-of-two just announced that she’s signed a new residency tour in Las Vegas and will reportedly be making $507,000 per show. Not too bad for a girl from Kentwood, Louisiana.

She has put out 9 studio albums over the past 20 years with varying degrees of success. It’s hard for any artist to sell millions upon millions of records as their career age gets older, however the quality of what Britney has put out in her later albums have sometimes trumped what she did earlier on, meaning that your biggest seller doesn’t equate your best.

Here is, in my opinion as a gigantic Britney Spears fan, all her 9 albums ranked from worst to best. Do you agree? Let us know.

9/8. Britney Jean/Glory. Her last two albums just haven’t been that impressive in terms of what Britney can really put out there. Sure, “Work B**ch” is fun and all, but its been several years since she put out anything that was stellar and these two albums were a departure from how fantastic Femme Fatale was many moons ago.

Standout songs: “Perfume”, “Private Show”, “Make Me”.

7. Oops! I Did it Again. Her sophomore effort is only this low because there wasn’t too much of a change from her debut to this. I can understand why, as it was released only a year after …Baby, but I was hoping for somewhat of a shift in her sound and that just didn’t happen with this.

Standout songs: “Don’t Go Knocking on My Door”, “Stronger”.

6. In the Zone. My problem with In the Zone was that the first track released from it wasn’t its smartest. “Me Against the Music” isn’t a good song (at all), but Madonna was featured so I’m sure the label wanted that out at first. Outside of that, this is a super fun album to listen to and helped solidify her mature sound further than it did with Britney.

Standout songs: “Showdown”, “Outrageous”, “Toxic”.

5. Femme Fatale. The dance version of Britney that catapulted her career in the early 2010’s was evident on Femme Fatale, as it evoked some of the same beats and styles as Blackout and Circus. This wasn’t as good as the other two (read on for that), however it did produce some stellar tracks and gave her another number one debut with “Hold It Against Me”.

Standout songs: “Til The World Ends”, “Criminal”, “I Wanna Go”.

4. …Baby One More Time. The one that started it out for her. This album was squeaky pop princess realness, and as much as you want to hate on it for that, you can’t. Max Martin and all her producers utilized that to its fullest and made for an irresistible debut album that became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Oh baby, baby.

Standout songs: “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”, “Born to Make You Happy”, “…Baby One More Time”

3. Britney. Oops hinted at this, however Britney hit it out of the park when it came to Britney’s maturity coming through ten-fold from what she did on her first two albums. “Slave” was a smart choice in order to engage multiple audiences and veer her somewhat from the teen queen that she became in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Just a stellar album with many yummy tracks to digest.

Standout songs: “I’m a Slave 4 U”, “Bombastic Love”, “Boys”

2. Circus. I had a hard time going between number two and one on this, as both efforts were during her creative peak that really showed her maturing into the artist that she is today. When all the 2007 pandemonium started to calm down in Britney’s career, she released Circus, which blended a ton of what she did on her previous albums but in a much better and focused sort of way. There was no weak track from it, not a single one, and it’s one that is still so much fun to listen to today.

Standout songs: “Shattered Glass”, “Unusual You”, “Kill the Lights”.

1. Blackout. It’s so frustrating that her best effort to date only went platinum, as Britney was going through such a public catastrophe during this time. Her 2007 VMA opening only intensified the media scrutiny that was going on, which made it harder for her casual fans to actually want to purchase and listen to Blackout. Regardless of what she was going through, Blackout was a true masterpiece that showed off an upbeat, dance driven side of Brit with songs like “Gimme More” and “Hot as Ice”. It is still regarded by her fan base as one of her best if not best album to date, to which I say… Yes.

Standout songs: “Gimme More”, “Break the Ice”, “Freakshow”.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Listen: Madonna & Cardi B Team Up With Quavo For “Champagne Rosé”

Madonna and Cardi B drop in for guest vocals duty on the new debut album from Migos’ Quavo titled, Quavo Huncho.

Via Rolling Stone:

After years of mounting pressure from fans and the industry, Quavo’s first full-length foray into solo artistry has an ironic aftertaste. At the height of Quavo-mania in 2017, the Migos frontman commanded 11 percent of the Billboard Hot 100. No song was safe from his Auto-Tuned, slurred melodies. Every video beamed with his diamond-encrusted smile. What Lil Wayne was to the late aughts, Quavo was to a new generation.

On “Champagne Rosé,” Madge chants the hypnotic auto-tuned chorus (“Please fill my cup Champagne Rosé / It’s my name") as rapstress Cardi B drops some rhymes.

Listen to the NSFW track below:

 

 

Several months ago, Quavo teased the collaboration with a pic on his Instagram with the Queen of Pop and Cardi B from an Academy Awards after-party:

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

S O L I T A I R E @iamcardib @offsetyrn @madonna

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Cardi B took to her social media last night to share her excitement about the collaboration writing, “QUAVO ALBUM ITS OUT NOW !!!!!!!! Who listening ? Make sure ya check me out on CHAMPAGNE Quavo ft Madonna and me !!! ISSA PARTY TONIGHT !!”

 

 

Madonna recently shared with fans that her new album will be coming out in 2019.

Thoughts, readers? Is this a hit or miss for the Queen of Pop?

(h/t Rolling Stone)

Barbra Streisand Rips Trump Apart in Music Video for "Don't Lie to Me"

Yesterday, Barbra Streisand premiered the politically-charged, anti-Trump music video for her new single “Don’t Lie to Me” on YouTube.

Not shy about expressing her political views, Streisand most recently was vocal in her support of Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.

Leading up to the release, Streisand dropped a few hints about the video, including a black-and-white of a Kavanaugh protest with the lyrics “Can’t You See I’m Crying” laid over it.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#DontLieToMe music video…coming very soon. #BarbraWalls - Subscribe at youtube.com/barbrastreisand

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The song debuted in September. It’s a single from her upcoming album Walls.

In an interview with the AP, Streisand said the inspiration for the single came when she was traveling, and she was in her car “listening to lies, listening to things that are such craziness” on the radio.

Streisand has been working in show business for over six decades, and she’s won two Oscars, ten Grammys including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmys, a Tony, an AFI Award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabodys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and nine Golden Globes.

She is the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades, and she’s sold over 150 million albums worldwide.

Walls will be released Nov. 2. Watch the video for "Don't Lie to Me" below.

h/t: THR

 

United States Sees Surge in Voter Registration Following Taylor Swift's Political Instagram Post

As we previously reported, on Sunday Taylor Swift broke years of silence on politics and told her 112 million Instagram followers that she’s voting for Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee on Nov. 6. The post has been liked over two million times.

Seeing as she’s one of the most powerful and influential figures in entertainment (or any field, really), it should be no surprise Swift’s action got serious results. Still, the numbers are staggering.

As reported by Buzzfeed:

"We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post," said Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org.

For context, 190,178 new voters were registered nationwide in the entire month of September, while 56,669 were registered in August.

Everything came full circle last night when Swift won Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, and used her acceptance speech to encourage her fans to get to the polls.

"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people?" she asked the audience.

"It is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”

Killin’ it, T-Swift. Way to use your for the right reasons.

You heard her. Get out and make your voice heard on Nov. 6.

h/t: BuzzFeed, CNN

Yas! Janet Jackson & Stevie Nicks Nominees for 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for induction into the 2019 Rock Hall class early Tuesday morning, which included two major gay icons, one of the sexiest rappers of all time, a legendary 80's hair band and many, many more.

Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks are among the nominees for induction amid a ton of other fantastic acts. LL Cool JDef Leppard, DevoJohn Prine, Kraftwerk, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, The Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Kahn and The Zombies round out the list . 

The induction ceremony takes place March 29th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording.

This is Jackson's third time being nominated, and Stevie's first. The "Stand Back" singer was inducted 20 years ago alongside her Fleetwood Mac bandmates (Lindsey BuckinghamMick FleetwoodPeter GreenDanny KirwanChristine McVieJohn McVie and Jeremy Spencer).

Several of the 2019 nominees have been passed over before including LL, Kraftwerk, MC5, The Zombies, Rage Against the Machine, The Cure and Rufus & Chaka Khan.

Ballots are sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry figures who consider "an artist's musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique," according to Rock Hall.

Fans can get involved as well, as a ballot just for them is available online and in person at the Rock Hall's museum in Cleveland. Ballots are now open, and fans can cast a vote a day through Dec. 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Who gets your vote from this illustrious group?

 

 

 

Madonna Just Changed the Release Date of Her Fourteenth Studio Album.

The Queen of Pop is, as always, hard at work. She’s currently traveling the globe to promote her expensive but well-reviewed MDNA Skin line of skincare products.

In a new interview with WWD published on Monday, Madonna was promoting a $200 beauty roller. She also informed fans that her fourteenth studio album won’t be out until 2019.

“I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year. Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I’m actually making music. Can’t quit my day job.”

It was previously reported that her new album would drop by the end of 2019.

This sounds like bad news, but maybe it isn’t. I am a hardcore, diehard, live-it-and-breathe-it Madonna fan, and as hard as it is for me to wait, I’m fine with the pushback if it means she’s really taking her time with it to make it something special.

Madonna is a multitasking businesswoman, and that’s fine. There’s less than nothing wrong with a side hustle or twelve.

But aside from being a mother of six, this fan wishes the music to be Madonna’s top priority. It’s what put her on the map, and she remains the best-selling female recording artist in history, per the Guinness Book of World Records.

Her worst studio album ever, though it definitely had its moments, was 2012’s MDNA. Producer William Orbit (he also worked on Ray of Light) said in the press that the album didn’t turn out great because Madonna was focused on other business ventures.

Related: Instinct Ranked Madonna's 13 Studio Albums

If spending a few more months on #14 is a matter of really honing in and making it shine, that’s just splendid.

The first single from the new album is rumored to be “Beautiful Game.” She performed the track at this year’s Met Ball.

 

I love how aggressive she still sounds at 60, and I love the phrase “Because your world is such a shame/Because your world’s obsessed with fame/Because your world’s in so much pain.” There’s no question that she’s still got it. The life force we’ve fallen for since the 80s is still there in plain sight.

Madonna’s most underrated talent, even though it’s the one that she’s perhaps best-known for, is her gifts as a singer-songwriter. She has written incredible, breathtaking lyrics on numerous occasions. She is best when she’s not following trends but rather experimenting.

In 2018, the world has officially gone insane (or at least the wool isn’t over our eyes anymore and the insanity is just more visible), and men are out of control. We need a great, biting, hard-hitting and hopeful pop record from this feminist icon now more than ever. I am certain that she has it in her.

Interview: WWD


Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the fellow contributors.

Barbra Streisand Takes On Donald Trump With New Album "Walls"

Legendary actress and recording artist Barbra Streisand has released the first single from her upcoming album, Walls, set for release November 2.

According to the socially conscious actress/director/singer/songwriter, she intended the new single, “Don’t Lie to Me,” to have “very subtle” references to Donald Trump.

But, she just couldn’t do it.

Instead, the track includes questions and comments clearly meant for Trump.

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

 

 

And then there’s the title of the album itself - Walls. There’s a none-too-subtle reference to Trump’s favorite subject.

In addition to "Don't Lie to Me," the album includes new songs like "Lady Liberty," "Better Angels," and "What's On My Mind," as well as La Streisand's take on classics like "Imagine," "What The World Needs Now," and "What A Wonderful World."

In an interview with the Associated Press, the Oscar/Emmy/Grammy winner shared that the current “assault on democracy” inspired much of the new collection’s intent.

“I wanted to talk about the things that were making me feel so sad, heartbroken,” she said. “I’m a kind of fierce American.

“I don’t know who we are anymore as a country. Are we embracing people who flee oppression? Or are we separating children from parents, putting them in cages?

“I don’t know if people care about the planet, the survival of the planet. Do they care about clean air? Clean water? Clean food? If they do, how could they vote for somebody like Trump, who believes it’s a hoax?”

“I’m frightened for this country. And yet, I have hope.”

Part of that hope rests in the country's youth, as the 76-year-old dedicates the new collection to "young people who are speaking out."

Streisand turned to music industry luminaries Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster - all Grammy recipients for Producer of the Year  - to help craft the arrangements and production of Walls.

And speaking of achievements, a brief recap of Streisand’s career highlights is the stuff artists dream of.

With 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, she is the only recording artist in history to achieve a #1 Album in six consecutive decades.

She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, and she ranks as the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard’s history.

And yes, the mantles in her home are packed with honors considering her two Oscars, ten Grammys (including two special Grammys), five Emmys, three Peabodys, and eleven Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Walls Tracklisting

1.    What’s On My Mind
2.    Don’t Lie To Me
3.    Imagine / What A Wonderful World
4.    Walls
5.    Lady Liberty
6.    What The World Needs Now
7.    Better Angels
8.    Love’s Never Wrong
9.    The Rain Will Fall
10. Take Care Of This House
11. Happy Days Are Here Again

The single, "Don't Lie to Me," is available at this link as well as a pre-order for the November 2 release of Walls.

(h/t AP)

We're Calling It: Robyn's Glorious New Music Was Totally Worth the Eight-Year Wait

Swedish pop star Robyn’s last full-length album Body Talk is one of the best pop records so far this century. After eight years, she’s finally releasing a follow-up.

The elusive track “Honey” was first teased to fans on an episode of Girls over a year ago. Finally, Robyn released the eponymous second single from her new album. It’s undeniably a softer sound for the songstress. And it’s damn beautiful. Worth the near-decade of waiting time, the sexy and tantalizing, melodically hypnotizing electronic dance track puts the work of nearly all of the pop tarts in the Top 40 today to shame. She can create emotional soundscapes out of digital blips and bleeps like no other.

Here a glorious sample below. You can listen to the entire track on Spotify. 

 

 

Yesterday, Robyn released the album's entire tracklist to Twitter, saying “This is the track list for the album. I’ve had it ready it ready for months, so strange how it came together even before or the songs were finished. Never had that happen before; more or less in the order that I wrote them.”

  1. Missing U
  2. Being Human (featuring Zhala)
  3. Because It’s in the Music
  4. Baby Forgive Me
  5. Send to Robin Immediately
  6. Honey
  7. Between the Lines
  8. Beach 2K20
  9. Ever Again

Come get your honey. The album drops Oct. 26. 

Do you think this album will live up to Body Talk? Could it possibly be even better? Let us know what you think of Robyn's new music in the comments. 

h/t: GT

Rapper Tyler, The Creator Wants D Pics, Apparently

What’s wrong with asking your friends for d*ck pics? Hey, even Grammy-nominated rap star Tyler, the Creator does it, apparently.

While being interviewed for a new profile in Fantastic Man, the rapper took calls from friends and fellow musicians Jaden Smith and A$AP Rocky. He ended both calls by saying, “Send d*ck pics.” Naturally, the interviewer inquired about this. This was Tyler’s response:

“I always tell people to send dick-pics when I hang up, because it’s so awkward,’ he explained. ‘Like, what the f*ck did you say?’"

Tyler, the Creator officially came out as gay on his 2017 album Flower Boy, which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

 

 

However, the rapper had alluded to his sexuality before this.

Tyler was recently hurled into the headlines when Eminem dissed him with a homophobic slur on his surprise album Kamikaze. Slim Shady rapped:

“Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch/It’s not just ’cause you like attention.”

"It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sac-rilegious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better.”

This isn’t 1999, and the track wasn’t even that clever to boot, so there was some serious backlash, prompting a rare apology from Marshall Mathers, and, maybe, to all LGBTQ+ people who took offense:

“I was angry when I said the shit about Tyler. The word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like, ‘This might be too far.’ Because in my quest to hurt him, I realised that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it.”

For the whole profile of Tyler, the Creator, head over to Fantastic Man.

h/t: Pink News

The Deeper Meaning behind Tom Aspaul's new single 'Going Down'

Do you like the following?

  • Bops
  • Iconic lyrics
  • Gay men

 

Of course you do! Which is why we at Instinct are super excited to have sat down with Tom Aspaul, in the midst of the single release for ‘Going Down’.

‘Going Down’ does a formidable job of working its way into your brain quickly, with a huge chorus, handclaps galore and smooth af vocals.

Tom, a songwriter in his own right with an impressive number of credits under his belt, including the creator of homosexuality, Kylie Minogue, sat down with us to talk his new single, his iconic London club nights, and what his favourite gif is.

 

Hi Tom, a pleasure to speak with you today! How are you doing?

 

Hiya Kevin! The pleasure is all mine! I’m good thank you. A little bit rushed off my feet, but all good. How’s you?

 

So, let’s start with your brand new single shall we! It’s been a while since you last made a foray into your own music, has this been a long time coming?

 

It really has! Feels like it’s been forever to be honest. I wanted to take a small break after the last EP. That whole episode was a bit of a bad experience and a massive learning curve for me as an artist. I decided to give it some time, do some features here and there. I’m writing for other people continuously, so I just focused on that and my podcast. Then, sometimes, something comes along and you’re like ‘shit, I want this for myself’ - and that’s what ‘Going Down’ was. I decided I was gonna do everything myself, which was always going to be a long and arduous process - but it’s been quick by music industry standards!

How has the reception been for the single so far?

 

Amazing! So relieved and happy!

 

What was the writing process like for this song?

 

I worked with three different producers on the track. It was very long winded, lots of back and forth to get it just right! The writing itself was very quick, maybe only took half an hour. I was sitting alone in my flat and I just had this sudden urge to create. I remember it was boiling hot that day and I was sat on the floor of my bedroom in my pants, writing lyrics. The song is actually incredibly sad, although melodically it’s super happy. I wrote about how I dealt with grief after losing a close friend to depression in 2011. Sometimes, even now, out of the blue, I can be overcome by the residual sadness of it all and I guess that’s the ‘going down’ part. Like, you think you have a handle on everything, but you could also collapse into tears at any moment. God it’s so depressing when I think about it! I’m fine now though, it’s the first time I could write about it and I think it might have really helped.

 

You’ve written for some massive names in the industry. Kylie, MKS and Saara Alto. Is it a different beast altogether writing for someone other than yourself?

 

In the case of Kylie and Mutya Keisha Siobhan, all the songs we did together were originally written by me, just for me and my artist project, which is a bit weird and unusual to be honest. Since then I’ve mostly been in the studio with different artists, trying to write a “hit" and yes, that is quite different! I’m starting to feel like I prefer writing a song with other writers and producers and then pitching it to an artist. That feels like it’s been a much more successful way of getting songs released!

 

You’re massive on the London club scene, and you’ve thrown some iconic club nights. Recently, you put together an ‘Artpop V Prism’ themed party. Who was the winner of the night?

 

I wouldn’t say I’m massive on the London club scene! Although I’m going to use that as a quote from now on. Put it on my CV! Maybe you could say I’m fairly well known amongst a very niche group of people on the East London dive bar scene?  A couple of friends and I do this night called ‘Synthia’, it’s been really successful this year! We LOVE a theme. We recently did a Madonna night for her 60th birthday, we’ve done Rihanna, Azealia Banks (controversially) and my personal fave ARTPOP v Prism this summer - in which ARTPOP obviously walked it!

You also produce your own podcast called Bottle Pop. Tell us a bit more about that!

 

I do! I mean, who doesn’t do their own podcast these days? Bottle Pop has been so much fun to put together though. It’s such a basic premise, but it’s really worked - every week I invite someone who works in or around music to my flat, we pop a bottle of prosecco, get drunk, chat shit about pop music and then they go home pissed! I’ve had some amazing guests over two seasons. MNEK was fab, Siobhan Donaghy was lovely, and Peter from Popjustice gave me enough material to do a 4 hour episode! I get so many amazing opportunities come through because of it, just last month Annie Mac asked me to join her on BBC Radio 1 to take part in the Years & Years album listening party, which was incredible and surreal. I’m actually so proud because I don’t have any help or any budget and Bottle Pop is consistently hovering around the top of the iTunes music podcast chart. I’ve got to say though, I listen to a lot of podcasts and it’s one of the better ones, I think it’s just a really fun listen and it’s really well edited! I’ll be back soon with some special one-off editions!

 

You must be constantly on the go with all of these projects. How do you manage?

 

Planning! I have a lovely manager who organises my calendar - tells me which studio I need to be at and who I’m working with. He works with my publishers to organise all of that - that’s the signwriting side of things. I just look at the gaps and try to fill them with different projects! At the start of this year I was actually so bored, so it’s not always this busy, but as soon as the release of this single got closer and closer it’s all got a bit hectic. 

 

So, being part of the LGBT community yourself, does your sexuality shape how you write your music?

 

I love being gay, it’s a massive part of my life - and like most writers and artists, I write about my life and what I see around me. When writing for other artists (predominantly straight females) I like to be as universal as possible - although there’s a sort of shared understanding, we’ve all been wronged by men at some point! As for my artist project, yes I've written about bottoming (on ‘Pioneer’) and hook-ups (on 'Messy') and the rest of it, it just comes naturally I suppose - I think it’s just as important to write about the kind of shared experiences that come with the territory of being part of a wider LGBT community. Going back to my new song, I lost a friend, who was gay and struggling with depression and substance abuse. That whole situation feels like it was centred uniquely on his sexuality - and these kind of stories are quite common. The after effects are so traumatic and I finally felt able to write about it. A large part of my sexuality was always tied to going out, dancing to loud music, drinking, having fun and meeting boys that way. I guess there is no such thing as ‘gay music’, but there’s a certain taste level we all have and an appreciation for female popstars that kind of comes with it all - I guess that influences what I listen to and in turn, how I write my music.

You’re quite the icon on Twitter dot com. What is your favourite gif?

 

It’s quite basic but I love the gif of Amanda Seyfried/Karen in Mean Girls laughing when the (hot) head teacher is reading lines from the 'burn book’. He says something like ‘fugly slut’ and the way she giggles is so reminiscent of me at school. I was always in trouble and normally I’d just laugh at the teachers. I love using it if anything is vaguely funny. Gosh that’s quite boring isn’t it? 

(v iconic gif)

Not at all! Iconic gif. Let’s do some quick-fire questions! Favourite song?

 

Lovefool - The Cardigans

 

Favourite concert you’ve ben to and why?

 

Can I have three please? Just because three incredible gigs come to mind and they all happened at the Hammersmith Apollo, maybe it’s that venue? This year, Alanis Morissette was literally so amazing there. She finished with Thank U and I cried. I also saw Kate Bush there, which was the closest I’ll ever get to a religious experience. Lastly I went to this Julie Andrews evening where she spoke about her career and sang Edelweiss (despite the dodgy larynx) and I was on the front row and once again, I cried.

Favourite Spice Girl?

 

I met Emma Bunton at a BRIT Awards after party this year. I was so drunk, I showed her my Spice Girls tattoo (which involved taking off my shirt) and she was so lovely and seemingly so happy after all these years, just to look at my awful tattoo and have a picture with me. So Emma all the way. Also ‘Maybe' is a massive fucking bop.

 

Jennifer Lopez or Mariah Carey?

 

Sophie’s choice! When the chips are down, it's Jennifer Lopez. But I’m getting a Mariah tattoo very soon and I worship her too.

 

Dream collaboration?

 

I’ve been rediscovering Röyksopp recently and I’d forgotten how amazing their production and songwriting was. Also I’d love to go to Norway, so Röyksopp!

 

ABBA or Steps?

 

ABBA obviously.

 

Finally, what’s next for Tom Aspaul?

 

So I’ve got a couple of exciting co-writes coming out soon - some big artists! You’ll have to listen out for them! I’m gonna do some one-off episodes of Bottle Pop, maybe one a month through to Xmas. Probably a few more ridiculously themed club-nights, I really wanna do a night called ‘Synthia: Nixon’ and just play amazing lesbian rock music. As for my artist project, hopefully this is just the beginning (or some kind of reset) I’m gonna release the video for ‘Going Down’ very soon! Some exciting remixes are coming, then it’s time for the follow up, which is, and I'm not just saying this, it is my most favourite song I've ever written! Hopefully I can squeeze in a third song before the end of the year, but if not the start of 2019! Phew!

 

Thank you! Have a great day!

 

Thank ewe!

Stream Tom's new single 'Going Down' on Spotify now!

 

 

All photos courtesy of Tom Aspaul and Alice Rainis.

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