For us, the festive season is a chance to look back at all that has been across the course of the year – the good, the bad, the ugly of planet pop – and to reflect on what’s been floating our boat throughout the past 12 months.
It’s also a chance (once again) to thank YOU for continuing to visit, continuing to support, participate by either commenting or entering the giveaways, following us on TWITTER or FACEBOOK and, on the whole, enjoy the little tid-bits of pop nuggets we bring to you – all from a purely Aussie perspective.
So what happened across the course of 2011? Let’s glance into flashback mode… (if the screen warps at this point, it’s your end, not ours…)
We kicked off the new year by posting about Avril Lavigne’s free download of her single ‘What The Hell?’, were introduced to a brand new British songstress called Jessie J, exclusively broke the cover of Zoë Badwi’s new single ‘Accidents Happen’, had a free Dash + Will download, J-Lo returned, EMI dug deep into the archives in the name of flood relief and we interviewed British pop star Olly Murs.
Tour and concert postponements from the likes of Joe Cocker, Barry Manilow and Kings Of Leon, we revealed the line-up for Creamfields, brought you word about Justin Bieber’s new EP, news about what The Music Network thought was the Gaga album cover and Gaga smashed the No.1 spot with ‘Born This Way’. We got you in a flap with the headline ‘Kylie Tour Announcement Imminent’ and gave away tickets to Melbourne’s ‘Rock Of Ages’.
Our first post for March was breaking news about Ronan Keating’s new album ‘When Ronan Met Burt’, Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ clip premiered, we gave away tickets to Creamfields, brought you the Kylie tour announcement, Alexis Jordan visited Australia (resulting in an interview on auspOp), Willow Smith premiered the clip for ’21st Century Girl’ and we broke cover on Damien Leith’s album ‘Roy’. We interviewed New Zealand pop songstress Zowie, brought you news about the Foo Fighters’ flood benefits, learned of a repackage for Jess Mauboy’s ‘Get Em Girls’ album via yet another interview and started our countdown to the Eurovision Song Contest.
In April, the Kimbra buzz started to grow a little louder, Katy Perry turned alien in the ‘E.T.’ clip, we covered Record Store Day, Rihanna added Britney to her hit ‘S&M’, Nicole Scherzinger’s album was delayed again, the Gaga album broke cover, Mercury Records announced they’d signed Darren Hayes, Beyonce’s ‘Run The World (Girls)’ leaked and was rush-released, Channel 7 confirmed Mel B for the X Factor and the debut single for Havana Brown premiered.
Frontier announced that the Foo Fighters fundraisers had raised $1 million for flood (and Christchurch earthquake) relief, Faker gave a freebie, we brought you news about repackages from Take That, Pitbull and Alicia Keys and we notched up our 50th Saturday News Wrap. Elton John announced his Aussie tour, Scarlett Belle went their separate ways and we were first with news about Kylie’s ‘Goddess Edition’ AND Warner’s subsequent official announcement. There was also the Eurovision winner, a new track from Gina G, a Kylie concert ticket giveaway, the new slimline Sneaky Sound System and we had a Q&A with the reformed Bachelor Girl and an interview with the amazing Olivia Newton-John. Silverchair split, there were free downloads, we broke the news about the title of Darren Hayes’ new single ‘Talk Talk Talk’, much to the singer’s dismay (sorry Darren!) and introduced our Facebook page.
We kicked off June with a Q&A for upcoming songstress Prinnie, introduced you to Simon Curtis’s awesome new single ‘Flesh’, Gaga smashed the US album No.1 with a million sales in a week (thanks mainly to Amazon’s heavy discounting), Elixir returned after a massive break, Ministry Of Sound’s ‘The Annual’ turned ten and Boy & Bear announced their ARIA Award winning debut LP. There was the return of Melissa Tkautz, we were first with the cover for Vanessa Amorosi’s new single ‘Gossip’ and Zoë Badwi’s LP and wrapped the month up with news about Jess Mauboy’s new single ‘Inescapable’.
In July, it was the name of Vanessa Amorosi’s new album that got everyone excited, the curtain fell on perennial music TV favourite ‘Video Hits’, Shannon Noll returned on a new label with new single ‘Switch Me On’, nominees were announced in the Mercury Prize and the VMAs, the world was shocked by the sudden death of Amy Winehouse and Will Young premiered the video for his super single ‘Jealousy’.
Roxette was announced to hit Sydney for a live show (and how that tour subsequently grew), boy diva Jack Vidgen won Australia’s Got Talent, Washington premiered the rather sublime video for the single ‘Holy Moses’, a local visit was announced for Sophie Ellis-Bextor, we introduced you to Jon Bellion, told you of The Wanted’s promo tour and interviewed Aussie pop star Zoë Badwi. Darren Hayes broke cover on his album ‘Secret Codes & Battleships’, the Sugababes returned in the UK with ‘Freedom’, the X Factor returned to our screens, we had a Q&A with Chris Sebastian, covered the return of ’90s pop outfit Steps, and broke cover on the Sneaky Sound System album ‘From Here To Anywhere’. Gotye began his chart reign with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
Luke O’Dell’s ‘Introvert Extrovert’ became a minor chart hit after his audition on The X Factor, Kylie’s Goddess Edition suffered more delays (hell, it’s STILL not here!), the smashing compilation ‘futurePOP 3’ was announced, we fell in love with Emeli Sande’s ‘Heaven’, Raggamuffin was cancelled, PJ Harvey won the Mercury Prize, there was news on the new Anthony Callea track and one of our favourites (and yours) – the Chart Watch segment – returned. We were months ahead of the band in announcing the Take That ‘Progress Live’ CD, Darren Hayes revealed ‘Bloodstained Heart, The Wiggles were re-Wiggled and we had a Q&A with Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
Adele finally revealed a video for her international smash ‘Someone Like You’, Lady Gaga teamed up with Tony Bennett, Natalie Bassingthwaighte premiered the clip to her new single ‘All We Have’, we interviewed Anthony Callea, Bieber grew Baubles, The Cranberries returned, Jason Derulo hit Westfield Parramatta, nominees were announced in the 2011 ARIA Awards, winners were announced in the JIMA Awards and we gave away tickets to Short Stack’s glamorous Sydney launch. The Rewind Festival was cancelled, Ricki-Lee returned; so too the Rogue Traders, Coldplay’s ace ‘Paradise’ started gaining traction and Russell Watson postponed his tour.
We tipped you off that Stevie Nicks would appear on the X Factor, Lady Gaga set up a new foundation, we were first in the world with the Beyonce ‘Love On Top’ cover image, Kylie was confirmed to take the stage at the X Factor Grand Final, we interviewed Ricki-Lee and Amy Meredith returned, albeit without their label Sony. We brought you news about a fab new Smash Hits pop book, Canberra’s Mission To Launch was cancelled, Channel 9 announced the judges for next year’s local series of The Voice, Reece Mastin won The X Factor and we were the first to bring you the cover art. Prime Minister Julia Gillard inducted Kylie Minogue into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and Gotye and Boy & Bear walked away with the bulk of the booty.
Though we’re but 19 days into the month, December’s already been a biggie – the Grammy nominations were announced, Madonna was confirmed for the SuperBowl, James Ash from the Rogue Traders gave us an honest and upfront interview, Ricki-Lee finally unveiled the ‘Raining Diamonds’ video, Channel [V] unveiled their OZ Artist Of The Year and Adam Lambert broke Twitter.
In amongst all of that, of course, there were the regular giveaways, all the latest pop news, the regularly updated new release schedule, auspOp Diary, Chart Watch, news wraps, cover breakings, Most Added and much, much more. It’s been a massive 2011.
With a little luck – and your help, 2012 will be even bigger. Share your love of auspOp with your mates! Help get the word out there and with a splash of luck and our continued hard work, we’ll be able to bring you even more in the future – more interviews, more exclusives and more delicious pop goodness.
But in the meantime, however you’re planning to spend this festive season and whatever the concept of ‘Christmas’ means to you, we hope you have a sensational holiday period, filled with love, peace and unfeasibly good pop. Thanks for your support.