Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she’s written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She’s interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing – please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

a-ha Ask London To ‘Take On Me’ With O2 Final Concert On MTVUnplugged Tour

Legendary Norwegian band a-ha wowed everyone at London’s O2 Arena on Valentine’s Night.

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Kinnoha – ‘Hot Sauce’

London vocalist Kinnoha has a sexy and smooth release with her song, ‘Hot Sauce’. Released just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s a laid back languid track which teases the listener with her repeated refrain of “hot sauce”.

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ANTONY ALEXANDER DEBUT SINGLE – ‘I FEEL ALIVE’ RELEASE DATE – 2ND MARCH 2018

Antony Alexander is an electronic producer, based in Kent. His debut single, ‘I Feel Alive’, is set for release on 2 March.

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Kevin Tiah – ‘Who We Want To Be’

Kevin Tiah returns with his nu-metal track, ‘Who We Want To Be’. The Australian singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns to his post-hardcore roots, albeit with some pop-punk sensibilities in a song which he dedicates to his favourite childhood band, Linkin Park, and the late Chester Bennington.

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Safaree – ‘NFL’

New York Emcee Safaree is known for his incendiary verses, which as often as not have people questioning if he’s actually said what he’s said – given in a flurry of punchlines, witty one-liners, and the unadulterated truth. His latest track, ‘NFL’, could be seen as rude, but it’s also quick-witted and hilarious; four minutes of rhyme over an incredibly catchy trap beat.

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Paloma Faith New Single ‘Til I’m Done’ Out Today From UK No. 1 Album ‘The Architect’ Ahead Of March UK Tour

BRIT Award winning Paloma Faith’s fourth album, ‘The Architect’ hit the number 1 spot last year, with singles ‘Guilty’ and ‘Crybaby’ becoming firm radio favourites. Produced by TMS, the third track released from the album, ‘Til I’m Done’, is disco-funk driven and certainly looks set to follow in their footsteps.

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Pop Singer-Songwriting Duo ‘Xposed Xotics’ Release Newest Single ‘Deluxious’

Australian sister act Xposed Xotics have released their new single, ‘Deluxious’, the theme song for their new reality show, ‘The Next Miss Deluxious Beautie’, set for release midway this year.

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AWOLNATION – ‘Handyman’

‘Handyman’ is the third single from AWOLNATION’s second album, ‘Here Come The Runts’, released earlier this month. Their 2011 debut album, ‘Megalithic Symphony’ took them to the stars, but the new album leads them into uncharted (sonic) waters.

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Raiden & YURI (Girls’ Generation) – ‘Always Find You’

DJ Raiden teams up with YURI from KPop sensation, Girls’ Generation on his latest track, ‘Always Find You’. The young songwriter, beatmaker, producer and multi-instrumentalist has been on a quest to build bridges between Asian and North American pop, and with this new track he’s well on the way, with a song which is bound to appeal to both sides of the Pacific.

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Jasmine Crowe – ‘Breaking Things’

Hawaiian singer songwriter Jasmine Crowe is far more than just a pretty face. The winner two years consecutively of the UK Songwriting Contest, as well as being a multi-instrumentalist equally skilled on piano, acoustic guitar, and violin, Crowe has a powerful, radio ready voice, and a knack for intellgent pop storytelling, as well as a gift for putting hooks to work in her independent releases. Her song, ‘Breaking Things’ is her latest track.

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ZanMan Trippin – ‘Bitcoin’

Born in Long Island New York, Mike Francis, aka ZanMan Trippin, now represents “da Nawfside” of Atlanta, GA, in Gwinnett County. ZanMan Trippin cites his inflences as including Future, Max B, Wiz Khalifa, as well as lots of R&B music from the 60s through 80s. ZanMan has released his first single for the year, ‘Bitcoin’, an ode to crypto-currency.

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Karen Atkins – ‘High On Love (Can’t Get Too)’

In the video for her latest song, ‘High On Love (Can’t Get Too)’, Californian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Karen Atkins escapes earth and coasts through the universe in her cherry-red Tesla Roadster. Created a full six months before the SpaceX Rocket launch both video and rocket were released at the same time. Talk about cosmic coincidences!

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Beaux Cheveux – ‘Rio Grande’

‘Rio Grande’ is the latest track from Beaux Cheveux’s debut album, ‘RO SHAM BO’, the follow up to ‘Deeper Feeling’, and ‘Free Love’. The track is funk-fuelled and very eclectic, and comes with a freaky pyschedelic video.

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George St Clair – ‘Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom’

George St Clair grew up on the high plains of Texas, where he formed a strong bond with the vastness of the great American West. His songs conjure up images of dry deserts and rolling grasslands, and the mountains of West Texas. Although he has lived in the UK for the past few years, George’s heart still lays in the land of his birth, and reflections on this are evident in his new album, ‘Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom’.

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Foo Fighters To Perform At BRITs 21 February Ahead Of Release Of ‘The Line’ And UK Summer Dates

Foo Fighters are set to perform at The BRITs on 21 February at London’s O2 Arena, ahead of the release of their track, ‘The Line’ and three sold out UK dates this summer.

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Higher Education – ‘Gift Called Life’

Higher Education are a fun-loving trio comprising brothers Petey and Danny Devaney on guitars, bass, and vocals, with Bradley Wilson on drums. The three has independently released three studio albums since 2010 – ‘Chasing Highs’, ‘Would You Like Fries With That’, and ‘The Ballad Of Alexander Henry’. Their feel-good single, ‘Gift Called Life’, is from their forthcoming fourth album, and serves as the perfect introduction to Higher Education’s fusion of classic reggae and psych rock.

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