Boybands come and boybands go, but we never forget the songs. As one of the best loved pop groups of the past two decades, who better than Boyzone to chart some of the finest examples from across the years?
With the four-piece’s fifth studio album BZ20 marking twenty years of Boyzone, 2013 sees the band in celebratory spirits, a UK-wide tour in December capping off a year that’s not only seen them sign a new record deal but also chalk up their 19th Top 40 single.
We caught up with Keith, Mikey, Ronan and Shane last week to record an exclusive Hosted By show, running through all of the group’s boyband faves – expect to hear classics from the likes of Five, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and many more; including a couple of highlights from the band’s new album!
Have you started drawing up your list of your favourite tracks from 2013 yet? We have, and it’s proving pretty hard narrowing it down to a final Top 10 – there’s been so much great music this year! Still, with just over a month left to go until 2014, will there be any late entries? Tune in to our Latest Releases station to see if anything takes your fancy from this week’s picks…
Ariana Grande – Right There
20 year old American songstress Ariana Grande is already making waves in the States, with her debut album Yours Truly debuting at No. 1 in the Billboard Top 200 – selling over 100,000 copies in one week. Expect to hear a lot more from this young lady in the UK early next year, with Right There serving as a slickly-produced intro to the R&B star.
Editors – Honesty
The UK’s premier purveyors of gloom-rock offer up another atmospheric cut from their The Weight of Your Love LP with this string-soaked ballad. This week sees the band polishing off their current run of UK tour dates, culminating at Nottingham’s Rock City on the 28th.
Empire of the Sun – DNA
Nobody does dreamy, futuristic synth-pop quite like Empire of the Sun, and DNA sees them on fine form again, packing a delicious pulsating bassline that builds toward a suitably pumping chorus.
Biffy Clyro – Sounds Like Balloons
The fifth single to be taken from Biffy Clyro’s epic double CD opus Opposites sees the Scottish rockers dipping back into the rougher-edged sounds of their past with this rousing, energetic anthem. Expect angular guitar hooks aplenty.
The name Il Divo goes hand in hand with that of classical crossover; the multinational four-piece having sold a remarkable 26 million albums worldwide since their 2004 debut effort.
Continually working with some of the world’s finest producers, the group have offered an entry point for many adoring fans to classical music, with each album offering richly orchestrated takes on iconic numbers, alongside their own material.
The band’s latest effort sees them tackling the world of musicals and Broadway with characteristic flair, including their current single Can You Feel The Love Tonight; which sees them teaming up with singer Heather Hedley as they offer their unique spin on the classic number from The Lion King.
With the band’s curatorial approach to the world of classical music, we thought it fitting to quiz them on some of their favourite tracks and inspirations – so why not tune in to our exclusive Hosted By station below to hear them introducing all their picks!
It’s been an exciting few weeks for the McFly boys; it goes without saying we were pretty ecstatic about the announcement that the band will be teaming up with the lads from Busted to form the supergroup… you guessed it… McBusted!
But that’s not all – this week sees McFly releasing new single Love Is On The Radio; the first to be taken from their hotly anticipated sixth studio album.
We just had to catch up with the band to quiz them on what’s been a rollercoaster ride of a decade – so why not tune in to our exclusive Hosted By station to hear McFly introduce a few of their favourite songs and memories.
We absolutely love the 80s, so when we heard Kim Wilde would be dropping by to share her favourite memories of the decade and reminisce on some of its most iconic tracks, it’s fair to say we were rather excited.
David Bowie, Paul Young, ABC, Billy Idol, Debbie Harry – the names read like a who’s who of the era’s musical icons, and you’ll be able to hear classics from all of them, amongst others, introduced by Kim in our exclusive Hosted By station below.
What’s more, this Christmas sees Kim releasing her new album Wilde Winter Songbook, packed full of festive treats including collaborations with Rick Astley and Nik Kershaw, which you’ll be able to hear alongside Kim’s 80s picks. Enjoy!