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Pod Of The Pops (The Girlband Popcast)
30 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
We're back.... kinda
Did you miss us? Well, we definitely missed you. So much so we have a little surprise gift for you (no, its not a full a series on Girls Aloud..... if you can get us a full sponsorship deal with your local library then - YES - we will do it) Either way, we hope you like our offer For more on this episode listen to Matter Of Pride on all platforms from linktr.ee/aaron twitchen Or search for Aaron Twitchen on your podcast provider or follow @aarontwitchen
76 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Sugababes Story: MKmesS... The Final Chapter
The end of second series showcasing the Sugababes solo careers and we have come full circle. Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan have got back together. We cover the whole messy reunion with their single, Flatline, and the would be album (of course we havent listened to the leak, of course not!). We've dodged it all series but we finally dived into the legal battle.... who owns the Sugababes name?!
67 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Sugababes Solo: Jade Ewen
Not since Michelle Williams has the phrase 'Poor' been needed than Poor Jade Ewen. Despite hustling at Eurovision Russia, Girlband Trinity Stone and starring in a Busted video - Jade Ewen never got the appreciation she deserved... until now! We celebrate Jade Ewens solo career pre and post Sugababes from Splash! to Aladdin. You could say its.... My Time (well, her time - shut up, it worked in our heads) www.podofthepops.co.uk
60 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Sugababes Story: Sweet (7) Goodbye - the end of the band... for now!
With Keisha kicked out, the Sugababes quickly (like, 48 hours quick) draft in Eurovision contestant, Jade Ewen, to film the About A Girl video and re-record their final album, Sweet 7. We cover the release of the album and the slow breakdown of the best selling girlband of the 00s via promo release, Freedom, and a hilarious sponsorship deal with Microsoft Windows
25 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Sugababes Solo: Keisha Buchanan
Final original Sugababe Keisha Buchanan unfairly booted from the band in the middle of promotion for Get Sexy. Maybe you think she didn't do anything solo..... let us prove you wrong. Unreleased demos, youtube and property. We deep dive into the longest lasting Sugababe.
72 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Sugababes Story: Keisha Kicked Out while the girls Get Sexy
Its the big one - the sweet (7) story -final original member Keisha Buchanan kicked out by management in just days before shooting a video! We discuss the beginnings of the of the Sweet 7 era with the Bruno Mars penned 'Get Sexy' on Roc Nation (Jay-Zs record label). This is less than a year after the motown vibe album, Catfights and Spotlights. If you thought the Sugababes were over once Mutya left.... you need to think again. We get albums, tours, dramas and - of course - slapping it onto soundtracks.
58 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Sugababes Solo: Amelle
Who is the only Sugababe to get a solo number one single? Its your girl Amelle! We break down that and all her 'would be, could be' singles. Not to mention a short actress stint, tumbling around in BBC Ones celebrity circus show and more than one controversial court case.
79 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Sugababes Story: Changes to Greatest Hits
Amelle joins the Sugababes and, baby, is she put to work. She re-records an album, pushes out their greatest hits and goes on two tours within 18 months. What a ride. In our 4th suga-story episode we go from the Greatest Hits to the number 1 Changes album. And on the way we pass the GREATEST video known to Babes: Easy. Filmed in a toilet in Romford complete with cubicles, toilet roll holders and red wigs. Oh, and did you know there was a Sugababes Barbie? There was a Sugababes Barbie and we're going to break it down for you
57 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Sugababes Solo: Mutya Buena
The Real Girl herself, Mutya Buena, after leaving Sugababes she went onto a short pop career, a lifetime of one off singles and a lot of reality tv Its just Tattoo and us on a journey through the social career of Mutua Buena
47 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Sugababes Story - Taller in More Ways but Bye Bye Mutya
The Sugababes are riding high in 2005 with a number one album and a number one single but things aren't so rosy for the group as motherhood and personal difficulties mean Mutya needs to leave We look at the highs and lows of their career covering Dallas Austin, Hair extensions and motherhood
36 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Sugababes Solo: Heidi Range
Whos got the Range? Heidi Range Its time to dig deep into the solo career of the REAL original Sugababe (please dont cancel us!). There may not be a music career but we get masterchef, dancing on ice and WINE. Plus, we rewind time and look at her start in life.... in Atomic Kitten! Listen to our Heidi playlist on Spotify including the discussed previously unreleased Heidi solo tracks: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2KmIDLa8mS3eiR5Lt2IJ13?si=YN9E4QC7TTyF_Svs0TvB1w
67 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Sugababes story: First no.1 and commercial success
See what we did there... its the second episode of our Sugababes deep dive and we recap Heidi joining the group for their first number one single, Freak Like Me, and then another number one.... and anoth- You get the picture. They just kept getting bigger as they release their most commercially successful albums - 'Angels with dirty faces' and 'Three' But where there is spotlights, there is catfights (we got caught in a moment there). Deep dive with us and recap the music, the fashion and the backstage dramas. Including THAT Britney Toxic argument.
61 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Sugababes: Overrated/Underated - Siobhan Donagahy goes solo
You know we love deep dives on the forgotten solo careers. This week its the turn of Siobhan Donaghy, the original flame haired irish Sugababe. Leaving after the mixed success of the debut Sugababe album, One Touch, Siobhan fires off with two albums of her own: Revolution in me and Ghosts. Aside from music theres some surprises along the way including musicals and fashion.
55 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Sugababes: One Touch - the origin story
Pod of the Pops: The Girlband Podcast and in series 2 we are deep diving into The Sugababes. We're covering the biggest pop singles of the 00s and deep diving into the solo careers. This week its the Sugababes debut album One Touch, including the era defining debut single Overload which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. Find out how Mutya Keisha Siobhan went from Sugababies to Sugababes after being discovered by All Saints manager Ron Tom and why they were dropped by London Records Listen on Spotify to top tracks from this era: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0lzKaM9tcfG5BRHeQHDGnH?si=3nTdiP3jQv2_9mS3UCA5JA
47 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
We're back: Catch up with POTP gang
Did you miss us like a hole in the head? Because we did, babes, and it ain't cool babes. We know we took a minute to get back to you but we're coming right back at ya (this time) with a brand new series. We've done the best selling girlband of the 90s and now its the best selling girlband of the 00s. Before we dive in, we're catching you up on in everything in our pop bubbles. We're SO glad to be back. Pod of the pops, Series 2. The Sugababes podcast
56 minutes | Jun 17, 2019
Open letter to our Pre-Podcast Selves
Final bonus episode of series 1 celebrating the solo careers of the Spice Girls and we have been inspired by the letter Victoria Beckham wrote in Vogue magazine. We have written a letter to our pre podcast selves (yes its only been 9 months, but we're very self indulgent). We cover EVERYTHING - from Aarons stint on Britains Got Talent, to Laurens sex life (be safe guys), to Karens anxiety. We hope you have loved listening as much as we have loved recording. We'll be back in Autumn for series 2.... in the meantime, we'll be chatting all things Spice on social media
93 minutes | Jun 14, 2019
SpiceWorld 2019 Tour - Why is Geri so cold?
Spice Girls reunion tour 2019 brings Spiceworld to a new generation (next!). Baby Spice, Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Ginger Spice (not Posh) are back together and singing all their hits, from Wannabe to Let Love Lead the Way (yes they did). Join us as we dissect the set list, the costumes, the merchandise, the stadium and, of course, the opening act (Poor Jess Glynne). Whether you saw them in Wembley, Bristol, Sunderland or Dublin (we saw them in Edinburgh and it was fire) this will help you Never Give Up On The Good Times and answer the all important question..... Why was Geri so cold?
60 minutes | May 20, 2019
Spice Girls 15: Victoria Beckham - From Fashion to Vogue
In this episode we celebrate the legacy of once of Britains most enduring fashion icons: Me, Victoria Beckham. We follow her journey from the first collection of dresses, through her many vogue appearances, to being an award winning UK fashion label. This is more than Posh Spice, this is more than girl power - this is fashion, darling. Along the way we cover her many TV spots including stints on American Idol, Ugly Betty and her own reality show.
101 minutes | May 13, 2019
Spice Girls 14: Mel B - TV Judge an dealing with her demons
The solo career of Scary Spice, Melanie Brown, becomes quite difficult after the 2007 Spice Girls reunion. Despite proving herself as a successful TV talent judge, on formats such as X Factor and Americas Got Talent, Mel B has struggled in her personal life with accusations of Domestic Abuse and Drug addiction. Mostly connected to her marriage with Stephen Belafonte. Although Pod of the Pops is a light hearted podcast, and we are reloving these popculture moments, it would be amiss of us not to cover this indepth. As such, this episode does come with a trigger warning. Mostly, we are proud the Mel B found the courage to leave a situation that was clearly distressing and problematic for many involved. We think this can be a beacon of light for many people who feel trapped in their own situations and hope we can make a new episode, in many years time, that shows her going from strength to strength. Before this, we chat about the Spice Girls solo career including: Dancing with the Stars. Takes part in series 5 of Dancing with the Stars with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She comes in second Her Las Vegas Revue: Peepshow. A burlesque show created by Jerry Mitchell and the longest-running live show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Fitness Spice. A DVD, a playstation game and the face of Jenny Craig. Her TV show, Dance your ass off Her reality show, Its a scary scary world. Including celeb special guests and its own theme tune. Her many many MANY reality tv judging stints. Including X Factor Australia, X Factor UK, Voice Kids and Americas Got Talent Her solo single. The dance record, For Once in My Life, and its crazy music video. Rumours around her leaked third album, including collaborations with Danja Acting roles, including Chocolate City 2, Twelve Trees of Christmas, Killing Hasselhoff, Chicago on Broadway and Secret Diary of a call girl Presenting role on LipSync Battle UK alongside Professor Green Her second autobiography, Brutally Honest, which details the bitter divorce from her husband, rumoured sex tapes, domestic abuse, custody battles and money problems
58 minutes | May 7, 2019
Spice Girls 13: Emma Bunton Baby Spice babies, boybands and bake offs
Baby Spice Emma Bunton may not have released much music but she was busy having babies, designing childrens clothing, nappy and products as well as hosting popular reality programmes in the UK and US. All whilst maintaining a steady radio presenting career on Heart FM. It’s an exciting start to this era for Baby – because she has a baby. Her first, Beau, born in 2007. 2009 – Emma starts her stint on Heart FM. She covers a couple of shifts and is rewarded with her on Saturday drive time slot. She pre-records because Baby has better places to be than a stuffy studio on a Saturday evening. 2010 – She joins the judging panel of Dancing On Ice. She did 2 series. It was a little controversial at the time. People wondered, with no ice skating background, what she could possibly provide as a judge. But she was praised for locking horns with chief judge Jason Gardiner and not being afraid to make unpopular comments. She said it helped her shed her Baby Spice tag…. Because she became Sassy Spice. Here are some of her best put downs: She sure has. On the third show she told GMTV's Dr Hilary Jones: "I literally couldn't breathe through the whole dance and when you lifted her I felt physically sick, I was so nervous for you both. "I just didn't enjoy it and I'm glad you were smiling because I wasn't." The next week she said of Emily Atack's performance: "I just thought it looked messy, unsteady. I felt like you were being dragged around. You are improving but very little." Then, in show seven, she told Sharron Davies: "It's a little bit like déjà vu for me, with a different outfit each week." 2011 – Baby Tate. To celebrate she launched her own baby range with reputable fashion retailer, Argos. Much bigger than the capsule Geri knocked out with Next….. this was a 99 piece collection. Her eldest Beau was modelling the collection – following in his Mamas footsteps, because one of her first jobs was a child model in the argos catalogue. I bet she was a proper cherubic little model. All blonde ringlets and chubby cheeks. 2011 – She really commits to Heart FM. Covers maternity leave for Harriet Scott on Breakfast, hosting alongside her old sparring partner – Jamie Theakston. Breakfast is a big shift. It’s a high profile position, a lot of responsibility and hardwork. Its all early mornings and beaming smiles. But Baby does a good job; she ends up taking over the spot permanently and doing it for 5 years. Until 2018. 2012 – She did the previously mentioned Mel C duet, I know him so well….. Which I think is just lovely of them to work together. The video is beautiful, if a little boring, of them just hugging. Interview quotes they described the song as “having the spirit of spice”. 2013 was a big year for Emma Bunton – not only did she win Foxy Bingo Celebrity Mother of the Year award she had a new tv show. “Your face sounds familiar” – it’s a bit Stars in their eyes. 6 celebrities portray famous singers, chosen at random, to win £10,000 for their chosen charity. They’re trained by Yvie Burnett – who is the second best vocal coach in the world. After Carrie from Fame Academy. Its all very Saturday night cringe – filing the spots between X Factor and Ant&Dec. 2014 - Jade Jones appears on “Big Reunion”. Baby named as ‘Lead Singer’ of the group. Link for the image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S4opaSrTHI 2017 – She appeared on the judging panel of new American reality show, BoyBand, which sought to find the new big BoyBand. She appeared alongside Nick Carter, Timbaland. Hosted by Rita Ora. Best bit was towards the end they did a judges medley, with the contestants. Emma completes a flawless rendition of Say You’ll Be There. Of course she does. If only Rita were so lucky. She tries to join Timbaland for “Way I Are” and it is car crash. They create the band “In Real Life”….. who have released 6 singles since in the past 18 months. One charting. It’s a start. 2018 – She becomes the host of American version of Great British Bake Off. Guardian had a great tagline: Contesants will have to dust it, make it, proof it, bake it – show her how good they are We find her back recording, Studio Spice. More than a decade after her previous effort. Signed a deal with BMG records – who tend to focus on publishing rights and legacy artists. She is a songwriter with a legacy…. What a home. Does mean her time is short. She has to say goodbye to Heart Breakfast. 5 year stint, successfully so. Award winning stint. Including “Radio presenter of the year” and “digital radio programme” at the TRIC awards. But they do give her a Sunday night slot (bet that is a pre-record). She knows how to keep a foot in the door (must be easy to work with if they keep you on that long). Which makes room for her to finally get married! After 8 years of being engaged.
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