20 episodes

The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and talks about it at school the next day, hosted by Fraser McAlpine and Laura Snapes.
Email us! unbreakmychartpod@gmail.com
Tweet us! csi_popmusic (https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic) + laurasnapes (https://twitter.com/laurasnapes)
Nice stuff that smart people have said about UMC:
"As pop critics, Snapes and McAlpine have plenty of background information and anecdotes to augment their rundown of the week’s chart. If only all playground debates about music had been so well informed." -- Caroline Crampton, The New Statesman (http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/podcasts/2017/04/how-podcasts-are-reviving-excitement-listening-pop-charts)
"While the charts have become both confused and sidelined in recent years, they’re still an invaluable insight into the machinations of the music industry, something this pod proves in gratifyingly informed style." -- The Guardian Guide (https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/apr/07/the-10-best-things-to-do-this-week-syd-russell-brand-and-i-am-not-your-negro)

Unbreak My Chart Unbreak My Chart

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

The podcast that tapes the Top 10 and talks about it at school the next day, hosted by Fraser McAlpine and Laura Snapes.
Email us! unbreakmychartpod@gmail.com
Tweet us! csi_popmusic (https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic) + laurasnapes (https://twitter.com/laurasnapes)
Nice stuff that smart people have said about UMC:
"As pop critics, Snapes and McAlpine have plenty of background information and anecdotes to augment their rundown of the week’s chart. If only all playground debates about music had been so well informed." -- Caroline Crampton, The New Statesman (http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/podcasts/2017/04/how-podcasts-are-reviving-excitement-listening-pop-charts)
"While the charts have become both confused and sidelined in recent years, they’re still an invaluable insight into the machinations of the music industry, something this pod proves in gratifyingly informed style." -- The Guardian Guide (https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/apr/07/the-10-best-things-to-do-this-week-syd-russell-brand-and-i-am-not-your-negro)

    Intermission: An Announcement

    Intermission: An Announcement

    Gather round, there's something we need to tell you.

    And it's not just that Louis Tomlinson has released a really good single with Bebe Rexha.

    Seriously, Back to You is all sneaking charm. It has such a beautiful slow churn. No chorus, just the same four chords round and round and an atmosphere of anguished excitement, as if sung by someone who has decided the person who most annoys them in the world might also just be their best bet for a happy life.

    Bebe Rexha is the true star of proceedings, but Louis is a more than able foil for her. It's a wonderfully measured song that is beautifully understated, particularly in the bridges (even the swearing seems oddly measured, rather than brattish showing off), and the minimal atmosphere is further proof that pop needs more songs like Bad Liar. And it’s got those weird 1D yelps that also appear in Niall Horan’s Slow Hands.

    I wonder if it was conceived after Harry’s album came out, as there’s a kind of mature pop properness to the chords it that seems to be pitched midway between Harry and Niall.

    Anyway the thing we need to talk about is not that. It's something else.

    • 3 min
    Episode 19: Flying Solo

    Episode 19: Flying Solo

    Laura's work has conspired to keep her away this week, but fear not Fraser is on hand to deliver the all-important Top 10 and put everyone out of their misery with regards to what the beginning of J-Hus's Did You See sounds like.

    Oh, but he's talking about Bad Liar again.

    Haim's cover of the song is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzI2FM2-7GM

    Switched On Pop's discussion of Bad Liar is here: http://www.switchedonpop.com/65-selena-gomez-bad-liar-great-performer/

    You can email us on unbreakmychartpod@gmail.com, or tweet us:

    https://twitter.com/laurasnapes

    https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic

    • 13 min
    Episode 18: The Kesha Spesha

    Episode 18: The Kesha Spesha

    Kesha's solo comeback Praying is a song that strikes at the heart of how pop is made and where the power lies. It also raises the question of whether authenticity is a prerequisite when listening to highly emotive songs.

    Source material for this discussion includes Amanda Petrusich's excellent piece for the New Yorker:

    http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-pain-of-denying-kesha-her-audience

    And John Seabrook's highly recommended book The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory.

    Elsewhere in this week's podcast, there's a J-Hus challenge, some bickering over Rita Ora lyrics and an argument over Katy Perry, Calvin Harris and whether songs written as a patchwork quilt of little ideas still work.

    Popjustice's review of Liam Payne's new single is here: https://www.popjustice.com/songs/zedd-and-liam-payne-get-low/

    And we've made a Songs of the Summer playlist, to be updated with new suggestions as they come along: https://open.spotify.com/user/snapes/playlist/3Dwx8dc86Zksmf8aUNKJxG

    Laura's most-listened-to song this week is "Equestrian" by Omni and Fraser's is “ALIENS” by Coldplay.

    As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/snapes/playlist/2J6T6Ks6rQNNe9vUeu24ON

    You can email us on unbreakmychartpod@gmail.com, or tweet us:

    https://twitter.com/laurasnapes

    https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic

    • 46 min
    Episode 17: Rebreak My Chart

    Episode 17: Rebreak My Chart

    The Official Charts Company have issued new rules to tackle the Sheeran Singularity, and they appear to be partly based on suggestions that have appeared in previous Unbreak My Chart episodes.
    We take a look at the new rules, and give them a prod to see how robust they may be. And along the way, accidentally embark on an imaginary cull of some of our biggest pop talents.
    Pitchfork's Rihanna feature is here: http://pitchfork.com/features/overtones/10052-is-rihanna-the-most-influential-pop-singer-of-the-past-decade/
    St Vincent's Guitar Moves interview is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vRPmJx8bYs
    And we've made a Songs of the Summer playlist, to be updated with new suggestions as they come along: https://open.spotify.com/user/snapes/playlist/3Dwx8dc86Zksmf8aUNKJxG
    Laura's most-listened-to song this week is "New York" by St Vincent and Fraser's is “Last Chance Saloon” by Hightown Pirates.
    As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/snapes/playlist/2J6T6Ks6rQNNe9vUeu24ON
    Warning - this episode contains a slightly inept (and not remotely adult) discussion of the pneumatic reality of sex, as it pertains to the lyrics of Little Mix.
    You can email us on unbreakmychartpod@gmail.com, or tweet us:
    https://twitter.com/laurasnapes
    https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic

    • 48 min
    Episode 16: Songs of the Summer

    Episode 16: Songs of the Summer

    At last! The results of our Song of the Summer poll are in, and they are mighty, although a little predictable in some cases (take a bow, Fraser McAlpine).

    The Zayn Malik piece mentioned by Elizabeth is here:

    https://melmagazine.com/two-directions-5a4321b0156

    Also under discussion this week: the Artists for Grenfell single and Lorde's new album.

    As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/snapes/playlist/2J6T6Ks6rQNNe9vUeu24ON

    Here's a collection of excellent stuff to read about Lorde's Melodrama:

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/06/26/on-melodrama-lorde-learns-how-messy-adulthood-can-be
    http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/music-theatre/2017/06/lorde-melodrama-lyrics
    http://themuse.jezebel.com/lorde-admirably-confident-comes-of-age-on-melodrama-1796219150
    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2017/06/lorde_s_new_album_melodrama_reviewed.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/16/lorde-melodrama-review-cocky-challenge-pop-rivals

    You can email us on unbreakmychartpod@gmail.com, or tweet us:

    https://twitter.com/laurasnapes
    https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic

    • 52 min
    Episode 15: Ed is Dead

    Episode 15: Ed is Dead

    It's the first week in Unbreak My Chart history that Ed Sheeran does not have a song in the Top 10, but Laura is not here to enjoy the moment.

    Fraser is joined by the comic artist, writer and chart-keeper John Allison, designer of the UMC logo, who has plans to revolutionise the chart with democracy.

    Note: there's some irksome telephone interference in this week's podcast. Do not adjust your listening device.

    As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/snapes/playlist/2J6T6Ks6rQNNe9vUeu24ON

    John's most-listened-to song this week is "Yuk Foo" by Wolf Alice and Fraser's is “Space” by Dizzee Rascal.

    You can email us on unbreakmychartpod@gmail.com, or tweet us:

    https://twitter.com/laurasnapes

    https://twitter.com/csi_popmusic

    https://twitter.com/badmachinery

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

BearLexi ,

Favorite new podcast

I've been looking for the perfect podcast for unashamed pop fans like myself. Love hearing the chart every week and Laura & Fraser's thoughts on music.

MBWK365986 ,

My new favorite!

Absolutely loving this podcast. I have always loved pop music but never really understood how to talk about it - music critics I'd read always seemed so stuffy and pretentious. But Laura and Fraser are the opposite - casual and companionable, with fair and reasoned opinions on pop, rather than ruthlessness and dismissiveness. It's totally great, my new favorite podcast. Listen!!! You won't regret it.

Ihadajobuntilthissong ,

One of the best

Whether or not you love charts or just love pop, this is a great pod by great people. Wish there were more like it

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