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Virgin Media Music is a section of the Virgin Media website, which provides music streaming services consumers in the United Kingdom.

46 articles

Ellie Goulding: Lights

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 1 March 2010

ELLIE GOULDING tripped into the public consciousness two weeks ago, as she stood knock-kneed and tongue-tied between Fearne Cotton, Geri Halliwell and Courtney Love at ...

Christina Aguilera: Bi-On-Ic

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, June 2010

CHRISTINA AGUILERA'S first album in four years finds the former golden girl of US pop re-emerging into a musical world where Lady GaGa has set ...

Miley Cyrus: Can't Be Tamed *

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, June 2010

Smiley Virus bumps along on autopilot ...

Katy Perry: Teenage Dream ***

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, August 2010

What Katy did next — world domination! ...

Kanye West : My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, November 2010

AFTER THE disappointing reviews and sales of his autotune-laden 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a magnificent return to form ...

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, November 2010

THE LEVELS OF anticipation surrounding Nicki Minaj's debut album have been so delirious that you almost expect Pink Friday not to be delivered by digital ...

Ed Sheeran: +

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 12 September 2011

HAVING SEEN his debut single, the haunting picture of a teenage drug-addict prostitute that was 'The A Team', hit number three earlier this year, Sheeran ...

Kasabian: Velociraptor!

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 19 September 2011

KASABIAN HAVE loudly proclaimed their fourth studio album to be a classic. This is no surprise: they always do. ...

Emeli Sandé: Our Version of Events

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 13 February 2012

SHE IS SET to be one of the pop faces of 2012 but Emeli Sandé is not yet the finished article. This doesn't mean she ...

Madonna: MDNA

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, March 2012

THIRTY YEARS INTO her career yet still at the apex of the pop world, Madonna is a victim of her own success in that she ...

Florence and the Machine: MTV Unplugged

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 10 April 2012

WHEN YOU REMOVE the noise and bluster from Florence + The Machine songs, what is actually left? ...

Justin Bieber: Believe ***

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, June 2012

This time around, Justin Bieber wants us to know that he is all grown up. He is a man. ...

The Hives: Lex Hives

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 4 June 2012

WHEN THE HIVES broke through here in 2002 with their top 10 compilation album Your New Favourite Band, they appeared exciting and irresistible. ...

Green Day: Uno!

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, September 2012

A FULL QUARTER of a century into their career, the Californian pop-punks should really be churning out tired, formulaic albums or, more likely, contemplating splitting. ...

Taylor Swift: Red ****

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, October 2012

IT'S VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE to believe that Taylor Swift is still only 22. ...

Ellie Goulding: Halcyon

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 8 October 2012

ELLIE GOULDING has been letting it be known that this follow-up to her three-million-selling debut album, Lights, is a far darker and more troubled record, ...

Robbie Williams: Take The Crown

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 5 November 2012

"I THINK everything about Robbie Williams is fantastic," Morrissey once declared, "except the voice and the songs." ...

A$AP Rocky: Long.Live.A$AP

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 14 January 2013

NEW YORK rapper A$AP Rocky's debut has been a long time in the making. Originally scheduled for release last September, it was then mysteriously delayed ...

The Strokes: Comedown Machine

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 25 March 2013

THE STROKES WILL never remotely equal the zeitgeist-straddling stature of their emergence around the millennium, when the five attitudinal New Yorkers were hailed as the ...

Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, May 2013

DAFT PUNK'S FORTE has always been their sleek, glistening futurism, the sense of mischievous glee they take in the very textures of electronic sound. ...

The National: Trouble Will Find Me

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 20 May 2013

IN THE EARLY '90s, Britain's hippest TV show was an imported American drama series named thirtysomething. The series told the stories of a group of ...

Disclosure: Settle

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 3 June 2013

CLUBLAND HAS been polarised between two dispiriting extremes for close on a decade now. If the DJ isn't playing twitchy, edgy, introspective grime or dubstep, ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: …Like Clockwork

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 3 June 2013

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE occasionally get called a metal band. This is rather like calling Picasso a house painter. The veteran Californian band may ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Magna Carta Holy Grail

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, July 2013

WHAT DO YOU do when you are a multi-millionaire businessman who hangs out with the Obamas but still wants to be a gangsta? ...

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines ***

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, July 2013

It's difficult not to view Robin Thicke as definitive proof of the age-old adage that sex sells. ...

Iggy Azalea: "I haven't got daddy issues!"

Interview by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 10 July 2013

IN 2004, A 14-year-old Australian white girl named Amethyst Kelly heard Tupac Shakur for the first time. Blown away by his poetic intensity, she resolved ...

Robin Thicke: Who is Robin Thicke?

Comment by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 25 July 2013

WHATEVER YOUR thoughts on its icky sexist video of gyrating, semi-naked models, it is impossible to deny that the lascivious R&B throb of Robin Thicke's ...

Arctic Monkeys: AM

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, September 2013

Arctic Monkeys now routinely operate at such a rarefied pitch that it is easy to take their excellence for granted. ...

Kings of Leon: Kings Of Leon: Mechanical Bull

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, September 2013

THREE YEARS AGO, things were looking distinctly bleak for the arena-filling Nashville rockers. Following a sub-par fifth album, Come Around Sundown, that singer Caleb Followill ...

Drake: Nothing Was The Same

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 23 September 2013

HIS LAST ALBUM, Take Care, was a multi-platinum-selling number one around the globe, but if anything this has plunged hip hop's most angst-ridden player into ...

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Track-By-Track Review

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, October 2013

PROVOCATIVE. That seems to be the word we are contractually obliged to use in relation to Miley Cyrus nowadays. Her provocative new musical direction. Provocative ...

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 7 October 2013

BRITNEY, JUSTIN T, XTINA… Miley Cyrus is not the first former Disney starlet to chafe at her anodyne past and yearn to show us her ...

Katy Perry: Prism ***

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 21 October 2013

KATY PERRY, the frivolous, hard-partying pop starlet, has an unfortunate Achilles heel – she wants to be taken seriously.  ...

Jake Bugg: Shangri La

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, November 2013

IT IS JAKE BUGG'S misfortune to be recording in a cynical, over-mediated age. ...

Tinie Tempah: Demonstration

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 4 November 2013

Rappers are arguably more vulnerable than any other artists to difficult second album syndrome. ...

Celine Dion: "I am having my wild moment!"

Interview by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 8 November 2013

YOU DON'T GET to be the most successful female singer in history, selling more than 200 million albums, without looking after your voice. Thirty minutes ...

Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 18 November 2013

WHEN DEV HYNES emerged almost a decade ago as one-third of slapstick punk deconstructionists Test Icicles, there was little reason to suspect he was an ...

Robbie Williams: Swings Both Ways

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 18 November 2013

WHAT IS THE point of Robbie Williams in 2013? It is a question worth asking, as Robbie nowadays finds himself in a career mid-life crisis. ...

Britney Spears: Britney Jean

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 2 December 2013

RARE IS THE A-list artist today who doesn't launch their new album by breathlessly proclaiming it their most honest, intimate, confessional magnum opus to date. ...

Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 13 January 2014

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN albums are often statements, whether 2002's The Rising's heartfelt response to 9/11, or 2012's Wrecking Ball's vitriolic condemnation of the fat-cat bankers behind ...

Beck: Morning Phase

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 24 February 2014

A MAVERICK musical magpie, Beck has over his 20-year career veered off into nu-folk, Mississippi blues, hip-hop, country, funk and electro-hued pop noir. He never ...

Paloma Faith: A Perfect Contradiction

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 10 March 2014

THE BIG-LUNGED Hackney soul siren is tremendous fun, a deeply entertaining live performer and raconteur, and her burlesque-inspired raids on the dressing-up box frequently yield ...

Iggy Azalea: The New Classic

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 21 April 2014

AZALEA IS certainly one of the most singular pop success stories of recent years. ...

Coldplay: Ghost Stories

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, May 2014

HEARING GHOST STORIES, it is unclear whether you are listening to a new pop album or intruding on devastating personal grief. ...

Lily Allen: Sheezus

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 5 May 2014

HAVING ANNOUNCED her "retirement" when she retreated to the countryside to start a family five years ago, Lily Allen affects to be nervous of her ...

Lykke Li: I Never Learn

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 5 May 2014

ON HER TWO previous albums, Youth Novels and Wounded Rhymes, Li perfected a strain of forensically intense Scandi-pop that majored in brooding atmospherics, glacial synths ...

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