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Live Review: Niall Horan

One ex-boyband member finds his own Direction in an upbeat, folksy gig that promises a bright future

Fashion Factor

Fashion Factor

With the X-Factor being an autumn staple for over ten years, Kathryn Murray looks at what we can expect from the show’s style department

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Live: Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan returns to Manchester with a bang.

Harmony Gospel Choir performing at the UGCY. Photo: Lucy Apple

Highlights

Kate Bullivant talks about her three favorite societies, and the highlights of the year.

The Pogues look set to top the charts this Christmas, marking a move away from the recent domination of reality television. Photo: Iain Mullan

The race for Christmas Number One

We take a look at the history of a festive national institution – the battle for Christmas number one

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60 seconds with… Josh Cuthbert

Union J member and X Factor live finalist Josh Cuthbert talks to us about his passion for music

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X Addiction – It’s time to kick the habit

X-Factor has returned, as predictably as the annual bout of the common cold, turning sensible people (me) into snivelling addicts.

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Column: Top of the Flops?

Gone are the gender bending days of Culture Club. You’ve just got to wear a suit of lamb chops and you’re halfway to number one.

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The Pain of Auto-tune

2010 was the year of the auto-tune. With the increasingly popular Glee, the controversial use of the plug-in on X Factor and a Billboard number one album from Ke$ha- it’s everywhere. Yet, we forget that 15 years ago, international superstar Cher brought it to the forefront of musical technology, creating almost a revolutionary new sound with her hit ‘Believe’. Today it has created problems of “over produced” sounds, with untalented stars being given an easier pathway to success.