Women Rule.

Women are celebrated in the new publication Women In Pop, which celebrates the fearless females who have changed the landscape of music.

Edition 2 features Beyonce on the cover, and some fantastic features on Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders (who is touring Australia with Stevie Nicks later this year) and Alison Moyet, who’s just released her 9th solo album Other. 

This edition also includes some reviews that I’ve written: Tina Arena‘s new Greatest Hits collection and LA-based artist Tanarelle’s soulful debut album 11:11.

Ms Arena once called me a very rude word (possibly the worst one imaginable) when I worked at MTV in the early 2000s, but that hasn’t stopped me from appreciating her as one of Australia’s finest singers.

Arena has experienced a tricky relationship with the Australian media and the record industry, most probably because she’s straight-talking, fiesty and has always marched to the beat of her own drum. As a woman in the music industry, her brashness is frowned upon.

Although she was finally recognised with an ARIA Hall of Fame Award in 2015, a typically mouthy Arena blasted the ageist, sexist radio programmers for their lack of support in a speech that has been hailed as one of the best in the awards’ history. Arena pleading with the powers-that-be to “continue to support Australian music and base your playlists on the quality of the song and not the age of the artist”, before adding in no uncertain terms, “we will decide when it’s time to stop.”  Arena also acknowledged “the women in their forties still in the game in a big way”, name-checking Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox, imploring them to “keep doing what you’re doing ladies.”

She’s a cool chick, and you can read my review of her new collection in Women In Pop now. Enjoy!

Michael from Tea or Copy. 


Do people get involved with Flashback Friday? Is that still a thing?

Here’s one, anyway.

Five years ago – eeeek – Kylie Minogue returned to Australia for a series of lo-fi, low-key shows as part of her Anti Tour.

Featuring incredible B-sides, rarities and album tracks – and not a feathered boa in sight – it was Kylie at her most authentic.

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough debut hit Locomotion, Ms Minogue is in the studio at the moment recording her new album.

While we wait for that, check out my review here of Kylie’s Anti Tour on the UK review site MusicOMH. 

Women In Pop.

It’s the name of a new magazine dedicated to fearless females in the world of muzak.

The first edition features … ummm…. features on Madonna, Blondie, Rihanna, KLP and Jackie Tech.

The magazine is glossy, colourful and treats female musicians with the respect they deserve. I’m proud to have contributed reviews and features for this issue, so make sure you get out there and support music – and especially females in music – by purchasing a copy.


Michael from Tea or Copy.


Vocal powerhouse and pop chameleon Cyndi Lauper has released some excellent material over the last four decades, but her latest, Detour, may surprise a few people.

It’s an album of country classics, and while some songs are great – and some are not-s0-great – the biggest surprise about this project is the art direction. Why would such an iconic visual artist ever approve this cheap-as-chips album artwork?
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Try and avoid looking at this Photoshop disaster for too long…and check out my review for Rolling Stone here:


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