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TOP 2O ONES THAT GOT AWAY

WE LIFT THE LID ON AN ALTERNATE POP UNIVERSE TO TELL THE STORY OF HOW SOME OF THE BIGGEST HITS OF THE LAST 40 YEARS COULD HAVE TURNED OUT VERY DIFFERENTLY I F FATE HADN’T INTERVENED…

Creating great pop isn’t just about capturing lightning in a bottle and hitting a nerve among the record-buying public – it’s also being in the right place at the right time. Music history is littered with what ifs and maybes; managers, producers and performers who overlooked the perfect song and missed out on the opportunity for a globe-straddling hit.

In Hollywood, stories are legion of stars’ clangers as they turned down major roles. Al Pacino could have been Han Solo; Burt Reynolds said no to ‘Cubby’ Broccoli when asked to replace Sean Connery as James Bond; how would Beverly Hills Cop have turned out with Sylvester Stallone playing Axel Foley, as was originally planned?

It’s mirrored in the pop world, with many artists relying on songwriters to provide them with material. Some of the biggest stars have dropped the ball by turning down gilt-edged classics-in-the-making. Let’s take a look behind the song selection process and imagine what could have been…

2O ROCK YOUR BODY

HIT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

MISS MICHAEL JACKSON

Written by The Neptunes for Michael Jackson’s 10th studio album Invincible, the self-proclaimed King Of Pop turned it down. Although the percussive elements in the arrangement sound like they’d be a perfect fit for Jacko, Timberlake made it his own and he cemented the success of his debut solo album Justified on the back of it. Meanwhile, the bloated Invincible failed to live up to its vainglorious title.

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This month, we have the definitive interview with the returning Shakespears Sister – back after a split that lasted more than 25 years. We also meet Lloyd Cole to talk about his stunning electronic-flavoured new album Guesswork and catch up with the iconic Betty Boo who looks back on her career as a UK hip-hop trailblazer. Our Classic Album this issue is Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ambitious debut Welcome To The Pleasuredome and we take a deep dive into the studio work of Belinda Carlisle for our Album by Album feature. We talk to Steve Barron, the director who shaped the 80s pop video landscape, and also hear from China Crisis’ Gary Daly as he unveils his first-ever solo album. Read our verdict on Madonna’s Madame X alongside new live LPs from Soft Cell and New Order plus much more in our new albums pages. Our packed reissues and compilation section features Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Joy Division, Shakespears Sister and more. On the live reviews front, we check out shows including Take That, Howard Jones, Marc Almond and the Manic Street Preachers. Enjoy the issue!