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“I was 20% of The Wanted, this is 100% me”: We speak to Nathan Sykes and get an exclusive listen to his solo tracks

Like the rest of the world, we were absolutely beside ourselves with excitement when one former fifth of The Wanted Nathan Sykes announced plans to release a solo record. When his press associates asked us if we wanted an exclusive listen to THREE brand new tracks with Nathan himself, you can you bet your giddy aunt that we jumped at the chance.


“I feel like I’ve been locked in some sort of musical cave,” Nathan Sykes tells us as we sit down in a London office with him to listen to some exclusive tracks from his solo recording sessions. “I’ve been working on this album for a good few months now, I feel like I’ve lost touch with what’s going on in the real world. It’s just been full on music.”

First of all we listen to a track named ‘Kiss Me Quick’. Like every track we heard, Nathan co-wrote this one. The track also boasts writing and production credits from London based company LDN Noise. Without trying to sound like a nan, all we can say is that this track sounds very “funky.” It’s reminiscent of the current trend of live band instruments showcased by the likes of Mark Ronson on ‘Uptown Funk’ and Cheryl on ‘Crazy Stupid Love’. Continue reading “I was 20% of The Wanted, this is 100% me”: We speak to Nathan Sykes and get an exclusive listen to his solo tracks

Sound the Klaxon: Nathan Sykes from The Wanted is going solo. Are we excited? YES

Yes, Christmas has come early. At MP! HQ we have just heard the news that Nathan Sykes from The Wanted is set to go solo this year. We have had a The Wanted shaped hole in our hearts since they split last year and we are pretty excited at the thought of Nathy making some tunes.


Speaking about how his music might sound, Nathan said: “I have tried to make something for everyone and have elements of soul, funk, Motown, dance, straight down the line commercial pop, some more stripped back acoustic tracks and there are a couple of piano ballads on there as well. I just wanted to make an album that people can really enjoy.” Continue reading Sound the Klaxon: Nathan Sykes from The Wanted is going solo. Are we excited? YES

Merchandise Round-Up: Find out who’s ripping you off and where you can find some very good deals

Way back when in 2012, Maximum Pop! held a massive investigation to see if you lovely pop fans were being ripped off when you bought your favourite band’s merchandise. Our findings showed that The Saturdays were selling hoodies for a whopping £45, Olly Murs wristbands were flogging for just under a fiver and the now defunct Wanted lads were asking for £100 of your parents’ hard earned cash just for a signed canvas!

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Nathan Sykes gets Babyface’s seal of approval and embarks on a solo career. Good times.

When The Wanted announced they would be going on a hiatus we were close to tears. And we’ve been waiting patiently for their solo work. But guess what? It’s Nathan Sykes’ time to go solo and it seems he’s been working with none other than singer-songwriter and producer Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. OH MY.

We just let out a little squeal. Happy dance.


Continue reading Nathan Sykes gets Babyface’s seal of approval and embarks on a solo career. Good times.

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YIKES! Is Nathan Sykes working on solo material after smashing it with Jessie J?

We couldn’t contain our excitement here at MP! when Nathan Sykes took to the stage with Jessie J at the Capital FM Summertime Ball.

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Nathan joined the pop diva and DJ Cassidy on stage during their track “Calling All Hearts” – originally sang by hip thrusting sensation Robin Thicke.

Nathan was welcomed to the stage by screams from an audience of 80,000! No biggie then, right? The performance was genuinely one of his best live vocals to date.


His vocals were on point and his powerful rendition of the song certainly set the crowd going and brought an extra atmosphere to the stadium.

He even caught up with the legend that is Pharrell Williams, we’re not jealous at all. Nope. Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 12.06.56

Could this mean the start of a solo career for Nathan? Here at MP! Towers, we certainly hope so!

Watch Nathan’s performance here and marvel at his tremendous shirt.

How much does it cost to hire a pop star? One Direction, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran + Taylor Swift. MP! Investigated.

Ever thought about hiring Biebs, Mahone or 1D? Well you can… If you have a spare £100,000 plus.. Here at MP! Towers, we’ve done our research (to benefit you, obviously).


For a whopping £588k+, you can have the Biebster serenade you, personally (no joke, he will actually perform, watch out Selena!) – probably an hour or two late. You’d be the most popular kid in school if you hired Biebs – kind of like the Brooklyn Beckham of your town. 

For just under £150k, you could hire super group 1D (imagine that).


Imagine this Cheshire lad talking about ‘One Thing’ (you)? Awesome right? Well hiring this band would certainly make you the coolest person around, even cooler than Nialler! 

For the small fortune to hire the band, you can act like besties, your friends would be pretty jealous, right? Sneaky. 

Texan superstar Austin Mahone only costs £29,417, so he’s definitely a cheap date! Imagine telling your friends you’d been on a date with the next big star?

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Want to know how long you need to save your pocket money for some more pop stars? We’ve investigated.

– Demi Lovato: £58k
– Jason Derulo: £44k
– The Wanted: £50k
– Selena Gomez: £50k
– Ed Sheeran: £73k
– Taylor Swift: £588k
– Rihanna: £294k

You can hire a private T-Swizzle show for just over £550k, any less and you’ll be greeted with this face.

Start saving & remember to invite us around for your private performance.

Find out more pop star prices here.

And the winners are… Win tickets to see The Vamps, Jessie J, Neon Jungle, Pixie Lott, Lawson and more at Fusion Festival

@trxpicalshan,@BradsCupcakeTW, @onlythewxnted, @TheVampsLauraTW and @LaurenSykess_ you just WON! 

Jessie J, Neon Jungle, Pixie Lott, Dizee Rascal, Pitbull, The Vamps, The Wanted, Lawson and more…Are you ready? That’s an awful lot of pop in one place! We’re giving you the chance to get your hands on tickets to Fusion Festival in Birmingham on 30th and 31st August. To enter the comp just follow @maximumpop and RT

You must be able to make your own way to Cofton Park, for full T&C’s have a gander here. 

The Vamps, The Wanted, Pixie Lott and loads more added to this year’s ‘Fusion Festival’!

This summer is already stuffed to the eye balls with festivals galore but we reckon one more can’t hurt, can it?

This year’s ‘Fusion Festival’ will descend on Birmingham’s Cofton Park to play over two nights, with no less than 20 of today’s biggest pop acts in tow. Organizers have also just announced the addition of The Wanted to the line up alongside The Vamps, Pixie Lott, Ella Henderson, Becky Hill and Ollie Marland. That’s on top of confirmed acts like Neon Jungle, Pitbull, Jessie J and Elyar Fox, to name but a few. Sounds pretty amazing right?

If you wanna find out more info about the festival and buy some tickets you can do so here. See you at the front!

Friday’s event round up: 5SOS Twitcam, Josh Cuthbert follow spree, The Wanted, The Vamps, Elyar Fox and Loveable Rogues gigs

You’ve made it, it’s Friday, time for the weekend MP!ers. There’s some tasty treats in store for you tonight too, log in to Twitter from 6:30 and try and get a follow off Josh from Union J. If you’re not one of the lucky ones this time stay there until 8pm and have a dribble over 5 Seconds of Summer who’re doing a Twitcam.