Pop-Eye Special: so huge was this week’s Pop-Eye (a paean to the Sugababes’ awesome “Freak Like Me” single) that it turned into an article in its own right, and joins Sterling’s excellent Tweet review in a new site update.

(NB: the “creating a new audience” bits in the Sugababes piece are vaguely inspired, I’ve just realised, by reading Frank Kogan’s Why Music Sucks zine, a couple of copies of which he very kindly sent me and which have been much thumbed. The phrase stuck in my head, though I’m not using it to describe the activation of completely new audiences, but to discuss a more modest achievement for a pop act – making connections over genre boundaries at a time of relative flux in the pop process. Thanks Frank anyway.)