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Jenessa Williams

Jenessa is a freelance music journalist, fandom academic and the writer of Subtweets, our weekly column that dissects the trending topics setting Music Twitter alight. She likes millennial hip-hop, noughties emo and advocating for a new era of diversity and representation in both.
Alex Lahey

45s Of The Week: Alex Lahey, Girl Ray, Petite Noir and more!

Alex Lahey - ‘Good Time’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsRafjwS8Fc “I just want a good time/don’t care how/but I know everybody needs it.’’ So sings Alex Lahey, summing up the...
Sam Smith

There is nothing condemnable about Sam Smith’s expression of queer, body-positive joy

Content warning: Mentions of misgendering, queerphobia, fatphobia A staple of mainstream UK pop, the idea of Sam Smith being a particularly controversial or debatable figure...

Critiquing Beyoncé is not the same as calling for her cancellation

At this point, everybody knows that an era-opening performance from Beyoncé is going to go down in history. Shrouded in secrecy, Knowles-Carter returned to...
BBC Introducing

BBC Introducing is an institution we can’t afford to lose 

How do you find your new music? It might be TikTok, YouTube, copping a look at Spotify’s latest ‘trending’ playlist or taking a recommendation...
Coachella 2023

Coachella’s 2023 world focus is a shrewd sign of the times

Coachella is an event that has always seemed to do its own thing. Negative connotations persist — the flower crowns, the endless dust, the...

2022 in review: The year of house and home 

In the uncertain, emotional years of 2020 and 2021, it is no surprise that heartfelt singer-songwriters reigned supreme. Phoebe Bridgers, Sam Fender, HAIM, Olivia...

Meet GloRilla, rap’s newest rising star

Every year, there are a few artists who appear to define the year, lighting up social media and cementing the biggest cultural trends. There...
Self Esteem

45’s of the Week – Self Esteem, Kaeto, Memphis LK and more

Self Esteem – 'The 345 (Choose You Edit)' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvrhYjcq488 As anyone who has attended a Self Esteem show in the last 18 months will attest, ‘The...

The BRITs Rising Star nominations prove that the future of homegrown R&B is bright 

If you live in the UK, you will know that an artist winning a BRIT award is still a pretty big deal. Introduced in...
Wet Leg 2022

2023 GRAMMY nominations: has The Academy got it right this year?

Now in its 65th year, the release of the GRAMMY nomination longlist has always been a big day for the industry, a way to...