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Jenessa Williams

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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.
Silk Sonice

Silk Sonic and the slippery case of retro-misogyny

Ever experienced love at first listen? When I first heard Silk Sonic’s ‘Leave The Door Open’ in March, I was convinced that I had...
Taylor Swift

Taylor knows her Swifties All Too Well, but they might Need To Calm Down

Taylor Swift is an artist who has always known vengeance. Sometimes it lingers playfully at the fringes; other times it bursts forth, spilling out...
Astroworld deaths

Astroworld – what happened?

Nobody should ever attend a concert and not make it home. And yet on November 5 2021, that’s exactly what happened. On the Friday...
The Beatles

The last thing Liverpool needs is another Beatles museum

Rampant disbelief at the Conservative government’s response to music industry crisis is nothing new around these parts, but seemingly there are always new lows...
Hit The North Boycotts

The North Hits Back: Band boycotts over festival misconduct proves that there is an...

What happens when a festival loses 85 percent of its bands? Not because of Covid or awkward travel restrictions, but another kind of malaise:...
ADELE 2021

Nobody defies trends like Adele

For a popstar to exist on a first-name basis alone, they often need to clue us into what and who they are. With Beyoncé,...
Jesy Nelson Boyz Blackfishing

Jesy Nelson’s ‘Boyz’ reminds us why we need Black History Month

Though it was nearly a year ago, Jesy Nelson’s decision to leave Little Mix on the grounds of poor mental health remains nothing short...
Billie Eilish livestream

Quit whining, Billie Eilish is the perfect Glastonbury headliner

There is usually a bit of ceremony around a Glastonbury Festival headliner announcement, but in one not-so-cryptic Instagram post last week, Billie Eilish marked...
Wolves Records Wolverhampton Wanderers

Can Wolverhampton Wanderers’ new record label help unite the tribes?

Throughout the pandemic, it has become painfully apparent that music is in a bad way. With closing venues, artists encouraged to ‘retrain’ and endless...
Nicki Minaj vaccination discourse

Nicki Minaj and Kaiser Chiefs: Are musicians right to wade into vaccination discourse?

Did anybody have Nicki Minaj subtweeting Chris Whitty on their 2021 Bingo card? Not I, but if we’ve learnt anything recently about digital-era discourse,...