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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.
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In the age of performative wokeness, do we expect too much of our musicians’...

In the midst of 2020, everyone is using the Internet to say everything and nothing. We’re scrolling more than ever, and there’s no shortage...
SZA

45 of the week: SZA, Bloxx, Nine8 and more!

Perto & Banoffee – 'I Miss You ' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4YDHcrmvfI As is only fitting for a song that shares a name with Blink 182’s most wistful banger, this...
Adele

Can You Knot? Adele, Cultural Appropriation and Transatlantic Outrage Fatigue

During most of lockdown, the lethargy of staying indoors has left me often sleeping in, checking my phone from bed for the day’s Twitter...
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Lost In Translation: Can Foreign-Language Pop transcend the British need for lyrical connection?

For those who like to follow music news, the headline  "BTS break another record” will hardly come as a surprise.  Korea’s leading boy band...
Chilled Cow Subtweets

Moo-d Music – The enduring success of Chilled Cow’s playlists in an anxious world

I’m not 100% sure when I discovered Chilled Cow, but I have a lot to thank it for. It has seen me through a...
Beabadoobee

Beabadoobee: “I called myself Beabadoobee – do you think I thought this was going...

B E A B A D O O B E E As she prepares to release her debut album, Beabadoobee is determined to be an...
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How Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B came together in the name of sexual...

You’ll likely remember where you were when you first heard it. “There’s some whores in this house…There’s some whores in this house…” – a...
Rina Sawayama mercurys

Rina Sawayama and the UK’s hypocritical perception of ‘Britishness”

Dropping each year at the start of August, mass contestation over the nominees for the Hyundai Mercury Music Prize is almost as regular as...
Album bundling

Death by a thousand album bundles – Fan exploitation or keeping the industry afloat?

When Taylor Swift dropped her truly excellent new album ‘folklore’ last week, she made up for its lack of pre-announcement by offering quite the...
Megan Thee Stallion memes

Megan Thee Stallion, Breonna Taylor and the memeification of Black women

What makes a meme? In definition, a meme is a mode of image-based communication usually used for humour, to evoke a sense of familiarity...