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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.
Taylor Swift Masters Free to Rerecord

Taylor Take 2: Swift is free to re-record her early work, but can you...

For those who haven’t been following, the day of Taylor Swift’s musical emancipation has been a long time coming. The mammoth legal saga all...
Harry Styles

Should Harry Styles be bringing his Golden ticket to smaller venues?

Let’s get this out the way early; I adore Harry Styles.  He is a precious fish-feeding, lust-inducing sunflower of a human and I want...
Billie EIlish

Instead of focusing on Billie’s body, we should be admiring her political influence

At a time where we’re all stuck at home perpetually scrolling Twitter for some kind of enlightenment, it doesn’t take much for a popstar...
Mariah Carey save Christmas

Mariah Carey is back and making an early bid to save Christmas 2020

Who does pop personality quite like Mariah Carey? A beacon of excess with the voice of five octaves, she remains one the true few...
Rishi Sunak musicians should retrain

We all love the arts, but when are we going to finally start respecting...

How have you spent your lockdown? Whether you are front line staff or furloughed, working from home or stuck in quarantine isolation, I’d be...
Little Mix The Search

Can Little Mix’s ‘The Search’ re-humanise Talent Contest TV?

For those old enough to remember their origins, TV singing contests were once a genuine cultural zenith. Exposing the process of making a star,...
Idles interview

IDLES: “We are allies whether people say we are or not”

Joe Talbot doesn’t care about what people think of him, except when he does. At the end of an elongated stretch of interviews for...
Kiwanuka Mercury Prize

In a year of great upheaval, Michael Kiwanuka’s Mercury win is a testament to...

As with any system that seeks to pit incomparable styles of music against one another in a bid to find ‘the best’, the value...
Rihanna for Queen

Could Queen RiRi really take the Bajan throne?

To put it plainly, putting musicians in positions of political power does not normally make for a positive effect. The idea of Kanye’s Presidential...
Tyler Joseph lack of advocacy BLM

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...