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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.
Charlie XCX ultrapop

Beep Beep Let’s Ride: What does Charli XCX’s move to ultra-pop mean for the...

To borrow a phrase from stan Twitter, Charli XCX is an artist who truly loves to make sure that her audience is well fed....
DaBaby

The de-platforming of DaBaby marks an important opportunity for anti-homophobia in rap

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for DaBaby fans, and indeed anybody who prefers to attend rap concerts without a side dose of...
Amy Winehouse posthumous release

Is there ever a right way to do a posthumous project?

Like most people my age, I can remember exactly where I was when Amy Winehouse passed. I had been out with my school friends,...
Concert

As live music returns let’s make gig spaces more inclusive than ever before

I don’t know about you, but there are very few rushes like refreshing your Internet browser at 9 am on the dot, knowing that...
Black TikTok creators dance

A TikTok Strike is just the start of getting Black creators the credit they...

This column might be called subtweets, but we’d be missing a serious trick if we didn’t recognize just how much fan-led activity and important...
aespa

Aespa are the real-life K-pop group with virtual reality doubles

About once a fortnight, there is a YouTube channel — K-Ville — that I play on my TV, allowing it to introduce me to...
Phoebe Bridgers Sad Girl Summer

The Phoebe Phenomenon: A Year On From ‘Punisher’s Sad Girl Summer

If you had asked yourself who the biggest breakout pop star of 2020 was going to be, you might not have predicted Phoebe Bridgers....
Primavera Sound 2022

Sun, Sea and Safe-Spacing: How Primavera Sound Became The British Festivalgoer’s Favourite Event

Ever had that feeling that everybody you’ve ever known is headed to the same gig? If you were scrolling Twitter on June 1st —...
Lorde Solar Power

Lorde’s sexy cover art is a leap into a new age of visual empowerment

At this moment in time, is there anyone who hasn’t seen THAT shot? Here at The Forty-Five, we’ve made no secret of our longing...
Olivia Rodrigo Subtweets

00s Pop-Punk was a white monolith. The 20s will be better

For an artist who has made her name writing exclusively about heartbreak, it is no understatement to say that the world has fallen collectively...