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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.
Taylor Swift Midnights

With the Eras Tour, Taylor Swift has taken squad goals to the next level

If the cost-of-living crisis wasn’t already biting hard enough, it seems our favourite pop stars are simply hellbent on procuring our hard-pennies for a...
Rose Gray

45’s of the week – Aly & AJ, White Lung, Tempest and more!

Aly & AJ – 'With Love From' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKIWzM2slaA If you grew up on the Disney channel, you will likely remember Aly and AJ, the sisters who...
Megan Trainor

Megan Trainor is doing it for the huns

For music fans, Friday 21 October was undoubtedly the biggest release day of the year. With big new albums from Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift,...
Matty Healy The 1975

Being funny in a fan language; Matty Healy, sincerity and shitposts 

It’s something of a cliché to describe a band as Marmite but if you held The 1975 up at a breakfast buffet, you would...
Blink 182

Does 2022 have space for Blink 182’s toilet humour?

Emo nostalgia, it seems, can be like buses. You wait for one or two big comebacks (love you, Paramore and My Chemical Romance), and...
Jamila Woods

45s of the week: Jamila Woods, Nessa Barrett, Leah Weller and more!

Jamila Woods – 'Boundaries' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPd1cB2yy4o&t=26s When Chicago-based artist Jamila Woods released her album ‘Legacy! Legacy!’ in 2019, it was one of the most underrated highlights of...
XTina Dirrty

Christina Aguilera’s ‘Stripped’ at 20: a powerful sex-positive shift for the ‘Dirrty’ pop princess

When I think of my childhood as a music fan, I often think of Top Of The Pops. Without internet or Sky TV in...

‘This Is Why’ is Paramore at their fluid, creative best 

The joke often made in online pop-punk fanbases is that Paramore are a rare band who do no wrong. That's somewhat simplifying things; over...
Arlo Parks

How do we break the cycle of artist burnout? 

After summer holidays, festivals or time away from school or work, many of us enter the Autumn period feeling refreshed, ready for the challenges...
Taylor Swift Midnights

What do we know about ‘Midnights’? Exploring the potential of Taylor Swift’s sleepless nights

As one of our generation’s greatest storytellers, Taylor Swift knows a thing or two about keeping her fans fed. Having released three original albums...