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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.
LUMP

45s of the week: Little Simz, LUMP, Solidarity Not Silence and more!

Solidarity Not Silence - 'This Is Sisterhood' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDHNlUY2V24 Having spoken out against their abuse at the hands of a male music industry figure in 2016, ‘Solidarity...
Blossoms Liverpool Gig

Live music is back, in a big way, on Sunday – but how are...

How much could we all just do with a really good gig? With most of us having not experienced IRL live music since well...
Lady Gaga Artpop

Behind the campaign to get Lady Gaga’s ‘Artpop’ the respect it deserves

Lady Gaga is climbing the charts, but it’s not because she has new music. Instead, seven years on from its release, fans have taken...
Cupcakke

Has musical gatekeeping caused Cupcakke’s boredom with female rap?

Divisiveness over something that a celebrity said on Twitter? Surely not! Just like the rest of us, musicians are known for the odd foot-in-mouth...
Lil Nas X Montero

Satanic Panic over Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ proves that black queer sexuality is still...

All big new musical announcements these days start with the notes app, but for Lil Nas X, the message he typed last week was...
For Those i Love

‘For Those I Love’ album review – a poignant and accomplished debut

Grief is a complex thing. To survive as sentient beings, we have to do what we can to suppress the knowledge that our loved...

One year of Verzuz – how musical competition brought the timeline together

If you’re a regular Twitter user, you might have noticed some seemingly-random artists appearing in your ‘trending topics’ over the past year. Gucci Mane,...
Protest music

With the UK’s right to peaceful protest under threat, protest music is more important...

The news agenda has been a hard one to stomach these last few weeks (months, years…), and it’s difficult not to feel like each...
Haim

How many studies into music’s gender imbalance need to happen before things change?

We all know how it goes by now. A big report comes out, citing some damning evidence that reveals that there is still a...

Robots at rest: The orbit and influence of Daft Punk by those who were...

Right as we're all (tentatively) rejoicing over the news that we might actually be able to get to a gig this year, 2021 decided...