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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.

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...
Yungblud podcast

How Yungblud made podcasting a Gen Z hit

It’s difficult to put your finger on why, but there’s something about the boom of podcast-listening that has often felt like a very ‘older...
Arctic Monkeys

Why was 2006 such a good year for music?

If you’re old enough to have been a music fan in the early noughties, there was likely a record that you’ll remember feverishly refreshing...
Marilyn Manson

Abusers hiding in plain sight are still abusers

Trigger warning: domestic & sexual abuse, violence, self-harm Raised to mainstream prominence in 2017, the #MeToo movement is one that has brought all manner of...
Sea shanty nathan

Can sea shanty postie, Nathan Evans, break the curse of the meme musician?

What do Danielle Bregoli, Alex From Glastonbury and Michael Dapaah all have in common? Besides a penchant for questionable fashion choices, they’re all examples...
Enny 'I Want' - Tracks of the Week

ENNY: “It’s a ruthless industry and being nice is underrated”

Real recognises real, and in a year where nobody has time for artifice, South Londoner Enny stands out as artist whose biggest drive is...
Olivia Rodrigo

A License For Success – How Olivia Rodrigo’s candour made her a record-breaking fan...

In 2020 Olivia Rodrigo was just another Disney star on the rise – this week, she’s an out-and-out superstar. If you’re online, there is...