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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.
Grammy Nominations 2021

Grammy nominations 2021 – A great year for rock, a strange one for rap,...

Ah, the yearly Grammys conversation. The vast amount of categories and time taken to wade through them normally delays the internet outrage somewhat, but...
Britney Spears

#FreeBritney and the challenge to regain female pop autonomy

For any 90s babies, Britney Spears has long been an emblem of freedom. The sugary-sweet princess of pop with a headstrong, fourth-wall-breaking edge, her...
Doja Cat EMAs 2020 Say So

It’s time to legitimise women of colour’s place in rock music

Like her or loathe her, Doja Cat is an artist rarely out of the news. Having gone viral in 2018 with the captivatingly-absurdist ‘Mooo!’...
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...