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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.
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...
Kiwanuka Mercury Prize

In a year of great upheaval, Michael Kiwanuka’s Mercury win is a testament to...

As with any system that seeks to pit incomparable styles of music against one another in a bid to find ‘the best’, the value...
Rihanna for Queen

Could Queen RiRi really take the Bajan throne?

To put it plainly, putting musicians in positions of political power does not normally make for a positive effect. The idea of Kanye’s Presidential...
Tyler Joseph lack of advocacy BLM

In the age of performative wokeness, do we expect too much of our musicians’...

In the midst of 2020, everyone is using the Internet to say everything and nothing. We’re scrolling more than ever, and there’s no shortage...
SZA

45 of the week: SZA, Bloxx, Nine8 and more!

Perto & Banoffee – 'I Miss You ' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4YDHcrmvfI As is only fitting for a song that shares a name with Blink 182’s most wistful banger, this...
Adele

Can You Knot? Adele, Cultural Appropriation and Transatlantic Outrage Fatigue

During most of lockdown, the lethargy of staying indoors has left me often sleeping in, checking my phone from bed for the day’s Twitter...
BlackPink Selena Gomez Ice Cream

Lost In Translation: Can Foreign-Language Pop transcend the British need for lyrical connection?

For those who like to follow music news, the headline  "BTS break another record” will hardly come as a surprise.  Korea’s leading boy band...
Chilled Cow Subtweets

Moo-d Music – The enduring success of Chilled Cow’s playlists in an anxious world

I’m not 100% sure when I discovered Chilled Cow, but I have a lot to thank it for. It has seen me through a...
Beabadoobee

Beabadoobee: “I called myself Beabadoobee – do you think I thought this was going...

B E A B A D O O B E E As she prepares to release her debut album, Beabadoobee is determined to be an...
Cardi B Megan Thee StallionWap sexual liberation

How Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B came together in the name of sexual...

You’ll likely remember where you were when you first heard it. “There’s some whores in this house…There’s some whores in this house…” – a...