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Rhian Daly

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Rhian Daly is a freelance music journalist with over ten years experience interviewing some of the world's most famous pop stars. As well as writing for The Forty-Five since launch, she's contributed work to NME, DIY, Time Out and Rolling Stone UK. Between 2013 and 2016, she was also the assistant reviews editor at NME. She likes K-pop and indie discos in equal measure and is proudly ARMY.
Mel C and Shura

Conversations With Friends: Mel C & Shura on Spice Girls, gender fluidity and their...

On her banger-filled, self-titled new album, Mel C turned to a number of young female artists to collaborate on writing and delivering a vibrant...

Conan Gray: “Even if I’m in the mood to write a fun song, it’s...

You have your whole life to write your debut album and so by that logic, releasing your first record should be a pretty exciting...
Lady Gaga, VMAs 2020

A socially distanced VMAs happened – and they were actually quite good!

The phrase “socially-distanced awards ceremony” probably doesn’t instil you with a lot of excitement, even in the good times vacuum that is 2020. The...
Girl In Red

45s of the week: Girl In Red, BLACKPINK, Baby Queen and more!

Blackpink & Selena Gomez - ‘Ice Cream’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRXZj0DzXIA In their second massive collab of the year (following June’s ‘Sour Candy’ with Lady Gaga), K-pop queens BLACKPINK...
Bully interview

Bully – ‘Sugaregg’ review: a fearless musician at the top of her game

Chumbawumba’s massive 1997 one hit wonder ‘Tubthumping’ isn’t an influence you see cited much in 2020, especially not by American artists. And yet, according...
The Killers Imploding The Mirage

The Killers – ‘Imploding The Mirage’ review: a winning formula from the world’s biggest...

American artist Thomas Blackshear’s 1996 painting Dance Of The Wind And Storm depicts two figures gliding across a glowing sky – a bearded man as...
Madge Ethanol interview

Madge: “Sexuality in the US is rife with shaming”

Listening to the treasure trove that is Madge’s music, you might think they're something of a pop magpie, collecting inspiration from a vast canyon...
Billie Eilish

45s of the week: Billie Eilish, Black Honey, Jorja Smith and more

Billie Eilish - ‘My Future’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm9Zf1WYQ_A To hijack the popular meme-slash-Mark Twain quote, lockdown has shown us there’s two types of people in the world –...
Dua Lipa

Pop music deserves its place on the Mercury Prize shortlist

“Tonight I heard I haven’t been nominated for a @MercuryPrize and that The 1975 have,” Nadine Shah tweeted two days ago (July 22). It...
Taylor Swift Folklore review

Taylor Swift – ‘Folklore’ review: a breathtaking reclamation of her crown as pop’s best...

The pandemic, in many ways, has stripped life back to its simplest form. The maximalist, luxury trappings of capitalist life are no longer necessary...