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When aespa burst onto the scene with ‘Next Level’ way back in 2021, it was clear that K-Pop had just met its future leaders. With a keen eye on AI, superheroism and the perfectionist imagery that both harms and...
After what has felt like a very long winter, spring is here and we can almost smell the cider on the wind. In 2024, we plan to cram in as many festivals as our wallets can afford and our...
When fans line up for an Olivia Rodrigo concert, many will be anticipating a life-changing experience. In giving so many young women the opportunity to scream, take up space and be their excitable, exuberant selves, Ol-Rod knows the power...
If we’ve learnt anything from the beloved sitcom of the same name, it’s that friends can come in many different forms but – at their finest – they can occupy the absolute best spaces in our lives. From the...
Choosing an album of the year is never an easy task. We are lucky here at The Forty-Five, to have a community of music writers all with disparate tastes and opinions – but sweet lord, does that make compiling...
If boygenius were releasing their debut album 20 years ago, a litany of high school alt kids would be changing their AIM and MSN Messenger statuses to lyrics from ‘the record’. Technology might have changed, but our urge to...
Sophie Ellis-Bextor is sitting in her kitchen, the very spot where she and her family held their popular Kitchen Disco series during lockdown. The live streams became a safe space for fans old and new, as people tuned in...
When people refer to the “golden age” of hip-hop, they’re often speaking about a period roughly between the mid-80s and the mid-90s, where innovation and experimentation was rife as artists continually made attempts to reinvent the genre. But by...
Usually by this point in the year you're ready to ram Noddy Holder up the chimney, stuff Michael Bublé with giblets and throttle Mariah with the mistletoe. It’s not that most of us mind a bit of Christmas nostalgia...
The age-old concept of Difficult Second Album Syndrome is one that still haunts many artists today: how on earth do you follow up a great first record?  There are a wealth of artists, though, who have managed to return with...