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‘Joanne’ is the Lady Gaga the World Needed

Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two was released early September of last year as an accompaniment to the release of her album, Joanne. This was Lady Gaga’s bold, vulnerable move to show the world her new, stripped-down image. The old meat dress-wearing Gaga is gone and in her place is a new, mature, experienced woman who has a lot to show about the music industry and the struggles of the modern working woman.

New Music Friday: Taylor Swift’s New Empowered Persona

Or is she? Taylor’s new single Look What You Made Me Do from her latest release, ‘Reputation’, opens with a classic Swift-esque Hollywood-style melody that is reminiscent of earlier songs such as The Lucky One, which immediately lets her listeners know that this song is all about Hollywood. The social media blackout, the week-long snake gifs teasing us have all turned out to mean exactly what we thought. Swift is hitting back at all those who commented snake emojis under every single one of her Instagram photos, shedding that image and creating a new image for herself. And, let’s not lie, Swift is the queen of reinvention from her pure country image to her new, bolder, peroxide-blonde look.

Lorde’s Melodrama: Disrupting Pop’s New World Order

Lorde released sophomore album Melodrama this March to much critical acclaim, as it was lauded as one of the best albums of the year alongside Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. So how has the 21-year-old from New Zealand managed this feat? How has she taken pop music and made it have as much of an impact as the raw lyrics of the rap artist from Compton?

Scrubs: The Importance of a Good Soundtrack

For those of you living under a rock, Scrubs was a comedy surrounding the humorous yet complex daily lives of its eccentric staff and patients. It ran for 8 wonderful seasons and then attempted a spin-off-esque travesty that I will not be discussing or even acknowledging the existence of. Whilst many people would applaud Scrubs for its novel storylines, its complex and intricate characterisation and its continuous off-beat humour throughout its long lifespan, I personally think it is the soundtrack of the show that causes it to stand out.

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How Britney Stole the VMAs

Yes, her string of relationships is still publicly documented but, whilst that is happening, Spears has been silently but surely re-building her career. Even though she currently is in the 3rd year of her Las Vegas residency and has released many well-received chart-topping songs, her comeback, if I may call it that, wasn’t well established until August 28th 2016.

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The Rise and Fall of Taylor Swift

If you ask anyone who knew me when I was 12 years old they will tell you that if there was one song I was obsessed with it was ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift. Then, I heard about the girl behind the song. She had convinced her parents to move her to Nashville in order to pursue a singing career and, once there, she had worked so hard that she managed to sign to a major label by the age of 14. She was the personification of hard work, perseverance and proof that age did not matter.