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We Chatted to the Midlands’ Answer to James Blake

As a genre, RnB can never seem to sit still. Constantly evolving into something new, its chameleonic form attracts countless emotional, creative, busy minds to listen and produce their own stories. One of those doing just that is Louis Ernest, perhaps better known as Blu Ernest.

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‘Joanne’ is the Lady Gaga the World Needs

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?

Should We Bother Making Music Videos Anymore?

Music video channels almost used to be a part of growing up – you’d flick through with your friends, make fun of their outfits and sing along to your favourite tunes back in the day. But the slow death of music outlets (MTV being the most obvious example) is a reflection of how we no longer care about the visual extravaganza.

The Amazons Album Review: Rock’s Breath of Fresh Air

The Amazons, indie rock group from Reading (consisting of front man Matt Thompson, guitarist Chris Alderton, bassist Elliot Briggs and drummer Joe Emmett) have released their debut album three years after their initial formation in 2014 and their debut release has all the qualities that a top indie album ought to have.

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