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.
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 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?
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.
Following the release of their first album since the departure of original guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge, long time punk rockers Blink-182 start their UK leg of their California tour with a night to remember.
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.
So if you haven’t been living in a cave you’ll know that Katy Perry is back with a desperate need to become relevant again. Not confident that her music can carry itself, she thought it necessary to re-ignite a 5 year old tiff with Taylor Swift in order to boost record sales for her new album, Witness.
For decades, grime has prided itself in being the fast-paced lyrical narrative of the black working class, with rappers like Hackney born and bred JME professing how ‘the music originated and will always remain in the streets’. But with the recent success of grime artists such as Stormzy resulting in a move from the urban hubbub of Croydon to the gold-lined streets of Chelsea, are rappers becoming disconnected from the streets they came from?
Riding off the success of their second album, Modern Ruin, and a leg of supporting Biffy Clyro on their European tour, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes brought their current UK tour to close last night at London’s KOKO.
I remember when I first heard TDCC (Two Door Cinema Club) on the radio. It was 2009, I was but a lowly 14 year old, Radio X was still XFM, and I fell in love with a little song called ‘I Can Talk’, which, unbeknownst to this Myspace band, would later come to be the encore for their sold-out comeback tour.