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?
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.
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.
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.
Having grown up listening to the likes of Razorlight, the Kooks, and just about every major indie band in the early noughties, I have developed a certain soft spot for that marriage of mellowed out guitars and angsty song writing. Hell, that’s why I started my own music blog in the first place. But now in the age of electronica and leanings to more digitally influenced sound, I can’t help but wondering if the age of guitar-based indie is dead, and it is in fact becoming (dare I say it) classic rock?!
For those of you who have been living in a cave, Lana Del Rey is an American singer-songwriter who found fame when her single ‘Video Games’ went viral and then followed this up with her 2012 album ‘Born to Die’. Now, in 2014, she has already released a short film (Tropico, which is just about the most pretentious thing I have seen) and a number one album ‘Ultraviolence’. I’m not going to mince words here, I strongly dislike Lana Del Rey. I think she’s fake, overrated and just plain depressing.