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Category Archives: pop music


Highbrow vs Lowbrow: Nikki Lusk defends Lowbrow Music

I’m going to let you in on a secret: lowbrow music is essential to the survival of the human species. Without pop music, none of us would be capable of finding somebody to love, and as a result, we’d all wither and die. Read more »

Bieber acts like a teen and the world goes mental

  On 23 January this year, Justin Bieber was arrested for driving under the influence, resisting police arrest without violence and driving with an expired license. According to the police report, an officer pulled Bieber over after noticing two Lamborghinis drag racing along a road in Miami. … Read more »

Riding the crazy-wave with Lana Del Rey

  Don’t worry, this is not another post about whether Lana Del Rey is a worthwhile popstar or not. It’s a rant about the personal crisis I had after watching her video Ride, released in September last year. ‘It’s Thelma and Louise meets grindhouse meets David Lynch,’ … Read more »

How can you tell a good feminist pop star?

  After I wrote my first-ever Killings piece – in which I argued that the booty-shakin’ queen of pop wasn’t very feminist in her video for ‘Run the World (Girls)’ even though she kinda tried to be – I spent the following months terrified that Beyoncé would … Read more »

TV on the Stereo: The art of setting drama to pop music

Image Credit: RobotSkirts Spoiler alert: this column discusses a number of emotional moments in television drama. But, honestly, if you haven’t watched these shows, you’re doing it wrong. Popular music and television both came of age in the 1950s, and pop songs have been conspiring with TV … Read more »

KYD No. 10 Teaser: Julia Tulloh’s ‘Lana or Lizzy? Vintage Videos and the Del Rey Debate’

In our second Issue Ten sampler, Julia Tulloh looks at the resounding discussion about Internet-starlet and songstress, Lana Del Rey.  Our final instalment of KYD No.10 teasers is just around the corner, so watch this space! It all started when a couple of music videos went viral. … Read more »

Breaking the first and second rules: talking about Music Club

Image credit: Big Mind Zen Center I recently started Music Club with a few friends. Yes, it sounds nerdy, but hear me out. It’s a monthly meeting, to which each club member brings the new songs that have been dominating their airwaves in the previous few weeks. … Read more »

Battle of the music producers: whose theme will reign supreme?

Pop music producers are the invisible hands behind every smash hit single: they envision the overall product, compose the track, co-write the lyrics and hone the singer’s performance. The popstar contributes their own talent for co-writing, performing and selling the song; it’s a relationship akin to that of film director and actor. Read more »

Living a Pop Life: The rise and fall of Smash Hits Australia

  Eighteen months ago, while I was clearing out old boxes at my parents’ house, I came across a relic from my childhood: two Smash Hits sticker sheets, intact, covered with my favourite pop artists and TV stars. Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas … Read more »

Beyoncé and the problem of the ‘universal’ girl

Beyoncé’s latest song and video clip, released a few weeks ago, have sparked furore amongst fans and feminists alike. Entitled Run the World (Girls), the song celebrates a type of universal, female domination … Read more »