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Category Archives: Taylor Swift

Girl Gang: The value of female friendship

For two years I was the only girl in my class, along with four boys. Perhaps this would have been some kind of fantastic Lynx-filled utopia for a boy-crazy pre-teen girl, but for someone who was just beginning to figure out that she didn’t like boys in the same way other girls seemed to, it wasn’t what you could call ideal. Read more »

The Great Leveling of Taste: Ryan Adams, Taylor Swift and 1989

Ryan Adams’ ‘cover record’ of Taylor Swift’s worldwide bestselling album 1989 dropped online yesterday. Adams rewires Swift’s literally swift-moving synth pop into a slower burn folk style, with touches of classic Springsteen-style stadium rock vocals to bring home some of the bigger numbers. It’s a lovely listen – but is it a guilt-free one? Read more »

Mo money mo problems: The value of music in the age of streaming

While music streaming services have existed for a few years now – practically aeons in internet time – it is only recently that their impact on patterns of musical consumption and on musicians’ and labels’ revenues has truly begun to be felt. Read more »

Lovers, haters, and TaySway’s 1989

TaySway is a polariser: haters really hate her. The issue for many feminists and critics is that they simply don’t like Taylor’s version of authenticity, which happens to be embodied by a blonde, white, straight, American women from a reasonably privileged background. Read more »

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 »

Girl bands: where did they go?

  Where have all the girl bands gone? I mean those all-girl pop music groups (rather than guitar bands) who dominated the charts until about twelve years ago. There aren’t any nowadays. Unless you include HAIM – who are brilliant, but not really a pop group – … 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 »