Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ diverges from generic pop 

No one makes waves in the pop music scene quite like Taylor Swift. Her previous record, “Reputation” (2017), seemed to mark an immense change in her songwriting style and overall sound. So, of course, when her next project was promoted before its release, every Taylor Swift fan and critic waited anxiously to hear what next […]

Review Rewind: ‘The Giver’

The movie: The Giver The year: 2014 The people: Brenton Thwaites as the uncomfortably static lead character, Jonas; Odeya Rush as the incredibly boring love interest, Fiona; Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep as the Giver and Chief Elder, respectively, both roles completely underutilizing the acting abilities of the two stars; and Taylor Swift as The […]

2019 Grammys predictions: probable winners, should-be winners, outcasts

This Sunday, some of the most famous names in music will gather for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. There will be plenty of performances from artists like Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves and Dolly Parton. It’s certainly going to be an interesting ceremony with plenty of changes after last year’s backlash — which included […]

Lana Del Rey: From Lizzy Grant to ‘Lust for Life’

On Sept. 18, singer, songwriter and producer Lana Del Rey played her most recent single, “Venice Bitch,” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music. The 10-minute song is the second release from her work with producer Jack Antonoff, whose past credits include Taylor Swift’s “1989” (2014) and “reputation” (2017), as well as Lorde’s “Melodrama” (2017) […]

BTS finds ‘Answer’ to questions of self-love in final album of ‘Love Yourself’ series

The international phenomenon that is Korean boy band BTS released the final album of its “Love Yourself” series, entitled “Love Yourself: Answer,” on Aug. 24 to critical acclaim. Marketed as a special repackaged album, “Answer” consists of two discs of music from the band’s previous two releases, “Love Yourself: Tear” (2018) and “Love Yourself: Her” (2017), as […]

Taylor Swift embraces her bad ‘Reputation’ on sixth studio album

The canon of “good girl gone bad” albums is a very selective one, capturing a female pop star at her most rebellious, rejecting the expectations of the music-consuming public. The pinnacle of this art form came in 2007 with the release of Britney Spears’ “Blackout,” a dark, hedonistic album coming at the rock-bottom of Spears’ tumultuous personal […]

Veteran pop star Pink fights through her ‘Beautiful Trauma’ on seventh LP

Among the surfeit of 2000s pop stars, there are the Britney Spears and Christina Aguileras of the music industry: teenage stars who managed to sustain their careers and fame into adulthood, only to see it peter out in the later years. But then, there’s Pink. Born in 1979, Alecia Beth Moore took the moniker Pink, […]

The singles bar: The comeback edition

Welcome back to another year of the singles bar! With fall only two days away, it is very clear that this season’s theme will be the tried-and-true comeback, which is especially welcome after radio’s relative monotony this summer. See how the latest pop comebacks stacked up below. Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do” and […]

Is This Thing On? I miss the old Taylor

Content Warning: This column mentions sexual violence. Hello, is this thing on? This is a column where I take a stab at the good, the bad and the ugly of pop music. Last year I kicked things off with a Kanye throwback, so let’s start with the complete opposite: whatever the heck Taylor Swift is doing right now. But first, […]

2017 VMAs are equally praiseworthy, cringeworthy

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) had a tough road ahead of them going into this year’s show. First, they selected Katy Perry to host, because apparently producers forgot to ask a single person their opinion of Katy Perry this past year. Then, the show was slated to air at the same time as the season […]