The Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) Review

Taylor Swift’s attempt to re-record (and reclaim ownership of) the six albums she released for label Big Machine, which were allegedly sold out from under her to an old rival, continues with the release of Fearless earlier this spring. Red, released in 2012, is one half of some of the greatest pop songs of all […]

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Arranger for Christmas Ad Accused of Mimicking Electric Dreams

This year’s John Lewis Christmas campaign is at the center of a controversy when a small-known band accused the corporation of plagiarizing their arrangement for its main song. The arrangement of Philip Oakey and Georgio Moroder’s 1985 electro-pop hit Together in Electric Dreams, which is included in John Lewis’ new commercial Unexpected Guest, by the […]

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No Songs from Abba in Voyage

The road to Voyage, Abba’s last studio album and their first in 40 years, started in August with a post from their gleaming new Twitter account, inviting fans to “join us.” Billboards appeared all over London, depicting a solar eclipse and a glitter ball in a sci-fi shape. A week later, a 10-track album and […]

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Surya Sen Finds That Sweet Spot Between Hip-hop and House

Surya Sen, who spearheaded uprisings against British authority in India during the 1930s, was a crucial role in the country’s independence fight. After a century, his namesake – a north London-based musician who prefers anonymity – feels like a radical presence in UK music: a British-Bengali producer/rapper whose bumping and pristinely constructed club music finds […]

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Adele’s 30th Album a “Huge Global Event”

The remaining months of 2021 have being rushed to be defined. It’ll be a discontented winter, with supply chain disruptions and maybe blackouts; a post-lockdown return to dressing up and going out. Adele will surely be the star of the season. The best-selling female album artist of the twenty-first century announced her comeback this week, […]

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Madame X Review — Tour Doc Bows to Pop Queen

The film begins with a montage showcasing Madonna’s various conflicts throughout the course of her career, as well as a quote from James Baldwin about artists being here to disturb the peace. The quaint outrage she sparked during the Like a Virgin era; the Like a Prayer video with its flaming crosses, stigmata, and snogging […]

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