Taylor Swift: Lover review a return to past glories

Taylor Swifts latest album revisits the catchy pop and romantic concerns that made her name Taylor Swift is more of a lover than a fighter. The singer-songwriter doesnt say it out loud on her seventh album the successor to 2017s 1989 via the confessionals of Jack Antonoff, producer of Lordes 2017 album ME! a duet with You Need to Calm Down, a fabulously pitched takedown of haters, bigots and internet trolls, have exuded playfulness, tunefulness and wit in equal measure. An album so long is bound to be a mixed bag. Strong opener I Forgot That You Existed is a breezy kiss-off to an old flame or, perhaps the whole Kimye era: Lived in the shade you were throwing till …

Petula Clark: Elvis angled for a threesome he was raring to go

From child star to superstar, the singer is still performing at 86. She talks about being consoled by John Lennon, her friendship with Karen Carpenter and her close encounter with the King Petula Clark does not like to look back. She does not celebrate birthdays hates nostalgia. So spending several hours in a studio, listening to her early records as she was recently forced to do, for a compilation of songs from her seven-decade career was kind of torture, she says. She affects a groan, eyes rolling beneath their spidery lashes. Clark is among the bestselling British female artists of all time, with one of the largest chart spans of any artist in history. She has been on Desert Island …

‘It’s ghost slavery’: the troubling world of pop holograms

Dead stars from Whitney Houston to Maria Callas are going on tour again. As Miley Cyrus explores the issue in a new Black Mirror, we uncover the greatest identity crisis in music today In the star-making Disney Channel switcheroo Hannah Montana,Miley Cyrus played a teenage girl who is able to metamorphose from regular eighth grader to pop icon, simply by donning a streaked blonde wig. Most of the show seems quaintly dated now, but one moment taps into a very 2019 pop anxiety. On foam-finger humper to The episodes trailer ends with Ashley Too acquiring potty-mouthed sentience, screaming for her owner to get this [USB] cable out of my ass! Holy Shit! Specifics are under wraps, but the episode seems …

Taylor Swift’s ME! is a musical-inspired return to her happily uncool brand

The first single from Swifts seventh album is a defiant reassertion of her positivity a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism Pretty much every artist who has released an album in the past 18 months has found themselves battling pops new glass ceiling: namely the unyielding chart dominance of the soundtrack to Taylor Swifts seventh album would Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour, the first single from TS7 is an unabashed slab of Showmancore: a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism, wide-eyed to the point of camp. (That would also explain Swifts one presumes intentionally trs mauvais Frawnchaccentat the start of the video.) It is (as the snake exploding into butterflies at the start of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg-meets-Reputation. On that record, she made …

Khalid: Free Spirit review streaming star crashes into cliche

After a meteoric social-media rise, the Gen-Z singers second effort is less original in spite of the big-name producers onboard Like that of Kylie Jenner shared Snapchats of themselves listening to his music that his career really took off. Now it exists in a realm where success isnt necessarily reflected in anything as last-century as chart placings: Khalids debut album, sold out two nights at Londons 5,000-capacity Hammersmith Apollo. Its easy to see why teens took to him. Eighteen when his first single, feature film to go with it. But it also leaves Free Spirit with a familiar problem. If youve risen to fame by documenting everyday teenage life, what are you going to write about when youre patently not …

Billie Eilish: the pop icon who defines 21st-century teenage angst

With a gothic-horror aesthetic and a fearsome melodic flair, Eilish has inspired Nirvana levels of devotion among the worlds teenagers. So why doesnt she feel safe on stage any more? I cant even explain it to sound normal I was in love with him, says Justin Bieber, saying that obviously every girl her age shes 17 had a Bieber phase, but that hers was special. Everything about me was about him, and everything I did was for him. It was so miserable. Its not a good feeling to be in love with someone who doesnt know you exist. I would sob all the time because I loved him too much. Teenagers are already having their Billie Eilish phase. Ask anyone …

Spycams, sex abuse and scandal: #MeToo reaches Korean pop

A wave of sexual assault cases has swept South Korea but the lucrative K-pop industry remained relatively untouched. Two cases this month, though, have begun a reckoning For many South Koreans, the admission by a young man that he voyeurism epidemic especially in a week when two men were arrested for allegedly Seungri, a member of the internationally popular boyband Big Bang, have snowballed into overlapping sex and corruption scandals that have exposed K-pops dark underbelly and prompted a backlash among all but the most obsessive fans. Jung said he would retire from showbusiness and admitted that he had shared with members of a chatroom footage of him having sex with several women without their knowledge. Members of the chatroom …

Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine: how we made Sheriff Fatman

We used my flats rank toilet on the record sleeve with my guitar shoved into it though I put a plastic bag over it first James Jim Bob Morrison, vocalist/guitarist I had read about a dodgy landlord in the so many people moshing around the band, it was difficult to tell where the stage ended and the auditorium began. We made heavy use of strobes in our sets and theyve left my neck scarred. On good days, it looks like Im wearing a posh scarf. When its hot in the summer, the tingling on my neck makes it feels like Im being followed. Watch the video for Sheriff Fatman The lyrics namechecked some celebrities of the time, including the businessman …

‘Blackness will never go away’: how Solange takes pride in her roots

At an immersive, city-wide multimedia presentation of her new album When I Get Home, the singer-songwriter explains how her childhood home of Houston nourished her creative spirit Its one thing to think with your spirit, says Solange Knowles. Its another to actually live it through your body. The Solange of today works with feelings, grooves, and frequencies in mind. If When I Get Home, her latest release, is the sonic manifestation of that blackness. Staccato rhythms and meditative mantras designed to ground and heal her after time on the road ripple on through the bodies of her listeners. Its an album about settling into familiarity: with yourself, the people around you, and the places one calls home. At the SHAPE …