pop music

Op-Eds

Why Hasn’t There Been a Huge UK Girl Band Since Little Mix?

A series of new groups have been hotly tipped but failed to make it big – but maybe the concept itself has become outdated.
Jake Hall
8.22.18
we saw this

Only Britney Spears Could Have Caused the UK to Go Into Complete Meltdown

Was this the best, or worst, night of my entire life? Apparently it can be both.
Daisy Jones
8.9.18
all the good shit

IDER’s Mellow Pop Sums Up the Confusion of Being in Your Twenties

Don’t know what you’re doing? That's fine: bathe in the duo's new track "You’ve Got Your Whole Life Ahead Of You Baby."
Ryan Bassil
7.28.18
pop science

Why, Exactly, Are The 1975 So Successful?

To understand how the hell they've achieved this, we need to lean in closer, to the intricacies of their songwriting.
Emily Bootle
7.25.18
all the good shit

The Fluoro-Pop Artist Once Known As Bonzai Is Reborn as Cosha

The London-based musician has put out her first new material since 2016's 'Lunacy' EP and it's satin-smooth.
Tshepo Mokoena
5.26.18
~science~

Science Says Pop's Getting Sadder, We Say "Duh, Us Too"

A new study of 500,000 tracks released in the UK between 1985 and 2015 tells us that contemporary pop is all about the crybabies.
Lauren O'Neill
5.16.18
First Dates

An Initially Awkward Then Lovely First Date with Sigrid

After a wobbly start with the rising Norwegian popstar, we were soon chatting about small-town life, dad rock and… kangaroos.
Tshepo Mokoena
4.13.18
Anniversaries

*NSYNC's Debut Album Changed Pop Music Forever

*NSYNC’s self-titled debut turns 20 today and it proves they were way ahead of their time. Debate your auntie.
Kristin Corry
3.25.18
Important Questions Raised By...

How Max Martin Built a Pop Sound Then Lost His Grip on the Charts

In 2017, for the first time in years, the frequent Taylor Swift and Katy Perry collaborator had no number 1s – might his reign be over?
Shaad D’Souza
1.29.18
essay

Sky Ferreira's Honest Pop Music Helps Us Survive Emotional Ruin

It has been four years since Sky Ferreira's debut, and we need her lo-fi pop music that digs almost recklessly, but necessarily, into your core.
Sarah MacDonald
1.11.18
Some Thoughts

Charli XCX’s ‘Pop 2’ Subverts Everything About Music for the Masses

The mixtape, exec produced by PC Music's AG Cook, is a masterclass in turning pop on its head.
Lauren O'Neill
1.4.18
Remembering Things

Neil Diamond Is So Good! So Good! So Good!

A head-in-the-clouds look back at the gang brawls, austere dirges, and arena shows that made an American icon.
Nick Murray
12.13.17