pop music

Important Questions Raised By...

We Asked Some Synesthetes to Tell Us the Most Colourful Songs

"I want to listen to this song on repeat in a sensory deprivation tank, but I'm worried it might break my brain?"
Daisy Jones

How Little Mix Mastered the Pop Machine in Seven Years

We spoke to the pop group about mega-fame, the #MeToo movement and what it felt like getting a shit ton of money overnight.
Daisy Jones
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
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

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
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

*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
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

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
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
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

2017: The Year Pop Finally Caught Up To Charli XCX

She has always been several steps ahead of her time, which is something I learned before, during and after a chat we had over several months.
Emma Garland