A Lesson In Internalized Misogyny: I’m Sorry Taylor Swift

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My relationship with Taylor Swift is complicated. When her first album came out, I was 15 and pretty much a loser. I was in high school, and Taylor, to me, despite what she said in her songs, embodied everything I could never be. She was pretty and popular and rich. Her music seemed immature to me, princesses and romance. It …

What Happened To Pop Stars?

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It’s easy to look at the pop music landscape in the defining eras of their respective reigning pop queens: Britney Spears and her Max Martin pop dominance, Beyonce’s continual reign over the culture, Taylor Swift’s country crossover that just doubled her fanbase, but will pop queens continue to dominate or are we moving into a completely different music structure. How …

One Direction Could Never Happen Again

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Over the weekend, I was at my friend’s house, and we started watching old One Direction videos. From their time at X-Factor to their music videos, they were really selling us this idyllic group, and I’m sure this couldn’t be replicated today for a lot of reasons. It’s too wholesome These boys delivered charisma, and they did it well. The …

Why Lorde Is So Important

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I’m constantly reminded of Lorde’s break onto the music scene. Her anthem “Royals” was catchy and beautiful in it’s simplicity, but more than that it emphasized something that is so rare in music. The song is about the lack of wealth and more importantly, the lack of even the desire for wealth. The only songs that sell are songs about love and partying, but here was Lorde parading the opposite. Even her appearance, her wild hair and dramatic facial features are the opposite of the hoards of blonde models that dominate the pop charts. Lorde was the weird girl at your high school that should never have been famous.

Body Image and Fashion In The Music Industry

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Billie Eilish’s British Vogue cover was a massive point of contention this week. The star who masked her frame and her hair in outlandish colors and oversized clothes posed for an Old Hollywood style shoot that was absolutely stunning. Fans compared her to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, but it brought up this huge discord of body image in celebrity …

“Boy band” Isn’t An Insult, You Need To Get Over It

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When you think of boy bands, what comes to mind? One Direction? NSYNC? The Backstreet Boys? I recently posted a Tik Tok saying all bands with boys are boy bands, and people got very, VERY upset, mostly because I grouped in 5SOS (along with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin). According to comments, they can’t be a “boy …

Why Can’t Tik Tok Women Be Taken Seriously In Music?

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Okay, I think we’ve waited long enough for this, and that is my opinion on TikTok stars and their rise to the music scene. Before I begin, I want to deem the question – why are the women somehow the only ones facing backlash? Bryce Hall. Griffin Johnson. Tayler Holder. All males who have singles on Spotify, and yet somehow …

Stop Pitting Women Against Each Other

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Love triangles in music are nothing new. In my generation, we had the iconic Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Aaron Carter feud. Now we have Olivia, Sabrina, and Joshua. While all of this is delivering us some wonderful drama, any girl-on-girl rivalry rubs me the wrong way, especially since pitting women against each other. It’s 2021. We don’t need to stoop …