This month Beyoncé released her fifth studio album simply titled ‘Beyoncé’, much to the surprise of fans and critics. It has already debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts after only three days of sales, and has topped a number of critics’ best albums of 2013. Beyonce describes it as a “visual album” which … Continue reading Beyoncé – feminist icon or not?
In a world where market forces dominate and artists are now considered brands rather than individuals, it is not really surprising that the feminist movement has been coopted and commercialized. With the recent rise of high profile individuals announcing that they are now feminists. From Emma Watson to Beyonce to Taylor Swift, it is only … Continue reading Femvertising: The Commercialisation of Feminism
Boris Johnson and the Conservative government have repeatedly said there will be no snap general election in the near future. His priority is delivering Brexit, no if's not but's, whatever that means. However, in Conservative literature that was seen yesterday, it is clear a snap election is what Johnson and the government is gearing up … Continue reading Brexit and “this isn’t an election campaign” campaign
You ain’t my boyfriend/ I ain’t your girlfriend/ But you don't want me to see nobody else/ And I don't want you to see nobody It’s start-stop and start again. The opening bars, with their distorted accordion, push and pull you. The lyrics are back and forth, brimming with tension and confusion. Even the chorus … Continue reading ‘Boyfriend’ – Ariana Grande & Social House
The song is like smoke. Hard to catch and hold onto. You listen to it once and you feel sad. You listen again for deeper meaning and find some, but on each listen since that meaning goes and a new set of emotions and interpretations take its’ place. You can’t hold to it. Each time … Continue reading ‘The Archer’ – Taylor Swift
When the Iranian revolution happened in 1979 and the dictatorship of the Shah ended, Zohreh and many millions like her were full of hope – they yearned for freedom, liberty and equal rights for women and men. It was not to be. Instead Zohreh endured years in jail, was lashed and tortured and saw her … Continue reading The pain never goes away; an Iranian refugee’s story
Scott Borchetta, the CEO and President of Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), knowingly sold his label, which includes Taylor Swift’s lucrative master recordings of her last 7 albums to Ithaca Holdings LLC., a company that is indirectly profiting from the war in Yemen. The $300 million sale includes Big Machine’s client roster, distribution deals, publishing … Continue reading Blood Money: Taylor Swift’s master recordings and the war in Yemen