From poetry to blockbusters, Kendrick's already changed the perception of hip-hop for a generation of young people. From Compton to Australia: our cultures are different, the politics of it all are complicated, but his message needs no translation.
St. Anger is one of the best, most fully realised metal albums of the 21st century. Musically and culturally, it’s the rawest nerve ever touched by a popular metal band. Forget headbanging, forget whiplash - St. Anger is like scraping bone marrow. It’s even more misunderstood now than it was upon its initial release.
In its original moment, nu-metal may have often seemed wrong, but it was rarely boring. It was the last era when rock was big enough that bands could compete with rappers and popstars -- and if you can strip away the nostalgia and the toxic white male aggression, nu-metal makes up some of the weirdest music to ever hit the pop charts.
When did Christina Aguilera’s voice become bigger than her singles? Has she become so defined by her vocal runs that we’ve forgotten her sheer personality? One of the biggest stars of the 2000s has, perhaps, become underrated. How did Christina Aguilera get here?
Pop music -- like dance, like love, like sex -- is about transcending yourself. It’s about control, being the best possible version of yourself. And then it’s about letting go, feeling everything; opening yourself up to the level of joy you can only experience with another person. Ariana Grande is one of the most impressive singers on the planet, but on “Into You”, she’s found a love so great that even she’s lost for words. All that’s left to do is give in to the music.
Alone on her stage, Halsey is more impressive than most popstars are with legions of backup dancers. Tonight’s as perfect a show as you could expect from any 23-year-old with just two albums under her belt. And it doesn’t remotely feel like Halsey’s peaked.
Lana’s more than a popstar - she’s become a generational balladeer, who makes millennials swoon the same way Carole King or Stevie Nicks made our parents feel.
Fall Out Boy influenced a generation of bloggers, emo rappers and social media stars. So why don’t they fit into the 2018 they created? And why is mainstream rock so terrible now?
The video frees Taylor from our expectations. She casts off the burden of her name and face, and dances for the pure joy of music -- the reason she began writing songs in the first place. Her message: We are not defined by our lowest moments. We are how we choose to define ourselves, and Taylor chooses to humble herself through awkward, honest, cathartic dance. “Delicate” finally allows her to hit reset.
Before Adore’s release, Amy Shark endured years of rejection from labels. Five years ago she might have been too big for indie, too cutting for pop. But in 2017, she felt just right.
Your wildest dreams aren't half as debauched as Abel Tesfaye's songs.
Sia has radically reimagined how a live pop concert can be staged, but she’s not doing the same for pop music.
'Melodrama' comes to life at an outdoor concert at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Reputation is a morality play for the 21st century, where Taylor Swift acts out our deepest and most public desires and fears. It depicts the world in shades of grey, where there are no absolute truths, but endless contradictions... Reputation's not just a snake – it's a snake eating its own tail.