While Renaissance occasionally sports more style than substance, Beyoncé emerges as the re-coronated Queen of Pop and the reigning regent of eclecticism.
The Comfort Zone was the peak of Vanessa Williams’ pop music career, and the moment she crossed over into superstardom 30 years ago.
40 Years Ago, Village People Tried to Survive the Death of Disco by Changing Sound and Look on ‘Renaissance’
Today, Renaissance feels like both a momentary blip in Village People’s career and an unnecessary reply to the “death” of disco (that never really happened).
Norway’s Keiino take the prize for the catchiest, hook-filled happy-fest of the week, “Summer of My Life”. It’s the summer song you need right now.
It was thrilling to think of where SOPHIE was going to take us next after having deconstructed both club music and pop. But even without her here to lead us, the tenacity and impactfulness of her bold body of work can guide us.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are the most important and influential group of the late 1970s/early 1980s birth of electropop. OMD's classic, clever, arty synthpop single "Enola Gay" is 40 years old, and Andy McCluskey takes us through their history.
Growing up listening to sludge-metal and goth-rock, drag queen Katya rose from complete obscurity to become a multi-hyphenate comedy icon. With the release of an album deeply indebted to industrial metal, guided meditations, and Russian dance-pop, she finds solace in giving us the truly unexpected.
With Confetti, Little Mix have captured the best of both worlds: the beloved dance-pop that made them famous with newfound creative freedom and power.
In the process of creating Disco, Kylie Minogue has captured the essence of what has always made her compelling: ignoring expectations and dancing the tears away.