With Disney deep in her past, pop star Hayley Kiyoko’s Panorama navigates queer relationships with self-assuredness, packaged in accessible pop hooks.
Beyoncé’s Renaissance repackages traditional marketing and 1990s-inspired dance music, creating the ultimate combination of streaming sensibilities and feel-good anthems.
Aaliyah’s patented brand of Black pop, a mélange of hip-hop, electropop, and soul, set the standard by which other urban-pop singers were judged and set the stage for Beyonce and Rihanna.
Winona Oak’s Island of the Sun scores stories of sorrow and anguish with a thrilling cornucopia of sounds that practically spill in luscious waves.
Boy George is an essential figure in queer pop culture because his work strove to counter the prevailing conversation about queerness in the 1980s.
Allegories’ Endless is a complex and winning work that finds humanity amongst the rolling waves of synthesizers, drum machines, and electronic instruments.
It’s heartening that Madonna is still capable of putting on a good show four decades into her career, as we hear on Madame X – Music From the Theatre Xperience.
Australia’s mystery-goof quartet Confidence Man unleashed a supremely confident debut in 2018, but after years of waiting, they’re finally back with a ’90s sheen on TILT.
Madonna’s MDNA is an embrace of her club roots and the high-octane EDM popular in the 2010s with the novel concept of the DJ as a celebrity. For Madonna, music and dance mean salvation and freedom.