The age-old saying goes something like this: “If you've grown one of the largest music festivals in the world, the only goal left is to make it even bigger.”
12 Aug 2016
It should shock no one that "Bitch Better Have My Money", the best thing Rihanna dropped in 2015, didn’t make its way to Anti.
04 Feb 2016
Pop Unmuted talks to Dr. Robin James about her book Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism and Rihanna's latest hit "American Oxygen".
03 Jun 2015
The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.
05 May 2015
AC/DC opened the telecast with a song called "Rock or Bust", a prophetic ultimatum that was answered all too quickly by a cavalcade of performers who seemed to be tripping over themselves to see who could be the most uninspiring of them all.
09 Feb 2015
On Episode 8 of Pop Unmuted, we talk about the importance of charts both Billboard and the new collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, "Four Five Seconds".
02 Feb 2015
LL Cool J constantly implored us to Tweet about everything ("hashtag Bruno Mars!"), a majority of the performances left us bored and disinterested, and the most charming person in the room turned out to be Kelly Clarkson. It was a very odd Grammy Awards broadcast this year, and was a very poor one, to boot.
10 Feb 2013
Not many people know of Calvin Harris's earlier, more personality-based dance hits, but in a post-"We Found Love" world, Harris is telling us that bigger is better, even if it results in an album that sounds more anonymous and self-important than anything he's done before.
05 Feb 2013
The recent news of the reconciliation between pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna highlights how upsetting it is that no lessons were learned from that fateful night in 2009.
03 Dec 2012
The Petraeus sex scandal, liberal 'naming and shaming' of young racists and Rihanna's new single share a common theme: popular culture as survelliance. We all seem to be minding one another's business and keeping a watchful eye on one another.
29 Nov 2012
Chris Brown's latest tattoo supposedly boasts violence against women. Lady Gaga has gained weight and now she's attempting to start a 'body revolution'. Amanda Todd, a teenage girl defined (and destroyed) by the image of her own body, committed suicide.
18 Oct 2012
Body Politic: Rihanna's Interview with Oprah, Kristen Stewart's Fall from Grace and the Hook Up Cult
This week Flashpoints looks at the female body politic that is reflected in the hall of mirrors of pop culture. Our gaze is cast on what we think we see of Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and the Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon.
12 Sep 2012
With Carly Rae Jepsen's recent smash, we are reminded of how great pop music can be whenever it decides to return to fun and innocence.
27 Jun 2012
Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.
30 May 2012
Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.
26 Feb 2012
Starting with the most memorable and ending with the most dull (or clichéd), here’s what happened on “music’s biggest night”.
13 Feb 2012
In the wake of a tragic loss within the music industry, the Grammy Awards actually went on a surprisingly respectful, understated route... before turning into the vapid technicolor circus that has become hallmark for the very worst of Grammy broadcasts.
12 Feb 2012
Vestigial organs like industrial music and the radio dial proved vital in 2011, while house and dubstep were invaded by hordes of uninvited outsiders, proving once again that electronic and plugged-in music is at the vanguard of change throughout the world.
04 Jan 2012
In a culture that glorifies pimping and exploiting women’s bodies for profit, Rihanna's "Man Down" sends a powerful message to both men and women about women's sexual autonomy.
26 Oct 2011
The Europop renaissance in Top 40 music has ushered in a peculiar fascination with the sounds, smells and visions of war. Seeing pop as a kind of warfare, or warfare in pop, provides a psychic escape for the listener.
28 Apr 2011
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