Heavy metal turns 50? Happy birthday to popular music’s most persistent party crasher

In the history of recorded music, no genre has earned more controversy, sparked greater outrage, or scared more parents, than heavy metal. From decapitated bats and onstage self-mutilation, to offstage accusations of coded Satanic messages and devil worshipping, for five decades metal has hounded the upholders of morality across the globe – while attracting covert fascination from mainstream music fans. Because for all the gore, blood and muddle, metal’s most popular practitioners – such as Metallica and Iron Maiden – rank among the best-selling bands ever. Fans will continue to debate where hard rock ends and heavy metal begins – … Continue reading Heavy metal turns 50? Happy birthday to popular music’s most persistent party crasher

How women (finally) took over the charts (together) in 2018

It’s no great creative secret that conflict is an essential ingredient of any good narrative – and it seems that the male-dominated media once got together and decided that in the world of pop music, nothing sells like a catfight. Historically, it sometimes feels hard to find a female star that has avoided being dragged into some kind of ugly, unbecoming feud with a would-be rival. The headlines are often as legendary as they are petty: From the showdowns of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez to the intergenerational enmity between Madonna and Lady Gaga, right up to the Taylor Swift … Continue reading How women (finally) took over the charts (together) in 2018