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

Plagiarism in music – and why it’s really no good thing to see Ed Sheeran sued to the tune of $100m

Plagiarism really isn’t such a complicated concept, succinctly and simply defined as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”. But as neat as the Oxford Dictionary’s summation may be, identifying what … Continue reading Plagiarism in music – and why it’s really no good thing to see Ed Sheeran sued to the tune of $100m