My pop music renaissance

In 2012 and 2013, some of the best pop singles of this decade came out. Taylor Swift’s “22” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together”; “Live While We’re Young,” “Kiss You” and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction; “C’mon” and “Die Young” by Kesha; Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”; Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” and “Roar”; the…

The aesthetic as the message

When Zayn Malik left One Direction, he confessed to interviewers that the main reason he went solo was the lack of opportunities to make an input in the songwriting process. It’s easy to assume at first that what he meant related to the content of the songs that the boy band were singing. Were they…