Taylor Swift Debuts Interesting and Uplifting New Single, “ME!”

Usually, the wait between studio albums by Taylor Swift is about two years. This is a formula she has followed for her entire career with each album landing somewhere in the October-November range. Swift’s last record, reputation (review here), gifted her a fifth #1 album, a history-making adult contemporary radio single with “Delicate,” her 32nd…

2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: Album of the Year

This year all of the General Field categories (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist) have been expanded from five nominees each to eight. Although more nominees means more records and artists being recognized, this also means predicting these categories become much, much harder. I’ll separate these…

2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Pop Field

Best Pop Vocal Abum Best Pop Vocal Album is one of the most highly contested categories each year at the Grammys. This year is no different, there are two or three albums that seem to be definite nominees, but there are a plethora of records that all make strong cases for a nomination. Let’s get…

The 10 Worst Snubs at the 2018 VMAs

Now that we’ve had about a day or two to digest and dissect the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, here are the 10 worst snubs this year. 1. Janelle Monáe Janelle Monáe in the “Pynk” (left), “Make Me Feel” (center), and “Django Jane” (right) music videos. Along with releasing the best album of 2018 so…

Album Review: Taylor Swift, ‘reputation’

After a polarizing lead single and three sporadic promotional singles, Taylor Swift has officially released her sixth studio album, reputation. The album functions as Swift’s second pop album and her most risky release yet. Beginning with “…Ready For It,” the first promotional single, the tone is clearly set for the album: big production and strong basslines….

Single Review: Taylor Swift, “Call It What You Want”

In the wee hours of the morning, Taylor Swift dropped “Call It What You Want,” her best song since 2014. “Call It What You Want” is a sparse pop ballad that returns to the Taylor we all fell in love with. These are her best lyrics since 1989; “All my flowers grew back as thorns/windows boarded up after…

Taylor Swift Drops “Gorgeous” from ‘reputation’

AT 12 P.M. EST, Taylor Swift dropped the third track of the reputation era, “Gorgeous.” “Gorgeous” sounds like a redux of Blank Space. The songwriting is some of Taylor’s laziest of her career. Melodically, the song is middling; the bridge is reminiscent of “Supercut” off of Lorde’s Melodrama. The production is strong just like on previous singles…

Review: Look What You Made Me Do

Taylor Swift. After a series of mysterious snake teasers and a slightly fumbled album cover/album title/lead single release date reveal, “Look What You Made and Do,” the lead single off Taylor’s sixth album, reputation, has officially entered the pop music landscape. “Look What You Made Me Do” is different and it is definitely a grower….