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Taylor’s version: a story of industry ownership and creative growth

Last week Taylor Swift announced the first stage of her re-recording of her catalogue following the 2019 sale of her masters to Scooter Braun. In a highly anticipated post on social media, Swift revealed the re-recorded and aptly titled ‘Taylor’s version’ of her second album Fearless would be released April 9th, with the re-recorded lead […]

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Film

Armie Hammer – a cannibal?

Armand Douglas Hammer, also known by Armie, actor, both of the Winklevoss twins, and grandson of an oil tycoon; has been denounced as a cannibal. He has received backlash for his exposed alleged DMs with women where he expresses cannibalistic fantasies. All of this has come with a more concerned layer of criticism in the […]

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Albums of the Year: HAIM and Taylor Swift

HAIM: Women in Music Pt. iii The album has a playfulness and whip precision intricacy that all makes sense once you know that former Vampire Weekend band member Rostam Batmanglij worked as a producer on it. He brings an intangible wit to the sound of the album, littering it with lighthearted moments of conversation with […]

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TV

Felicity: A Show That Shaped Me

Upon returning from reading week, I found my flatmate had spontaneously cut her hair short. This sent me spiralling down a Felicity rabbit hole. The show that possessed, inhabited and owned my heart and soul from the age of thirteen to fifteen.  For those who don’t understand the link between chopping off hair and the […]

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Film

Leap Year: A Love/Hate Classic?

Leap Year (2010) is categorically a bad film. I do not deny this. That said, I have a lot of thoughts about it that confuse me. I came grovelling back to this movie last weekend as it was, in fact, a leap year, so it felt fitting to re-watch a movie that even as a ten-year-old […]

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Music

Lady Gaga is back with ‘Stupid Love’

Four stars. Stupid love. For Gaga fans, endearingly known as Little Monsters, around the world, these two words have dominated their lives the past week. Fans of Lady Gaga have been awaiting the return of their favourite pop icon for four years since the release of her last album Joanne.  For many, the more stripped […]

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Albums of the Year 2019: Dedicated – Carly Rae Jepsen

Pining, yearning, vulnerability, oh my! Carly’s fourth album presents a woman in love with love, a boy’s obsessed devotion to capturing the imagery and high flung emotional flip flopping of romance. It’s diary level confessional, she does not hold back and in response you lean into the music, swept away with her openness. This album […]

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Albums of the Year 2019: Father of the Bride – Vampire Weekend

When Lorde said “please could you be tender” in her  song ‘Hard Feelings’, Ezra Koenig and the Chris’ said yes Ella we can, and then they went and made this album. After waiting the lifetime of a small child for their fourth album, expectations were high. Vampire Weekend somehow managed to exceed and subvert and […]