A DEEPER TRAVEL INTO THE FOLKLORIAN WOODS: AN ANALYSIS AND REVIEW OF TAYLOR SWIFT’S EVERMORE

TW: mentions of mental health issues, murder
On July 24, singer Taylor Swift surprised the world with her 8th studio album, folklore, an unexpected move that quickly became number 1 in sellings and streaming platforms. The release of folklore broke the pattern Swift had been following for years, building eras for her albums and leaving a span of at least two years between releases. Now, five months later, she has done it again. On December 11, Swift unexpectedly released her 9th studio album, titled evermore, as a sequel to folklore’s alternative style. On the Instagram post where she announced the record, she explained evermore is “folklore’s sister” and was born out of a prolific song-writing process where she “just couldn’t stop writing songs”. The escapism she felt when telling these stories and the warm welcome the fans gave to them encouraged her and her team to keep exploring this theme.

Gimme Love: Joji’s Influence on Gen Z

From his days on Harlem Shake to holding records on the Billboard, Joji has swept the world with his heartfelt lyrics and irresistible beats in just the past few years. Joji has now become an inspiration for young Asian-Americans around the globe. Born in Osaka, his Japanese background shines as a token of hope and pride for young AAPI youth. Underneath the company, 88rising, with fellow artists such as Niki, Rich Brian, and Stephanie Poetri, Joji has helped make a name for Asians in the mainstream music industry. His greatest feat came with his album, Ballads 1, when he became the first AAPI artist to claim the #1 title on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

BTS: The K-Pop Sensation That Proves Music Transcends Language

If there was ever a doubt that music transcends language – there’s not a chance for that now. Record-breaking Korean pop sensation BTS has not only caused a fracture in the hesitations towards non-Anglicized music, but have completely shattered it altogether, redefining and reimagining what it means to be an entertainer in the modern age. From performing numbers complete with dazzling costumes, show-stopping vocals and perfectly-in-sync choreography, to becoming the first K-pop group to earn a Grammy nod, to showing their infinite love for their devoted fans, it’s no surprise as to why BTS owns the throne.

WRITTEN BY: Fer P

WAP: A Reflection on Female Representation in Media

When it comes to the representation of women in mainstream media- especially their sexuality and message, there has always been some kind of backlash or controversy attached to it. This was on full display during the release of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s latest hit single, ‘WAP’. Because of its provocative nature and sexually explicit lyrics, the song and its music video were received with widespread criticism and praise during its peak. Regardless, it was wildly successful, opening at no.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and dominating the charts for weeks. In its wake, the reactions and commentary garnered by ‘WAP’ brings forward the long held discourse on how women are portrayed in popular media-and where the song fits in all of that.

THE LINES BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY BLUR: AN ANALYSIS AND REVIEW OF “FOLKLORE” BY TAYLOR SWIFT

On July 23, 2020, American singer Taylor Swift surprised the world by announcing that she was releasing her 8th studio album the following day, accompanied by the first single of the album “cardigan” and its music video. This was a complete shock to her millions of fans around the world, as she is known forContinue reading “THE LINES BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY BLUR: AN ANALYSIS AND REVIEW OF “FOLKLORE” BY TAYLOR SWIFT”