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Art As Therapy: On Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’

Thank U, Next fell from heaven and rose to number one on the Billboard 200 on the 8th of February 2019, just under 6 months after Ariana Grande dropped Sweetner. Not only did it match Sweetner’s Billboard 200 position, but…

The Groupchat: Fandom & Stan Culture

Niall: Apologies to our readers and contributors for the hiatus but we’re back once again to talk about ‘bad’ fans; specifically, is there such a thing as a bad fan? I’ve no idea where this particular conversation may go but…

Unpacking XXXTentacion And The Exploitation Of Post-Humous Releases

January 23rd of this year saw the release of the collaborative mixtape ‘XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4’. The project features frequent collaborators of XXX’s as well as recordings of the late artist himself. It was released on XXX’s would-be…

The Groupchat: BROCKHAMPTON

The first instalment in a new regular column sees our contributors tackle the issue’s hottest topic. This week, we brave the stans of BROCKHAMPTON and try to unpack the hype. Our resident sceptic and music editor Niall O’Shaughnessy attempts to…

Fandom as a Character Trait: The Hidden Genius of Sharp Objects

The first image in the opening credits for Sharp Objects, the recent HBO miniseries starring Amy Adams, is a needle on an LP. Anyone who has seen the show would agree it’s a fitting introduction. The music featured throughout the…

Interview: The Riptide Movement

Sitting relaxing in the room is a strange mix of four Dublin lads as an American rock band, complete with Cowboy boots and Lucan accents. The further contrast between their down to earth nature and humour and their rock n’…

Analyzing Record Store Day

Celebrating its eighth year, Record Store Day looks to continue to latch onto the recent revival in vinyl sales with releases penned in from the likes of this year’s ambassador, Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters, abrasive rap duo, Run…

Should Music be Free

  Thousands of fans cried into their laptops and iPhones the day Taylor Swift decided to remove her latest songs from Spotify. Buzzfeed had a field day with articles thanks to it. This led to many artists having their opinion…

The Endorsers Remorse

  Achieving high sales in the music industry has taken a back seat to a degree in many a music manager and musician’s mind today. Sure, click they still have the t-shirt sales to fall back on but the growing…

Innovations In How Music Gets Released

Last year wasn’t defined by any particular style or genre of music coming to the fore. In fact, the biggest emerging trend was unrelated to the sound of music itself but rather the way it had been released and promoted….

Taylor Swift 1989 Review

The former princess of country music has been on a journey to relinquishing her title for about an album and a half now. With the release of her fifth album, decease 1989, see she finally shakes out those last Nashville…

Exploring Dublin on a Budget

The New Market Square Market, help Dublin 8. Open on the first Sunday of every month, ed free to enter and a myriad of different types of food to suit every taste available on site. If you like oddities, cialis…