MUSIC

WITH TRUMP GONE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WILL POP MUSIC BRIGHTEN UP AGAIN?

It’s been hard to ignore the explosive 2020 election, even for many non-Americans. Tight races in over a half dozen battleground states, baseless claims of voter fraud by the Trump administration, and slew of weak lawsuits challenging the result that have almost collectively (and gratifyingly) gone nowhere. And that’s just the last week. As for…

EMERGING UK ARTIST BELLE SCAR TAKES US ON A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME AND SPACE ON NEW SINGLE “THE EERINESS”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40qbYuh9SKs&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=BelleScar If we could briefly describe the philosophy that embodies the work of London-based singer-songwriter and performance artist Belle Scar, it would be the old adage “its not about the destination, but the journey.” The Canadian-born artist, real name Geeta, has just as much of a visual identity as sonic one, crafting elaborate and avant…

EXCLUSIVE: KENDRA ERIKA ON MAKING MUSIC DURING THE PANDEMIC, HER NEW ALBUM, AND SOULFUL NEW BALLAD “AVALANCHE”

Dance music artist Kendra Erika has been a mainstay on the Billboard Dance charts for the last couple years, scoring five top ten hits in just under three years. One of those tracks, her cover of Laura Branigan’s 80s hit “Self Control,” hit the top spot early last year. And just last month, after premiering…

BEN CHANDLER ELEVATES THE WORLD OF BEDROOM INDIE ROCK WITH HIS SWEET NEW TRACK “STRAWBERRY CANDY”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0peDrFlTLA It’s not often that the worlds of modern pop mix so tastefully with those of classic rock and contemporary hip-hop, and even less frequently that you hear the results described as “heartwarming” or “low-key.” But with his newest single “Strawberry Candy,” up-and-coming artist Ben Chandler manages to marry all of his varied influences together,…

KIIARA CONFRONTS HERSELF ON DEBUT ALBUM “LIL KIIWI”

Most would be hesitant or embarrassed to use words like “reckless,” “unpredictable” or “ignorant” to describe themselves, even in the past. For electropop singer Kiiara, those flaws of her past self helped shape her into who she is today, and inform her music on a deeply personal level. On her debut album lil kiiwi, Kiiara presents…

K-POP HAS NEVER BEEN BIGGER, AND BLACKPINK IS AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL

K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK’s debut Korean-language LP, aptly titled THE ALBUM, broke the record for first week sales by a Korean girl group, selling 590k records in a single day and surpassing 1 million pre-orders. Forbes even projects the album securing it a No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 charts. With four unique deluxe…

GALANTIS AND NGHTMRE ON THEIR NEW COLLABORATIVE SINGLE “TU TU TU” FEATURING LIAM O’DONNELL

Two of EDM’s biggest players, Galantis and NGHTMRE, have come together for a dynamic collaboration that features the best of each act’s amazing producing talents. The single, “Tu Tu Tu (That’s Why We),” featuring vocals from Liam O’Donnell, comes out today, and boasts a deliriously catchy island beat and thumping baseline that crescendos into an…

EXPECTATION VS. REALITY: “SMILE” BY KATY PERRY

This article is part of an Untitled Magazine series called “Expectation vs. Reality,” where we examine the hype surrounding popular projects before and after release, and examine whether they ultimately meet the general public’s expectations. The first part, “Expectation,” was written prior to release, while the second part below, “Reality,” was written after release. EXPECTATION…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ICONA POP STAY UPBEAT DURING LOCKDOWN WITH NEW SINGLE “FEELS IN MY BODY”

In mid-2013, barely a year after the release of their smash hit “I Love It,” from critically acclaimed LP This Is… Icona Pop Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop sat down with us at The Untitled Magazine for an exclusive interview to talk their newfound success and working relationship with each other (you can read the full-length interview in 2013’s…

WHAT MAKES A QUEER ICON?

A cursory Google search yields few resources attempting to accurately define what makes a queer icon, well, iconic. And there’s a good reason for that. Whats makes a queer icon is at the same time simple and incredibly difficult to define. One one hand, its is easy to use blanket terms like “glamorous” or “camp”…

FLO MILLI: QUEEN OF THE BRATS

If a song starts with the phrase “Flo Milli shit, ho.” It’s probably a summer anthem, and you should keep listening to it. Like many of her peers, Flo Milli first found fame on the internet. Edits on Instagram circulated her remix of Playboi Carti’s “Beef,” and then went certifiably viral on TikTok, soundtracking thousands…

BILLIE EILISH’S NEW SINGLE “MY FUTURE” ILLUSTRATES HOW YOUNG ARTISTS HAVE THRIVED DURING LOCKDOWN

Billie Eilish hasn’t let a lockdown slow her incredible momentum, releasing her newest single “my future” and its accompanying music video on Thursday. The song is stylistically the Billie the world has come to know and adore, but with a jazzy production reminiscent of the early 2000’s work of R&B mainstays like Corinne Bailey Rae…

VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW: INDIE-POP DUO FLY BY MIDNIGHT LONG FOR PAST LOVE WITH “LOST WITHOUT YOU” FEAT. CLARA MAE

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BtF85dQUMKg Songwriters Justin Bryte and Slavo, better known as indie-pop band Fly By Midnight, have taken on quite a lot with the music video for their latest single “Lost Without You.” The creative duo have always combined forces directing their videos, but with a global pandemic, as well as their first foray into visual effects,…

THE MUSIC ARTISTS THAT DEFINE GEN-Z

In a follow up to our previous article  “The TV Shows that Define the Gen-Z Experience” we felt it was great timing to continue the conversation with a focus on music. If the defining characteristic of the collective Gen-Z mindset on television is breaking boundaries by ignoring them entirely, then what identifies Gen-Z music as…

EXPECTATION VS. REALITY: “GASLIGHTER” BY THE CHICKS

This article is part of a new Untitled Magazine series called “Expectation vs. Reality,” where we examine the hype surrounding popular projects before and after release, and examine whether they ultimately meet the general public’s expectations. The first part, “Expectation,” was written prior to release, while the second part below, “Reality,” was written after release.  …

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SWEDISH UP-AND-COMING SONGSTRESS BERG HOPES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE WITH NEW RELEASE “WHERE WILL WE BE?”

Newcomer BERG wants her music to be an expression of not just her good days, but her bad ones too. The Swedish born, London-based singer wants the world to acknowledge that we are not one-dimensional beings, and that it is important to share our experiences with one another; the happy, the sad, and every emotion…

THE COMFORTABLE OBLIVION OF PHOEBE BRIDGERS’ PUNISHER

Phoebe Bridgers isn’t afraid of the dark. In fact she’s steadily barreling toward it, digging through bleakness to find moments of truth, playing a constant balancing act between literal and surreal. Her voice reflects the ideological touchstones of her generation (anxiety, distrust of authority, the blurred lines between friendship and romance), while cutting into the…

“GOOD TO BE BAD” SINGER TALII TALKS SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT AND CARIBBEAN MUSICAL ROOTS: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW + VIDEO PREMIERE

Orlando-based artist Talii's musical background can be linked to the beautifully distinctive Caribbean rhythm that her blood carries. "The energy of West Indian music and culture is hypnotic to me and I love when we get to infuse those elements into the sonics of my music," she told us in an exclusive interview. The Florida…

UK NEWCOMER REGULUS RED PUTS QUEERNESS FIRST ON UPCOMING EP “RED PRINCE OF THE NIGHT” 

‘80s throwback is in, just ask up-and-coming international electropop singer Regulus Red. The half Welsh, half Italian artist takes huge inspiration from the over-the-top energy and colors of the era, and infuses it all with an unabashed sense of self and authenticity. Uniquely international and unapologetically extravagant, Red is not afraid to throw out the…

10 BLACK FEMALE MUSICIANS DEFINING THE MOMENT

A hallmark of a great musician is someone who can cut through the noise and emerge with a clear vision. Given the state of our world, this pursuit is more valuable than ever. Here are 10 artists who are using their platforms right now to express joy, outrage, and social consciousness. Noname The Chicago native…

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