In 2015, Dr. Dre released the loooooong awaited follow-up to 2001, his classic album from 1999. That’s a whopping 16 years, which in musical fandom world is like a lifetime. The album was Compton, and it was inspired by Straight Outta Compton, the excellent biopic about the trailblazing hip-hop group N.W.A., which Dr Dre was […]

Some of the biggest icons in history have totally rocked the single moniker. Think Jesus, Bert – and Ernie, Vegemite … to name just a few. Aside from those equally important categories of religion, Sesame Street and breakfast foods, the world of popular music has been the most fertile breeding ground for one-name wonders – […]

For the first time ever, 2017 was the year that hip-hop reigned supreme and overtook rock (yes, that ageing stalwart is still kicking apparently) as the most popular genre in US music. Take a bow, friends. Or get on board soon to be even friendlier-friends. Some of my favourites have all been late influencers in […]

Although my official language is English, my preferred dialect is actually pop-culture. So, being the Seinfeld-loving, hot-dog and hip-hop enthusiast I am, the first time I stepped foot onto New York’s concrete soil I felt so culturally fluent I wondered if this was the home that life had originally planned for me. Maybe I got […]

It’s Grammy night 2018, y’all. After just landing back in the UK from sunny California, I’m regretting that I didn’t stay in the US another night to watch it live. I mean, where are my priorities at? Unless jet lag wakes me at 3am so I can at least see the best album announced, it […]

Everyone has those pivotal moments in their relationship with music. They might feel totally transformational at the time and you are soaking it all in while acknowledging the big deal taking place. Or it can be more subtle and it’s only when you look back you realise the significance of ‘it’. For me, the Cranberries […]

Most people think the turning point of Justin Timberlake’s career was his solo debut, Justified. That is justified (soz), yet as significant and public as that milestone was, it was the final transformation born of the seeds planted with the making and release of Celebrity, *NSYNC’s third and final album. Celebrity was the moment Justin […]