Olivia Rodrigo hit the ground running with sentimental single ‘Driver’s License’ in January this year. Released when Rodrigo was just 17, it acted as an encore for several popular ballads she released as a cast member of High School Musical: The Series. After gaining rapid traction through apps such as Tik Tok, Youtube and Instagram, her melodic lamentation of lost love topped singles charts across the world. It is currently the most listened to song of 2021. This fast-spread of notoriety skyrocketed this once quiet Californian actor to the new status of world’s youngest pop superstar.

2005’s Music of the Sun transformed Rihanna from an unknown 17-year-old from Barbados into an international superstar. With Good Girl Gone Bad she broke free from the girl-next-door persona a heartless record industry had forced upon her. Then, after the 20-year-old Rihanna had been savagely beaten by boyfriend Chris Brown, Rated R pushed past the self-doubt which followed the terrifying helplessness abuse. Rihanna refused to let domestic violence, or anything else for that matter, define her story. With her ninth studio album, she faces yet another significant challenge. Her own success.

When Paul McCartney finds himself in times of trouble he writes a McCartney album. As the Beatles were breaking apart he wrote McCartney. When Wings was coming to an end in 1980 he delivered some of his most eccentric material on McCartney II. In the wake of the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic McCartney once again found himself adrift.

Paul McCartney’s 2020

First, his multi-million dollar tour was postponed. A triumphant headline appearance at iconic UK festival Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary was also canceled. As McCartney bunkered down in his English country home, the woman he loved was on the other side of…

Released in February 2021 Framing Britney Spears instantly struck a nerve. Shocking millions, The New York Times documentary cast new light on the spectacular decline of one of modern music’s biggest stars. It laid bare the confronting realities of celebrity culture and the popular media’s dehumanizing treatment of women. It continues to provoke discussion. More than ever, music fans across the world are questioning media depictions of women, challenging systemic sexism and asking how narratives like Spears’ can be reclaimed.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2sIiUo9oxYv3jwopZxaunm?si=M2x3S29ISpewqeDe1NGjHA

The Tragic Story of Britney Spears

With the legal dispute surrounding Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship continuing to unfold, The Glitter and Gold has…

This article was originally written by Audrey Songvilay for The Glitter and Gold Magazine.

Lady Gaga‘s story is one of the constant rebirth and reinvention. She exemplifies the journey of psychological transformation. Growing through self-discovery and artistic creativity, Gaga came to embrace a unique public persona. And within her work, few songs speak as strongly about this innermost aspect of her personality as 2011 single ‘Born This Way.’

With statements like ‘Born This Way’, Lady Gaga defied conformity and fought for social freedom. She broke out of an impersonal pop star persona and showed the world something unlike anything else…

Katy Perry was one of the first modern pop stars to tackle the taboo of same-sex desire. Rising to fame with controversial 2008 single ‘I Kissed a Girl’, Perry presented herself as a sexually powerful female icon. The chart-topping run of singles that followed set her up for a lifestyle of success. The only drawback, some would say, was that she peaked too soon.

The Rise of Katy Perry

While ‘I Kissed a Girl’ seemed like an overnight success, Katy Perry had been fighting for a taste of fame for several years. From the flirtatious, outspoken, and scandalous woman fans came to know, it is…

Lana Del Rey was determined to be different from the very start. Born Elizabeth Grant in New York in 1985, she performed in nightclubs under aliases like ‘Sparkle Jump Rope Queen’, ‘Lizzy Grant & the Phenomena’ and simply ‘Lizzy Grant’. All were flops. She never seemed to make the cut.

In 2011, came her reinvention. Rechristening herself Lana Del Rey, Grant transformed herself into the dark, sultry, and mysterious woman the public has come to know today. Setting a haunting ballad to a home-made music video, ‘Video Games‘ was born and the world would never seem the same.

‘Video Games’…

39 years to the day John Lennon was shot dead outside of his New York apartment in 1980, 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD suffered what is believed to be a fatal drug overdose at a Chicago airport.

This could be chalked up to coincidence.

But Juice Wrld (born Jarad Anthony Higgins) had more in common with Lennon than one might suspect.

All this jealousy and agony that I sit in,” Higgins sang on 2017 song ‘All Girls Are The Same‘, “I’m a jealous boy, really feel like John Lennon.”

I just want real love,” he continues, “guess it’s been a minute…

If Pete Townshend has been defined by anything, it’s his desire to take rock music further. After all, it was him there, leading the Who, when rock ’n’ roll grew to become a new, mature and serious artform. Putting philosophical slants on rock ’n’ roll’s wild energy, Townshend was part of a generation of musicians who became artists. As these figures were growing up, changing and smoking dope their creative focus traveled further and further from songs about parents, cars, and the summertime blues.

Art by Garreth Pearse

Kevin Parker was born in Sydney in 1986. His father Jerry was from Zimbabwe, his mother Rosalind from South Africa. The family moved not long after Kevin’s birth. Jerry’s occupation as Chief Financial Officer at mining company Gold Fields demanded his new family relocate to one of the most isolated areas of Australia. Kevin spent his early childhood in the remote Western Australian township of Kalgoorlie.

When Jerry wasn’t preoccupied with his corporate gig, he indulged a passion for music. He was always playing guitar around the house and moonlighted in covers bands, the kind you might catch playing Beach…

Riley Fitzgerald

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