Are pop stars even real or were they designed by the music industry? We’re joined by London-based alternative pop singer, GIRLI, to put this question to the test.
From the origin of the pop star to present day, we look at how this term as evolved. While pop artists were once held to unattainable standards of perfection, now they can speak openly about their sexuality, mental health and personal lives outside of the glossy finish. We also discuss how factors like social media and streaming gives a platform to previously marginalized artists, and allows fans to discover a new breed of pop stars they can identify with.
!!! As always this podcast is largely opinion-based. Nothing we say is anything out than our personal thoughts and feelings based on pre-existing knowledge or facts we’ve picked up and sited kindly for you over at Name3Songs.com
New Rules: The destruction of the Female Pop Role Model (Guardian, 2019)
Has 2018 Killed the Pop Star? (Vanity Fair, 2018)
How a New Kind of Pop Star Stormed 2018 (New York Times, 2018)
From Fallen Women to Madonnas: Changing Gender Stereotypes in Popular Music Critical Discourse (Sociologie de l’Art)
Work Work Work: Beyonce’s Labour of Liberation (The Guardian, 2019)
Female Fury and a Gangster in a Dress: Meet the Pop Stars Toppling Gender Stereotypes (Guardian, 2019)
For Queer Women in Music, This Feels Like the Most Exciting Time in History (GayTimes)