From IASPM@Journal, a special issue on popular music performance. Anya Kurennaya (New School): “Look What the Cat Dragged In”: Analyzing Gender and Sexuality in the “Hot Metal Centerfolds” of 1980s Glam Metal. Chuyun Oh (Texas): The Politics of the Dancing Body: Racialized and Gendered Femininity in K-pop. From New York, a special issue on 100 years of pop music, including the town that put the pop in music: Jody Rosen on a look back at 100 years of New York sounds. Swedish Pop Mafia: Whet Moser on how a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world. Is it finally time to let go of the Beatles? James Marcus on a fan’s notes. Excerpts from X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story by Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein: Gen X to Gen Y: We had the best music; and Generation Y to the world: Sorry about John Mayer. Ian Crouch on how people who like Celine Dion are people, too. Michael Reid Roberts on what everybody gets wrong about Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”: It actually is ironic, and here's why. Hunter Schwarz on the secret history of Britney Spears’ lost album. Why is it cool to hate Coldplay? Kei Hiruta writes in defence of Avril Lavigne: Racism, cultural appropriation and the meaning of Hello Kitty. Three hit songs in the last few months have pushed the same message: You are awesome, you’re awesome just the way you are, even — no, especially — if you don’t fit in. I've got 99 problems, but Ariana Grande isn't one. These are the songs teens actually want to hear at prom. Counting couplets: What is the most common rhyme in the history of pop music? Julia Lipscomb on the life cycle of a pop song.

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