Joined: Jul 4, 2016
Kenneth Partridge is a music and pop-culture writer based in Brooklyn. He's written for such publications as Billboard, The AV Club, Pitchfork, and Refinery29. His hobbies include reading, running, shopping for records, and attempting to justify his love of ska.
10 Iconic Moments in MTV News History
"Careless Whisper": How George Michael's "Flippantly" Written Song Became a Career-Defining Hit That Still Endures
10 Facts About The Police's 'Synchronicity'
Why People Hate Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," According to a Musicologist
Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" is both a song people love to hate and a song people love to love. Musicologist Nate Sloan has some ideas as to why the song is so polarizing.
The Final Days of John Lennon
Shortly before 11 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 1980, John Lennon was gunned down in front of his New York City apartment building by an obsessed fan. This is the story of the days leading up to that tragedy.
The Complicated, Controversial History of "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Each December, "Baby, It’s Cold Outside"—a ’40s-era American standard that some modern listeners hear as a depiction of sexual misconduct—invites a barrage of controversies, radio bans, and think pieces.
10 Surprising Facts About Wham!’s "Last Christmas"
Over the course of his illustrious career, George Michael gave the world many gifts. One that keeps on giving is “Last Christmas,” the 1984 holiday classic by Wham!, Michael's pop duo with Andrew Ridgeley.
Unraveling the Many Mysteries of New Order's "Blue Monday"
Equal parts happy accident and technological triumph, “Blue Monday” is a supremely weird and brilliant song that continues to pack dance floors and transfix listeners 40 years after its original release.
The Murky Origins and Controversial History Behind the Song “Cotton Eye Joe”
Rednex's fiddle-fueled '90s hit “Cotton Eye Joe” was a reworking of an old American folk song that do-si-doed all the way to No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Point of No Return: How 1980s Hitmakers Exposé Endured to Become One of the Most Successful Girl Groups of All Time
Though Exposé's name is not nearly as recognizable as TLC, Destiny's Child, or The Bangles, the 1980s hitmakers are the only girl group since The Supremes to score seven consecutive Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
How James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" Became the Most Misunderstood—and Hated—Song of the 2000s
For better or worse, British singer-songwriter James Blunt has never been able to escape his signature song, the 2004 smash “You’re Beautiful,” a seemingly romantic ballad that masks a much darker meaning.
10 Facts About George Michael's 'Faith' for Its 35th Anniversary
The idea of pop stardom fundamentally changed in the 1980s, in part because of George Michael and his blockbuster solo album debut, 'Faith.'
How Aerosmith and Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" Forever Altered the Landscape of American Music
In the '80s, the destruction of two walls changed the course of human events. One was the Berlin Wall, which came down on November 9, 1989. The other was the wall separating Aerosmith from Run-DMC in the 1986 music video for "Walk This Way."
11 Wild Urban Legends Surrounding Popular Songs
From Tom Petty to The Eagles, fans have concocted some pretty bizarre—and very, very dark—theories about hit songs.
How Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" Inadvertently Became a Hollywood Soundtrack Staple
"Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel's solo artist debut, peaked at No. 68 when it was originally released in 1977. Then Hollywood came calling.