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.
The idea of pop stardom fundamentally changed in the 1980s, in part because of George Michael and his blockbuster solo album debut, 'Faith.'
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."
From Tom Petty to The Eagles, fans have concocted some pretty bizarre—and very, very dark—theories about hit songs.
"Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel's solo artist debut, peaked at No. 68 when it was originally released in 1977. Then Hollywood came calling.
In the late ’90s, young people across America fell hard for swing, a musical genre that hadn’t been popular since before their parents were born.
Kate Bush’s 1985 synth-pop classic “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” is running up the charts decades after its release—and not for the first time.
When ABBA took an indefinite hiatus in 1982, they couldn’t have predicted the goodwill they’d garner over the next several decades.
After helping to invent the supremely chill, lightly funky sound known as “yacht rock” in the ’70s, Kenny Loggins went full speed into the ’80s and took the highway to the danger zone of movie soundtracks.
Even 25 years later, "My Heart Will Go On"—the love theme from 'Titanic'—can still make audiences weep. But it's a miracle it got made, as James Cameron wasn't interested in including a pop song in his historical drama and Celine Dion hated the song.
If the only thing Jeff Buckley ever did was record his 1994 cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” he would still have a permanent spot in music history.
On September 24, 1991, Nirvana released their second album—and radically changed the face of pop music and altered the cultural landscape for years to come.
Before he was one of the world's most iconic musicians, John Lennon was a choir boy and a Boy Scout.