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Katy Perry Teases New Album with Single "Woman’s World"

June 22, 2024

Katy Perry is once again stirring excitement in the music world with the announcement of her upcoming single, "Woman’s World," heralding a new album that promises to continue her dynamic presence...

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Carrie Underwood Marks 50th Show of "Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency"

Carrie Underwood celebrated a major milestone in her illustrious career on June 1, as she performed her 50th show in the "Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency" at Resorts World Theatre. This...

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Inside Taylor Swift's feud with Charli XCX from song dig to ex-boyfriend connection

June 22, 2024

Charli XCX's latest album, BRAT, has garnered critical acclaim, yet it has also reignited rumors of a feud with Taylor Swift. Despite having opened for Taylor on her Reputation tour, Charli's new...

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Post Malone Announces Highly Anticipated New Album 'F-1 Trillion' Set for August Release

June 22, 2024

Post Malone is currently riding a wave of success, standing at the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 with his Morgan Wallen duet "I Had Some Help." In an exciting development, he has announced the...

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Rihanna Says New Album Will Represent ‘Evolution’ of Time She ‘Spent Away’ From Music

June 22, 2024

Rihanna, the multifaceted artist and entrepreneur, has kept fans eagerly awaiting her next album since the release of ANTI in 2016. In a recent interview with Extra TV, she finally provided some...

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Coldplay To Make New Album On Vinyl From Recycled Plastic Bottles

June 22, 2024

Coldplay has announced an innovative and eco-friendly initiative for their upcoming album Moon Music, which will be produced on vinyl made from recycled plastic bottles. The British band aims to...

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Jimin of BTS Announces Second Solo Album 'MUSE,' Set for Release This Summer

June 22, 2024

Jimin, one of the standout members of the globally renowned boy band BTS, has stirred excitement once again with the announcement of his second solo album, titled "MUSE." The announcement was made...

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BLACKPINK’s LISA Gears Up for Solo Stardom with New Single ‘Rockstar’

June 22, 2024

BLACKPINK’s LISA has just announced her new solo single, “Rockstar,” set to arrive on June 27 at 8 p.m. ET. This highly anticipated track marks her first release since signing with RCA Records...

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Celebrating Independence: The 2024 Libera Awards Shine a Spotlight on Independent Music

June 22, 2024

The 2024 Libera Awards, held on June 11 at Gotham Hall, marked a significant celebration of the vibrant and diverse achievements in independent music. Presented by the American Association of...

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Khalid: The Voice of a New Generation

June 22, 2024

Khalid Donnel Robinson, known simply as Khalid, has become a defining voice of his generation with his soulful voice, relatable lyrics, and genre-blending sound. Since his breakthrough with the hit...

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Shakira Recalls Putting Her Music Career on Hold to Support Gerard Piqué’s Pro Soccer Dreams

June 21, 2024

Two years after her split from Gerard Piqué, Shakira has achieved significant milestones, including four major hits and a VMAs Vanguard Award, while preparing to release her next album, Las Mujeres...

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Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling and More Celebrities Reveal Favorite Taylor Swift Era or Song

June 21, 2024

Taylor Swift's songwriting prowess has garnered admiration from numerous celebrities, who each hold special attachments to different tracks from her extensive catalog. Ryan Gosling, for instance...

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Phoebe Bridgers: A Deep Dive into Songwriting

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Photo: Thetimes.co.uk

Phoebe Bridgers is an American songwriter, singer, and producer who has, in recent years, gained mainstream recognition with the release of her sophomore album “Punisher” in 2020. The following year, she was nominated for four Grammy awards, including “Best New Artist” and “Best Alternative Music Album.” Since then, the 28-year-old artist has collaborated with many other musical icons including Taylor Swift, Lorde, and the 1975, further establishing herself in the indie-rock/indie-folk genres.

What really makes Bridgers' voice stand out is her unique songwriting style. Through her lyrics, she is able to capture devastatingly vulnerable moments in her own life and translate them into songs relatable to millions around the world. In an interview with the LA Times, Taylor Swift, one of this generation’s most highly acclaimed singer-songwriters, talks about their collaboration and her appreciation for Bridgers’ music.

“I think that the specificity of Phoebe’s lyrics, and the vulnerability she expresses in her voice when she delivers them, is what makes her music so deeply impactful and moving for me as a fan. You feel like she’s reliving a precise memory or delivering a secret message to someone and you get the privilege to read it or hear about it.”

Bridgers first began writing music in her early teens, learning to play the piano and the guitar by 11, and joining various bands throughout high school. As her music has developed into her own distinctive style of sad ballads, her songwriting has become associated with unflinching honesty and melancholic melodies. But interestingly, the “Motion Sickness” singer has a different take on sadness. “I think sadness is very funny to me because it’s the least singular thing on earth, it's the human experience […] so I think taking it a little bit less seriously has always been funny to me.” She talks about adopting this mindset during her songwriting process: “I have like dissociative tendencies while writing. When I'm too emotional when writing it always ends up really bad, but when I'm a little bit more removed and not feeling it 100% while writing, just writing whatever comes. Those tend to be the heaviest songs”

The inspiration for her writing? Bridgers says that she often draws from very specific details in her own experiences. For instance, Bridgers recalls penning a lyric in her song “Garden Song,” that goes: “The doctor put her hands over my liver and told me my resentment’s getting smaller.”
“I just went to a nutritionist in Los Angeles who literally was like, ‘Oh, I sense that you’re less resentful.’ So I just said what was happening and people are like, “Oh my God, what planet are you on that you made that up?”

From there, Bridgers says she hand writes all her lyrics and then whisper sings them into her phone voice memos with her guitar. “I have a hard time typing them on a computer. Maybe it just doesn’t make me feel cool… and I write faster in cursive” she told the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast.

Bridgers shares that her songwriting is very a slow and deliberate process. “I have to love the last line to move on to the next line” and from there, the draft will go through rounds of revision by herself and editors. She also mentions learning some tips from longtime friend and bandmate Conor Obers for her most recent album: “I started writing with him and then adopted the way that he writes entirely. Literally, he has one page of lyrics, next to the new page of lyrics. So as he’s making changes, he’ll write completely different lyrics on the next page. And I did that for this whole record.”

Moving forward, Bridgers says she’s trying to challenge herself by writing happier songs while still staying true to her appreciation for honest lyrics. "I think that, like, peppy love songs get kind of a bad rap as being dumb. And I think my next challenge in my life is to, like, have a, like, way to write about happiness that doesn't make me cringe."