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16 moments in music and politics that predict the future of activism in 2019

From massive boycotts to poignant music videos, here are a few strategies musicians might use to fight the system in 2019.

January 2, 2019

If popular culture is a reflection of its times, then a look back at 2018’s pop music mirror – from Rihanna’s Super Bowl boycott to the rise of a punk rock politician – shows the reflection of a culture hungry for change. Whether it’s through the apocalyptic wake-up call of “This is America” or the universe of love and freedom painted in Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, 2018 saw an unprecedented number of calls to action from artists, all united in their inspiring attempts to bring about change through art and influence.

Even the instances when pop music collapsed into the dark side of pop politics – here’s looking at you, Kanye – stand as evidence of our ability to be united by the blending of art and culture, good or bad. In 2018 the relationship between pop music and the political climate only grew stronger, and we’ve rounded up all the moments which tell that story.

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