This week, why Harry Styles didn't saturate the charts, a consideration of all the One Direction boys' solo careers, and Katy Perry's pitiful Swish Swish.

Ann Powers' opus on Harry Styles and rock masculinity is here:

Mitski's brilliant piece on how we project fantasies onto Styles is here:

As ever, all of this week's notable tracks are in our rolling Spotify playlist:

Laura's most-listened-to song this week is “Being Special” by Sophia Kennedy and Fraser's is “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez.

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