In an article from 2010, Pitchfork columnist Tom Ewing described the idea of a pop act's "imperial phase": a time of unbridled success, when the act seems to have figured out "the secret of contemporary pop music". But with this concept comes a burning question; if pop music is an empire, then who is the emperor?
Long live the emperor.
As a postscript, I'd like to comment on the sheer amount of dog pictures I had to sift through to locate the images for this article. People, stop posting pictures of your pitbulls online. They all look the same. Thank you.