Kitty Empire is the pen name of a British writer and music critic.
Empire studied at Wadham College, Oxford and Thames Valley University before working as a stage door-keeper for the Royal Shakespeare Company and London's Barbican Theatre. Empire began writing about music at the NME in 1995, continuing for seven years. In 2002 she became The Observer's pop critic. She has also contributed to a variety of publications and broadcasts such as Elle (US), GQ, Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Newsnight Review, Uncut and The Scotsman.
In 2007, she served as a judge for the Mercury Music Prize.
In 2013 gained criticism for her "extremely short and half hearted" review of Black Sabbaths new album 13 in The Guardian.
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