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- Plaintiffs were unable to prove rapper’s social media promotion led to ticket purchases, judge saysThe rapper Ja Rule was officially dismissed on Monday from a $100m class-action lawsuit filed by Fyre festival attendees, clearing him of any legal wrongdoing. Continue reading...
- Michaël Boumendil has appealed court decision to throw out his case against the Pink Floyd guitarist for alleged misuse musicDavid Gilmour is in a legal battle with the composer of a ubiquitous jingle that plays at French train stations, Télérama reports.Gilmour heard the four-note jingle for France’s national railway operator SNCF in Aix-en-Provence in 2013 and was charmed. “It makes me want to sing and dance,” he told Le Parisien in 2015. Continue reading..
- Susanne Oberbeck sings sexually charged songs in a German accent while standing topless and sporting a moustache – and at last she’s found an audience that understands herIn 2003, Susanne Oberbeck saw a headline in the Sunday Sport referring to a member of S Club 7. “Rachel Stevens,” it said, “with no bra.” Oberbeck, who is German, was sufficiently intrigued by this sleazy tabloid prurience to name her own band No Bra.Originally a duo, No Bra soon became known
- Chicago rapper CupcakKe has been criticised for social media posts about her month on a water fast. It’s tech gurus who led the way in this irresponsibilityCupcakKe is a 22-year-old Chicago rapper famous for highly explicit sex-positive songs, including one about SpongeBob SquarePants. She has also been upfront about her various mental health issues. In September, CupcakKe (née Elizabeth Harris) abruptly announced she was retiring from music in an Instagram Live stream in which she
- Leading a creative revolution whose ripples were seen from Kanye to Donald Glover to Little Simz, Beyoncé consigned the idea of performers ‘sticking to the music’ to history• The decade in music: Alexis Petridis on how Ed Sheeran brought pop back down to earthBy now, it’s a cliche. “You have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé,” the saying goes. You can find its words slapped on mugs, T-shirts and Instagram quotes or murmured into the bathroom mirro
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- The masked singer giving country a queer steer talks about staying anonymous and why he thought Dolly Parton was like ‘Pee-wee Herman’ Forget sexy cats, world leaders and the cast of Succession. The chicest Halloween costume in 2019 was a slinky wild west satin shirt and fringe-embellished mask that covered the wearer’s entire face, save for a tantalising glimpse of chin. Your party wasn’t a party unless someone was sporting the Lone Ranger-moseying-down-to-Torture Garden
- Jesus Is King Part II announced just three weeks after release of critically panned albumKanye West: Jesus Is King review – rap genius can’t see the lightKanye West teased a sequel to his critically panned gospel record Jesus Is King on Monday afternoon – only three weeks after the album’s release.“Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” the rapper posted on Twitter, sharing a photo of himself in the studio with the legendary rapper and producer Dr Dre.
- Swift said Big Machine had said she could not sing old tracksHigh-profile Democrats attacked label’s private equity backersTaylor Swift has been cleared to perform Shake It Off and her older hit songs at Sunday’s American Music Awards (AMAs) after her former record label backed away from an increasingly bitter row with the music star. Related: Taylor Swift's former label denies blocking her from performingContinue reading...
- The former One Direction frontman was a huge hit when he made his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. There’s no denying true star powerThe serious musician Harry Styles is the toast of the United States right now, having played both host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live (SNL) over the weekend. “With such a confident leap, it is easy to imagine him as part of a future musical bro-fecta with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon,” wrote Vulture. He can sing. He can act. H
- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
The flamboyant Swedish band fuse rock bombast with pop classicism on their most ambitious tour to date‘Welcome to tonight’s spectacle,” murmurs the fiendish figure in the spotlight, his latex face rigid as the audience roars. And it is quite a spectacle, replete with pyrotechnics, costume changes, crowd participation and confetti. Swedish metal outfit Ghost have arrived in the big league with a bang.The man in the mask is the band’s leader Tobias
- Royal Festival Hall, London
Amid celebrations of the ECM label’s 50th anniversary, the Norwegian saxophonist delivered some compelling exploratory solos This year’s London jazz festival coincides with the 50th anniversary of ECM records and, in celebration, the festival’s opening weekend featured a host of artists from that label’s roster. All share characteristics that have come to define Manfred Eicher’s imprint, performing ethereal European jazz that focuses on t
- London Jazz festival, Barbican
Even after half a century, the jazz legend’s playing was unpredictable as he switched effortlessly between styles There is a well-known photograph of Herbie Hancock aged 23, when he had just joined the Miles Davis Quintet. Taken by Blue Note label co-founder Francis Wolff, it shows Hancock in black and white, fresh-faced, sleeves rolled to the elbow and sitting at the piano. One hand is delicately placed on the keys in waiting, while his head is turned over h
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- Formed in the 1960s and still touring today, Gong didn’t just create far-out jams, they invented an entire interstellar mythology. They revisit their world of tree echo, space whispers – and run-ins with the French police‘I was 23, playing under an Arab moon, by the sea,” says Mike Howlett, recalling a high point of his time with Gong, when the cosmic rockers played a Tunisian festival, in June 1973. That sounds magical – but then the acid they’d taken trigger
- Barbican, London
The Grammy-winning American singer puts on a typically nonchalant performance full of revelationsFlawless nonchalance at a treacherously difficult art comes as axiomatic for American vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant – the Wynton Marsalis-hailed, Grammy-winning, unflashily charismatic jazz singer who often suggests she could turn the phone book into a spellbinding libretto. For all that, the announcer’s warm up to her Saturday gig at the EFG London jazz festival
- (Columbia)The Québécois balladeer’s first English-language album in six years opens with a shock. Recorded in the aftermath of her husband’s death in 2016, Courage is suffused with lyrics about loss and rebirth, themes you’d expect to be bolted to Titanic-sized ballads. But on opener Flying on My Own, those emotions are anchored to a gloriously camp electro-dance stomper, with Dion’s powerhouse voice ricocheting around a squelchy 2010-era beat. The tempo sui
- The New Zealander can be an unnerving presence. She’s also one of the most original songwriters around. She talks about Meat Loaf, Apocalypse Now … and why her generation is so frightenedLook into Aldous Harding’s eyes. It’s hard not to. To be fixed by her gaze is to be profoundly unnerved. This is a large part of the appeal of this New Zealand musician, whose music is as disquietingly beautiful and unsettling as her image.On stage and in videos, the strangeness of Hardi
- (Fiction)Pumarosa have long called their sound “industrial spiritual”, but the London band’s second album takes it to a bracing new level, as they sack off the indie guitars of their 2017 debut The Witchand embrace obsidian synths. Its title might suggest despair but this is an album about overcoming, and of frontwoman Isabel Muñoz-Newsome confronting desire and her sexuality following her recovery from cervical cancer. It’s not bleak, it’s rather sensual, wh
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- The BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and author of Where the Wild Cooks Go on flamenco, foraging and south Indian foodCerys Matthews was given two books as a child that she has held on to ever since. The first was Roger Phillips’s Wild Food, the classic forager’s handbook, which first sent her out into the woods and beaches in the west Wales of her growing up. The second was Soodlum’s Selection of Irish Ballads, which inspired a lifelong understanding of music as storytelling, a phi
- (Domino)“Looking for a recommendation for an artist residency that takes small families with two working artist parents?” tweeted Will Oldham recently. The Americana outrider with the shining pate is now coupled up, with small fry on board. His newest album sings mellifluously of true love (“complete transfiguration”, according to You Know the One) and memory boxes, of building something lasting. “My cookie jar is here,” he sings on Dream Awhile, an adult lull
- Alexandra Palace, London
New York’s finest uptight post-punk rockers display some new-found California sensibilities in a show happy to have a bit of dumb funFor such an intricate band, Vampire Weekend know well the power of simple joys. During the encore, at the end of 26 songs played over nearly two hours, four giant planet Earth beach balls are unleashed on to the heads of the crowd at Alexandra Palace.Various band members – first Chris Baio, the band’s bassist, later main m
- Progressive club music is Bristol’s latest export, and this duo work the dancefloor perfectlyBristol has long held a reputation as one of the UK’s more formidable musical cities – from 1970s post-punk pioneers the Pop Group to the 90s trip-hop of Massive Attack. In recent years, forward-thinking artists such as Batu and his Timedance label, as well as producers Hodge & Facta, have been perfecting an incisive gut-punch of a techno sound with regular DIY parties in the city.A
- The star’s former assistant opens up about a 20-year relationship that weathered addiction, fame and secrecyThe story told by Robyn Crawford in the pages of A Song For You, an account of her decades-long relationship with Whitney Houston is tender, moving and painful to read, the history of a friendship that is also a love story. More acutely, it is the story of two women who, for the entirety of Houston’s life, concealed the sexual origins of that relationship, amid intense and ofte
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- The 60,000-capacity event due to host Mumford & Sons and Lil Pump was called off after a week of violence between police and protestersClockenflap festival in Hong Kong, one of the most high-profile music events in Asia, has been cancelled because of the continuing protests in the city.In a statement, festival organisers said: “Due to the escalation in the crisis this week, and the uncertainty this creates for the coming weeks, Clockenflap 2019 will be cancelled. We still believe in br
- From genre-spanning albums to collaborating with Brian Eno and Beyoncé, the band are far more radical than people give them credit forAn early Coldplay photo did the rounds recently, and will surely do so again, because it is timelessly hilarious. Anorak, hoodie, voluminous brown cords, V-neck knitwear: they are enrobed in the profoundly lame wardrobe of that late-90s musical era when Travis and Starsailor threatened to drown rock’n’roll in their own anxiety sweat.For so many
- This week’s joy platters include a turbo-charged gentrification lament, a silky-smooth club banger and a disco-pop anthem Continue reading...
This collection of unreleased tracks from the electronic pioneer is a treasure trove of Russell’s guileless, always melodic songsWhen he died in 1992 of Aids-related illnesses at the age of 40, Arthur Russell left behind one of the most staggeringly beautiful bodies of songwriting ever – and it is still emerging. This compilation of unreleased tracks from his archive mostly date from the mid-1970s, recalling the country-tinged songwriting collected on 2008’s Love Is Ov
- (Peach Discs)The Bristolian DJ and producer’s nuanced debut is an enveloping listen, folding softer textures into its 2am beatsThe transition from DJ to album artist is a tricky one. While one art is about reading the room, the other is a more isolated and intimate experience. For Bristolian Shanti Celeste, on her debut full-length Tangerine, it’s an opportunity to show subtlety and depths that she doesn’t often have space to explore on the dancefloor. Continue reading...
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- Spanish pop star Rosalía picks up three major awards but Daddy Yankee leads a ceremony boycott over reggaeton snubSpanish pop singer Rosalía capped her breakthrough year by winning the top honour at the 2019 Latin Grammy awards.Her album El Mal Querer, which fuses flamenco music with R&B and trap, was named album of the year as well as best contemporary pop vocal album. “Winning a Grammy is the best thing that can ever happen,” she said. “We did this album sit
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The band’s world is a compellingly strange, crepuscular place, into which some warmth is allowed to dripThe oddest thing on Tindersticks’ 12th album is its longest track, See My Girls. Stuart Staples, a mannered singer anyway, sounds as if he has been studying Ron Moody playing Fagin in Oliver! And the lyric he delivers in that sly and insinuating voice is set in an unspecified past, in which cameras and newsstands are still everyday things. On the walls of his kiosk, th
- (Columbia)This variously sad, rocking and indifferent compilation sees the SoundCloud rapper mining a new theme: unrequited love Lil Peep’s death from a drugs overdose in 2017 hasn’t stopped a thriving industry continuing in the emo rapper’s wake. Last year’s Come Over When You’re Sober Pt 2 compiled unreleased material found on his laptop by his mother. And the new documentary Everybody’s Everything traces 21-year-old Gustav Åhr’s progress from So
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Martin Koenig’s wonderful collection, recorded in rural Bulgaria between 1966 and 1979, is quietly heroicOn the edges of eastern Europe, Anatolia and the Black Sea, an incredible wealth of folk music kept flowing long after other countries saw their traditions decline. This fascinating release from Smithsonian Folkways compiles music recorded in rural Bulgaria between 1966 and 1979. This is tradition in the raw – diverse, complex and moving by turns – and
- She founded the record label that launched Caribbean stars including Sean Paul – and despite poverty and tragedy along the way, Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin still works in the VP office after 60 yearsThere can’t be that many 82-year-old dancehall and reggae svengalis. But Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin, who founded the VP Records shop, distributor and label in New York 40 years ago with her late husband, Vincent “Randy” Chin, (VP stands for Vincent and Pat)
- London used to rule UK rap – but now the biggest hits are from outside the M25. Manchester’s Aitch, Coventry’s Jay1 and Leicester’s Trillary Banks explain whyIf someone comes to visit London, it’s only ever a matter of minutes before they mention the price of two things: houses and alcoholic beverages. Even if they’re a successful rapper with sell-out tours and Top 20 hits under their belt, they will still be horrified. “Look at the house prices –
- Big Machine claims that Swift owes ‘millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company’, allegations that representatives for the singer denyTaylor Swift’s former record label has denied the singer’s allegations that it has blocked her from performing material that she recorded for the label at the upcoming American music awards, and that it is preventing the release of a planned Netflix documentary.Swift made the allegations in a tweet posted on 14 November, implorin
A team of young, hip producers signals Dion’s newfound cult status, but it’s the wobbly-lipped ballads, not EDM, that she does like no one else
For decades, you knew where you were with Céline Dion. She belted out power ballads, she wowed the crowds in Vegas, she sold millions and millions of records. And she would never, ever be fashionable. There were no unexpectedly funky B-sides for DJs to dig out and confound the dancefloor with; no forgotten early concept albu
- Founded in 1997, Homoelectric railed against the tacky scene in Manchester’s Gay Village with acid, techno and Italo disco. It has now scaled up to a 10,000-person festival, complete with unicorn drag queens ‘For homos, heteros, lesbos and don’t knows.” Since 1997, these words have guided Manchester’s Homoelectric. Started as a retort to the entrenched etiquette and increasingly tacky music of the bars clustered around Canal Street in the city’s Gay Village, H
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