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Let’s talk about sex: how Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP sent the world into overdrive

A cultural ‘cancer’, soft porn … or the height of empowerment? A revealing documentary examines the debates around one of the raunchiest – and most talked about – rap records aroundAs winter forces many of us to ditch nights out with friends in favour of nights in on the sofa, Belcalis Alamanzar’s iconic words ring out across the digital ether: “A ho never gets cold!”. In a clip that went viral in 2014, the rapper better known as Cardi B parades up and down a hotel corridor, clad in a plunging, ...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Sex, Race, Women, Rap, Culture, Television & radio, Fox News, Factual TV, Cardi B, Meg, Megan, Cardi, Candace Owens

What can we learn from the Janet Jackson Super Bowl documentary?

The New York Times and FX special Malfunction revisits the ‘Nipplegate’ scandal of 2004 but adds little new understandingIn January, the New York Times documentary team released Framing Britney Spears, a succinct and bruising retrospective on the pop star’s career and the shadowy legal arrangement that governed her affairs. The 75-minute documentary, which included virtually no new information but offered a cohesive, damning portrait of her treatment by the press, launched a grenade in pop cultu...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, NFL, Culture, Television & radio, New York Times, US television, Super Bowl, Factual TV, Britney Spears, Hulu, Justin Timberlake, FX, Janet Jackson, Spears

‘There’s a lot to unpack’: the dark, difficult life of Rick James

In a new documentary, the defining funk artist’s ups and many downs are examined with a clear eye and a lack of sugar-coatingIn the jarring new music documentary, Bitchin: The Sound and Fury of Rick James, we see a star torn in half. On the one hand, there’s the Rick James who created some of the most popular, distinct and outrageous funk music of the late 70s and early 80s. On the other, there’s a man so lost to his desire for sex, drugs and recognition that his life became an obstacle course l...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Culture, Television & radio, Factual TV, Woodstock, Rick, Rick James, Sacha Jenkins

‘I couldn’t talk about her for years’: my godmother, Amy Winehouse

She cooked, watched Countdown and was mentored by the legendary singer. Now, 10 years after her death, Dionne Bromfield has finally addressed the grief she couldn’t deal with aged 15Dionne Bromfield is leaning into the screen as we talk on Zoom, recounting the moment 10 years ago when she received the news that would change her life for ever. On a sunny July day, the 15-year-old singer was waiting to go on stage. She was supporting the boyband The Wanted on tour in Wales, the atmosphere backstag...
Tags: Music, Television, Wales, Documentary, Alcohol, Society, Culture, Television & radio, Amy Winehouse, Factual TV, Alcoholism, CBBC, Amy, Winehouse, Dionne Bromfield, Bromfield

‘It has stood the test of time’: was 1971 the greatest year in music?

In Asif Kapadia’s new Apple TV+ docuseries, the music of the year, and its cultural and political impact, receives much-deserved attentionVolume is paramount on the new Apple docuseries 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything, both in the play-it-loud sense as well as the sheer-quantity sense. The watershed social and artistic moment explored across the eight episodes contained a staggering amount of genius, to the point that an interview quickly dissolves into the same awed name-cataloguin...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Apple TV, Culture, Television & radio, TV streaming, Factual TV, Asif Kapadia, James Gay Rees

'People need to open their minds!' – Tom DeLonge on his new career as a UFO expert

The ex-Blink-182 singer now has his own UFO show. He talks about spooked moon-walkers, a mysterious 1940s crash – and what Donald Trump and Boris Johnson dare not revealSeconds before my interview with Tom DeLonge is due to begin, I’m told: “Don’t mention aliens.” This seems odd, because the former Blink-182 frontman produces and occasionally appears on Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, currently showing on Sky. But aliens and UAPs – the term is unidentified aerial phenomenon the...
Tags: Music, Television, America, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Factual TV, Boris Johnson, Tom Delonge, Donald Trump, DeLonge, UFOs

The Michael Jackson accusers: ‘The abuse didn't feel strange because he was like a god’

Wade Robson and James Safechuck speak about their childhood experiences with the pop superstar – and Dan Reed explains why he felt he had to expose their allegations in his film Leaving Neverland“Michael Jackson was one of the kindest, most loving people I knew. He helped me tremendously with my career and my creativity,” Wade Robson says. “He also sexually abused me for seven years.”I am talking to Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, the subjects of Dan Reed’s definitive documentary Leaving Ne...
Tags: Music, Television, Law, Documentary, Los Angeles, Society, Television & radio, Factual TV, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Maui, Robson, Wade Robson, Dan Reed, Rape and sexual assault, James Safechuck

Michael Jackson estate suing HBO for $100m over tell-all documentary

The singer’s estate is claiming the network is breaching a 1992 non-disparagement contract by airing a two-part documentary alleging sexual abuse against children Michael Jackson’s estate is suing HBO over the network’s plans to air a documentary alleging the singer sexually abused two young boys.The estate is claiming that by showing Leaving Neverland, HBO is violating a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract. According to the suit, when HBO aired Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest:...
Tags: Music, Hbo, Television, Documentary, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Factual TV, Michael Jackson, Bucharest, Leaving Neverland

'Secrets will eat you up' – inside the shocking Michael Jackson documentary

In a disturbing new documentary, two accusers share their stories of what they say happened to them at the hands at the world’s most famous pop starIt only takes about two minutes into the four-hour documentary Leaving Neverland to realise that Michael Jackson’s legacy is never going to be the same again. After a brief introduction, praising him for his indisputable talent, one of his accusers looks into the camera and lists the ways in which the singer helped him. He then states: “And he sexual...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Culture, Television & radio, Festivals, Factual TV, Michael Jackson, Sundance film festival, Sundance 2019

Fresh abuse investigations launched after R Kelly documentary

Prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta appeal for new information after allegations of abuse are made in documentary about R&B star, who has long denied wrongdoingFresh investigations have been launched into allegations of sexual and physical abuse against R Kelly by prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta, after the airing of Surviving R Kelly, a documentary that contained claims of abuse by the R&B singer.Chicago prosecutor Kimberly Foxx urged any potential victims of Kelly to come forward, saying: “Th...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Atlanta, US news, Chicago, Culture, Television & radio, R&B, Factual TV, R Kelly, Kelly, Rape and sexual assault, Gerald Griggs, Kimberly Foxx, Kelly Continue

Keith Richards to tell story of early years in BBC documentary

The Rolling Stone will star in Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species, directed by Julien TempleKeith Richards will front a BBC2 documentary about his formative years growing up in post-war Britain and curate a “lost weekend” of films and live performances for BBC4.The Rolling Stones rocker will star in the film Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species, directed by Julien Temple, which will be a centrepiece of the BBC’s My Generation season about the history of pop music. Continue reading....
Tags: Music, Media, Documentary, Bbc, Britain, Factual TV, Rolling Stone, Keith Richards, Julien Temple

Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl review – all hail the grand ole queen of Appalachia

She’s been a country music legend for more than 60 years. This documentary may not have delved too deep into her painful past or her low-down husband, but when a life story’s this good, it doesn’t matter how you tell itIf the Appalachians didn’t exist, we would have to invent them, for the people and the stories and the music. Last night’s Arena (BBC4) told the tale of Loretta Lynn, the country music star of more than 60 years’ standing in whom all three meet. Still a Mountain Girl followed her ...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Country, Culture, Television & radio, Factual TV, Loretta Lynn, Lynn, APPALACHIA, Michael Apted, Van Lear Kentucky, Oliver `` Doolittle

60 Years of Eurovision review – ghastly songs but good value

The songs are ghastly, but 90 minutes of documentary on the ‘most nerve-racking and trouser-cacking’ moments of Eurovision is laced with history and flashbacks – from Norton to Bardot to GainsbourgIt sounds like the ultimate punishment. The courtroom falls silent, the judge puts on his black cap, looks you in the eye, over his half-moon specs. I sentence you to … 60 Years of Eurovision (BBC4). Nooooo! I’ll take solitary, the gulag, hard labour, Guantánamo, the gallows even … anything but 60 Year...
Tags: Europe, Music, Television, Documentary, Spain, Culture, Television & radio, Northern Ireland, Franco, Factual TV, Eurovision 2015, Eurovision, Norton, Yugoslavia, Bardot, Berlin Wall Iraq

From 2 Tone to grime, our youth cults showcase a vibrant history of Britain

The co-writer of a TV show says ‘ordinary kids from Berkshire and Birmingham’ have created a version of the modern UK way beyond ‘Blair and Diana’ Clive Martin
Tags: Music, UK, Television, News, Documentary, Pete Doherty, Society, UK News, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Punk, The Observer, Kate Moss, Jazz, Diana

Music Nation is the best TV show about music in years

These late-night Channel 4 documentaries explore local DIY subcultures, from Asian rave to Glasgow’s indie underground. It’s a reminder of what we might be missing out onWatching Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways on the iPlayer has prompted a certain ambivalence. That isn’t down to the final five minutes of each episode, which seem to imply that whichever rich musical heritage Dave Grohl has spent the previous 55 minutes celebrating has essentially culminated in five minutes of generic, sensitive-fra...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Culture, Television & radio, Channel 4, Dave Grohl, Glasgow, Factual TV, Music TV, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth, Jools

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