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Ja Ja Ding Dong! How schlager found its joyful place in the pop camp

Will Ferrell’s new Eurovision movie dances to the bouncing beat of schlager, Germanic folk-pop reclaimed from the spectre of nationalism by embracing kitschAt the beginning of the new Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are workshopping material that will hopefully be good enough for Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic talent show for a Eurovision place. But performing at a local bar, their attempts at present...
Tags: Europe, Music, Sweden, Film, Germany, World news, Netflix, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Abba, Will Ferrell, Eurovision, Ferrell, Lars Will Ferrell, Sigrit Rachel McAdams


Bumi Thomas: the Glasgow-born singer given two weeks to leave the country

Despite living much of her life in the UK, the jazz musician became a victim of the hostile environment policy. She talks about her fight to remain – and strengthening her rootsDuring lockdown, UK jazz artist Bumi Thomas has found space to spread out in her local park. “I take my guitar and howl,” she laughs. “I love it!” As the world starts to understand just how much black women feel they have to reduce themselves, it’s soothing to think of a carefree Thomas filling public space with highlife ...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Nigeria, Race, Culture, Pop and rock, Jazz, Glasgow, Miles Davis, Thomas, Fela Kuti, Yoruba, Bumi Thomas, Peter Adjaye


'We used to shout back: No, you get 'em off!' – Girlschool on 40 years of rocking

The heavy metal pioneers talk about drugs, groupies, pink Cadillacs, the curse of Motörhead’s Lemmy – and being huge in SwedenIt’s hard to fathom why Girlschool aren’t more celebrated. Forty years on from their first album, Demolition – released in June 1980 – and they are still the most successful all-female British rock band ever. They reached the Top 10 of both the singles and albums charts; they headlined the Reading festival in 1981; they filled Hammersmith Odeon; they appeared on Top of th...
Tags: Music, Metal, La, Culture, Pop and rock, Motorhead, Lemmy, Girlschool, Hammersmith Odeon


Johnny Mandel, Oscar-winning composer behind M*A*S*H theme, dies aged 94

Musician, composer and arranger who also won five Grammys hailed by Michael Bublé as ‘a genius, a beast’Johnny Mandel, the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer behind the theme from M*A*S*H and more, has died aged 94.Details of his death have not been released. The news was announced by musician and friend Michael Feinstein, who said: “A dear friend and extraordinary composer arranger and all-around brilliant talent Johnny Mandel just passed away. The world will never be quite the same without his ...
Tags: Music, Film, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jazz, Michael Buble, Michael Feinstein, Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mandel Oscar


Rodney P meets Kojey Radical: 'I don't want my son to always have to fight'

In our series of cross-generational conversations between black artists, the two rappers discuss racism, identity, police shootings – and how to create a better futureAlthough separated by generations, there is a shared sense of black empowerment and rebellion coursing through the music of Rodney P and Kojey Radical. At 50, Rodney P has been instrumental in the evolution of UK rap. Songs released as part of London Posse in the 80s and 90s, such as How’s Life in London, are among the earliest exa...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Race, Rap, Dave, Culture, Britain, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Rodney, London Posse, Rodney P, George Floyd


How US K-pop fans became a political force to be reckoned with

Expect more online raids of the kind that drowned out a racist BLM backlash and humiliated Donald Trump, experts sayIt started as an attempt to blunt the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement but it ended in derision. When the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag appeared on Twitter, its unintended descent into ridicule was driven not by hardened political activists but by a loose coalition of young people worldwide united by their love of South Korean pop music.Those hoping to hold back the tide of su...
Tags: Music, Technology, Activism, US, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Pop and rock, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Bts, Black Lives Matter Movement, K-pop, Tiktok, US elections 2020


Queen – not that one – to appear on postage stamps

Classic rock band to feature on 13 stamp designs from July, with Brian May saying ‘we have become a national institution’No, not that one – the rock band Queen are to feature on a series of UK postage stamps over the summer.They become only the third band to be honoured by Royal Mail, following the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, Design, UK News, Pink Floyd, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Royal Mail, Queen, Stamps, Brian May


Queen to appear on postage stamps

Classic rock band to feature on 13 stamp designs from July, with Brian May saying ‘we have become a national institution’No, not that one – the rock band Queen are to feature on a series of UK postage stamps over the summer.They become only the third band to be honoured by Royal Mail, following the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, Design, UK News, Pink Floyd, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Royal Mail, Queen, Stamps, Brian May


We'll Meet Again: how toxic nostalgia twisted Vera Lynn's pop masterpiece

The song’s magic lay in its poignancy – the very quality that has led to Britain’s parochial obsession with the second world warFrom Captain Tom Moore’s chart-topping You’ll Never Walk Alone to Katherine Jenkins’ charity take on Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again – a cover version as grey and sickly as 1940s rationed margarine – 2020 has been a year in which we’ve been reminded, more than ever, that British culture is unable to escape the long shadow of the second world war. Related: Vera Lynn: the ...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Culture, Britain, Pop and rock, Stephen Moss, Katherine Jenkins, Vera Lynn, Tom Moore


K-pop singer Yohan dies aged 28

Record label announces ‘the most unfortunate, sorrowful news’ about singer from boyband TSTKim Jeong-hwan, known as Yohan in the Korean pop group TST, has died aged 28.TST’s record label, KJ Entertainment confirmed the news, saying: “We are sad to relay the most unfortunate, sorrowful news. On June 16, TST member Yohan left this world. The late Yohan’s family is currently in deep mourning.” The cause of death has not been announced. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Celebrity, Life and style, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Yohan, K-pop, Tst, KJ Entertainment


Dion: 'When I heard my album sober, I thought "Wow – heroin didn't touch it"'

He was a street-tough doo-wopper, then a wayward cult legend. Now at 80, Dion is embracing the blues – and his status as one of the last rock’n’rollers standingDion DiMucci was 13, maybe 14, when he first sang in a club for money, roughly the same time as he picked up a heroin habit that lasted 15 years. He got on the stage and belted out three Hank Williams songs – Cold, Cold Heart, Jambalaya and Hey Good Lookin’ and when he was done “the owners, Yodi and Bart, they gave me $20 apiece, which wa...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Religion, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Christianity, Blues, Older people, Columbia, Bart


Phoebe Bridgers: 'Aged 12 or 13 I was just like, I'm the next Bob Dylan'

As she prepares to release a second album, the Californian indie rocker reflects on provocative lyrics, recent collaborations and what she now thinks of Ryan AdamsYou are a talented young musician whose career has taken off in the past couple of years. Artists you greatly admire want to collaborate with you, declaring themselves “floored” by your music, and excitable comparisons are made to the work of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Now you’re touring the world, jetting off to faraway places that ...
Tags: Music, Japan, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Indie, Leonard Cohen, Ryan Adams, Phoebe Bridgers, Bridgers, Ryan AdamsYou


Taylor Swift: 'Racial injustice has been ingrained in US state government'

Pop star urges fans to vote for candidates committed to fighting police brutality, and shares Barack Obama essayTaylor Swift has accused local and state governments in the US of harbouring institutional racism, and has called on her fans to elect candidates committed to fighting police brutality.The pop star told her 86 million Twitter followers: “Racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and changes MUST be made there. In order for policies to change, we need ...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, Race, US, Social Media, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Black Lives Matter Movement, George Floyd, Barack Obama essayTaylor Swift


Catherine Deneuve was Johnny Hallyday’s secret love, book claims

Revelation that celebrated actor was late rocker’s ‘Lady L’ takes France by surpriseMore than two years after his death, the French rocker Johnny Hallyday is still causing sparks between the women in his life.The late star, a notorious womaniser, is at the centre of a love-triangle spat over claims the actor Catherine Deneuve was his lifelong soulmate and a factor in his split with his first wife, the singer Sylvie Vartan. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Film, France, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan Continue


Microsoft's robot editor confuses mixed-race Little Mix singers

Firm’s plan to replace editors with AI backfires after wrong image of musician is publishedMicrosoft’s decision to replace human journalists with robots has backfired, after the tech company’s artificial intelligence software illustrated a news story about racism with a photo of the wrong mixed-race member of the band Little Mix.A week after the Guardian revealed plans to fire the human editors who run MSN.com and replace them with Microsoft’s artificial intelligence code, an early rollout of th...
Tags: Business, Music, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Race, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Digital Media, Computing, Msn, Little Mix


Steve Priest: the outrageous Sweet bassist who presaged heavy metal

He was cartoonish – once warned by David Bowie to tone down his makeup – and ‘built like a hod-carrier’, but Priest’s camped-up performances defined glam rockIt’s not an exact science, but British glam rock can broadly be divided into two categories. There was what’s come to be known as “high glam”, the genre’s originators and most artful practitioners: Bowie and his acolytes, Roxy Music, T Rex – album artists who could expect serious critical consideration and the space in interviews to expound...
Tags: Music, Metal, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, David Bowie, Social history, David Jones, Marc Bolan, Bowie, Bolan, Steve Priest, Richard Hamilton William Burroughs


The Sweet bassist Steve Priest dies aged 72

Family did not share a cause of death for the glam rock star, who had 13 Top 20 hits in the 1970sSteve Priest, bassist and vocalist with glam rock band The Sweet, has died age 72. His bandmates confirmed the news, sharing a statement from the family. The cause of death is not yet known.Bandmate Andy Scott paid tribute to Priest, describing him as the best bass player he had ever played with. “From that moment in the summer of 1970 when we set off on our musical odyssey the world opened up and th...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Andy Scott, Steve Priest


Bob Dylan: where to start in his back catalogue

In Listener’s digest, we help you explore the work of great artists. Next: the junkyard raconteur and voice of a generationThe Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964) Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Americana


R&B star Kehlani: ‘You can’t believe that everybody means what they say about you’

With fans including Cardi B, Jay-Z and, er, Piers Morgan, Kehlani is the most in-demand name in R&B. She reflects on online abuse, motherhood and her love of Star WarsJust before lockdown, Kehlani had a meeting with the head of her label. Her second album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, was pretty much finished, she just needed the green light. Instead, it was decided to scrap the music videos she’d already planned, delay the album and play the waiting game (a stadium support slot with Justin Bieb...
Tags: Music, La, Culture, Pop and rock, Justin Bieber, Kehlani, Cardi B Jay Z, Piers Morgan Kehlani


Lady Gaga: Chromatica review – Gaga rediscovers the riot on her most personal album

Returning to the sound of her maximalist electro-pop heyday, Gaga explores buried trauma, mental illness and the complexities of fame on this return to formA criticism often levelled at Lady Gaga is that the fantastical imagery she constructs around her albums eclipses the music itself. But it’s a sliding scale – and one that certainly mattered less when she was knocking out undeniable dance-pop party starters like Poker Face and Just Dance, or cementing her status as pop’s freaky outlier on the...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Ariana Grande, Elton John, Dance music, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Electronic Music, Springsteen, K-pop, Bowie Prince, Chromatica


Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields: 'I used to live in a commune where music was forbidden'

As he releases Quickies, an LP of minature gems, the master songwriter contemplates a pop song’s perfect length – and whether Covd-19 has ended his career Stephin Merritt has just spent six weeks confined to his Manhattan apartment after contracting coronavirus. He was ill for 10 days, then recovered. He’s usually a crazily prolific songwriter – two of his band’s most celebrated albums, 50 Song Memoir and 69 Love Songs, obviously contain 119 songs between them – but he hasn’t come up with any ne...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Manhattan, Merritt, Stephin Merritt, Coronavirus outbreak


Brian May was 'near death' after suffering heart attack while gardening

The Queen guitarist said doctors found three blocked arteries after he experienced a ‘small’ heart attackAfter admitting to shredding his buttock muscles while gardening earlier this month, Brian May has revealed further details of an incident that led to a small heart attack and the discovery of three blocked arteries that left the Queen guitarist “very near death”.In a series of posts on his Instagram account, the 72-year-old said that a week after he was sent home after sustaining the gardeni...
Tags: Health, Music, Heart Attack, Culture, Pop and rock, Queen, Gardens, Brian May


Courtney Love in Liverpool: how Scousers taught the wild child how to rock

In 1982, a tearaway called Courtney Love blazed into the city, intoxicated by its exploding post-punk scene. We reveal the feuds, filched raincoats and grotty flats that set her on the path to stardomIf you were in Liverpool in 1982 and had a habit of wandering down Mathew Street, perhaps on your way to Probe record store, you are likely to have seen Courtney Love. She was 17 and living in the city, having been invited there by Teardrop Explodes frontman Julian Cope. Probe was one of her favouri...
Tags: Music, Japan, Hollywood, America, UK News, Courtney Love, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Liverpool, Bill Drummond, Frankie Goes, Ramones, Eric, KLF, Casey


Courtney Love in Liverpool: the Scousers who taught the grunge icon how to rock

In 1982, a tearaway called Courtney Love blazed into the city, intoxicated by its exploding post-punk scene. We reveal the feuds, filched raincoats and grotty flats that set her on the path to stardomIf you were in Liverpool in 1982 and had a habit of wandering down Mathew Street, perhaps on your way to Probe record store, you are likely to have seen Courtney Love. She was 17 and living in the city, having been invited there by Teardrop Explodes frontman Julian Cope. Probe was one of her favouri...
Tags: Music, Japan, Hollywood, America, UK News, Courtney Love, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Liverpool, Bill Drummond, Frankie Goes, Ramones, Eric, KLF, Casey


U2's 40 greatest songs – ranked!

As Bono turns 60, we look back at how the Irish greats turned scratchy post-punk into a stadium-filling proposition – and continue to move with the times Bafflingly left off Pop – it was released on the B-side of Staring at the Sun – North and South of the River is audibly better than swathes of that album: a low-key excursion into something resembling trip-hop, replete with breakbeat and lo-fi orchestral samples and particularly yearning Bono vocal. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Bono, Culture, Pop and rock, U2


Lana Del Rey hits back at critics who say she 'glamorises abuse'

The singer-songwriter said ‘there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me’, citing her lyrics on ‘submissive roles’Lana Del Rey has hit out at the accusations that she “glamorises abuse” that have trailed her throughout her decade-long career. In a lengthy text post to her Instagram account, the 34-year-old singer criticised “female writers and alt singers” who she says have blamed her “minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my re...
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Culture, Pop and rock, Ariana Grande, Cardi B, Camila Cabello


Joni Mitchell: where to start in her back catalogue

In Listener’s digest, our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Next up: the poet of Laurel Canyon who refused anyone’s will but her ownRead all the other Listener’s digest piecesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationBlue (1971) Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Folk Music, Joni Mitchell, Laurel Canyon


'Misery gives us strength': Soolking, the rap voice of young Algeria

His tracks have been streamed billions of times, with Liberté becoming an anthem for Algerian freedom. And having been an undocumented migrant, Soolking’s own liberty is hard wonThirty-year-old Algerian rapper Soolking was just hitting his stride before the world was put on lockdown. His commercially appealing blend of pop, reggaeton and Algerian raï (think Arabic and then add Auto-Tune) has generated a dizzying one billion streams on YouTube, with millions of them generated in the UK; hailing f...
Tags: Music, UK, France, Africa, Rap, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Pop and rock, Paris, Algeria, Algiers, Soolking, Staouéli


Kaiser Chiefs: how we made I Predict a Riot

‘It was inspired by a hectic night at a club we ran – people were taking their clothes off and hanging from ceiling pipes’We never wrote a love song in the Kaiser Chiefs. At the time of I Predict a Riot, I was inspired by tracks like Sharp Darts by the Streets, songs that were gritty and real. The inspiration for the verses came from me DJing at the Cockpit in Leeds, and at the end of the night we’d drive home past this club called the Majestyk. There was always a big snarl-up there, loads of pe...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, The Voice, Leeds, Kaiser Chiefs, Sharp Darts


Charli XCX: ‘It’s weird yelling into a mic while my boyfriend does a puzzle’

She’s written hits for Lizzo and Rita Ora, plus a string of her own. Next up: an album she wrote with fans while on lockdown in LANineteen years post-Pop Idol, there is not much left to demystify about the way pop music is made. Fans follow the industry’s movements as obsessively as football supporters do the Premier League; songwriters and producers have their own followings. There are podcasts where artists explain a song’s path from genesis to completion. And yet, watching Charli XCX handwrit...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Los Angeles, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Premier League, Charli Xcx, Cambridge, Rita Ora, Lizzo, Charlotte Aitchison



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