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Rock that body: how the Mugler catsuit is shaping pop

From Billie Eilish to Beyoncé, the Mugler outfit has become the natural successor to Madonna’s bustierPop music has a new uniform. The feline, figure-hugging Mugler bodysuit, with its generous cutouts, has become ubiquitous with the biggest female singers. Billie Eilish wore one for her recent Vogue cover shoot, Beyoncé was in one on the cover of the same magazine’s December issue, as was Dua Lipa at the MTV Europe music awards, while Miley Cyrus wore hers accessorised with silver jewellery at t...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Beyonce, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Vogue, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Women's Tops, Cardi B, Cardi, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, MTV Europe

Red Hot Chili Peppers sell rights to catalogue of hits to Hipgnosis

Trend of artists selling rights continues, as Kid Creole and the Coconuts also sign dealRed Hot Chili Peppers and Kid Creole and the Coconuts have become the latest artists to cash in on their catalogue of hits, selling the rights to songs including Californication and Annie I’m Not Your Daddy to London-listed music royalties investment firms.The Chili Peppers are poised to sell their publishing rights to London-listed music investment firm Hipgnosis, reportedly for more than $140m (£101m). Cont...
Tags: Business, Music, London, UK News, World news, Music Industry, US news, Culture, Annie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hipgnosis, Californication, Chili Peppers, Kid Creole, Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Zimdancehall dreams: the back yard studios helping Harare get heard

Infectious hits produced on a shoestring allow Zimbabwe’s aspiring musicians to express their struggles and dream bigInside a grimy flat in Mbare, Zimbabwe’s oldest township in the capital Harare, about 10 young musicians nervously rehearse their lyrical chants as they wait to be called into the recording booth.Many celebrated musicians in Zimbabwe have been born out of this old flat. For those here now, this is their one shot at stardom, or at least a future in music. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Culture, Hip-hop, Global development, Zimbabwe, Young People, Harare, Zimdancehall, Mbare Zimbabwe

Billie Eilish says all her age group have suffered sexual misbehaviour

US singer, 19, made claim in Vogue interview when discussing new single about abusive relationshipBillie Eilish has spoken about the prevalence of sexual exploitation of minors in an interview, saying “it’s everywhere”.Speaking about her new single, Your Power, which addresses an abusive relationship between a minor and an older person, the 19-year-old singer told Vogue that all her peers had experienced some sort of sexual impropriety. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Vogue, Sexual Harassment, Billie Eilish

Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix: ‘Being Black is my power. I want young Black girls to see that’

In her early days with the girl band, Pinnock felt invisible and couldn’t understand why. Then the role of race became clearLeigh-Anne Pinnock has been living the pop star dream ever since she was 19 and stepped on to a stage to audition for The X Factor, singing Rihanna’s Only Girl (In the World). She has now spent almost a decade in one of the UK’s biggest girl groups. But she had a difficult start with Little Mix, and not because she didn’t get on with her bandmates. She felt “invisible”, and...
Tags: Music, UK, Television, Celebrity, Rihanna, Race, Life and style, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Surrey, Black, Andre Gray, Little Mix, Leigh Anne Pinnock, Pinnock

Belarus was given boot from Eurovision over ‘no dissent’ songs

Decision taken despite the risk of politicising music competition, head of European Broadcasting Union says Belarus had to be banned from this year’s Eurovision after it repeatedly submitted songs calling for “no dissent” despite the risk of the decision politicising the music competition, the head of the event’s organising body has said.Noel Curran, director general of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the industry body that produces the annual international competition, said a stand neede...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Belarus, Eurovision, Alexander Lukashenko, European Broadcasting Union, European Broadcasting Union EBU, European television, Noel Curran

Harry and Meghan to join Joe Biden at Vax Live concert to increase global vaccination

Jennifer Lopez and J Balvin among stars at virtual performance to raise money for CovaxCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the US president, Joe Biden, at a virtual concert in Los Angeles aimed at increasing the global vaccination effort.Harry and Meghan are “campaign chairs” of the A-list event, Vax Live. Hosted by Selena Gomez, and organised by Global Citizen, the event, on Saturday 8 May, will feature musical performances by nam...
Tags: Health, Music, US, Los Angeles, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Jennifer Lopez, Prince Harry, Harry, Selena Gomez, Vaccines and immunisation, Duke, Sussex

Russian man 'trapped' on Chinese reality TV show finally voted out after three months

Vladislav Ivanov says he regretted his decision to join Produce Camp 2021 but fans refused to vote him outThe reality TV ordeal of a Russian who joined a Chinese boy band show by accident – and made it to the final despite urging fans to vote him off – has finally ended after nearly three months.Vladislav Ivanov, a 27-year-old from Vladivostok, was kicked out of the Produce Camp 2021 on Saturday after viewers ignored his pleas to leave and backed him all the way to the final. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Reality TV, Television, China, Russia, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Television & radio, Music TV, Vladivostok, Vladislav Ivanov

Morrissey hits back at The Simpsons over ‘hurtful and racist’ parody episode

Manager posts critical statement on singer’s behalf after Panic On The Streets Of Springfield airsThe Simpsons has earned the wrath of Morrissey after it parodied the former Smiths frontman in an episode of the show.The singer was satirised during the episode Panic On The Streets Of Springfield, which aired in the US on Sunday night. In the episode, Lisa Simpson becomes obsessed with a fictional band called the Snuffs and befriends its frontman, Quilloughby. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Smiths, The Simpsons, Morrissey, Springfield, Lisa Simpson, Animation on TV

Sparks musical with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard to open Cannes film festival

Written by Ron and Russell Mael and set in Los Angeles, Annette is the first English-language film by Holy Motors director Leos CaraxThe rescheduled 2021 edition of the Cannes film festival has picked Annette, a new film from Holy Motors director Leos Carax and starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, for its high-profile opening slot.The musical, written by Sparks duo Ron and Russell Mael, is described by the festival as “the story of Henry, a standup comedian with a fierce sense of humour, a...
Tags: Europe, Business, Music, Musicals, Film, France, Los Angeles, World news, Film Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, Festivals, Spike Lee, Cannes film festival, ANN, Marion Cotillard

Fyre festival attendees to receive $7,000 each in settlement

New York bankruptcy court rules in favour of payout to 277 people who travelled to Bahamas for notorious ‘luxury’ event A group of 277 attendees at the notorious Fyre festival are to receive settlement payouts of $7,220 (£5,240) each after the conclusion of a lawsuit against the organisers.The 2017 event drew global attention after the supposedly luxury music experience, promoted by supermodels and set to feature artists such as Major Lazer and Migos, turned out to resemble a disaster relief cam...
Tags: Music, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Festivals, Music Festivals, Bahamas, Migos, Lazer

Henry Glassie: Field Work review – hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making

This documentary about the celebrated folklorist also takes a leisurely look at the working methods of the artists he reveresThere’s an unmistakable slow-cinema vibe to this scrupulously observational documentary, which seems somehow to go on for weeks despite its 100-minute running time. The ostensible subject matter is American anthropologist Henry Glassie, who is college professor emeritus in folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University; but it isn’t really “about” him in any convention...
Tags: Art, Music, Science, Biology, Film, Americas, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Anthropology, Northern Ireland, Brazil

Janet Jackson to sell personal treasures in celebrity auction

Jewellery, a wedding dress and tour outfits are among memorabilia up for grabs after the superstar decided on a cathartic clearoutIntent on making sure her birthday weekend will be one to remember for fans across the world, Janet Jackson has finally agreed to auction more than 1,000 pieces from a career spanning four decades.The star, who has sold over 185 million records and remains the only female artist in history to score seven top-five singles from one album, has partnered with celebrity au...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, World news, US news, Culture, Beverly Hills, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Julien

‘I won’t allow myself to be broken’: Russia’s Eurovision candidate Manizha takes on ‘the haters’

The singer’s fight against domestic violence and homophobia and her body-positive posts on Instagram have led to a torrent of abuse – some from very powerful peopleRussia’s 2021 Eurovision candidate breezes into a conference room, Channel One documentary film crew in tow, offering a simple tea of mint leaves brewed in hot water. “On days like today, I want something calming,” Manizha says, pouring two cups, as a boom mic hovers over us. No pressure.The Tajikistan-born singer, who will perform he...
Tags: Europe, Music, Human Rights, Instagram, Russia, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Tajikistan, Eurovision, Rotterdam, Women's rights and gender equality, Manizha

Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth, Dead at 99

Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has died. He was 99 years old. via NBC News: Philip spent 65 years supporting the queen, retiring from his public role in 2017 and staying largely out of the view since. In his active years, he helped set a new course for the monarchy under a young queen, championing Britain itself, as well as environmental causes, science and technology. Philip’s relationship with the young Princess Elizabeth began as a story of young love. “We behave ...
Tags: UK, Celebs, News, Nbc News, World news, Britain, Pop Culture, Jazz, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth Ii, Elizabeth, Philip, Prince Philip, NBCnews, R.I.P, Celebrity Deaths

Record label Young Turks changes name to avoid connotations of genocide

Young, which releases music by the xx, FKA twigs and more, acknowledges ‘hurt and confusion’ caused by previous nameThe record label Young Turks, home to the xx, FKA twigs, Sampha and more, has changed its name to Young to avoid connotations with genocide.The Young Turks were a diverse group of intellectuals and revolutionaries who formed amid tensions in the Ottoman empire in the early 20th century. They helped usher in the 1908 revolution that deposed ruler Sultan Abdulhamid II and brought dem...
Tags: Europe, Music, Greece, World news, Turkey, Culture, Armenia, Armenian genocide, Young

The Weeknd donates $1m in food aid to Ethiopia amid 'senseless' conflict

Singer also generates $2.2m in sales of NFTs, including one linked to an unreleased song sold for $490,000Pop singer the Weeknd has donated $1m (£722,000) in food aid to Ethiopia, amid the ongoing conflict in the country’s Tigray region.“My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to the elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction,” he wrote on Instagram. “I will be donating $1 million ...
Tags: Music, Technology, Africa, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Ethiopia, The Weeknd, United Nations World Food Program, Tigray

Rapper DMX hospitalised after heart attack, his lawyer says

Artist’s longtime New York attorney Murray Richman said DMX had been on life support but was later breathing on his own The American rapper DMX was hospitalised on Saturday evening after falling ill, his New York-based lawyer Murray Richman said.“He had a heart attack. He’s quite ill,” Richman said. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, New York, World news, US news, Culture, DMX, Richman, Murray Richman

Maker of Lil Nas X 'Satan shoes' blocked by Nike insists they are works of art

MSCHF cannot sell 666 pairs of controversial sneakers‘Conceptual art collective’ bemoans legal reverseThe maker of the rapper Lil Nas X’s controversial “Satan shoes” responded to a lawsuit from Nike by claiming the sneakers were works of art. Related: Satan shoes? Sure. But Lil Nas X is not leading American kids to devil-worship | Akin Olla Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Nike, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Lil Nas X, Lil Nas

The eggs factor: Belgian pop star finds fame again from rural Irish exile

Philippe Robrecht was living the quiet life with his wife and hens when stardom came calling backSomething odd happened to Philippe Robrecht while hunkered down in lockdown on Inishbofin, a tiny island with just 170 inhabitants off Ireland’s Atlantic coast: he became, again, a pop star.The 55-year-old musician and singer had not made an album in almost a decade and was all but forgotten in his native Belgium when the Covid-19 pandemic reached Ireland last year. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Atlantic, Ireland, Pop and rock, Belgium, Coronavirus, Philippe Robrecht, Inishbofin

BTS's Korean record label buys Justin Bieber management company

Ithaca, owned by Scooter Braun, also manages artists such as Ariana Grande and Demi LovatoThe Korean record label behind K-pop sensation BTS has agreed a $1bn (£725m) deal to buy the US company that manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.Hybe, BTS’s label, which was formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment, announced on Friday it was buying Ithaca, the holding company of the US impresario Scooter Braun. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Business, Music, US, World news, Music Industry, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Bts, Ithaca, Scooter Braun, K-pop, Justin Bieber Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato Hybe

‘There were pitched battles, fist fights’: how Britfunk overcame racism to reinvigorate UK pop

Blending jazz-funk, glam rock and punk energy in the late 1970s, Britfunk crash-landed into the charts and inspired club culture. The musicians relive one of the first homegrown Black music scenesLast year, a few weeks before lockdown began, Gilles Peterson was watching the Brit awards when the American musician Tyler, the Creator won the international male solo artist award. In his acceptance speech, he said something deeply unexpected: “Shoutout to all the British funk of the 80s that I’ve tri...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Race, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Tyler The Creator, Peterson, Gilles Peterson, Britfunk

Barack Obama’s Grandmother Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama Dies At Age 99

Former President Barack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama has died at the age of 99. Known as Mama Sarah, she passed away early Monday (Mar. 29) at a hospital in the city of Kisumu in western Kenya, her daughter Marsat Onyango told the Daily Nation newspaper. A family spokesperson said that she’d been ill for a week, but did not die from COVID-19, as she had tested negative for the disease. Mama Sarah rose to national fame in Kenya back in 2008 after Barack Obama was elected presiden...
Tags: News, Obama, Africa, Barack Obama, World news, United States, Pop Culture, Jazz, Kenya, Sarah, Uhuru Kenyatta, Dani, Daily Nation, Kisumu, Kogelo, R.I.P

Karol G: 'Why should I limit how I express myself because I'm a woman?'

The vastly popular Colombian singer is challenging outdated views of women in Latin pop – but her naive racial politics have sparked controversyI catch Colombian singer Karol G in a rare moment of calm, while she is in a car on her way to a hotel. She has just landed in New York to film a music video, but home is Miami, she clarifies, the engine humming in the background. “I love it there because there are so many Latinos!”Born Carolina Giraldo Navarro in Medellín, Karol G, 30, is one of Latin A...
Tags: Music, New York, Race, Americas, World news, Colombia, Culture, Pop and rock, Miami, Latin America, Karol G, Carolina Giraldo Navarro

Barcelona: 5,000 to attend rock concert after same-day Covid screening

Gig by Spanish band Love of Lesbian has special permission of the country’s health authorities Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Five thousand music lovers are due to attend a rock concert in Barcelona after passing a same-day Covid-19 screening, to test the plan’s effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events.The show on Saturday by Spanish band Love of Lesbian has the special permission of the country’s health authorities. While the rest...
Tags: Music, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Coronavirus, Love of Lesbian

Belarus disqualified from Eurovision over anti-protest song

Galasy ZMesta song sparks backlash from opposition figures, who have faced a violent crackdown during demonstrationsOrganisers of this year’s Eurovision song contest have disqualified Belarus, ruling that its entry song – by a band whose lyrics have been deemed in the past to mock anti-government protests – is in breach of competition guidelines.Earlier this month the organisers rejected an entry by Belarus, which has been gripped by political crisis since August last year, as the submitted song...
Tags: Europe, Music, Protest, World news, Culture, Belarus, Eurovision, Alexander Lukashenko

David Fincher and Trent Reznor on Mank: 'People were like: Huh. This is very niche'

The director and the rock star composer have now collaborated on four films and discuss their work on the overwhelming Oscar favourite, plus why Bird Box made no sense and whether Fight Club could come to BroadwayOne of the US’s greatest living directors is keeping his camera switched off for our Zoom call, but he sounds so cheerful – “Hey! It’s Fincher!” – that he might as well be communicating in smiley-face emojis. Perhaps it is the effect of the 10 Oscar nominations announced a few days earl...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Film, US, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Pixar, David Fincher, Social Network, Ross, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Fight Club, Reznor

‘This is radical love’ – the glorious, rich history of black queer Britain

From queer punks in Huddersfield to lesbian-run sound systems in Brixton, Black LGBTQ Britons have been raiding their old photograph collections to document some pioneering scenesWe launched the digital archive Black and Gay, Back in the Day on Instagram at the start of LGBTQ History Month on 1 February. We wanted to document the lives of Black queer people in Britain – not just those seen as icons or famous figures but the everyday people who contributed to the building of Black culture and fre...
Tags: Photography, Music, London, Social Media, World news, Culture, Britain, Digital Media, LGBT rights, Huddersfield, Clubbing, Black, Brixton

'It's the way she owns her body': how Megan Thee Stallion rode to Grammys glory

Last week’s triple triumph capped the glorious rise of a rapper who has inspired a generation of women with her confidence and sublime talentIn 2014, a then-unknown Megan Thee Stallion tweeted: “I need a team [because] I promise this rap shit gone take off for me.”That promise has been fulfilled in quite spectacular fashion. The 26-year-old, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, is now one of the world’s most famous and respected rap stars, with her three Grammy awards at last weekend’s ceremony marking t...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Grammys, Megan Thee Stallion, Grammy awards 2021, Megan Jovon Ruth Pete

Russia's Eurovision entry to be investigated for 'illegal' lyrics

Manizha’s song Russian Woman incites hatred towards men and should be banned from the contest, say criticsRussian investigators said they will examine the lyrics of the country’s entry to this year’s Eurovision song contest after it angered conservative groups who accused its Tajikistan-born singer of inciting hatred towards men.Manizha Sangin, known as Manizha, is set to perform the song Russian Woman at Eurovision in the Netherlands in May. The song praises the strength of Russian women, urgin...
Tags: Europe, Music, Russia, Women, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Netherlands, Tajikistan, Eurovision, Manizha, Manizha Sangin

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