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‘I am appalled’: Billie Eilish apologises for mouthing apparent racist slur in resurfaced five-year-old clip

Singer says she was unaware of the meaning of the offensive word at the time, did not mean to cause offence, and the prospect of causing people hurt ‘absolutely breaks my heart’Billie Eilish has apologised after a video surfaced appearing to show her mouthing a racist slur.The Grammy-winning pop star, 19, shared a lengthy statement to Instagram Stories, writing that she was “appalled and embarrassed” by the clip. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Billie Eilish, Instagram Stories


Joni Mitchell’s Blue: my favourite song – by James Taylor, Carole King, Graham Nash, David Crosby and more

As the legendary album turns 50, the musicians it inspired – and those who inspired it – tell us which track means the most to them and why Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Folk Music, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor Carole King Graham Nash David Crosby


‘I’m working through 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’: readers’ WFH playlists

Some of you went classic rock; others Iranian ambient. And yet others took on epic challenges that will take years to complete … here’s what you’ve been listening to while working under lockdownIf I need to concentrate on something really thorny, I go for Bach every time. It seems to allow my brain to work at a high level and I do almost all my best work to Bach. András Schiff or Angela Hewitt playing keyboard works, and Hilary Hahn on violin. Beethoven’s late quartets and Schubert lieder are g...
Tags: Music, Metal, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Classical Music, Beethoven, Jazz, Bach, Schubert, Cheltenham Continue, Angela Hewitt, Hilary Hahn, Bach András Schiff, Edward Collier


Mykki Blanco: ‘I’ve helped to push open some closed doors. It’s a cool feeling’

The rapper has worked with Kanye and Madonna and blazed a trail for black queer pop. Their new mini album, they say, feels like the start of a new chapter…Mykki Blanco has just moved to Hollywood, and five minutes into our conversation, the 35-year old rapper’s beloved mother calls. “She needs to chill out. Like, I don’t work?” laughs Blanco. “She’s helping me pick out furniture and she’s gone crazy about the whole thing.” There is something pure about one of hip-hop’s most experimental figures ...
Tags: Europe, Music, New York, Hollywood, London, US, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, New York Times, Paris, Portugal, Madonna, Lgbtq, Elle


Françoise Hardy, ‘close to the end’ of her life, argues for assisted suicide

The French singer says radiation has left her in immense pain, and fears a natural death would bring ‘even more physical suffering’Françoise Hardy, the French pop songwriter who found fame in the 60s yé-yé movement, has said she feels “close to the end” of her life in a new interview.Hardy, 77, told Femme Actuelle that in 2018 she was diagnosed with a tumour in her ear. It followed her diagnosis with lymphatic cancer in the mid-2000s, and a hospitalisation in 2015 that led to her being placed in...
Tags: Europe, Music, Law, France, Society, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Assisted dying, Hardy, Françoise Hardy, Femme Actuelle


Joan Armatrading: Consequences review – strikingly inventive songwriter deserves her due

(BMG)The 70-year-old Brit may cut an unassuming figure, but she refuses to trade on comfort, essaying pop head-on without ever sounding like a trend-chasing heritage actIt seems a strange thing to say about someone who was awarded a CBE last October, is still in possession of a major label contract at 70 and clearly has no problem selling out venues whenever she chooses to tour, but Joan Armatrading still feels like a weirdly under-sung figure in pop history. It’s not just that she was a genuine...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Bmg, Joan Armatrading, Armatrading


Nigerian rapper Olamide: ‘People have a very limited understanding of the ghetto’

From a Lagos slum, Olamide became one of Africa’s biggest music stars. A new, global deal is taking his vivid pop to the wider worldBariga, a sprawling northern suburb of Lagos, Nigeria that is home to more than 700,000 people, is infamous for its impoverished housing and gang culture – and for pushing a raw, jarring sound into the Nigerian mainstream. Olamide, long one of Africa’s biggest music stars, was one of the kids responsible for that shift: 13 years ago, he was walking the streets of Ba...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Mumbai, Lagos, Lagos Nigeria, Bariga, OLAMIDÉ


The best albums of 2021 so far

From drill’s high watermark to Tuareg rock, Colombian pop and London jazz, here are our music editors’ picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Metal, London, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Psychedelia, Indie, Jazz, Folk Music, Electronic Music, St Vincent, Experimental music, Nick Cave, Wolf Alice, Dry Cleaning


Polo G: ‘Death and depression made me lean towards music. It became therapeutic’

The Chicago rapper’s last album spent 47 weeks in the UK chart, testament to the power of his raw, introspective tracks. He discusses his journey out of crime and drug use towards being one of rap’s biggest stars“Every day a battle, I’m exhausted and I’m weary / Make sure I smile in public, when alone, my eyes teary / I fought through it all, but that shit hurt me severely.” Even acknowledging the widespread vulnerability and emotional honesty in today’s rap scene, these are still startling lyri...
Tags: Music, UK, US, US news, Rap, Chicago, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Lil Peep, Juice WRLD


Lorde’s comeback single is a lesson in letting pop stars take their time

Solar Power delivers a statement of loose-limbed maturity from a mercurial star who is much imitated but utterly uniqueLorde has said she was “waiting for the right moment” to release her comeback single, Solar Power, and opted for 11 June to coincide with the year’s only solar eclipse (although leaks may have forced her hand). Her chosen date resonates beyond the obvious thematic associations of her hazy, sun-worshipping comeback single and its cheeky cover art.Pop stars, especially young women...
Tags: Music, Lorde, Culture, Pop and rock, The Rolling Stones, New Zealand, Solar Power, Primal Scream, George Michael, Olivia Rodrigo


Daryl Hall & John Oates: ‘We had a lethal ability to experiment’

Their 80s hits are now hitting the billion-streams mark, but the duo’s genre-resistant pop often chafed against the zeitgeist. They recall the triumphs – and makeup choices – of the past 50 yearsI’m half an hour into my interview with John Oates when he insists I need to look at YouTube as a matter of extreme urgency. “You’ve never seen this?” he says, incredulous, down the phone from his home in Nashville. “My friend, I don’t know you very well, but you’re missing a great moment in music histor...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Nashville, Oates, Daryl Hall John Oates, Oates Daryl Hall, Sara Allen Hall


The greatest ever songs of the summer – ranked!

From Don Henley to Drake, we rate the hottest sounds of the seasonFor a fleeting moment Brooklyn’s the Drums were the skinny jean-sporting indie band du jour. This is their crowning moment, all pogoing bass, petal-soft whistle riffs and a lyric about waking up on a sunny morning and running to the beach. “Oh mama I don’t care about nothing” feels like a very summer 2021 mantra, too. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Rihanna, Beach Boys, Daft Punk, Jay-z, Culture, Brooklyn, Pop and rock, Indie, Spice Girls, Dance music, Take That, Drake, Reggae, Carly Rae Jepsen


Eurovision winners Måneskin: ‘Cocaine? Damiano barely drinks beer!’

Already multiplatinum in their native Italy, the swaggering rock quartet now have two singles in the UK chart. They discuss their rise to success – and that drug-taking allegationBefore their momentous Eurovision victory with Zitti e Buoni, placing Italian rock back on the world stage and earning praise from Simon Le Bon and Miley Cyrus; before a baseless accusation of snorting cocaine almost veered into a full-blown diplomatic crisis; and before their post-win ping-pong tournament became a twee...
Tags: Music, UK, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Italy, Miley Cyrus, Eurovision, Rotterdam, Simon Le Bon, De Angelis, Damiano, Måneskin, Zitti, Victoria De Angelis


Behind the rise of hyperpop

The past decade has seen the formation of a vibrant and strange genre of music called hyperpop. Its growth has been spurred on by the internet – through Soundcloud, Twitter and now Spotify – and it has been linked to some of the most exciting young artists worldwide.Freelance music writer Shaad D’Souza speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the rise of hyperpop and what it tells us about the influence of big corporations such as Spotify.You can also read: Continue reading...
Tags: Spotify, Business, Music, Technology, Internet, Australia news, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, Digital music and audio, Australian Music, Laura Murphy Oates, Soundcloud Twitter, Shaad D'Souza


How we made Three Lions: David Baddiel and Ian Broudie on England’s Euro 96 anthem

‘I heard German fans singing it after they knocked England out. I had to resist throwing a TV out of the window’I knew that New Order had done a football song [Italia 1990’s World in Motion], but I was hesitant when the FA asked me to do Euro 96. Fantasy Football with Frank Skinner and David Baddiel was big on TV at the time, so I thought they should sing it and the band could go uncredited. But everybody was like, “No. It’s got to be the Lightning Seeds as well.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, England, Football, Sport, Society, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, British identity and society, David Baddiel, New Order, Frank Skinner, Ian Broudie, Lightning Seeds


Martina Topley-Bird: ‘I wasn’t trying to be famous. I was embarrassingly earnest about being authentic’

The vocalist breaks her long silence to talk about grieving for her daughter, her pioneering work with Tricky on Maxinquaye and finally making an album she’s 98% happy with…Martina Topley-Bird is struggling with her voice today. “It was awful last night,” she says, croakily, down the line from her home in Valencia. “My first interview in 11 years and then this happens!” As it turns out, Topley-Bird’s will hold out for well over an hour. But it won’t always take her to where she wants to go. She’...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Electronic Music, Valencia, Tricky, Darlington, Mina, West Park, Martina Topley Bird, Mazy, Topley Bird


Angélique Kidjo: Mother Nature review – hip-hop exuberance meets African tradition

The veteran Benin singer emerges as leader of a new generation of African musicians in this joyful blend of new and old soundsWith a booming population that is overwhelmingly young, it’s only a matter of time before west Africa produces a global pop star as universally renowned as Beyoncé or Prince. When that happens, she or he will owe a big debt to Benin’s Angélique Kidjo who, now aged 60, has been a trailblazer for the continent over the course of 14 albums.Kidjo has always been about inclusi...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Indonesia, Africa, Culture, Pop and rock, Benin, Philip Glass, Celia Cruz, Angelique Kidjo, Celia, Kidjo, Anggun


Powfu: the lo-fi rapper who became a Covid-era star without leaving his bedroom

Last year the Canadian musician scored a global hit with Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head) – now he’s finally ready to meet his fansFor the lockdown superstar, omnipresent fame feels very much like obscurity used to. “I’ve been waiting a long time to go play with the fans,” says Powfu – AKA 22-year-old, Canadian lo-fi rapper Isaiah Faber – gazing around at the same four walls he was staring at before his breakthrough track Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head) unexpectedly racked up 360m YouTube strea...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Powfu, Isaiah Faber


‘Africa has so much talent – we can’t even grasp it’: Angélique Kidjo on pop, politics and power

She’s played with everyone from Tony Allen to David Byrne. Now the Grammy winner is singing with a new generation of African stars, celebrating their continent while confronting its failingsOn a video call from Paris, Angélique Kidjo, 60, shifts and leaps in her seat with the restive energy of a teenager. “I’m always changing and innovating and this album is no different,” she says. “Change brings life to things; it keeps me going. In life, you never know what to expect.”Over a career that spans...
Tags: Music, Bono, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Paris, Classical Music, Talking Heads, Grammys, David Byrne, Benin, Philip Glass, Tony Allen, Angelique Kidjo


‘That was the day I knew I had died … ’ José Mauro, the reborn genius of bossa nova

The melancholic singer was a gem in Brazil’s musical history, but many thought he had been killed in a motorcycle accident. At 72, he is releasing his lost recordings and finally reclaiming his legacyIt was the summer of 1995 when José Mauro discovered he was dead. The Brazilian musician, then 46 years old, was living on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, teaching guitar, when a friend called from London saying he’d spotted a CD of Mauro’s long-deleted 1970 LP, Obnoxius, on sale in a London record...
Tags: Music, London, Americas, Culture, Pop and rock, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Mauro, José Mauro


‘That was the day I knew I had died … ’ José Mauro, Brazilian music’s reborn genius

The melancholic singer was a gem in his country’s musical history, but many thought he had been killed in a motorcycle accident. At 72, he is releasing his lost recordings and finally reclaiming his legacyIt was the summer of 1995 when José Mauro discovered he was dead. The Brazilian musician, then 46 years old, was living on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, teaching guitar, when a friend called from London saying he’d spotted a CD of Mauro’s long-deleted 1970 LP, Obnoxius, on sale in a London r...
Tags: Music, London, Americas, Culture, Pop and rock, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Mauro, José Mauro


‘They had soul’: Anton Corbijn on 40 years shooting Depeche Mode

He thought they were pop lightweights – then turned them into moody megastars. The photographer recalls his adventures with the band, from desert trips to drug-induced near-death experiencesBy his own cheerful admission, Anton Corbijn’s relationship with Depeche Mode did not get off to a flying start. It was 1981 and Corbijn was the NME’s new star photographer, lured to the UK from his native Netherlands by the sound of British post-punk, particularly Joy Division. His subsequent black and white...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, UK, Film, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Netherlands, Manchester, David Bowie, Anton Corbijn, Depeche Mode, Nme, Beefheart, Corbijn


Man in Black at 50: Johnny Cash’s empathy is needed more than ever

The country star is not always remembered for his politics, but his about-face to withdraw support for Nixon and the Vietnam war may be his finest moment“I speak my mind in a lot of these songs,” Johnny Cash wrote in the liner notes to the album Man in Black, released 50 years ago today. He might be better known now for the outlaw songs of his youth or the reckonings with death in his final recordings, but Cash used his 1971 album to set out his less-discussed political vision: long on feeling a...
Tags: Music, Activism, Protest, Religion, Country, Society, World news, US news, Culture, United States, Pop and rock, US military, Christianity, Vietnam, Vietnam War, US prisons


Repeat offenders: what is the most overplayed song?

It has to be an omnipresent, year-round stinker. So which is it?In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle itFirst, some housekeeping: the most overplayed song is not simply the one that has been played the most. In terms of Spotify streams, that would make it Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, with 2.8bn listens. On YouTube, it’s Baby Shark Dance with 8.5bn views, because of course it is. Though you may rather...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Ed Sheeran


Neil Finn on the return of Crowded House: ‘I am ultimately very optimistic about the world’

As the band releases their first record in a decade, the New Zealand songwriter reflects on its influences – from Fleetwood Mac to Donald TrumpNeil Finn, New Zealand music’s jovial elder statesman, is remembering his best friend and bandmate Paul Hester.He recalls the Crowded House drummer holding Finn’s baby son Liam up to the heavens, recreating a scene from the 70s TV show Roots; how Hester taught Liam’s younger brother, Elroy, to play the drums. But Hester’s gone now – he took his own life i...
Tags: Music, Australia news, Culture, Pop and rock, New Zealand, Fleetwood Mac, Finn, Liam, Neil Finn, Hester, Elroy, Crowded House, Paul Hester, Donald TrumpNeil Finn


BJ Thomas, singer of Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, dies at 78

Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts announced in March he had lung cancerBJ Thomas, a Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with hits including Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head and Hooked on a Feeling, has died. He was 78.Thomas, who announced in March that he had lung cancer, died on Saturday at his home in Arlington, Texas, his publicist said. Continue reading...
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Shygirl, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, PinkPantheress: summer’s hottest artists

From TikTok-assisted drill stars to a ‘ghetto house’ pioneer, here are the acts to watch this seasonNu-soul star Greentea Peng: ‘I have no interest in being a pop star’Jazz-funk outfit Hiatus Kaiyote: ‘Loss is not a new thing to me’ Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, R&B, Greentea Peng


Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm: ‘Last year I lost a breast and then my bird. But loss isn’t new to me’

The jazz-funkers beloved of Beyoncé are back with a new album inspired by grief, lockdown and a big white station wagonOther artists to watch out for this summerFor most people on the planet, 2020 was a year spent stuck indoors. During that period Naomi Saalfield, AKA Nai Palm, lead singer of the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote, had one room in particular on her mind: a childhood bedroom that used to glow red for an hour every sunset. It has become the subject of a standout track, Red Room, on th...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Culture, Pop and rock, Nai Palm, Kaiyote, Naomi Saalfield, Saalfield


Greentea Peng: ‘A pop star? I have no interest in being a pop star’

Likened to Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse, the south Londoner’s nu-soul sound looks set to reign supreme this summer – whether she likes it or not A polluted intersection on the A1 does not seem like Greentea Peng’s natural habitat. Its ear-splitting soundtrack – of screaming horns and the odd exploding crisp packet – could not be further from the 26-year-old’s preferred sonic mode: blissed-out, dub-inflected psychedelic soul that speaks of renouncing ego, embracing love and bringing down Babylon...
Tags: Music, London, Culture, Pop and rock, Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Greentea Peng, Aria Wells


My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields: ‘We wanted to sound like a band killing their songs’

The band have released only one album since 1991 classic Loveless, yet their influence remains undimmed. Their frontman discusses destroying buildings with noise, losing his mojo – and preparing new musicIn early 1988, My Bloody Valentine decided that they were, as their de facto leader, Kevin Shields, puts it today, “finished”. You can see how they might have come to that conclusion. They had started life in the early 80s as a Dublin post-punk band, relocated to Berlin at the suggestion of the ...
Tags: Music, London, Berlin, Culture, Pop and rock, Psychedelia, Jesus, Dublin, Experimental music, Valentine, My Bloody Valentine, Shields, Birthday Party, Kevin Shields, Mary Chain, Virgin Prunes