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'Colourful, vibrant, sensual!' Stars on Jimi Hendrix, 50 years gone

In awe of everything from his raunchiness to his skill with sheer volume, members of Pixies, Yes, Parliament-Funkadelic, Thin Lizzy and more celebrate the guitar god, who died 50 years ago todayI first met Jimi – he was called Jimmy James then – at the California Club in Los Angeles. He was down on his luck at the time. His wardrobe was shabby and he reeked of Right Guard deodorant, which he used in copious amounts because he couldn’t afford to have his clothing properly dry cleaned. The heels o...
Tags: Music, Love, Los Angeles, Jimi Hendrix, Culture, Pop and rock, Miles Davis, Jimi, Lizzy, Spiritualized, Pixies, JIMMY JAMES, Echo And The Bunnymen, California Club


Alicia Keys: 'I was supposed to end up a prostitute or addicted to drugs'

With the release of a new album, the singer picks favourite tracks from her back catalogue and talks about the magic of working with Kanye West, surviving the tough streets of New York and her struggles with self-worthMusicians can be prone to false modesty or putting their achievements down to whatever spiritual energy is currently in fashion. There is none of that with Alicia Keys. “If you put me in a room, I will close the deal,” she says, filling her hotel room with infectious CEO energy, al...
Tags: Music, New York, America, Soul, Jay-z, Kanye West, Culture, Pop and rock, Alicia Keys, R&B, Oprah, Harlem, ALICIA


Black Sabbath's Paranoid at 50: potent anthems of working-class strife

Written off by critics as horror trash from ‘unskilled labourers’, Sabbath’s masterpiece album took beaten-down listeners on a rollercoaster out of their strugglesI first heard Black Sabbath’s second album during the part of my childhood when I was most susceptible to its charms. As a quiet, earnest Catholic school kid – the kind that excitedly whispers “I’m clean!” to themselves after their first confession – it’s not all that surprising that I eventually got bullied. The boys called me names, ...
Tags: Music, Metal, Culture, Pop and rock, Ozzy Osbourne, Birmingham, British identity and society, Black Sabbath


'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 night Nirvana played five-a-side with the Chippendales

From Cobain’s stripper kickabout to Placebo’s run-in with a cake, music promoter David McLean isn’t short of an anecdote. Now he’s turning his career into a filmModern Toss on the music industry ...Scottish music manager and promoter David McLean has staged gigs by Nirvana, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Oasis and hundreds more. Ahead of his first film, Schemers – which tells the story of his early days attempting to book Iron Maiden to play in Dundee – he shares some handy tips for success...
Tags: Music, Film, Culture, Pop and rock, Dundee, Cobain, David Mclean


Toots Hibbert, pioneering reggae star, dies aged 77

Frontman of Toots and the Maytals helped make reggae globally famousToots Hibbert, whose glorious songcraft as frontman of Toots and the Maytals helped make reggae globally famous, has died aged 77.A statement from his family on Saturday read: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jamaica, Reggae, Hibbert, Maytals, Kingston Jamaica Continue, Toots, SKA, University Hospital of the West Indies, Toots Hibbert, Frederick Nathaniel


Throwing Muses' Kristin Hersh: 'I knew integrity would pull me into the gutter'

With their 10th album inspired by a near-death ordeal, the alt-rock heroes discuss seeing their peers sell out as they stayed defiantly on the fringesIn 2013, after Kristin Hersh’s 25-year marriage came to an end, she was left broke and without health insurance. The songs she wrote in the aftermath were “about drowning in one way or another”, she says. She means this literally and metaphorically.Hersh was relaxing by the water in California and – because she was on the prescribed tranquiliser Kl...
Tags: Music, California, Culture, Pop and rock, Indie, Kristin Hersh, Hersh


Why Marc Bolan was 'the perfect pop star', by Elton John, U2 and more

The T Rex singer captivated generations with his strutting music and hyper-sexual charisma. As a tribute album is released, stars explain why he is glam’s greatest icon In early 1971, a nine-year-old called David Evans was sitting at home in the suburbs of Dublin watching Top of the Pops. He was already a Beatles fan, but, by his own admission, he was completely unprepared for what was about to happen on screen.“It was kind of challenging,” says Evans – better known as U2’s guitarist the Edge – ...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Culture, Pop and rock, U2, Elton John, Rex, Evans, Dublin, Kesha, Marc Bolan, David Evans, Devendra Banhart, Elton John U2, Hot Love


Charles & Eddie's Eddie Chacon: 'It took me 10 years to recover from being a one-hit wonder'

The soulful singer had a worldwide hit with 1992’s Would I Lie to You, but he was dropped and his musical partner died. Now, he has poured his pain into a cathartic comeback albumEddie Chacon still remembers hitting rock bottom. “It was 15 years ago,” he says. “And it sounds like something from like a bad movie.” Since childhood, he would get up at 8am and work on music. “That morning, my wife walked into my studio and I was just sitting there. She asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I just said, ‘Nobody’s l...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, US, Life and style, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Marvin, Electronic Music, Charles, Eddie, Chacon, Jacko, Los Feliz Los Angeles, Eddie Chacon, Charles Eddie


BTS: K-pop stars become first all-South Korean act to top US singles charts

Dynamite, the boy band’s first single sung completely in English, has nabbed the No 1 spot from Cardi B’s WAPThe K-pop sensation BTS have become the first all-South Korean act to rule the top US singles chart, the industry tracker Billboard announced Monday, with their English-language Dynamite hitting No 1.It’s another milestone cementing the seven-member boy band’s global dominance, just hours after BTS beat US heavyweights including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to score the best ...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Bts, Cardi, K-pop, Lady Gaga Ariana Grande


Private loos and distance dancing: we go partying at Britain's only festival

The big bashes all fell to Covid-19, but one tiny Warwickshire event survived. Our writer joins the lip-syncers, wild swimmers and sourdough masters at Also and asks – is this the future of festivals?On Saturday morning, I emerge from my yurt all groggy and bleary eyed, still wondering how I confused a box of wine for a pillow at the end of the previous evening. Soggy boots slipped on, I get my bearings: dotted around me are tents, campervans and awnings, all facing down the slope towards a smat...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Britain, Pop and rock, Festivals, Music Festivals, Warwickshire, Coronavirus outbreak


MTV VMAs 2020: Lady Gaga dominates during unusual pandemic broadcast

Singer reigns supreme in awards show filled with calls for social justice and recognition of Covid tragedyLady Gaga dominated an unusual year for the MTV Video Music awards, winning five awards in a strange and disconcerting evening.The singer, who led the evening with nine nominations and wore a variety of masks through the night, accepted awards for artist of the year, song of the year, best cinematography and best collaboration for Rain on Me and the inaugural Tricon award, which recognizes a...
Tags: Music, Media, Culture, Pop and rock, Mtv, Awards and prizes, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, MTV Video Music


Britney Spears' request to remove father from guardianship delayed to 2021

The singer’s call to have her father prevented from returning as her conservator will not be reviewed until FebruaryBritney Spears’ request for a court to prevent her father from returning as her conservator will not be decided until February, a California judge has ruled.James P Spears (AKA Jamie Spears) oversaw his daughter’s personal and financial decision-making as well as her healthcare for more than a decade until last year when he stepped down citing health problems. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, California, US news, Mental Health, Culture, Pop and rock, Britney Spears, Jamie Spears, FebruaryBritney Spears, James P Spears


Britney Spears files for father to be replaced as court-appointed guardian

Pop singer seeks to have father Jamie removed from conservator role set up in 2008 following breakdown in mental healthBritney Spears is seeking to make major changes to the court-appointed conservatorship that has controlled various aspects of her life since a public breakdown in 2008.As reported in the New York Times, the Blast and elsewhere, the pop singer is looking to permanently remove her father James Spears (also known as Jamie) as her conservator, a role that oversees her personal and f...
Tags: Health, Music, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, US news, Mental Health, Culture, Pop and rock, New York Times, Britney Spears, Jamie, Spears, James Spears, Jodi Montgomery


Britney Spears seeks major changes to court-appointed conservatorship

Pop singer seeks to have father Jamie removed from conservator role set up in 2008 following breakdown in mental healthBritney Spears is seeking to make major changes to the court-appointed conservatorship that has controlled various aspects of her life since a public breakdown in 2008.As reported in the New York Times, the Blast and elsewhere, the pop singer is looking to permanently remove her father James Spears (also known as Jamie) as her conservator, a role that oversees her personal and f...
Tags: Health, Music, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, US news, Mental Health, Culture, Pop and rock, New York Times, Britney Spears, Jamie, Spears, James Spears, Jodi Montgomery


Burna Boy: Twice as Tall review – fun and fury from Nigerian pop polymath

(Atlantic)By rooting modern production in traditional melody, and drawing on various musical styles while staying true to African pop, Burna Boy defines multilayered black identityFor a vivid snapshot of what Burna Boy is capable of, head for track 12 of new album Twice as Tall, entitled Monsters You Made. The music is modern Africa, in the same way grime precisely captured young London of the day. Drill down, and the cleverly deconstructed phrases echo familiar-sounding black music concepts – i...
Tags: Music, London, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Culture, Atlantic, Pop and rock, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Black Lives Matter, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stormzy, Burna Boy, Ama Ata Aidoo


Katy Perry: 'I've done a lot of falling flat on my face'

Nine months pregnant with an album due at the same time as the baby, the star once known for her unfiltered goofiness has evolved. She talks depression, cancel culture – and her return to pure popVia a webcam into her Los Angeles home, Katy Perry slowly descends into frame, nine months pregnant with her first child. She looks like the Virgin Mary via Warhol in a voluminous azure dress and a matching pearl-studded headband. “The conception was not virginal, I’ll tell you that,” she says with trad...
Tags: Music, Film, Pregnancy, US, Los Angeles, Depression, Culture, Pop and rock, Health & wellbeing, Katy Perry, Baby, Orlando Bloom, Perry, Fomo, Virgin Mary via Warhol


Brazil's black trans musicians: 'When we join forces, we're dangerous!'

Informed by baile funk, metal and more, Linn da Quebrada and Jup do Bairro – with producer Badsista – are dodging racism, transphobia and music industry resistance to tell their own storiesJup do Bairro and Linn da Quebrada first met at a festival in São Paulo through mutual friends. It didn’t go well, Jup says while we wait for Linn to join our Zoom call. “I looked at her and joked: Is it Linn for linda?”, meaning beautiful in Portuguese. “I remember she rolled her eyes and I thought: Yikes, ga...
Tags: Music, Race, Americas, Society, World news, Transgender, Culture, Pop and rock, Brazil, Dance music, R&B, Experimental music, Sao Paulo, Linn, Bairro, Linn da Quebrada


Paint me up before you go-go: London borough to get George Michael mural

No, it’s not a careless whisper: a nine-metre-high image of the singer, by artist Dawn Mellor, is set to adorn BrentTurn a different corner in the London borough of Brent from September and you’ll be confronted with the strangest thing: a nine-metre mural of local hero George Michael.No this isn’t just a careless whisper. British artist Dawn Mellor has been commissioned to paint a permanent public artwork in Kingsbury, celebrating the life of the singer, who grew up in the area. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Street Art, George Michael, Kingsbury, Dawn Mellor


Martin Birch, producer for Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and more, dies aged 71

Hard rock ‘genius’ helmed nine classic Iron Maiden albums and worked with Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac and othersMartin Birch, the producer whose bright but heavy sound was applied to classic albums by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and more, has died aged 71. No cause of death has been announced.Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale tweeted: “It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away … Martin was a huge part of my life ...
Tags: Music, Metal, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Martin, WHITESNAKE, David Coverdale, Martin Birch, Iron Maiden Black Sabbath, Deep Purple Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden Black Sabbath Deep Purple


Brazilian pop sensation Anitta: 'Run for president? I'm 27!'

Born in Rio’s favelas, Anitta became Brazil’s biggest pop star. Then a political awakening made her even more influential. She talks Bolsonaro, Black Lives Matter and bisexualityAnitta had imagined that this summer would be a break: a period in which she could record new music. It would have followed 10 years in which she became Brazil’s biggest pop star, including stadium tours, a Netflix docuseries about her life, and hits with Madonna, Snoop Dogg and Rita Ora – all of which skyrocketed her fr...
Tags: Music, Americas, Culture, Pop and rock, Brazil, Rita Ora, Rio, Jair Bolsonaro, Anitta, Bolsonaro Black Lives Matter, Madonna Snoop Dogg


Mi pan, su su su: how a dancing llama and a nonsensical song captivated TikTok

Acoustic remix of Miel Pops Russian cereal jingle becomes a strange anthem for a stranger timeThere are only two types of people in this world. Those who are obsessed with a CGI llama dancing to an acoustic remix of a 2010 Russian cereal commercial jingle, and those over the age of 23. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Russia, Social Media, Pop and rock, Tiktok


'The narrative is we don't sell records': the black female singers uncredited by the UK industry

Their vocals and songwriting feature on some of the biggest hits, but black women are often not credited, leaving their solo careers stunted and causing them to lose out financially Through soul, funk, disco and beyond, black female vocalists stood proudly on the front of record sleeves and on stages. Then, in 1989, Italian dance group Black Box released their No 1 hit Ride on Time. Its powerhouse vocal hook was sampled from Loleatta Holloway’s 1980 hit Love Sensation, but in the credits, video ...
Tags: Music, UK, Race, Women, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Black Box, Holloway, Loleatta Holloway, Martha Wash


Madonna leads celebrity vogue for Covid-19 conspiracy theories

Singer’s claim vaccine is being concealed is latest example of stars spreading falsehoods during pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDancer, singer, songwriter, actor, director – Madonna has had quite the career.But the queen of pop’s latest reinvention came this week in the form of a video posted on Instagram that shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Social Media, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Madonna, Coronavirus outbreak


Madonna's Instagram flagged for spreading coronavirus misinformation

The singer claimed a vaccine had been found but was being concealed to ‘let the rich get richer’Instagram has censured a post by Madonna in which the pop star shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers.She captioned the video with claims that a vaccine for Covid-19 has “been found and proven and has been available for months”. She continued: “They would rather let fear control the people and let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Science, Technology, Instagram, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Pop and rock, Madonna, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak


From Dukes of Hazzard to Kanye West: the curse of the Confederate flag

Lynyrd Skynyrd flew it, Ludacris stamped on it and Spike Lee compared it to a swastika. In the era of Black Lives Matter, what do these battles reveal about the American South’s Confederate flag?John Schneider, AKA Bo Duke from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, recently asked his fans a question via YouTube: “Was The Dukes of Hazzard a racially charged show? Was the intention of the paint scheme on the General Lee a white supremacist statement in any way? And if you think it was, I wanna know.”F...
Tags: Music, Television, Film, Race, Georgia, Society, World news, Film Industry, US news, Rap, Kanye West, American Civil War, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, US television


Gordi fills an empty Sydney Opera House with her magnetic presence and expansive songs

Joan Sutherland theatre, Sydney Opera HouseThe ascendant musician channels the feeling of being isolated in a cavernous space in her livestreamed album launch “I did think the first time I’d be here there would be a few more people in the crowd, but I’m imagining you all like an NRL match – cardboard cutouts.”The Canowindra-born, Sydney-based singer-songwriter Gordi, AKA Sophie Payten, sits at a grand piano, talking straight at me. She is on the stage of the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland ...
Tags: Music, Australia news, Culture, Pop and rock, Sydney, Melbourne, NRL, Sydney Opera House, YouTube Continue, Joan Sutherland, Gordi, Sophie Payten, Australian Music, Canowindra, Payten


English music venues to receive £2.25m in emergency pandemic aid

First cash made available from UK government’s £1.57bn emergency arts fund announced on 5 July to combat effects of Covid-19 lockdownCulture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced plans to save around 150 grassroots music venues from insolvency while cashflow is limited for venues shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.Dowden released £2.25m for the sector from the overall £1.57bn fund announced on 5 July to shore up the arts in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, UK News, Music Industry, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Jazz, Folk Music, Arts funding, Grime, Dowden, Coronavirus outbreak, Oliver Dowden


Taylor Swift: Folklore review – bombastic pop makes way for emotional acuity

Released with little fanfare this move to more muted songwriting is proof Swift’s music can thrive without the celebrity dramaTaylor Swift announced the existence of her eighth album an uncharacteristic 17 hours prior to its release: “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening,” she said – among them, a headline slot at Glastonbury – “But there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen.” Swift only released her last album, Lover, last August. If she was surprised...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, Culture, Pop and rock, Swift, Glastonbury, Aaron Dessner


Tiwa Savage: the Nigerian pop star fighting the country's rape crisis

She has worked as an accountant, competed on The X Factor and had her songs banned from TV. Now she’s using her profile to change a toxic cultureIn the quest to find a perfect spot for her router, Tiwa Savage has to disrupt her four-year-old son Jamil’s TV time. He puts up a mild protest but soon moves on to another engagement. “He’s so understanding about the nature of my job,” she says. “At least now I get to spend more time with him than usual.”Even in more normal circumstances, family life i...
Tags: Music, Nigeria, Africa, Women, Culture, Pop and rock, Jamil, Tiwa Savage, Rape and sexual assault, MeToo Movement