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Pop's great adventurer: how Scott Walker reached the heart of darkness

Few pop stars went the artistic distance that Scott Walker did – and from the middle of the road to its further edges, his work was always extraordinaryNews: Scott Walker, experimental pop hero, dies aged 76In February 1965, a Californian trio called the Walker Brothers arrived in London, by all accounts without much of a clue exactly what they intended to do there. Their relocation didn’t make sense. After all, they were starting to make headway back in the US. A residency at a Sunset Strip clu...
Tags: Music, UK, London, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Scott Walker, Experimental music, Walker, Sunset Strip, Rolling Stones, John Maus, Engle, Barry Mann, Jack Nitzsche, Walker Brothers


Diana Ross calls for end to criticism of Michael Jackson

Ross describes Jackson as ‘a magnificent incredible force’, following extensive allegations of child sexual abuse against himDiana Ross has voiced support for Michael Jackson in the wake of the explosive Leaving Neverland documentary, which features extensive allegations of child sexual abuse by Jackson.Ross, who duetted live with Jackson and knew him for many years, wrote on Twitter: “This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incr...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Ross, Barbra Streisand, Leaving Neverland, Jackson Ross, Supremes Continue


Scott Walker: experimental pop hero dies aged 76

Death announced by label 4AD, who said he had ‘enriched the lives of thousands’Scott Walker, one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the 20th century, has died aged 76.The news was announced by his label, 4AD. “For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands,” a statement read. The cause of death has not been announced. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Scott Walker, Noel Scott Engel


Emma Bunton: ‘We made Victoria clean the bathroom!’

Baby Spice dishes the dirt on the Spice Girls’ early years, those Justin Timberlake rumours and Robbie Williams“Oh my God, sorry,” laughs Emma Bunton. We are in her record label’s London headquarters and she’s just given a two-finger salute, and not in a Baby Spice, Girl Power kind of way. Bunton is here to film idents for streaming services she seems unfamiliar with and is feeling self-conscious about having to continually say the words “swipe up” alongside a corresponding upwards arm motion. H...
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Dick Dale, godfather of surf guitar, dies aged 81

Pioneering musician was known for 1962 hit Misirlou, the theme from Pulp Fiction• Dick Dale: the surf guitar king whose wave kept on rollingThe guitarist Dick Dale, the pioneer of surf rock known for his 1962 hit Misirlou, has died age 81.He died on Saturday night, Dale’s live bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed to the Guardian. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, Dick Dale, Dale, Sam Bolle


Glastonbury 2019: Killers and the Cure announced as final headliners

US rockers and goth indie heroes take main-stage honours alongside Stormzy, while Janet Jackson confirms first UK show in yearsThe Killers and the Cure have been announced as the final headliners of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Brandon Flowers’ Vegas band will headline on the Saturday, and Robert Smith and co on the Sunday. They join the previously announced headliner Stormzy, who will close the Pyramid stage on Friday night.It is the Cure’s fourth time headlining Glastonbury, following slots ...
Tags: Music, UK, US, Rap, Tame Impala, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Festivals, Indie, The Cure, Jazz, Liam Gallagher, Glastonbury festival, Music Festivals, Coldplay


The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked!

On the 40th anniversary of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive topping the charts – and as the UK blunders towards its own acrimonious divorce – here’s the definitive list of tear-stained stonkersHip-hop isn’t big on romantic heartbreak, but this is a particularly fine example. There’s a lot of bragging from Guru about how he’s so inundated with offers since his ex packed him in that she’s probably jealous. But somehow, you get the sense he’s protesting too much: “Went home to see my mom and I saw yo...
Tags: Music, UK, Relationships, Life and style, Rap, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Hip-hop, Indie, R&B, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Folk Music, Kelly Clarkson


'I was stupid': K-pop scandal engulfs third star who admits watching secret sex video

Yong Jun-hyung leaves boy band Highlight and says his behaviour was ‘extremely unethical’The scandal within the K-pop industry has widened, with a third high-profile star quitting his band after admitting to viewing a secretly filmed sex video.Yong Jun-hyung, 29, announced on Thursday that he would leave the boy band Highlight after he recanted his previous denials of receiving such videos. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, K-pop, Yong Jun


K-pop scandal widens as singer admits sharing secretly filmed sex videos

Jung Joon-young apologises and says he will retire, one day after singer Seungri was charged with running a prostitution ringA sex scandal swirling around South Korea’s K-pop industry has deepened after a singer and TV celebrity admitted he had secretly filmed himself having sex with women and sharing the footage online without their consent.Jung Joon-young, who rose to fame after coming second in a TV talent show, said he would retire from show business and admitted he had shared footage of sev...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, K-pop, Seungri, Jung Joon


'K-pop’s Great Gatsby': Seungri charged over prostitution ring

Big Bang singer Seungri retires to clear his name, saying ‘scandal is too big’Seungri’s taste for the high life earned him the nickname the Great Gatsby of Korea. But now the singer, a member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop bands, is facing charges that he procured prostitutes for businessmen in some of Seoul’s most fashionable nightclubs.The youngest member of Big Bang has announced he will retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency, YG Entertainment, and fellow band m...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Korea, Seoul, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


K-pop scandal: South Korea’s 'Great Gatsby' charged over prostitution ring

Big Bang singer Seungri retires to clear his name, saying ‘this scandal is too big’Seungri’s taste for the high life earned him the nickname the Great Gatsby of Korea. But now the singer, a member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop bands, is facing charges that he procured prostitutes for businessmen in some of Seoul’s most fashionable nightclubs.The youngest member of Big Bang has announced he will retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency, YG Entertainment, and fellow b...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Korea, Seoul, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


K-pop’s 'Great Gatsby' charged over South Korean prostitution ring

Big Bang singer Seungri retires to clear his name, saying ‘scandal is too big’Seungri’s taste for the high life earned him the nickname the Great Gatsby of Korea. But now the singer, a member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop bands, is facing charges that he procured prostitutes for businessmen in some of Seoul’s most fashionable nightclubs.The youngest member of Big Bang has announced he will retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency, YG Entertainment, and fellow band m...
Tags: South Korea, Music, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Korea, Seoul, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


Hal Blaine, drummer who dominated mid-century pop, dies aged 90

Drummer behind iconic Be My Baby rhythm as well as hits by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Simon & Garfunkel described as ‘greatest ever’ by Brian WilsonHal Blaine, one of pop music’s most prolific and brilliant drummers, who played with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and more, has died aged 90.The news was announced on his Facebook page, where he was described as a loving father and grandfather, “and inspiration to countless friends, fans and musicians … May he rest forever on 2 ...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Hal, Blaine, Simon Garfunkel, Andy Johnson, Frank Sinatra Elvis Presley, Hal Blaine, Brian WilsonHal Blaine, Elvis Presley Frank Sinatra the Beach Boys


K-pop scandal: South Korea’s 'Great Gatsby' charged over illegal prostitution ring

Seungri, from the group Big Bang, retires to clear his name, saying ‘this scandal is too big’A member of one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop boy bands has announced his retirement after being charged over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring, in the latest scandal to hit the country’s entertainment industry.Seungri, part of the globally popular Big Bang, said he would retire to fight the charges and to spare his management agency and fellow band members further embarrassment, according to ...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Japan, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Bang, Yonhap, K-pop, Seungri


R Kelly accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl in 2001 incident

New allegation comes as Kelly, who was recently arrested over 10 counts of sexual assault, returns to jail for failing to pay child supportA fresh allegation has been made against R Kelly, by an unnamed woman who says the R&B star sexually assaulted her when she was 13, and later infected her with herpes.Police in Detroit are investigating the claims made by the woman, who says she and Kelly had sex at a hotel in the city in December 2001, and a few weeks later at a recording studio. The woman s...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, R&B, Detroit, R Kelly, Kelly, Rape and sexual assault


Stars pay tribute to Keith Flint: 'A powerhouse of energy and attitude'

From Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno to the Chemical Brothers and Azealia Banks, musicians remember the Prodigy frontmanKeith Flint: Prodigy singer dies aged 49‘Punk rock for the rave generation’: readers’ tributesThe Prodigy’s Keith Flint – a life in picturesKeith Flint: the neon demon who started a fire under British popI discovered the Prodigy through Experience, back in 1992. There used to be a rave record store in Leicester called 5HQ – quite a frightening place, a bit like in Human Traffic. We u...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Leicester, Electronic Music, Kasabian, The Prodigy, Flint, Keith, Chemical Brothers, Keith Flint, Serge Pizzorno


Keith Flint: the neon demon who started a fire under British pop

By gleefully escalating the moral panic around British dance culture, the Prodigy frontman showed that rave could be the true successor to rock’n’rollKeith Flint: Prodigy singer dies aged 49‘Punk rock for the rave generation’: readers’ tributesThe Prodigy’s Keith Flint – a life in picturesLike virtually every 90s dance act that unexpectedly ascended from releasing underground club tracks to selling a lot of albums, the Prodigy were faced with a problem: their mastermind was a producer, not a pop...
Tags: Music, UK, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Electronic Music, The Prodigy, Flint, Keith Flint, Liam Howlett


Rock’n’roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis suffers minor stroke

American musician, 83, expected to make full recovery, according to representativeRock’n’roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has suffered a minor stroke, a representative for the star has said.The 83-year-old was expected to make a full recovery and was recuperating in Memphis with his family by his bedside after falling ill on Thursday, Zach Farnum said. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Zach Farnum


Mark Hollis, lead singer of Talk Talk, dies at age 64, reports say

Hollis and the ‘post-rock’ band made a name with 1980s hit singles including It’s My LifeFigures from the world of music have paid tribute to Mark Hollis, frontman of the band Talk Talk, after it was reported that he had died at the age of 64.With Hollis as its singer and creative mastermind, the group made a name with 1980s hit singles such as It’s My Life, Today, Talk Talk and Life’s What You Make It. They progressed to albums like Spirit of Eden, which was hailed as a “masterpiece,” and Laugh...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Hollis, Mark Hollis


Peter Tork, bassist for the Monkees, dies aged 77

Accomplished folk musician and teen star helped move the guitar-pop band beyond their manufactured imagePeter Tork, the bassist for the Monkees, has died aged 77.Tork, who also sang on a number of the band’s songs and played keyboards, had been diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009, though the cause of his death, which was confirmed by his sister, has not been announced. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, US television, Monkees, The Monkees, Peter Tork, Tork


Musicians voice concern over Ryan Adams' abuse allegations

Adams’ guitarist Todd Wisenbaker is one of a number of musicians to condemn the singer-songwriter, who has said accusations of abuse and harassment are ‘inaccurate’FBI investigating Ryan Adams’ explicit texts to underage fanComment: the Ryan Adams allegations are the tip of an indie-music icebergGuitarist Todd Wisenbaker, who has collaborated with Ryan Adams, is one of a number of musicians who have condemned the singer-songwriter after seven women alleged emotional and verbal abuse and harassme...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, New York Times, Times, Sexual Harassment, Mandy Moore, Ryan Adams, Phoebe Bridgers, Adams, Todd Wisenbaker


'An ad for blackness': how Soul Train made America do the Hustle

It was the ultra-hip music show that put black culture centre stage – with the enigmatic Don Cornelius as its impresario It was Aretha Franklin who made Don Cornelius realise he had hit the big time. Just two years earlier, the impresario’s show Soul Train had been a Chicago thing, broadcasting local talent to local viewers. Now it was a national sensation and even the choosiest stars wanted to get on board. Franklin told him: “My kids love the show and I want to be a part of it.” Stevie Wonder ...
Tags: Music, Television, Aretha Franklin, America, Los Angeles, Chicago, James Brown, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Motown records, Music TV, Franklin, Cornelius


South Korea nixes diversity rules after saying K-pop stars 'look identical'

Guidelines to address promotion of unrealistic beauty standards withdrawn in state censorship rowGovernment guidelines aimed at promoting more diversity in South Korea’s K-pop world have been withdrawn after critics said they amounted to state censorship of a booming industry.The guidelines issued last week by the ministry of gender equality and family complained that K-pop stars looked too alike, saying “the problem of … uniformity among singers is serious”, and noting most idols were thin and ...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, K-pop


South Korean government sparks outrage by saying K-pop stars 'look identical'

Guidelines issued over fears singers’ similar looks may promote unrealistic and narrow standards of beautyNew broadcasting guidelines produced by the South Korean government have prompted outrage for suggesting that television programs feature K-pop stars that look too similar.The guidelines, which criticise the stars as “skinny” with “similar hairstyles and makeup, and with outfits that expose their bodies”, were issued earlier this month by the ministry of gender equality and family (Mogef). C...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, K-pop


Massive Attack: ‘I have total faith in the next generation’

Twenty-one years since the release of Mezzanine, their most successful album, Massive Attack are taking it on tour – with films. The band and their visuals director, Adam Curtis, tell us whyRobert del Naja is in no mood to talk about the past. Which is tricky, because as the force behind Massive Attack’s current live spectacle (a reconfigured outing for their 1998 album Mezzanine), a degree of unpicking old memories might seem unavoidable. Still, sitting backstage in the clinical dressing room o...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Amsterdam, Adam Curtis, Massive Attack, Del Naja, Naja


The greatest banned songs of all time – ranked!

Thirty years on from 2 Live Crew being banned by the Beeb, we pick 20 foul-mouthed, orgiastic outings deemed too scandalous for public consumption(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (1981) Continue reading...
Tags: Music, The Beatles, Country, Rap, Neil Young, The Who, Radio, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Ofcom, Queen, Dance music, Jazz, Madonna, R&B


Take that, Salvini! How musical justice was served in Sanremo | Thea Hawlin

Dual-heritage singer Mahmood now takes his place among the Eurovision contenders. But there’s no pleasing some peopleItaly’s Sanremo Music Festival, the model for everything from Eurovision to The X-Factor, is one of the oldest and most prestigious of its kind. On Saturday evening 26-year-old Alessandro Mahmoud, who goes by the stage name Mahmood, won the 69th edition of the festival with his song Soldi (Money). But this was no ordinary win. This win was about much more than music – it was polit...
Tags: Europe, Music, Race, World news, Pop and rock, Italy, Eurovision, Mahmood, Matteo Salvini, Salvini, Alessandro Mahmoud, Thea Hawlin


‘I have a carpet Take That stood on’: meet the ultimate superfans

From the academic who has seen U2 73 times to the Bros fan who had Matt Goss’s autograph tattooed on her leg, some fans just don’t know when to stop …Amanda Bradshaw, 46, academic writer from Lowton, Lancashire Continue reading...
Tags: Bruce Springsteen, Pop and rock, U2, Take That, Bon Jovi, Bros, Matt Goss, Amanda Bradshaw, Lowton Lancashire Continue


Italian-Egyptian singer's victory angers Matteo Salvini

Deputy PM criticised jury’s decision to crown Mahmood winner of Sanremo festival An Italian-Egyptian singer has become the latest target of Italy’s rightwing populist government after he won the Sanremo song festival, an annual competition that draws millions of TV viewers and is used to choose the Italian candidate for the Eurovision song contest.Alessandro Mahmoud, who performs under the name Mahmood, secured a victory on Saturday night due to votes from a jury made up of music experts and jou...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Italy, Festivals, Mahmood, Matteo Salvini, Alessandro Mahmoud


David Bowie: Finding Fame review – a truly tough watch for fans

Still think of Bowie as the last word in cool? You’ve obviously forgotten his novelty single about gnomes, his dire mime days ... and his cover of Chim Chim Cher-eeThe verdict on David Bowie’s first demo for the BBC with his mid-60s combo The Lower Third was disastrous. “The singer,” went the report, “is a Cockney type but not outstanding enough.” You can almost hear the author wiping his lorgnette disdainfully on his smoking jacket.The band’s underwhelming Kinks and Who knock-offs were woeful e...
Tags: Television, Bbc, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, David Bowie, Bowie, Mary Poppins, Chim Chim Cher