Pop and rock

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Ed Sheeran & Elton John: Merry Christmas review – an overstuffed, undercooked turkey
Laudably released for charity, the favourite for this year’s Christmas No 1 leaves no musical cliche untwinkled – and its exhortation to forget the pandemic is crass

Laura Snapes

03, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2021: 50-11
Getting closer! Our albums pics from 20-11 include Jazmine Sullivan on the reality of sex for women, Sam Fender’s grim yet epic air-punches and Tirzah bringing the universal to the tiny

03, Dec, 2021 @6:02 AM

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Arca: Kick ii, iii, iiii, iiiii review | Alexis Petridis's albums of the week
Four new albums of extravagantly warped electronics offer listeners a lot to take in – and her most pop-focused music to date

Alexis Petridis

03, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The world owes Yoko an apology! 10 things we learned from The Beatles: Get Back
Peter Jackson’s eight-hour documentary on the Fab Four reveals Ringo is an amazing drummer, McCartney was a joy and their entourage were coolest of all

Andy Welch

02, Dec, 2021 @4:48 PM

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‘A nation’s fabric unravelling’: stars on Sly Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On at 50
Musicians from Nile Rodgers to Johnny Marr, Moor Mother and Booker T Jones discuss Sly and the Family Stone’s drug-fuelled landmark in US social commentary

Dave Simpson

02, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Gary Barlow review – impossible not to love pop’s embarrassing dad
Christmas collides with the roaring 20s in the Take That singer’s arena tour, featuring showgirls, sleighs and confetti cannon. It’s a festive delight

Katie Goh

02, Dec, 2021 @11:36 AM

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Spotify Wrapped is free advertising that says nothing about the joy of music
The annual roundup of your listening data has become a Black Friday-esque landmark in corporate Christmas, but it’s not snobbery to say this is a shallow experience

Elle Hunt

01, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Bad Bunny most-streamed artist on Spotify for second year running
The Puerto Rican star beats Taylor Swift and Drake, while Olivia Rodrigo continues meteoric rise as Spotify and Apple Music announce stats

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Dec, 2021 @2:05 PM

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Barbados’s icon: why Rihanna’s national hero status is so apt
Honoured by her newly republican country, Rihanna has always proudly worn her Bajan heritage – broadening her sound from her Caribbean roots, while staying true to them

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Nov, 2021 @3:37 PM

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Adele announces Las Vegas concert residency, Weekends With Adele
Singer will play two shows a weekend between January and April

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Nov, 2021 @3:05 PM

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Christmas No 1: LadBaby and Adele face competition from the church
Church of England announces first festive single – a version of In the Bleak Midwinter

Harriet Sherwood

30, Nov, 2021 @10:43 AM

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Bree Runway, Holly Humberstone and Lola Young nominated for Brits Rising Star award
The nominees will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Griff and Adele – with the winner announced on 10 December

Laura Snapes

30, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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