R&B

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Mobo awards 2021: Dave, Little Simz and Ghetts top winners
Drill artist Central Cee and Nigerian pop star Wizkid win two awards each, as ceremony returns as a live event for first time since 2017

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

05, Dec, 2021 @10:00 PM

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Gang of Youths, Courtney Barnett and Barkaa: Australia’s best new music for December
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly

05, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Flashback – JLS: ‘X Factor was a crash course in this industry. Zero to hero in 10 weeks’
Aston, Marvin, JB and Oritsé recreate their audition photo and reflect on backflips, friendships, reuniting and turkey farming

Harriet Gibsone

04, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Jessie Ware review – steamy and scintillating grown up pop
Leaning into the disco sound of her last album and her older, understated R&B, Ware performs with fun and finesse

Fergal Kinney

03, Dec, 2021 @11:36 AM

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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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R&B star Trey Songz investigated over sexual assault allegation
Las Vegas police confirm that star is cooperating following complaint, and has not been arrested

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Dec, 2021 @1:55 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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R&B star Ari Lennox arrested in Amsterdam, alleges racial profiling
Grammy-nominated singer, who airport police say was under influence of alcohol, tweeted that ‘Amsterdam security hate black people’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Nov, 2021 @9:28 AM

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The 20 best songs of 2021
We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

29, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘You can’t cancel me, I’ve got bills to pay!’: music stars on pop’s strange 2021
Laura Mvula, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, Snail Mail, BackRoad Gee, Sigrid and Eris Drew mull over the year’s big stories, from Britney’s freedom to battles over plagiarism and streaming

As told to Alexis Petridis

26, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Paul Weller’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!
Drawn from the Jam, the Style Council and his solo work, all of it powered by romance, storytelling and political vim, here is the best of a British songwriter unbounded by genre

Alexis Petridis

25, Nov, 2021 @3:29 PM

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One to watch: tendai
The east London singer-producer dazzles with an intoxicating melange of soul, R&B, rock and pop

Damien Morris

20, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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