Charli XCX

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Charli XCX review – explosive hyperpop hedonism to exorcise the trauma of lockdown
Inspiring exuberant energy from euphoric fans, the UK pop auteur’s first post-lockdown gig is a cathartic, rocket-paced farewell to a repressive period

Alim Kheraj

25, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2020: the full list
Our countdown is complete, topped by a mercurial work of sprawling invention by a woman who has dug deep to survive. Taken as a whole, these choices contain drama, solace, poetry and fire, a fitting selection for a turbulent year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

18, Dec, 2020 @8:07 AM

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Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury prize
Folk-soul singer wins £25,000 prize on third attempt for the album Kiwanuka, described by the Guardian as one of the best albums of the past decade

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Sep, 2020 @6:36 PM

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Hardcore pop fans are abusing critics – and putting acclaim before art | Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Taylor Swift superfans are ganging up on critics who haven’t given her new album a perfect score – a symptom of a culture obsessed with quantifying our lives

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Aug, 2020 @9:54 AM

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The Guardian view on lockdown creativity: a freedom for female musicians? | Editorial
Editorial: For some the domestic space has offered artistic liberation at odds with the home’s reputation as a place of constraint for women


02, Aug, 2020 @5:25 PM

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Mercury prize 2020: Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Michael Kiwanuka among nominees
More female artists nominated than any other year, including a fourth nomination for Laura Marling

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, Jul, 2020 @10:30 AM

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Mercury prize 2020: where are the albums dragged from the fringes?
Yes, it boasts more women, but this year’s list of nominees doesn’t offer much in the way of surprises

Alexis Petridis

23, Jul, 2020 @10:30 AM

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From Justin Bieber to Haim: how seven top artists made video clips in lockdown
One set up a home green screen. Another taught herself animation. Not even pandemic-enforced isolation can stop some people creating

Katie Cunningham

23, May, 2020 @8:00 PM

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Charli XCX: How I'm Feeling Now review – truly a work of its time
The ‘workaholic party animal’ has, under the glare of social media, put together a quarantine record to beat them all

Kitty Empire

16, May, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Coronavirus cabin fever: the best celebrities to follow, from Robbie Williams to Florence Pugh
Stars – they’re just like us! As in: losing their minds with boredom and making increasingly hysterical content. Here are some of the best regular feeds

Sinead Stubbins

25, Mar, 2020 @1:23 AM

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Musicians head online as Covid-19 puts live shows on pause
Acts from Metronomy to Neil Young turn to streaming to keep playing during crisis

Lanre Bakare

20, Mar, 2020 @10:23 AM

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Brit awards 2020: who will win every award … and who should
Lewis Capaldi could sweep the board in his breakthrough year, but he faces strong competition from Stormzy, Dave and Michael Kiwanuka

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

18, Feb, 2020 @11:01 AM

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