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Aaliyah: ‘Her sound is the R&B blueprint’
She died in a plane crash 20 years ago – but her records still sound like the future. As they finally hit streaming services, fans and acquaintances explore Aaliyah’s enduring appeal

Rhian Jones

13, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits
Hit songs can be a better investment than gold – and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in music

Dorian Lynskey

27, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Missy Elliott – Beyoncé said: ‘If I sound crazy, don’t put this out!'
As she returns to the spotlight, the hip-hop icon talks Michelle Obama, collaborations and the truth behind her hiatus

Dorian Lynskey

14, Sep, 2019 @5:59 AM

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How Nelly Furtado's Loose created a blueprint for modern pop
Made with Timbaland, her gloriously eclectic album still sounds like stapled-together heterogenous perfection, and remains relevant a decade after release

Noah Berlatsky

13, Aug, 2016 @11:00 AM

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Bryson Tiller review – heavy-lidded R&B builds in confidence
Timbaland’s advice to this Louisville purveyor of Weekndish ambience to quit his day job looks like a promising bet

Caroline Sullivan

29, Mar, 2016 @10:51 AM

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Jay Z heads to court for Big Pimpin' copyright trial in long-running lawsuit
The music mogul and his producer Timbaland are accused of using a sample of Baligh Hamdi’s Khosara Khosara in their 1999 hit Big Pimpin’ without permission

Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles

14, Oct, 2015 @5:30 PM

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Empire's season two sound needs to look beyond industry cliche
The Fox drama has followed in Glee’s footsteps by creating a ratings hit that also climbs the charts, but as it embraces mainstream sounds and artists in season two will it dilute a winning formula?

Christina Lee in Atlanta

23, Sep, 2015 @3:27 PM

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The week in music: David Bowie dress-up, Nicki Minaj's wax disaster and more
Our weekly music news roundup includes one man’s quest to live like David Bowie for a year, Coldplay’s role in indie band Interpol’s lineup change and Morrissey opening up to Larry King

Tshepo Mokoena

21, Aug, 2015 @2:34 PM

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Jay Z and Timbaland set to testify in Big Pimpin' lawsuit
Duo likely to appear in court to respond to accusations that their sample of the Egyptian song Khosara Khosara was illegal

Guardian music

17, Aug, 2015 @7:09 AM

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How R&B got its groove back
In the late 00s, R&B had lost its edge. But in 2015 it reigns supreme again thanks to innovative, introspective artists such as Frank Ocean, Drake and Miguel, all of whom are due to release eagerly awaited albums soon

Sam Wolfson

29, Jun, 2015 @10:00 AM

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Various Artists: Empire Season 1 Original Soundtrack review – pretend stars get properly famous with Timbaland’s help
Timbaland’s soundtrack for the hip-hop drama Empire has its high points, but the super-producer has kept his best tracks under wraps

Alexis Petridis

21, May, 2015 @2:00 PM

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Jodeci announce release of The Past, The Present, The Future
Two decades since the release of their last album, the R&B group who are famed for helping to launch the likes of Timbaland and Missy Elliott will return

Harriet Gibsone

24, Feb, 2015 @9:11 AM

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