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‘Our music charts are still kind of segregated’: critic Kelefa Sanneh on pop, fandom and race
The New Yorker writer’s book Major Labels examines why we tag music with a genre, be it for commerce or community. He explains why people still argue over great songs – and why they can thrive on cultural appropriation

Dorian Lynskey

19, Oct, 2021 @1:29 PM

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Kanye West officially changes name to Ye
Los Angeles judge approves request of the rapper, producer and fashion designer to legally change his name

Guardian staff and agencies

19, Oct, 2021 @1:19 PM

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Sea Power: ‘The people who gave us the most grief are why we changed our name’
Having changed their name to distance themselves from nationalistic fans, the indie rockers’ empathic, elemental new album shows they’re still wild at heart

Luke Turner

19, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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KLF assert justified and ancient copyright claim to block documentary
Duo’s music publisher attempts to prevent release of unauthorised film Who Killed the KLF?

Jim Waterson Media editor

19, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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No Bounds festival review – Sheffield’s electro-industrial heart is still beating
From brass bands in the bus station to thunderous techno in a former gun-barrel factory, this wildly innovative festival perfectly welded past to present

Daniel Dylan Wray

18, Oct, 2021 @11:03 AM

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Former Sony Music Australia boss Denis Handlin stripped of third award over toxic workplace culture allegations
Australian performing rights and copyright agency is revoking former Sony Music boss’s Ted Albert award

Kelly Burke

18, Oct, 2021 @8:31 AM

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‘I never dance, I fear it might be too beautiful’: Jamali Maddix’s honest playlist
The comedian on his secret love for Rick Astley, his favourite Scouting For Girls song, and singing Sweet Home Alabama for a crowd of Americans

Interview by Alexi Duggins

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Alan Hawkshaw the best-known British composer you’d never heard of
The late musician’s track The Champ was sampled on more than 700 other records, while others pop up everywhere from Jay-Z songs to Milk Tray ads. What links them all is his compositional joy and irreverence

Michael Hann

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Krautrock legends Faust: ‘We were naked and stoned a lot – and we ate dog food’
They blagged a fortune off their label after promising to be ‘the German Beatles’ – then went wild in the countryside making experimental krautrock. But was there more to Faust than pneumatic drills and nude donkey rides?

Alexis Petridis

18, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Lonnie Smith obituary
Turban-wearing American organist who enjoyed popular success playing with some of the US’s jazz greats

John Fordham

17, Oct, 2021 @4:44 PM

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Remi Wolf: Juno review – hardly a dull moment
The Californian’s high-energy debut fizzes with imagination

Kadish Morris

17, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Gondoliers review – a picture-postcard Gilbert and Sullivan from Scottish Opera
The company celebrated its return to the Theatre Royal with some good old-fashioned – if not downright antiquated – fun and frivolity

Rowena Smith

17, Oct, 2021 @12:41 PM

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