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LSO/Rattle review – all-British opener of stories, sparkles, shadows and bagpipes
Julian Anderson’s Exiles – premiered incomplete – and Judith Weir’s Natural History were compelling, with Lucy Crowe an engaging soloist, and Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Wedding was a magnificent close to this season launch

Flora Willson

13, Sep, 2021 @2:44 PM

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Alanis Morissette says she was victim of multiple statutory rapes as a teenager
Canadian music star says in new documentary: ‘I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded … you’re not consenting at 15’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

13, Sep, 2021 @2:26 PM

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What is the most overhyped cultural artefact of all time?
From Godzilla to Donda via Michael Jackson’s HIStory, entertainment is littered with marketing stunts aimed at fooling the consumer

Dorian Lynskey

13, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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VMAs 2021: Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X triumph in a return-ish to normal
The two stars took home the night’s top awards, along with Justin Bieber, at an MTV ceremony that mostly stuck to music and away from pandemic and politics

Adrian Horton

13, Sep, 2021 @4:14 AM

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Britney Spears engaged to boyfriend Sam Asghari
Singer posts video of sparkling ring, days after father filed to end the conservatorship that controls her life

Staff and agencies

13, Sep, 2021 @1:04 AM

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Maria Mendiola, half of Spanish vocal duo Baccara, dies aged 69
Group’s 1977 disco hit Yes Sir, I Can Boogie has become the unofficial anthem of Scotland football fans

Euan O'Byrne Mulligan

12, Sep, 2021 @6:49 PM

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Drake: Certified Lover Boy review – trawl through a conflicted psyche
Amid all the navel-gazing and posturing, the rapper has his moments on this sprawling latest offering

Michael Cragg

12, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Manic Street Preachers: The Ultra Vivid Lament review – magic, melancholy and a debt to Abba
The Manics channel Benny and Björn in an album of mostly sparkling songcraft

Phil Mongredien

12, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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New Order review – still plugged into the future after all these years
The classic hits come along like buses, and a Joy Division encore is moving, but New Order are one of the few bands of this vintage whose new material you also want to hear

Dave Simpson

12, Sep, 2021 @11:46 AM

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‘Rewrite Rule, Britannia!’ What would you do with the Last Night of the Proms?
Its patriotic songs ignited a culture war last year. Is it time to rethink the Proms’ closing concert? A panel of leading musical figures suggest some alternative ways of approaching the contentious evening

12, Sep, 2021 @11:23 AM

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The Last Night of the Proms review – musically much to enjoy
Business was nearly back to usual for a high-spirited final Prom with lively soloists Stuart Skelton and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova; while it was the impact of Brexit rather than Covid that was a focus of protest

Tim Ashley

12, Sep, 2021 @11:15 AM

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Louis Armstrong and the spy: how the CIA used him as a ‘trojan horse’ in Congo
Book reveals how the jazz musician unwittingly became party to secret cold war manoeuvres by the US in Africa

Jason Burke Africa correspondent

12, Sep, 2021 @8:45 AM

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