Charli XCX

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Sunday at Glastonbury: Kendrick Lamar, Diana Ross and Jack White – as it happened
The US rap star headlined the main stage on the last night of the festival, while Pet Shop Boys, Charli XCX, Jarvis Cocker and a host more brought the festival to a close

Keza MacDonald (now), Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Gwilym Mumford and Laura Snapes (earlier)

26, Jun, 2022 @11:49 PM

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The best albums of 2022 so far
From yacht-rock atmospherics to portraits of disaffected Britain, here are our picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year

Alexis Petridis, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

07, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Why do female musicians have to fake it on TikTok? | Rebecca Taylor
Everyone from FKA twigs to Florence is under pressure to provide viral social media content, but it’s at the expense of building a sustainable fanbase and honing one’s craft

Rebecca Lucy Taylor, Self Esteem

30, May, 2022 @3:39 PM

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Charli XCX: Alone Together review – singer’s intimate journal of lockdown album
Documentary follows the singer as she pulls together her record How I’m Feeling Now in close touch with her fans

Phil Hoad

13, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Taking back control: Charli XCX and Olivia Rodrigo’s films celebrate craft, not drama
New documentaries about two pop icons at work eschew the obligatory turmoil of films about female stars to focus on creativity as a marker of growth

Laura Snapes

25, Mar, 2022 @3:23 PM

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Charli XCX: ‘People who take it too far are better than people who don’t’
The hyperpop star’s new album is an experiment into how far she can push the ‘pop star character’ she’s created. Can she stave off a rebellion from her fans in the process?

Rachel Aroesti

19, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Charli XCX: Crash review – subverting pop’s rules, or just playing by them?
Torn between chart success and the pop vanguard, the artist self-consciously set out to make a ‘major label album’ – but it’s full of mixed messaging

Alexis Petridis

17, Mar, 2022 @11:49 AM

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Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar to headline resurgent Glastonbury
As the festival returns from Covid-enforced hiatus, over half of the acts announced so far feature women

Nadeem Badshah and Laura Snapes

04, Mar, 2022 @8:30 AM

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‘Making music is about making assets for social media’: pop stars battle digital burnout
After Charli XCX left social media citing unkindness from fans, musicians are opening up about the pressures of maintaining an online presence

Rhian Jones

18, Feb, 2022 @4:05 PM

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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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