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The greatest ever songs of the summer – ranked!
From Don Henley to Drake, we rate the hottest sounds of the season

Michael Cragg

10, Jun, 2021 @1:07 PM

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Folk singer Mustafa: ‘I’m trying to preserve the memories of young Black Muslims’
The poet, a songwriter for artists including the Weeknd, explains how music helped him explore the loss of friends to inner-city violence: ‘Sorrow is meant to be experienced and felt’

Aina J Khan

02, Jun, 2021 @1:30 PM

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Bad Bunny is most streamed artist of 2020 on Spotify
Puerto Rican vocalist earns more than 8.3bn streams, with the Weeknd’s Blinding Lights the year’s most streamed song

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Dec, 2020 @9:05 AM

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Drake calls for Grammys to be replaced after snubbing Black artists
Singer’s demand follows absence of the Weeknd in all categories of the 2021 awards despite huge success this year and dismay at exclusion of Lil Uzi Vert

Laura Snapes

26, Nov, 2020 @1:19 PM

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Music videos replace runways as Covid halts fashion shows
Pop promo looks from BTS, Beyonce and others are driving designer sales through increased screen time

Priya Elan

08, Nov, 2020 @2:44 PM

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Notorious BIG's $6 crown sells for almost $600,000 at auction
Sotheby’s hip-hop auction also raises $126,000 for a 12-inch copy of Rammellzee track Beat Bop, with artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

16, Sep, 2020 @9:05 AM

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Drake beats Madonna's record for most US Top 10 hits
Canadian rapper’s two new tracks with DJ Khaled push his tally of US Top 10 hits to 40 and his Hot 100 hits to 224

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

28, Jul, 2020 @8:46 AM

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After Pop Smoke's death, can UK drill producers maintain their US success?
British talents such as 808 Melo and AXL Beats are working with big names like Drake and Travis Scott – but the killing of scene linchpin Pop Smoke has created crisis

Amos Barshad

01, Jul, 2020 @2:50 PM

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B-side themselves: why so many pop stars are releasing offcut albums
From Drake to Carly Rae Jepsen to Bad Bunny, 2020 has been dominated by records breathing life into leftover songs

Michael Cragg

12, Jun, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Drake: Dark Lane Demo Tapes review – rap’s whingeing king hits a dead end
There are moments of skill and rawness in this odds-and-ends mixtape but it feels like a clumsy lunge at commercial success

Alexis Petridis

03, May, 2020 @2:36 PM

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What's behind Drake's $400,000 mattress?
The Canadian rapper clearly knows the value of a good night’s sleep if his handmade Swedish mattress is anything to go by

Poppy Noor

28, Apr, 2020 @5:22 PM

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Cardi B schools Bernie and Bhad Bhabie goes 'brownface': rappers in quarantine
Social distancing is wearing on Gucci Mane, Drake is rattling around his empty mansion and old R&B stars shouldn’t use technology

André Wheeler

22, Apr, 2020 @9:00 AM

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