Frank Ocean

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Pharrell Williams’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!
It’s 20 years since his band NERD released their debut album – but the rapper-producer-singer-songwriter has been responsible for an avalanche of hits. As he and co-pilot Chad Hugo get inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, we count down Williams’s 30 greatest bangers

Alexis Petridis

10, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Billie, Lorde, Lizzo: has being a female pop star in 2021 become unbearable?
New releases by three pop icons reveal their extreme attempts to protect themselves from the damage caused by fame. Pop stardom has never seemed less aspirational

Laura Snapes

20, Aug, 2021 @3:20 PM

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‘My hope is to make things that last’ – Frank Ocean announces fashion range
The collection will feature 25 pieces of high-end jewellery including silk scarves

Priya Elan

09, Aug, 2021 @4:11 PM

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Boris Johnson stopped me getting fit – but he couldn’t come between me and my guitar
I’m still no Jimi Hendrix, but after a year’s solid practice I have just about mastered one R&B track

Nish Kumar

30, Dec, 2020 @2:00 PM

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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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Musical notes: how is pop music changing during the pandemic?
In our monthly column, our critics ponder how are listening tastes are changing – and how pop might adapt to a strange new world

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Alexis Petridis and Laura Snapes

14, Apr, 2020 @4:25 PM

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You'll Never Walk Alone and Locked Up top chart of popular quarantine music
Listeners are flocking to hear tracks such as Don’t Stand So Close to Me and Everybody Hurts as the coronavirus crisis deepens

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

27, Mar, 2020 @2:36 PM

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Leave Rihanna alone! A manifesto for healthier pop fandom in the 2020s
Fans play the music industry’s tune by demanding stars release new product on schedule. Instead, we should love what we have and give artists creative headroom

Aimee Cliff

15, Jan, 2020 @11:48 AM

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Coachella 2020 announced with headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean
Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris and 21 Savage to also appear at California event that kicks off festival season

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jan, 2020 @10:06 AM

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Heartache in golf shoes: how Odd Future brought fresh energy to rap
By embracing vulnerability at a time when all the old rules about the genre were breaking down, the LA collective broadened what it could be

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

28, Nov, 2019 @9:30 AM

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Work, work, work: Beyoncé's labour of liberation
Leading a creative revolution whose ripples were seen from Kanye to Donald Glover to Little Simz, Beyoncé consigned the idea of performers ‘sticking to the music’ to history

Tshepo Mokoena

19, Nov, 2019 @10:01 AM

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One to watch: Vegyn
The self-taught producer’s debut album confirms his star status

Tara Joshi

09, Nov, 2019 @2:00 PM

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