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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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Swizz Beatz: ‘DMX was a hero. He would give clothes off his back to the homeless’
The superproducer is married to Alicia Keys and has made hits for Jay-Z and Beyoncé – but his current role is custodian of DMX’s legacy. He explains the particular power of the late rapper

Dean Van Nguyen

01, Jun, 2021 @3:49 PM

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DMX: Exodus review – a bold and bleak posthumous finale
The New York rapper, who died in April, is strong and unsettling over grimy, atonal production, with guest turns from Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Bono

Alexis Petridis

27, May, 2021 @12:24 PM

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Jay-Z sells majority stake in Tidal music streaming service to Jack Dorsey's Square
$297m deal hands control to Twitter co-founder, with Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna and other Tidal co-owners retaining stakes

Mark Sweney

04, Mar, 2021 @5:49 PM

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Britney Spears: another pop princess trapped in a man-made fairytale
One contributor is notably absent from the new film about Britney: herself. But from Rihanna to Beyoncé to Taylor Swift, female stars have always struggled to tell their stories

Grace Medford

19, Feb, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Anna Wintour in sweatpants, Harry Styles in lace: the people who defined fashion in 2020
Style was as weird as you would expect in a year that saw most of us locked down. Hazmat suits, feral scruffiness and gender twists led to some memorable looks

Hannah Marriott, Priya Elan, Jess Cartner-Morley and Morwenna Ferrier

17, Dec, 2020 @6:01 AM

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Lady Gaga attacks Trump's 'grab' remarks at Joe Biden rally
Pop star continues war of words with Trump, with president claiming ‘I know a lot of stories’ about her, as he also criticises LeBron James, Jay-Z and others

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Nov, 2020 @9:07 AM

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Alicia Keys: 'I was supposed to end up a prostitute or addicted to drugs'
With the release of a new album, the singer picks favourite tracks from her back catalogue and talks about the magic of working with Kanye West, surviving the tough streets of New York and her struggles with self-worth

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

18, Sep, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Jay-Z, Glastonbury 2008: diamonds in the sky for rap's greatest showman
Rounding off our series on 20 iconic festival sets, we look back at when Jay-Z defied the doubters to establish hip-hop as a key part of Glastonbury

Yemi Abiade

31, Aug, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z tap into rising alt-milk star Oatly
Swedish brand taps growing market for milk alternatives as sale of 10% stake values firm at $2bn

Zoe Wood

14, Jul, 2020 @5:32 PM

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Jay-Z's Team Roc call for prosecution of police officer who shot and killed 3 men
Officer Joseph Mensah was found to have acted in self-defence in two of the shootings, with another currently under review

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jul, 2020 @9:26 AM

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#TheShowMustBePaused: music industry plans day of silence for George Floyd
Stars including Quincy Jones and Billie Eilish join executives in promoting effort to halt operations as protests continue

André Wheeler

02, Jun, 2020 @2:59 AM

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