R&B

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Syd: ‘I’ve always made it a point to just be gay. There’s a girl in the video with me, what else do I need to say?’
She had an album of love songs all set to go – until a breakup made her think again. The star of Odd Future and the Internet tells how she drew inspiration from heartache and hope

Lauren O'Neill

26, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Joy Crookes: Skin review – vibrant politics and beautiful storytelling
The Bangladeshi-Irish south Londoner’s urgent debut album laces trauma and social commentary with bouncing melody and retro stylings

Alim Kheraj

15, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Candi Staton: ‘When the promoters tried not to pay I had to get my gun out’
Between the ‘chitlin’ circuit’ and her new rave tunes, the soul diva even picked up praise from Elvis. In our new series where you ask the questions, this storied musician reveals a few untold yarns

Dave Simpson

07, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Ray BLK: Access Denied review – an unabashedly mainstream debut
The south Londoner aims to be “the black Madonna” on this taut set of wise words and killer hooks with a distinct sense of place

Kitty Empire

03, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Can the R Kelly verdict lead to a shift in the music industry?
After years of sexual abuse allegations, the R&B singer has finally had to face punishment for his crimes but will a wider reckoning follow?

Tshepo Mokoena

02, Oct, 2021 @5:17 AM

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Everybody salsa! Fania, the ramshackle New York label that sent Latin rhythms global
Its founders went from flogging LPs from a car to defining a genre in the late 60s. As a box set is released, manager Harvey Averne and star Joe Bataan recall those heady days in East Harlem

Stevie Chick

30, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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If society valued Black women and girls, convicting R Kelly wouldn’t take so long | Tayo Bero
For decades, Kelly hid his predatory behavior in plain sight – and people did nothing

Tayo Bero

29, Sep, 2021 @10:16 AM

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Kelly Price says she almost died from Covid – and was never missing
Singer became subject of a missing person’s report but her attorney says Price was recovering from virus

Gloria Oladipo

28, Sep, 2021 @3:26 PM

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‘After healing comes dancing’: Tems, the Nigerian singer loved by Drake and Adele
As a teenage loner in Lagos, Temilade Openiyi immersed herself in Kate Nash, Green Day and poetry. She’s now one of Nigeria’s few female music producers and a globally famous vocalist

Emmanuel Akinwotu

27, Sep, 2021 @9:23 AM

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Nao: And Then Life Was Beautiful review – soaring to new heights
The Grammy-nominated Londoner takes things to the next level with this impeccably on point third album

Kitty Empire

26, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘I’m angry, I’m raging’: how Raye took on her record label – and won
After Polydor refused to release her album, the rising pop star spoke out. Now, newly independent, she's ready for a fresh start

Michael Cragg

25, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Nao: And Then Life Was Beautiful review – joy and hope amid the pandemic
Plenty of new albums are considering life with Covid, but few of them are as sensual and gorgeous as this

Alexis Petridis

23, Sep, 2021 @10:30 AM

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