R&B

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Merry Clayton: 'Gimme Shelter left a dark taste in my mouth'
The singer who backed the Rolling Stones, Coldplay and more weathered a miscarriage, then the loss of her legs in a car accident – but her new album shows she refuses to give up

Robert Ham

08, Apr, 2021 @11:10 AM

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Rihanna's 30 greatest singles – ranked!
With a rumoured ninth album on the way – the follow-up to 2016’s Anti – we examine Rihanna’s singles and pick the 30 best

Alexis Petridis

01, Apr, 2021 @2:12 PM

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Serpentwithfeet: Deacon review – a swoon in the Californian sun
This poppy, life-affirming ode to gay domestic bliss is a paean to black people ‘living their damn life anyhow’

Kitty Empire

27, Mar, 2021 @2:00 PM

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'I got a job on a fishing trawler' – Covid: one year on, stars of music and theatre look back
In the second of our two-parter, rock stars, roadies, actors, dancers, composers and comics describe how their lives have been transformed without live shows – and imagine what now lies ahead

Dave Simpson , Imogen Tilden, Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

22, Mar, 2021 @1:00 PM

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'After you listen, you're cooler': the incredible women of Philly Soul
On the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records, the often underappreciated women of the label talk about their legacy

Jim Farber

20, Mar, 2021 @6:07 AM

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Justin Bieber: Justice review – hot goings-on, not What's Going On
The star has recast himself as a tender humanitarian, which means a civil rights speech shoehorned into an album of anaemic love songs

Alexis Petridis

19, Mar, 2021 @10:36 AM

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Beyoncé's 30 greatest songs – ranked!
After she became the most awarded woman in Grammys history this week, we attempt to whittle down the best of her wildly varied and brilliant catalogue

Alexis Petridis

19, Mar, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Musician Michael Milosh, AKA Rhye, accused of sexual abuse and grooming
Canadian artist denies allegations by ex-wife, actor Alexa Nikolas, calling them ‘outrageously false’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

18, Mar, 2021 @10:55 AM

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Valerie June: 'Black women have always been eclectic. We just didn't make the headlines'
Named by Bob Dylan as a contemporary great, the versatile songwriter straddles folk, R&B, bluegrass, soul and more – and her creative freedom has been hard-fought

Stephanie Phillips

16, Mar, 2021 @10:20 AM

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The Grammys' diverse winner list isn't box-ticking – these are terrific artists | Alexis Petridis
While questions rightly remain over its shadowy nominations process, Grammy voters should be praised for honouring a large number of women and people of colour

Alexis Petridis

15, Mar, 2021 @12:04 PM

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The Weeknd pledges permanent Grammys boycott
The Canadian star – who had the biggest song of 2020 yet earned no Grammy nominations – will no longer submit music for consideration

Laura Snapes

12, Mar, 2021 @11:12 AM

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Who will – and should – win the 2021 Grammy awards?
Beyoncé is looking to convert her nine nominations while Billie Eilish could repeat her success last year – but there’s strong competition from Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift, and an all-female rock lineup

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

10, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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