Rina Sawayama

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Pop iconoclast Rina Sawayama: ‘Drag is turning trauma into entertainment. That’s what I’m doing’
The British-Japanese pop star’s genre-mashing second album is the product of her hard-won self-knowledge. She talks about reckoning with her Asian identity, forgiving her mother and her determination to be happy

Rachel Aroesti

29, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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The Guide #24: how metal bands dared to go soft
In this week’s newsletter: it’s a music genre that used to be all about doom and thrash – but in 2022 you’re lucky if there’s even a riff in the mix

Gwilym Mumford

04, Mar, 2022 @11:50 AM

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Rina Sawayama review – superstar status cemented by pop’s politician
Albert Hall, Manchester
The British-Japanese singer finally performs the debut album she released during lockdown – and it’s a triumph of satire, chaotic genre-splicing and LGBTQ+ solidarity

Fergal Kinney

10, Nov, 2021 @3:21 PM

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Brit awards: Griff wins 2021 Rising Star award
Hertfordshire pop songwriter beats Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama to gong previously given to Sam Smith and Adele

Laura Snapes

19, Mar, 2021 @9:27 AM

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Griff, Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama nominated for Brits Rising Star
A nomination for Sawayama, born in Japan but with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, reflects the BPI’s recent change in definition of British artists

Laura Snapes

11, Mar, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Non-British citizens now eligible for Brit awards and Mercury prize
Artists who have been permanently resident in the UK for five years will qualify for British categories

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Feb, 2021 @7:57 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2020: the full list
Our countdown is complete, topped by a mercurial work of sprawling invention by a woman who has dug deep to survive. Taken as a whole, these choices contain drama, solace, poetry and fire, a fitting selection for a turbulent year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

18, Dec, 2020 @8:07 AM

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Pop in 2020: an escape into disco, folklore and nostalgia
Amid the chaos of the pandemic and with the future so uncertain, the pop music that resonated was glittery, danceable and comfortingly familiar

Alexis Petridis

17, Dec, 2020 @2:36 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2020, No 3: Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Sawayama picks her way through formative musical loves to produce a risk-taking musical cocktail of R&B, goth rock and video game soundtracks

Alexis Petridis

16, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'Oh cool, I don’t have to put on pants!' Stars on music's year of chaos
Phoebe Bridgers, Danielle Haim, Lianne La Havas, Declan McKenna, Rina Sawayama and Moses Sumney discuss Black Lives Matter, WAP, TikTok, the collapse of live music and more

Alexis Petridis

11, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The 20 best songs of 2020
Our writers considered hundreds of contenders – and here are their picks of the year. Listen to all 390 tracks they voted for on our playlist

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

30, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Will the UK ever love foreign-language pop?
Three summers ago, Despacito’s lilting Spanish lyrics dominated the UK charts, but since then nearly all pop hits have been in English. Is it just a language barrier – or a sign of a narrow culture?

Tara Joshi

05, Aug, 2020 @9:50 AM

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