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The Guardian view on grime music: sound of protest | Editorial

The Guardian view on grime music: sound of protest | Editorial

An urban artform that resurrects rebellion has gained credibility and popularity through mainstream indifference. It’s time to take noticeWhen the nominations for pop music’s Brit awards – an event
You can’t trust Theresa May – and Liar Liar’s success shows millions agree | Captain Ska

You can’t trust Theresa May – and Liar Liar’s success shows millions agree | Captain Ska

Despite a media blackout, we’re at No 4 in the UK charts, with over 2.5m views on YouTube. It looks like young people are into political music after allSix months after the coalition government came
Oxford graduates’ calamitous CVs | Brief letters

Oxford graduates’ calamitous CVs | Brief letters

Margaret Thatcher | George Osborne | British Virgin Islands | The Fife | Racing tips | Walter BeckerPerhaps there was no room for M Thatcher, MA Oxon (Letters, 7 September). She had at least half a
John French obituary

John French obituary

My friend John French, who has died aged 75 after heart surgery, was the recording engineer for many artists, including Joe Dolce, whose single Shaddap You Face was a hit worldwide. It sold 6m copies
Camille: the French pop animal unafraid to get physical

Camille: the French pop animal unafraid to get physical

The one-woman choir howls like a wolf and gallops like a horse as she mixes multitracked mantras with a riot of jabbering percussion. She reveals how drums ‘tell us what it is to be a society’A
Bono used Malta-based firm to invest in Lithuanian shopping centre

Bono used Malta-based firm to invest in Lithuanian shopping centre

U2 frontman was investor in firm based in island nation where foreign investors pay 5% tax on profits, Paradise Papers show His band have never been there, and neither, it seems, has he. But as an
How a big Australian bank bought into Sheryl Crow's back catalogue

How a big Australian bank bought into Sheryl Crow's back catalogue

Paradise Papers reveal that leading banks are parties to schemes that use tax havens to minimise tax for their wealthy clientsSome of Australia’s leading banks have been revealed as parties to schemes
Residente: Latin America's most successful rapper on race and Trump's America – video

Residente: Latin America's most successful rapper on race and Trump's America – video

Puerto Rican rapper, writer and film-maker Residente is one of the most successful Latino artists of his generation, winning 24 Latin Grammys as one half of internationally renowned group Calle 13. No
Why China has had enough of 'Fruit Sister' Katy Perry

Why China has had enough of 'Fruit Sister' Katy Perry

The singer is reported to have been refused a visa – but she’s far from the first western star to be denied entry to the countryName: Katy PerryAge: 33 Continue reading...
Brian Eno and Roger Waters scorn Nick Cave's 'principled stand' to play in Israel

Brian Eno and Roger Waters scorn Nick Cave's 'principled stand' to play in Israel

Australian labelled ‘naive’ and ‘arrogant’ after he accused pro-boycott campaigners of trying to bully and censor musicians High-profile artists including Brian Eno, Roger Waters and Ken Loach have
Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys accused of rape

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys accused of rape

Carter denies accusations that he forced singer-actor Melissa Schuman to have sex ‘against my will’ when she was 18Nick Carter, a member of the boyband Backstreet Boys, has been accused of
Johnny Hallyday to get spectacular 'people's tribute' send-off in Paris

Johnny Hallyday to get spectacular 'people's tribute' send-off in Paris

Thousands of fans are expected to line Champs Elysées to witness cortege accompanied by sound of rocker’s hitsFans of the French rocker Johnny Hallyday will be given a chance to say a final adieu to
Storyville: When Rock Arrived in North Korea review – a Slovenian industrial metal band takes Pyongyang

Storyville: When Rock Arrived in North Korea review – a Slovenian industrial metal band takes Pyongyang

The surreal confrontation between a totalitarian state and a European band with similar tastes in clothes quickly becomes something more human. Plus: a real-life murder mysteryI am not going to
Tina Arena and Courtney Barnett join campaign against music industry sexual harassment

Tina Arena and Courtney Barnett join campaign against music industry sexual harassment

More than 360 Australian women, including the Veronicas and Sarah Blasko, have signed #MeNoMore letter recounting harassment, assault and rapeCourtney Barnett, Tina Arena, Sarah Blasko, the Veronicas,
Lead singer of South Korean boyband Shinee dies

Lead singer of South Korean boyband Shinee dies

News reports say Kim Jong-hyun, 27, was unconscious when taken to hospital and suggest cause of death was suicideKim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of the hugely popular and influential South Korean
Kim Jong-hyun: Shinee star dies amid an unforgiving K-pop industry

Kim Jong-hyun: Shinee star dies amid an unforgiving K-pop industry

The 27-year-old singer was one of the beautiful, well-drilled entertainers who make K-pop so thrilling – and who are often treated miserably by their management companiesThe death of Kim Jong-hyun of
K-pop singer Jonghyun's death turns spotlight on pressures of stardom

K-pop singer Jonghyun's death turns spotlight on pressures of stardom

SHINee lead singer, who died in hospital on Monday, said he felt ‘broken from inside’ in note made public day after his deathA harrowing note left by the K-pop singer Kim Jong-hyun, who has died in a
Kim Jong-hyun's fans bid an emotional farewell to K-pop star

Kim Jong-hyun's fans bid an emotional farewell to K-pop star

Grief-stricken crowds in grey and black line streets of Seoul for funeral of SHINee lead singer who died in suspected suicideGrief-stricken music fans have lined the streets in Seoul to farewell Kim
Lithuanian company linked to Bono fined after Paradise Papers revelations

Lithuanian company linked to Bono fined after Paradise Papers revelations

Company agrees to pay €53,000 in back taxes following investigation, as U2 frontman ends his minority investment A Lithuanian company linked to the U2 frontman Bono has agreed to pay €53,000 (£47,000)
French singer and Eurovision winner France Gall dies age 70

French singer and Eurovision winner France Gall dies age 70

Inspiration for original song later adapted as My Way, Gall won Eurovision song contest with Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son in 1965The French singer France Gall, who inspired the original version of