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Taylor Swift criticises Damon Albarn for saying she doesn’t write her own songs

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Taylor Swift has called out Damon Albarn, lead singer of Blur and later of Gorillaz, on Twitter after the British musician told the LA Times she “doesn’t write her own songs”. “I was such a big fan of yours until I sa...

My Bloody Valentine criticise Spotify for showing ‘fake’ lyrics to their songs

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My Bloody Valentine have criticised Spotify for showing “fake lyrics” to the shoegaze band’s famously cryptic songs. In November 2021, Spotify launched a feature allowing users to read along to the lyrics while they l...

Lana Del Rey’s greatest songs – ranked!

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Apparently inspired by the suicide of a friend and remixed by Cedric Gervais into that rarest of things – a party-starting Lana Del Rey banger – Summertime Sadness was a hook-laden highlight of her second album Born t...

FKA twigs: Caprisongs review – wild invention let down by weak songs

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FKA twigs recently took to Instagram to depict her mixtape Caprisongs as a soundtrack for preparing to go out: “It’s bronzer in the sink, alcopop on the side … a club pre-game … your bestie who is always late but brin...

‘We’re just little country bumpkins!’: 2022’s hottest band Wet Leg on songs, silliness and their surprise success

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How does a song by an unknown band get to be listened to 6.5m times? It was hard enough to determine in the olden days, before streaming existed, when we still said “popular” instead of “viral”; it is absolutely baffl...

Pet sounds: dogs’ favourite Christmas songs revealed

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From Wham’s Last Christmas to Jingle Bells, humans are not the only species to enjoy festive songs. A survey of 1,000 dog owners by the charity Guide Dogs found Wham’s classic was the most beloved by canines, met 10%...

George Michael’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

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Tucked away on the B-side of The Edge of Heaven, Battlestations is a fascinating anomaly in the Wham! catalogue. Raw, minimal, and influenced by contemporary dancefloor trends – but still very much a pop song – it giv...

Die 20 best songs of 2021

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After Blinding Lights, the partnership between the Weeknd and producer Max Martin continues down a rainswept neon highway, where synthwave reminiscent of a Terminator or RoboCop movie prowls around tales of nocturnal...

Die Drifters Girl-resensie – sensasionele liedjies maar plat storievertelling

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Die idee agter hierdie musiekblyspel is om die kragstasie vroulike krag te wys wat die manlike vokale groep die Drifters bestuur het. Faye Treadwell het een van die eerste prominente Afro-Amerikaanse vroue geword wat musiekbestuur betree het..

Paul Weller’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!

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On the B-side of A Solid Bond in Your Heart lurks Weller’s mea culpa take on the sudden demise of the Jam, the arrogance of youth and the perils of becoming the Voice of a Generation. “I was a shit-stained statue / Sc...

Crazy Frog returns, like it or not: ‘There will always be a place for novelty songs’

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For a few months in 2005, you couldn’t move without encountering Crazy Frog. First sold as a ringtone, his nonsensical catchphrase, “Rring ding ding ding baa baa”, entered the national vocabulary. Then it became the m...

Sonic Youth’s greatest songs – ranked!

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Given short shrift on release, the reputation of the dense, chaotic, beat poetry-infused NYC Ghosts & Flowers has been burnished at least a little by time. The title track, which slowly builds over seven minutes f...

The greatest songs about the climate crisis – ranked!

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From its cover shot of a submerged bedroom down, 2019’s Titanic Rising feels like an album informed by the climate crisis, but the lyrics seldom address it explicitly. Something to Believe is the perfect example: a pl...

It’s not politics that make the UK rubbish at Eurovision – it’s the fact our songs are bad

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Elke jaar, the cycle is the same. Perform abysmally at Eurovision. Threaten to boycott it. Make an announcement that there will be some sweeping overhaul to the UK’s selection process. Spend some time talking about A...

Helado Negro: Far In review – excavating beauty with joyous songs

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As Helado Negro, Brooklyn-via-Florida’s Roberto Carlos Lange has spent more than a decade refining an expansive sound somewhere between synth-folk and alternative pop. With songs in English, Spanish and sometimes both...

How Leonard Cohen mined sacred texts for lyrics to his songs

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“She tied you to a kitchen chair, she broke your throne and she cut your hair, and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah...” No one hearing these lyrics from the song Hallelujah could doubt that Leonard Cohen knew ho...

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