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Alessia Cara covers Ariana Grande’s “breathin” for BBC Radio 1 Piano Sessions: Watch

Ariana Grande has been a defining presence of 2018, and also recently of BBC Radio 1. Multiple artists appearing on BBC’s Live Lounge have offered their own treatments of the pop star’s music in the last few weeks, including The 1975 and Mumford and Sons. The former turned “thank u, next” into something of a …

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The 50 best albums of 2018, No 5: Mitski – Be the Cowboy

The singer-songwriter’s remarkable fifth offering paired an arch humour with an underlying maelstrom of drama, loneliness and psychosexual dysfunction The 50 best albums of 2018 See our tracks of the year The best culture of 2018 In 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published the seminal feminist short story The Yellow Wallpaper, the semiautobiographical account of a …

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Rosali: Trouble Anyway review – surprising, beguiling depths

(Scissor Tail/Spinster) There’s a pleasing blossoming on this second solo album by Rosali Middleman, also leader of ragged psychedelic garage-country crew Long Hots, and shortly to tour the UK as support for Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter’s debut, 2016’s Out of Love, was lovely in its low-key way, but Trouble Anyway unfurls surprising, …

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Bruce Springsteen: Springsteen on Broadway; Paul McCartney at Liverpool Echo Arena – reviews

Two musical veterans take stock after half a century, with self-reflection and serious back catalogues Curating your legacy is a great problem to have as a musician – one that few artists truly need to contend with. Shaping the narrative of your life’s work probably becomes – at some point in your fame – your …

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Jessie J: This Christmas Day review – bigger-is-better seasonal fare aiming for world domination

Republic Whitehall apparatchiks tasked with making Brexit Britain a global trading partner could perhaps take inspiration from Jessie J, who became massively successful in China this year after starring in a TV singing competition there, and then consolidated her north American links via a special relationship with Channing Tatum. She now aims to seal her …

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