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Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime review – wild, virtuosic Tuareg blues

(Matador)The Nigerian guitarist and band sizzle on a deeply satisfying album that pays unusual homage to his early career It seems fitting that the first album on Matador (and his sixth in total) from the Nigerian guitarist Mdou Moctar should not come only in the usual formats – CD, vinyl and download – but also …

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Olivia Rodrigo: Sour review – the perfect soundtrack to a first breakup

(Universal)The record-breaking 18-year-old follows her smash hit Drivers License with an impressive debut album of pop-punk screamers and delicate balladry Keen not to be defined by January’s record-breaking ballad Drivers License, 18-year-old Disney-actor-turned-singer Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album opens with a surprise. “I want it to be, like, messy,” she blurts at the start of Brutal, …

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Twenty One Pilots: Scaled and Icy review – genre-hoppers find their happy place

(Fueled by Ramen)The Ohio duo’s sixth album takes their usual mix of rock, rap and synth-pop but adds more upbeat lyrics In 2019, Twenty One Pilots became the first act in US history to have every song on two separate albums certified gold, for 2013’s Vessel and 2015’s Blurryface. It’s an achievement suggestive of a …

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Olivia Rodrigo: Sour review – cathartic rage at teenage heartbreak

(Geffen) The 18-year-old songwriter makes good on her record-breaking debut single with a first album that metabolises anger, jealousy and bewilderment into pop euphoria Even in a world where streaming’s rise means chart records are broken all the time, the debut single by Disney star Olivia Rodrigo is an anomaly. Upon the release of Drivers …

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Cher Biopic in the Works

Cher is the next music legend set to receive the biopic treatment.The “Goddess of Pop” announced the news ahead of her 75th birthday on Thursday. Five-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Star is Born) is writing the film, which will be distributed by Universal.Roth will have no… Please click the link below …

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Olivia Rodrigo Performs “Drivers License” & “good 4 u” on SNL: Watch

Fast-rising pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo made her Saturday Night Live on the penultimate episode of Season 46.Rodrigo used her first performance of the evening to sing her record-smashing debut single, “Drivers License”. Upon its release earlier this year, the power pop ballad set a record on Spotify for most streams on a… Please click the link below …

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Paul Weller: Fat Pop (Volume 1) review – more earnest than exciting

(Polydor)Recorded largely during last year’s first lockdown, Weller’s 16th solo album is a reined in affair Anybody thinking that 2018’s relatively trad True Meanings marked the end of Paul Weller’s decade of untamed experimentation would have reckoned without last year’s On Sunset, which once again offered up curveballs aplenty. Fat Pop (Volume 1) – put …

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