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Madonna adds new dates to Madame X tour, including shows in Vegas, Philly, Boston, and Miami

In support of her upcoming album, Madame X, Madonna will stage a series of lengthy residences in cities across the US and Europe throughout late 2019 and into early 2020. Today, she’s expanded on her upcoming itinerary with the announcement new shows in Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon, and Paris. Additionally, she’s tacked on …

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Ariana Grande gets slapped with lawsuit for posting picture of herself

While Ariana Grande may be the biggest pop star at the moment, she may also be the unluckiest. A human embodiment of Newton’s third law, it seems like every harmless thing the thank u, next singer attempts spurs some negative and, if we’re being honest, hilarious cosmic reaction. She gets a Japanese-themed tattoo promoting a new …

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The National: I Am Easy to Find review – strangely lacklustre

(4AD) Twenty years into their career, the National have had a radical rethink for their eighth album. Film-maker Mike Mills has come on board to challenge the way they record, as well as cooking up a complementary but standalone short film of the same name, starring Alicia Vikander, but the bigger change finds frontman Matt …

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Maluma: 11:11 review – party tunes meet hunky smouldering

(Relentless/Sony Latin) US pop has been travelling south to appropriate Latin heat since time immemorial. But since 2017’s Puerto Rican smash Despacito and particularly Justin Bieber’s remix, there’s no longer a meaningful divide between anglophone territories and the global pop market. Perfectly placed to ride this wave is Columbia’s Maluma: rapper, singer, reggaetonista, catwalk model, …

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Madonna performs “Like a Virgin” and “Future” at Eurovision 2019: Watch

Madonna took the stage at 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday. The Queen of Pop marked the 30th anniversary of her 1989 album, Like A Prayer, by performing its title track. She also previewed her new album, Madame X, by teaming up with Migos’ Quavo for Future”. Replay …

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Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran go green screen crazy in new “I Don’t Care” video: Watch

Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran unveiled their collaborative single, “I Don’t Care”, last week. The two pop stars are back today with its official music video helmed by Emil Nava (Pharrell, Ellie Goulding). While the song is a mushy ode to love and its cure-all effect, its accompanying clip doesn’t take itself too seriously. Instead, Bieber and …

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Tyler, the Creator: Igor review – impulsive artist takes the rapping off

This strange smorgasbord of sound is shrewd, smooth and heartfelt – but has Tyler ditched what made him great? Tyler, the Creator always said he didn’t want to be a rapper. Leading the generation-defining rap group Odd Future didn’t stop the young Los Angeles radical from regularly declaring that a career as a traditional MC …

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Steel Pulse: Mass Manipulation review – welcome return of reggae giants

(Rootfire Cooperative)Steel Pulse deliver a rousing take on the world today, exploring issues from trafficking to climate change with sincerity and positivity Steel Pulse’s 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is a reggae classic, which captured the second-generation British black experience with songs written in Birmingham amid the rise of the far-right National Front. Four decades later, …

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