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Aretha Franklin, 'the queen of soul', dies aged 76
Regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin has died of advanced pancreatic cancerAretha Franklin dies aged 76: live reactionA voice that gave America its heart and soulThe queen of soul - a life in pictures. The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.
Aug 16 2:36PM Guardian-Music

A voice that gave America its heart and soul: Aretha Franklin
From feminist anthems to painful songs of heartbreak, strident black politics to spiritual quests, Aretha Franklin became a pop-cultural titan - and a symbol of American strengthAretha Franklin: tributes and live reactionsThe queen of soul - a life in picturesAretha Franklin dies aged 76. 'The Queen of Soul was an honorific thrust upon Aretha Franklin by the Chicago radio DJ Pervis Spann during her first flush of fame, but it ended up being a job for life. When, decades later, Mojo and Rolling Stone ran polls to find the greatest singer of all time, she topped both and nobody was either surprised or disappointed.
Aug 16 2:06PM Guardian-Music

Gunshots fired on set of 6ix9ine and 50 Cent music video
Police find 11 bullet casings in rappers' Brooklyn filming location but have not yet named anyone in connection with the incident Gunshots have been fired on the set of a music video for the rappers 6ix9ine and 50 Cent, with no one injured. A report in the New York Times states that police found 11 bullet casings from two handguns around the video set following a call to the area in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is not yet known who was on the video set at the time, or who fired the weapons.
Aug 16 9:37AM Guardian-Music

Rod Stewart to hold auction after clear-out at Essex mansion
Items for sale include pair of bronze-mounted side tables estimated to fetch up to 3,000 Fans of Rod Stewart and his flamboyant style will have the opportunity to bid at an auction of suitably glitzy items belonging to the singer. Items being auctioned include a pair of gilt bronze-mounted side tables, expected to fetch up to 3,000, and a teak lounge armchair with cane back and a faux leopard print cushion, with a guide price of 250-350. Continue reading.
Aug 16 9:09AM Guardian-Music

How Grand Theft Auto created a virtual underground clubbing scene
Avatars of real-life DJs curate - and create - cool music and players have ownership of their nightclubs in the latest After Hours update, which puts GTA at the heart of pop culture In 2002's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the first record you hear on a car radio is Billie Jean, no matter what you drive. Unseen code binds this piece of music to an important point in time and the experience of being behind the wheel. When I first got my driving licence, I recreated the moment in my crappy Vauxhall Astra, so strong was the association.
Aug 16 7:30AM Guardian-Music

Adele shares story of friend's postpartum psychosis to help new mothers
'Talk about how you're feeling,' singer urges, as experts say taboos can leave people isolated Perinatal health experts and campaigners have praised the singer Adele for highlighting the issue of postpartum psychosis in new mothers. Her best friend, Laura Dockrill - a poet, author, illustrator and short story writer - was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis after giving birth to a boy, who is Adele's godson. Continue reading.
Aug 15 5:19PM Guardian-Music

A sense of place and meaning': Karine Polwart on the magic of Scottish pop
The folk singer's Edinburgh festival show reinterprets classic and cult Caledonian gems close to her heart, like Big Country's melancholic anthems and Cocteau Twins' filthy futurism Of all the 80s pop artists that Scotland spawned - from Simple Minds and Orange Juice, to Annie Lennox and the Proclaimers - Dunfermline's Big Country are closest to my heart. They transformed Thatcherite brutality into melancholic anthems. On guitars that sounded like bagpipes, their cinematic narratives nailed the emotional fallout of abandoned shipyards and factories, men robbed of purpose and women beaten by life (and sometimes by those same men).
Aug 15 3:27PM Guardian-Music

Punk's not dead? How Vans Warped tour jumped the shark
The festival defined noughties pop-punk and united America's outcasts - but as it shuts for ever, we ask: did it fail to champion diversity? The sun is blazing mercilessly in Columbia, Maryland, on a Sunday in July. It is not yet noon, and the nasal singer of a jet-black metalcore band is crying out: Will you miss me when I'm gooone? Already this weekend, I have seen hair-dye jobs in impossibly electric hues of bubblegum pink and highlighter-pen lime. I have seen ripped fishnets and Tim Burton mini-backpacks and earlobes stretched as big as the rims of drinking glasses.
Aug 15 1:20PM Guardian-Music

Nicki Minaj ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels accuses her of stabbing him
The New York rapper responded by saying Samuels was lying, and alleging he stole her credit card, which he denies Nicki Minaj has been accused by her ex-partner Safaree Samuels of stabbing him in a domestic abuse incident. Samuels wrote on Twitter: Remember the night you cut me and I almost died the police and ambulance had to take me out the crib on a stretcher. I had to lie and tell them I was trying to kill myself so they wouldn't take you to jail.
Aug 15 9:31AM Guardian-Music

'Urban' sounds: it's time to stop using this hackneyed term for black music
Industry executives are increasingly railing against the word, which is born out of racial stereotyping of black communities. 'Urban is a word used across the music industry to include R&B, hip-hop, soul and now grime. It is no coincidence that these forms of black music are lumped together into one category.
Aug 14 5:07PM Guardian-Music

Beyonc dedicates Detroit show to ailing Aretha Franklin
Singer thanks Queen of Soul for 'beautiful music'Nephew: Franklin is 'alert, laughing, able to recognize people'. Beyonc dedicated her show on Monday night to the ailing Aretha Franklin, in a tribute to the legendary songstress in her hometown of Detroit. Related: Aretha Franklin reportedly 'gravely ill' Continue reading.
Aug 14 1:15PM Guardian-Music

It's anarchy and hedonism': Janus, the club night that reinvented Berlin
With its sound collage of grime, techno and more, Janus has brought a fresh intensity to the city's club scene - and its partnership with Berghain means it keeps getting stronger The Roman god Janus commands transitions and doorways; his double-face looks both backwards and forwards. The Berlin club night that shares his name channelled the power of this ancient mythology at its genesis in 2012, and today, the party series and record label has become a self-fulfilled prophecy: drawing from the past, while eyeing the future. Founded by Dan DeNorch and Michael Ladner, the Janus collective began as a protean dancefloor experiment, daring to ricochet between bawdy top 40 edits and frenetic rhythmic heaters, and has grown into one of the city's most transgressive tastemakers.
Aug 14 9:53AM Guardian-Music

Bands mix music and politics at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival
Headliner Janet Jackson's set began with social messageFlorence and the Machine called for unityThe festival in pictures. Amid the tens of thousands of people who attended the 11th annual Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate park this weekend, one face stood out, two-dimensionally speaking: Barack Obama's. The oversized cutout of the former president's smiling face, taped to a long stick, bobbed above the crowd as fans cheered on the Scottish band Chvrches during their performance on Saturday.
Aug 13 10:50PM Guardian-Music

Nicki Minaj: Queen review - uneasy coronation for rap's manic monarch
Not everything connects on the rapper's regal fourth album, but when it does, she shows what a unique talent she is As recently noted in these pages, the campaign for Nicki Minaj's fourth album hasn't been a charmed one: combative and snippy with fans on Twitter, she has not had a major hit with any of its singles. Her chart success has instead come from guesting on FeFe with 6ix9ine, the rapper who could be jailed and put on the sex offenders register for using a child in a sexual performance - perhaps not a great look for a woman trying to assert herself, from her album title downwards, as hip-hop's head of state. And across 19 tracks, there are inevitably some that are not even fit for a lowly viscountess in a leaky manor house, particularly the R&B numbers.
Aug 13 10:53AM Guardian-Music

Ticketmaster to shut Seatwave and GetMeIn resale sites
Controversial secondary ticketing sites will be replaced by fan-to-fan exchange Ticketmaster is to shut down its two resale sites, GetMeIn and Seatwave, following persistent criticism of secondary ticketing platforms used by touts. The ticketing company, owned by the global promoter and venue operator Live Nation, said it would replace the websites with a fan-to-fan exchange selling tickets at face value or below. Continue reading.
Aug 13 8:06AM Guardian-Music

Richard Thompson review - rock'n'rolling back the years
Gawsworth Hall, CheshireHalf a century after his first gig with Fairport Convention, folk-rocker Richard Thompson is as cool and contemporary as ever There are fitting environments for rock'n'roll gigs, and then there's this genteel country house setting at the height of the summer season. Cheshire's Gawsworth Hall, built in 1480, is an Alice in Wonderland fever-dream of black and white timber dotted with clubs, its garden stage resembling a marquee on a particularly posh village green. Refreshments come from a tearoom that serves milk from the estate's cows, and before the show tonight's MC, a member of the family who lives at the hall, announces: If anyone has had a large picnic and is feeling the onset of collywobbles, we have the St John Ambulance here.
Aug 12 8:00AM Guardian-Music

One to watch: Rosala
The Catalan singer's heady fusion of flamenco, pop and R&B is heating up nicely. If you'd predicted that flamenco would be the most exciting thing to happen to pop music in 2018, you might have been told to gather up your ruffles and scram. But Catalan singer Rosala, 24, makes even the castanets seem cool.
Aug 11 1:00PM Guardian-Music

The meaning of Beyonc: a dispatch from inside the Beyhive
How many ways do we love Queen Bey? A superfan explains how Beyonc gives her followers permission to take control Through a fog of food-truck smoke, a sea of Ivy Park and feminist slogan-clad fans move through the London stadium. To my left are groups of black girls in co-ordinated yellow or gold-hued outfits; to my right, yards of bee motifs. This was an experience, like many before it, that we'd all tell our grandchildren about.
Aug 10 11:00AM Guardian-Music

Greg James webchat - post your questions now
The Radio 1 DJ is about to take over the breakfast show - and will answer your questions in a live webchat from 12.30pm on Monday 13 August 11.46am BST The breakfast show host on BBC Radio 1 is one of the most talked-about jobs in the country, requiring sparkling banter unfeasibly early in the day.
Aug 10 10:46AM Guardian-Music

Tracks of the week reviewed: Petite Noir, Robyn and Paul Weller
Petite Noir gets massive, Robyn's not mad at you but she is very disappointed, and the Modfather channels his inner Ronan Continue reading...
Aug 10 10:00AM Guardian-Music