Parquet Courts (including Austin Brown, foreground): a band with a pre-internet era outlook. Photograph: Ben Rayner

Several years ago, an up-and-coming indie-rock band from New York called Parquet Courts rolled through the town of Murray, Kentucky, on their first(...)

Hank Shocklee: ‘People diss Soundcloud and Spotify because of “music for free” and all that, but look at the artists who’ve got traction who would never have got traction under the old label regime.’ Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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One lucky young fan last night got to enjoy more of his favourite popstar than he’d ever hoped for.

One lucky young fan last night got to enjoy more of his favourite popstar than he’d ever hoped for.A video of a fourteen year-old calling himself ‘D(...)

If you’re the superstitious sort, you might blame the mishaps surrounding Madonna’s 13th album – early leaks of songs that she contentiously l(...)

There are more earworms on SremmLife than seems decent. The work of Mississippi-born, Atlanta-based brothers Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee, it’s an album(...)

Nicki Minaj on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at Rockefeller Center in New York. Photograph: Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images

A 23-year old man who is banned from using the 999 emergency telephone system breached an ASBO by calling police on Christmas Day and telling them he (...)

Photograph: Ellen von Unwerth

A very tired man is on the other end of the phone. David Guetta is somewhere in Peru. Later today he’ll be in Guayaquil, in Ecuador, for a gig. Tomorr(...)

Dancefloor honesty: Adore Delano

TRACK OF THE WEEK I Adore U by Adore Delano. Fans of Ru Paul’s Drag Race will be familiar with Adore’s work, and how her eye make-up game is s(...)

Beyonce reacts as her husband Jay-Z carries their daughter Ivy Blue onstage to present the Video Vanguard Award during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in  California yesterday. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters 2:01

Beyonce was the reigning queen of the MTV Video Music Awards.The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed(...)

Wanted men: Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes

You might not think that Dame Vera Lynn has much in common with hunky popsters The Wanted, but there’s a particular line from her 1940s wartime(...)