Franz Beckenbauer of New York Cosmos in 1978: When Ross saw the famous German international   playing at the back on his debut, he phoned down to the dug-out with the immortal advice: “Get the Kraut into midfield! We’re not paying him all that money to play deefence!”    Photograph: Tony Duffy/Allsport

At one point in Pele’s final season with the New York Cosmos in 1977, the club announced that it was already planning for the future, dispatching Dave(...)

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Warner Music Group reignited its plans for an initial public offering, becoming the latest music company to cash in on a streaming boom that’s only ac(...)

John Prine in Nashville in 2016. Photograph: Kyle Dean Reinford/The New York Times

Born: October 10th, 1946 Died: April 7th, 2020 John Prine, who has died aged 73 due to complications of Covid-19, was a highly influential American s(...)

Daniel Johnston: the singer-songwriter and visual artist was acclaimed as one of the United States’ most gifted outsider voices. Photograph: Bryan Schutmaat/New York Times

Daniel Johnston, a singer-songwriter and visual artist whose childlike, haunted songs brought him acclaim as one of the United States’ most gifte(...)

Hitmakers: Lizzo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cardi B and Daft Punk

As the days get longer something strange happens. Everything you do becomes soundtracked by one seemingly omnipresent melody, one incessant beat. You (...)

Dr John: belonged to the pantheon of New Orleans keyboard wizards. Photograph:  Valentin Flauraud/EPA

Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of music fans,(...)

They say that a change is as good as a rest – and Marina Diamandis has taken both in recent years. After the tour in support of her well-received thir(...)

Nipsey Hussle: his LP Victory Lap was nominated this year for best rap album at the Grammy Awards, losing to Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy.  Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Wire

The Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside his clothing store in the Hyde Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles on Sunday. Nipsey(...)

Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration ceremony for  Barack Obama in Washington, January 20th, 2009. The grey hat  is now on display in  the Smithsonian Institution. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Aretha Louise Franklin Born: March 25th, 1942 Died: August 16th, 2018 On a crisp, sparkling day in January 2009, Aretha Franklin stood on the steps(...)

In this November 2017 photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John Aids Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. Photograph:  Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Named the “Queen of Soul” in a mock coronation on a Chicago stage in 1967, Aretha Franklin – who has died aged 76 – reigned majestically until her dea(...)

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