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Lady Gaga and R Kelly: “What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible.”  Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Lady Gaga has apologised for working with R Kelly. Kelly has been accused by numerous women of violent and controlling behaviour, including keeping th(...)

Tank and the Bangas

What Uplifting soul music. Where New Orleans. Why With live music the only remaining source of reliable income for musicians in these troubling t(...)

Beyoncé: high priestess of woke

Dab an eye. “Woke” has, in this part of the world, gone the way of “political correctness”. Momentarily a useful borrowing from African-American Engli(...)

Sarah Morris (l) and Katie Honan

Why do you think you’ve ended up doing what you do? Sarah: I knew I didn’t want to be in school, so I left school young and pretended to be a dancer (...)

Thomas Hoban and Leane McDermott, from Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Best artist: After a long and bloody argument in the Ticket Tent late on Sunday night, with tempers frayed and blood set to boil, we still couldn’t re(...)

A shoot for Complex magazine with Lana Del Rey

Music iconography matters. Memories of our favourite records conjure up more than just the sweet sounds that wriggle down our ear canals. Video, photo(...)

 Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner: “Just because we have the internet, there is no God? That’s not how it really works. At the end of the day it’s not like were not going to die.” Photograph: Roger Kisby/Getty Images Portrait

Conversations with Stephen Bruner, or Thundercat as he is better known, tend to mix the practical and the intangible. A bass player of supreme ability(...)

Time to hear the bassist get wicked. Over the past few years, Stephen Bruner has began to accumulate quite a stack of accolades for himself. From prov(...)

Crazy like that: Beyoncé’s latest album Lemonade is a powerful statement that shocks with its impassioned fury and barbed references to marital strife. Photograph: Getty

Five years ago Beyoncé dropped the mic at the MTV Awards, exposing her protruding stomach and unveiling her pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy to the wo(...)

Frontwoman Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Simon Mavin remembers how he felt when he heard Questlove had given his band a rhapsodic public seal of approval. “Once in a blue moon, something mov(...)

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