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What A 21st century Japanese garage pop band  Where Nagoya, Japan  Why The breakthrough success of Korean pop bands BTS and Blackpink in rec(...)

The Arctic Monkeys have been named on the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, has been named among the nominees for this year’s Mercury prize. The nod makes them th(...)

Hayley Kiyoko

Superorganism: Superorganism Released in March, this debut album from the London-based multi-national eight-piece is much more than the sum(...)

Charli XCX, Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift perform at Taylor Swift’s Reputation  Tour. Photograph:  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

While the hullabaloo surrounding Taylor Swift’s personal life is, in a word, exhausting, the skyscraping pop star’s latest album, Reputation – and its(...)

Taylor Swift’s intentions may be honourable but tangled up within this complicated web of victimhood and tired gossip is her own form of girl power.

Of all the modern pop conundrums – What is a Post Malone? Is Rita Ora the Bear Grylls survivalist of music? – the one that is the true puzzler of our (...)

In Dua Lipa’s music lies an ethos to be independent, confident and to live in the moment. Photograph: Nicole Nodland/Universal Music
Dua Lipa: Our New VBF

If you’ve been wandering around with your eyes half shut for the last year and a half, you might have by-passed Dua Lipa. The razor-sharp pop star has(...)

Charli XCX: Cambridge-born queen of clubs
Charli XCX: Our New VBF

With one tweet, pop dominatrix Charli XCX captures how many feel after one or two gins but . . . she’s sort of right. The Cambridge-born singer and so(...)

Ape expectations: Arctic Monkeys

The biggie: Arctic Monkeys There’s more than a few pairs of ready ears when it comes to Arctic Monkeys’ new album. 2013’s AM found the modern-day sto(...)

Justin Bieber

TRACK OF THE WEEK Justin Bieber with Bloodpop - Friends You know what they say. Never trust Greeks bearing gifts, and never trust an ex who calls up(...)

Pedal pusher: Rihanna. Photograph:  Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Track of the week: Chasing Highs by Alma You’ve probably spotted Alma on Charli XCX’s Instagram. She’s a Finnish singer and she’s got properly neon h(...)

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