Marvin Gaye

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 Boston Common  rock festival, 1971. The music writer David Hepworth argues that 1971 saw the release of more defining albums than any other year. Photograph: Spencer Grant/Getty Images

In his 2016 book Never a Dull Moment, David Hepworth, among the most engaging of music writers, argues that most of us feel the greatest year for musi(...)

All the Van Halens: Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Let’s pretend there was a bit of fuss about Billie Eilish not having heard of Van Halen. That’s not really so. But it suits us to say so. Not least be(...)

‘It matters how it affects women’: Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke at a Grammy Awards gala in 2014. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty

Pharrell Williams has distanced himself from Blurred Lines, his 2013 collaboration with Robin Thicke, which provoked controversy for its depiction of (...)

Power Tie: Trump dances, swaying from side to side like a sexy pile of cheese. Photograph: YouTube

A pencil drawing of Donald Trump emerges from the white void. He is fully dressed, in his trademark suit and red crotch cloth (his tie), though, given(...)

If we’re to take the title of Girl Band’s second album literally, it could mean that the Dublin band consider their 2015 debut to be their “silent” er(...)

Macy Gray performs at Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017. Photograph: Xavi Torrent/WireImage

Saturday, July 13 The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever Fairview Park, Dublin In all your days, how many Cathys dancing around in a red gúna have you (...)

Gods of Rap Tour: Wu Tang Clang

Milestones can very often be millstones, but there are no such weights around the respective necks of three of the most influential US hip-hop acts of(...)

Nightmare on Wax: ’Motown records were afraid to release [‘What’s Going On’] as it was controversial. Then it became their best-selling album’

One of my biggest influences is Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. I think there’s definitely a difference in hearing an album and studying an album. I’m(...)

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(...)

File image of Ed Sheeran performing at the Brit Awards  in London, Britain, in February  2018. File photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Ed Sheeran is being sued for $100 million (about €86 million) for allegedly ripping off parts of Marvin Gaye’s classic Let’s Get It On for his hit Thi(...)

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