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Image copyright Getty Images Fugees star Wyclef Jean is throwing down the gauntlet to younger hip-hop artists with a mixtape featuring his take on the year’s biggest songs. He will rework tracks like Kendrick Lamar’s DNA and Young Thug and Future’s Killed Before – adding his own beats and lyrics to the originals. “It’s going […]

‘Taryn Southern is making an entire album co-written by artificial intelligence software’ “Ugh,” my dad used to grunt when I switched on Radio 1 . “This music sounds like it was written by a computer”. It’s a criticism that’s been levelled at synthpop for years. But what if it was true? Taryn Southern, a YouTube […]

  A couple of months ago, R&B singer Mabel was trying to kill time while she waited to go to the gym. “I’d booked some dumb exercise class at eight o’clock and it was six – so my brother was like, ‘Just get on the piano and see what happens.’” Forty-five minutes later, the 21-year-old […]

Image copyright Getty Images US singer Beyonce is to take a lead role in the remake of Disney’s The Lion King. She will voice the role of lioness Nala, next to lead character Simba, played by Donald Glover. Beyonce used Facebook to confirm her long-rumoured involvement in the project. Her other co-stars include Chiwetel Ejiofor […]

Image copyright Getty Images Rihanna may not have released an album this year, but she’s never been bigger and this is the first time Pharrell and Rihanna have appeared together in a song. Wild Thoughts Her collaboration with DJ Khaled, was one of the songs of the summer; while her new beauty line was valued […]

Stormzy’s apologised to MNEK for replacing him on The X Factor. He performed his new single Blinded by your Grace on Sunday night’s live show, alongside Labrinth. It came as a surprise to MNEK – who sings a verse on the recorded version – and claimed he only found out when he came back from […]

The X Factor has scrapped the sing off, as it makes major changes to the show’s format. The shake-up means voters at home will be in control of which contestants leave the show – not the judges. In previous series, the two performers who got the fewest public votes would have to perform their song […]

US singer Gregory Porter says the rise of white nationalism is no surprise as “we knew it was there”. In August, white supremacists marched in Virginia and last week protesters disrupted a speech made by far-right lobbyist Richard Spencer in Florida. Porter told BBC Music News LIVE: “We saw it disguised a whole bunch of […]

Image copyright Getty Images Fats Domino, one of the most influential rock and roll performers of the 1950s and 60s, has died aged 89. The American rock and roll artist was best known for his songs Ain’t That A Shame and Blueberry Hill. The New Orleans singer sold more than 65 million records, outselling every […]

A new musical based on the life of Tina Turner is set to open in the West End in 2018 – and the singer even came out of retirement (somewhat reluctantly) to work on it. “Retirement is wonderful,” Turner says as she launches Tina: The Musical in London. “You sleep long, do what you want, […]


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