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The 20 greatest breakup songs ever ranked!

On the 40th anniversary of Gloria Gaynors I Will Survive topping the charts and as the UK blunders towards its own acrimonious divorce heres the definitive list of tear-stained stonkers 20. Gang StarrEx Girl to Next Girl (1992) OutKast. Photograph: Jim Cooper/AP 9. OutKastMs Jackson (2000) There are plenty of songs in which one party […]

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‘The US hasn’t been this divided since the 60s’: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on how to save America

For his new book, America 51, the Slipknot frontman has been examining the sicknesses at the heart of US culture and from Donald Trump to modern dating, heres his exclusive guide to navigating them Dont fear Donald Trump He is so ineffectual. Everyone was worried about the crazy things hed do, but theres nothing that […]

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Steve Earle: ‘My wife left me for a younger, skinnier, less talented singer’

After seven marriages and a near fatal heroin habit, the great singer-songwriter is now single, sober and interested only in caring for his autistic son. He talks about death threats, blowing $1,000 a day on drugs and being an incorrigible romantic Steve Earle has never been so busy. The 62-year-old is a singer-songwriter, actor, playwright, […]

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You say you want a sexual revolution: why 1967 is the year pop came out

Fifty years ago, homosexuality was decriminalised and pop was never the same again. From Dusty and Motown to Mick Jagger and the Kinks, here are the songs, clubs and clothes that liberated Britain In one of his very last acts as Beatles manager, All You Need Is Love. Exactly one month later, Epstein was dead […]

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Chuck Berry obituary: ‘A lively, perfect fit of street-talk to music’

Rocknroll pioneer whose songs, including Johnny B Goode and Maybellene, inspired generations of musicians Chuck Berry, Maybellene, began life as country music, by which Berry meant country blues, but was revamped on the great postwar Chicago label Chess in 1955. It was not only rocknroll but the perfect indicator of just what riches its singer-songwriter […]

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The best Americana albums of 2016 and the ones that didn’t cut it

Thanks to industry changes this year saw exposure for Americana artists outside the constraints of country, but there were some mash-ups no one asked for This year was good to Americana music. More mainstream recognition was helped by a broadened Billboard chart announced in May that is dedicated to specifically tracking Americana music sales. That […]

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