Camila Cabello: Camila review Havana hitmaker makes breakups look easy

What girl band? The singer who left Fifth Harmony has, against the odds, really come up with the goods and theres more to this than supernova hit Havana For connoisseurs of the piquant moment when a manufactured pop band goes awry, Camila Cabellos acrimonious 2016 departure from US X Factor runners-up Fifth Harmony provided rich pickings. It had it all. First, the curious sound of a manufactured pop band member huffily protesting that being in a manufactured pop band is stifling their capacity for self-expression, as if they mistakenly thought they were joining an experimental free-improvisation quintet along the lines of the AMM. The brief period where everyone involved starts behaving as if a member of a manufactured pop band leaving is a global humanitarian tragedy that must be prevented at all costs: according to a report in Billboard magazine, Fifth Harmonys management did everything short of demanding the United […] Read more »

Coachella 2018 lineup announced, headlined by Beyonc and Eminem

The Californian music festival will also feature the Weeknd, David Byrne, Cardi B and dozens more pop and rap stars Coachella, the two-weekend Californian event that traditionally kicks off the summers festival season, has announced the lineup for its 2018 edition. Beyonc will headline on April 14 and 21, in her first live shows since her Formation world tour in 2016. The R&B star took 2017 off from live performance after giving birth to her twins Rumi and Sir, and the Coachella announcement will further fuel rumours she is gearing up to release new material. The other two headliners are Eminem, performing in the wake of his comeback album Revival reaching No 1 in both the US and UK, and the Weeknd, who may also have new material incoming following his successful 2016 album Starboy. Chart-dominating rappers such as Cardi B, Migos and Post Malone will also appear at Coachella, […] Read more »

2017: the year in pop culture

A month-by-month digest of 2017s most memorable moments, from Trumps not-so-triumphant inauguration to Get Out reviving the horror genre, Love Islands surprise success and beyond January Trumps inauguration The year began with nobody RSVPing to Donald Trumps inauguration invite. After reaching the end of his Rolodex, he eventually got 3 Doors Down to perform so, crisis over. Musical chairs ... the extensive list of musicians that shirked Trumps big day. Photograph: Guardian Design Team Meanwhile, in popular culture, 2017 started with a similar sense of ambition and optimism, which soon turned into disappointment. Going down ... the list of the lost: Twin peaks, Blade Runner 2049, the xx, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Mother!. Photograph: Guardian Design Team <head><title></title></head><body hidden=""><div class="bookshop-button-wrapper" id="wrapper"> <br /></div></body> February The Oscar blunder fallout School of card knocks ... Warren Beatty announces the wrong winner of the best picture Oscar. We used to know the drill for […] Read more »

Rita Ora on breakups and burnout: There were helicopters. I woke up in hospital

A legal tangle with Jay-Z couldnt stop the former child refugee from earning millions as a singer, actor and presenter but exhaustion did. She discusses how hard it is to have it all, and why she worked with the notorious Terry Richardson My meltdown was when I was 25, Rita Ora declares. Do you want a sandwich? We are a mere two minutes into a conversation in a portable cabin near a sound stage in Acton, west London, five minutes walk from the real-life Apprentice Cafe Of Doom. Rita is shooting a promo clip, involving a cast of dozens and a stint in a red Ferrari, for her forthcoming presenting gig at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), and somehow we have gone from discussing the ads storyboard, to the topic of whether or not autumn is the best season, to Ritas birthday being in November, which leads her to […] Read more »

Bootsy Collins: LSD was a big part of why I left James Browns band

The musician, 66, tells Candice Pires about free love, Funkadelic, coming to earthly consciousness and getting away from being Bootsy My mother never said to me: You cant do that. When it came to finishing high school or going on the road with James Brown, I decided to go. She knew I wasnt really choosing anything harmful. She just wanted me to have fun with whatever I was doing. She was my backbone. You have to be detached from things in order to really love them, and know that theyre not yours. I can say: Youre mine, but thats not true; when I go, I go and when you go, you go. I came up in the days of free love, so its easier for me to lock into that. LSD was a big part of why I left James Browns band. I promised myself Id never do it during […] Read more »

Pink: 'Monogamy is work. You have times when you havent had sex in a year'

Her daughter may think shes a total dork, but the singer back with her seventh album has become an outspoken idol to millions of young women MTVs Vanguard award, now named after Michael Jackson, is given to the biggest names in pop. Over the past 10 years, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Beyonc and Rihanna have been handed the honour, and traditionally, it is a celebration of a solid stint at the top, an excuse for a greatest hits medley and a gracious speech at the ceremony, thanking all of those who made it possible. This August, it was the turn of Alecia Moore, known since she was a teenager as Pink. When she came up on stage at the VMAs to accept it, she didnt do the usual thank-yous. Instead, she dedicated it to her six-year-old daughter, Willow, and told a story about accepting ones flaws and the […] Read more »

Trump never has to buy sunglasses again because Obama's photographer will shade him forever

Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks onstage at The 2017 ESPYS. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Ten times out of nine Michelle Obama has proven to be one of the most inspiring, straight-up coolest women to ever enter the White House — and she's still got it. The former FLOTUS came back into our lives on Wednesday to speak at the 2017 Inbound marketing conference about everything from successful managing to her favorite song off Beyoncé's iconic album, Lemonade. We are not worthy. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama, Serena Williams recreate Beyoncé's 'Formation' look for her birthday Though no livestream of the event was offered, according to attendees live-tweeting, Obama spent the morning dropping mad wisdom while chatting with Roxane Gay. NBD. Hi pic.twitter.com/fHWqUcwgqN — roxane gay (@rgay) September 27, 2017 Here are some of Michelle Obama's best quotes from the event: On a future female president Hillary Clinton may have lost […] Read more »

Run this town: what Rihanna's power suit means for your autumn wardrobe

From her gargantuan red dress to her fluffy pink co-ords, a week in Rihannas style is a lesson in fabulousness. Its also a crib sheet for what you will be wearing in the new season Rihanna is used to breaking the fashion corner of the internet by now. There was her Met Ball dress in 2015, which quickly became a meme of various foodstuffs, including pizza and omelettes. Then came the wine glass as accessory last year. And the Gucci chainmail bodysuit at Coachella, which was posted as a selfie on Instagram along with the caption: I cant go home yet, cuz enough people aint seen my outfit. Dont fret, Riri! At the time of writing, 1,878,262 have seen it now, along with the lucky ones to encounter it IRL at the festival itself. In this past week, Rihanna has had a hat-trick of public appearances that she has, to […] Read more »

Why Despacito is the perfect summer song in Trump's America | John Paul Brammer

Latino culture is being embraced despite the vitriol in our political landscape. The success of the song is a reminder that America is more diverse than ever Walk down the streets, and it can feel like the same song is blasting out of every sound system: Despacito. The catchy new reggaeton-pop mega hit from the Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is set to be one of the big hits of the summer. It is also the first song primarily in Spanish to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Macarena in 1996. Having a Spanish song top the charts is no small thing for Latinos. I remember the first time I was disciplined for speaking Spanish was my senior year in high school. I was speaking with a friend of mine. Imperfectly, I might add, as I was still learning the language. My teacher approached us and said […] Read more »