Katy v Taylor, Nicki v Remy: why pop star bust-ups diminish all women

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Recent battles between female pop and rap stars have been ruthlessly stoked by the media and characterised as catfights, but they are built on levels of complicity As the promo cycle began for Katy Perrys fifth album, anyone listen about her fallout with Taylor Swift. It started in 2013, when Perry reportedly stole Swifts tour […]


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

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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, […]


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

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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 […]