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Reggie Gray: 'Flexing is storytelling. Our bodies become the vocabulary'

Brooklyn-based dancer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray never imagined that a street dance style he invented during his lunchtimes at school would go on to become a global craze. Used by Madonna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj, to name a few, Gray’s “flexing” dance became a phenomenon thanks to the audacity of its moves – many of which look physically impossible – and its powerful political comment.

Albums of the week: Madonna, Kate Tempest and Bastille

Coming 36 years after her self-titled debut, Madonna’s Madame X might just be one of the most exciting, baffling and bold albums of her career. Influenced by her life in Lisbon, London, New York and LA, Madame X is dizzying in its range of influences. There’s Latin pop, house, disco, reggaeton, trap, even classical snatches of Tchaikovsky. Many moments impress, mostly because of how much they surprise: Madonna, below, revels, as always, in being unpredictable...

BTS at Wembley Stadium, review: 'The Army marches on'

BTS-mania hit London on Saturday as the K-pop marvels performed the first of two sold-out Wembley Stadium gigs. Screams from the teenage BTS Army reverberated throughout in this no-expense-spared show. The septet nod to all the great boybands of yesteryear, yet their style transcends the past. Segueing pop, rap, EDM and hip-hop with ease, theirs is a genreless approach with mass appeal — even singing in their native language proves no barrier to fans who sang in Korean all evening. All seven m

Carly Rae Jepsen review — Pure pop joy with understated confidence

The setting for Carly Rae Jepsen’s first headline London show in four years could hardly have been more intimate as she played the 800-capacity XOYO in Shoreditch last night. For her cult fan following, the opportunity to see Jepsen up close was as joyous as the reception she received on opener No Drug Like Me, taken from her recent fourth studio album, Dedicate. Her delivery was both understated and confident — a delicate balance that the former Canadian Idol star has perfected over the course

Ryan Bingham: A Wild Ride

Ryan Bingham is just hours away from playing a sold-out, headline slot at London’s Union Chapel. “It’s certainly been a hell of a ride getting here,” he laughs, reflecting on how special the venue is to him: he says he feels “lucky” and “astounded” to be playing here. Bingham has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy for his song "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart and has had multiple, critically acclaimed albums: isn’t he used to playing such iconic venues by now? “I guess I’m still humbled...

Here's all the reaction to the most shocking moments of the 'Game of Thrones' finale

The last episode of Game of Thrones has aired and reactions are coming in to what has proven a divisive final episode for many. Earlier in the evening, cast members were bidding farewell to the show on social media whilst fans around the world spent the hours leading up to the final anticipating what would happen. The result, for many viewers, proved an unexpected surprise and continued the mixed reactions to the final episodes of the long-running show which has so far seen over 1 million peop

Albums of the week: The National, Lewis Capaldi, Slowthai and Carly Rae Jepsen

What's so great about Britain?” slowthai snarls on the title track of his provocative debut. Via candid anecdotes and evocative storytelling, he explores the division and deprivation of Brexit Britain through a highly critical lens. The Northamptonian’s sound is uniquely ambiguous: not quite punk, rap or grime, he creates an idiosyncratic sound somewhere between Sleaford Mods, Skepta and the Sex Pistols. Over minimalistic strings and synths, his message and sound are dystopian, yet there are brief moments of hope and humanity too...

Au/Ra: Only Human After All

Jamie Lou Stenzel greets me enthusiastically in the boardroom of her record label, a lightbulb smile beaming ear-to-ear. At 16-years-old, Au/Ra , as Stenzel is known professionally, is one of the youngest on the label’s roster. We’re surrounded by images of global pop superstars who were signed at a similar age and with her debut single, "Concrete Jungle" receiving over 15 million streams globally, you can’t help but feel Au/Ra’s image will be up alongside the others soon...

Meeting Bazil Meade MBE: “Music absolutely saved my life"

When Bazil Meade MBE founded the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) with three other people in 1982, he had no idea how popular the choir would become – nor did he expect LCGC would one day be celebrating its 35th anniversary – especially after their original plan was for the choir to do just a single, one-off performance. Fast forward 35-years, and the choir has travelled far. They’ve graced the stage at The Brits, Glastonbury and The Grammy Awards...

Vox Lux and the Scandi-pop collaborations that changed the landscape of music

Cinema’s fascination with pop music resulted in high-profile Oscar wins for A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year – and the fascination certainly shows no signs of slowing. More music biopics are expected – Rocketman is released later this month – and hitting screens today is another: Brady Corbet’s fascinating Vox Lux. A fictional story of popstar 'Celeste', few recent films have presented pop as much as a monster as this. Within weeks of surviving a school shooting, Celeste...

The Big Read – Black Honey: "Ladylike can go fuck itself"

Brighton rockers Black Honey are a band of dandy dreamers living the DIY dream on a shoestring – but the album they’re working on, with strings and horns and ‘Parisian noir’ inspiration – sees them reaching for the sky. As they play NME’s Girls To The Front, Elizabeth Aubrey meets them to hear how ADHD, Billie Eilish and a hatred of the pop world forged their sound and fuels their work. PICTURES: Chloe Hashemi Izzy Baxter-Phillips is shouting in the basement of London’s Shacklewell Arms, an hou

Albums of the week: The Chemical Brothers and Bruce Hornsby

After 27 years and six No 1 albums, you don’t necessarily expect dance duo The Chemical Brothers to shake things up. Nevertheless, their ninth record sounds like a reconnection with clubland as they dispense with the big-name vocalists and focus on momentous beats and a new-found manic energy. Pummelling tunes like Free Yourself, Got to Keep On, and MAH (Mad as Hell) were road-tested at Alexandra Palace last year and seem primed to become live fixtures. While there are fruitful collaborations w
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