Scott Eaton’s statue in memory of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in Camden, London. The life-size bronze sculpture features the singer’s signature beehive hair style and a live red rose. 

Winehouse died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged 27. Today would have been her 31st birthday. Full story »

 Photo: Hannah Mckay/EPA

East India Youth - Hinterland

It sounds more like the middle of a DJ set than a track on its own, its whirring intro and eventual gently melodic, undulating rhythm like a warm shower of placidity, and then bang, the hard techno arrives. This week’s best new tracks »

iTunes gave U2’s latest album to half a billion people, but U2 are already huge. How about giving someone else a chance, like Janelle Monáe?

Five bands we’d like to see reach 500 million people »

A hip-hop album featuring Maya Angelou’s poetry and vocals, recorded with her blessing, is due out in November

The album will be called Caged Bird Songs, in reference to Angelou’s most famous piece of writing, her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Full story »

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"There’s no fucking about with this one … Hot Love begins like a seizure, all psychedelic guitars and febrile gospel vocals begging and pleading for human contact." This week’s best new tracks »

The sexiest songs aren’t the ones that mention sex explicitly, as anyone who’s heard Ludacris’s back catalogue knows. This week’s best new tracks »

guardianmusic:

HAPPY KATE BUSH WEEK, EVERYBODY
Now that the only likeable manic pixie dream girl in the history of the world is playing live for the first time in 35 years, expect a lot of our music coverage to centre around her return. Just for a couple of days, mind.
If you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to her series of shows, live vicariously through Alexis Petridis’ five-star review (and Harriet GIbsone’s liveblog from night one, yesterday).

guardianmusic:

HAPPY KATE BUSH WEEK, EVERYBODY

Now that the only likeable manic pixie dream girl in the history of the world is playing live for the first time in 35 years, expect a lot of our music coverage to centre around her return. Just for a couple of days, mind.

If you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to her series of shows, live vicariously through Alexis Petridis’ five-star review (and Harriet GIbsone’s liveblog from night one, yesterday).

Taylor Swift has gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world’s most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty. Read the interview

Photo: Kate Head

“Squeeze me, baby, till the juice runs down my leg

The way you squeeze my lemon, I’m gonna fall right out of bed”
— We’ve rounded up the five weirdest sexual lyrics, which includes The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin), in which frontman Robert Plant talks about his penis like some kind of seedy fruit seller. Ok

He’s sung with Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but until this year nobody knew who Sam Smith was. He talks about his rapid rise from cleaning toilets to being the ‘male Adele’, and his fear of losing it all