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‘Britney Spears is a genius’: Max Martin, the powerhouse of pure pop

The man behind two decades of hits for Britney, Ariana, Taylor and more is thankful singers still put themselves out there. Now, 30 of his songs are getting a second life from Shakespeare Even in a completely empty theatre, Max Martin manages to disappear, choosing to perch himself on the back row, almost completely hidden in shadow. If you didnt know whom you were looking for, you would assume the long-haired, 48-year-old Swede, dressed in a black […]

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‘Troubles tourism’: should Derry be celebrating its political murals?

Fifty years since the Battle of the Bogside, some fear the new status of Derrys murals as a tourist attraction will stop the community overcoming the past One of the first things you see as you enter Bogside is a 20ft mural of a 12-year-old boy, wearing a gas mask and clutching a petrol bomb. Painted on the side of a social housing property, its a stark reminder of the violence that tore Derry apart during NI […]

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Teenage Fanclub: how we made Bandwagonesque

I was on the phone to lawyers and labels in New York while still living in a council flat and unable to afford the bus fare to rehearsals Norman Blake, vocals, guitar What was our life like back in 1991? Impoverished! But when youre young thats fine. Wed take the mattress out of my bedroom, stick it in the back of a rental van and off wed go on tour. Bandwagonesque captures that spirit. There werent many […]

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ZVUK: the Kazakhstan club night that dances for truth

In conservative, authoritarian Almaty, a small techno event aims to create a safe space for activists and the LGBT community It is a rainy spring night in Almaty, and in a small back-alley club a young DJ is playing dark British techno while wearing a T-shirt that could easily land him in jail. Im in a crowd of about 200 at ZVUK, which for the past three years has been a remarkable outlier on the limited clubbing […]

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While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI

Wow. So, what all happened last week? Well, former vice president and presidential hopeful Joe Biden can't seem to get out of his own way, and people are starting to wonder if smartphones give you horns. So there's that. Also, Roy Moore is inexplicably back in politics. Meanwhile, Slack went public; Radiohead's Thom Yorke is making musicals now; the Senate surprisingly voted to block President Trump's attempts to sell arms to Saudi Arabia; the US team is […]

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MTV’s ‘Most Meme-Able Moment’ Honors Internet CultureBarely

Colton Underwood jumping over a fence. That, according to the MTV Movie & TV Awards, was the past year's Most Meme-Able Moment. Don't remember that one? You're not alone. But as a refresher, it's a clip from ABC's The Bachelor, in which Underwood, the show's 23rd Dude Looking for Romance, vaults over a barrier after being jilted. At the time, people shared the clip to express a desire to get the heck out of whatever situation they […]

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Natalia Goncharova; Lee Krasner review brilliant, bold and trailblazing

Two outstanding 20th-century female artists finally get their due in these enthralling London retrospectives It would be hard to think of a more optimistic self-portrait than that of the Russian artist Natalia Goncharova, smiling with candid warmth at herself and us. The year is 1907. She is 26 years old and the rising star of Russias avant garde. Her works have already been shown abroad, but back home she will soon be tried for having the temerity […]

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Is Big Little Lies selling us a version of consumer feminism that’s too good to be true?

Female friendship is ubiquitous on television, from Bold Type to Boots ads. Its not always good for the cause Reese Witherspoon has been sharing snaps of her Galentines Day. Last week, however, came the squad-shot supreme: Witherspoon, Zo Kravitz, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and new addition Meryl Streep Amazon Prime Videos The Bold Type, junior employees of a Cosmopolitan-like womens magazine love, laugh and like each others posts in an idealised version of New York. […]

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James Holzhauer Finally Lost Jeopardy!and Changed the Game for Good

It’s over. Thirty-three games, more than 1,100 correct responses, and $2,464,216 dollars after first taking the Jeopardy! contestant podium, James Holzhauer lost. While his run failed to match Ken Jennings’ for either longevity or earnings—he fell just $56,484 short—Holzhauer has left as indelible a mark on the game. How did he do it? By not treating Jeopardy! like a game at all. “To me, that’s the story,” says Buzzy Cohen, winner of the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of […]

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Viral ‘Egg Boy’ announces he’s donated his GoFundMe money to charity

Once again, Australia’s “Egg Boy” has proven to be not the hero we deserve, but the one we need. Will Connolly, you may recall, is the teenager who became an instant star after smashing an egg over the head of a racist, xenophobic Australian politician following the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand. And now he’s donating legal funds raised for him on GoFundMe to victims of the shooting. While it’s been known for a few months now […]

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