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Heartbreakers: The Evolution of Boy Bands

Some surprise faces - plus what happens when you meet a heartthrob years after their heyday.

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Entrapment: The Story of Hip-Hop’s Saddest Subgenre

Originating in the 90s Deep South, trap is a hip-hop subgenre that has continuing impact and influence on music. Sad boys. Drank. Face tattoos. Don’t let the surface distract from this brilliant time for music and fandom.

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Is Lil Nas X the new Prince?

A controversialist in thigh-high boots? We’ve seen this all before, and we’re happy to see it again.

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Death Gospel: Is This Really a Genre?

You might think it’s haunted or Gregorian, but there’s a lot more to this supposed sub genre than meets the ear.

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How Emo Morphed From Rock to Rap

They say emo rap formed around 2012 with the Soundcloud rapper gen, but we have a different hypothesis and it involves Eminem, JAY-Z and a whole stack of earlier emos.

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Evil Twin: Italo Disco

Officially the world’s first-ever completely electronic dance music genre, Italo – sometimes dubbed the evil twin of disco – has been around since '77 and hugely impacted house music.

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Orville Peck: The Masked Cowboy Dreamer We Can't Get Enough Of

Elusive cowboy and fashion darling Orville Peck is best friends with Diplo and Shania Twain; yet nobody’s seen his face.

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Deep Dive: Angelique Jacquet

This quietly trailblazing composer and DJ has found inspiration in classical music and dance classes, but in the stillness of lockdown produced a sophomore album that includes odes to ketchup and Zoe Kravitz.

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Meet girl in red: Music's Next Catharsis Queen

The quippy Norwegian folk-pop newcomer has caught the attention and affection of many, not least the genre-flouting Swift herself. Romantic, devastating and hilarious, 22-year old Marie Ulven Ringheim has the world beyond Norway at her feet.

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Jazz: From New Orleans to Copenhagen to Outer Space

It’s the genre that has influenced so many of the world’s biggest artists and inspired generations of music lovers: we hereby offer a sneak-peek into the ever changing landscape of jazz.

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A Score Is Born: The Story of Movie Soundtracks

Have you ever thought about how much you listen to so-called classical music? Perhaps your first instinct is to answer “hardly ever.” Listen closely to that delightful musical accompaniment to whatever show or film you’re watching, and you’ll often find classically-composed music.

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How Motown Changed Black Business Forever

Some of the most emotional and evocative human sounds, and a timeless imprint on musical history.

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Deep Dive: DJ Farhad Karkaria

The charismatic pop banger fanatic and KeepingItQueer and GayBCD presenter is like your big brother, best friend, favourite dish and pub quiz host all in one.

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Presenting The Fabulously Self-possessed Todrick Hall

Where there is delicious chaos, this all-rounder basks in abundance.

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AG Club: For Lovers of Frank Ocean

Like Ocean, they reject the demands to be social media magnates, don’t play the game of media stunts and even have one blue alien member to keep fans perplexed.

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Disco: The Gay Club Scene's First Revolution

How well do you know the history behind the music reigning over Studio 54, immortalized in Saturday Night Fever and shaped by progressive minority cultures? Learn the facts behind the funky vibes and groovy tunes from the glamorous disco era and get down with the ultimate disco playlist – combining the best of old and new.

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Emo: The Rise and Rise Of A Subculture

From hardcore punk sprang emotional rock's tear-spilling realness with eyeliner, black hair and baggy jeans. Listen to the playlist barely containing the woes of Death Cab For Cutie, Brand New and many more.

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Dreamboat Annie: The Evolution of St. Vincent

Eerie, supernatural, fallen-saintly. Chart the journey of the chameleon-like artist whose avant-garde ways and constant reinvention have seen her duet with everyone from David Byrne to Dua Lipa.

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Brimful of Asha and Indipop's Catchy History

Bollywood and beyond: dive into the vibrant and ever-so-catchy songs of the mysterious subgenre. Indipop (Indian pop) is a hugely popular genre in South East Asia and worldwide. Read on to get your Bollywood, Kollywood and filmi facts straight.

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