Kendrick Lamar's Damn was the critics' favourite album of 2017

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Kendrick Lamar’s sparse and hard-hitting rap treatise, Damn, is music critics’ favourite record of 2017. The album, which explores the conflicts in Lamar’s personal life, his faith and American society,... Read More

The best albums of 2017, No 1: St Vincent – Masseduction

The best albums of 2017, No 1: St Vincent – Masseduction

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] Annie Clark makes a rock-star power play by embracing thrilling glam traditions while producing something strange, new and unequivocally moving More on the best albums... Read More

Discoteca global: why 2017 was the year Latin pop broke through

Discoteca global: why 2017 was the year Latin pop broke through

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] As well as being insanely infectious, tracks such as Luis Fonsi’s Despacito and J Balvin’s Mi Gente have scored billions of streams thanks to an... Read More

The best albums of 2017, No 2: Kendrick Lamar – Damn

The best albums of 2017, No 2: Kendrick Lamar – Damn

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] With an incendiary beginning and deeply personal social commentary, Lamar’s fourth album reveals an artist at his real and metaphorical peak More on the best... Read More

UK's most googled health issue of 2017 revealed

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“What is cancer?” is the UK’s most googled health question in 2017 (so far), data reveals. According to experts at Google Trends, other pressing health issues searched for online by... Read More

The best albums of 2017, No 3: SZA – Ctrl

The best albums of 2017, No 3: SZA – Ctrl

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] This nakedly honest debut album, told defiantly from a female point of view, signalled an artist in complete ctrl More on the best albums of... Read More

The best albums of 2017, No 4: Lorde – Melodrama

The best albums of 2017, No 4: Lorde – Melodrama

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] The singer’s soaring overnight success should have made her second album a catastrophe. In fact it was a work of insight, strength and gloriously self-aware... Read More

The best albums of 2017, No 5: Perfume Genius – No Shape

The best albums of 2017, No 5: Perfume Genius – No Shape

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] Mike Hadreas’ genre-switching fourth album was breathtakingly original, his lyrics of personal pain spiking a shimmeringly sublime score More on the best albums of 2017... Read More

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 champion to be crowned

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After four months of rigorous training – and just as rigorous spray-tanning – the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will lift the glitterball trophy on Saturday night. The remaining... Read More