Surviving R Kelly makers: ‘This isn’t where the story ends’

When the documentary Surviving R Kelly premiered in New York in December, the screening room had to be evacuated because of an anonymous gun threat. For Jesse Daniels, one of the documentary series' executive producers, that "was a big wake-up call... that this was very serious". Read more on BBC Newsbeat.

World Cup 2018: How Three Lions is still the definitive England song after 22 years

"Football's coming home!" It's the chant that makes a resurgence every time England are in a major tournament. You would have heard it sung it in the streets, seen the memes, even Alan Shearer was chanting it on the BBC on Match of the Day after England's penalty delighton Tuesday. For the past few years, the song Three … Continue reading World Cup 2018: How Three Lions is still the definitive England song after 22 years

XXXTentacion and the problem of separating art from its artist

By Imran Rahman-Jones and Sinead Garvan XXXTentacion has scored his highest position in the UK's Official Chart, with his track Sad climbing up to number five. The 20-year-old was shot dead in his car in Florida on 18 June. Radio 1 didn't play XXXTentacion on its Official Chart Show, even though he currently has three songs in … Continue reading XXXTentacion and the problem of separating art from its artist

Why music venue closures ‘make all of our lives poorer’

"They can be some of the best shows. You have everyone packed in... It's often the most intimate and standout experience on a tour." That's how artist Isaac Gracie describes playing small venues around the UK - and it's a feeling many in the audience recognise too. But the UK is at risk of losing … Continue reading Why music venue closures ‘make all of our lives poorer’

‘What is going on right now?’: Emma Blackery unexpectedly stars at iPhone X launch

"I've had the weirdest 12 hours of my life," says Emma Blackery, after unexpectedly starring during the iPhone X launch. "What happened last night was absolutely crazy," she tells Newsbeat. "I was at home just watching TV, and suddenly my phone lit up with about 20 of my friends all saying the same thing." The unsigned … Continue reading ‘What is going on right now?’: Emma Blackery unexpectedly stars at iPhone X launch

White People, Blues Music, and the Problem of Cultural Appropriation

In July 1956, Elvis Presley released what would become his signature song. Hound Dog became absolutely huge. Even now, everybody knows how it goes. Elvis, who was 21 years old, was already well on his way to being a star. But Hound Dog shot him into the stratosphere: the song was simultaneously top of the … Continue reading White People, Blues Music, and the Problem of Cultural Appropriation

Album Review: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

I was blown away by the new Michael Kiwanuka album. He was an artist whose name I had come across before, but I had only heard one or two songs from his first album. Below is my review of Love & Hate for Impact magazine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0YN1V1aKJI   The London-based soul songster is back with a mature follow-up … Continue reading Album Review: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Son of Dave interview: Neil Young left me with a ‘sinking ship of a blues jam’

By Imran Rahman-Jones (@IRahmanJones) and Dan Jones (@Daniel_E_Jones) Finding a place to interview Benjamin Darvill, who goes by the stage name Son of Dave, doesn’t prove easy. His dressing room consists of little more than a sink, a toilet and a shelf, and is just too small. Even though he is tonight’s main act, he … Continue reading Son of Dave interview: Neil Young left me with a ‘sinking ship of a blues jam’