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Source: The Guradian

Chaka Khan: Hello Happiness review – funk legend gets vogueish update

Saturday 06:59 GMT

On paper, Chaka Khan’s first album in 12 years could be read as another attempt by a vogueish producer (in this case, former Major Lazer member Switch, alongside songwriter/producer Sarah Ruba) to drag a genre-breaking legend into the sound of now.

However, unlike Will.I.Am remixing Michael Jackson, or Giorgio Moroder allowing external producers to bastardise his trademark Europop on 2015’s messy Déjà Vu, the seven-track Hello Happiness pays respect to Khan’s funk and disco heydays, drawing a through-line via modern production’s showy window dressing.

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Source: The Guradian

Florida Georgia Line: Can't Say I Ain't Country review – bro diddly-squat

Saturday 06:59 GMT

They’re much more comfortable with Y’all Boys’ unashamed homage to home-made alcohol, southern drawlin’, huntin’ and the inevitable “pretty girl”, but there are plenty of reasons to just say no to bro.

Bro country acts have been spoofed by Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye and FGL themselves dubbed it “douchebag music”, which didn’t stop the duo’s Nelly-remixed Cruise becoming the biggest-selling digital country single ever.

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Source: BBC

John Legend on Grammys, guns and his EGOT

Saturday 08:04 GMT

Unusually, the star skipped Sunday's Grammys ceremony in LA - although not because of any dispute with the Recording Academy ("John got an EGOT and egot lazy," his wife tweeted).

Alongside Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, the star performed a selection of Marvin Gaye hits, including the timeless, socially-conscious soul anthem What's Going On?. "I've always been inspired by Marvin Gaye," says Legend, on the phone from his home in LA the following morning. "He showed us that activism can be part of your art; and that art can inspire other people's activism."

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Source: The Guradian

Oscar-nominated songs reviewed: All the Stars, Shallow, The Place Where Lost Things Go

Saturday 10:49 GMT

This is songwriter Diane Warren’s 10th – TENTH! – attempt at an Oscar for best song, having even lost with gold-plated tear-tugger How Do I Live.

Combine a risk-taking, Pulitzer prize-winning rapper with one of the most gut-punching vocalists of recent years, chuck them into a groundbreaking blockbuster, Black Panther, and what do you get? “Meh”, basically. Sure, the beat stomps, the synths twinkle and SZA’s verse is especially good, but this is so generic, expensive-sounding and default Epic (yes there’s a string section) that it could have been Flo Rida and Pixie Lott and not much would change.


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