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October 08, 2021

How Gangsta's Paradise changed the course of hip-hop

In 1995, Coolio combined street-tough lyrics with a pop sensibility - and rap wold never be the same.

Danny Boyle's dance Matrix set for Manchester's £186m Factory arts venue

The director's live version of the 1999 film will be among the first shows at Manchester's Factory.

Coolio: Michelle Pfeiffer and Snoop Dogg lead tributes to Gangsta's Paradise rapper

Stars pay tribute to Gangsta's Paradise rapper, who has died at 59 after being found unresponsive.

Shania Twain: I was touch and go with Covid

The country singer on a brush with death, standing up to sexism, and her "celebratory" new album.

Stormzy: Diversity isn't just a buzzword

He urges the music industry to take the issue more seriously, as he's honoured for his charity work.

Pink, Queen and Alanis Morissette honour Taylor Hawkins in Los Angeles tribute concert

The musicians join Foo Fighters on stage, in the second of two tribute concerts for the drummer.

This England: Critics mixed over Kenneth Branagh's portrayal of Boris Johnson

The six-part series has been described as "premature" and "triggering", but also "mesmerising".

Lord Grade: Ofcom's job is not to regulate culture wars

The watchdog's new boss says he will leave his "personal opinions" to one side in his role.

Lizzo plays 200-year-old flute owned by former US president

The star played the crystal instrument once owned by James Madison during one of her US concerts.

Avicii's family sell music rights to Abba star's company

The star's music will be looked after by Pophouse, which also runs the Abba Voyage shows in London.

Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin speaks about racism from fans

The actor, who plays Lucas Sinclair in the show, says his experience of bigotry "affected him a lot".

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight hints at new series

Steven Knight says the show could return with new writers, taking the story into the 1950s.

Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club: Retirement village that inspired books

The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones visits the real-life setting of the popular books.

Peaky Blinders dance show: 'Anyone who likes Strictly can love this'

The TV hit has spawned a dance show, which creator Steven Knight hopes will attract new audiences.

Zac Efron on playing Chickie Donohue, the man who delivered beer in a warzone

Apple TV's new film The Greatest Beer Run Ever follows an unusual true story from the Vietnam War.

John Legend interview: The pain of losing a child will never go away

The star discusses how he and his wife grieved for their unborn child, and the music that helped.

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: 15 things we found out about this year's stars

Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds and other stars of the new Strictly Come Dancing series spill the beans.

Stormzy: Mel Made Me Do It 'celebrates black British excellence'

The rapper's latest video stars a huge cast of black cultural icons - and it's got people excited.

Strictly Come Dancing; How are this year's newly-paired couples feeling?

The widely watched dancing competition has paired the celebrities, including comedian Ellie Taylor and actor Will Mellor, with their dancing professionals.

Ron's house: Minotaur head and lion discovered in rented Birkenhead flat

Ron Gittins transformed his rented home in Birkenhead and now campaigners are trying to buy it.

Award for Elton John after White House performance

US President Joe Biden surprised Sir Elton John by giving him a medal for his contribution to music.

NI comic book artist's Marvel-lous dream job

Ruairí Coleman, from County Armagh, has worked on everything from Thor to Iron Man.

Hollywood sign gets birthday facelift in Los Angeles

Next year is the 100-year anniversary of one of California's most iconic landmarks.

Jeremey Vine: Stalker's YouTube was 'a fountain of hate'

Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine has spoken about his experience at the hands of convicted stalker Alex Belfield.


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