The history of recorded music has been marked by endless artistic and technological changes. While music labels persist, digital technology has profoundly altered why they exist and how they work.
Teeming with references to African culture and experience, the couple's latest work places 'blackness'at the heart of the Western canon.
This is America.
Donald Glover's music video is a multi-layered political statement which aims to kick its audience out of its complacency.
Falling star: Kevin Spacey.
The moral failures of a creative artist shouldn't make their work any less valid.
A still image from Pipilotti Rist’s Ever Is Over All, 1997, single channprojectors, players, sound system, paint, carpet, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.
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In 1997 Pippilotti Rist walked down a street of cars and smashed their windows in a vivaciously feminist call to arms. You might recognise the homage to Risk's work in Beyoncé's Lemonade.
Beyoncé in the music video for Sorry, from Lemonade.
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From The Smiths to Kendrick Lamar, Conversation readers tell us their favourite albums.
Jay Z, Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy sit court side at a basketball game in New Orleans in Feb. 2017. Jay Z opened up about his relationship with Beyoncé on his new album, “4:44.”
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In 4:44, his 13th album, Jay-z gets confessional and socio-political, challenging traditional notions of Black male bravado and masculinity.
Beyoncé: the Annunciation.
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The singer has been criticised for 'fetishising' motherhood. But by disrupting stereotypes she is striking a major blow for black women.
The emotional and physical experiences of fatigue, stress, anxiety, and isolation are almost never seen in the popular images of pregnancy.
Unlike Beyoncé, a group of Australian women documenting their own pregnancies captured mundane images of track pants, barren wardrobes and self-portraits in a bathroom mirror.
New York Post.
How to challenge centuries of bigotry with a single image – and bump Trump off the front pages.
Any T left?
T in the Park is on the rocks. So what else is new?
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Results of the first large-scale study to specifically investigate the musical features that might increase the 'earworminess' of a song.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and musician Demi Lovato.
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When a celebrity runs for president, do celebrity endorsements matter? A survey of likely voters shows how tricky it can be to mix celebrity and politics.
By offering single platforms exclusive rights for their new albums, some musicians are streaming against the tide.
The music video for Justin Bieber’s Sorry is one of the contenders at Sunday’s MTV Music Video Awards.
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The MTV music video awards will be held on Sunday, putting this under-rated genre in the spotlight. Videos are inseparable from music in the digital age and the best examples deserve to be taken seriously as works of art.
Through The Lens of Hip-Hop: UK Women.
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Hip hop is starting to be used in schools and in the community in creative and diverse ways.
Beyonce’s baseball bat wielding spree in Lemonade, left, bears more than a passing resemblance to the work of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist.
Left, still from Lemonade (2016), right, still from Ever is Over All (1997)
From Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Kanye and even Rihanna, pop royalty is crazy for high art. Is this a phenomenon worth celebrating or are pop stars mining the art world to gain credibility?
Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl.
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Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.
A still from Lemonade: a new way of experiencing music.
Why must women's art be seen as autobiographical when we readily accept the idea of male auteurs spinning fictionalised yarns? In her much analysed video and album Lemonade, Beyoncé may be playing make believe.
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage is the immediate focus of ‘Lemonade.’ But it’s also a tale of the black family in America.
Prince had 'Purple Rain.' Michael Jackson had 'Thriller.' And now Beyoncé has her own self-reflective masterpiece.