Music

Tems: mine is the crown

Tems has already conquered the global charts with Wizkid and Drake, found fans in the highest possible places (hello, President Obama) and carved out a new space in Afrobeats. Next up: a debut album that will see Nigerian music’s biggest new star go supermassive.

Why are rap lyrics being used in courts?

Young Thug and Gunna are facing heavy gang-related charges and prosecutors are citing lyrical content as evidence. Yet the use of rap lyrics in court has been shown to be overwhelmingly prejudicial – and to reinforce racist stereotypes. So why is it still happening and what is being done to stop it?

Could FLO be Britain’s next great girl group?

Following the viral release of their debut single Cardboard Box, and with a brand-new EP up their sleeve, Jorja Douglas, Renée Downer and Stella Quaresma are ready to pick up the baton of R&B supremacy.

Brian Eno: music for saving the planet

Appearing at the International Music Summit in Ibiza, the visionary producer and artist outlined how musicians – and fans – can play their part in creating another green world.

Why do pop stars love hanging out upside down?

Harry Styles, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish have all flipped their worlds upside down in everything from live performances to album covers and Instagram posts. Celebs, eh? They just can’t keep their feet on the ground…

Kehlani steps out of the woods

Digital cover: While they confirmed their status as one of the defining voices of contemporary R&B, Kehlani endured a rocky rise to fame. Now, the Oakland singer is in a happier place, celebrating lesbian love stories on new album Blue Water Road.

Pusha T’s master recipe

Digital cover: While hip-hop’s trends have come and gone, the veteran rapper has never gone out of fashion. In his interview with THE FACE, he praises Kanye West and Pharrell for keeping his sound fresh on new album It’s Almost Dry.

Backstage with Charli XCX

Digital cover: Lasers, lightning and synchronised backing dancers – Charli’s Crash tour is the crowning point in her complex journey to pop stardom. THE FACE joins her while she laps up the glory in Los Angeles.

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