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Hypnotize: The Story Behind The Notorious B.I.G.’s Mesmerising Song
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Hypnotize: The Story Behind The Notorious B.I.G.’s Mesmerising Song

Arguably The Notorious B.I.G.’s signature song, Hypnotize has become a byword for hip-hop and a definitive document of the bling era.

‘Shaken ’n’ Stirred’: How Robert Plant Mixed It Up In The Mid-80s
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‘Shaken ’n’ Stirred’: How Robert Plant Mixed It Up In The Mid-80s

Eschewing his illustrious past, Robert Plant’s third solo album, ‘Shaken ’n’ Stirred’, found the ex-Led Zeppelin singer embracing the future.

‘The Man-Machine’: How Kraftwerk Assembled An Electro-Pop Classic
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‘The Man-Machine’: How Kraftwerk Assembled An Electro-Pop Classic

Influenced by disco, Kraftwerk’s ‘The Man-Machine’ saw ‘the robots’ take over the dancefloor and pre-empt the rise of synth-pop.

When Doves Cry: How Prince’s Genius Took Full Flight
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When Doves Cry: How Prince’s Genius Took Full Flight

The song that brought Prince to the world’s stage, When Doves Cry marked an epochal moment in pop-culture history.

Who Is Sam Ryder? Introducing The UK’s Eurovision Contender
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Who Is Sam Ryder? Introducing The UK’s Eurovision Contender

After finding fame on TikTok with his superb cover versions, Sam Ryder’s Eurovision entry, Space Man, is set to ensure his star keeps rising.

Hand In Glove: How The Smiths’ Debut Single Made For A Perfect Fit
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Hand In Glove: How The Smiths’ Debut Single Made For A Perfect Fit

Laying the foundation for a stellar career, The Smiths’ Hand In Glove immediately slipped into indie fans’ hearts.

‘Black And White’: Behind The Stranglers’ Polarising Post-Punk Classic
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‘Black And White’: Behind The Stranglers’ Polarising Post-Punk Classic

Arguably The Stranglers’ starkest and most compelling work, ‘Black And White’ was one of its era’s most innovative albums.

‘Fear Of The Dark’: How Iron Maiden Lit A New Path For The 90s
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‘Fear Of The Dark’: How Iron Maiden Lit A New Path For The 90s

Challenged by grunge and other changing trends, Iron Maiden responded with an aggressive ninth album, ‘Fear Of The Dark’.

‘Rio’: The Album That Secured Duran Duran’s Legacy And Defined The 80s
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‘Rio’: The Album That Secured Duran Duran’s Legacy And Defined The 80s

Routinely billed as the ultimate Duran Duran album, ‘Rio’ remains the perfect introduction to the British supergroup that conquered the world.

‘Stadium Arcadium’: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Masterstroke Double-Album
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‘Stadium Arcadium’: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Masterstroke Double-Album

In the mid-2000s, Red Hot Chili Peppers were one of the biggest bands in the world. Then they supersized on the ambitious ‘Stadium Arcadium’.

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