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Blossoms: Noel Gallagher is a ‘freak of nature’

Stockport indie heroes Blossoms saw their first album debut at number one and earn a Mercury Prize nomination – but they never let it go to their heads. “I knew we needed to have longevity and keep writing,” says Tom Ogden, the band’s luxuriantly-coiffured frontman. “You’ve got to be proactive …

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Abba stars give first performance together in 30 years

The four members of Abba have appeared together in Sweden, and surprised fans with an impromptu singalong. The stars gathered on Sunday at a private party to celebrate the 50-year partnership between songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. During the gala, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performed the Abba song …

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Kelis says she was abused by Nas during their marriage

Pop star Kelis has claimed she was mentally and physically abused during her five-year marriage to rapper Nas. In an hour-long interview, Kelis said the couple frequently traded blows, with Nas sometimes drinking heavily before becoming violent. “I’m not afraid to throw a punch, but I wouldn’t have started it,” …

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Abba announce first new music since 1982

Pop group Abba have returned to the studio to record their first new music since the 1980s. The Swedish quartet said the new material was an “unexpected consequence” of their recent decision to put together a “virtual reality” tour. “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could …

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SOS! Will Abba’s new music live up to their legacy?

It’s hard to imagine now but, once upon a time, people hated Abba. Those spangly satin jumpsuits, their Eurovision origins, the wedding disco ubiquity of Dancing Queen – they all conspired to consign Abba to the cheesy-smelling scrapheap of pop. The band were frequently misunderstood as kitsch because they wrote …

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Isaac Gracie: From choir boy to the charts

Isaac Gracie’s life changed forever the day his voice broke. From the age of seven, the London-born singer had been a chorister, rehearsing and performing six times a week with the Ealing Abbey Choir. “I was in the full cassocks and everything,” remembers the 23-year-old. “And by the end of …

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