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Paul Thomas Saunders: Beautiful Desolation review epic, widescreen pop-rock of the old school

(Atlantic) In the late 1980s, British record companies signed lots of bands making "big music" swathes of reverb, stadium-rock drums and dollops of furrowed-browed "passion" who were invariably photographed staring over windswept landscapes. Although...

Dave Simpson | The Guardian

Justin Timberlake review an evening of 'unrelenting class'

Justin Timberlake will not be playing, announces a man from the lip of the stage, rubbing the back of his own neck ruefully.

Kitty empire | The Guardian

Shakira's new album reviewed: A deft shimmy over a tightrope of integrity

"It's a fickle world," sings Shakira all-too-truly on the exuberant, bubblegum-snappy 'The One Thing'.

Digital Spy | Emily Mackay

First listen: Michael Jackson's Xscape

When Michael Jackson released his 1995 double album, HIStory, he promoted it by sailing a 10-metre tall statue of himself through London, down the Thames.

Michael Cragg | The Guardian

Michael Jackson's new album Xscape: How good is it?

It's the news fans have been expecting for a while now - Michael Jackson has a 'new' album of previously unheard material coming out in May.

Digital Spy | Lewis Corner

Justin Timberlake at London's O2 Arena - live review

If the somewhat lukewarm reaction to the second instalment of Justin Timberlake's studio return - last year's The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 - left the unexpectedly sour taste that the former 'N Sync man may have fallen from the all-singing, all-dancing...

Digital Spy | Lisa Wright

Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Tour, O2 Arena: Review

Since he was last in the UK (which was in 2007), Justin Timberlake has managed to forge an acting career, get married and return to music by releasing two albums within a year. But how would he do performing live?

Well let me start by...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

G I R L by Pharrell Williams is radio-friendly fodder that lacks new tricks

Pharrell Williams is enjoying one of the most unexpected commercial renaissances of recent times.

Alex Macpherson |

Sky Ferreira: Night Time, My Time – A big, bold blast of scuzzy power-pop

Even before she signed up as support on Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz US tour, it’s hard to imagine there was anyone who hadn’t heard of Sky Ferreira due to her musical connections (Michael Jackson, Bloodshy & Avant, Dev Hynes), modelling career and... | Sharon O'Connell

Justin Timberlake review The crowd gasp when he appears

The first thing Sheffield sees of Justin Timberlake is his giant silhouette on an enormous backdrop.

Dave Simpson | The Guardian