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The best albums of 2016 – so far

The year is half over and it’s time to take stock of all the brilliant albums made in 2016, from Beyoncé’s fizzing pop to Anohni’s anguished protest music<p>The group’s first album in a decade toned down the electronica of earlier incarnations for a more acoustic, but no less propulsive, approach.

Albums

South African CEO's 'Bitch-Switch' Comment Prompts Firestorm

"Dear Cell C CEO, I think my 'bitch switch' is broken. Do I have to wait for my period for it to activate?"<p>The radio interview began on a positive, empowering note.<p>Jose dos Santos, CEO of Cell C, South Africa’s third-largest telecom company, spoke about the growing number of female staffers in his …

South Africa

Prince Wrote About Women in a Way That Most Contemporary Male Artists Still Can't

Women usually exist in men’s songs as passive objects, which is to not exist at all. With Prince, they were addressed with awe and empathy.<p>When I heard that Prince had passed away, it was the first time the death of a celebrity hit me in a real and immediate way. There was disbelief, followed by …

Natalie Portman on Israel, Hollywood sexism and ‘being the boss’

The Black Swan star’s directoral debut – based on Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness – explores the ‘mythology’ surrounding the birth of the Jewish state. Is she ready for the inevitable backlash?<p>Natalie Portman is lugging a giant, heavy-looking sofa across the floor, to get away from what she …

Life Before ‘Having It All’: Portrait of a Working Girl in 1940

The White Collar Girl: Model Carol Lorell stands in for Ginger Rogers, star of the upcoming adaptation of novel "Kitty F<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alfred …

Five albums to try this week: Stornoway, Nadine Shah and more

Nadine Shah – Fast Food (Apollo)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: Shah’s second album revisits some of the territory laid out on her dark, chamber-pop debut. This time, she aims for the hearts of men who’ve scorned her (fictional or not), casting lacerating barbs in her textured alto voice.<p><b>It might not be for</b> …

Post Punk

Five albums to try this week: Young Fathers, Brian Wilson and more

East India Youth – Culture of Volume (PMR)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: William Doyle’s second album as East India Youth slides between icy synths and grand-scale pop in a way that’s refreshingly unpretentious.<p><b>It might not be for you if</b>… You want your pop glossy and bombastic and your Bowie-inspired …

The Duke of Burgundy review – erotic, neurotic and utterly individual

Peter Strickland’s beautifully shot, highly atmospheric pastiche of 1970s European sleaze is a delight<p>Given our nation’s much-vaunted penchant for “eccentricity”, it’s strange that we tolerate so little of it in British cinema. We’re happy enough to see aesthetic or imaginative dissidents at play …

Romania

15 Last-Minute Infused Alcohols To Show Someone You Really Care

Same-day bacon bourbon for V-Day? Yes, please.

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

David Oyelowo: 'No one says to Oliver Stone: white characters AGAIN?'

Arriving in the designated hotel suite ahead of David Oyelowo, I plonk myself down in an armchair, leaving a second one free for him, and practise rolling his surname around on my tongue. (The standard advice – say “yellow” but with an “o” at either end – is as good as any.) Five minutes later, the …

25 Artists You Need To Start Listening To In 2015

2015 should be an amazing year for music. Between expected releases from Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Kanye West, Radiohead, Drake, Adele, Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean, James Blake and Fleetwood Mac, to name but a select few, this year should make up for the lack of impact albums that marked …

Rap & Hip-Hop

10 Movies to Watch on Netflix in August

It's a new month, and that means a new batch of movies just hit Netflix. Here, the films we just added to our queue.<p><b>1) Nymphomaniac (2013)</b><br>The most talked-about film of the year (which hits Netflix on August 7) can finally be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home.<p><b>2) Cleopatra (1963)</b>Settle in for …