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Why it’s time to put Simon Cowell’s X Factor out to pasture

Smug, supercilious and with an ever descending v-neck, Simon Cowell was the self-appointed gatekeeper of pop, writes Alexandra Pollard. But his hold has loosened, and it’s time he let go

Brian Cox: ‘I look at the Labour Party and I see antiquated socialism’

The Golden Globe-nominated star of ‘Succession’ speaks to Fiona Sturges about fatherhood, British politics, and an encounter with real-life billionaire Michael Bloomberg

Taylor Swift confirmed as Sunday headliner for Glastonbury 2020

Singer joins previously announced artists Paul McCartney and Diana Ross

Stephen Graham says improvised Irishman scene surprised Al Pacino

Actor said working with his heroes was like his ‘Champions League final’

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The 50 best albums of the decade

After much fervent and impassioned debate, critics Alexandra Pollard, Roisin O'Connor, Jazz Monroe, Helen Brown and Patrick Smith pick their favourites from a decade of disparate and daring records

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SebastiAn: ‘Kanye is what happens when you love yourself too much’

The French producer and electronic artist sits down with Roisin O'Connor to discuss his new album ‘Thirst’, working with Frank Ocean, and political correctness in art

How Dolly Parton is captivating a whole new generation of fans

Five decades into her career, the country music legend – and inspiration for new Netflix anthology series ‘Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings’ – is still drawing people in, says Lindsay Zoladz

James McAvoy makes for a very good Cyrano de Bergerac – review

A season of Jamie Lloyd productions at the Playhouse kicks off with an inspired revival... even if McAvoy’s modestly over-endowed nose could be a tad more bulbous

McGregor + Mugler is a shiny collaboration that never adds up – review

Bringing together choreographer Wayne McGregor and fashion designer Thierry Mugler is an intriguing idea that just peters out