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Time’s up for Ryan Adams and the tortured male genius myth

The singer-songwriter has given the standard #MeToo apology, but some see his behaviour as just part of the rock star package. That’s not good enough, argues Holly Williams

The 50 best songs about the weather

As the seasons turn, 'Sunny Afternoon' can be swapped for 'Wild is the Wind', 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!' 

The 40 best albums to listen to before you die

Some records are so good that they can change your life. Our critics Helen Brown, Chris Harvey and Roisin O’Connor pick the albums you need to hear

This was the year the music industry stood up to inequality

Pop stars are no longer reluctant to speak out about politics, writes Alexandra Pollard

From Ed Sheeran to George Ezra: How the boy next door conquered pop

As a new wave of scruffy singer-songwriters are hailed as ones to watch for 2019, Ed Power asks why these guitar-toting troubadours are so appealing to the mainstream music industry

Why we haven't had a decent Christmas song since 1994

As the festive season draws near and Mariah Carey's hit single returns to our playlists, music correspondent Roisin O'Connor thinks it's unlikely that any artist will achieve similar success with something new

Why Mariah Carey is not just for Christmas

She has an army of super-fans, a record-breaking back catalogue, and knows how to throw some serious shade. On the eve of her Christmas concert, Louis Staples re-examines the Mimi legacy