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Grammy nominations 2017: Beyoncé and R&B artists shine while rock suffers

Beyonce In Concert

Tuesday’s announcement of the nominations for the 59th annual Grammy awards, which will be handed out on 12 February, had some expected outcomes – Beyoncé dominated, with Lemonade and its affiliated properties receiving nine nominations, while Adele’s 25 scored her five nominations. As with any attempt to winnow down pop music to some semi-arbitrary notion of “bests”, though, the real stories come from what might be missing.


Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa's final album gets June 2015 release date

Dance Me This, the last album Frank Zappa recorded before his death in 1993, will be finally released in 2015. Joining his extensive discography - which begins with 1966’s Freak Out and includes approximately 100 releases - the album gets a release date of 1 June.


Spotify Playlist

Will Spotify kill the music download?

The digital download, ushered in to the mass market more than a decade ago by Apple’s iTunes music store, is in rapid decline as people shift to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music.