Billie Eilish redefines the contemporary pop star on her way to stardom

“I don’t want to hear that Billie Eilish is the new Lana Del Rey. Do not disrespect Lana like that! That woman has made her brand so perfect for her whole career and shouldn’t have to hear that,” Eilish once said of the baroque pop troubadour whose languorous, deadpan 2019 album was hailed by many […]

Writers and critics on the best books of 2013

Ian Rankin Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (Doubleday) is her most challenging, complex and compelling novel yet. A woman has the chance to live life over and over again in often surprising ways. No Booker listing: no justice. Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard (Faber) is ostensibly a courtroom drama that asks how its sensible, intelligent […]

The Observer’s books of the year

Curtis SittenfeldNovelist My favourite books of 2013 are Drama High (Riverhead) by Michael Sokolove, Sea Creatures (Turnaround) by Susanna Daniel, and & Sons (Harper Collins) by David Gilbert. Drama High is incredibly smart, moving non-fiction about an American drama teacher who for four decades coaxed sophisticated and nuanced theatrical performances out of teenage students who […]

Chris Cornell posthumously wins Grammy for Best Recording Package

Wolfe: Fire In My Mouth — Bob Hanlon & Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good & Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People’s Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)

Tess Holliday is strawberry sweet in chiffon gown as she arrives for the Grammy Awards

Wolfe: Fire In My Mouth — Bob Hanlon & Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good & Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers (Jaap Van Zweden, Francisco J. Núñez, Donald Nally, The Crossing, Young People’s Chorus Of NY City & New York Philharmonic)

‘My wonderful, generous, foul-mouthed and hysterical father. We love you daddy’: Family’s moving tribute to comedy genius Rik Mayall who they describe as ‘the man, the myth, the legend’

From poetry-writing anarchist Rick to swashbuckling Lord Flashheart: The comedy creations immortalised by Rik MayallRik Mayall shot to fame after her played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend Adrian Edmondson before the duo later went on to star in their sitcom Bottom.