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Review: Madonna, Rihanna & Beyonce biographies

What do Beyonce, Rihanna and Madonna have in common? Other than qualifying as pop’s most prolific and globally successful divas, all three have been the subject of recent biographies. Read Russell Iliffe's round-up here.

Melody Maker: Justin Hayward profile

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Justin Hayward talks to M about his journey from playing Bo Diddley covers in fifties Swindon to penning international hits for The Moody Blues.

Interview: Dr Robert, The Blow Monkeys

Songwriter Robert Howard, aka Dr Robert, formed The Blow Monkeys in 1981and has since cultivated a success career spanning 30 years. As a soloist he's contributed to Paul Weller's solo debut album and co-written material Dee C Lee, Kym Mazelle and Beth Orton. Here he tells us why songwriting is like casting spells.

Interview: Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward is the main singer, songwriter and guitarist with legendary band The Moody Blues. We caught up with him after he received his third Ivor Novello Award (this time for his outstanding achievement in British music) to pick his brains about songwriting and find out why he finds collaborating such a tricky task.

30 seconds interview: Lisa Kwei

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Kwei is no stranger to the DIY side of the music industry. She’s just self-released her debut album The Girl You Left Behind and has built a dedicated live audience through sheer hard graft.

Featured artist: Wonder Villains

Derry based Wonder Villains will steal your heart with their fervent anti-pop and youthful exuberance. Their trademark two-minute songs are exhilarating and refreshingly honest in their approach: synths and motorik drums collide with tight guitar riffs and soaring hooks to form a heady brew of credible pop nuggets. With their fourth single Blonde now available to stream, we caught up with the band to find out more...

Playlist: Him & Her

Welcome to our latest playlist. This week's theme is 'him and her' so we've compiled a stack of hits from our favourite male and female solo artists and picked off some great tunes from bands that reference lads and lasses. You'll find odes to long lost lovers, lamenting R&B divas, good-time disco and some starry-eyed pop classics. Tune in now...

Interview: Katy B

UK funky firebrand explains why neo-soul artist Gil Scott has struck a chord & reveals the first single she ever bought

Featured artist: Roxanne Emery

You may not be familiar with singer-songwriter Roxanne Emery’s name yet, but the chances are you’ve heard her music on the telly. Her songs have soundtracked primetime shows both sides of the Atlantic, including Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Awkward, Cougar Town and Hollyoaks. Now she's preparing for her debut album and a national tour. Find out more...