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Beats 1 Radio One Month On - Its Top Five Musician Guest Presenters So Far

Apple Music launched one month ago today with a tagline - "always on" - that rightly made a big deal of its status as the first ever truly global 24/7 radio station. While we in the UK knew exactly what to expect from the ever enthusiastic Zane Lowe and Rinse FM favourite Julie Adenuga, we had no idea who are what to expect from Beats' promised array of superstar musician guest presenters. We haven't been disappointed though - not even close. Dr Dre, Drake, Elton John, St Vincent, Run the Jewels, Josh Homme, Disclosure, Pharrell and Vampire Weekend man Ezra Koeing are just some of the names to have hosted shows on Beats 1, making for some seriously compelling and starry radio. Keonig’s show has focused on straight-up pop hits, favouring the likes of ABBA, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Hot Chocolate. Pharrell's show OTHERtone has been inevitably slick, with some big name guests including Justin Timberlake and Cara Delevingne. So honourable shout-outs to those guys. But whose show has been the best? Here's our top five musician presenters so far...

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12 Painfully Awkward TV Interviews With Film Stars That Will Make You Cringe - Watch

While promoting her new movie Paper Towns model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne served up some dry British wit during a US morning television interview this morning, which has since been dubbed one of the most awkward telly moments of the year. Frankly, her sarky responses to the hosts banal questions just make us like her more. Here are some other cringe-tastic movie star telly chats – be prepared to watch most of these through your fingers…

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Hear Rat Boy's Furious Tyler, The Creator Cover, 'Tyler, The Cover'

Go down to a RAT BOY gig and you're in serious danger of breaking bones, as a number of teenagers on Twitter have recently attested. This cover of the Essex newcomer's brother-in-riotous arms Tyler, The Creator's 'Cherry Bomb' could easily be the soundtrack to that limb-smashing carnage: all blistering, distorted noise as Jordan Cardy delivers fast and hard raps beneath. And then, as suddenly as they entered, the breakbeats disappear, leaving just a soothing guitar line to ease the pain, borrowed from 'WOLF' track 'Answer'. A sample at the start of the track says, "RAT BOY's no phoney", and this sonic assault is firm proof of that.

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Grimes' Long-Awaited New Album - Everything We Know So Far

Looking back, now, it doesn't feel like Grimes' 'Visions' was just released in 2012 - it feels like it crash-landed on this planet instead, arriving like a capsule from some strange and distant world, bringing with it strange sounds and sci-fi bangers that were like nothing we'd heard before. It hoovered up plaudits, gained rave reviews, and everyone waited with baited breath for what this alien-pop genius would do next.

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Interactive Music Videos Are More Than Just A Gimmick - They're The Future

Foals' new video has landed and it's a doozie: an immersive black-and-white interactive experiment directed by longtime collaborator Nabil, who also oversaw their NSFW ‘Bad Habit’ and ‘Late Night’ videos. After a brief, disorienting flight over a city you land in a plaza, with a 360º rotatable view of the band, featuring multiple Yannises. Trippy. As the track reaches its crashing climax and you notice the ominous approach of the mountains in the background, you’ll swivel the camera towards the skies, which are swarming with flocks of CGI birds. And then you’ll probably wonder how the hell we got from the homespun 4:3 footage of ‘Red Socks Pugie’ to this high-tech nightmare-land.

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Read Grimes' Passionate Love Letter To The Art And Feminism Of Star Wars

Two of our most anticipated pop culture releases pencilled in for this winter are Grimes' new album and the new Star Wars movie, so you can imagine our delight when we were sent this: a love letter to the ground-breaking space-opera saga, penned by the 4AD star. Taken from the new issue of LOVE magazine, it's a cracker. Check it out below and pick up LOVE here.

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