The Big Read

Elton John: “I’m not interested in the past – not even Elton John’s past”

After all these years, the forward-thinking superstar is still outstanding

Coldplay: “This is our period of having no fear”

Inspired by space, hard rock and, erm, emojis, Chris and co.’s ninth album ‘Music Of The Spheres’ is the sound of a band fearlessly entering a whole new orbit

Snail Mail: “It’s awesome seeing lots of women and queer people in music”

How Lindsey Jordan found solace in a like-minded music community and, with new album ‘Valentine’, penned a love letter to living on your own terms

Finneas: “I don’t know anything as strong as mine and Billie’s creative bond”

Alongside his sister Billie Eilish, the hitmaking songwriter and producer soundtracked the new Bond and, with debut solo album ‘Optimist’, has even greater success in his sights

Remi Wolf: “Ripping up pop’s rulebook? I don’t know what I’m doing!”

Her kaleidoscopic take on pop won fans in Nile Rodgers and Beck, and now the Los Angeles artist’s filthy, funky debut album tackles alienation and addiction with candour and wit

Metallica and friends: “‘The Black Album’ was a victory for the underdog”

The band and famous fans raise a glass to the magnum opus at 30

Nova Twins: “The massive surge of POC pop-punk and rock is an act of rebellion”

Having smashed Reading & Leeds Festival, and with a Bring Me The Horizon tour and new album on the way, the duo are rewriting the rules of alternative music

Little Simz: “It’s nice to see my peers win. When they win, I win”

Simbiatu Ajikawo’s fourth album, ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’, is a stunning, sprawling, ambitious ode to family – both the one you’re born into, and the one you choose

Lorde: “I feel like I can see my world and myself a lot clearer now”

How Ella Yelich-O’Connor stripped away the digital noise to find solace in nature, a journey that birthed her bright, blissed-out third album ‘Solar Power’

Self Esteem: “I want to use the palatable nature of pop to Trojan horse in my agenda”

Rebecca Lucy Taylor is sick of society’s unrealistic expectations of women and, with sensational second album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’, refuses to take it lying down