Music Features

The 25 best Asian albums of 2021

Political pop, meditative folk, apocalyptic experimentation, playful hip-hop – here are the releases we loved this year

“He laid out his life for people to connect”: why Juice WRLD’s legacy lives on

The late SoundCloud rapper's influence continues to reverberate

Christmas is cancelled: the 10 festive songs they tried to ban

These are the most controversial Yuletide bops – ever!

16 pretty interesting facts about the world’s biggest Christmas songs

Get you extended family small-talk trivia right here

Seasonably rich: here’s how much musicians make from our favourite Christmas songs

We all have our favourite Christmas tune – but how much do the artists who penned these festive classics actually earn from them?

The Beatles: every song ranked in order of greatness

Join us as we look through a Glass Onion for the Fabs' best-ever tune

The 25 best K-pop songs of 2021

This year, K-pop continued to bring their A-game – and even took things to the next level

In 2021, K-pop continued to flourish, virtually, globally and creatively

Recap the highs and lows of another blockbuster year for the Korean music industry

JRLDM: Filipino rapper who went from Bataan’s factories to making stark songs about love, vice and inner darkness

Jerald Mallari tells NME how a frank and forthright song about self-harm transported him to recording with “rap heroes” like Gloc-9 on his debut album ‘Mood Swing’

The best (and worst) new Christmas songs of 2021 – ranked!

Here's the good, the bad and the gaudy