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Writing his latest album proved therapeutic for The War on Drugs’ mainman –and chart success is a bonus

American musician Jimi Hendrix performs onstage, late 1960s.

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Winning ‘Deal or No Deal’ kickstarted Naughty Boy’s career. Now he’s the most popular collaborator in pop

Are music streaming services the new internet goldmine – or a total rip-off?

As online music-streaming grows exponentially, top musicians share their hopes and fears

Listen here: Apple EarPods offer an alternative

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Dapper Laughs found success through the video app Vine

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