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Tinchy Stryder

Pop's gender war: Sexism dictates the media profile of female stars

It was the weekend when it was announced that women were responsible for each of the UK's top five albums that finally pushed me over the edge. Let me be more specific. It wasn't the fact that Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beyoncé were occupying those top spots that I took issue with – it was the predictable flurry of media reporting, proclaiming that women in music were having some sort of moment.

The prince of grime comes of age

Tinchy Stryder has two No 1 singles to his credit, his own clothing range, and now a joint business venture with Jay-Z. No wonder his lyrics are getting deeper. Charlotte Cripps meets the London-raised rapper

Chipmunk, Royal Opera House, London

Despite the notoriety associated with grime music, Chipmunk will always be the rapper you'd happily bring home to mum. It's a pity the Royal Opera House didn't see it that way. Perhaps the excessive security measures were rolled out for the benefit of Wiley, who as tardy and calamitous as he was during his swift set, hardly lived up to the hazards one suspects were bashed out in capital letters on the risk assessment (unless being late, a touch explicit and forgetting your words is considered a threat nowadays). While grime music may still be regarded as part of an urban social class that's better appreciated from a distance – by those who usually frequent Covent Garden for the likes of Linda di Chamounix – the genre's climb to the top of the charts has helped it to earn a more PG status.

Grime's new stars: The kids are alright

Grime may be a relatively new musical genre, but already has its elder statesmen and young pretenders. Matilda Egere-Cooper talks to the teenagers who’ve taken the mic and are running with it