Justin Bieber: Changes review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

Hes still one of the worlds biggest pop stars, but this subdued, fitfully lovely album suggests Bieber no longer wants to dominate the charts Connoisseurs of documentaries that reveal the full horror of becoming famous particularly at a young age are currently spoilt for choice. Over on Netflix, theres Taylor Swifts Seasons. The latter isnt intended as a cautionary tale. Quite the opposite. Its a 10-part puff piece, the ruthlessly clear-eyed, non-partisan tone of which can be gleaned from the titles of its episodes: Making Magic, Biebers Back. Its designed to assure all and sundry that its star is recovered from mental and physical illness, and years of drug use that apparently began when he was 13. But an ineffable …

Surviving R Kelly Part II: what can we learn from the horrifying update?

The second season of Lifetimes harrowing documentary detailing decades of abuse allegations against the musician covers a larger culture of complicity If the world worked as it should, there would never have been a Surviving R Kelly, the documentary series detailing nearly three decades of alleged sexual abuse much of it against minors, and almost entirely against young African American women by the R&B musician. By the time the series, produced by the activist dream hampton, aired on Lifetime last January, the allegations against R Kelly had long been public, and mounting. But it took a six-hour television event to do what multiple public lawsuits, highly publicized child sexual abuse imagesand a trial, a widely circulated tape involving sexual acts …

Otis Williams: ‘The Temptations didn’t love themselves’

The only surviving original member of the hit R&B group talks about the darker side of a legacy and the musical it inspired One of the first times Otis Williams, the founder and last surviving original member of the Temptations, realized his music made an indelible impact on their fans occurred after he received a letter in the mail. Im reading it and it said to give them a call the first chance I had, Williams remembers. She gets on the phone and told me she was ill and asked: God, dont take me until I speak to Otis Williams. She said she wanted to tell me how much the music meant to her before she died. I didnt have …

Solange: When I Get Home the Snapchat album

Solange Knowless tantalising fourth album conjures fragments and fleeting impressions that get inside your head Frank Ocean to Beyoncs caught on murky CCTV attacking Jay-Z, as a docile Beyonc stood by. The viral clip upped Solanges album streams by 200%, but her career route has never been clear cut: she once released a track called Fuck the Industry (Signed Sincerely) before When I Get Home, but blink and youre halfway through them, your mind fizzing with fluttery choruses and half-riffs. The introverted UK electronic producers James Blake and Time (Is), one of the albums most modest tracks. Some of the albums most snippety bits such Way to the Show is essentially one exquisitely pretty line with an underlying coolness, like …