Adam Boult 

Sleeve notes: Snoop Lion, Pussy Riot and Duran Duran

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of music
  
  

This week's most popular stories

1. Rapper Snoop Dogg is now a reggae performer named Snoop Lion

Snoop puts the Dogg to bed after spiritual awakening in Jamaica, saying he wants to seek out new challenges

2. Pussy Riot: trial that's putting Vladimir Putin's crackdown in spotlight

Punk protesters face first day as journalists pack courtroom – and judge pulls plug on live streaming

3. Olympic opening ceremony celebration concert – review

Dorien Lynskey on a show apparently assembled "by somebody who has no knowledge of pop music beyond what he has gleaned from a tattered fragment of a V festival flyer"

In the news

Lily Allen to release new album under married name

Björk and David Attenborough team up for music documentary

Beyoncé plans to direct and star in documentary about her own life

Sales of Olympics opening ceremony tracks soar

Drake and Rihanna lead MTV Video Music awards nominations

Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman goes missing

On the blog

Poll: Should children be taken to music festivals?

Ty Segall and John Dwyer: putting San Francisco back on the psychedelic map

Which Olympic team has the best pop moves?

Should you be tweeting at gigs? Jack White and Bruce Dickinson think not

London's unique and glorious music scene is unlike any other city's

Readers recommend: songs about circles

Things to watch and listen to

Music Weekly podcast special: Womad 2012

The 101 strangest records on Spotify: Jon Appleton – Apolliana

Seth Lakeman: Blacksmith's Prayer – live at Womad

New music: Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth bootleg)

Six Songs of Me

Hand pick the songs that mean most to you and help us uncover the music that matters most at sixsongsof.me. Need some inspiration? Take a look at One Day author David Nicholls' six choices, and read Oxford musicologist Eric Clarke on why music matters so much to us.

Further reading

How rave music conquered America

Underworld's brief to 'frighten people' at the London 2012 opening ceremony

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore joins black metal supergroup

Blog jam: Hedmuk

Win tickets to see Boy George and Antony at Meltdown

Boy George will perform and be in conversation with Antony, curator of this year's Meltdown. As media partner the Observer has 10 pairs of tickets to giveaway for this intimate event on Wednesday 8 August. See here for information on how to enter.

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