‘It sounds like Michael Bubbly!’ Big Shaq rates his rivals for Christmas No 1

The coat-obsessed Man’s Not Hot rapper has made the viral pop hit of the year – and could now be the Christmas No 1. So does he think he can beat Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey and Gregory Porter?

Amid the usual sleigh bells, string sections and festive lyrics in this year’s Christmas No 1 race comes a man in a big coat, adamant that he is not overheating. Big Shaq’s Man’s Not Hot has become a snowballing breakthrough hit during the last few months: a parody of hardnut London rappers who use ridiculous slang, impersonate gunshots, and never, ever take off their coats. The knowingly witless aggression of its lyrics – “take man’s Twix by force” – makes them endlessly quotable, earning the track more than 100m views on YouTube and 74m streams on Spotify. It’s even been repeated in parliament by Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya.

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The 10 best things to do this week: from Jude Law’s new play to Rookie’s podcast

The actor finally returns to the Barbican stage and the precocious Tavi Gevinson interviews her pal Lorde, while elsewhere Stormzy’s cousin plays live

Cambridge literary festival
Although many people worked themselves into a fury after the US election, few managed to bash out a savagely satirical novella in response. Howard Jacobson’s talk on his Trump-inspired book, Pussy, is sure to be one of the highlights of this top-class literature festival.
At various venues, 18-23 April

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The 10 best things to do this week: from Jude Law’s new play to Rookie’s podcast

The actor finally returns to the Barbican stage and the precocious Tavi Gevinson interviews her pal Lorde, while elsewhere Stormzy’s cousin plays live

Cambridge literary festival
Although many people worked themselves into a fury after the US election, few managed to bash out a savagely satirical novella in response. Howard Jacobson’s talk on his Trump-inspired book, Pussy, is sure to be one of the highlights of this top-class literature festival.
At various venues, 18-23 April

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