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Joyce DiDonato: From Cleopatra’s sorrow to Duke Ellington’s solitude, music helps us heal

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One of the reasons I love giving a song recital is that it bestows on me the superpower of time travel without involving a single mechanism other than the voice and a piano. It is pure magic. The first breath catapult...

Black music artists should call out racism within our industry. They’ve got the power

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In the eight years I’ve worked in the music industry, career highs have been offset by instances of racism. I’ve often been confused with other Black people who work in the industry at events, meetings and panels – at...

20 years of the iPod: how it shuffled music and tech forever

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In 2001, the record business was in freefall due to digital piracy, and the best way out of this accelerating crisis came in the shape of a white device the size of a deck of cards. The iPod, launched 20 years ago thi...

‘My mission has been accomplished’: how Susana Baca resurrected Afro-Peruvian music

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Susana Baca has lived multiple lives in her 77 years. She is one of Peru’s most celebrated singers, and a champion of Afro-Peruvian music, amplified by a partnership with David Byrne’s Luaka Bop record label. She is t...

‘Our music charts are still kind of segregated’: critic Kelefa Sanneh on pop, fandom and race

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When Nik Cohn wrote Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock in 1969, he only had 15 years of the rock’n’roll era to process. Five decades later, telling the story so far is such a daunting prospect that, wh...

UK music streaming market faces competition scrutiny

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Britain’s competition watchdog is to launch a study into the music streaming market to assess the dominance of big record labels and platforms such as Spotify, and whether artists are getting a fair deal in the stream...

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

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More than a third of UK music industry workers lost their jobs last year – 69,000 in total – as venues closed, festivals were scrapped, tours ground to a halt and the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the secto...

Succeeding Succession: books, games, music and more about the ultra rich

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Hell hath no fury like a pop icon scorned, and nobody does indignant financial rage better than Rihanna on the impeccable Bitch Better Have My Money. Hummed under the breath of many a freelancer drafting their 14th po...

Andrea Bocelli signs with Universal Music to cash in amid streaming era

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The classical music superstar Andrea Bocelli has struck a global deal with Universal Music to cash-in on three decades of hit music, new albums and opportunities including live streamed concerts. The Italian tenor, wh...

Coldplay: Music of the Spheres review – slipping status prompts a desperate pop pivot

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In 2004, Chris Martin wrote a brief essay about U2 for Rolling Stone magazine. They were, he said, “the only band whose entire catalogue I know by heart”, although you didn’t need him to tell you that Coldplay were a ...

63% of Black music makers have experienced racism in UK industry – study

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Despite increased representation within the British music industry, the UK sector remains hostile to Black creators and professionals, according to a report that highlights the effects of systemic racism on mental hea...

Tina Turner sells rights to her music catalogue spanning 60 years

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Tina Turner has sold the rights to her music catalogue spanning six decades, including hits such as What’s Love Got to Do With It, and Private Dancer, to the music publishing company BMG. The “queen of rock’n’roll” so...

‘I don’t play music when I have sex – maybe I should’: Michelle Visage’s honest playlist

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At my 10th birthday party, I got not one but three copies of Andy Gibb’s album Shadow Dancing. He was so hot! So sexy! But since I had three copies, I didn’t need to buy it. The first one that I used my own money to b...

‘Odds are against you’: the problem with the music streaming boom

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With the streaming revolution breathing new life into a once-moribund music industry collapsing under plummeting CD sales and rampant piracy, the world’s biggest record companies – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warn...

Can the R Kelly verdict lead to a shift in the music industry?

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Activist Oronike Odeleye was at her desk, knee-deep in another 12-hour day of working from home, when the news hit. A friend called. The R&B performer and producer R Kelly had been found guilty on all nine counts ...

‘Roar, roar, roar!’ Japan rolls out rock music against bear attacks

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Can rock’n’roll keep people safe from bear attacks? One Japanese region is hoping so, and has commissioned a cautionary anthem warning residents about the threat of its ursine inhabitants. Bears are common across Japa...

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