“When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment” - Cardi B says in Elle interview about the backlash she got after her latest video 'WAP'. One of the colleagues who didn't appreciate her song was CeeLo Green who first accused her of "salacious gesturing", but afterward apologized saying - "I'm an advocate of artistic freedom and expression as well as a fan of Nicki, Cardi and Megan... I would never disrespect them by any means. I acknowledge them all as powerful, beautiful and influential women… and professionals".

"Political correctness has grown to become the unhappiest religion in the world. Its once honourable attempt to reimagine our society in a more equitable way now embodies all the worst aspects that religion has to offer (and none of the beauty) — moral certainty and self-righteousness shorn even of the capacity for redemption. It has become quite literally, bad religion run amuck" - Nick Cave writes in the latest edition of his Red Hand Files blog, answering to what his idea of mercy is, and what he thinks of cancel culture. "Cancel culture’s refusal to engage with uncomfortable ideas has an asphyxiating effect on the creative soul of a society... We are a culture in transition, and it may be that we are heading toward a more equal society — I don’t know — but what essential values will we forfeit in the process?".

Google beat back a lawsuit over alleged scraping of song lyrics from lyrics site Genius, according to Hollywood Reporter. Federal judge Margo Brodie in the Eastern District of New York found that while the claims of scraping were credible, the scraping did not constitute a copyright violation, since Genius isn’t the actual copyright holder, and the lawsuit was dismissed as a result.

Rocker and metal fan Valentin the Mad recorded 'Boar Metal', a "brutal death metal song with wild pigs on vocals", as he said, and it is literally like that, Loudwire reports. The guitarist and producer from Haifa, Israel recorded boars on the streets of his city - "wild hogs were always present in the city, but in recent years there has been a massive increase". The accompanying video also shows boars roaming the streets of Haifa, and Valentin the Mad sporting - boar's mask.

Beck released space-themed videos to his 2019 album 'Hyperspace', made in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space.com. The 'Hyperspace: A.I. Exploration' visual album incorporates videos from NASA missions and artificial intelligence, with music from the latest Beck album.

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“Hip-hop is from our people, African people, all of us. It’d be hard for me not to fall into what my people created... Growing into hip-hop I reckon was like me understanding who I was as a person” - Melbourne rapper Nelson told Guardian about the city's African diaspora rap scene. Its hotspot is 66 Records, a house to many with similar stories: Poni who fled civil war in Sudan via Uganda; Jordan “Lil Jaye” Yermian who bounced between Cameroon, France and Australia; Ater “BabyT” Mamer left Kenya for New Zealand as a baby before moving to Australia; Nelson was displaced by the Liberian civil war at just six months of age, BBG Smokey...

Berlin-based music producer Lyra Pramuk, who uses only her voice to produce "futurist folk music", made a mix for Fact magazine where she "explores the idea of ‘folk song’ as interpreted by women singers and storytellers from the past century to today". There's Joan Baez and Dolly Parton, as well as Lauryn Hill and Lingua Ignota, among others.

Converge would be donating 100% of the earnings from their 2013 guest-filled Entombed covers EP to Entombed vocalist LG Petrov, who was diagnosed with incurable cancer, Metal Injection reports. The EP includes five covers of Entombed's 'Wolverine Blues' with a different vocalist on each one - Aaron Turner (Isis, Sumac, Old Man Gloom), Kevin Baker (All Pigs Must […]

Phil Collins' song 'In the Air Tonight' saw a 1,110% increase in sales after a viral video of two brothers reacting to the song while listening to it for the first time, CoS reports. Tim and Fred Williams, a pair of 22-year-old twins from Gary, Indiana, create reaction videos on YouTube under the account TwinsthenewTrend, and their most popular video is their reaction to Collins' 1980s pop hit, with over 4 million views. The song is climbing the Billboard charts, and it has already reached No. 3 on the iTunes Charts.

Mexican-American singer Trini Lopez, who had a hit in 1963 with his version of 'If I Had A Hammer', and was a successful guitar-maker, has died at 83 of coronavirus, The New York Times reports. Lopez, an accomplished guitarist, was mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra and designed two instruments for the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters said Lopez left "a beautiful music legacy", he called his own Trini Lopez guitar his "most prized possession" and said it had been "the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one". Lopez recorded more than 60 albums and was a popular headliner in Las Vegas.

34-years-old Nikki Paterson from Scotland has 47 tattoos, 23 of which are of Eminem, The Sun reports. She hopes this will get her into the Guinness World Book of Records. Paterson said she has been listening to Eminem since she was 14, and that she fell in love with him after hearing 'Stan', a song about a crazy fan.

"The fan believes the artist and their work helped them come into their own. The artist’s work becomes a comfort—almost like a friend on their journey—as they figure out who they want to be" author Hannah Ewens says in Bitch Media interview about her new book 'Fangirls: Scenes from Modern Music Culture'. The book traces the history of fandom from the Beatles onward to contextualize what fandom means, how it functions, and how it both reflects and drives cultural conversations about everything from teenage girls to mental health. Ewens also differentiates between fans and stans, the latter of whom go to extreme lengths to prove their devotion.

British producer and PC Music label boss A.G. Cook released his first proper album '7G', comprised of seven discs, totaling in over 2 and a half hours of music. Every disc includes seven tracks, each dedicated to a different instrument: drums, guitar, supersaw, piano, Nord, spoken word, and extreme vocals. On the guitar one, he’s reimagined as a sad-sack Bandcamp god; in another, he’s a maniacally demented pop musician. There’s a lot to admire in here, a lot that helps illuminate why Cook has become a creative sounding board for his fellow weirdo pop musicians. His ear for melody is masterful, and his take on pop music can range from hyper-glossy to hyper-abrasive - Stereogum argues. The full album is here.

English music producer and engineer Martin Birch, who worked on iconic albums by Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, and Black Sabbath has died aged 71, Ultimate Classic Rock reports. Birch began his industry career as an engineer, earning early credits on albums by Jeff Beck and Fleetwood Mac. He worked also with Wishbone Ash, and Rainbow, while he finished his career with the epic 'Fear of the Dark' by Iron Maiden.

Tim and Fred Williams are twenty-one-year-old twins from Gary, Indiana, who make videos of themselves listening to famous songs for the first time, and release those on their YouTube channel TwinsthenewTrend. They've uploaded dozens of songs, mostly rock - Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Johnny Cash - and their most popular one is Phil Collins’s 'In the Air Tonight', with over 4 million views. The New Yorker likes the naivety of the two...

American funk band Vulfpeck has offered track 10 from the band's upcoming album 'The Joy of Music, The Job of Real Estate' to the highest bidder, The Line of Best Fit reports. Track 10 from Vulfpeck's new LP is currently listed on eBay, and the highest bidder will get naming rights to the track and two-and-a-half-minutes on the LP. The buyer won't get the right to earn any of money back, since the winner has to assign all royalties to the band and "will receive no financial remuneration, like ever".

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xMEMs working of unbreakable headphones

Silicon Valley firm xMEMs is working on robust headphones, that would revolutionise the headphone market, BBC reports. The basis of their tech is "piezoelectric effect" - if you bend some materials, they produce an electric current, and if you pass an electric current through them they bend. They're using that bendiness to make small speakers that can match the very best sound produced the traditional way, while also being robust and waterproof. The first headphones with this technology are expected on the market next April.

Acclaimed rapper CeeLo Green has spoken out against music created by Nicki Minaj and Cardi B who he suggested are crying out for attention at any cost. “We are adults. There should be a time and a place for adult content. As adults and artists, we should at least attempt to be each other’s accountability partners in some regard. The stereotypes that are celebrated and perpetuated, ultimately make the perception a reality. It is disenfranchising and it has caused a great deal of problems” - he told Far Out Magazine. “Attention is also a drug and competition is around” he adds - “Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all but it comes at what cost?”.

"Bandcamp’s artist-first mentality trickles down to the zealousness of their userbase. Their comments and music collections are just as important as the money coming in, establishing a connection, and encouraging digital diggers to explore and expand their palettes "- DJ Booth argues in favor of the lovely music service / social network (rap has been a more of a Soundcloud kind of genre). There's good music there, and - "in a world kept separate by the still-raging coronavirus... Engaging with musicians breeds a different kind of intimacy".

Alt TikTok is a TikTok sub-scene that is exerting growing influence on the music that becomes popular on the app. Generally, it's weird, excessively creative stuff, more artsy and punk than the Straight TikTok. The music preferred by members of Alt TikTok can be bizarre, abrasive, unruly, headlong, and it's also more open and accessible to different groups of people. And what everyone’s seeing now is that bigger things can come from Alt TikTok than Straight TikTok

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"If we are looking at the charts as a barometer for nationwide popularity, non-English-language music rarely features... Yes, Despacito reached No 1 here, but it was only after Justin Bieber appeared on it" - the Guardian analyzes UK music taste. First of all, the British are the third least likely nation in Europe to speak a foreign language. That's not all, people of color like Samm Henshaw, and women that don't fit the norm (white complexion) like Rina Sawayama, won't have the same success as their white counterparts. Guardian argues it's due to "so much systemic hostility, xenophobia and outright racism in this sector".

The world's most valuable 7in single, 'Do I Love You', by Frank Wilson, has been bought by 38-year-old Lee Jeffries for an undisclosed sum, but it went for more than it did when it was last sold, 11 years ago. In 2009 the disc with "the most famous northern soul record" fetched a record-breaking £25,742. It was, and remains, the most expensive seven inch 45rpm labeled record ever sold.

Microphones released their first new album in 17 years, 'Microphones in 2020', today, comprised of one, 44-minute song, that comes with a beautiful one-shot still video. It is a slide-show of 800 printed photos of band's leader Phil Elverum's childhood and touring years, accompanied by the lyrics to the songs (watch/listen to it here). Critics like the album a lot: Stereogum branded it their Album of the Week because "he weaves together vast metaphysical explorations and minute personal memories"; Pitchfork branded it Best new music (grade 8.5) for exploration of "artmaking, self-mythologizing, and what it means to bear witness to one’s own existence and transformations"; Exclaim goes philosophical and poetical on us: "This is Elverum's indelible stamp of style, distilled into a single track that flows like waves in the ocean or hills on the mountainside".

It is widely believed that Kanye West's American presidential candidacy serves one purpose - to take potential Joe Biden's votes, black and young ones, and make it easier for Donald Trump to win. Billboard argues it just might not happen like that. African Americans tend not to vote for candidates solely because they are Black, while West’s status with Americans age 18 to 29 is actually more unfavorable than favorable - said David Jackson, a political science professor at Bowling Green State University whose research focuses on the links between young people’s entertainment and political preferences. It’s also possible West could actually draw support away from Trump, since he’s been an outspoken supporter of the president in the past.

Grammy award-winning music producer Detail was arrested on 15 counts of sexual assault and five counts of felony assault, Entertainment Weekly reports. Detail is being investigating for alleged assaults that occurred between 2010 and 2018. This is not a first legal move against him. Last year, a model and aspiring singer was awarded $15m in a Los Angeles lawsuit that accused the producer of abusing and raping her. Singer Jesse Reyez accused the producer in 2018 of inappropriate advances. Pop singers Tinashe and Bebe Rexha alluded to having their own uncomfortable recording sessions with Fisher. Detail is being held on nearly $6.3m bail. The 41-year-old producer, real name Noel Christopher Fisher, is known for producing hits for R&B and hip-hop acts such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, the Pussycat Dolls, Lady Gaga, T-Pain, Jennifer Lopez and Wiz Khalifa.

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“When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment” - Cardi B says in Elle interview about the backlash she got after her latest video 'WAP'. One of the colleagues who didn't appreciate her song was CeeLo Green who first accused her of "salacious gesturing", but afterward apologized saying - "I'm an advocate of artistic freedom and expression as well as a fan of Nicki, Cardi and Megan... I would never disrespect them by any means. I acknowledge them all as powerful, beautiful and influential women… and professionals".

"Political correctness has grown to become the unhappiest religion in the world. Its once honourable attempt to reimagine our society in a more equitable way now embodies all the worst aspects that religion has to offer (and none of the beauty) — moral certainty and self-righteousness shorn even of the capacity for redemption. It has become quite literally, bad religion run amuck" - Nick Cave writes in the latest edition of his Red Hand Files blog, answering to what his idea of mercy is, and what he thinks of cancel culture. "Cancel culture’s refusal to engage with uncomfortable ideas has an asphyxiating effect on the creative soul of a society... We are a culture in transition, and it may be that we are heading toward a more equal society — I don’t know — but what essential values will we forfeit in the process?".

Google beat back a lawsuit over alleged scraping of song lyrics from lyrics site Genius, according to Hollywood Reporter. Federal judge Margo Brodie in the Eastern District of New York found that while the claims of scraping were credible, the scraping did not constitute a copyright violation, since Genius isn’t the actual copyright holder, and the lawsuit was dismissed as a result.

Rocker and metal fan Valentin the Mad recorded 'Boar Metal', a "brutal death metal song with wild pigs on vocals", as he said, and it is literally like that, Loudwire reports. The guitarist and producer from Haifa, Israel recorded boars on the streets of his city - "wild hogs were always present in the city, but in recent years there has been a massive increase". The accompanying video also shows boars roaming the streets of Haifa, and Valentin the Mad sporting - boar's mask.

Beck released space-themed videos to his 2019 album 'Hyperspace', made in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space.com. The 'Hyperspace: A.I. Exploration' visual album incorporates videos from NASA missions and artificial intelligence, with music from the latest Beck album.

BBG Smokey

“Hip-hop is from our people, African people, all of us. It’d be hard for me not to fall into what my people created... Growing into hip-hop I reckon was like me understanding who I was as a person” - Melbourne rapper Nelson told Guardian about the city's African diaspora rap scene. Its hotspot is 66 Records, a house to many with similar stories: Poni who fled civil war in Sudan via Uganda; Jordan “Lil Jaye” Yermian who bounced between Cameroon, France and Australia; Ater “BabyT” Mamer left Kenya for New Zealand as a baby before moving to Australia; Nelson was displaced by the Liberian civil war at just six months of age, BBG Smokey...

Berlin-based music producer Lyra Pramuk, who uses only her voice to produce "futurist folk music", made a mix for Fact magazine where she "explores the idea of ‘folk song’ as interpreted by women singers and storytellers from the past century to today". There's Joan Baez and Dolly Parton, as well as Lauryn Hill and Lingua Ignota, among others.

Converge would be donating 100% of the earnings from their 2013 guest-filled Entombed covers EP to Entombed vocalist LG Petrov, who was diagnosed with incurable cancer, Metal Injection reports. The EP includes five covers of Entombed's 'Wolverine Blues' with a different vocalist on each one - Aaron Turner (Isis, Sumac, Old Man Gloom), Kevin Baker (All Pigs Must […]

Phil Collins' song 'In the Air Tonight' saw a 1,110% increase in sales after a viral video of two brothers reacting to the song while listening to it for the first time, CoS reports. Tim and Fred Williams, a pair of 22-year-old twins from Gary, Indiana, create reaction videos on YouTube under the account TwinsthenewTrend, and their most popular video is their reaction to Collins' 1980s pop hit, with over 4 million views. The song is climbing the Billboard charts, and it has already reached No. 3 on the iTunes Charts.

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