Guardian has a lovely story about strange, lonely and frequently ridiculous life of men who were once in boybands. "I kind of looked like an old lesbian aunt” - that's how Brian McFadden describes himself, post-Westlife when he started solo career, and had to chose his own clothes and haircut. Derek Moran of the Irish band D-Side […]

“The Thai punk scene in the past has only cared about partying. I organised this event because I think punk should be rebellious. I care about freedom and rights.” - one of the organizers of Thai punk concert told Guardian. The show was held earlier this month, marking the fourth anniversary of military rule in the […]

Drake's single 'Nice For What' returned to #1 on the Hot 100 chart, and his 'Yes Indeed' collaboration with Lil Baby came 6th, which earned him the distinction of passing Elvis Presley on an exclusive list - it's Drake's 26th Top 10 entry, one more than Elvis. Madonna maintains the #1 position with 38 Top 10s, […]

YouTube says it has deleted more than half of the "violent" music videos that Britain's most senior police officer asked it to take down - Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent crime in London - and singled out drill music. She asked YouTube to […]

Stewart Lupton, frontman of cult New York indie rock band Jonathan Fire*Eater, has died aged 43. The band formed in the early 90s in Washington DC, initially as the Ignobles, before a move to New York where their lineup and name changed, with Lupton taking on vocals. They released their self-titled debut in 1995, and […]

Thursday night, James Blake shared a somber piano ballad called 'Don't Miss It', after surveying responses to the song, the songwriter noticed the frequency with which people described him as an alleged “sad boy.” In a statement on Twitter, Blake speaks out about his frustration with the phrase, which he finds “unhealthy and problematic when used […]

Snoop Dogg made history on the BottleRock Napa Valley festival in Northern California, - he made world’s largest paradise cocktail… The drink was aptly titled 'Gin & Juice', the standout single from his debut album 'Doggystyle'. On stage with Uncle Snoop was fellow rapper Warren G and Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, who graced the Williams […]

South Korean boy band BTS have become the first K-pop artists to reach number one on the US album charts. For the week ending on 24 May their new album 'Love Yourself, Tear' came in at 135,000 album units - which are based on sales, downloads and streams of albums - pushing the previous weeks' chart […]

The Flaming Lips have launched a new podcast that offers fans the chance to listen to a “song by song” history of the band. Episode one of the new series, titled ‘Socerer’s Orphan’, is available now. The podcast is presented by multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd and the first episode sees the musician talk about ‘Enthusiasm for […]

London is to introduce a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what organisers say is a world first. The project Busk in London will allow street musicians across London to accept payments via cash, contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin. Charlotte Campbell, a full-time busker in London, said she had seen a “significant […]

As Canada’s first ‘consent captain’, Tanille Geib can be found wandering most nights of the week through drunken crowds on a dance floor in the western Canadian city of Victoria - – she’s there to help patrons navigate the sometimes murky world of flirting, dating and hooking up in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Geib was […]

Two weeks after Spotify removed music by R Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from its editorial playlists, in accordance with its new "hateful conduct" policy, the streaming platform will restore music by the latter in response to a backlash from the industry and its own staff. Spotify announced the "hate conduct and hateful conduct" policy on […]

Composer Ramin Djawadi will use local orchestras alongside his own soloists from the United States as he travels across Europe, in a Game of Thrones themed tour. They cover Europe with 23 shows, and USA with 25. The 2018 dates for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will include new music […]

Spotify will pay out $112m in a settlement agreement, following two lawsuits that claimed songwriters hadn’t been paid enough in royalties for their work being streamed on the service. The class action, a combination of the two lawsuits, originally came from David Lowery, an musicians’ rights advocate from the band Camper Van Beethoven, and Melissa […]

“For years I couldn’t even listen to any music, let alone a Nirvana song. When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl sad GQ in an interview. He adds, “I don’t put Nirvana records on, no. Although they are always on somewhere. I get in the car, […]

Will Smith is returning to music by lending his rap vocals to the official song of the 2018 soccer World Cup, a collaboration with Diplo, reggaeton star Nicky Jam, and Kosovar singer Era Istrefi. The tournament will begin in Russia next month, although fans will likely have to wait to hear Will perform, as the […]

Parliament have released their first studio album in 38 years - a new 23-track, near-two-hour album from the seminal George-Clinton-led funk unit entitled 'Medicaid Fraud Dogg' unexpectedly surfaced on streaming services yesterday. The release of the sprawling album was preceded by the band’s January comeback single 'I'M Gon Make U Sick O'Me' which features Scarface. Clinton […]

Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Jackson leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks to specially designed shoes […]

Arctic Monkeys' new album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' sold 24,500 vinyl copies in its first week, which makes it the fastest-selling vinyl LP of the past 25 years. The record was previously held by Liam Gallagher’s 'As You Were', which sold 16,000 in its first week. Like their previous five records, it has now reached No. […]

“We didn’t necessarily go to the nice school, we didn’t get to read the cool newspaper. For me, bands like you [Metallica] told me that there is this other world that is more closely aligned with the experience that you’re having, than the one you’re being told about” - Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan told Beats1 […]

More than a third of festival-goers have sex while in attendance and half of all attendees are willing to have sex while there - an interesting information people at TickPick found out after talking to 1.000 people. It differs from one festival to another - 30 percent of Electric Forest attendees had sex while at the […]

Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar were the biggest winners at the 2018 Billboard music awards, with six wins each - Sheeran got the awards in the top artist and top male artist categories, while Lamar won three rap award categories – rap artist, male rap artist and rap album. Janet Jackson made a notable speech, which alluded […]

"It’s a film principally and poignantly focused on the absence of Whitney, an aching void felt as much in life as in death. Many of us missed Whitney even before she left; this imperfect documentary preys calmly and effectively on that longing" - Guardian writes about a new documentary, Kevin Macdonald’s 'Whitney' newly premiered at Cannes. And […]

Nine Inch Nail previewed their upcoming ninth LP 'Bat Witch' with a new song, electro-jazzy 'God Break Down the Door'. Trent Reznor croons menacing lines over a dizzying mix of synths, a moaning saxophone solo and drums - "God break down the door/ You won't find the answers here – not the ones you came looking […]

Nine Inch Nails go on tour this fall with The Jesus And Mary Chain, and fans who wish to go and see them have to visit venues to purchase their tickets in person. The "physical world presale" will be held on May 19 in most cities, with the Denver date taking place on May 20. Trent […]

One fan called the new Arctic Monkeys album 'Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ “perfection” on Twitter, describing it as a “calm, sexy, red wine with a cigarette kind of album”.   Pointless‘ Richard Osman tweeted that ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ was “a very pleasant surprise” and that it was “great that they’re not just treading […]

For black millennials in urban areas, he might be the definitive spokesperson. His success, and the wider success of grime, represents empowerment and equality in a way that established, mainstream – and yes, white – pop never can... Stormzy is far from an archetypal politician, but his influence is far-reaching. Ultimately, his support is testament […]

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In the March 13-19 week streaming in the U.S. was down 7,6%, although more or less everyone is at home, so it was to be expected for streaming to jump. However, label executives are neither startled nor concerned by the drop, as the Variety reports - they say it’s down to focus on news and other televised options; the loss of daily commutes, where many people stream music; and multiple people at home together streaming the same things.

The Weeknd’s latest album 'After Hours' has topped the Billboard 200 with 444,000 equivalent album units, which made it the biggest debut week for an album in 2020 thus far, Billboard reports. 'After Hours' had 275,000 album sales, and 163,000 SEA units, which amounts to 220.7 million on-demand streams of the project's tracks in its first week. There was a chance that The Weeknd's album wasn’t going to release during the coronavirus pandemic - TMZ reports that music executives wanted the singer to hold off, fearing the album would flop.

Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the world's leading composers, died Sunday at the age of 86. The Polish-born composer established himself while still in his 20s with jarring atonal works such as 'Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima', and came to be widely admired by music fans and musicians far outside traditional classical music circles. He was an influence on musicians such as Aphex Twin, Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood, Portishead's Beth Gibbons, as well as cineasts such as Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch.

Consequence of Sound shared tips on how to help musicians in the time of the big lockdown:

Social media - the most direct way for musicians to let fans know how they can help during these thin times

Live streaming - can be a revenue source for independent and smaller acts thanks to Venmo and PayPal, or simply by pointing viewers towards online merch and music shops

Merch - if you’re fortunate enough to still have some disposable income, put that money towards a T-shirt, a poster, pins, badges, a shot glass

Music - buying it is the best way, Bandcamp is much more generous towards artists than Spotify

Crowdfunding - can be a vital way for fans to promptly support artists in their time of need

WuW is a French band of two brothers playing progressive post-metal, somewhere in the third angle of the Alcest-White Ward triangle. Quite post-metal and dramatic, with songs spanning 12 minutes, but also modern with a touch of saxophone and melancholy. Rich, fulfilling and relaxing metal, a product of brotherly love.

Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology has made a robot that's able to compose, play, and sing completely original songs. Shimon, the marimba-playing robot will release an album on Spotify next month featuring songs written (and sung) entirely by him, IEEE Spectrum reports. The plan was for the robot to go on tour as well; which it as well might, if it's exclusively robots in the audience, not just on stage. When Shimon started learning music, he got a huge database of music composed by humans - a dataset of 50,000 lyrics from jazz, prog rock, and hip-hop, but the key to Shimon’s composing ability is its semantic knowledge - the ability to make thematic connections between things, which is a step beyond just throwing some deep learning.

In the week ending March 19, overall album sales in the U.S. fell 29% to 1.52 million copies - the lowest such number since albums became a format in the mid-1960s, Billboard reports. The purchase of physical media (CDs, vinyl LPs and cassettes) also hit a low, as last week marked the first time ever that physical album sales fell below 1 million (just 979,000 copies sold, a dip of 36% to the week prior), the first time weekly physical album sales fell below 1 million in the Nielsen Music/MRC Data era. The lackluster sales numbers can be attributed to the shuttering of physical record stores across the country in addition to Amazon’s decision to cease stocking vinyl in favor of more “essential” items. Still, vinyl is the bright star of album sales - so far in 2020, total vinyl album sales stand at 4.88 million (up 42.2% year-to-date). Further, vinyl album sales comprise 22.6% of all albums sold in 2020, and 33% of all physical albums sold.

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“I have adopted the mindset that this is some kind of reset button that needed to happen, not just for me, but for everyone" Born Electric maestro James Zabiela told DJ Tech Tools about spending time in big lockdown. Berlin-based tastemaker Eluize says she jogs to release tension, and rising techno talent BEC meditates to achieve "relaxation and inner-peace". Canada’s BLOND:ISH believes we should try and see the positives to take from the situation - “Behind every closed door is an opportunity. This pause is a time for reflection, to step back and get creative with our freedom of time... Resources are endless to get ahead and learn a new skill, use this time wisely”.

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