Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold is offering his co-writing services to fans. “I will help you finish your song, send it to /Robin-Pecknold on SoundCloud, one a week for foreseeable future,” he posted on Instagram. “This is so fun everyone is great and music is the best” he continued, “This is a much more engaging […]

"When a US blighted by racial unrest found itself needing to win a global propaganda war, a team of musical ambassadors was assembled. The result was anything but straightforward" - Guardian writes about “cultural presentations program – the effort to export American culture as a weapon in the fight against Soviet communism". A strange idea, a […]

Swedish pop-gigants ABBA announced their reunion 35 years after their farewell single 'Thank You for the Music'. The original four -  Agnetha Faeltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjoern Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - have recorded two new songs, first of which, 'I Still Have Faith in You' comes out in december, they announced on Instagram. They plan a […]

Tool have posted a video on their Facebook page that features new instrumental music. It comes ahead of brief six-city tour guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bass player Justin Chancellor will embark on. In February, frontman Maynard James Keenan said this about new album: “Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll […]

"Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker" - that's how Janelle Monáe described herself in Rolling Stone interview. On her sexuality: "I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify […]

Who's them: modern-rock quintet from Australia,  stormy guitar anthems with spiritual-crisis, warrior-soul vocals, a singer with "a deep desire to learn shit, to find out what is absolute spirit, and how to navigate that through the lens of art". Rolling Stone

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"The oppressed will always find a way to feel their joy" - a critic at RobertEbert.com writes about 'Lovers Rock' by Steve McQueen, about young people of first- and second-generation West Indian background in London who make house-parties listening to lovers rock (a romantic style of reggae). Vulture deemed it "a transfixing romance not just between the two characters at its center but one about the beauty of the human body, the succor of an energetic party, and the possibility in the hush of a night". Empire says it's "a woozy, musical fever dream with wit, sexiness and one unforgettable extended singalong".

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"Rather than succumb to the difficulties of the epoch, many creators doubled down on their artistry and amicability to produce some of their best work and tighten their relationships with their admirers. Perhaps more than ever, their records offered glimpses of hope and happiness amid such an uncertain and foreboding time" - PopMatters writes in the introduction of their list of the 10 best prog- rock and metal albums of 2020.

10. The Ocean Collective - 'Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic'

9. Pure Reason Revolution - 'Eupnea'

8. Fates Warning - 'Long Day Good Night'

7. Pain of Salvation – 'Panther'

6. Caligula's Horse - 'Rise Radiant'

5. Pallbearer - 'Forgotten Days'

4. Wobbler - 'Dwellers of the Deep'

3. Haken – 'Virus'

2. Imperial Triumphant - 'Alphaville'

  1. Gazpacho – 'Fireworker'

Dua Lipa’s Thanksgiving-weekend Studio 2054 live-stream drew five million viewers, it was broadcast in territories across the world, cost upward of $1.5 million, and took nearly five months to put together. Lipa’s management says it was a profitable venture with 284,000 tickets sold, and that Lipa will do another live-stream in the future regardless if in-person shows come back first. Rolling Stone believes Lipa’s show was also a highly "successful guinea-pig case for the music business". Tech platform Live-Now is selling tickets for fans to catch the recorded show until Sunday, 8,50 euro per ticket.

One CD per month for all the music in the world...

Elbow's Guy Garvey says music fans should pay more for streaming

"£10 a month for access to all music is too little" - Elbow's Guy Garvey told the Guardian, suggesting music fans should pay more, otherwise we face a risk of losing the next generation of bands. "It’s not sustainable and the emergency is we’re losing artists because they’re demoralised and they can’t afford to live" - Garvey said. Elbow frontman is pushing for equitable remuneration in which streams are split 50/50 between labels and groups.

Travis Scott’s virtual concert in Fortnite in April reportedly earned him roughly $20million including merchandise sales, according to a new Forbes report. In comparison, Scott’s four-month-long, 56-stop Astroworld tour from 2018 to 2019 garnered approximately $53.5million, or roughly just under $1million per show. Despite the actual virtual concert’s length of nine minutes, it took months to put the event together. The show also attracted a record concurrent player count for Fortnite of 12.3 million.

Spotify has donated $500,000 to the National Independent Venue Association in a show of solidarity with music venues in the U.S. that aren't part of a conglomerated promotion apparatus such as Live Nation or AEG. The donation comes at a critical time for indie venues across the U.S. as they face a long winter without live shows, possibly even well into the next year as well. Spotify's half-million-dollar donation is the second-largest that NIVA has received since its inception - only Anheuser-Busch has given more, $1 million.That plant needs watering

CoS' list of 50 best albums of 2020 is made mostly of singer-songwriter and pop-star albums, perhaps a few albums only CoS will have on year-end's list. See the first 20 below:

20. Lil Uzi Vert – 'Eternal Atake'

19. Sufjan Stevens – 'The Ascension'

18. Charli XCX – 'how i’m feeling now'

17. Yves Tumor – 'Heaven to a Tortured Mind'

16. Bad Bunny – 'YHLQMDLG'

15. The Weeknd – 'After Hours'

14. Thundercat – 'It Is What It Is'

13. Rina Sawayama – 'SAWAYAMA'

12. BTS – 'Map of the Soul: 7'

11. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – 'Reunions'

10. Pearl Jam – 'Gigaton'

9. Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist – 'Alfredo'

8. Lady Gaga – 'Chromatica'

7. Deftones – 'Ohms'

6. Waxahatchee – 'Saint Cloud'

5. Dua Lipa – 'Future Nostalgia'

4. Perfume Genius – 'Set My Heart on Fire Immediately'

3. Phoebe Bridgers – 'Punisher '

2. Run the Jewels – 'RTJ4'

  1. Fiona Apple – 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters'

A great "time-capsule" video-interview with Billie Eilish for Vanity Fair, with media outlet interviewing her for the fourth year in a row (BRAVO! for VF for recognising a future star in 2017). Eilish talks earnestly about her identity: “For a while now, I’ve been really having an identity crisis a little. I think it was December, I did some radio show performance, and the entire show I felt like I was pretending to be Billie Eilish. Like, I felt — I completely wasn’t looking at myself as myself. I was totally seeing it from not-my-own perspective and it was so weird. Happened multiple times at award shows and whatever. I felt like a parody of myself”.

South Korea has changed its military service law so as to allow the members of BTS to extend their careers, and the lifespan of the band, New York Times reports. South Korean men must perform compulsory military service once they turn 28, and two of the members of the K-pop group, Jin and Suga, will soon turn 28. The law change, however, has extended the maximum age to 30 for those allowed to defer their service.

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