Beyoncé has been named music's most powerful woman by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, topping the list of the music industry’s ‘most influential women’ thanks to her “feminism, activism and empowering musical messages”. Elsewhere, women from throughout the industry and behind the scenes are also celebrated for their dedication and impact. The list goes like this: […]

Leonard Cohen's son Adam is working on a posthumous album by his father. He said that unlike the songs on 'You Want it Darker', which reflected on death, the tone of this material “resembles his older work, something more romantic.” Cohen served as his father’s producer on final album 'You Want It Darker'. He expects it to […]

Cardi B is now the first female rapper to have three #1 entries on the Hot 100 - she earned her third chart topper as a feature on Maroon 5's 'Girls Like You'. Previously, she reached the top of the Billboard chart with 'Bodak Yellow' in 2017 and 'I Like It' featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin […]

Spotify has partnered up with Ancestry.com to offer playlists based on one’s genetic heritage. This means a collection of music that’s based on all the different regions in one’s genetic code. So, somebody with japanese ancestors should expect Mitski, or Oathbreaker if they are of belgian descendance. There's a catch: Ancestry’s terms of service requires […]

NME's Marc Beaumont argues why Wolf Alice were the one to win this year's Mercury Award: "Wolf Alice weren’t there because they were anybody’s priority act, sold a shit-ton of records, reflected any cultural movement, were the Arctic Monkeys or were a jazz band. They were there because they’re a brilliant band with a brilliant album. […]

Metallica's 'Black Album' hit No. 137 on Billboard's top 200 albums list last week, marking the 500th nonconsecutive week it has spent on the chart. Only three other albums have achieved this milestone since the weekly chart publications began in 1956. Both Bob Marley and The Wailers' 'Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers', and […]

Rapper Tyler, The Creator refuses to allow marijuana or booze in the recording studio when he's working on new music because he demands everyone has a "clear mind," a lesson learned by one of A$AP Rocky's entourage members over the summer, when the two rappers got together to create their song 'Potato Salad'. After noticing the […]

On Saturday night, Paul Simon wrapped up his 'Homeward Bound' farewell tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Flushing, New York — minutes from where he grow up. The setlist for Simon’s final concert spanned 26 songs, including two separate encores. The show began with Simon & Garfunkel’s 'America', the evening closed with performances of 'Graceland', […]

Satellite radio giant SiriusXM is purchasing Internet radio giant Pandora for $3.5 billion, which creates the “largest audio entertainment company”. Pandora’s 70 million mostly active users will join SiriusXM’s 36 million paid subscribers. Consequence of Sound...

Last night Nine Inch Nails they played 'The Perfect Drug' for the first time ever. The song, which Reznor wrote for the soundtrack of David Lynch’s 1997 movie 'Lost Highway', was heavily influenced by jungle, and it’s really, really hard to play live. Stereogum reports. Still, the audience at Colorado’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheater had […]

Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a 15-minute solo set last week, alongside Patti Smith at the Pathway to Paris concert in Los Angeles, which focused on “the potential for cities to push for, achieve and go beyond the climate targets highlighted in the Paris agreement.” Meanwhile, Flea is set to publish his memoir this […]

U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act yesterday, which aims to modernize copyright protection for songwriters and artists in the digital and streaming age, Billboard reports. Rolling Stone put simply what the MMA will accomplish: Making sure songwriters and artists receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; allocating royalties for music producers; updating licensing and royalty […]

Music companies, film-makers and media publishers could be in line for billions in payouts after EU lawmakers voted to accept controversial changes to copyright rules that aim to make tech companies including Facebook and Google share more of their revenue, Guardian reports. Article 11, which critics have dubbed a “link tax”, would force news aggregation […]

Lane Pittman stood up to Hurricane Florence with Slayer's 'Raining Blood' playing in the background, even had it crowdfunded. He launched a Kickstarter campaing for $150, description read, "Pay for my gas/coffee and I’ll go fight Hurricane Florence. 'MERICA BABY!!! We stick together." He currently has over $1,100 raised, Pittman tweeted out the video, saying, "YOU ARE […]

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Paul McCartney achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, 'Egypt Station', bows atop the list. The set, which was released on Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13. Stereogum...

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl played drums for an energetic horn-filled rendition of Nirvana's 'In Bloom', during a surprise appearance with Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles last weekend. This is only the second time Grohl has played 'In Bloom' live since Nirvana’s split - the first […]

Over the past few years, hip-hop themed eateries seem to have popped up everywhere in Australia. The food focuses largely on burgers and fried chicken, like at Milky Lane and 4 Ounces, but the trend has started moving into other cuisines too. When does a cute theme become cringeworthy? And is it ever culturally tone […]

Danny Glover performed hist last show as Childish Gambino on September 14, at Madison Square Garden in New York, All Hip Hop reports. He told the crowd - "If you bought a ticket to this concert, that means you bought a ticket to the last Childish Gambino tour ever. You don't need to record this shit. […]

Jeremy Dutcher has won Canada’s most prestigious pop music award, the Polaris prize, beating more prominent acts on the 10-strong shortlist, such as Daniel Caesar, US Girls, and Alvvays, Stereogum reported. On his album 'Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa', Dutcher is performing in the indigenous Wolastoq language. The Wolastoq people – also known as the Maliseet – are […]

A wheelchair bound Slayer entered a mosh pit on a Slayer show for the first time and had "the best time of her life.” In the clip, the elderly woman is pushed into the mosh pit at a recent Slayer show in Nampa, Idaho. She’s immediately followed by a huge throng of fans who proceed to […]

Paul Oakenfold has become the first DJ to play a set at the ancient Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire. The trance DJ performed his set at the World Heritage Site on Thursday - a closely guarded secret. Just 50 people were allowed to attend the event which happened as the sun went down, BBC reported. DJ has […]

People don't recognize Paul McCartney on public transport, as he said to the BBC, well, actually, they don't SEE him. On the rare occasion he takes public transport, he says people are often too distracted by their phones to spot him. "If I'm on a train, I see everybody else just looking at their screens," […]

The Aerosmith, 'The Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon and his house band The Roots played a version of Boston rockers' classic 'Walk This Way' using only - classroom instruments, Loudwire reports. Like previous editions of this 'Tonight Show' bit, the band, The Roots and Fallon all cram into a small room, making sure to all get into […]

Fans were forcefully removed from a Dua Lipa concert in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday. Some social media users have said people were forcibly removed because they were dancing. Others have also said that it was because they were waving pro-gay rights flags, Daily Mail reported. Videos posted on social media show security workers pulling people […]

Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by members of the European Parliament. The legislation had been changed since July when the first version of the copyright directive was voted down. Critics say it remains problematic. Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists. But opponents fear that the plans […]

The first-known recording by David Bowie has sold at auction in Britain for £39.360, fetching around four times the expected price of £10.000. The recording was made when he was the 16-year-old singer of a band called the Konrads. Bowie left the Konrads shortly afterwards and did not achieve stardom until six years later. Promotional sketches by […]

Drake leads the field of nominees for the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards with 11 nominations. Cardi B follows Drake with 10 nominees, Childish Gambino has six, Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar have five. Billboard...

Quite a collaboration - Tom Waits sings 'Bella Ciao' on Marc Ribot's new album 'Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018', out September 14. This is a first new Tom Waits song in two years. It is an anti-fascist Italian folk ballad, Ribot says Waits sounds "exactly like an old ‘partigiano’!”. Listen in on Pitchfork. Video directed […]

Nathan Apodaca / New Radicals' Gregg Alexander

TikTok skateboarder @420doggface208, who went viral last year with his Fleetwood Mac 'Dreams' video, is scheduled to appear as part of Joe Biden’s virtual inauguration parade later this week, TMZ reports. The American President-elect’s planning team reportedly tapped Nathan Apodaca “because they saw how his feel-good video uplifted the world this past fall during social unrest and pandemic anxiety”. Also, New Radicals will reunite after 22 years to perform at Joe Biden’s inaugural parade, Rolling Stone reports. The band will perform their signature hit 'You Get What You Give' to close the virtual Parade Across America on Wednesday, January 20th.

Japanese psychedelic rock band Kikagaku Moyo is the first to release a live album in the Live at LEVITATION series, recorded at the world-renowned event in Texas. Here, the band embodies liberty and groove of folk-influenced progressive psychedelia, reaching well beyond their island. Rich and very easy to listen to...

Primavera Sound 2019

Primavera Sound held a clinical trial, with the help of experts, to see if a live music event held at an indoor venue with proper precautions but no social distancing guidelines could be safe from coronavirus transmission, NME reports. On December 12th in Barcelona, 463 individuals entered a concert hall featuring two DJ sets and two live bands. Attendees were between the ages of 18 and 59, they were all given a rapid Covid test and received a negative result within 15 minutes. They were each given a N95 mask, alcoholic drinks were served, the venue had optimized airflow and ventilation, and attendees were only allowed to remove their masks when drinking. There were however no social distance restrictions, and dancing and singing along were allowed. The event lasted five hours. Eight days later none of the group members tested positive to Covid.

"By trying to tell the entire life story of a rock legend in less time than they would’ve spent onstage most nights, they inevitably come across like facile ‘Greatest Hits’ tributes" - NME's Mark Beaumont argues in favor of music biopics without any of the subject's music, because - "Cinema rarely turns out convincing biopic performances, so why not cut the cringe, ditch the hits and concentrate on the stories instead? ... In fact, I’m all for more musical biopics without any music. After all, why limit cinema to the biopics of listenable bands?".

Audius / SonStream / Resonate

The current average per-stream rate for artists across Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer is around £0.004, but there are several streaming startups offering more generous propositions. Guardian presents three of them: pay-as-you-go platform SonStream charges listeners around 3.3p per play of a track, with 2.5p going directly to the rights holder; Berlin-based co-operative Resonate is pioneering a “stream-to-own” model - it charges listeners for the first nine plays of one song, the cost amounting to the average price of a download, and after that, users own the track and have unlimited plays; Audius in San Francisco is developing a system that allows artists to set a per-stream rate or monthly subscription - 10% would go to the Audius network, and the rights holder would keep the rest.

The Black Music Action Coalition teamed with the #breathewithme Revolution and several musicians to make a '17 Ways Black People Are Killed in America' urging Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to launch a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) during the first 100 days of administration. It features Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Ferg, Offset, Rapsody, Ty Dolla $ign, Vic Mensa, 070 Shake, Khalid, Asian Doll, Summer Walker, and others reading off names of police brutality victims and the unconscionable reasons they were killed, such as "Walking down the street, Elijah McClain", "Jogging, Ahmaud Arbery", "Sleeping in your car, Rayshard Brooks", "Accused of using a fake 20, George Floyd", and "Sleeping in your bed, Breonna Taylor". n similar news, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have shared the official playlist for their upcoming inauguration, which includes artists like Kendrick Lamar, MF DOOM, Tame Impala, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, SAULT, Mac Miller, Bob Marley, and A Tribe Called Quest.

Guardian has a suggestion to turn our living-rooms into clubs with a selection of the 10 best remixes that reach as far as 1982. The list starts with Donna Summer's motor-disco 'I Feel Love' expanded to 15 minutes of techno psychedelia by Patrick Cowley, and finishes with Prince's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' tweaked by Dimitri from Paris to part-live part-club disco-bomb.

Morgan Wallen’s 'Dangerous: The Double Album' debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the largest streaming week ever for a country album, Billboard reports. The 30-song album starts with 265,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 14, including 240.18 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs, the largest streaming week ever for a country album. Jazmine Sullivan hits a career-high on the Billboard 200 as 'Heaux Tales' bows at No. 4 with 43,000 equivalent album units earned.

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