Virginia Tech's women’s basketball team has a No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament, which means that they get to play their games at home. The NCAA has been trying to make the tournament games more of a neutral environment, so they’ve banned Virgian Tech's team from playing their song - 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica, the USA Today reports. Well, that didn't stop fans from singing the song.

Money makes the ball go round
November 28, 2022

The Face: Why are international acts performing in Qatar?

An interesting text to think about in The Face about musicians taking part in the 2022 World Cup: "Looking at the expansive musical programming around the Qatar World Cup, it seems like international acts taking these dirty cheques has become more normalised. The question for artists is whether they want to be complicit in this culture-washing, and whether or not they actually believe that reaching fans in far-flung places is a good enough excuse. When it comes to moral gymnastics, it seems a big booking fee can be quite the performance enhancer".

"When you go to a football match and there’s lots of people all singing together, in the 21st century that’s a unique thing. When do you get groups of people singing together unaccompanied other than at football matches, mass singing like that?" - Alex James (of Blur) says to The New Cue about his football song 'Vindaloo'. Having a football record, James argues, is "half as good as a Christmas record... I’ve come to realise, because it’s every two years that there’s a major tournament and Christmas is still yearly". He also favors "boozy singing late at night" with friends - "there’s nothing more wonderful than singing when you’re drunk, is there? It’s better than headlining Glastonbury, a bunch of mates all singing together".

Forgot about football
February 15, 2022

What did the media say about Super Bowl halftime show?

"This was hip-hop playing the long game, taking its presence and acceptance as an achievement, conceding that the gatekeepers want a level of assimilation with their authenticity" - Pitchfork looks into the Super Bowl, the first-ever hip-hop halftime show. Rolling Stone calls it "a triumph", whereas BBC asks "did too many hooks spoil the broth?". Watch it here.

Ode to horse
August 07, 2021

The music and the horses at the Olympics

Isabell Werth

"The Grand Prix Freestyle event, where riders can choose their own music and moves rather than go through a pre-set test, is the blockbuster event of Olympic dressage" - NPR goes into equestrian events at the events, and the music it is being performed to. So, what is it that the horses like? "Norway's Carina Cassoe Kruth went for an 80s medley including 'I Want To Know What Love Is' by Foreigner and 'Footloose' by Kenny Loggins. The U.K.'s Carl Hester rode his horse, En Vogue, to groovy disco music that channeled the Bee Gees. Germany's Isabell Werth looked to the majesty of Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy' for her performance".

Snoop Dogg and comedian Kevin Hart are providing some fun commentary from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics interviewing athletes, recapping events and doing play-by-play for sports they don’t understand. In a segment called “Cold Call” gave their insight into the equestrian event. “The horse crip-walking! You see that? That’s sick. This horse is off the chain! I gotta get this motherfucker in a video” - Snoop Dogg joyfully announced as a horse pranced during the event. He also asked “do the horses get medals when they win too?”. They do not!

Island sports
July 26, 2021

Japanese music and the Olympics

"Tokyo has shaped the sound and image of songs all the time, and this Tokyo emerging in 1964 is the one that shapes ‘70s “new music,” that provides the glitzy excess of “city pop” and other ‘80s offerings (not to mention the fake memory of the capital latched on by people today), the continent-hopping cool of Shibuya-kei in the ‘90s and even the more glum post-Vocaloid hits of now" - Make Believe Mailer writes introducing part one in a series of texts about music from Japan and the Olympics.

Japanese composer Cornelius, real name Keigo Oyamada, who was working on the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, quit Monday after coming under fire for bullying classmates during his childhood, AP reports. Reports of his past abuse of classmates, including those with disabilities, surfaced online recently and sparked a backlash on social media plus demands for Oyamada’s resignation. Finally, he apologized and quit. A segment of the music Oyamada composed for Friday’s opening ceremony will not be used, and the musician will be also removed from his planned role in the Paralympics opening event.

The lovely Neil Diamond song 'Sweet Caroline' has been adopted by English football fans as their unofficial anthem at the current Euro 2020 championship (yes, it's the year 2021, but it was supposed to be held last year, and it was postponed due to Covid crisis, and the official name held on). England football team will face Italy Sunday for the Euro 2020 championship finals.

Music impacts blood pressure, body chemistry, brain rhythms, heart rate, body temperature, psychological attitude and a host of other factors. which makes it an audio-steroid, Ted Gioia argues examining the role of music in athletic performances. The research of professor Costas I. Karageorghis has shown the value of music in building team cohesion, creating dissociative mindsets that may reduce pain or fatigue, and almost any other sports parameter imaginable. USA Track & Field, the governing body regulating the sport, saw music as a threat - it imposed a ban in 2006 on headsets and portable audio players at races “to prevent runners from having a competitive edge".

Breaking the games
December 08, 2020

Breakdancing now officially an Olympic sport

The International Olympic Committee has added breakdancing as an Olympic sport for the 2024 Summer Games which will happen in Paris, ESPN reports. The sport will be called "breaking" at the Olympics, reflecting its original name in the late '70s. Sport climbing, skateboarding, surfing. and 3-on-3 basketball have also been added as new competitions, making their debut at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo which were postponed from this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Billie LAish
September 03, 2020

Billie Eilish designs 2028 Olympics logo

Los Angeles has just unveiled its official logo for the 2028 summer games, and it’s also recruited Billie Eilish to design an alternate logo. The LA Olympic Committee has actually brought in a number of different people to design different versions of the Olympic logo - athletes like Gabby Douglas, Adam Rippon, and Alex Morgan, as well as celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, and talk show host Lily Singh. Billie Eilish said about her logo that "The font is the font that I use for my logo. And who knows if that’s going to be relevant in my life in eight years?".

30 Seconds to Mars frontman has shared a video of the moment he “nearly died” while mountain climbing. Leto told his Twitter followers how he was left dangling 600ft above the ground after his rope became dangerously frayed by the ropes when climbing with Alex Honold, one of the best free solo climbers in the world. Sharing an image of the rope, he said: "Took a pretty good fall climbing with @AlexHonnold at Red Rock. Looked up and within seconds the rope was being cut by the rock while I dangled some 600 ft in the air". He said of the experience it was "a strange moment – less fear, more matter of fact, and slightly melancholy”. They continued to climb into the night. Later this year, Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars will host their own festival Mars Island on the Croatian island of Obonjan.