Spotify to launch in 85 new markets, reach over a billion people

The Swedish company’s shares rose as much as six percent to a record high of $387.44. Spotify said on Monday that it would nearly double its market presence by launching in 85 new markets in the next few days, making the music streaming service available to more than a billion people around the world. The […]

‘Kimye’ split: Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West

The filing follows months of leaks and reports that the marriage between the two celebrities was on the rocks. Reality television celebrity and businesswoman Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West after almost seven years of marriage and months of rumours that their relationship had broken down. Representatives for Los Angeles Superior […]

Supremes co-founder Mary Wilson dies aged 76

Mary Wilson reigns as longest-serving original Supreme, a landmark women’s singing group of the 1960s. Mary Wilson, the longest-reigning original Supreme, has died at 76. The highly successful music group of three Black women rose to fame in the 1960s as the United States grappled with segregation and civil rights and helped change the way […]

Diggers and dreamers: Vinyl collectors in Africa’s city of gold

It is about an hour’s brisk walk from Jeppe High School for Boys in the east of Johannesburg to the Kohinoor record store in the inner city. More than 20 years ago, it was a trip Mxolisi Makhubo and his small group of hip-hop loving, self-proclaimed “outsiders” at their macho school made about once a […]

Coachella music festival cancelled for second year over COVID-19

Organisers say the event was scrapped amid concerns over a resurgence of coronavirus in California. Organisers of the world-famous Coachella music festival were forced to cancel the event because of coronavirus concerns, the second year in a row it has been shut down. Cameron Kaiser, a public health officer for California’s Riverside County, where the […]

Music service Anghami moving from crisis-hit Lebanon to UAE

Beirut, Lebanon – Music streaming service Anghami is relocating its headquarters from Beirut to Abu Dhabi, in a move that will be seen as a blow to the startup scene of crisis-hit Lebanon. Founded eight years ago in the Lebanese capital by entrepreneurs Eddy Maroun and Elie Habib, the service has now grown to cater […]

Glastonbury Canceled Again, Casting Doubt Over Europe’s Music Festivals

LONDON — Britain’s Glastonbury festival, one of the world’s most prominent pop music events, was canceled on Thursday for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus — sparking fear that large music festivals in Europe will not go ahead this summer. “In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it […]

How a Pakistani folk band changed Pashtun narrative through music

When Farhan Bogra was teaching himself how to play the rubab, an ancient instrument played by ethnic Pashtuns, 15 years ago in Peshawar, little did he know that his native Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was on the brink of war that lasted more than a decade. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, also known as the Pakistan Taliban) […]

Phil Spector, the imprisoned music legend, spent his last days suffering with Covid.

Covid-19 has taken the life of Phil Spector, one of the most influential and successful record producers in rock ’n’ roll, who spent the last chapter of his life in prison for murder. Mr. Spector, 81, died on Saturday of complications from Covid-19, according to his daughter, Nicole Audrey Spector. Ms. Spector said she visited […]

Capitol chaos, Bitcoin surge, Neil Young and Iraq’s time keeper

If you’ve felt like the first week of 2021 lasted seven years rather than seven days, you’re far from alone. People around the world have been glued to their screens as scenes of chaos, violence and civil unrest unfolded in the United States Capitol Building during what was supposed to be a formality in certifying […]

Heart of Gold: Neil Young sells 50% of song rights to UK firm

Artists who have been cut off from touring revenue by the coronavirus pandemic have looked to selling their back catalogues to generate income. Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd. bought 50% of the rights to folk and rock songwriter Neil Young’s discography, marking the latest in a bonanza of music rights acquisitions after artists, cut off from […]

Songs for the Love of Palestine

Stories of four songs that reflect the Palestinian diaspora’s heritage and desire to return to a homeland left in 1948. . Source link

Number-one hits, bed-ins for peace: John Lennon’s life in numbers

THE WEEK IN NUMBERS In honour of Lennon’s legendary music, here are some of the biggest numbers from his life and legacy. Tuesday marks 40 years since music legend John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a crazed fan hours after the former Beatle had autographed […]

Saudi Arabia: Time to face the music

Participants at a regional security conference in Manama over the weekend must have been surprised to see former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki Al-Faisal shoot in all directions, considering that no Saudi is allowed to shoot from the hip nowadays – not even a prince. Indeed, some may have been quite indignant when the seasoned […]

Bob Dylan sells his entire songwriting catalog to Universal

Universal did not disclose a price for the deal, though Dylan’s songs are worth more than $200m, say people familiar with the terms. Universal Music Group is acquiring Bob Dylan’s entire song catalog, a collection that spans six decades and includes many of the most iconic tracks in music history. Universal didn’t disclose a price […]

Roger Waters: We’re weakened by neoliberal economic policies

Pink Floyd are rock music legends, and so is their co-founder, bass player, singer and songwriter Roger Waters. After selling hundreds of millions of records, Waters left the group in 1985 because of growing disenchantment with the music industry and his band. Thirty-five years on, he is still selling out concerts around the world. Off-stage, he […]

Iran: Musician faces jail for working with women dancers, singers

Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian has said he is under house arrest as he awaits trial for working with female dancers and singers, in the country’s latest move to stop female artists from performing. Rajabian, 30, said he was arrested on August 10 following media reports that his latest project will include women singing and the […]