New Stats: HipHop, Rap Now Account For 22 Percent Of Listening In UK

When BPI started recording data like this in the 1990s, rap music only counted for 3.6% of the singles market. In 2020, it was 22%. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, UK, BPI, 04.15.21

TV Viewing Down? Networks Protest Nielsen Data

Through the trade group Video Advertising Bureau, the networks are perplexed by Nielsen statistics that show the percentage of Americans who watched their televisions at least some time during the week declined from 92% in 2019 to 87% so far this year. – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, Media, Nielsen, Audience, 04.14.21, Networks Protest Nielsen Data, Video Advertising Bureau the networks

In The Netflix Era Does It Make Sense To Classify Movies?

Censorship ain’t what it used to be, including in Ireland. Here, as elsewhere, it’s been replaced by a different C-word. The last Irish film censor, John Kelleher, was instrumental in seeing through legislative reform which in 2008 renamed and redefined his office: he was now a Classifier of films. As a result, the curtain was finally lowered on a long, shameful history of repression, philistinism and bowdlerisation that dated back to the very beginnings of the independent Irish state. – Irish ...
Tags: Art, Media, Ireland, John Kelleher, 04.10.21

We Live In The Age Of The Ghostwriter

“In the age of texting and emailing, the world is full of Cyranos: Getting quick, surreptitious help writing high-stakes messages has never been easier, whether that means enlisting friends to consult on a flirty note in a dating app or turning to a co-worker for assistance on a sensitive email to your boss. Although this sort of collaboration is widespread, people still generally assume that the messages they receive were composed by the sender alone.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, 04.15.21

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Reveals Itself

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has finally seen the light of day. It was about time, given all the fuzzy photos and hype prior to dropping today. More like a dull thud than a big bang, but here it is. Hyundai describes the Santa Cruz as groundbreaking, and that may be so. Tabbed a sport […] The post 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Reveals Itself appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Jobs, Marketing, Sales, 2022, Korea, Autos, Awd, Trucks, Hyundai, New Cars, SUVs, Branding, Santa Cruz, Product Planning, Hyundai Santa Cruz

Louis Menand On The Pragmatism Of Lionel Trilling

As Menand puts it in his new book, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War, “Trilling thought that people’s literary preferences tell us something about the kind of human beings they wish to be and about the way they wish other human beings to be—that is, something about their morality and their politics.” – The Point
Tags: Art, People, Trilling, Louis Menand, Lionel Trilling, Menand, 04.15.21

For The Guardian, At Least, Charitable Donations To Support News Are Actually Working

The newspaper/website raised $9 million through its dedicated US nonprofit alone over the past 12 months, and has been both active and transparent about getting NGO support to cover specific areas such as human rights and climate change. That said, philanthropy is nowhere near being a primary revenue source, “and after one glorious year of not losing money, The Guardian reported ‘significant financial challenges’ in 2020 amid the pandemic. The philanthropic arm focuses on reporting projects tha...
Tags: Art, US, Words, 04.14.21

Community College Enrollment Plunges

The downward trend is occurring at community colleges across the country — the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently reported a 9.5 percent decline at community colleges nationwide — and is being compounded by the acute socioeconomic effects of the pandemic on students. – InsideHigherEd
Tags: Art, Issues, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 04.14.21

Benchmarking? Maybe Not

A guest post by actor/writer/arts administrator Selena Anguiano, who shares some concerns about the use of benchmarks in the process of pursuing equity in nonprofit arts organizations. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 04.14.21, Selena Anguiano

Is It Really Possible For A Singer To Shatter A Glass With Her Voice? Well …

It can be done, but it’s hardly easy or common, even for people with astounding voices. You have to be hitting just the right note with just the right glass: not any old tumbler or champagne flute will do it, and you have to land — at around 100 decibels — on the precise frequency that will set that particular vessel resonating. (video) – Yahoo! (AmazeLab)
Tags: Art, Music, 04.14.21

Does Grit Predict Success? Not Much Evidence

“As it turns out, there was never much in the literature to support either of the two ideas that launched grit on its way: that it was more useful than conscientiousness and that it seriously outperformed “traditional” measures of cognitive or, in the context of military training, physical performance.” – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.14.21

Political Theatre Is Useless If It’s Just Preaching To The Choir – So What To Do About It?

“When political theatre preaches to the choir, it removes its potential to disrupt. Indeed, by having such a laser focus on bringing “awareness” to issues, much political art forgets to have a point of view. Art in the current landscape tells us that we live in a racist society or that violence against women exists, but it doesn’t tell us how to fight back. So, we’ve left behind activist theatre and are now engaging in an empty journalistic theatre.” – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.15.21

‘He’s telling a story of his time’: how Bill Traylor, born into slavery, became an art titan

Referred to as ‘the greatest artist you’ve never heard of’, Bill Traylor’s compelling life is put under the spotlight in a new documentaryBill Traylor had already lived a full life before he was born as an artist. Enslaved at birth on an Alabama cotton plantation in 1853 and having spent his entire life as a farmer within a 40-mile radius of Montgomery, it was only in his late 80s that he, homeless and alone, parked himself by a bustling intersection in the state capitol’s segregated black neigh...
Tags: Art, Film, Alabama, America, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Montgomery, Traylor, Bill Traylor, Documentary films

Marketing Opera On TikTok (Maybe It Works!)

The Royal Opera House in London launched a TikTok channel last summer and has since picked up more than 400,000 followers, with some of its quickie videos picking up millions of hits and likes, especially Diana Damrau singing the Queen of the Night’s second aria from The Magic Flute. – The Telegraph (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, London, Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau, 04.15.21

Find the Best Spots for Houseplants In Your Home With the "Shadow Trick"

If you want to brighten up your home with some lush, green plants, it’s important to consider how much light they’ll need. Different plants thrive in different conditions, so you can’t cram everything in front of the same window and hope for the best. Instead, you should judge each plant’s specific needs and find a…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Fiction, Light, Lifehacks, Lighting, Interior Design, Light Meter, Human Interest, Shadow, Fictional Characters, Christopher Satch, Houseplant, Hospitality Recreation

When great video games make great art

Most video games are happily escapist entertainment, but some are much more. One of these is The Last of Us Part II (TLOU2), which takes place in a post-apocalyptic pandemic world. Through the innovative use of game play technology TLOU2, radically changes your perspective and elevates this game from entertainment to true art.There are basically two kinds of people in the world: those who play (or played) video games and those who don't get video games at all.Okay, I admit this might be an overs...
Tags: Art, Video Games, Innovation, Morality, Seattle, Alice, Joel, Abby, Ellie

Why Do Complex, Messy Spelling And Writing Systems So Rarely Get Reformed? Power

When they do get reformed, it’s usually because autocrats force the changes through (as with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Mao Zedong). “A big reason spelling systems never seem to get overhauled in more liberal societies is that those in a position to change the rules have learned the old ones. Put another way, the type of folk who were once good at spelling bees now run the world. Those who would benefit most from reform, meanwhile, hardly have a voice.” – The Economist
Tags: Art, Words, Mao Zedong, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, 04.10.21

Fantastic! and amazing! hand-drawn superhero logos from vintage comics

Designer Reagan Ray recently developed an interest in comic books via his son. Naturally, Reagan was drawn to the hand-drawn superhero logos of vintage comics. "Like most lettering, right around the late 90s, it all went to shit," he writes. "The hand-lettering masterpieces were abandoned for fonts and photoshop effects." — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Comics, Design, News, Comic Books, Reagan, Reagan Ray

The Louvre’s Director Is Mounting A Public Campaign To Keep His Job

“Jean-Luc Martinez, … whose job security has been a matter of public speculation for weeks, … has been on a media tour in recent weeks, offering interviews to newspapers, magazines, and television outlets explaining his achievements at the world’s most visited museum. … ‘His enemies accuse him of selling the museum to tourists, carrying out costly [renovations], buying mediocre works, and behaving like an autocrat,’ according to Le Monde.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Jean Luc Martinez, 04.14.21

With Theatres Closed, Regular Folks Have Taken To Doing Play Readings On Zoom

“Over the past year, as many theaters worldwide have remained closed, online play reading groups have arisen to fill that dramatic gap, with more or less prowess — on Zoom, on Skype, on the audio-only app Clubhouse. Some participants merely read their lines, scripts in hand, others act them out. Many clubs stick to Shakespeare and affiliated classics, but plenty range more widely, integrating contemporary plays, Star Trek episodes and film scripts.” Some stage professionals have started reading...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Skype, Audience, 04.14.21

UserZoom raises $100M, acquires EnjoyHQ, to grow its platform to improve UX and other interactive design elements

Graphic designer Paul Rand once famously said that the public was more familiar with bad design than good design. While he was referring to most of the design in the world being “bad”, these days that phrase might take on a second meaning: people typically only notice and talk about (and usually complain about) design when it is ugly, or works badly. Conversely, if it’s good, and it works, you don’t hear much. Today a startup called UserZoom that has built a platform used by companies like Googl...
Tags: Apple, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Design, Media, Developer, California, Funding, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Ui, ERP, User Experience, Ux

One Of The Movie Theater Chains That’s Closing Also Owns Cinerama Technology. What Happens To That Now?

“Pacific Theatres announced on Monday that it would close all of its locations, which include the ArcLight Hollywood and the historic Cinerama Dome. Not as well known is that the theater chain also owns the Cinerama technology. The three-camera filming technique was introduced in 1952 in response to the rise of television, and was virtually obsolete by the time the Cinerama Dome opened on Sunset Boulevard in November 1963.” But there are still some movies made with the technique extant — what w...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Sunset Boulevard, Cinerama Dome, Cinerama, Pacific Theatres, 04.14.21

Respected Actors Doing Commercial Endorsements Used To Be Considered Déclassé. Not Any More.

“Not too long ago, stars aligning their images with multivitamins or prepaid debit cards might have been eyed skeptically, their efforts coded as a cynical money grab (George Clooney for Nespresso) or a pitiful last resort (the Joan Rivers Classics Collection for QVC). When celebrities cashed in, they also risked diminishing their credibility as serious artists. Now the opposite is true. Stars are respected for how much profit they can generate, even if the stuff they’re selling is inexpensive....
Tags: Art, George Clooney, Issues, Qvc, 04.14.21

The College That’s Brought Popping, Breaking, Hip Hop, And Other Urban Dance Styles Into Academia

The University of East London has offered a BA in “Dance: Urban Practice” (as the program is called) since 2007. Carla Trim-Vamben, the program’s director, talks about what exactly the program teaches and what kind of students enroll. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Ba, University of East London, 04.13.21, Carla Trim Vamben

Russian Artist In Obscenity Trial For Her Female Nudes

“Feminist artist and LGBTQ+ activist Yulia Tsvetkova … [who] was detained in November 2019 and remained under house arrest in Komsomolsk-on-Amur until March 16, faces up to six years behind bars if found guilty of illegally producing and distributing pornographic materials on the internet.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Komsomolsk, Amur, Yulia Tsvetkova, 04.14.21

Sydney’s Major Museums Face Huge Funding Cuts From State Government

“The [New South Wales] state government [is] flagging multimillion-dollar cuts for the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Sydney Living Museums in budget forecasts.” – The Sydney Morning Herald
Tags: Art, New South Wales, Sydney, Visual, 04.14.21, Sydney Living Museums

Time To Take Bernard Henri Levy Seriously?

For nearly half a century, Lévy has been one of the most visible public intellectuals in France and a master at manipulating philosophical and political controversy. With his good looks and outsized ego, Lévy is a compelling performer. He is also an irresistible target for critics from the left, right, and center. – Foreign Policy
Tags: Art, France, People, Levy, Bernard Henri Lévy, 04.09.21

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