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Martin Birch, producer for Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and more, dies aged 71

Hard rock ‘genius’ helmed nine classic Iron Maiden albums and worked with Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac and othersMartin Birch, the producer whose bright but heavy sound was applied to classic albums by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and more, has died aged 71. No cause of death has been announced.Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale tweeted: “It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away … Martin was a huge part of my life ...
Tags: Music, Metal, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Martin, WHITESNAKE, David Coverdale, Martin Birch, Iron Maiden Black Sabbath, Deep Purple Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden Black Sabbath Deep Purple


Brazilian pop sensation Anitta: 'Run for president? I'm 27!'

Born in Rio’s favelas, Anitta became Brazil’s biggest pop star. Then a political awakening made her even more influential. She talks Bolsonaro, Black Lives Matter and bisexualityAnitta had imagined that this summer would be a break: a period in which she could record new music. It would have followed 10 years in which she became Brazil’s biggest pop star, including stadium tours, a Netflix docuseries about her life, and hits with Madonna, Snoop Dogg and Rita Ora – all of which skyrocketed her fr...
Tags: Music, Americas, Culture, Pop and rock, Brazil, Rita Ora, Rio, Jair Bolsonaro, Anitta, Bolsonaro Black Lives Matter, Madonna Snoop Dogg


Simon Cowell breaks back falling off electric bike in California

Music tycoon is having surgery but ‘doing fine’, his spokeswoman saysSimon Cowell is said to have undergone surgery after breaking his back in a fall from an electric bike in California.The music mogul’s spokeswoman said he was was in hospital and was “doing fine”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Media, California, UK News, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Simon Cowell, saysSimon Cowell


Simon Cowell breaks back falling off electric bike in US

Music tycoon and entertainer having surgery but his spokeswoman says he is ‘doing fine’ Simon Cowell is having surgery after breaking his back while testing out an electric bike in California, it emerged on Sunday.The 60-year-old entertainer, who has a home in Malibu, was said by his spokeswoman to be “doing fine”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Media, California, US, UK News, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Simon Cowell, Malibu


Burna Boy: ‘Brothers in the US have been stripped of their knowledge of self’

The Nigerian pop star on Black Lives Matter, how British fans find it easier to tune into his wavelength – and why everyone’s got it wrong about Muammar GaddafiBurna Boy might be Africa’s biggest music star, but when he speaks, it’s hard to place exactly where he’s from. Ask him about the US, and a mid-Atlantic lilt comes into play; quiz him on his time in the UK, and he sounds more like Skepta than King Sunny Ade. But when he talks about his beloved Nigeria, the rich tones of the west African c...
Tags: Music, UK, Nigeria, Africa, US, World news, Culture, Atlantic, Lagos, Burna Boy, Muammar GaddafiBurna Boy


Salzburg's summer festival: a triumph over adversity or reckless folly?

Excitement and gratitude as festival in Austrian city goes ahead despite Covid-19At the performances of Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra in Salzburg this week, the scene in the auditorium was almost as alarming as the murderous psychodrama playing out on stage.Even with a specially reduced seating capacity, the visual effect produced by 1,000 masked audience members looking on at the city’s music venue Felsenreitschule was an uneasy one, in a world where distancing has become the norm. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Austria, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Richard Strauss, ElektrA, Coronavirus outbreak


Sopranos and swab tests: Salzburg swoons to the sound of live music

Excitement and gratitude as festival in Austrian city goes ahead despite Covid-19At the performances of Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra in Salzburg this week, the scene in the auditorium was almost as alarming as the murderous psychodrama playing out on stage.Even with a specially reduced seating capacity, the visual effect produced by 1,000 masked audience members looking on at the city’s music venue Felsenreitschule was an uneasy one, in a world where distancing has become the norm. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Austria, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Richard Strauss, ElektrA, Coronavirus outbreak


Eurovision signs deal to create US version of song contest

The American Song Contest will launch in late 2021 with rival musicians from all 50 statesNorth Dakota could soon find itself awarded douze points by television viewers, after the Eurovision song contest signed a deal to create a US version of the singing competition.The American Song Contest will launch in late 2021, featuring musicians from all 50 US states competing to be crowned champions in a series of televised competitions. Regional contests will be held in each state to choose a singer o...
Tags: Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Eurovision, Dakota


Kathleen Edwards on quitting music, falling for a conman – and her comeback

Frustrated about her career and fighting depression, the Canadian songwriter left the industry in 2014 to open a coffee shop called Quitters – before a partner ‘tried to deconstruct my sense of self’ When Kathleen Edwards opened Quitters coffee shop in Stittsville, Ottawa, in late 2014, customers would ask if she was the country singer. Yes, in a manner of speaking, she was. “Great!” they would say. “I’ll have a coffee.” Edwards laughs. “It was a wonderfully freeing experience where I didn’t hav...
Tags: Music, Country, Culture, Edwards, Kathleen Edwards, Stittsville Ottawa


Neil Young sues Donald Trump campaign for using his music

Musician files lawsuit against the president for copyright infringement after Rockin’ in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk were played at a rallyNeil Young is suing Donald Trump’s campaign for alleged illegal usage of his music at a rally.The musician claims that Rockin’ in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk were played at the president’s recent rally in Tulsa without a license. Both songs have also been used before by the campaign. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US news, Neil Young, Culture, Donald Trump, Devil, Tulsa, Rockin


'The narrative is we don't sell records': the black female singers uncredited by the UK industry

Their vocals and songwriting feature on some of the biggest hits, but black women are often not credited, leaving their solo careers stunted and causing them to lose out financially Through soul, funk, disco and beyond, black female vocalists stood proudly on the front of record sleeves and on stages. Then, in 1989, Italian dance group Black Box released their No 1 hit Ride on Time. Its powerhouse vocal hook was sampled from Loleatta Holloway’s 1980 hit Love Sensation, but in the credits, video ...
Tags: Music, UK, Race, Women, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Black Box, Holloway, Loleatta Holloway, Martha Wash


'Ghetto presidents': musicians risk all to take on authoritarian rule in Africa

Artists taking on political roles from Algeria to Zambia have been beaten, detained and killedThey call him the “ghetto president”, and his ambition is to bring the dreams and the sounds of the streets to the corridors of power.Bobi Wine, a popular reggae star and prominent opposition MP in Uganda, will release a new album next month that addresses what he calls “the real issues people are facing – the injustices, corruption, high taxation, misrule, abuse of human rights, dictatorship.” Continue...
Tags: Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Rap, Uganda, Culture, Hip-hop, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Reggae, Bobi Wine


Leon Fleisher, US pianist who lost use of his right hand, dies aged 92

Acclaimed musician known for interpretations of Brahms and Beethoven was forced to play left-handed for years, before successful treatment in 1990sLeon Fleisher, whose career as an acclaimed US concert pianist continued despite losing the use of his right hand, has died aged 92. His son Julian said he died of cancer, at a hospice in Baltimore on Sunday.Born to eastern European Jewish immigrants in San Francisco in 1928, Fleisher was a child prodigy who, aged four, would repeat the piano phrases ...
Tags: Music, US, San Francisco, US news, Culture, Classical Music, Beethoven, Baltimore, Carnegie Hall, Brahms, Julian, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Fleisher, Artur Schnabel, Leon Fleisher


Madonna leads celebrity vogue for Covid-19 conspiracy theories

Singer’s claim vaccine is being concealed is latest example of stars spreading falsehoods during pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDancer, singer, songwriter, actor, director – Madonna has had quite the career.But the queen of pop’s latest reinvention came this week in the form of a video posted on Instagram that shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Social Media, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Madonna, Coronavirus outbreak


Headie One: 'In prison, the only thing not taken away from you is yourself'

The Tottenham rapper is UK drill’s biggest star – and counts Drake as a fan. He talks about how his music gave him a way out of crime, and the difficulty of leaving his old life behindThe north London district of Tottenham seems to offer up a rap icon for every generation. Hip-hop group Demon Boyz were among the first to shed American accents in the 1980s; in the late 00s, 16-year-old MC Chip declared himself a “grime scene saviour”, and cracked the glass ceiling of a resistant music industry. M...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Rap, Culture, Tottenham, Drake, South Side of Chicago, Skepta, Demon Boyz, MC Chip


Grime artist Solo 45 jailed for 24 years for multiple rapes

Musician Andy Anokye held four women against their will and repeatedly raped themThe grime artist Solo 45, whose real name is Andy Anokye, has been jailed for 24 years for holding four women against their will and raping them repeatedly.His victims described how he beat and threatened them with weapons, held a cloth with bleach over their faces and waterboarded them, recording much of the abuse on his mobile phone. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Crime, Society, UK News, Culture, Hip-hop, Bristol, Grime, Boy Better Know, Rape and sexual assault, Andy Anokye


Toronto film festival announces line-up with Mark Wahlberg drama premiering

Halle Berry’s directorial debut also on programme but whether physical screenings will take place remains up in the airThe Toronto film festival has announced its main line-up for this year, although it still uncertain whether physical screenings will take place.As with the Venice and Cannes film festivals, the selection appears to have been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused production shutdowns and release delays across the industry. Arguably the most high-pro...
Tags: Books, Music, Television, Media, Film, Americas, Toronto, World news, Bbc, Culture, Canada, Television & radio, Frances Mcdormand, Film adaptations, Festivals, Mark Wahlberg


Sinatra swinging, Hepburn swimming: Terry O’Neill’s most celebrated images – in pictures

The first retrospective show since the death of the celebrated photographer is full of striking shots of performers at their most outrageousTerry O’Neill: Every Picture Tells a Story is at Maddox Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland, until 29 August Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Music, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, World news, Culture, Art and design, David Bowie, Elton John, Exhibitions, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Serge Gainsbourg


Is Britney Spears allowed to vote?

It’s possible the pop star has joined the thousands of Americans who are disenfranchised each year due to ‘incompetence’ lawsBritney Spears is trapped in a controlling and abusive legal arrangement, argue members of the #FreeBritney movement – one that might be impacting her civil rights. Reporters and fans such as Diet Prada, a pop culture critic on Instagram, say that despite the fact Spears is capable of maintaining a singing career that earns millions of dollars a year, she still needs permi...
Tags: Music, US, US news, Culture, Britney Spears, Spears


Madonna's Instagram flagged for spreading coronavirus misinformation

The singer claimed a vaccine had been found but was being concealed to ‘let the rich get richer’Instagram has censured a post by Madonna in which the pop star shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers.She captioned the video with claims that a vaccine for Covid-19 has “been found and proven and has been available for months”. She continued: “They would rather let fear control the people and let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Science, Technology, Instagram, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Pop and rock, Madonna, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak


'It's just madness': Brazil music legend Caetano Veloso on Bolsonaro

The musician, 77, exiled to London under Brazil’s military dictatorship says he fears the president’s ‘ultra-reactionary bunch’ will not let go of power easilyHalf a century has passed since agents of the Brazilian dictatorship appeared on the doorstep of the music legend Caetano Veloso and announced: “You’d better bring your toothbrush.”Six months of detention and confinement later he was forced into European exile, spending the next two and a half years as a resident of Chelsea, West Kensingto...
Tags: Music, London, Americas, World news, Culture, Brazil, Caetano Veloso, Golders Green, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Chelsea West Kensington


Caetano Veloso: 'Bolsonaro is so confused, so incompetent'

The musician, 77, exiled to London under Brazil’s military dictatorship says he fears the president’s ‘ultra-reactionary bunch’ will not let go of power easilyHalf a century has passed since agents of the Brazilian dictatorship appeared on the doorstep of the music legend Caetano Veloso and announced: “You’d better bring your toothbrush.”Six months of detention and confinement later he was forced into European exile, spending the next two and a half years as a resident of Chelsea, West Kensingto...
Tags: Music, London, Americas, World news, Culture, Brazil, Caetano Veloso, Golders Green, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Chelsea West Kensington


From Dukes of Hazzard to Kanye West: the curse of the Confederate flag

Lynyrd Skynyrd flew it, Ludacris stamped on it and Spike Lee compared it to a swastika. In the era of Black Lives Matter, what do these battles reveal about the American South’s Confederate flag?John Schneider, AKA Bo Duke from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, recently asked his fans a question via YouTube: “Was The Dukes of Hazzard a racially charged show? Was the intention of the paint scheme on the General Lee a white supremacist statement in any way? And if you think it was, I wanna know.”F...
Tags: Music, Television, Film, Race, Georgia, Society, World news, Film Industry, US news, Rap, Kanye West, American Civil War, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, US television


New Glasgow theatre space made entirely of recycled pianos in UK first

About 40 pianos have been used to create seating for the Springburn Park auditoriumInside a cavernous steel hut in the middle of Glasgow’s Springburn Park, the sweeping arc of keyboards, lids and carved panels has been taking shape, creating the UK’s first permanent auditorium made entirely of recycled pianos.Using mainly upright instruments, with a baby grand artfully sliced in half to make a corner balcony, about 40 pianos have been expertly disarticulated to create the tiered seating. Continu...
Tags: Music, UK, Scotland, UK News, Culture, Glasgow, Springburn Park


Gordi fills an empty Sydney Opera House with her magnetic presence and expansive songs

Joan Sutherland theatre, Sydney Opera HouseThe ascendant musician channels the feeling of being isolated in a cavernous space in her livestreamed album launch “I did think the first time I’d be here there would be a few more people in the crowd, but I’m imagining you all like an NRL match – cardboard cutouts.”The Canowindra-born, Sydney-based singer-songwriter Gordi, AKA Sophie Payten, sits at a grand piano, talking straight at me. She is on the stage of the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland ...
Tags: Music, Australia news, Culture, Pop and rock, Sydney, Melbourne, NRL, Sydney Opera House, YouTube Continue, Joan Sutherland, Gordi, Sophie Payten, Australian Music, Canowindra, Payten


Peter Green: Fleetwood Mac founder and guitar hero of the British blues scene

Ahead of his time and massively influential, the singer, songwriter and guitarist was interested in expressing emotion in the songs, rather than showing off how fast he could playPeter Green, who has died at the age of 73, was one of the great heroes, and great casualties, of the British blues scene, back in its glory days in the late 1960s. Given the seemingly impossible task of taking over from Eric Clapton for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, once the guitar hero widely known simply as God had qu...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Clapton, John Mayall, Mayall, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Cream Green, John McVie, Peter Green 's Fleetwood Mac


Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac co-founder, dies aged 73

Green co-founded band with Mick Fleetwood in 1967 and was behind a string of hits Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died aged 73, a statement from solicitors acting on behalf of his family said.The statement from Swan Turton solicitors said: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK News, Culture, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green Fleetwood Mac, Swan Turton


Police investigate grime artist Wiley's antisemitic tweets

Rapper temporarily banned from Twitter and dropped by management firm after tiradePolice have launched an investigation after the grime artist Wiley posted a tirade of antisemitic comments on Twitter and Instagram.The musician has been dropped by his management company and temporarily banned from posting on Twitter after a series of social media posts were made on accounts belonging to him on Friday and Saturday. Continue reading...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Race, UK News, Rap, Culture, Judaism, Wiley, Grime, Antisemitism


Wiley's management firm drops grime artist over antisemitic tweets

Campaign group asks police to investigate rapper’s posts likening Jews to Ku Klux KlanThe grime artist Wiley has been dropped by his management company after making antisemitic comments on Twitter.The musician’s manager, John Woolf, said A-List Management had “cut all ties” with Wiley after a series of social media posts were made on accounts belonging to him on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Race, UK News, Rap, Culture, Judaism, Wiley, Grime, Ku Klux, Antisemitism, John Woolf


English music venues to receive £2.25m in emergency pandemic aid

First cash made available from UK government’s £1.57bn emergency arts fund announced on 5 July to combat effects of Covid-19 lockdownCulture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced plans to save around 150 grassroots music venues from insolvency while cashflow is limited for venues shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.Dowden released £2.25m for the sector from the overall £1.57bn fund announced on 5 July to shore up the arts in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, UK News, Music Industry, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Jazz, Folk Music, Arts funding, Grime, Dowden, Coronavirus outbreak, Oliver Dowden



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