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Mathematicians discover music really can be infectious – like a virus

New music download patterns appear to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious disease, study finds Pop music is often described as catchy, but it seems you really can infect friends with your music taste. The pattern of music downloads after their release appears to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious disease – and electronica appears to be the most infectious genre of all.Dora Rosati, lead author of the study and former graduate in maths and statistics at McMaster University...
Tags: Music, Science, Culture, Electronic Music, Mathematics, McMaster University, Ontario Canada, Dora Rosati

3’s a crowd: backlash over sponsor’s name change for Dublin’s historic Olympia

Critics condemn move to rename famed theatre 3Olympia as ‘cultural vandalism’For over a century the Olympia theatre has lured big names to Dublin including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Noël Coward, David Bowie and Tom Waits.But now the historic stage and music venue in Ireland’s capital is embroiled in a drama over its own name. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Music, World news, Culture, Ireland, Telecommunications industry, Stage, David Bowie, Dublin, 3, Tom, Olympia, Charlie Chaplin Laurel

Sarah Dash, member of Lady Marmalade trio Labelle, dies aged 76

New Jersey-born singer had a US No 1 hit with the R&B trio, and later worked with the Rolling StonesSarah Dash, member of R&B trio Labelle who had a US No 1 hit with Lady Marmalade, has died aged 76.No cause of death has been given, though she had reportedly told family she was feeling unwell in recent days. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US, US news, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, New Jersey, R&B, LaBelle, Sarah Dash

Universal Music chief predicts billions of dollars of growth from digital listening

Record firm’s €40bn flotation is just beginning of new wave of music consumption, says Sir Lucian Grainge‘Ruthless but good ears’: key architect of music industry revivalThe chief executive of Universal Music has said the hotly anticipated €40bn flotation of the world’s largest record company this week does not mark the peak of the streaming-led recovery of the music industry, with billions of dollars of growth yet to come from a new wave of digital listening on devices such a smart speakers, co...
Tags: Business, Music, Media, Taylor Swift, Music Industry, Culture, Digital Media, Justin Bieber, Amsterdam, Music Streaming, Radio industry, Digital Radio, Universal Music, Lucian Grainge, Lucian Grainge`Ruthless

Violinist Nigel Kennedy cancels concert after Classic FM stops Hendrix tribute

Performer pulls Royal Albert Hall gig over decision he compared to musical segregationViolinist Nigel Kennedy has pulled out of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall with only days to go after accusing the radio station Classic FM of preventing him from performing a Jimi Hendrix tribute.Kennedy said the “culturally prejudiced” decision amounted to “musical segregation”, with the station he now calls “Jurassic FM” preferring him to play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Wednesday’s show. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Jimi Hendrix, Culture, Classical Music, Kennedy, Vivaldi, Hendrix, Albert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Nigel Kennedy

Rebellion and redemption: how the Slits gave a voice to female prisoners

Playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm on how the groundbreaking female punk band helped her tell the story of women suffocating in the prison systemIt was a bit of a “pinch me” moment, to be honest. Earlier this month I sat in the rehearsal room for Typical Girls and watched our incredible cast play the music of the Slits to Tessa Pollitt, an original member of the band.When I first started writing this show, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined we would get to this point. This absolute le...
Tags: Music, Law, Theatre, Society, Culture, UK criminal justice, Stage, Prisons and probation, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Tessa Pollitt

Father to 15 children … but were any of blues star BB King’s offspring his?

A new biography says paternity would have been impossible for the musician because he was sterile due to illness and an accidentBB King was born into poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi and raised on a cotton plantation before becoming a street busker then finding fame and fortune as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. But the “King of the Blues” also had a far from conventional private life, fathering 15 children, many of whom reportedly squabbled over his multimillion-dollar estate after his death...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Culture, Blues, BB King, Jim Crow Mississippi

Iggy Pop on finding new music: ‘At my age, it helps to remain curious’

The source of the rocker’s enviable eternal youth? In the words of the man himself, it’s avidly rooting out new artists into his 70s (and beyond)I keep reading that we decline in our 70s so I try to keep using my brain. Discovering new music opens my mind and the element of surprise keeps me connected. I feel like I’m mining for diamonds – and when you find the diamond, you know. When I heard Chaise Longue by Wet Leg I got really excited: it’s cheeky, with a wicked groove, but it’s the vocals – ...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Iggy Pop

Ed Sheeran announces stadium tour for 2022

Singer-songwriter will play 12 UK dates, including three at Wembley Stadium, plus 15 more across EuropeFollowing his ÷ tour, which ran from 2017 to 2019 and became the highest-grossing tour of all time, Ed Sheeran is returning to the live stage in a series of stadium shows for 2022.Beginning 12 May in Belfast, he will play 12 concerts in the UK, travelling to Cardiff, Sunderland, Manchester and Glasgow, and ending with three nights at Wembley Stadium in London. Fifteen further dates straddle 11 ...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, London, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Ed Sheeran, Wembley Stadium, Glasgow, Belfast, Europe Continue, Cardiff Sunderland Manchester

‘Everything just kept getting bigger!’ Genesis on prog, 80s stardom and Phil Collins’s health

As they prepare what could be their final tour after 54 years, the British rock greats reflect on who they lost along the way, how they survived punk – and why Phil is skiving off his vocal practice‘Genesis have always been slightly below the radar,” says keyboardist Tony Banks. “We’ve never been part of a current trend; we don’t tend to get awards; we’re just sort of … there. People that like us really like us, though, and that’s all we care about.”“Below the radar” may be a strange way of desc...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Genesis, Phil, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks

Britney Spears’ 30 greatest songs – ranked!

As she celebrates her engagement and fights for her autonomy, we celebrate the best of an artist who helped to define 21st-century popSpears previously flirted with dubstep on 2007’s Blackout, but it was Hold It Against Me that dragged the then-underground dance music into the mainstream. A decade later, and its blistering amalgamation of industrial EDM and saccharine pop melodies still feels every bit as audacious and innovative. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Madonna, Britney Spears, The Neptunes

The Activist: reality TV show to be ‘reimagined’ as documentary after backlash

CBS says it will drop X-Factor-style competition from celebrity-fronted show after widespread criticismA reality TV show that planned to pit activists against each other in an X-Factor style contest judged by celebrities is to be drastically “reimagined” after it sparked a backlash from campaigners.The Activist, which had been due to air in the US in late October, prompted incredulity among many campaigners and elsewhere when its format was revealed last week, with many labelling it a “tone-deaf...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, Television, Usher, Media, Activism, Film, US, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Global development, Cbs, US television industry

Elton John in ‘considerable pain’ after fall, reschedules UK tour

Star will have operation on hip injury, and will move 22 arena dates to April 2023Elton John has announced he recently suffered an injury in a fall, and has postponed numerous UK tour dates as he recovers.In a statement, he said: Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Elton John, John

In control: why fetish fashion has returned

From Madonna to the Met Gala, the reappearance of bondage clothing suggests a reaction to lockdown, experts sayThis week, 40 plus years after Vivienne Westwood first opened her SEX boutique, Kim Kardashian and Madonna have both shocked with fetish-leaning outfits. Madonna appeared at the MTV VMAs dressed in an Atsuko Kudo latex ensemble, leather gloves and cap, while Kardashian wore a face-obscuring, all-black Balenciaga look at the Met Gala (an intentional nod to Kanye West’s recent style). At ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Sex, Life and style, Kanye West, Thom Browne, Culture, Madonna, Vivienne Westwood, Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, MTV VMAs, Balenciaga, Atsuko Kudo, Evan Mock

Nicki Minaj: rarely a dull moment for the outspoken rapper

Her anti-vaxx stance came to the notice of Chris Whitty this week, but her feuds and anti-racist statements have long been known to her fanbaseThere’s rarely a dull moment in the world of Nicki Minaj.This week there was outrage after the 38-year-old rapper confirmed she wouldn’t attend the Met Gala, an event where her appearance alone generates headlines, because of the organisers’ insistence on attendees being vaccinated against Covid-19. Minaj tweeted to her 22 million followers that her Trini...
Tags: Music, Nicki Minaj, UK News, US news, Culture, Chris Whitty, COVID

Ed Sheeran: awards ceremonies are ‘filled with resentment and hatred’

After his appearance at the MTV VMAs in New York, musician describes events as ‘lots of people wanting other people to fail’Ed Sheeran has described awards ceremonies as “horrible” and admitted that he often leaves them “feeling sad”.Following his appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on 12 September, he told Audacy’s The Julia Show: “The room is filled with resentment and hatred towards everyone else and it’s quite an uncomfortable atmosphere. It’s just lots of people wanting oth...
Tags: Music, New York, UK News, Culture, Mtv, Ed Sheeran, Awards and prizes, MTV VMAs, Audacy

Glory days: what does success mean in 2021?

Our panel of stars – from Brian Cox and Lena Dunham to Edgar Wright and Rina Sawayama – reflect on what creative contentment means to themScreenwriter, It’s a Sin Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Radiohead, Culture, Television & radio, Lena Dunham, Brian Cox, Edgar Wright, Paramore, Russell T Davies, Anish Kapoor, Adam Buxton, Rina Sawayama, Rosie Kay Dance Company

Alanis Morissette criticises ‘salacious agenda’ of HBO film about her life

The singer has spoken about about Jagged, premiering at the Toronto film festival, for its ‘reductive take’ on her lifeAlanis Morissette has spoken out against a new HBO documentary about her life and its “salacious agenda” as it premieres at the Toronto film festival.The 47-year-old singer had agreed to be interviewed for the film Jagged but has released a statement to express disappointment in how her story has been told. She said it was “during a very vulnerable time” during her third postpar...
Tags: Music, Hbo, Television, Documentary, Toronto, US news, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Alanis Morissette, Morissette

Hurry up and wait: the joys of slow culture

In the streaming age, sleeper hits such as Schitt’s Creek and The Morning Show have replaced quick successes, confirming culture is a marathon not a sprintModern Toss on the art of the slow burnIf one thing guarantees a TV hit in 2021, it’s a lukewarm reception. Take Ted Lasso, a sitcom about a perky, naive American football coach transplanted on to British soil. Its first season premiered last summer to barely any fanfare – but little by little came mass critical reconsideration. The show ended...
Tags: Music, Television, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Schitt's Creek, Schitt, Ted Lasso

Alanis Morissette says she was victim of multiple statutory rapes as a teenager

Canadian music star says in new documentary: ‘I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded … you’re not consenting at 15’Speaking in a new documentary, Alanis Morissette has said she was the victim of multiple statutory rapes as a teenager.The documentary, Jagged, is screening at the Toronto film festival this week. The Washington Post has reported that Morissette describes the attacks during the film. “It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimi...
Tags: Music, Washington Post, Americas, Toronto, Culture, Canada, Pop and rock, Sexual Harassment, Alanis Morissette, Morissette, Rape and sexual assault

VMAs 2021: Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X triumph in a return-ish to normal

The two stars took home the night’s top awards, along with Justin Bieber, at an MTV ceremony that mostly stuck to music and away from pandemic and politicsIt was a night of triumph for teen stars current (Olivia Rodrigo) and former (Justin Bieber) at the MTV Video Music Awards, in a show that strayed from the pandemic markers and political gestures that have defined most award ceremonies since early 2020.Bieber, the teenage pop phenom of the early 2010s coming off a several year hiatus from tour...
Tags: Music, Media, Culture, Pop and rock, Mtv, Ed Sheeran, Awards and prizes, Justin Bieber, Bieber, Billie Eilish, Daniel Caesar, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X

VMAs 2021: MTV Video Music Awards - in pictures

Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys and Megan Fox among the stars to hit the red carpet at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, marking the channel’s 40th anniversary. Justin Bieber won artist of the year and the show mixed moments from early stars like Cyndi Lauper and show opener Madonna with high-octane performances from newer figures such as Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello and Chloe Bailey Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Music, Culture, Art and design, Mtv, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Megan Fox, Chloe Bailey, Rodrigo Camila Cabello

Maria Mendiola, half of Spanish vocal duo Baccara, dies aged 69

Group’s 1977 disco hit Yes Sir, I Can Boogie has become the unofficial anthem of Scotland football fansMaria Mendiola, one of the members of Baccara, whose 1977 disco hit Yes Sir, I Can Boogie is the unofficial anthem of Scotland football fans, has died.Mendiola, who was one half of the Spanish duo, was best known for her rendition of the hit song. She died in Madrid surrounded by her family on Saturday morning at the age of 69. Cristina Sevilla, who sang in a later line-up of the group, express...
Tags: Europe, Music, Disco, Scotland, Football, Spain, Culture, Dance music, Madrid, Boogie, Mendiola, Baccara, Maria Mendiola, Cristina Sevilla

A decade after she died, I can finally grieve the Amy Winehouse I knew and loved

Coming to terms with the loss of my friend Amy Winehouse, amid the media frenzy that surrounded her death, has taken me 10 yearsGod knows what I must have looked like: a bedraggled 25-year-old dressed as a psychedelic game hunter with glitter smeared across my face crying hysterically in a Cambridgeshire field. It was 4pm on 23 July 2011, and a friend of mine had broken the news to me: Amy was dead. I was totally inconsolable, while around me fellow-revellers danced.It was the Saturday of Secret...
Tags: Psychology, Music, Science, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Amy Winehouse, Cambridgeshire, Jamie, Amy, Secret Garden Party

Teyana Taylor’s Streetwear-Inspired Pretty Little Thing Collection Is Out Now!

250 guests gathered at Gotham Hall in New York city on on September 9th, 2021 to witness Teyana unveil her second collection with PLT.
Tags: Fashion, New York, Style, Culture, Models, Musicians, Jazz, Celebrity News, Teyana Taylor, Gotham Hall, NYFW, Black Girl Magic, BlackGirlMagic, Teyana, Style & Fashion, PrettyLittleThing Teyana Taylor

‘I knew I was pushing buttons’: Kacey Musgraves on breaking country music taboos

She’s already broken out of Nashville to become an unconventional pop superstar. Now she’s stretching the limits of country again – with the help of psychedelics and a four-poster bed in her studioIt is mid-morning in Nashville and Kacey Musgraves is padding around her new home, looking in the fridge and checking on her dogs while she talks. She moved in in April, after spending a year having it renovated. From what I can see on Zoom, the results of her renovations are exceptionally tasteful, in...
Tags: Music, UK, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, US, Country, Glen Campbell, Atlanta, Culture, Nashville, Musgraves, Dixie -RSB- Chicks

Homebody or hellraiser: Our autumn arts preview has you covered

From online comedy to cinema’s new blockbusters to all-night rave festivals, a look at the cultural highlights for all levels of commitmentNew streaming gems to enjoy from within the comfort of your own four walls. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, Film, Theatre, Culture, Art and design, Stage

Musician Phil Collins can ‘barely hold’ a drumstick

The 70-year-old singer and drummer calls his upcoming Genesis tour putting the band ‘to bed’ as health deterioratesBritish musician Phil Collins says he can barely hold a drum stick because of deteriorating health that has also forced him to sit while singing during live performances.The 70-year-old drummer and singer told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Thursday that he was frustrated at the challenges he faced. He underwent surgery on his back in 2009 and again in 2015 that affected his n...
Tags: Music, Bbc, Culture, Genesis, Phil Collins

Demon twins and sci-fi raves at Galway’s gobsmacking arts fest

With theatre for an audience of one, a whirlwind set of Kevin Barry stories and sparky songs, the Irish festival is in fine formAdapting to Covid-19 restrictions with ingenuity, Galway international arts festival has embraced hybrid forms of performance: live in theatres, streamed, filmed, recorded for headsets or available for a single audience member to encounter alone. In the case of Attic Projects’ arresting Volcano (★★★★☆), presented in four 45-minute parts, viewers have the intense experie...
Tags: Europe, Books, Family, Music, Comedy, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Ireland, Stage, Festivals, Enda Walsh, Galway, Kevin Barry, Luke Murphy, Will Thompson

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