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Bill Drummond to lead Irish border poll and hand out hot cross buns

The KLF founder will ask citizens if they agree with a clause he proposes adding to the Good Friday agreementHis best-known actions include burning £1m, firing blanks at the 1992 Brit awards and dropping a dead sheep on the red carpet of a luxury hotel as a member of the KLF. But Bill Drummond’s latest public display is more sedate: on Good Friday, he will stand on the Irish border, handing out homemade hot cross buns and conducting an informal referendum.Between 10am and 12pm on 19 April, Drumm...
Tags: Europe, Music, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Bill Drummond, Derry, Brexit, Drummond, KLF, Donegal, The KLF


This app has been dubbed ‘the easiest way to learn piano’

Skoove are getting people learning the piano around the world with their simple app. Skoove are a Berlin based company that are teaching people how to play the piano all across the globe. Their intuitive and easy to use app has seen it dubbed “the easiest way to learn the piano”. The company have just raised €3m (roughly $3.4 million) from new investors Caparuca, MGO Digital Ventures, and Ringier Digital Ventures. Existing investors also helped to fund a boost to the company; Egora Hold...
Tags: Europe, Music, Learning, Berlin, Funding, Learn, App, Software, Teaching, North America, Piano, Application, Lessons, Teach, Skoove, Caparuca MGO Digital Ventures


EU Bans All Ticket Buying Bots

The EU Parliament has voted to ban the use of automated ticket buying software (aka bots) to circumvent ticket purchasing rules, including maximum purchase limits per person. T he measure came as part of a package of consumer protections aimed at reducing misleading and unfair practices in online marketplaces and sets a minimum standard for EU member nations to adhere to while allowing local jurisdictions to implement stronger rules regarding ticket resale services. Bots have be...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, Eu, Bruce Houghton, EU Parliament, Daniel Dalton, Face Value European Alliance For Ticketing, Sam Shemtob, Katie O'Leary


'It's an absurd profession': the world's most infamous bouncers tell all

They have a fearsome reputation for excluding eager clubbers – but as a documentary about Berlin’s doormen is released, three of them explain why their policies are ‘all about tolerance’The door policies for Berlin’s nightclubs are some of the most talked about in the world. Online forums detail appropriate clothing, what to say and how to act in line in order to get in. In the German capital, bouncers don’t just play the role of security, but also curator, sussing out who can handle the extreme...
Tags: Europe, Music, Film, Germany, Berlin, World news, Cities, Culture, Dance music, Electronic Music, Gentrification, Clubbing, Documentary films, David Dietl


Tommy McGoldrick obituary

My cousin, Tommy McGoldrick, who has died aged 88, was a much-loved Irish musician and artist. Tommy played country as well as traditional Irish music, and performed in the Irish pubs of Kilburn in London as well as at home in Ireland.He won several competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland Fiddle Championship in the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. His recordings included his arrangement of The Coolin (An Chúileann), the beautiful, ancient slow air he played when he won the championship in ...
Tags: Europe, Music, London, Country, World news, Culture, Ireland, Folk Music, Tommy, Kilburn, Tommy McGoldrick


Baritone Lucia Lucas Becomes First Transgender Woman To Sing Lead Opera Role In U.S.

Lucas, who is based in Germany and has her career largely in Europe, began rehearsals this week for the title role in Don Giovanni at Tulsa Opera. And this is not her first time playing Mozart’s antihero. – Tulsa World
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Lucas, Mozart, Don Giovanni, SJM, Tulsa Opera, 04.09.19, Lucia Lucas


Baritone Lucia Lucas Becomes First Transwoman To Sing Lead Opera Role In U.S.

Lucas, who is based in Germany and has her career largely in Europe, began rehearsals this week for the title role in Don Giovanni at Tulsa Opera. And this is not her first time playing Mozart’s antihero. – Tulsa World
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Lucas, Mozart, Don Giovanni, SJ, Tulsa Opera, 04.09.19, Lucia Lucas


Stormzy pulls out of Austrian festival citing 'racial profiling'

Rapper cancels headline slot at Snowbombing hours before he was due to go on stage Stormzy has pulled out of his headline slot at Snowbombing festival just hours before he was due to perform, after accusing its staff of racially profiling his manager.The Brit award-winning rapper, 25, said his friends had been targeted by security at the event in Mayrhofen, Austria, on Thursday looking for someone carrying a weapon, “despite no one [in their party] fitting the description”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Crime, Police, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Austria, Snowbombing, Stormzy, Mayrhofen Austria


Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streaming

According to the latest report from the IFPI, the music industry has now seen its fourth uninterrupted year of growth, reaching $19 billion in revenue, a an increase which has been fueled in large part by a major uptick in paid music subscriptions. ___________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The latest IFPI report that provides an overview of recorded music revenue worldwide is out, and it shows that for the fourth consecutive year the industry has grown. Th...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Europe, Music, Japan, UK, France, Germany, United States, Guest Post, North America, Latin America, India Japan, Bobby Owsinski, IFPI


A Week In New Zealand On A $108,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.Travel Diaries: We're looking to get the inside scoop on when, where, and how our peers are using their vacation ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Sydney, New Zealand, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Shinjuku, Airbnb, Parliament, Mum, Unicef, Wellington


The Popdose Interview: Stine Bramsen of Alphabeat

They may play the bounciest dance pop this side of ABBA, but make no mistake, the members of Danish sextet Alphabeat take their band seriously. They turned down multiple offers that would have raised their profile on the global stage, and to hear co-singer Stine Bramsen explain it, she and her bandmates wouldn’t have done it any other way. Freshly reunited after a six-year hiatus, Alphabeat has signed their first US record deal (a mere 12 years after their debut album), and with Atlantic Records...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, New York, US, America, Chicago, Austin, United States, Katy Perry, Spice Girls, Denmark, Abba, Southwest, Atlantic Records, Popdose Interviews


The Popdose Interview with Stine Bramsen of Alphabeat

They may play the bounciest dance pop this side of ABBA, but make no mistake, the members of Danish sextet Alphabeat take their band seriously. They turned down multiple offers that would have raised their profile on the global stage, and to hear co-singer Stine Bramsen explain it, she and her bandmates wouldn’t have done it any other way. Freshly reunited after a six-year hiatus, Alphabeat has signed their first US record deal (a mere 12 years after their debut album), and with Atlantic Records...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, New York, US, America, Chicago, Austin, United States, Katy Perry, Spice Girls, Denmark, Abba, Southwest, Atlantic Records, Popdose Interviews


The 50 best songs about Europe – ranked!

Brexit is delayed – so voyager avec nous on a trans-European tour of music, from Paris to Berlin via Finistère. Tout le monde à bord!Poor old Lloyd went to Amsterdam and all he got was double pneumonia in a single room. And, by the sounds of it, his love life is going horribly wrong. Just don’t ask him about the price of medicine (obviously he didn’t get his European health insurance card). It’s enough to make anyone go No Deal, really. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Berlin, Jay-z, Kanye West, Culture, U2, Paris, Amsterdam, David Bowie, Queen, Scott Walker, Freddie Mercury, The Fall, Grace Jones, AC/DC


I Have Two Master's Degrees & Make $53K As A Math Specialist In Education

In our series Salary Stories , women with long-term career experience open up about the most intimate details of their jobs: compensation. It’s an honest look at how real people navigate the complicated world of negotiating, raises, promotions, and job loss, with the hope it will give young women more insight into how to advocate for themselves — and maybe take a few risks along the way.Been in the workforce for at least eight years and interested in contributing your salary story? Submit your ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Music, England, London, America, Los Angeles, Michigan, North Carolina, Detroit, Long Island, Commonwealth, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, United States Before


I Have 2 Master's Degrees & Make $53K As A Math Specialist In Education

In our series Salary Stories , women with long-term career experience open up about the most intimate details of their jobs: compensation. It’s an honest look at how real people navigate the complicated world of negotiating, raises, promotions, and job loss, with the hope it will give young women more insight into how to advocate for themselves — and maybe take a few risks along the way.Been in the workforce for at least eight years and interested in contributing your salary story? Submit your ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Music, UK, England, London, America, Los Angeles, Michigan, North Carolina, Detroit, Long Island, Commonwealth, Pittsburgh, Charlotte


Top 5 Destinations to Make Your Family Holiday Cheaper This Year

We all know that planning a family holiday can be stressful. Even when you think you’ve managed to find an activity that will entertain everyone, finding cheap flights and accommodation is another story! In order to ensure that the children are entertained while still managing to find time for the adults to relax, you’ll need a watertight solution. You might never have thought of it, but an all-inclusive golf holiday could be the answer to your prayers. Trying a new sport with the whole family i...
Tags: Europe, UK, Traveling, France, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Jazz, Desert Springs Resort, Golf Travel Center, Hotel Clery Pas de Calais France France, Hotel Clery, Sentido Zeynep Golf Resort Turkey Turkey, Scotland UK Scotland, Desert Springs Resort La Algarrobina Spain Spain, Pestana Carvoeiro Resort


Why We Need A Conscious Music Tech Revolution NOW!

In this piece, Virginie Berger champions the need for music tech companies to bring about a major disruption to the music industry, siting long-unaddressed problems and an outdated distribution of power in desperate need of a shakeup. _____________________________ Guest post by Virginie Berger , the co founder of WeAreMusicTech The context now is right for startups to innovate in music. There are companies in the music space which are beginning to turn a profit and the digital m...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Music, Guest Post, Berger, DSP, Facebook Facebook, Virginie, Richard Burgess, Virginie Berger, WeAreMusicTech WAMT, DBTH, Microsoft NRJ


Sahib Shihab: Danish Group

As a member of the Quincy Jones Big Band, saxophonist and flutist Sahib Shihab had a chance to travel extensively abroad. In 1959 and '60, the band was in Paris, where Sahib had an opportunity to record and experience Europe for the first time. He found the city relaxing, racially tolerant, art-focused and beautiful during the day and late at night. I know this because Sahib told me when I interviewed him at Rutgers University in the early 1980s, when he was a visiting professor there. [Photo a...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Germany, Paris, Jazz, Denmark, Copenhagen, Jones, Rutgers University, Harvey, Marc Myers, Quincy Jones Big Band, Sahib Shihab, Sahib, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, Jan Persson


Blake Lively's Best-Kept Skin Secret Is This $16 Sunscreen

Contrary to what you may have read at the nail salon or in the checkout line, celebrities are not just like us. Last time we checked, we didn't have a private chef, driver, or trainer — although we're totally open to all three — nor do we live in a gated community or vacation on yachts. (Again, we wouldn't mind...) But one way celebrities — even the richest, the most famous, the most successful — actually do seem relatable? They love cheap beauty products.Yes, sometimes even Kylie Jenner and Be...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Youtube, Walgreens, Marie Claire, Jennifer Lopez, Kendall Jenner, The New York Times, Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigen, Anna, Emma Watson


White Porgy and Bess cast ‘asked to say they identify as African-American’

Hungarian singers allegedly signed paper to bypass stipulation of all-black castThe Hungarian State Opera has come up with a dubious way around a stipulation that George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess be performed by an all-black cast: it is allegedly asking its white, Hungarian singers to sign a paper saying they identify as African-American.The company first put on the opera a year ago, leading to a spat with the Gershwin estate, which stipulates the opera should only be performed by a black ...
Tags: Europe, Music, Race, Theatre, World news, Culture, Hungary, Stage, Classical Music, Opera, Gershwin, George Gershwin, Bess


White Porgy and Bess cast ‘told to say they identify as African-American’

Hungarian singers allegedly signed paper to bypass stipulation of all-black castThe Hungarian State Opera has come up with a dubious way round a stipulation that George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess be performed by an all-black cast: it is allegedly asking its white, Hungarian singers to sign a paper saying they identify as African-American.The company first put on the opera a year ago, leading to a spat with the Gershwin estate, which stipulates the opera should only be performed by a black c...
Tags: Europe, Music, Race, Theatre, World news, US news, Culture, Hungary, Stage, Classical Music, Opera, Gershwin, George Gershwin, Bess


Impala, AIM Express Concerns As Brexit, UMG Sale Loom

As Brexit uncertainty grows and suitors circle Universal Music Group, EU independent music trade groups IMPALA and AIM are calling on both the EU and the UK to ensure that the needs of the cultural and creative sectors are prioritized in negotiations. The IMPALA board held their board meeting in London yesterday, where it was agreed that sector specific deals must be on the priority list for negotiators.  "The relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe is vital for the whole ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Music, UK, London, Eu, Aim, Bruce Houghton, Impala, Helen Smith, Paul Pacifico, Impala AIM Express, Universal Music Group EU


New Music To Know This Week: Amber Mark Is A Real One, Claude Fontaine Rocks Steady & More

Ever since my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to match people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Get everything I've recommended this year on Spotify, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and leave a comment below telling me what you're listening to this week. Amber Ma...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Fashion, Music, Martina Mcbride, Lorde, NYC, Mtv, Dallas, HARRIS, Rosie Lowe, Andrew Wyatt, Minke, Kylie Rae Harris, Aisha Taylor, Suzy Boggus Mary Chapin Carpenter


José González and the String Theory Reach for the Sublime on Tour

José González's stirring, quiet folk is often beautiful listening. Watching him perform, particularly a solo set showcasing his soothing voice and an acoustic guitar, is a blissful experience. That experience gets even more heightened with the addition of an orchestra. González is currently on the road in North America with the String Theory in support of their collaborative release, Live in Europe , which features new arrangements of his songs. González has played with the group many times ...
Tags: Europe, Music, Review, US, Lincoln Center, North America, Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Walter Mitty, New Haven, Indie folk, Event review, The string theory


Ddu-du you know? English is losing its grip as the language of pop | Caroline Sullivan

Monster hits by K-pop bands and Spanish-speaking rappers show it’s not necessary to sing in English to conquer the worldA band has attained a certain stature when its “world tour” consists of an imperial sweep through four continents, with just half a dozen concerts in each. The South Korea-based girl group Blackpink are currently midway through just such a jaunt – next month, they arrive in Europe to play six dates (London and Manchester included).Remarkably, this high-visibility procession is ...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Music, Japan, Science, London, Rap, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Language, Manchester, Korea, K-pop, Caroline Sullivan


Hot Chip: Hungry Child

Fresh from their upcoming record, the gloriously named A Bath Full Of Ecstasy, Hot Chip‘s first new track since 2015 is “Hungry Child”—a song that straddles high-energy and low-key in a seamless manner. Undeniably Hot Chip, the tune is layered and infectious with a deep house influence and glittery glaze. The release comes ahead of a tour across Northern America and Europe that will last …
Tags: Europe, Music, Design, Culture, Hot Chip, Listenup, New Music, Electro, Northern America, Indie-electro


7 Organizations Committed To The Evolution Of Music Education

As with so much of the music industry, the world of music education is constantly growing and evolving to challenge the status quo. Here we look at seven different organizations that changing who people take on music education for the better. ___________________________ Guest post by Jeremy Young of Soundfly's Flypaper It’s no secret that here at Soundfly, we’re passionate about providing an online music education experience that combines high-quality content, scientifically-backed l...
Tags: Europe, Music, Australia, US, Los Angeles, Canada, United States, Guest Post, Montreal, Rhode Island, Philly, NYC Boston, Soundfly, Jeremy Young, UK Asia, Jeremy Young of Soundfly


Creators May Have Won Battle, But Lost War With EU Copyright Directive Passage

As the European Parliament finally pushes its long-contested Copyright Directive to passage (Article 13 included) many content creators are claiming victory over their tech overlords, but such immediate successes could overshadowed in the near future. _____________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The European Parliament finally is about to finally pass its long-contested Copyright Directive that was so widely opposed by the large tech companies but heavily ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Music, Youtube, Eu, United States, United Kingdom, Guest Post, European Parliament, Brexit, Ugc, Bobby Owsinski


Bobby Jaspar: The Early Years

Jazz musicians in continental Europe who emerged in the 1940s held a special distinction. They survived World War II in countries occupied by the Germans. Jazz was used by them almost as therapy to express the terror of brutality and the joy of liberation. This certainly was true of the young Bobby Jaspar, a resourceful Belgian woodwind player who would go on to become one of the most significant European jazz musicians of the 1950s and early '60s. Born and raised in Liège, Belgium, Jaspar watc...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Paris, Belgium, Jazz, Gillespie, Tunisia, Bobby, Don, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, John Ward, Getz, Liege, David Johnson, Haig


Streaming accounted for nearly half of music revenues worldwide in 2018

The scales are about to tip in favor of streaming music becoming the number one driver of global recorded music revenues – a shift that appears to be on track for sometime this year. According to a new industry report, global recorded music revenues jumped 9.7 percent in 2018 to reach $19.1 billion – up from $17.4 billion in 2017. Streaming music revenues, in particular, now account for nearly half (47%) of global revenue, thanks to a sizable 32.9 percent jump in paid streaming last year. This b...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Music, Japan, Media, Australia, Tech, Music Industry, Vinyl, Streaming, Streaming Music, North America, Subscriptions, Latin America, Streaming Services, Streaming Media



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