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Red Hot Chili Peppers sell rights to catalogue of hits to Hipgnosis

Trend of artists selling rights continues, as Kid Creole and the Coconuts also sign dealRed Hot Chili Peppers and Kid Creole and the Coconuts have become the latest artists to cash in on their catalogue of hits, selling the rights to songs including Californication and Annie I’m Not Your Daddy to London-listed music royalties investment firms.The Chili Peppers are poised to sell their publishing rights to London-listed music investment firm Hipgnosis, reportedly for more than $140m (£101m). Cont...
Tags: Business, Music, London, UK News, World news, Music Industry, US news, Culture, Annie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hipgnosis, Californication, Chili Peppers, Kid Creole, Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Billie Eilish says all her age group have suffered sexual misbehaviour

US singer, 19, made claim in Vogue interview when discussing new single about abusive relationshipBillie Eilish has spoken about the prevalence of sexual exploitation of minors in an interview, saying “it’s everywhere”.Speaking about her new single, Your Power, which addresses an abusive relationship between a minor and an older person, the 19-year-old singer told Vogue that all her peers had experienced some sort of sexual impropriety. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Vogue, Sexual Harassment, Billie Eilish

Grammy organisers to end ‘secret’ nomination committees after rigging allegations

Recording Academy was slammed last year after The Weeknd got zero nominations despite top-selling albumThe organisers of music’s Grammy Awards have announced an end to the “secret” committees that have led to allegations that the highest honours in the industry are open to rigging.The Recording Academy said on Friday that nominations for the next Grammy Awards in January 2022 will be selected by all of its more than 11,000 voting members, instead of by committees of 15-30 industry experts whose ...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Grammys, Recording Academy

Britney Spears to address LA court about father’s control of her career

Singer rarely takes part in hearings but has asked to speak directly to court, lawyer saysBritney Spears will personally address the Los Angeles court dealing with her long-running conservatorship in June, a judge agreed on Tuesday.Spears, 39, has been under a conservatorship since 2008 but rarely takes part in hearings. Her lawyer said on Tuesday that she had asked to speak to the court directly, but he did not say what matters she wished to raise. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, US news, Culture, Britney Spears, Spears

Harry and Meghan to join Joe Biden at Vax Live concert to increase global vaccination

Jennifer Lopez and J Balvin among stars at virtual performance to raise money for CovaxCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the US president, Joe Biden, at a virtual concert in Los Angeles aimed at increasing the global vaccination effort.Harry and Meghan are “campaign chairs” of the A-list event, Vax Live. Hosted by Selena Gomez, and organised by Global Citizen, the event, on Saturday 8 May, will feature musical performances by nam...
Tags: Health, Music, US, Los Angeles, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Jennifer Lopez, Prince Harry, Harry, Selena Gomez, Vaccines and immunisation, Duke, Sussex

Historic wins for Nomadland – and surprise victory for Anthony Hopkins – at odd Oscars

Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of colour to win best director with her drama about van-dwellers as Hopkins and Frances McDormand won top acting honoursDuring an unusual Oscars ceremony, on-the-road drama Nomadland triumphed with a win for best picture, best actress and a historic victory for Chloé Zhao, becoming the first woman of colour to be named best director and only the second woman ever.The film, starring Frances McDormand as a woman living out of her van and interacting with ...
Tags: Music, Film, US news, Soul, Culture, Awards and prizes, Frances Mcdormand, Oscars, Pixar, Anthony Hopkins, Her, Hopkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Chloe Zhao, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman

Morrissey hits back at The Simpsons over ‘hurtful and racist’ parody episode

Manager posts critical statement on singer’s behalf after Panic On The Streets Of Springfield airsThe Simpsons has earned the wrath of Morrissey after it parodied the former Smiths frontman in an episode of the show.The singer was satirised during the episode Panic On The Streets Of Springfield, which aired in the US on Sunday night. In the episode, Lisa Simpson becomes obsessed with a fictional band called the Snuffs and befriends its frontman, Quilloughby. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Smiths, The Simpsons, Morrissey, Springfield, Lisa Simpson, Animation on TV

Fyre festival attendees to receive $7,000 each in settlement

New York bankruptcy court rules in favour of payout to 277 people who travelled to Bahamas for notorious ‘luxury’ event A group of 277 attendees at the notorious Fyre festival are to receive settlement payouts of $7,220 (£5,240) each after the conclusion of a lawsuit against the organisers.The 2017 event drew global attention after the supposedly luxury music experience, promoted by supermodels and set to feature artists such as Major Lazer and Migos, turned out to resemble a disaster relief cam...
Tags: Music, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Festivals, Music Festivals, Bahamas, Migos, Lazer

Rockin' in the free world? Inside the rightwing takeover of protest music

It’s easy to laugh at hardcore patriots misunderstanding Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, but such appropriation is increasingly widespread – and dangerously twisting the truth“Did you know that Born in the USA is actually an anti-Vietnam war anthem?” Since Donald Trump embraced the 1984 Bruce Springsteen song during rallies, the lyrics have prompted so much explanation it now borders on cliche. Yet it’s no less unsettling for it, becoming a prime example of a startlingly widespread trend fo...
Tags: Music, Politics, Usa, Bruce Springsteen, Protest, Barack Obama, Reagan, UK News, US news, Culture, US politics, Ronald Reagan, Pop and rock, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Eric Clapton

Henry Glassie: Field Work review – hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making

This documentary about the celebrated folklorist also takes a leisurely look at the working methods of the artists he reveresThere’s an unmistakable slow-cinema vibe to this scrupulously observational documentary, which seems somehow to go on for weeks despite its 100-minute running time. The ostensible subject matter is American anthropologist Henry Glassie, who is college professor emeritus in folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University; but it isn’t really “about” him in any convention...
Tags: Art, Music, Science, Biology, Film, Americas, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Anthropology, Northern Ireland, Brazil

Janet Jackson to sell personal treasures in celebrity auction

Jewellery, a wedding dress and tour outfits are among memorabilia up for grabs after the superstar decided on a cathartic clearoutIntent on making sure her birthday weekend will be one to remember for fans across the world, Janet Jackson has finally agreed to auction more than 1,000 pieces from a career spanning four decades.The star, who has sold over 185 million records and remains the only female artist in history to score seven top-five singles from one album, has partnered with celebrity au...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, World news, US news, Culture, Beverly Hills, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Julien

DMX obituary

Rap star and actor who embodied the edgy and lawless life depicted in his workThe first rapper to have his first five albums go straight to the top of the US chart, DMX, who has died aged 50 following a heart attack, established himself as the premier exponent of hardcore rap in the aftermath of the violent deaths of the Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur. He announced himself with his multi-platinum-selling debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998), a stormy survey of greed, violence, crime and ...
Tags: Music, Film, Jay Z, US, US news, Rap, DMX

US rapper DMX dies aged 50 following heart attack

Multi-platinum rapper, celebrated for raw storytelling, was first artist to top US charts with first five albumsDMX obituaryDMX: A life in picturesDMX, the New York rapper whose gruff tone electrified the US music scene in the late 1990s, has died aged 50.The star, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was hospitalised after a heart attack on 2 April, and had been placed in a critical care unit at White Plains hospital, New York. His family had organised a prayer vigil outside, which took place on M...
Tags: Music, New York, US, US news, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, White Plains, DMX, Earl Simmons

Dave Grohl to publish memoir, The Storyteller

First autobiography from Foo Fighters and Nirvana musician will chart ‘all the experiences I’ve had in my life – incredible, difficult, funny and emotional’Dave Grohl has announced the publication of his first memoir, entitled The Storyteller.The Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer wrote the book during the pandemic when his band were unable to tour, and after he began posting short stories from his career on Instagram. “I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was t...
Tags: Books, Music, Instagram, Foo Fighters, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Dave Grohl, Autobiography and memoir, Nirvana, Grohl

Rapper DMX hospitalised after heart attack, his lawyer says

Artist’s longtime New York attorney Murray Richman said DMX had been on life support but was later breathing on his own The American rapper DMX was hospitalised on Saturday evening after falling ill, his New York-based lawyer Murray Richman said.“He had a heart attack. He’s quite ill,” Richman said. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, New York, World news, US news, Culture, DMX, Richman, Murray Richman

Maker of Lil Nas X 'Satan shoes' blocked by Nike insists they are works of art

MSCHF cannot sell 666 pairs of controversial sneakers‘Conceptual art collective’ bemoans legal reverseThe maker of the rapper Lil Nas X’s controversial “Satan shoes” responded to a lawsuit from Nike by claiming the sneakers were works of art. Related: Satan shoes? Sure. But Lil Nas X is not leading American kids to devil-worship | Akin Olla Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Nike, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Lil Nas X, Lil Nas

'I cried for two weeks': Britney Spears responds to documentary about her life

Singer said that she was ‘embarrassed by the light’ in which Framing Britney Spears cast herBritney Spears said she “cried for two weeks” after watching part of a high-profile documentary that explored her career.Framing Britney Spears premiered in February and examined the pop superstar’s rise to the summit of the music industry, her treatment at the hands of the tabloid media, her involuntary commitment to a psychiatric ward in 2008, and the subsequent conservatorship (an “imposed power-of-at...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Britney Spears, Spears

Alabama Shakes drummer Steven William Johnson arrested on child abuse charges

A grand jury indicted Johnson on charges of ‘wilful torture, wilful abuse, and cruelly beating or otherwise wilfully maltreating a child under the age of 18’Steven William Johnson, the drummer with Grammy-winning rock band Alabama Shakes, has been arrested on charges of child abuse.The charges include “wilful torture, wilful abuse, and cruelly beating or otherwise wilfully maltreating a child under the age of 18”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Alabama, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Johnson, Alabama Shakes, William Johnson, Steven William Johnson

David Fincher and Trent Reznor on Mank: 'People were like: Huh. This is very niche'

The director and the rock star composer have now collaborated on four films and discuss their work on the overwhelming Oscar favourite, plus why Bird Box made no sense and whether Fight Club could come to BroadwayOne of the US’s greatest living directors is keeping his camera switched off for our Zoom call, but he sounds so cheerful – “Hey! It’s Fincher!” – that he might as well be communicating in smiley-face emojis. Perhaps it is the effect of the 10 Oscar nominations announced a few days earl...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Film, US, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Pixar, David Fincher, Social Network, Ross, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Fight Club, Reznor

Britney Spears asks for father to be removed from running personal affairs

Singer has requested change of ‘care manager’ but father Jamie will retain role in her financesBritney Spears has petitioned for her father to be permanently removed from overseeing her personal affairs in the conservatorship that has governed her life since 2008.Spears’ conservatorship consists of two parts: her finances and her personal life. Jamie Spears temporarily stepped back from managing the latter in September 2019 owing to health issues, but retained control over her finances. Continue...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, US news, Culture, Britney Spears, Jamie, Spears, Jamie Spears

'It's the way she owns her body': how Megan Thee Stallion rode to Grammys glory

Last week’s triple triumph capped the glorious rise of a rapper who has inspired a generation of women with her confidence and sublime talentIn 2014, a then-unknown Megan Thee Stallion tweeted: “I need a team [because] I promise this rap shit gone take off for me.”That promise has been fulfilled in quite spectacular fashion. The 26-year-old, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, is now one of the world’s most famous and respected rap stars, with her three Grammy awards at last weekend’s ceremony marking t...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Grammys, Megan Thee Stallion, Grammy awards 2021, Megan Jovon Ruth Pete

Dance duo Justice begin legal action against Justin Bieber over crucifix design

Cease-and-desist letter sent to pop star, whose new album cover is accused of imitating Justice’s logoGrammy-winning French electronic music duo Justice have accused Justin Bieber of illegally infringing on a trademark with the cover design of his new album, Justice, released on Friday.The duo’s logo is their name with the letter T designed as a crucifix, a design trope that Bieber uses for his album cover. Bieber’s new merchandise also features a contested crucifix design. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Justice, France, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Justin Bieber, Dance music, Electronic Music, Bieber

Demi Lovato says she was raped as a teenager by someone she knew

In a new docuseries, the singer says she was assaulted as a teen and after telling somebody, the rapist ‘never got taken out of the movie they were in’Demi Lovato has said she was raped as a teenager while working for the Disney Channel in the late 2000s by someone who faced no repercussions when she revealed what happened. The singer does not say who the offender was, only that she “had to see this person all the time” afterwards. Related: Demi Lovato says she had three strokes and heart atta...
Tags: Music, Film, US news, Culture, Demi Lovato, Disney Channel, Lovato, Rape and sexual assault

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives impromptu performance at Covid vaccine centre

Acclaimed musician celebrated receiving his second vaccine dose by performing for those waiting in line Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageInternationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma celebrated receiving his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine by performing an impromptu concert for those waiting in line after him.Ma, who has won 18 Grammy Awards and sold millions of records during his career, was filmed performing in a mask at the vaccine site in Berkshire Community Co...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Ma, Yo Yo Ma, Coronavirus, Berkshire Community College Massachusetts

Yo-Yo Ma plays cello in vaccine waiting room in Massachusetts – video

The renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives an impromptu performance in a vaccine waiting room in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, after having just received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He performs Ave Maria and the prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 to the small number of patients waiting to receive the dose. Ma, who played for about 15 minutes, is a part-time resident of the area and wanted to ‘give something back’ to his community, according to a local paper, the Berkshire Eagle Continue r...
Tags: Music, Massachusetts, US news, Classical Music, Vaccines and immunisation, Ma, Yo Yo Ma, Bach, Ave Maria, Pittsfield Massachusetts, Berkshire Eagle Continue

From Soul Train to Beyoncé: the joy of black performance in America

In A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib set out to celebrate black artists across music, dance, comedy and more, who succeeded even when their own country refused to honour themWhen I began A Little Devil in America, I was thinking about Josephine Baker. The title of the book comes from Baker, from her speech at the March on Washington in 1963. It is a speech that is often overlooked. The legacy of the march so often centres on its male speakers (Martin Luther King Jr, A Philip Randolph),...
Tags: Books, Music, Beyonce, Washington, France, Poetry, Race, US, America, US news, Soul, Culture, Essays, Baker, Josephine, Josephine Baker

Mariah Carey's brother follows sister in suing over memoir

Morgan Carey says passages in The Meaning of Mariah Carey that characterise him as violent are ‘false and defamatory’Mariah Carey’s brother Morgan Carey has filed a lawsuit against her in New York’s supreme court, alleging “defamation and the intentional infliction of emotional distress” arising from her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.The action calls for the payment of unspecified damages, and seeks “a judicial determination that many of the passages in [the memoir] … are false and defamat...
Tags: Music, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Mariah Carey, Morgan, Carey, Morgan Carey

SoundCloud announces overhaul of royalties model to 'fan-powered' system

Streaming company says it will start directing money from subscribers to the artists they actually listen toSoundCloud announced on Tuesday it would become the first streaming service to start directing subscribers’ fees only to the artists they listen to, a move welcomed by musicians campaigning for fairer pay.Current practice for streaming services including Spotify, Deezer and Apple is to pool royalty payments and dish them out based on which artists have the most global plays. Continue readi...
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Lady Gaga's dog walker describes 'close call' after he was shot in robbery

On social media, Ryan Fischer says ‘healing still needs to happen’ after he was attacked while walking three dogsLady Gaga’s dog walker, who was shot last week during a robbery in Hollywood when two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen, has described the violence and his recovery “from a very close call with death” in social media posts on Monday.Ryan Fischer’s posts included pictures taken from his hospital bed, where he says a “lot of healing still needs to happen” but he looks forward ...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Dogs, Animals, Los Angeles, World news, US news, Culture, Lady Gaga, Ryan Fischer

Billie Eilish granted restraining order against alleged stalker

In legal documents, Eilish said the man had caused her ‘emotional injury’, including fear for the safety of herself and her familyBillie Eilish has been granted a restraining order against an alleged stalker who she says camps outside her family home in Los Angeles and throws “extremely disturbing” letters on to their property, according to documents obtained by NBC News. Related: Billie Eilish talks to younger Billie Eilish – with both wisdom and wit Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Los Angeles, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Billie Eilish, Eilish, NBC News Related

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