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Kanye West takes anti-vaccine, anti-abortion stance in US presidential bid

Rapper also unveils intention to end police brutality, return ‘fear and love of God’ to schools and appoint Elon Musk to run space programmeKanye West has given more details about the policy platform he will adopt in his bid to become US president in November, declaring himself anti-abortion, sceptical about a Covid-19 vaccine and keen to return “fear and love of God” to education.In an interview with Forbes, he announced that he would run under the banner of the Birthday party, “because when we...
Tags: Music, Elon Musk, Religion, US, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, US politics, Hip-hop, Christianity, Abortion, Forbes, US elections 2020

Charlie Daniels, fiddle player and country music legend, dies aged 83

Musician who wrote The Devil Went Down to Georgia and starred in Urban Cowboy was happy to play ‘anywhere with a good crowd’Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia, has died at 83.A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died on Monday at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke. Continue reading...
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Neil Young says Trump's use of songs at Mount Rushmore 'not OK with me'

Singer objects to playing of Like a Hurricane and Rockin’ in the Free World and says he stands with Lakota Sioux protestersUS politics – live coverageAfter two of his songs were used by Donald Trump at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Neil Young had a simple message for the president: “This is not OK with me.”Like a Hurricane and Rockin’ in the Free World were played before the president appeared in South Dakota, for an incendiary speech in which Trump claimed US history was under siege from “far-left ...
Tags: Music, US, US news, Neil Young, Culture, US politics, South Dakota, Native Americans, Donald Trump, Trump, Mount Rushmore, US elections 2020

Jay-Z's Team Roc call for prosecution of police officer who shot and killed 3 men

Officer Joseph Mensah was found to have acted in self-defence in two of the shootings, with another currently under reviewJay-Z’s social justice initiative Team Roc has called for a Wisconsin police officer to be fired and prosecuted, after he shot and killed three people while on duty.Joseph Mensah, of Milwaukee suburb Wauwatosa, killed Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson in three separate incidents between 2015 and 2020. He is under review for the most recent killing, of Cole, but th...
Tags: Music, Milwaukee, US news, Rap, Jay-z, Culture, Hip-hop, Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Jay Anderson, Jay Z s Team Roc, Joseph Mensah, Team Roc, Alvin Cole Antonio Gonzales

Kanye West: Wash Us in the Blood review – an intensely potent study of race and faith

This new track sees Kanye at his very best, corralling his anger with masterful focus into an apocalyptic vision of AmericaAmerica, divided along racial and political lines and led by its own Herod, faces an invisible plague and a public reckoning against its history of violence. It’s against this Biblical backdrop that Kanye West imagines the next apocalyptic event, in one of his most focused and arresting tracks for years.Wash Us in the Blood sees the rapper call for a blood rain to deliver bl...
Tags: Music, Religion, Race, America, World news, US news, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Hip-hop, Christianity, Kanye, Herod, Arthur Jafa, AmericaAmerica

Johnny Mandel, Oscar-winning composer behind M*A*S*H theme, dies aged 94

Musician, composer and arranger who also won five Grammys hailed by Michael Bublé as ‘a genius, a beast’Johnny Mandel, the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer behind the theme from M*A*S*H and more, has died aged 94.Details of his death have not been released. The news was announced by musician and friend Michael Feinstein, who said: “A dear friend and extraordinary composer arranger and all-around brilliant talent Johnny Mandel just passed away. The world will never be quite the same without his ...
Tags: Music, Film, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jazz, Michael Buble, Michael Feinstein, Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mandel Oscar

Beyoncé urges voters to 'dismantle a racist and unequal system' in the US

The singer made a call to action as she was given a humanitarian BET award by Michelle Obama, who said ‘her activism demands justice for black lives’Beyoncé has been awarded the humanitarian award at the BET awards, using her speech to encourage viewers to vote “like our life depends on it” in the upcoming US election, and calling on them to “dismantle a racist and unequal system” in the country.Michelle Obama highlighted Beyoncé’s commitment to the black community before presenting her with the...
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Beyoncé urges Black community to 'vote like our life depends on it' in BET awards speech

The singer was awarded the humanitarian award by Michelle Obama, who said ‘her activism demands justice for Black lives’Beyoncé has been awarded the humanitarian award at the BET Awards, using her speech to encourage viewers to vote “like our life depends on it” in the upcoming US election.Michelle Obama highlighted Beyonce’s commitment to the Black community before presenting her with the award, saying: “You can see it in everything she does, from her music that gives voice to Black joy and Bla...
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Rolling Stones threaten to sue Donald Trump over use of songs

US president played 1969 classic at Tulsa rally despite cease-and-desist directivesThe Rolling Stones are threatening Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives.The Stones said in a statement on Sunday that their legal team was working with the BMI music rights organisation BMI to stop the use of their material in Trump’s reelection campaign. Continue reading...
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How US K-pop fans became a political force to be reckoned with

Expect more online raids of the kind that drowned out a racist BLM backlash and humiliated Donald Trump, experts sayIt started as an attempt to blunt the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement but it ended in derision. When the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag appeared on Twitter, its unintended descent into ridicule was driven not by hardened political activists but by a loose coalition of young people worldwide united by their love of South Korean pop music.Those hoping to hold back the tide of su...
Tags: Music, Technology, Activism, US, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Pop and rock, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Bts, Black Lives Matter Movement, K-pop, Tiktok, US elections 2020

Kurt Cobain ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’ guitar sells for $6m

Nirvana frontman’s 1959 Martin D-18E sold to Australian who will put it on tour, with proceeds going to help struggling artists The guitar used by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain during the band’s famous MTV Unplugged in New York concert has sold for more than $6m (£4.8m) at auction.The 1959 Martin D-18E featured in the grunge group’s performance in November 1993, five months before Cobain’s death aged 27. Continue reading...
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Billie Eilish granted restraining order over man who repeatedly visited home

New Yorker Prenell Rousseau behaved erratically outside pop singer’s Los Angeles home seven times on two days in MayA US judge has awarded pop singer Billie Eilish a restraining order against a man who repeatedly visited her family home.Prenell Rousseau, 24, who lives on Long Island, New York, appeared outside Eilish’s Los Angeles home seven times on 4 and 5 May, before being arrested and sent back to New York, a court was told. A temporary restraining order was taken out, which has now been ext...
Tags: Music, New York, Celebrity, US, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Long Island New York, Billie Eilish, Prenell Rousseau, Eilish 's Los Angeles

Taylor Swift: 'Racial injustice has been ingrained in US state government'

Pop star urges fans to vote for candidates committed to fighting police brutality, and shares Barack Obama essayTaylor Swift has accused local and state governments in the US of harbouring institutional racism, and has called on her fans to elect candidates committed to fighting police brutality.The pop star told her 86 million Twitter followers: “Racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and changes MUST be made there. In order for policies to change, we need ...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, Race, US, Social Media, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Black Lives Matter Movement, George Floyd, Barack Obama essayTaylor Swift

Microsoft's robot editor confuses mixed-race Little Mix singers

Firm’s plan to replace editors with AI backfires after wrong image of musician is publishedMicrosoft’s decision to replace human journalists with robots has backfired, after the tech company’s artificial intelligence software illustrated a news story about racism with a photo of the wrong mixed-race member of the band Little Mix.A week after the Guardian revealed plans to fire the human editors who run and replace them with Microsoft’s artificial intelligence code, an early rollout of th...
Tags: Business, Music, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Race, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Digital Media, Computing, Msn, Little Mix

K-pop fans join forces to drown out racist online content

Social media bombardment saw K-pop fans commandeer rightwing and pro-Donald Trump hashtags including #WhiteLivesMatterLive coverage of the US protestsK-pop fans around the world have joined forces to drown out online opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, flooding social media with videos and images of their favourite artists alongside the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag and other racist content.While their collective action meant the hashtag, as well as #WhiteOutWednesday and #BlueLivesMatter...
Tags: South Korea, Music, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, K-pop

K-pop fans join forces to drown out opposition to #BlackLivesMatter

Social media bombardment saw K-pop fans commandeer rightwing and pro-Donald Trump hashtags including #WhiteLivesMatterLive coverage of the US protestsK-pop fans around the world have joined forces to drown out online opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, flooding social media with videos and images of their favourite artists alongside the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag and other racist content.While their collective action meant the hashtag, as well as #WhiteOutWednesday and #BlueLivesMatter...
Tags: South Korea, Music, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, K-pop

Lennie Niehaus, longtime Clint Eastwood composer, dies aged 90

Composer for Unforgiven and The Bridges of Madison County, who Eastwood taught to swim in the army, died in CaliforniaLennie Niehaus, who as Clint Eastwood’s favoured composer created the scores to Unforgiven and 12 more of his films, has died aged 90.He died at his daughter’s California home under hospice care, the family announced. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Film, California, US news, Culture, Clint Eastwood, Classical Music, Jazz, Madison County, Eastwood, Unforgiven, Lennie Niehaus, CaliforniaLennie Niehaus

Sing a song of subversion: US funded Venezuela rock bands to dent Chávez

Partially redacted grant application shows scheme involved paying 10 groups to write songs promoting ‘freedom of expression’The United States funded rock groups in Venezuela to record songs promoting democracy – and undermine the rule of Hugo Chávez – according to documents released after a Freedom of Information Act request.More than 10 bands were contracted in 2011 to produce new songs promoting freedom of expression in the oil-rich nation. The $22,970 scheme, which was to culminate in a battl...
Tags: Music, Americas, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, United States, Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, Chavez, National Endowment for Democracy NED

Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields: 'I used to live in a commune where music was forbidden'

As he releases Quickies, an LP of minature gems, the master songwriter contemplates a pop song’s perfect length – and whether Covd-19 has ended his career Stephin Merritt has just spent six weeks confined to his Manhattan apartment after contracting coronavirus. He was ill for 10 days, then recovered. He’s usually a crazily prolific songwriter – two of his band’s most celebrated albums, 50 Song Memoir and 69 Love Songs, obviously contain 119 songs between them – but he hasn’t come up with any ne...
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Betty Wright, US soul, funk and R&B singer, dies aged 66

Singer with remarkable vocal range had been sampled by generations of hip-hop and R&B artists, including Beyoncé and Mary J BligeThe soul, funk and R&B singer Betty Wright, celebrated across pop genres for her remarkable vocal prowess, has died aged 66. The cause of death was not immediately known but Wright’s niece confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: “Sleep in peace aunty Betty Wright. Fly high angel.” Continue reading...
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Bob Dylan announces first original album in eight years, Rough and Rowdy Ways

Album news revealed with release of third song from the project, swaggering blues number False ProphetBob Dylan has announced his first album of original songwriting in eight years.Rough and Rowdy Ways will be released on 19 June. It follows three albums of cover versions – Shadows in the Night (2015), Fallen Angels (2016) and triple album Triplicate (2017) – with his previous album of his own songs, Tempest, released in 2012. Continue reading...
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Brian Howe, hard rock singer who fronted Bad Company, dies aged 66

Singer who also worked with Ted Nugent and Megadeth dies at Florida home of a heart attackBrian Howe, the singer who fronted the British rock supergroup Bad Company for eight years, has died aged 66. He had a heart attack at his Florida home.Howe’s manager Paul Easton said: “It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Metal, Florida, UK News, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Megadeth, Ted Nugent, Howe, Brian Howe, Paul Easton

Taylor Swift disowns new live album, calling it 'shameless greed'

Singer complains of ‘tasteless’ release amid coronavirus crisis by former label Big Machine, owned by frequent adversary Scooter BraunTaylor Swift has disowned a new live album released under her name, calling it tasteless and “shameless greed” amid the coronavirus outbreak.The album, Live from Clear Channel Stripped 2008, was recorded when Swift was 18, around the release of her Grammy-winning second album, Fearless. The live album has been released by Big Machine, Swift’s former label that was...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, Music Industry, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Swift, Braun, Scooter Braun, Big Machine, Borchetta, Scott Borchetta Swift, Scooter BraunTaylor Swift

Beyoncé gives $6m to coronavirus relief, including mental health causes

Pop star unites with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey to support charities working with ‘communities of colour’Beyoncé has announced a donation of $6m for mental health and other initiatives during the coronavirus outbreak.The singer teamed up with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s relief fund #startsmall to make the donation to the National Alliance in Mental Health, University of California Los Angeles, and local community-based organisations working to improve mental health. In a statement on her webs...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Beyonce, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Charities, R&B, Jack Dorsey, Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus may have silenced New Orleans, but try listening closely

Even as the city mourns lost greats and its clubs are silent, musicians have taken to the streets with a special kind of concertAt the corner of Frenchman and Royal, in the heart of New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, the silence is chilling.On any normal day, in any normal time, this once busy intersection and its row of jazz clubs would pump drum beats and piano flourishes into the open, on to streets lined with people. Continue reading...
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'I’m just like Anne Frank, like Indiana Jones': Bob Dylan continues return to new songs

Nobel prize-winning songwriter follows 17-minute Murder Most Foul with I Contain Multitudes, referencing everything from Edgar Allan Poe to William Blake and the Rolling StonesBob Dylan has continued to release his first original music in eight years, with a song in which he compares himself to Anne Frank, Indiana Jones, the Rolling Stones and William Blake.At four and a half minutes, I Contain Multitudes is less lengthy than the song he returned with, Murder Most Foul, a 17-minute long track ab...
Tags: Music, Edgar Allan Poe, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Folk Music, Jfk, William Blake, Indiana Jones, Anne Frank, StonesBob Dylan, Anne Frank Indiana Jones

'Proust in streetwear': punk rock stylist Jimmy Webb dies at 62

New Yorker helped fashion looks for the likes of Iggy Pop, Madonna and Beyoncé Jimmy Webb, the New York stylist who helped dress the likes of Debbie Harry, the Ramones and Iggy Pop, has died aged 62.Webb was a salesman and a buyer at Trash and Vaudeville, a shop located in New York’s East Village, which came to define a punk rock style with skinny silhouettes and leather goods. Continue reading...
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Abort, retry, fail? How coronavirus is jeopardising music festivals

The 2020 festival season is over – or is it? Some events are trying to postpone until autumn, but the odds aren’t looking goodCoronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor many in the live music industry, 2020 is over. Big festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury and Download are cancelled. London’s month-long Meltdown festival has shifted to 2021 and the entire lineup – featuring hard-to-obtain stars such as Solange and als...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, London, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Festivals, Music Festivals, Grace Jones, Solange, Glastonbury, David Gray, Coronavirus outbreak

John Prine, US folk and country songwriter, dies aged 73 due to Covid-19 complications

Grammy-winning songwriter beloved of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash died on TuesdayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJohn Prine, the US folk and country singer beloved of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and more, has died aged 73 due to complications from Covid-19.Prine was hospitalised on 26 March, and was in intensive care for 13 days before dying on Tuesday, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee. Prine’s family confirmed his death to several US media outlets ...
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John Prine: singer-songwriter critically ill with Covid-19 symptoms, family says

Musician has been hospitalized since Thursday and has been placed on a ventilatorThe country musician John Prine has been hospitalised in a critical condition after experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. A post to his official Twitter account said that Prine, 73, had been hospitalised on Thursday and intubated on Saturday. “This is hard news for us to share,” it says. “But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on mo...
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