Music

2020 is a hell of a time to be doing anything, including releasing music, and it’s safe to say that most of the albums that have been released this year are landing in a world very different from the one in which they were created (except, of course, for Charli XCX’s made-in-quarantine “how i’m feeling
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Composer Max Steiner, whose scores for “King Kong,” “Gone With the Wind” and “Casablanca” placed him in the movie-music pantheon, isn’t much discussed today. He seems to belong to that old-school, pre-synthesizer world of orchestral scoring from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. But as author Steven C. Smith points out in his engrossing new biography
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Along with the social-change efforts announced by its parent company Universal Music Group earlier this week, Republic Records has announced its own campaign — one aspect of which is that the company will cease to use the term “urban” to describe black music. “ ‘Urban’ is rooted in the historical evolution of terms that sought
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Sony Music Group has announced the launch of a $100 million fund to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives around the world. The company — which includes all of its recorded-music and content divisions and music-publishing company — will immediately begin to donate to organizations that foster equal rights, according to the announcement. In making
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Kanye West is not only the highest-paid musician of 2020 — he’s the second-highest-paid celebrity overall, according to Forbes annual list, which dropped on Thursday. While far behind extended-family member Kylie Jenner, who topped the main list with $590 million, West is No. 2 with $170 million, far ahead of the next musician on the
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Steven C. Smith’s first book, 1991’s “A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann,” preceded — and arguably helped precipitate — a huge uptick of interest in that once neglected, now practically deified film composer. Almost three decades later, he’s published his second biography, “Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life
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BTS is not known for making political statements, but on Thursday the group issued a social media post early Thursday saying that they “stand together” against racial discrimination and used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. 우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.우리는 폭력에 반대합니다.나, 당신, 우리 모두는 존중받을 권리가 있습니다. 함께 하겠습니다. We stand against racial discrimination.We condemn violence.You, I and
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Toward the end of a harrowing week filled with protests against police violence, curfews, nearly every type of political discord and an ongoing pandemic, country singer Kane Brown has dropped a hopeful new song called “Worldwide Beautiful” that aims to highlight peace and equality. “White churches, black churches/ Different people, same hearses,“It’s kinda hard to
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Prosecutors in Seoul have requested the arrest of Lee Jae-yong, the heir and presumptive head of the Samsung Group. He is accused of stock price manipulation and audit violations within the massively complicated web of Samsung-related companies. Lee is closely related to Miky Lee, producer of Cannes- and Oscar-winning film “Parasite.” Lee Jae-yong (aka Jay
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Just days after CISAC elected Abba cofounder Bjorn Ulvaeus as its next president, the organization has elected South African singer-songwriter and actress Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Mexican composer Arturo Márquez as vice presidents, the organization announced Wednesday. CISAC represents more than 230 authors societies in over 120 countries, and through this community, its role is
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M. Shadows, frontman for the band Avenged Sevenfold, has written an eloquent essay in which he pleads for rock and metal fans to consider getting behind Black Lives Matter, offering an argument against the “all lives matter” comeback and expressing regrets over some of his own past imagery or attitudes. The rocker’s 900-word appeal for
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In light of the historic unrest that has gripped the nation since the police killing of George Floyd, there might be a temptation to describe “RTJ4” – the latest, and best, collaboration between rapper Killer Mike and rapper-producer El-P – as surprisingly prescient. The first full-length the odd-couple hip-hop duo has recorded in the Trump
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UPDATED: If at first a pandemic trips up your initial public offering, try, try again — even during a week of social unrest — especially when investors seem eager to test audio streaming waters in a reinvigorated stock market. That’s the incentive for Warner Music Group to revive the IPO that got scotched earlier this
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On the third floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., one photograph in particular stands out amid the generally august and serious portraits. While the image looks like it could have been taken at a hip-hop slumber party, the four women laughing in the photo are pioneers:
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The Weeknd, who on Monday donated $500,000 to black-empowerment organizations, urged the three major labels, Sony, Universal and Warner, and top two streaming services, Spotify and Apple, to “go big and public” with donations this week. “To my fellow respected industry partners and execs,” he wrote in a post on social media. “No one profits
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