Policy, Research & Politics

Barbara Hannigan: no jacket required…

Who says women can't be conductors? Well, quite a lot of men. So what has the famous soprano Barbara Hannigan learned since she picked up the baton – and started waving it in a (shock!) sleeveless dress?

The Guardian

Hip-hop hijabis challenge stereotypes

It takes about three songs before the audience gets over the shock of hijabis running across the stage.

Al Jazeera

Canada: Viet Cong banned from playing because of their name

The Canadian art rockers Viet Kong have had a show in Ohio cancelled because their name 'deeply offends' some people.


'There's no life without music': the Malian musicians fighting Islamists with songs

All music was banned in northern Mali in 2012 by Islamist militants. But musicians such as Khaira Arby refused to accept it.

The Guardian

The Blurred Lines Between Homage and Plagiarism

The "Blurred Lines" trial wrapped up in Los Angeles this week. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye about $7.4 million in damages and profits earned, for what a federal jury understood to be a copyright infringement.

The New York Times

Playlist chansons politiques

L'Angleterre commémore ce mois-ci le 30ème anniversaire de la fin de la grève des mineurs qui marqua symboliquement le basculement du pays vers le libéralisme.

Les InRocks

Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

Within the 9-minute piece called, in Ukrainian, Marsh u Nebuttya (March to Oblivion), Tarm says he used two musical quotes, each about 45 seconds long.


The secret policy war at the Grammys

A virtually unknown appendage of the Library of Congress – a panel of three unelected judges known as the Copyright Royalty Board – is preparing for the first time in five years to approve new royalty rates that Internet services like Pandora have to pay record labels.


Pakistan: Music shops disappeared as result of war on music

Around 95 per cent of all music shops disappeared as result of war on music in Swat Valley.


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