Policy, Research & Politics

Obama Is the Most Name-Dropped President in Music

Music reflects culture, so of course politics makes its way into songs.


The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

In her 38-year career, which is as long as the history of the Islamic republic, Iran’s first and only female conductor had led as many public performances as the number of fingers that hold her baton.

The Guardian

Chinese Music Industry Reacts to Government's Hip-Hop Ban

Last month China's state media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), issued a statement apparently banning hip-hop culture and people with tattoos from appearing on television.


The Grammys Snub of “Despacito” is Absurd but Not Surprising

The Grammys has never been an arbiter of taste—even when they get it “right,” it appears to be accidental, like a broken clock being right twice a day.


How Masekela's Journeys in Exile Shaped His Music and Politics

Masekela knew some formative moments during his own long exile. Radical black internationalism, pan-Africanism and anti-apartheid resistance were all woven into the texture of his sound.

All Africa

De la musique du Sud jouée en Corée du Nord, une première depuis des années

L’orchestre nord-coréen Samjiyon a joué plusieurs chansons du Sud lors d’un concert donné vendredi à Pyongyang devant des responsables du parti unique.

Le Parisien

Universal, Sony and Warner execs slam Recording Academy for being “woefully out of touch”

Some of the most senior female executives in the US music industry have co-signed a letter which heavily criticizes Grammys organizer the Recording Academy for being “woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly, society”.

Music Business Worldwide

Is Tanzania Going Too Far in Banning 'Half Naked' Photos?

The Tanzanian government could soon ban all sexually explicit content on social media. The Deputy Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sport has already called into her office a number of artists to caution them against promoting such content.

All Africa

Congress, It’s Time to Pay Musicians

Passing the Music Bus bill would go a long way to helping musicians earn a better paycheck. It’s actually an omnibus bill composed of three acts.

The New York Times

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