Policy, Research & Politics

Political Music, Musical Politics

The intersection of music and politics is perennially fascinating. Within the world of classical music, tenacious ideas about music’s aesthetic autonomy, its purported status as timeless Art-with-a-capital-A, often rub up uncomfortably with actual musical practice.

New Music Box

Religious vocals to replace soft music on Pakistan International Airlines flights

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the national flag carrier of Pakistan, will stop playing soft music or muzak during flights.

India Today

Study Explores How Political Rap Music Can Influence Black Feminist Attitudes

Exposure to political rap music can affect listeners’ attitudes about women and black feminism, a new study by a Georgia State University political scientist has found.

Georgia State University

Nigéria: Quand musique, politique et jeunesse font bon ménage

Dans le perspective de la présidentielle, plus de 400 jeunes ont été mis à contributions à travers leurs chansons.

VOA

Where Do The Grammys Go From Here?

This year’s awards honored more women and people of color in a ceremony that seemed more relevant to today’s music business, but still made some missteps. What’s next?

Billboard

After a brief rebellion, the EU link tax and upload filter will move to a final vote

The hated Articles 11 and 13 of the EU Copyright Directive remain intact after final efforts to remove them fail.

The Verge

Pop Songs Have Gotten Angrier Over the Decades

A new study finds that pop music increasingly expresses rage against the machine—and almost everything else.

Pacific Standard

Young people are turning to classical music to escape ‘noise of modern life’

Backers of new radio station say research shows a growing audience for the classics among under-35s.

The Guardian

An Iranian pop star challenges the regime

Once a favourite of the mullahs, Mehdi Yarrahi’s music is now testing their tolerance.

The Economist


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