Policy, Research & Politics

Why Putin is learning to love rap

Russian authorities are canceling shows and cracking down on artists speaking a little too freely.

Politico

The Google Campaign to Scare Musicians

Campaigning by the company against new EU legislation focusses on artists, but the implications for its own business model are the big issue.

The Journal of Music

Female artists dominate Grammy Awards

Female musicians who not only write their own lyrics, but produce their songs too, are taking center stage at the 2019 Grammy Awards, a year after female voices were shut of the show’s major categories.

Telegraph

1er Festival de Musique Arabe Engangée

Le festival se veut une plateforme dédiée à la découverte de jeunes talents tunisiens, maghrébins et arabes qui ont choisi de chanter la révolution, la lutte, l’égalité, la paix.

Kapitalis

Spotify Now Lets You Completely Mute Artists

Following Spotify’s “Hateful Conduct” policy that was introduced last year, which erased artists such as XXXTentacion and R. Kelly from playlists and promotions due to increasing moral concerns, the streaming giant has now nullified the policy to increase these abilities for its users.

Hypebeast

Bridges built by the power of K-pop and J-pop

This year hasn’t been a particularly warm one for the relationship between Japan and South Korea. Ongoing tension stemming from Japan’s colonization of its neighbour up to the end of World War II have bubbled up once again, affecting everything from music to tourism.

The Japan Times

Diversity Rocks! Why A Gender-Equal Lineup Is The New Normal For Spanish Festival Primavera Sound

Against a backdrop of growing frustration with the absurdity of conference stages being dominated with all-male panels, and music festival stages offering predictably “pale, male and stale” lineups, Spanish festival Primavera Sound has declared that gender equality is the “new normal”.

Forbes

What has the music industry actually learned from the Avicii tragedy?

The conversation around mental health in electronic music has moved forward this year - but bad habits still remain.

Mix Mag

Music censorship in Africa

Music is one of the most effective ways to bring about social and political change. This is particularly true in Africa where socio-political challenges define the general atmosphere on the continent.

Music in Africa


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