Policy, Research & Politics

Ryan Tedder slams 'ludicrous' copyright cases

Ryan Tedder has written some of pop's biggest hits, including Beyonce's Halo, Ed Sheeran's Happier and, for his own band OneRepublic, Counting Stars. But he says pop is in danger of being stifled by the rise in copyright cases.


Youtubers and record labels are fighting, and record labels keep winning

Copyright issues have plagued YouTube and its community for years, but creators are calling this moment in time one of the worst eras for trying to navigate the platform.

The Verge

We Won’t Be Silenced

Fresh from a sold-out concert tour of the U.K. and Sweden, Afghanistan’s first female conductor is convinced music can help deliver peace to her war-torn country. If only the Taliban would listen.


Fear of music

The West Java branch of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission became the latest party to jump on the melophobia bandwagon.

The Jakarta Post

La musique, c'est ma manière de faire de la politique

Condamné par la justice espagnole, le rappeur de Majorque est réfugié depuis un an en Belgique.

Le Vif

Songs of freedom: The soundtracks of political change in Sudan

The uprising in Sudan has been vocal – and musical. 'Tasqut bas!' – just fall, that’s all – was a commonly used slogan by Sudanese as they revolted against military dictator Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule. The uprising, which began in December 2018, intensified over the following weeks, forcing Al-Bashir to step down on 11 April 2019.

Music in Africa

In Beirut, clubbing is its own kind of democracy

Beirut is a city long synonymous with the idea of progressiveness in the Middle East. But 30 years on from a devastating civil war that lasted fifteen years, maintaining that reputation is still a constant battle, and the city's nightlife scene is on the frontline.


Pop Music Lyrics Are More Violent Than Those in Hip-Hop

New research finds that contemporary songs in both genres are the most likely to contain violent imagery.

Pacific Standard

Space for the wrong

On a recent evening in Berlin, the pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski performed his virtuosic variations on a Chilean protest song, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”


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