Policy, Research & Politics

Mexico: Drug ballads banned in Chihuahua

In July 2013 alone, four musical acts have been fined for violating a law prohibiting the performance of songs in the genre – one which often heralds the exploits of drug cartel members.


Russia hints at visa obstacles for western pop acts after gay row

Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bloodhound Gang have all voiced public disapproval of Russian anti-gay laws. But in future, promoters could find it harder to get US artists into the country.

The Guardian

Israeli and Palestinian bands unite in 'metal brotherhood'

They are united by facial hair, frayed jeans and a love of heavy metal – plus a belief that music is above politics, religion and conflict.

The Guardian

We're the Cultural Commons Collecting Society, an Alternative to GEMA, PRS, and SACEM

European collection societies are often notorious bulldogs, but they also seem to bite everyone. Groups like PRS for Music in the UK and GEMA in Germany often impose strict exclusivity clauses over artists, while making cross-border licensing a multi-year, bankrupt-inducing headache.

Digital Music News

Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

While anti-austerity protesters throw Molotov cocktails in the streets of Athens or blockade parliament in Madrid, their Portuguese counterparts are singing songs in the street, 1960s-style.


What's up with protest songs?

There was a time when protest songs weren't just mainstream, they were major hits. Now, you'd struggle to find a single track in the charts or on the radio that has a political message.


Pussy Riot lambast Putin, Russia's oil industry in new video

The Pussy Riot punk band took aim at President Vladimir Putin and how he runs Russia's oil industry on Tuesday in its first video for almost a year.


Hip hop a poor cop in a white man's world

Ask indigenous hip hop artist Jimblah if there is racism in the Australian music industry and he gives a resounding yes.

The Age

A New Agreement Between Authors' Societies And ARTE To Remunerate Creators For All ARTE's Services

The European cultural channel ARTE and authors' societies signed a new agreement.


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