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[International Music Council] Music World News 18/2017


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Music World News


The IMC Music World News eBulletin presents music news from around the world – brought to you by the International Music Council. The bulletin is emailed to subscribers every two weeks free of charge. It reaches more than 70 countries on all five continents. Click here to subscribe.  

Issue 18/2017 – 04 October 2017

Music World News is divided into six sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.

Music the artform and artists

Listen, Vote, Win

Listen, Vote, Win is an unique intiative that allows you to listen to the works presented at the last International Rostrum of Composers. These works are the most fresh compositions in the contemporary music world, they come from all over the world and you will not find them elsewhere!



The infamous software, whose primary function is infinitely broader and much trickier to discern than its signature robotic effect.

Red Bull Music Academy

Singular Voices: Maria Callas

The Callas we recall today is the public personality, not the artist. This is due to countless books, films and media reports that depict an angry, wounded soul.


Toy Pianos Aren’t Playing Around

Capable though these tiny instruments may be, they are considered lesser varieties of the instruments at their standard sizes and lack those instruments’ sonority, timbre, and overall quality; adult professionals will perform on full sizes.


The origins of South African music

The story of South African music is one of dialogue with imported forms, and varying degrees of hybridisation over the years.

Brand South Africa

Le Field Recording

Rencontre avec quelques grands noms du « Field Recording ». Ces artistes nous ouvrent leur univers pour un voyage à travers des « Paysages Sonores »

France Musique

Music Industry

Streaming has pushed Latin music into the mainstream

Now six of YouTube’s top ten music videos are predominantly in Spanish. In August the Billboard Hot 100, which tracks streams, sales and radio plays, sported seven Latin hits. Just five graced the chart in all of 2016.

The Economist

How To Make It In The Music Business

Illmind is a music producer. He isn’t famous. He doesn’t DJ at festivals in front of huge crowds. He’s not best friends with Drake. But the producers who do DJ for huge crowds, who are best friends with Drake — they know Illmind. They use his sounds. They text him when they’re working on a song that needs a little something.


Rolling Stone to be sold by Wenner Media

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner plans to sell his company’s controlling stake in the legendary magazine that chronicled the music and politics of the counterculture movement and changed music journalism forever.

CBC News

The 50 best-selling music artists of all time

England’s greatest rock band holds the top spot on the all-time ranking of best-selling artists by album sales, and it looks untouchable on a bizarre list filled with a number of surprising appearances.


China: Streaming music exclusives ultimately harm the music industry

A Chinese regulator has issued a strongly-worded notice to music streamers about signing music exclusives.

Digital Music News

La blockchain permet à l’industrie musicale de rééquilibrer son modèle économique

On voit donc qu’à l’heure où l’industrie musicale tente de se réinventer, la blockchain permet de rétablir l’équilibre entre d’une part les artistes et compositeurs, et d’autre part les consommateurs finaux.

Le Temps

Music Education

UK: Fewer teenagers engaging in music activities than ever before

The proportion of teenagers participating in music activities, including practising and playing an instrument to an audience, has fallen to its lowest level since Taking Part started measuring young people’s participation in the arts in 2008/09.

Arts Professional

Choral singing boosts mindfulness

The physical and psychological benefits of choral singing have become crystal clear in recent years.

Pacific Standard

The 21st Century Music Curriculum- Why Guitar?

Who could have predicted the rapid pace of technological development – development that has altered and disrupted both the way today’s youth experience, create, and consume music, and the ways teachers approach their craft?

Oxford University Press

L’éducation musicale en Allemagne : en avant la pratique !

L’Allemagne, pays de la musique classique ? Oui, pour 88% des Allemands qui estiment que la musique classique fait partie de l’héritage culturel du pays. A l’occasion des élections fédérales outre-Rhin, nous nous intéressons au système d’enseignement musical allemand.

France Musique

Policy, Research & Politics

Egypt: Seven arrested for flying LGBT flag at concert; band banned

Egyptian authorities arrested seven men on 25 September 2017 who have been accused of being gay and promoting homosexuality after they raised a rainbow flag symbolizing the LGBT movement at a concert on Friday 22 September by Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila, whose lead singer is openly gay.


Gwo ka: Guadeloupe’s Drums of Discord

For 44 days in 2009, the overseas French administrative district of Guadeloupe was immobilised in an unprecedented general strike.

Red Bull Music Academy

50 Cent says Trump offered him $500,000 to join presidential campaign

The musician and actor was discussing the Trump administration on US radio station Hot 97 when he mentioned the president’s proposal, adding that he believed it was motivated by a desire to appeal to black voters.

The Guardian

Palestinian orchestra uses ‘music as resistance’

Despite Israeli restrictions, Gaza-based musicians gave a rare performance with the Palestine Youth Orchestra.

Al Jazeera

Angélique Kidjo : « Toute ma vie, j’ai associé la musique avec l’émancipation des femmes »

Je ne serais pas arrivée là si…mon père n’avait pas mis ses trois filles à l’école. Lui si calme, si digne, si pince-sans-rire, pouvait se transformer en lion furieux sur la question de l’éducation.

Le Monde

Technologies and media

Uncovering How Streaming Is Changing the Sound of Pop

Hit-making songwriters and producers reveal the ways they are tailoring tracks to fit a musical landscape dominated by streaming.


The next big act out of Abbey Road could be an AI startup

Abbey Road Red is connecting technology startups with the famous studio’s experts and facilities


Senegalese Music Start-Ups Race to Be West Africa’s Spotify

Senegalese start-ups are testing a fledgling market for online music platforms in French-speaking West Africa, where interest in digital entertainment is growing but a lack of credit cards has prevented big players from making inroads.


Music And Technology: 4 Disrupters You Must Pay Attention To

As the music industry continues its second year of promising recovery following the disruption of the digital marketplace and embraces streaming as the dominant form of music consumption, the question is already being raised – what technology will be the next industry disruptor.


Musiques africaines et nouvelles technologies : quelles perspectives ?

Depuis la naissance d’internet, et le développement exponentiel des nouvelles technologies, nos modes de vies ont radicalement changé. Pour le milieu musical, c’est un vaste bouleversement, progressif, particulièrement en Afrique.

Music in Africa

The Pointy End

Turning Irregular Heartbeats Into Music

A set of piano pieces could help doctors better understand heart rhythm disorders.


Bowie, Bach and Bebop: How music powered Basquiat

He sold his first painting to Debbie Harry and titled works after bebop greats; his band was hailed by David Byrne and his art by David Bowie. For Basquiat, music was a crucial part of the canvas

The Independent

What Happened to the Negative Music Review?

If you rely on reviews to decide what books to buy, movies to watch or restaurants to visit, you may have noticed something strange when it comes to pop music: Negative reviews have become extremely rare.

Wall Street Journal

The songs they sent to space

In 1977 NASA chose music to from across our globe and launched it to infinity. 40 years later, Late Junction wants to know what songs you would send to space today?



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