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[International Music Council] Music World News 22/2017

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 22/2017 – 29 November 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

Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory

To make sense of human voices, we rely on senses beyond hearing. The songs of Taylor Swift can be sweet and soft. Lady Gaga’s singing feels dark. Johnny Cash’s voice was low and rough.


‘The status quo will be obliterated!’ – the inventors making their own musical instruments

Hundreds of people are beavering away, hoping to create their own game-changing instrument – but most won’t sell a single one. Will any change the future of music?

The Guardian

Uganda: What Can Ugandan Music Tap From Congolese Music Journey?

In spite of an attempt to create an East African music identity, almost all pop-culture music and dances from East Africa still retain a lot of strokes and moves from Congo.

All Africa

China: The new trend of village festivals

Lanting Royal Music Festival is exceptional, but not alone. It is one of the few examples of village festivals where the mission of a musical founder is met with the passion of a real estate developer.


Que sait-on de la place de la musique dans l’Antiquité ?

Réussit-on à déchiffrer les rares partitions fragmentaires grecques et mésopotamiennes qui nous sont parvenues ? 

France Musique

Music Industry

Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?

Can cryptocurrency AudioCoin truly revolutionize the music industry. Or will it end up as yet another failed initiative?

Digital Music News

Industry Critic Neil Young Will Now Give His Music Away Free

Longtime music industry critic Neil Young, who has spent decades railing against a rigged music business that undervalues creators, has announced that he’ll be making a comprehensive archive of his extensive catalog available for free, at least at launch.


Is The YouTube Effect Helping Fuel The Latin Music Global Explosion?

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee broke all sorts of records this year with their global hit “Despacito.” Their song remained No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks, led charts around the world and its music video became the first in YouTube history to reach 4 billion views, achieving that milestone in just 272 days.


The World’s Highest-Paid Women In Music 2017

Shortly after Adele took home the Grammy award for Album of the Year in February, she broke it in half–with the intention of physically sharing it with Beyoncé, the internet concluded—in recognition of the latter’s Lemonade.


CISAC Music Royalty Collections Grow to $8.4 Billion

Even With YouTube & Others ‘Driving Down the Value of Our Works’.


L’industrie de la musique fait à nouveau rêver les financiers

Le champagne n’est pas encore débouché. Mais l’effervescence est en train de gagner la filière de la musique. La raison? Depuis quelques semaines, les signaux positifs se multiplient sur un retour fort et durable de la croissance, après des années de vaches maigres.

Le Figaro

Music Education

Rethinking the singalong

What I am proposing is that you purposefully put the singalong into a different category in your mind.

Oxford University Press

Can You Develop Perfect Pitch?

Perfect pitch is obviously an enviable trait among musicians. But can you develop it for yourself? Is it even that important?

Guitar World

12 Reasons to Let Your Kid Major In Music

1. They won’t spend four years trying to decide what to major in.

Digital Music News

A Guide to Breaking Cultural Barriers in Today’s Orchestra Classroom

The orchestra classroom of yesterday has evolved. The days when orchestra programs were only available to the affluent Caucasian and Asian people groups are fading, and the growth of diverse orchestra programs are gaining momentum.


Musique et éducation : des enjeux politiques aussi ?

La musique vaut sans doute mieux qu’une rentrée en musique une fois l’an. Bien plus qu’un loisir, elle est aussi autre chose qu’une activité artistique, qu’un luxe éducatif.


Policy, Research & Politics

‘Silence is betrayal’: the jazz musicians putting the political into their playing

From Martin Luther King to Hendrix, and New Orleans to Bengal, jazz musicians are examining history, power, politics and even identity in radical and vital music.

The Guardian

Music and Politics 2017

In 2016, the world saw many public figures, including major artists and music industry figures, take sides and endorse candidates during the American presidential election.

University Observer

Burundi: When drumming becomes political

On 20 October 2017, the President of the Central African Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, signed an act that would deal with the legal regulation of … playing drums.


In the Arab media world, politics is in the spotlight.

A burgeoning music scene and the political revolutions of 2011 in the Arab world created the perfect opening for better music writing.

Nieman Lab

Rokia Traoré: Le meilleur de l’art africain est pour l’étranger

Artiste résolument engagée, elle crée en 2009 la Fondation Passerelle à Bamako, pour permettre aux Maliens de bénéficier de structures pour l’apprentissage, la diffusion, les rencontres et tout simplement l’expression artistique, dans un pays ou la culture n’existe pas dans la sphère économique.

Citizen Jazz

Technologies and media

How modern music technology has evolved over the years

When you’re sitting in the park listening to music on your wireless speaker, you’re probably too busy enjoying the vibe to pontificate on the science and innovation that brought music and technology to where it is today.


Best in music tech 2017

2017 feels like it’s flown by in a crazy and slightly bewildering flash, but it can’t have escaped your notice that we’re into its final furlong.

Music Radar

‘We could build something revolutionary’: how tech set underground music free

YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

The Guardian

Un site rassemble des milliers d’instruments de musique de collection

Le Royal College of Music a lancé un musée présentant des milliers d’instruments anciens, provenant d’environ 200 collections différentes. Chaque pièce est accompagnée d’une fiche d’identité, de photos et parfois de vidéos.

France Musique

The Pointy End

The etiquette box: The culture of classical music needs redress

It’s time for classical music presenters to think outside the box.

Sight Lines

Orchestra Playing ‘The Rite of Spring’ Without a Conductor

A work like that needs a skilled conductor to hold everything together, a fact that makes the orchestra Les Dissonances’ recent performance all the more impressive.


Hide And Seek

For a while, hidden tracks were everywhere, especially during the CD era. But thanks to streaming music, there’s nowhere to put them. Is that good or bad?


Le Sultanat d’Oman, nouveau paradis pour l’opéra

Depuis quelques années, les pays du monde arabe, et plus spécialement de la péninsule arabique, ont inauguré des salles d’opéra.

France Musique


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