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[International Music Council] Music World News 03/2018


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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 03/2018 – 07 February 2018

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

Ambient music at 40

Ambient Music has arrived at middle age. 2018 marks 40 years since the release of Brian Eno’s Music For Airports, which effectively introduced the term.


Popular music is more collaborative than ever

Hip-hop’s growing influence is bringing more guest artists into the recording studio.

The Economist

Frank Zappa’s jazz legacy

Frank Zappa left a huge legacy of pioneering music and outspoken opinions that has proved obliquely influential in shaping the style and attitudes of generations of rock and jazz musicians, while often upsetting their elders and certain establishment figures.

Jazzwise Magazine

L’exode musical du XXe siècle : vers un monde meilleur ?

Prokofiev, Stravinsky ou encore Schönberg, nombreux sont les musiciens à avoir quitté leur patrie, tantôt pour leur carrière, tantôt pour des raisons politiques. Imposés ou choisis, ces exils ont une incidence certaine sur leurs carrières et leurs œuvres musicales.

France Musique

Electronic music in East Asia

From Japan’s aging scene, to the recent growth in South Korea and Taiwan, electronic music in East Asia is in flux.

Resident Advisor

Music Industry

Music industry urges new EU presidency to support safe harbour reform

The music industry – and other copyright owning sectors – all reckon that user-upload websites like (and principally) YouTube are exploiting the so-called safe harbour in EU law in order to operate a streaming service that pays much lower royalties to rights owners.


Business Lessons From NAMM 2018 And The Music Industry

One of the educational events at NAMM 2018 was Retail Bootcamp. As I listened to the afternoon speaker, Larry Bailin, I was not all that surprised to learn that what the music industry is going through is actually happening in every industry.


Apple music has topped 36m subscribers worldwide

Apple Music’s paying subscriber base has surpassed 36m worldwide – a figure which remains about half the size of Spotify’s equivalent premium audience.

Music Business Worldwide

L’industrie de la musique pas réconciliée avec YouTube

Les nouveaux accords avec Universal, Sony et Warner sous-estiment encore les redevances auxquelles les majors de la musique estiment avoir droit.

Les Echos

Music Education

‘Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children’s mental health – and yet it’s under attack’

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.


How Do You Explain Harmony to a Child … or Herbie Hancock?

When you’re at a family cookout and a five-year-old asks you to explain the mysteries of life or the current state of geopolitics, you’ve got two options: You can either make something up and hope they never ask again, or just tell them enough to provide a basic grasp of the concept.


An introduction to sound engineering

Although it is inextricable from all areas where sound is produced, manipulated and presented, it is arguably most central in the world of music.

Music in Africa

Handicap : la musique pour avancer

Une leçon de piano pas comme les autres, où l’élève est autiste et non-voyante.

France TV

Mariachi Is Inspiring a Revolution in Music Education

Acoustic guitars are flying off the shelves at Iowa-based West Music, one of the country’s largest and oldest distributors of instruments for schools and school districts.

Acoustic Guitar

Policy, Research & Politics

Universal, Sony and Warner execs slam Recording Academy for being “woefully out of touch”

Some of the most senior female executives in the US music industry have co-signed a letter which heavily criticizes Grammys organizer the Recording Academy for being “woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly, society”.

Music Business Worldwide

Is Tanzania Going Too Far in Banning ‘Half Naked’ Photos?

The Tanzanian government could soon ban all sexually explicit content on social media. The Deputy Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sport has already called into her office a number of artists to caution them against promoting such content.

All Africa

Congress, It’s Time to Pay Musicians

Passing the Music Bus bill would go a long way to helping musicians earn a better paycheck. It’s actually an omnibus bill composed of three acts.

The New York Times

China takes aim at hip-hop, saying ‘low-taste content’ must stop

China’s censors have a new target in a widespread clamp-down on popular culture: the country’s nascent hip-hop scene, which resonated with Chinese youth last year on hugely popular television show “Rap of China.”


Industrie musicale et conflits au Niger

Situé dans une région de fortes turbulences géopolitiques, le Niger est un vaste espace fragile confronté à des tensions armées récurrentes particulièrement dans le sud-est du pays, où des affrontements appelés par les médias « rébellion touareg » ont repris en 2012.

Music in Africa

Technologies and media

Musicoin: Could It Revolutionise the Music Industry?

Musicoin ($MUSIC), a free-to-stream distributed ledger technology solution to issues pervading the modern music industry, is an ambitious project – so much so that its current white paper has the coin’s fourth stage of development titled as ‘Life on Mars’.

Market Mogul

War against the machines: how ai is changing the way we make music

AI has increasingly become associated with modernity and the age of convenience. While sophisticated Artificial Intelligence has been, until recent years, only a speculative feature of science fiction, it now drives our cars, provides us with medical diagnoses and plays—and conquers—the world’s greatest chess masters.

Electronic Beats

Spotify adds songwriter credits to desktop platform

Desktop users of Spotify are now able to right-click on a track and select ‘Show Credits’ from the options menu for information on performers, songwriters and producers.

Music Business Worldwide

Why Building More Rights Databases Won’t Solve The Music Industry Metadata Problem

We are all aware of the music industry’s metadata problem. Many collecting societies and publishers estimate that about 25 % of music publishing revenue doesn’t make it to its rightful owners due to lack of accurate metadata, and the industry is scrambling to find a viable solution.


The New Battle Over Acoustics in Performing Arts Venues

There is a revolution occurring in the world of room acoustics — how an indoor performance space sounds to audiences and performers — as new technologies allow for the electronic adjustment of any sound environment.

The Clyde Fitch Report

Rise, le nouveau tremplin de spotify

Le service de musique en streaming lance une plateforme pour promouvoir les artistes peu connus.

Le Matin

The Pointy End

Hidden tracks: the unreleased music from major stars we may never hear

News of ‘mind-blowing’ Prince music on the way isn’t the first time rumors of posthumous unheard songs have been teased from beyond the grave.

The Guardian

Do the Marleys Have an Unfair Advantage at the Grammys?

Jamaica is this cool place on the world map that is hardly visible, but everyone knows of the little rock because of its musical legacy.

Pop Matters

Jazz and Classical Pianists Use Their Brains Differently

Great minds don’t necessarily think alike when tinkling the ivories.

Atlas Obscura

Perhaps music really is a universal language

New research finds we can often identify a song’s intended purpose, even when it’s a product of a distant culture.

Pacific Standard

Why Do Orchestras Seem to Play Behind the Beat?

If someone ever criticizes you for being slightly off the mark or slow to react, tell them you’re modeling your actions after those in professional orchestras.



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