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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 04/2018 – 21 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

Metallica, Afghanistan National Institute Of Music Named Polar Music Prize Laureates 2018

The committee receives nominations from the public as well as from the International Music Council, the UNESCO founded NGO which promotes geographical and musical diversity.


Border Percussion

Border Percussion: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube.

The New York Times

No Hope, No Fear: Industrial Music in Zagreb

It was at a secondhand shop for electronics in the former Yugoslavia where, in 1982, Vladislav Knezević found a cassette by chance. It was a bootleg copy of Für Immer, by Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.

Red Bull Music Academy

Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

It has been said that we are living in a golden age of music fandom; with a single click, we can access almost every piece of music ever recorded, and for less than it would cost to hear a single song on a jukebox in 1955.


Get to Know These 7 Traditional Chinese Instruments

What better way to commemorate the Lunar New Year than by learning about Chinese musical culture?


La musique ou poétique de la vulgarité ?

Une composition musicale, si elle est dite triviale ou peu distinguée, peut être pourvue d’une qualité expressive à part entière, vivifiante et intéressante.


Music Industry

5 Major Music Industry moves set to rock 2018

Streaming at least appears to be, at last, starting to turn real profits for all concerned. Vinyl is back, in a relatively small but strong way.

Midem Blog

Gibson: Iconic guitar brand reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy

Company is particularly known for making instruments for artists like BB King, Slash, Santana and Bob Marley.

The Independent

Opportunity in the Global Music Industry Brings New Challenges as Services Find One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Even with the turnaround news of the last few years, there could be more good news ahead for the music industry.


How 30-Year-Old Rihanna Changed The Music Industry

Yes, RiRi is often given props for her status as a cultural influencer. What sometimes gets lost in the conversation surrounding her, however, is the singer’s historic impact on the world of pop music.

Refinery 29

Sony is technically the biggest music company in the world

When asked who the biggest music rights company in the world is today, most people’s minds would immediately leap to Universal – and for good reason.

Music Business Worldwide

Musique : quelle major a dominé 2017 ?

Toujours tirées par le streaming, les trois grandes maisons de disques ont présenté des résultats financiers positifs.

Les Echos

Music Education

Liberal Arts in the Data Age

College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often — and by so many people — that it should come printed on their diplomas.


To foster a love of art in children, we must teach it at primary school

If we want children to value art, we must give them access to it early on in life. Here’s how primary schools can make space for creativity.

The Guardian

How best to introduce your child to playing music

Group classes, just to get them exposed to music and having fun with it, is going to be more beneficial.

Irish Times

Les formations à la comédie musicale en France

La comédie musicale est à la mode et le genre séduit de plus en plus de jeunes. Peut-on s’y former en France ?

France Musique

Policy, Research & Politics

Obama Is the Most Name-Dropped President in Music

Music reflects culture, so of course politics makes its way into songs.


The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

In her 38-year career, which is as long as the history of the Islamic republic, Iran’s first and only female conductor had led as many public performances as the number of fingers that hold her baton.

The Guardian

Chinese Music Industry Reacts to Government’s Hip-Hop Ban

Last month China’s state media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), issued a statement apparently banning hip-hop culture and people with tattoos from appearing on television.


The Grammys Snub of “Despacito” is Absurd but Not Surprising

The Grammys has never been an arbiter of taste—even when they get it “right,” it appears to be accidental, like a broken clock being right twice a day.


How Masekela’s Journeys in Exile Shaped His Music and Politics

Masekela knew some formative moments during his own long exile. Radical black internationalism, pan-Africanism and anti-apartheid resistance were all woven into the texture of his sound.

All Africa

De la musique du Sud jouée en Corée du Nord, une première depuis des années

L’orchestre nord-coréen Samjiyon a joué plusieurs chansons du Sud lors d’un concert donné vendredi à Pyongyang devant des responsables du parti unique.

Le Parisien

Technologies and media

The coolest music gadgets at NAMM 2018

Anaheim’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show featured plenty of traditional instruments, but as always, there was also a lot of cool music tech.

The Verge

Mobile music-making: the best new music apps

Five years ago, apps were being heralded as a potential future for cultural publishing.


How 5G could change everything from music to medicine

The lightning quick « next generation » wireless technology is expected to power self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart cities and networked robots.


How Virtual Assistants Have Taken Over the Music Industry and Beyond

Virtual assistants are a ripple in the unstoppable wave of automation.


Qwant Music : la révolution de la musique en streaming se prépare

Tout l’univers d’un artiste rassemblé sur une seule page : c’est le principe de Qwant Music.

France 3

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

The Pointy End

The case against subwoofers for music

For home theatre and games, sure, subwoofers can provide deep bass oomph that speakers alone can’t match.


Here’s why you don’t like new music any more

Every week, Spotify and Apple Music are flooded with a slew of new, zeitgeist-defining albums that are yours for the streaming.

AV Club

For Snowboarders, the Music Matters as Much as the Gear

At the Olympic snowboard events, the party-like atmosphere includes dance music booming in the background and loud gasps of “ooooh” and “ahhhh” from the lively crowds responding to every high-flying trick.

The New York Times

“The internet is a devastating wasteland”: How social media could be making musicians sick

Making and sharing music has never been more accessible than it is right now. Even as listeners, we know this: we can get our music on Bandcamp and SoundCloud, no major labels required.

FACT Magazine

Vinification musicale: au son du tanin

La musique ne fait pas qu’adoucir les mœurs : elle bonifierait aussi le vin.



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