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[International Music Council] Music World News 07/2018

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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 07/2018 – 18 April 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

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

How a Russian Jewish lullaby turned into the anthem of the forgotten men and women of our country


The Lost Classics

A great deal is known about Greek instruments. Some archaeological remains have been found, mostly of pipes, and occasionally even of lyres.

History Today

Making opera a living art form, not a museum art form

That term “a living art form” translates into three things: new works, new artists and new audiences.


Saudi Arabias Bootleg Music Shops

Saudi’s cassette shops had a distinctive smell, of scorched plastic and desert dust.


Kendrick Lamar, premier rappeur à remporter le prix Pulitzer de musique

L’Américain, considéré comme le porte-parole de la communauté Afro-américaine, a reçu la récompense pour son album DAMN. Une première pour un artiste hors musique classique ou jazz.

Le Figaro

Music Industry

Universal Going Public?

The major’s recorded music streaming revenues more than doubled in the two years from 2015 to 2017 (€954m to €1.97bn) – in line with Spotify’s own turbo-speed growth.

Music Business Worldwide

Weathering Storms: The Paradox of China’s Music Industry in 2018

2017 was a mixed bag for music in China. There is potential for further fray in 2018, but there is also an afterglow of optimism from the highlights of last year.

China Music Radar

Live Nation Rules Music Ticketing, Some Say With Threats

In 2010, when the Justice Department allowed the two most dominant companies in the live music business — Live Nation and Ticketmaster — to merge, many greeted the news with dread.

The New York Times

Independent labels set for $60m payout from Latin American streaming services in 2018

The rise in revenues from Latin American territories outpaced the growth in more mature markets such as North America, the UK and Europe.

Music Business Worldwide

Les mutations de l’industrie musicale

Le disque est mort, vive le streaming ? Les récentes mutations de l’industrie musicale posent de nouvelles questions aux différents acteurs : comment s’adapter à des modes de consommation qui évoluent, comment pérenniser les modèles économiques tout en rémunérant équitablement la création musicale ?

France Culture

Music Education

What’s the Deal with Do Re Mi? The Story of Solfège

It’s fair to say that “Do-Re-Mi” is etched into the pop culture mind — you probably knew it before you took your first music class.


How music is transforming the lives of children in Uganda

If you found out that your son’s junior band had 30 brass instruments that were not going to be used anymore, what would you do?


Music education should be inclusive. So where are the disabled teachers?

Disabled educators can help make lessons more accessible to everyone at school – but many more are needed.

The Guardian

Hausser les performances scolaires par la musique et l’art

Les leçons de musique améliorent les performances académiques des enfants. Les habiletés cognitives telles que la mémoire à court terme, l’inhibition, la planification et le raisonnement sont rehaussées.

Science Presse

Policy, Research & Politics

Vietnam briefly detains dissident singer after European tour

Vietnamese singer and activist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, an outspoken campaigner for free speech, was briefly detained at an airport in the capital Hanoi on Tuesday after flying home from Europe.


A tale of colonisation – deep music connections for Māori, Caribbean

Two flags fly proud over the inaugural steelband festival in Auckland’s Silo Park, flapping in a brisk late summer breeze. Both are red, black and white; both tell a tale of colonisation.

Asia Pacific Report

In Turkey, Music Takes You Where a Travel Visa Can’t

In Turkey, journalists at magazines critical of the government, like Cumhuriyet, are currently being thrown in prison.


The Evaluation Journey – A Toolkit for Cultural Operators

How to set out to evaluate a cultural project? How to avoid getting lost amongst the wealth of different tools and methods available? How to define value in the cultural sector?


Pour un Fair Trade culturel avec l’Afrique

Un public de plus en plus nombreux s’intéresse aux créations d’artistes africains. Mais leur précarité demande des mesures pour les soutenir. Une sorte de Fair Trade, un commerce équitable des talents de là-bas.

La Libre

Technologies and media

YouTube hackers target music videos by artists including Taylor Swift and Drake

The video for Despacito, which had more than five billion views, was defaced and temporarily removed.

The Guardian

Something Called « High Definition Vinyl » Is on the Way

The new-and-improved vinyl will have « overall more faithful sound reproduction. »

Pigeons and Planes

6 things musicians should be doing on social media in 2018

Whether you’re a long-time aspiring musician or you’re looking to kickstart your career in music this year, here are some tips on how to succeed from the best musicians on the Internet.

Classic FM

Is Music the Glue That Will Get Us Through?

When we have instant access to every piece of music that we love, anywhere and anytime, something profound has happened.

The Journal of Music

Intelligence artificielle et musique

Ce que Spotify fabrique vraiment dans son laboratoire de recherche parisien.


The Pointy End

Think Tax Season is Tough? Bach Wrote Something For That

That is: taxes are a matter of the flesh; a legal duty which humans are bound to pay, the burden of which has no impact on matters of the spirit.


Japan’s station jingle maestro combines his two passions: music and trains

Minoru Mukaiya is one of the world’s most played musicians, with millions of people across Japan listening to his songs every day — but most of them don’t even notice.

The Japan Times

Infamous Fyre Festival to Get Hulu Documentary Series

The music festival story of 2017 wasn’t Beyoncé pulling out of Coachella but instead focused on the cancelled Fyre Festival.

Hype Beast

You Listen to Music At Work, and It Alters Your Mind. Yes, Seriously.

Many people feel that listening to music at work improves their mood. Others claim it even makes them more productive. Is there any merit to these impressions?



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