Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura … – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted by Google News | Industry News | jueves 27 febrero 2014 3:12 am

“Every day of the last two years of my course I considered quitting. I’d have
low points thinking, ‘Why am I doing this? I’m not happy’. There was a lack
of support from the conservatoire.

“I can deal with bullies, but it was a shame there wasn’t much support for
what I was doing. I wanted to represent [the college] and be proud to do so.
But I got a first and was very proud of that.”

A Royal College of Music spokesman said: “We are sorry Laura feels she wasn’t
supported. We are very proud of Laura, and regularly celebrated her many
achievements in our magazine.

“We have an exceedingly firm policy that bullying will not be tolerated. Laura
didn’t bring this issue to our attention.”

Ms Wright is due to sing God Save The Queen at the England v Wales match at
Twickenham on March 9.

The rugby-playing soprano, who sang the National Anthem ahead of England’s Six
Nations clash with Ireland at Twickenham has revealed that she has been on
the receiving end of mocking renditions of the anthem from rival players
during matches for her club Rosslyn Park.

Source Article from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/10663936/Bullies-almost-forced-me-to-quit-Royal-College-of-Music-says-soprano-Laura-Wright.html

Nick Gatfield exits Sony Music – musicweek.com

Posted by Google News | Industry News | jueves 27 febrero 2014 3:12 am

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Katy Perry causes offence by burning ‘Allah’ pendant in new music video – The Independent

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 10:08 pm

More than 50,000 Muslims have pledged their support for the video to be removed because of an offending scene, which shows an Islamic necklace burned by lightning shot from Perry’s fingers.

Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, West Yorkshire, who started the Change.org petition, said the burning of the pendant with the Arabic word for God was «blasphemous» and «distasteful». 

“At 01.15 into the video ‘Dark Horse’, a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word ‘Allah’, which is the Arabic word for God,” Iqbal wrote.

“Such goes to show, that blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames.”

He added: “Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”

Most signatures so far have come from Britain, but people from Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have also entered into the debate.

“Absolutely disgusted at the music industry for allowing this to happen,” wrote Bilal Khan from Birmingham. “Music should be about spreading love not hate.”

Faeezah Shaik from South Africa also commented: “Artists should consider the impact their ‘art’ would have on society and not just go ahead and do things for the sake of being controversial.”

Perry is also seen pole-dancing with bizarre cat-human bodyguards in her latest video, which has amassed over 30 million views.


The Allah pendant hangs around this man's neck (left)The Allah pendant hangs around this man’s neck (left)

The US pop star grew up in a devout Christian home as both her parents were traveling Pentecostal ministers. She started her career singing Christian Gospel music before deciding to change track.

Perry recently told Marie Claire that she now has no identification with any religion or “old man sitting on a throne” but still feels “a deep connection with God”.

It is not the first time Perry has been criticised for her portrayal of other cultures. She received a strong backlash for her ‘Japanese’ performance of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards last November.

Other singers to be accused of cultural insensitivity include Lily Allen, whose video “Hard Out Here” was labelled racist because of the twerking black backing dancers

Rihanna was also ordered to leave an Abu Dhabi mosque last year after compromising the “sanctity of the site” by posing for a photoshoot.

Perry seems to have no qualms about her controversial behaviour, as she recently attended Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour and enjoyed a front row kiss with the “Wrecking Ball” singer.

Source Article from http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/katy-perry-causes-offence-by-burning-allah-pendant-in-new-music-video-9153998.html

Katy Perry causes offence by burning ‘Allah’ pendant in ‘Dark Horse’ music video – The Independent

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 10:08 pm

More than 50,000 Muslims have pledged their support for the video to be removed because of an offending scene, which shows an Islamic necklace burned by lightning shot from Perry’s fingers.

Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, West Yorkshire, who started the Change.org petition, said the burning of the pendant with the Arabic word for God was «blasphemous» and «distasteful». 

“At 01.15 into the video ‘Dark Horse’, a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word ‘Allah’, which is the Arabic word for God,” Iqbal wrote.

“Such goes to show, that blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames.”

He added: “Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”

Most signatures so far have come from Britain, but people from Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have also entered into the debate.

“Absolutely disgusted at the music industry for allowing this to happen,” wrote Bilal Khan from Birmingham. “Music should be about spreading love not hate.”

Faeezah Shaik from South Africa also commented: “Artists should consider the impact their ‘art’ would have on society and not just go ahead and do things for the sake of being controversial.”

Perry is also seen pole-dancing with bizarre cat-human bodyguards in her latest video, which has amassed over 30 million views.


The Allah pendant hangs around this man's neck (left)The Allah pendant hangs around this man’s neck (left)

The US pop star grew up in a devout Christian home as both her parents were traveling Pentecostal ministers. She started her career singing Christian Gospel music before deciding to change track.

Perry recently told Marie Claire that she now has no identification with any religion or “old man sitting on a throne” but still feels “a deep connection with God”.

It is not the first time Perry has been criticised for her portrayal of other cultures. She received a strong backlash for her ‘Japanese’ performance of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards last November.

Other singers to be accused of cultural insensitivity include Lily Allen, whose video “Hard Out Here” was labelled racist because of the twerking black backing dancers

Rihanna was also ordered to leave an Abu Dhabi mosque last year after compromising the “sanctity of the site” by posing for a photoshoot.

Perry seems to have no qualms about her controversial behaviour, as she recently attended Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour and enjoyed a front row kiss with the “Wrecking Ball” singer.

Source Article from http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/katy-perry-causes-offence-by-burning-allah-pendant-in-dark-horse-music-video-9153998.html

Katy Perry causes offence by burning ‘Allah’ pendant in ‘Dark Horse’ music video – The Independent

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 4:57 pm

More than 50,000 Muslims have pledged their support for the video to be removed because of an offending scene, which shows an Islamic necklace burned by lightning shot from Perry’s fingers.

Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, West Yorkshire, who started the Change.org petition, said the burning of the pendant with the Arabic word for God was «blasphemous» and «distasteful». 

“At 01.15 into the video ‘Dark Horse’, a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word ‘Allah’, which is the Arabic word for God,” Iqbal wrote.

“Such goes to show, that blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames.”

He added: “Using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”

Most signatures so far have come from Britain, but people from Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have also entered into the debate.

“Absolutely disgusted at the music industry for allowing this to happen,” wrote Bilal Khan from Birmingham. “Music should be about spreading love not hate.”

Faeezah Shaik from South Africa also commented: “Artists should consider the impact their ‘art’ would have on society and not just go ahead and do things for the sake of being controversial.”

Perry is also seen pole-dancing with bizarre cat-human bodyguards in her latest video, which has amassed over 30 million views.


The Allah pendant hangs around this man's neck (left)The Allah pendant hangs around this man’s neck (left)

The US pop star grew up in a devout Christian home as both her parents were traveling Pentecostal ministers. She started her career singing Christian Gospel music before deciding to change track.

Perry recently told Marie Claire that she now has no identification with any religion or “old man sitting on a throne” but still feels “a deep connection with God”.

It is not the first time Perry has been criticised for her portrayal of other cultures. She received a strong backlash for her ‘Japanese’ performance of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards last November.

Other singers to be accused of cultural insensitivity include Lily Allen, whose video “Hard Out Here” was labelled racist because of the twerking black backing dancers

Rihanna was also ordered to leave an Abu Dhabi mosque last year after compromising the “sanctity of the site” by posing for a photoshoot.

Perry seems to have no qualms about her controversial behaviour, as she recently attended Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour and enjoyed a front row kiss with the “Wrecking Ball” singer.

Source Article from http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/katy-perry-causes-offence-by-burning-allah-pendant-in-dark-horse-music-video-9153998.html

Here Is a Map of Every State’s Favorite Band – TIME

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 4:57 pm

The Echo Nest provides a music intelligence platform to hugely popular services like Rdio, Spotify and MTV, so they have a ton of data on what people across America like to listen to. By digging into this well of information they were able to discern what states listen to specific bands more than other states and created a map that displays that data. For more info check out the blog of Paul Lamere, director of developer platform at The Echo Nest, who broke down the data further.

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(h/t Business Insider)

Source Article from http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/25/here-is-a-map-of-every-states-favorite-band/

Oscars 2014 FAQ: There’s Music at the Academy Awards This Year! – SPIN (blog)

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 4:56 pm

The 86th Academy Awards are Sunday, March 2, and this year there’s a bunch for music fans to sort through ahead of the big night. Let SPIN guide you through the 2014 Oscars to those glinting moments of sound and fury:

When and where does the show actually happen?

The Oscars will broadcast live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, March 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET. The red carpet coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

Who’s hosting the awards show?

Ellen DeGeneres, back for the second time after a 2007 hosting stint that won her (awards show synergy!) an Emmy. In a statement, the Beats Music pitchwoman quipped, «You know what they say — the third time’s the charm.» Yeah, she can do that.

Who’s performing?

Karen O, Pharrell Williams, U2, and Frozen star Idina Menzel will perform this year’s Best Original Song entries. The latest additions are Pink, the singer-actress known for her high-flying award-show act, and Bette Midler, surprisingly enough making her divine debut on the Oscar stage.

Okay, what are the nominees for Best Original Song?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is up for intimate Her ballad «The Moon Song,» which has lyrics co-written by the film’s director, Spike Jonze. Pharrell’s nod is for uplifting hand-clapper «Happy,» originally from the Despicable Me 2 but also set for his solo album G I R L (conveniently out a day after the Oscars). U2’s contender is «Ordinary Love,» their Nelson Mandela tribute from biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — the Irish rockers’ first new song in three years took home the equivalent Golden Globe.

All get serious competition from Frozen‘s «Let It Go,» written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and recorded by both Menzel and Demi Lovato. The Disney film’s soundtrack just went platinum.

Anybody we care about nominated for Best Original Score?

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and longtime partner-in-strings Owen Pallett are in the running thanks to their work on Her. They’re up against usual suspect John Williams with The Book Thief, plus Steven Price with Gravity, Alexandre Desplat with Philomena, and Thomas Newman with Saving Mr. Banks. In other words, Butler and the Final Fantasy man are the only hope for a Trent Reznor-style coup.

Who’s presenting the awards?

The Academy’s list of 46 presenters for this year’s ceremony include plenty of Oscar nominees and winners. It’s an august assemblage — Sally Field, Sidney Poitier, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Glenn Close — but for obvious reasons it’s made up more of actors than musical performers. Jamie Foxx, though. And John Travolta is up there, so there’s a decent chance the orchestra will play some Bee Gees. Maybe Ewan McGregor will bust out some Moulin Rouge? (Or Trainspotting?)

Wait a minute, wasn’t there an obscure Best Song nominee?

When the Academy announced the nods, one went to the theme song from a little-known Christian movie called Alone Yet Not Alone. The video had fewer than 4,000 views on YouTube at that time, and the movie was absent from commonly used movie databases. Performed by quadriplegic evangelical Joni Eareckson Tada, «Alone Yet Not Alone» wasn’t necessarily a bad hymn, but its presence was a bit of a surprise. Still, Bruce Broughton, who composed the music (Dennis Spiegel did the lyrics), was a previous Oscar Best Score nominee with 10 Emmys, so his name didn’t come completely out of nowhere.

And that brings us to the problem: The Academy revoked the song’s nomination after it determined Broughton, a former head of the organization’s music branch, had improperly emailed branch members during the nomination votings period. Nominated, and yet not nominated. Easy come, easy go.

How do the 2014 Oscars stack up musically with other recent years?

Pretty well, actually! There’s no preordained superheroic figure like Adele, who won last year’s Best Song Oscar for her theme from James Bond film Skyfall. But otherwise 2013’s nominations didn’t have much for people who are more into music than movies: A song by Norah Jones was nominated, but so was a Les Misérables tune belted out by part-time crooner Hugh Jackman. In 2012, only two songs got nods. The Oscars skipped musical performances altogether that year and in 2010. So: Thank your based Bono, kiddos.

What’s this about an Oscar Concert?

The Academy is presenting a live event honoring the year’s nominated scores and songs on February 27, at 8 p.m., at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Butler and Pallet are scheduled to be among the composers discussing their pieces in between suites from the nominated scores. The Lopez couple are set to perform «Let It Go,» and Jill Scott is booked to sing «Happy,» with other guests still to be announced at press time. The Oscar Concert won’t be televised. Maybe next year.

Will Pharrell be wearing his ginormous Grammys hat on Oscar night?

Probably not. He’s donating the oversize headgear to charity. The eBay auction doesn’t close until Oscar night around 10 p.m. ET, though, so there’s still at least an outside chance of a Dudley Do Right sighting. Pharrell wants people to be happy, right?

Source Article from http://www.spin.com/articles/oscars-2014-academy-awards-music-guide/

Little Matador – New Music – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 4:56 pm

What do they sound like?

“Raw, dirty, musically aggressive – but still big on melody” is how Connolly
describes the band’s sound. “Lyrically it’s [about] all the important stuff:
love, loss, redemption, faith. I’ve been brutally honest in some of the
lyrics. I wrote some of them at a time when I was very hurt or very angry,”
he says. Essentially, Little Matador sound nothing like anthemic indie
balladeers Snow Patrol. Their music is powerful, loud, visceral rock, to be
filed somewhere between The Stooges and the Arctic Monkeys.

What’s next?

Connolly is determined that Little Matador be seen as a band with longevity,
rather than something to pass the time between Snow Patrol albums, and
already has intentions on making a second album. But before that, the group
are hitting the road for a UK tour, and will be playing the festival circuit
this summer, with dates to be announced soon.

Little Matador’s debut album is released on April 21. The band’s UK tour
begins in Guildford on March 31. littlematadorband.com

MEMORABLE
SECRET MUSIC GIGS: IN PICTURES

Source Article from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/new-music/10661454/Little-Matador-New-Music.html

Online music going for a song, says US bill seeking more cash for composers – Reuters UK

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 11:56 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Songwriters need to make more money when their music is played on online services like Pandora and elsewhere, according to a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday by a Republican congressman.

The measure, introduced by Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, would give songwriters more leeway in arguing for higher royalties before a special court that mediates disputes over payments.

The proposal is supported by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI), which license about 90 percent of music heard online on services, in restaurants and on television.

«There are a lot of powerful interests that use music but don’t like the idea of paying songwriters a fair market value,» said David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers’ Association, which also backs the bill.

If the measure passed in the House it would need also to pass the U.S. Senate to become law.

Israelite said the songwriter was the «least compensated» of those involved in the process of getting music written, produced and performed.

Currently, a «rate court» based in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York mediates conflicts between ASCAP and BMI and companies who want to play songs.

Songwriting and recordings are licensed separately.

Collins’ legislation would allow BMI and ASCAP to point to the amount of money paid to performers in order to argue for more money for songwriters. This comparison is now banned.

«A service like Pandora will pay the owners of the sound recording a certain rate, and that rate is much higher than what the publishers (who represent the songwriters) get,» said Stefan Mentzer, a copyright expert with the law firm White and Case LLP.

«This legislation is part of a larger debate between copyright owners, music services and policy makers about what is the appropriate price of music online and how this gets determined,» he said.

The bill, which would also have to have Senate backing to become law, is supported by the major music publishing organizations.

«We are locked arm-on-arm on this,» said Paul Williams, president of ASCAP and composer of hits like «We’ve Only Just Begun» and «Rainy Days and Mondays.»

ASCAP distributed $828.7 million to its 460,000 members in 2012, according to its annual report. BMI has 600,000 members and distributed $814 million in the 2013 fiscal year.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by David Storey and Andrew Hay)

Source Article from http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/25/uk-usa-music-songwriters-idUKBREA1O20420140225

Beats Music Hires Dave Allen as Artist Advocate (Exclusive) – Billboard

Posted by Google News | Industry News | miércoles 26 febrero 2014 11:56 am

In an effort to address the critics of streaming music head on, Beats Music has hired Dave Allen, the former bass guitarist for the post-punk band Gang of Four, to be the company’s public face and chief advocate.

The newly created position involves conveying the economic benefits of streaming music to musicians who may be skeptical of how much money they can earn from subscription music royalties and consumers who are reluctant to pay for it.

Though known largely for his roles as founding member of the Gang of Four and Shriekback, Allen, 58, also has been outspoken in his own writings and in various interviews and speaking engagements about the opportunities that technology and digital platforms bring to musicians. One of his latest articles, penned as an opinion piece for The Guardian, was entitled, «Why David Byrne is Wrong About Spotify.» In the piece, Allen provides a counterpoint to arguments by Byrne and Thom Yorke that streaming music companies aren’t paying artists enough money.

«It is hard for me to understand why intelligent people like David Byrne and Thom Yorke do not appear to understand that we are in the midst of new markets being formed,» Allen wrote. «I have concluded that we can only look to what internet and mobile users are doing or want to do, and then note how their actions drive technologists to provide platforms for them. Put very simply, that is how markets work.»

Shortly after Allen’s article was published in October, Beats Music’s Chief Executive Ian Rogers invited him for brunch in Santa Monica. Over scrambled eggs and bacon, Rogers «gently broached the subject of whether I would want to move back to Los Angeles» to work with Beats Music, Allen told Billboard.

Not wanting to be in a position of having to defend its model as Spotify had to last year against attacks by Byrne and Yorke, Rogers said Beats wanted to be more «proactive.»

«We want to be proactive, rather than reactive, in the discussion of where streaming services sit at the intersection of artists and fans,» Rogers said. «As an artist, label owner, and thought leader, there isn’t anyone better than Dave to lead the conversation and push us internally to lead the charge instead of follow.»

The gig isn’t an entirely new experience for Allen, who had worked as General Manager of eMusic in 1998 and as Director of Business Development at Intel Corp. from 2000 to 2002. Most recently, Allen was Director of Interactive Strategy for North, a brand agency based in Portland, Ore.

 

Source Article from http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5915746/beats-music-hires-dave-allen-as-artist-advocate

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