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Female composers largely ignored by concert line-ups

Women in Music project finds that in 1,445 classical concerts across globe only 76 include a work by a woman<p>New statistics have shown up the “inexcusable” fact that only 76 classical concerts among 1,445 performed across the world from this year to 2019 include at least one piece by a woman.<p>The …

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Why Composers Love a Piano

The piano is the quintessential machine for songwriting.<p><i>Playbill has partnered with the award-winning music magazine</i> listenmusicculture.com.<p>A few …

Report: UK streaming sector to be worth £1.4bn by 2022

Music streaming is surging ahead in the UK – but we haven’t seen anything yet, according to a new report from PWC.<p>The professional services company’s …

How Sony's $2.3 Billion EMI Buy Goes Beyond Beyoncé, Presley And Jackson

Sony’s chart-topping $2.3 billion purchase of EMI changes the face of music. The ways in which it does so are now becoming clearer. Industry experts are still analyzing the move, and agree it does a lot more than just unite the songs of Beyoncé, the Beatles and Elvis Presley.<p>From the moment it was …

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Classic Brit awards to make comeback after five-year absence

Ceremony once damned as ‘fundamentally tacky’ to make Royal Albert Hall return in June<p>After a five-year absence the Classic Brit awards, originally founded in 2000 in an attempt to create the same buzz for classical music as the Brits have for the pop industry, will return to the Royal Albert Hall …

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Official Charts Flashback 1978: Celebrating Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights, Number 1 in the UK 40 years ago this week

Plus listen to the chart from this week in 1978, including classics from Blondie, Abba and Bob Marley.<p>Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights was a big moment …

Andrea Bocelli Reflects on His Life in New Biopic 'The Music of Silence' (Q&A)

The best-selling tenor hopes his life story will inspire young people in overcoming tremendous obstacles.<p>Andrea Bocelli is one of the most famous …

Xavier Jara Shows Off Prizewinning Guitar Skills

Competitions play an important role in the development of classical musicians, and they inspire us to get acquainted with new artists. In recent …

Liza Minnelli auctions Cabaret outfit in huge 'downsizing' sale

Singer sells more than 1,000 items belonging to herself and mother Judy Garland, including iconic bowler hat and 1971 Rolls Royce<p>Liza Minnelli’s signature Cabaret bowler hat, boots and halter top vest are going up for auction in a sale of more than 1,000 lots belonging to the singer, her mother, …

Classical Music's Greatest Love Stories, On And Offstage

Classical music has plenty of infamous fictional couples: Dido and Aeneas, Mimì and Rodolfo, and of course, Romeo and Juliet.<p>"The thing about fictional love stories in music is that, especially in opera, most of them end very badly, you know, with the lovers singing heartrending arias just before …

Coco Schumann obituary

Jazz musician forced to play the guitar in Auschwitz as victims were selected for the gas chamber<p>Coco Schumann, who has died aged 93, was always at pains to stress that he was, as he put it, “a musician who spent time in a concentration camp, not a concentration camp prisoner who made music”. He …

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George Martin: In His Own Write

By the end of the 1960s, George Martin — arranger, orchestrator, and producer for the Beatles — was one of the most successful studio producers in …

The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity

#4. Learning an instrument has showed an increase resilience to any age-related decline in hearing.<p>The brain-training is big business. For companies like BrainHQ, Luminosity, and Cogmed, it's actually a multimillion dollar business that is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2020. But, do the …

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Adele, Taylor Swift & the Female Superstars Who Won Album of the Year Before Turning 25

When Lorde won two Grammys for “Royals” in 2014, she became, at age 17, the third-youngest solo artist in history to take home a statue in any …

America’s Mighty Dream: Pianist/Activist Lara Downes and the Transformative Power of Music

By Lisa Howard<p>June 8, 2017<p>Lara Downes grew up in San Francisco, near the beach, in a house with three pianos: two baby grands and an upright. She is …

Grammys Announce Artists for 'Salute to Classical Music,' Leonard Bernstein Tribute

The Grammys have announced a diverse lineup of musicians for their "Salute to Classical Music." The event, which will be held Jan. 26 at Carnegie …

The 10 greatest sunrises in music

Jeremy Nicholas listens to his favourite musical depictions of sunrise<p><b>No 1</b><p><b>Ravel</b> Daphnis et Chloé<p>Scene 3 of the ballet, commissioned by Diaghilev (who …

Music therapy shows promise in treating depression, speech impediments

Since its release in October, Adele’s single “Hello” has been massively successful and while the world took to the Internet to make self-deprecating jokes about the tune’s emotional effect, what were laughs for some might actually be an important healing tool for others. While individuals can …

The violinist using social media to bring classical music to new audiences

Violin virtuoso Ray Chen is on a mission to share his passion for classical music with the world.<p>The internationally-renowned soloist has made a name …

The Official Top 40 biggest selling vinyl albums and singles of 2017

Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher and David Bowie all scored big on vinyl in 2017.<p>Ed Sheeran had quite the 2017, didn't he? Not only has he dominated the …

Spotify said it now has 70 million subscribers

Music streaming service Spotify, which filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering on Wednesday, has 70 million subscribers, it said in a tweet on Thursday.<p>Spotify, valued at as much as $19 billion last year, is targeting a direct listing in the first half of …

The Greatest Showman Album Hits No. 1 on Billboard

After winning the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, Greatest Showman soars to the top of the charts.<p>On January 7, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won …

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Lana Del Rey says Radiohead suing over song's similarity to Creep

The singer-songwriter tweeted ‘it’s true about the lawsuit’, saying Radiohead are asking for 100% of the publishing royalties to her track Get Free<p>Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey over her song Get Free, which they say bears similarity to their 1993 breakthrough hit Creep.<p>Del Rey tweeted: “It’s …

Lady Gaga's $75m residency affirms new era for Vegas entertainment

Singer follows in footsteps of Britney Spears with her show and hints she may debut new material<p>There was a time when a Las Vegas residency was the final stop on a pop career spiralling downwards. Yet stages that were once occupied by yesterday’s divas are now playing host to the biggest names in …

Otis Redding recorded his greatest hit three days before his death - but was it finished?

And the whistling at the end of the song? It's not Otis.<p>On 7 December 1967, Otis Redding sat down to record (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay, his …

6 Musical Instruments That Set Auction Records

This past weekend, Jean Michel Basquiat’s <i>Untitled</i> (“Skull”), sold at auction for $110.5 million. That makes Basquiat the creator of the most …

NPR's Robert Siegel on why he still loves Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

http://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2017/12/26/nprs-robert-siegel-on-why-he-still-loves-beethoven<p>The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 is a …

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The 25 Best Female Jazz Singers Of All Time

Ever since jazz was born at the dawn of the 20th Century, women have been – and continue to be – a minority in what is a largely male-dominated …

Universal Music

Soundcharts is an analytics tool for music artists and labels

French startup Soundcharts is building a sort of App Annie for music artists. This service gives you a ton of data about what’s playing on the radio around the world, what’s popular in Spotify playlists and more. The company just raised $3.1 million (€2.65M) from Alven Capital, as well as Kima …

Why Carpenters Were Cooler Than You Think

Being hailed by a Watergate-shamed President Nixon as “young America at its best” is probably not the best thing for your street cred or reputation. …

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