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Tim Booth Clarified His New Album Is Not About Donald Trump

Singer Tim Booth made it very clear that his band James’ latest album, Living in Extraordinary Times, is not an album about Donald Trump.The opening track Hank makes no attempt to pretend it’s anything other than a full-on musical assault…

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Rape Claim Against Backstreet Boys Singer Nick Carter Under Review

The rape allegation leveled against Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter earlier this year has now hit the desk of the L.A. County DA and they’re considering whether to file charges.Law enforcement sources tell us the case was submitted to the…

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Ella Mai topped the US R&B

Ella Mai, a 23-year-old from south London, is currently at number one with Boo’d Up, a soulful infatuation anthem she first released last year. It makes her the first British to reach the summit since Lisa Stansfield hit number one…

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Mamma Mia soundtracks top UK album chart

The UK album chart is awash with soundtracks in a way that hasn’t been seen since the 1960s. The cast recording of the Abba movie sequel Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again is at number one, mirroring its position in…

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Sir Cliff Richard To Recieve £850,000 As His Legal Expenses

A judge ruled last week that the BBC had infringed the singer’s privacy in its reporting of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home in 2014, and awarded him £210,000 in damages. Sir Cliff was never arrested or charged…

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How the Symphony Began

Symphony

These are terms used loosely, however. People are often ‘going to a symphony’ and pop songs have ‘symphony’ in their titles, but these are such casual usages that they’re almost without meaning. What, exactly, is a symphony and its function?…

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The Life and Works of Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger

In 1913, Lili Boulanger became the first woman to win the coveted Prix de Rome, a composition prize previously won by the likes of Claude Debussy and Hector Berlioz. She died five years later at age twenty-four. Although her compositional…

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Flashback Review: Satan’s Rats – What A Bunch of Rodents

Satan's Rats - What A Bunch of Rodents

The story of Satan’s Rats begins in Evesham, Worcs, U.K. with four guys and some very average 1977 demos that sound like muffled, Saints-tinted classic rock. But What A Bunch of Rodents tacks these recordings of historical interest onto the…

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How Argentina’s Iconic Rock Band Soda Stereo Was Born

Soda Stereo rock band

Mention Buenos Aires and most will associate it with football and its gods, Evita Peron and Weber’s sketchy musical, and the stirring vision of 2 lone figures dancing tango. Very few would associate Buenos Aires as thriving with a national…

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Purposeful Songwriting: Critical Planning

song writing

Writing a manual on songwriting is like writing a manual on love. The conflict between artistic passion and rational instructions is paradoxical; nobody can become a great songwriter by relying on a do-it-yourself guide. Indeed, some artists’ styles are such…

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