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Review: “George Michael: Life” by James Gavin

George Michael: a life, by James Gavin In 1993, Princess Diana asked her boyfriend, George Michael, to help organize a useful concert for World AIDS Day. It came off splendidly, arranging the other works and delivering a strong, honest, heartfelt ensemble. Then when it came time for the show to air as a TV special, … Read more

Groove Theory: Groove Theory Album Review

One important difference between Wilson’s beats and those of rap producers is the complete rejection of the samples. Although the rhythm elements in “Tell Me” sound eerily similar to the classic ’80s song “All Night Long” by Mary Jane Girls, the song, like any other groove theory Mixes programmed rhythms and live instrumentation. Session musicians, … Read more

Strongly controversial musicologist Richard Taruskin has died at the age of 77

Richard Taruskin, the leading musicologist and public thinker whose dialectical study and criticism upended the history of traditional classical music, died early Friday in Oakland, California, at the age of 77. His wife, Kathy Roebuck Taruskin, said his death in hospital was caused by esophageal cancer. Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and … Read more

How do artists get paid for broadcasting

It is generally understood that artists earn money when their music is played on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, YouTube Music, and Amazon Music. But the mechanics of how these payments actually work are unknown to most of us, which can sometimes lead to some misconceptions. For example, artists don’t … Read more