Eminem defends new music: ‘This album was not made for the squeamish’

Eminem published an open letter today in response to criticism of his new album Music to Be Murdered By. The record was released without forewarning on 17 January and quickly provoked a wave of outrage over some of its lyrical content. Most of the criticism was directed at the song “Unaccommodating,” in which Eminem references […]

Dugan addresses Grammy controversy on morning talk shows

Deborah Dugan, who served as CEO of the Recording Academy until she was cashiered last week, appeared on several talk shows this morning to address the controversy sparked by a complaint she filed with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In that complaint, Dugan makes a number of explosive claims involving sexual harassment, voting irregularities at the Grammys, […]

New Morrissey album is coming soon

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey’s thirteenth studio album will hit the shelves in March 2020, according to a statement on the singer’s official website. Berlin-based label BMG—which has worked with The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Cranberries and Iggy Pop, among others—is behind the album, which was recorded in St-Remy, France, and produced by repeat collaborator […]

From professional taiko to Capitol Hill

Erika Ninoyu is an accomplished percussionist who specializes in the traditional Japanese form of taiko. She is also a staffer for a representative in the US Congress. Ninoyu recently spoke to Roll Call about her background and the ways in which she uses music to help her perform her duties in the seemingly disparate field of lawmaking. […]

Universal Music CEO thanks staff for label’s 2019 successes in holiday message

A holiday letter from Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group, to the company’s staff has been published on the web. In it, Grainge thanks his employees for contributing to what has been another banner year for the record label. “As the driving force in our industry, relentlessly focused on the future, we often fail […]

Original recording of the Smiths’ first demo available online

The first song ever recorded by the Smiths has been uploaded to the internet by Dale Hibbert, the band’s original bassist. The song, “I want a boy for my birthday,” was originally recorded by the Cookies and released in 1963 as a b-side to their single “Will power.” Until this week, only short, re-recorded clips […]

Harry Styles credits magic mushrooms for stimulating creativity that went into new album

Harry Styles, who has embarked on a successful solo career after the break-up of One Direction, says taking magic mushrooms helped him write his upcoming album, Fine Line. He spoke candidly about the experience with Zane Lowe on the latter’s New Music Daily podcast. “I was with my friends and we were in Malibu,” Styles […]

Beck: I am not a Scientologist

Beck, whose new album, Hyperspace, was just released on 22 November, has clarified that he is not a member of the Church of Scientology, suggesting that he never really was. The American musician’s comments came during a far-reaching interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. “I think there’s a misconception that I am a Scientologist,” Beck said. […]

Bernie Sanders attends Ariana Grande concert, gets her endorsement

Pop star Ariana Grande is the latest, and probably the most significant, music celebrity to endorse the presidential campaign of US Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders, who nearly beat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary election in 2016 and is one of the favorites to win the nomination in 2020, attended Grande’s recent concert in Atlanta. […]