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. […]

Household names attached to Michael Jackson biopic

A dramatic film about pop star Michael Jackson’s life and career is reportedly in the early stages of development. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Graham King is going to produce the movie and the script will be written by John Logan. King has produced a number of major commercial hits including “Traffic,” “The Aviator,” “The […]