Bill Cosby released from prison

The American stand-up comedian who also became known as a well-loved actor, author and celebrity figure within the public sphere, Bill Cosby, has been released from prison as of July 2021. The US star, whose real name is William Henry Cosby Jr, was sent to prison three years ago in 2018 following accusations of sexual …

Brazilian samba player Nelson Sargento dies May 2021

Samba has been for a long time the passionate soundtrack to love and revolution in South and Central America. Now the samba music world has lost iconic Brazilian samba player Nelson Sargento. Sargento died on the 27th May 2021 from the COVID-19. He died aged 96, in hospital in Rio de Janeiro as a result …

Night fever: new exhibition on nightclub culture in Scotland

For many of us, the pitch and fever of the dance floor may feel like a dream of yesteryear, however, a new exhibition about the history of nightclubs is opening to remind us of past glory days. The V&A Dundee in Scotland, United Kingdom, will show the ‘Night Fever: Designing Club Culture’ until the 9th …

Tom Jones makes UK chart history

Tom Jones maynot the first name on the list when it comes to who is dominating the music charts these days, but a credible one nonetheless to make headlines this week. The 80 year old UK singer has made history in April by becoming the oldest male artist to win a number 1 spot in …

What are Bandcamp Fridays?

Artists of all kinds have been some of the hardest hit during the global coronavirus pandemic that has been manifesting over the past year. Without the ability to play live shows or sell merchandise in the same way, many artists have been left struggling with bills to pay.  This worsening strife has only been exacerbated …

Blackpink go green!

K-Pop global superstars Blackpink have urged their millions of fans to go green ahead of the 26th Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, in the UK this November 2021. The all female pop band have been anointed as advocates for the conference with the aim of rallying their staggering fan base for the cause of climate …

LA Cops use copyrighted music to prevent filming

In a strange twist of musically enhanced events, police officers in LA have been caught using copyrighted music from bands like The Beatles and Sublime to prevent video footage from protestors remaining online.  In an act that weaponises the copyright laws on social media video and image sharing sites such as Instagram, LA cops have …

Blackpink light up Netflix

The Korean four piece pop band Blackpink are the latest musical debuts to have a Netflix documentary made following their rise to stardom and current band activities. Unless you’ve been actively ignoring the news for several years now, the exponential growth in popularity for all things Korean has seen the genre dubbed K-pop take hold …

TikTok viral video sends 19th century sea shanty into UK charts Top 40

2021 has seen the unlikely success of the 19th century sea shanty ‘The Wellerman’ as a TikTok video gone viral has sent it soaring into the UK charts Top 40. Sailing in at no. 37, ‘The Wellerman’ original version is a heart-warming earworm known to many – though perhaps not by name for most. The …