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UMG CEO Lucien Grainge Pledges To "Transfrom The Business" In Year End Letter To Staff [Full Text]

In a year end memo to staff, Universal Music Group CEO Lucien Grainge laid out his vision of what he believes the world's largest music company music do to survive and thrive in the coming year. "It's no longer simply enough to outperform our competitors," said Grainge. Show More Summary

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Earlier today, I published my list of the 40 best music videos of 2014. It’s always a bit dangerous to publish a year-end list before the year is actually over, especially in this new surprise-release universe where we now live. But it sure looks like the music-video universe has slowed down for the holiday season, [...]

How music class can spark language development

EVANSTON, Ill. - Music training has well-known benefits for the developing brain, especially for at-risk children. But youngsters who sit passively in a music class may be missing out, according to new Northwestern University research. In...Show More Summary

Left of Black S5:E13: Protest Music and Afropolitan Identities in South Africa

Left of Black S5:E13: Protest Music and Afropolitan Identities in South Africa Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio musician and composer Neo Muyanga (@NeoMuyanga) and journalist Khadija Patel ( @khadijapatel ) in a conversation about contemporary South Africa. Show More Summary

'Revolting Music': An Interview with South African Musician Neo Muyanga

The Root In this preview of the next Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio with composer and musician Neo Muyanga, co-founder of the Pan African Space Station (PASS). Muyanga's latest project Dipalo: A Mixtape For Those Who Practice Counting and he is currently working on a libretto, Revolting Music.

Left of Black S5:E12: Curating the Soul Music Archives

Left of Black S5:E12: Curating the Soul Music Archives Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio by Harry Weinger ( @harryweinger), Vice President of A&R for Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and lecturer at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University. Show More Summary

Cornell University To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive

NPR's All Things Considered The founding publicity director of Def Jam Records, Bill Adler, amassed a highly valuable collection of music, writing and images.

What's on your surgeon's playlist?

In the Christmas issue of The BMJ, surgeons at the University Hospital of Wales examine the intertwined history of music and healing, and suggest tunes for surgeons and theatre staff to play - and to avoid - during operations. As early...Show More Summary

Notre Dame Student's Recreation Of Sia's 'Chandelier' Video Is Hilariously, Awkwardly Perfect

A bewigged, pink-tutued student at the University of Notre Dame recently pranced around campus performing a "live" rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” music video. The results were perfectly awkward and 100 percent hilarious. In a videoShow More Summary

Notre Dame student prances around campus to Sia's 'Chandelier'

Sia's music video for "Chandelier" premiered in May, but the parodies keep rolling in. The latest comes from a movement-inclined University of Notre Dame student. Henry Long wowed the student body with his total lack of embarrassment,...Show More Summary

Popcrunch Exclusive Interview With Eva Universe

Eva Universe is one busy Popstar. Her new single Trapped is being released in iTunes tomorrow, her music video soon to follow, and she has been recently signed to be one of the performers for Nick Cannon’s Celebrity High Magazine School tour. Show More Summary

The abolitionist history behind “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

The abolitionist story behind treasured Christmas hymns, Wk 1 of 4… “Go Tell It on the Mountain” John Wesley Work, Jr., an African-American professor at Fisk University in Nashville, first published the lyrics and music to this slave spiritual in 1907. Show More Summary

Sonos 5.2 adds multi-account support, improved universal search, Playbar enhancements

Sonos is today rolling out software update 5.2, previously in beta, and with it includes an updated Sonos Controller iOS app that brings multi-account support and other new features. Users can now add up to 32 accounts for music services including multiples of the same service. That allows users in the same household to add separate accounts […]

TEAC introduced TN-300 turntable caters to analog as well as digital universe

Though they constitute of only 2 percent of all music formats, vinyls seem to be breathing in a whole new draught of air. To further enhance the resurgence of the 12-inch disc.. TEAC introduced TN-300 turntable caters to analog as well as digital universe is a post from The latest in tech and gadgets - Newlaunches.com.

‘American Idol’ Taps Scott Borchetta As Mentor For Season 14

Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, has joined American Idol as mentor for Season 14  — and beyond. Borchetta's Big Machine Records will partner with 19 Entertainment and Universal Music Group to oversee the launch of the winner's recording career, Fox said today. Show More Summary

Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble: At The Reception, Wayne Horvitz: 55: Music And Dance In Concrete

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: Wayne Horvitz is a musical universe unto himself. Has been for well over 35 years. And it's not just his stick-to-it-ive-ness that continues to make his music so damn engaging, a contrariness redefined. Consider these two recent releases as prime examples. The composer/bandleader/keybo...

Physics of how to break a wishbone

Engineers at the University of Michigan show and tell (and add excess music to the showing and telling) how best, in their professional view, to break a turkey wishbone: (Thanks to investigator Gary Dryfoos for bringing this to our attention.) Here is a demonstration, by investigators elsewhere, of how not to take advantage of the physics […]

The sound of the contrabass serpent

The Edinburgh University collection of historic musical instruments houses what is believed to be the oldest surviving contrabass serpent. It’s called ‘Anaconda’ and was made by Joseph and Richard Wood, of Huddersfield, UK c.1840. It’s pitched in 16-ft C, a full octave below a standard serpent, which only manages a comparatively lightweight 8-ft C. The […]

After 45 Years, "The Velvet Underground" Stands the Test of Time

The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground—45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Polydor/Universal Music Enterprises Following the radical and overpowering White Light/White Heat, the Velvet Underground's third, self-titled, album initially seemed like a lesser effort, but it has more than stood the test of time. Show More Summary

Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble: At The Reception

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: Wayne Horvitz is a musical universe unto himself. Has been for well over 35 years. And it's not just his stick-to-it-ive-ness that continues to make his music so damn engaging, a contrariness redefined. Consider these two recent releases as prime examples. The composer/bandleader/keybo...

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