This is America.
The music industry, like all other media, can be censored to some extent. So how does this change its output?
Researchers analysed 30 years of British pop charts and found a trend towards sadness – but the days of judging music purely on stylistic measures is long gone.
R. Kelly at the American Music Awards in 2013.
Music streaming services have stopped promoting R. Kelly as part of a crackdown on musician's alleged conduct. But we should separate the art from the artist.
Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh.
In voicing youthful outrage over inequality and violence, Bangladeshi rappers are creating a powerful form of protest music — just as American MCs have done for 40 years.
Singing increases breathing control and lung capacity, can improve your health, and release the happy hormone.
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Almost anyone can be taught how to sing.
Eleni Foureira performs Cyprus’s 2018 Eurovision entry, Fuego, in the first semi-final in Portugal.
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Since it began in the 1950s, Eurovision has embraced everything from metal to the global juggernaut of Scandi-pop, and of course the Eurodance and disco synonymous with Eurovision.
The emotions associated with trends in popular music and lyrics can predict economic sentiment.
Humans are the only ape that sings, but we're also the only ape that sings poorly. It's a lot easier to whistle.
Kendrick Lamar performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec on July 7, 2017.
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Hip-hop heads around the world are rejoicing over Kendrick Lamar's win. But it's been a tumultuous ride for a genre once derided as 'pornographic filth.'
Participants in A Tasmanian Requiem, a musical performance addressing Tasmania’s Black War.
A Tasmanian Requiem brings together Western and Aboriginal voices to confront the violence of the state's Black War. It shows what a historical reckoning, and reconciliation, might look and sound like.
Kendrick Lamar in the music video for Humble.
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Whether it is art or pop, high or low, terms such as creativity, authenticity, innovation and uniqueness can help us judge a work of music. And Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. brims with these qualities.
They're silly, but the singer's statement pants are an important comment on female storytelling.
Beethoven monument on the Beethovenplatz square in Vienna, Austria. The monument was unveiled in 1880.
The last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony gave us 'Ode to Joy', one of the most famous tunes of all time. But the composer initially thought he'd made a grave mistake with it.
We can either take advantage of advances in technology to enhance human beings (never to go back), or we can legislate to prevent this from happening.
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These professional entertainers are trained and paid to go round hospitals cheer up children with music and laughter.
Still from Dead Letter Circus’s song While You Wait, from the album Aesthesis.
Brisbane alternative rock musicians Dead Letter Circus make affective and powerful music, epitomised by their album Aesthesis.
Clouds and sun glint over the Indian Ocean.
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Brian Eno's Music for Airports, released 40 years ago, marked the formal beginnings of ambient music. It is still provoking composers and audiences to contemplate new ways of listening.
Deadly Woman Blues by Clinton Walker was pulled from circulation after various factual errors were revealed.
Clinton Walker's Deadly Woman Blues was a missed opportunity and a lesson in how not to tell other people's stories.
Eminem performing in Chile in 2016.
Eminem's Stan – how the childhood trauma of Eminem's superfan played its part in a tragic story.
A choir sings traditional gospel music.
Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller
For the enslaved Africans, music – rhythm in particular – became a tool of communication about their conditions. Later, it laid the foundation for spirituals and gospel songs.