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On Renaissance, Beyoncé pays tribute to the queer history of house and disco music.
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Renaissance is Beyoncé’s first solo album in more than five years, and her first fully dance album.
The Beatles appear backstage at EMI studios in London in June 1967.
Paul McCartney appears to compose the smash hit ‘Get Back’ from thin air in a clip from the Beatles documentary of the same name — but experts propose at least eight other factors behind it.
Kim Gordon at Supersonic festival, 2012.
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Historically, men have done most of the talking and writing about music. A new collection of essays, taking its title from a Kate Bush song, invites women writers to reflect on female musical muses.
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He is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. You don’t get there without your fans.
The Minneapolis public school system helped to musically educate artists like Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
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Music education in Minneapolis public schools stood out as one of the best and gave rise to the city’s music scene that helped propel Prince to fame, a scholar writes.
The Rolling Stones performing last week in Pittsburgh.
Rather than being an act of censorship, The Rolling Stone’s decision to remove Brown Sugar from their set list is a show of artistic freedom.
Released on September 9, 1971, the power of Imagine has not diluted. It is the song many turn to at times of crisis: from Neil Young after 9/11 to a pianist on the streets of Paris in 2015.
Demi Lovato and other pop stars are increasingly opening up about their trauma.
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Unloading about trauma and mental illness is in vogue. But like undressing, it centers musicians’ vulnerabilities at the expense of their artistry.
Ed Kuepper, right, performing with The Aints! in 2018.
From legendary punk band The Saints to a current tour with drummer Jim White, Ed Kuepper has been making music for almost 50 years.
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Australia was the only nation to perform ‘live-on-tape’ in the first Eurovision semi-final. Some suggest this hindered our chances, but taped performances may be the way of the future.
Where are they now? It’s half a century since Young Talent Times aired on Australian television. It changed its young stars and audiences.
Prince on stage at the 2007 Superbowl during his famous half-time performance.
Ahead of the release of the artist’s posthumous album, a sense of awe and mystery around his huge archive of unreleased music remains
Record label chief, promoter, TV producer, Michael Gudinski’s career stretched from Skyhooks to signing Kylie Minogue to charity feats and nurturing today’s talent on TV music shows such as the ABC’s The Sound.
It was better in the old days.
Memories are closely linked with music.
Nigerian pop star D'banj performing on stage in London.
When pop star D'banj signed up to help get Goodluck Jonathan elected president, fans turned on him. But a hit song turned things around.
Greatest pop songwriting team ever?
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For a decade after they met as teenagers, Lennon-McCartney was the most potent songwriting partnership in pop music.
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Nick Cave’s ongoing letters to fans, begun after a period of intense mourning over the death of his son, have much to say about suffering, mercy and meaning-making.
Using apps like Boomy and Voisey, aspiring pop artists can now use their phones to record and distribute their music — no talent required.
Aspiring singers can now use apps to record professional-sounding songs from their phones. This has the potential to disrupt the recording and publishing industry.
Prince performs at Minneapolis’ First Avenue nightclub in August 1983.
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Prince was a musical genius, but he didn’t come of age in a vacuum. A human geographer explains how Minneapolis’ unique musical culture nurtured and inspired the budding star.