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The Minneapolis public school system helped to musically educate artists like Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. John Ferguson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

An 11-year-old Prince spoke out in support of his striking Minneapolis teachers – a historian of the city’s music scene explains why

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 Cover of Swedish rapper Yasin’s second album featured his passport stamped with “convicted in advance” on it. Byn Block Entertainment

Swedish gangsta rap exposes a dark side of the country some would rather ignore

“Sweden’s most wanted”, raps the controversial artist Yasin in his track 20 Talet. The rapper’s lyrics are without filter, direct, raw, born within a marginalised and often criminal environment, depicting…
Neil Young isn’t the first artist to speak out about musicians’ relationships with large streaming servies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Amy Harris

Artists’ Spotify criticisms point to larger ways musicians lose with streaming — here’s 3 changes to help in Canada

A Spotify boycott wouldn’t fix the working conditions of most musicians. Fostering a more equitable, community-based music culture requires changing how we listen to music and support its production.

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