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William Prince, Julian Taylor, Allison Russell, Aysanabee and Shawnee Kish perform a tribute to the late Robbie Robertson at the Juno awards, in Halifax, on March 24, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

The art of musical tribute, including Maestro Fresh Wes hip hop sampling, moved fans during Junos 2024

Paying tribute to departed and living musicians via memorial tributes and awards is a way of lifting up artists’ significant roles defining and shaping musical innovation and cultural identity.
Sales of vinyl records continued to increase in 2023 – decades after the LP’s death was forecast by music experts. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

The triumph of vinyl: Vintage is back as LP sales continue to skyrocket

Vinyl’s unlikely comeback story is linked to a combination of slick marketing, claims of superior sound, its polysensorial character and how it evokes nostalgia to construct and reconstitute memory.
Will Beyoncé’s new album help to break down racial barriers in the country music industry? Here she performs during the ‘On The Run’ tour on July 18, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ transmits joy, honours legends and challenges a segregated industry

Beyoncé’s country-inspired album has caused a stir because the country music scene has a history of racial segregation that has erased its Black roots and gatekept it from Black artists.
Toronto band The Beaches, fronted by lead singer and bassist Jordan Miller, closes off the 2024 Juno awards in Halifax, March 24, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

It’s thrilling to see female-led groups like The Beaches claim space in rock culture at Junos 2024 and elsewhere

All-female rock bands like The Beaches are both a breath of fresh air and also heirs to a tradition of women in rock that includes early Black female guitarists and the 1990s riot grrrl movement.
Listening to music from a device creates a protective bubble that can counteract a lack of personal space at school or home. Pierre Michel Jean/AFP via Getty Images

How AI is shaping the music listening habits of Gen Z

In the past, adolescents’ musical palettes were dominated by the Top-40 artists, creating a widely shared – if perhaps narrow – repertoire of musical knowledge.
The composer’s expressionism is often compared to paintings of his friend and fellow expressionist, Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky’s 1925 painting ‘Yellow-Red-Blue.’ (Wikipedia)

From concert halls to movie soundtracks, Arnold Schoenberg’s legacy as a classical composer still resounds

Though composers after Schoenberg used his technique to create atmospheric music in film, Schoenberg’s own ‘Accompaniment to a Film Scene’ was written for concert performance.

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