Music Monday (2/2): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (2/2): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Kanye West, Run the Jewels, Deerhoof, Zola Jesus, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Iggy Azalea rise tests music industry on race, gender

Iggy Azalea has soared to stardom as a rare white woman in hip-hop, but her meteoric rise has triggered a backlash that reveals much about the music business's fault-lines on race and gender. Her most vociferous critic has been fellow rapper Azealia Banks, a black woman who has accused Azalea of mocking African Americans.
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Just because: the Sons of the Pioneers sing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”

Just because: the Sons of the Pioneers sing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”

A rare, undated film clip of the Sons of the Pioneers performing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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MTV to Carry Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival Worldwide

Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell and Carl Cox are among the EDM acts confirmed to play at the Belgium fest, held over two weekends in July.
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On the air with Pops

On the air with Pops

I wrote a “Sightings” column last November about Desert Island Discs, the long-running BBC radio series whose guests are invited to choose and talk about the records that they’d take with them were they to be marooned on an imaginary island. In the course of researching my column, I found out that the BBC didn’t […]
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'Uptown Funk' holds onto British music chart top spot

(This Feb 1 story corrects spelling of Rihanna in third paragraph) LONDON (Reuters) – “Uptown Funk” by English DJ and producer Mark Ronson secured a seventh week at the top of the British singles chart on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said. The single, which features Hawaii-born singer Bruno Mars, outsold Irish artist Hozier's song about love and religion “Take me to Church”, which came in second place, and “L.A. Love” by Fergie in third. The top five was completed by “Lips are Movin” by Meghan Trainor in fourth and new entry “Four Five Seconds” by Barbadian star Rihanna, which also features Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
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(Not) just the facts, ma’am

(Not) just the facts, ma’am

I haven’t seen Ava DuVernay’s Selma and so have no opinion of it, but I’ve been taking a personal interest in the ongoing debate over its alleged deviations from the historical record, and whether such deviations are a legitimate object of critical concern. Mark Harris, the author of Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood […]
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Almanac: Nero Wolfe on misogyny

“A woman who is not a fool is dangerous.” Rex Stout, The Silent Speaker
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Kanye West Goes Into Full Dad Mode, Smiles in New Music Video with North West

Kanye West Goes Into Full Dad Mode, Smiles in New Music Video with North West

There are a lot of things off-putting about the new footage from Kanye West's “Only One” video. The first and foremost being the fact that the Spike Jonze-directed clip begins with rare footage of the rapper smiling. It's like staring at an eclipse: You know this is something you shouldn't be seeing, … Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Kanye West
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'Flight of the Conchords': Revisiting Their Best Music Videos

The guys are plotting a U.S. tour for later this year.
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Make it new (or don’t bother)

Make it new (or don’t bother)

In today’s Wall Street Journal I look at the parallel phenomena of the “commodity musical” and film versions of classic novels. Is it possible to adapt familiar source material in a faithful way that is also fresh? Here’s an excerpt. * * * Broadway’s latest arrival is “Honeymoon in Vegas,” a new musical that is, […]
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Rap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion “Suge” Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.
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The wrong man

The wrong man

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review a very interesting Florida show, the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe’s revival of Charles Smith’s Knock Me a Kiss. Here’s an excerpt. * * * It is an untruth universally acknowledged that America has no class system. In fact, we have lots of class systems, none of […]
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Almanac: Cyril Connolly on God

“There cannot be a personal God without a pessimistic religion. As soon as there is a personal God he is a disappointing God.” Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave
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Music Review: Bob Dylan's late-night disc

Music Review: Bob Dylan's late-night disc

Bob Dylan, “Shadows in the Night” (Columbia)
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Jay Z to acquire Wimp music service

US rap star Jay Z will make a $56-million foray into the music streaming business by taking over the Norwegian service Wimp, its shareholders confirmed Friday. The platinum-selling artist and record producer Jay Z used his controlling stake in Project Panther Bidco to launch the 464-million-kronor ($56-million, 49-million-euro) bid for Aspiro, the Swedish-listed company behind Wimp. “I think they will be a better owner to lift Aspiro and its advanced music streaming service to a new level,” said Trond Berger, the financial director of Norwegian media group Shibsted, currently Aspiro's majority owner. He said in a statement that Jay Z's company “has adequate financial resources and a high level of competence in the music industry”.
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Almanac: Samuel Beckett on God

Almanac: Samuel Beckett on God

“How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones.” Samuel Beckett, Happy Days
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So you want to see a show?

Here’s my list of recommended Broadway, off-Broadway, and out-of-town shows, updated weekly. In all cases, I gave these shows favorable reviews (if sometimes qualifiedly so) in The Wall Street Journal when they opened. For more information, click on the title. BROADWAY: • Cabaret (musical, PG-13/R, virtually all performances sold out last week, closes Mar. 29, […]
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Back from Brazil, ex-music promoter faces $300M fraud case

Back from Brazil, ex-music promoter faces $300M fraud case

MIAMI (AP) — A former airline pilot who reached the heights of the music promotion business by producing shows for acts ranging from the Rolling Stones to Santana to Coldplay sat shackled in a Florida courtroom Wednesday, faced with a $300 million fraud case after spending years fighting extradition from Brazil.
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Italy artisan crafts guitars for musicians in need

Offer Roberto Ceretti a fortune for one of his coveted hand-made guitars and he'll likely turn you down: the Italian craftsman may be in demand among collectors, but only plies his trade for top musicians in need. Tucked away in the hills of north-west Italy, Ceretti's workshop is hung with half-finished models, the walls lined with stacks of cedar, mahogany and apple wood, and a large drawing board is littered with classical guitar designs. It didn't work of course, but the passion stuck,” said Ceretti, 50, who began his business in earnest 15 years ago after transforming his run-down holiday home in the Piedmont woods into an atelier. Now he makes between five and six guitars a year, selling them for a song to help musicians hit hard by the economic crisis and cuts in cultSee Original Article

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