The kids are all white: can US festivals live up to their ‘post-racial’ promise?

Festival issues, including diversity, run much deeper than just the performing lineup.

In the heady optimism of the early Obama years – which coincided with the stateside festival industry’s sixfold attendance boom – the phrase “post-racial” began to creep into the lexicon, and music festivals began promoting themselves as spaces where lofty ideals could be realized. On grassy fields and under big tops, differences of race, gender and sexual orientation are supposedly set aside in pursuit of a diverse, multicultural harmony-via-hedonism. In terms of race, this has proven to be a half-truth. O

Full story:   The kids are all white: can US festivals live up to their ‘post-racial’ promise? | Music | The Guardian

Best Netflix Music Documentaries Movies Streaming Now 

Can’t wait to watch a few of these myself.  Everything from Blondie to Tony Bennett, Los Punks to Greenwich Village – very good stuff!!

You’ve seen Wonder Woman. You spent the dough and ate some popcorn and thought, “Wow, Gal Gadot is great.” What to do with the rest of your summer movie fun time? We’ve got four words for you:Music documentaries on Netflix.

Full article:  Best Netflix Music Documentaries Movies Streaming Now | Phoenix New Times

There Are Now A Dozen Music Videos With At Least 2 Billion Views On YouTube

Proud to say I knew her when…! 🙂  Congratulations Meghan – so happy for you.

Recently, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” music video joined a very small group of other official clips that have been established by music lovers around the globe as the most beloved and most watched of all time. “Bass” is now one of just a dozen music videos that have managed to blow past the two billion view mark on the world’s most popular video hosting platform. Having a track accumulate several billion views is an incredible accomplishment for any artist and any song, and it confirms that each

Full story at Forbes: There Are Now A Dozen Music Videos With At Least 2 Billion Views On YouTube

Hear 15 Of NPR Music’s Songs Of The Summer 2017 

What makes a song the song of the summer? You could base that judgment solely on chart performance and bestow the crown to the track that hangs on to No. 1 through the warmer months. Or maybe you follow a kind of source-cue methodology, granting the coveted distinction to that one song that’s always wafting like a balmy breeze — or blasting like an air-conditioner’s chill — from car radios and backyard cookouts.

Full article at NPR:  Hear 15 Of NPR Music’s Songs Of The Summer 2017 : NPR

Clemson grad who rapped dissertation hired at University of Virginia 

Last month, Carson moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, to take on the role of assistant professor of hip-hop and the global south at the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music.

“In my mind, I’m thinking about the hip-hop world. I’m making music — I’m still a part of this world,” Carson said. “If the music is not dope, if I’m not a dope emcee, if I’m not good at what I do, then this all means very little.”

Read more :  Clemson grad who rapped dissertation hired at University of Virginia | The State

Ellie Goulding calls out lack of female performers at music fests

Ellie Goulding is sick of being the only woman on stage at music festivals.The “Love Me Like You Do” singer called out the lack of female representation in a string of tweets Saturday.“Still so proud as a female artist to be headling and playing festivals around the world every single year. Thank you for continually believing in me. It always feels like a triumph to win so many people over who were waiting for a band,” the 30-year-old British musicIan wrote.

Full story at NY Daily News:  Ellie Goulding calls out lack of female performers at music fests – NY Daily News

Hey Annie Lennox, an L.A. radio station thinks you could make it in the music biz – LA Times

Okay folks, this is absolutely the funniest thing I’ve read all day.  Congrat’s Annie!  You knew you’d do it some day!! 🙂

Good news, Annie Lennox! An L.A. radio station suspects you might have “potential”!”I think I’m in with a chance ??!!!,” the four-time Grammy Award winner and 15-time nominee said Thursday on Facebook, where she posted a letter she’d received from a new music coordinator at a station claiming “over 100,000 unique listeners each month.””I came across your music on line and really like what I heard!,” said the coordinator, who signed her name only as Kylie.

Read the hilarity here:  Hey Annie Lennox, an L.A. radio station thinks you could make it in the music biz – LA Times

At Future Steps, World Music and Wild Dancing Collide 

I absolutely LOVE this idea.  🙂

“The whole intention of Future Steps was to give dancers an event to call their own, all while exposing them to incredible underground dance music from all over the world. Everything from Bass House, Future Beats, Afrobeat, Baile Funk, G House and Latin Trap, to UK Garage, Future Funk, Jersey Club/Footwork, Soca, Bhangra, Grime, Nu Disco and Juke. Once you experience it in person, it makes perfect sense. With the help of some amazing dancers, each party has gotten bigger and better, incorporating live percussion and visuals.”

Read full story at:  At Future Steps, World Music and Wild Dancing Collide | Miami New Times

Legendary Disney Composer On Beauty And The Beast And The Aladdin Song He Had To Fight For – MTV

Menken’s music from Beauty and the Beast lives on in Bill Condon’s magical live-action remake, out on Blu-ray and DVD now. MTV News chatted with Menken about the process of writing new music for the record-breaking film, working with Guy Ritchie on the upcoming live-action Aladdin, and what made Disney’s Renaissance era so special.

Interview here:  Legendary Disney Composer On Beauty And The Beast And The Aladdin Song He Had To Fight For – MTV