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Full metal junket: music tourism hits right note with fans

Numbers going overseas for music events are soaring Three thousand heavy metal fans disembarking from a cruise ship in Invergordon, imagine that, says Olaf Furniss, the founder of consultancy Music Tourist. Music cruises are one of the interesting growth areas of music tourism. There has been a boom; it is a real development of the last few years. Furniss is referring to the phenomenon that was the More than 90bn audio streams were listened to by British music fans last year but Furnisss three-year-old consultancy, which focuses on closer collaboration…

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‘Our friendship was intimate on all levels’: Robyn Crawford on her love for Whitney Houston

The stars former assistant opens up about a 20-year relationship that weathered addiction, fame and secrecy The story told by Robyn Crawford in the pages of A Song For You, an account of her decades-long relationship with Dionne Warwick, was a veteran star; her mother, Eddie Murphy, and rap star Bobbi Kristina, died from a combination of drowning and drug intoxication at the age of 22; before she died, she spent months in a coma. Thats when I really tuned into Whitney, Crawford says. The tone of everything was negative…

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American Utopia review: David Byrne starts making sense

The country is far from perfect, a Broadway audience will not chant the names of black Americans killed by police. The singer presses on More than a concert and less than a musical, a one-man show with a full backing band, American Utopia brings recent solo album, also called American Utopia, a back-up singer (Chris Giarmo) enters, then another (Tendayi Kuumba), a bassist (Bobby Wooten III, a pocket sun) follows, a guitarist (Angie Swan, sharkskin cool), percussionists and soon the stage is thronged with bodies, all in gray suits, all…

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Ariana Grande returns to Manchester to play poignant Pride show

Star performed in city for the first time since a benefit gig for those killed at her concert in 2017 The last time Ariana Grande performed in Manchester, in the harrowing days after the blast that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more at one of her concerts there, her tribute show began with a minutes silence and the words: Lets not be afraid, Manchester. She returned to the city in sparkling style on Sunday night, dazzling through a party playlist as she pledged her undying love to a place…

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Pianist Attempts to Play Happy Birthday in 16 Levels of Complexity

Pianist and composer Nahre Sol attempts to play “Happy Birthday” in 16 levels of complexity. Nahre starts playing the iconic tune with just one finger and adds more and more layers until she’s playing it with extended harmonies, elongated melodies and staggered leaps. Watch and see how it all comes together! Video by Wired Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/happy-birthday-on-piano-from-easy-to-hard/

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Sole to the highest bidder: Sotheby’s to auction rare Nike sneakers

Nikes famous Moon Shoe and limited-edition trainers produced by Kanye West, Air Jordan and Adidas will be sold Sothebys in New York has announced its first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers. The auction house will sell 100 pairs of the rarest sneakers ever produced, including a sample of one of the first Nike running shoes with a pre-sale high estimate of $160,000. The Nike Moon Shoe is one of only 12 pairs created. It was designed by Nike co-founder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials…

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Starwoman? Mattel announces David Bowie Barbie dressed as Ziggy Stardust

Toy company heralds the ultimate pop chameleon with new doll, complete with striped jumpsuit and accessories Mattel has announced its latest Barbie doll: one dressed as David Bowies iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Complete with red boots to match a backcombed mane of hair and a striped jumpsuit, plus some cosmic accessories and face paint, Barbie replicates the look of Bowies bisexual messenger from the stars though her usual pleasant smile doesnt quite match the intense stare usually associated with the character. Introducing the $50 (40) doll, The Rise and…

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Richard Ashcroft making up with Mick cant change the mould | Rebecca Nicholson

The Verve frontman has settled his dispute over Bitter Sweet Symphony but this wont be the last row over songwriting royalties Richard Ashcroft received an outstanding contribution to British music accolade at the Ivor Novello awards last week, and took the opportunity to confirm that the rights to the Verves Bitter Sweet Symphony had been OneRepublic frontman and songwriter Ryan Tedder, who has created monster hits with and for Beyonc, Adele and Ariana Grande among others, told the BBC of his concerns about copyright lawsuits. Its a conversation in every…

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MuseNet generates original songs in seconds, from Bollywood to Bach (or both)

Have you ever wanted to hear a concerto for piano and harp, in the style of Mozart by way of Katy Perry? Well, why not? Because now you can, with OpenAI’s latest (and blessedly not potentially catastrophic) creation, MuseNet. This machine learning model produces never-before-heard music based on its knowledge of artists and a few bars to fake it with. This is far from unprecedented — computer-generated music has been around for decades — but OpenAI’s approach appears to be flexible and scalable, producing music informed by a variety of…

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From Billie Ellish to Hall & Oates: the best US summer festival lineups

Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists While US festivals have lately been earning less than rave reviews with the ongoing fallout of Fyre festival, Mays logistical collapse of North Carolinas alt-rock Epicenter festival and the heady visions of this Augusts Woodstock 50 being mired by lawsuits it remains true that summer festival season is the best time of year for music lovers across the country. The national scenes major players Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric…

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Spotify is testing its own version of Stories called Storyline

Spotify is testing its own version of Stories — the sharing format popularized by social apps like Snapchat and Instagram that has since made its way to other apps like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and others. In Spotify’s case, it’s not called “Stories” but rather “Storyline,” and the focus is on allowing artists to share their own insights, inspiration, details about their creative process or other meanings behind the music. This is very much similar to what Spotify’s “Behind the Lyrics” feature today offers. But instead of pop-up cards that load…

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Whole lotta rock: first official Led Zeppelin documentary announced

Bernard MacMahon, director of roots music series American Epic, will helm film exploring bands explosive early years The first ever official documentary film about Led Zeppelin has been announced, to celebrate the bands 50th anniversary. Announcing the project, bassist Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said in a statement, with frontman entire history of the group, MacMahon will focus on their development and rise to fame, as the three members each left session work and existing bands to come together in 1968, along with late drummer John Bonham. The film will…

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