Music and culture
All the latest news, reviews, pictures and video on culture, the arts and entertainment. Featuring critiques and editorials on movies, television, theatre, music, and other cultural events. Our writers Alexa Mamoulides and Lorraine Schmucker produce weekly. Our section editor is Sonia Hossain.
Fans of ABBA music group saw on Friday, April 27 via Instagram that the group will be releasing new music for the first time in 35 years. ABBA posted a statement on their account that they will be returning to the recording studio and releasing two new songs and it was confirmed by their manager, Gorel Hanser, in a press release.
There are currently more than 200 streaming services for consumers to choose from, but a new streaming network called Stage will debut in August, and it is billing itself as the world’s first streaming network with a strict focus on theater.
Avicii, the music producer known for hits like “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” died on Friday, April 20. He died at the age of 28 in Muscat, Oman, and so far, the cause of death is still unknown.
Five of China’s most powerful movie companies have come together to form the A.R.T. Project, an alliance which will provide funding and guaranteed theatrical releases for Chinese art house films.
Filmmaker Milos Forman died on April 14, 2018 after a short illness. He is best known for his 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or Amadeus in 1984, but his career began in his home country of Czechoslovakia.
This week, official numbers were confirmed in the UK concerning the gender pay gap. Businesses with more than 250 employees were required to report their mean and median hourly rates for men and women. The results did not look good for the arts business.
On Sunday, April 1st, millions all over the world celebrated the Christian holiday Easter. Easter used to be the biggest of the Christian holidays, but now in America it seems to have fallen behind Christmas in its cultural importance. However, Brazil and other Latin American countries still put on large events and keep traditions celebrating Easter week.
The ShortsTV app, the world’s first short movie TV app, has been launched recently in the Netherlands.
German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans is coming out of a self-titled solo exhibition in London last year, and is now stamping his name as editor.
Tillmans was the editor for this year’s issue of the “Jahresring,” a German journal of essays on art and culture published annually. This issue “What is Different?” is interspersed with his photography as it explores the role of art in politics in a world that he feels is “post-truth.”
The first Polish series for Netflix, 1983, is being shot by four female directors.
Students across the nation in the recent weeks have been speaking out and walking out as they advocate for national attention and legislation in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. These protests come on the heels of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, among others. In these protests, music has become an important instrument in getting the voices of students heard.
The Arizona desert is the most dangerous part of the journey for many South and Central Americans crossing the border on foot into the United States. However, many of these migrants are not aware of just how dangerous it is. In 2016, 154 bodies or remains were found in southern Arizona.
At an event in the UK on Monday, a total of 35 music festivals and conferences committed to the Keychange initiative, which aims for an equal representation of females in the music industry.
After just one week in theaters, Black Panther has brought in $500 million in revenue. The Disney and Marvel Studios’ movie has had the best opening week to date for a Marvel Studios movie in North America. Analysts are even predicting that a $1 billion global revenue could be possible for the film.
It may soon become illegal to resell tickets for profit in Ireland.
This week, members of Parliament Noel Rock and Stephen Donnelly will present a private members’ bill prohibiting the resale of tickets for above-face value during a meeting with officials from the department of business, a sector of the Irish government. The department can then decide whether to accept the bill.
After the 2014 Olympics, the International Skating Union changed their rules to allow music with lyrics in figure skating, meaning athletes have been using songs by Beyonce, Eminem, Ed Sheeran, and other recognizable artists in the competitions during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Last month, the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), China’s media regulator, prohibited television stations from hiring anyone who embodied “hip-hop culture” or other sub-cultures, including anyone with tattoos. Since then, many have voiced their opinions on the matter.
During the first two weekends in February, Seattle’s Khambatta Dance Company (KDC) will collaborate with the Cuidad Interior Company (CIC) from Mexico City to present The Seattle International Dance Festival Winter Mini Fest.
Mattel Inc., an American toy company, has partnered with NetEase, China’s second-largest videogame company, to increase its success in the mobile game market.
Russia’s Ministry of Culture cancelled the release of British-French film The Death of Stalin, a satire about Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s death.
The Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky opened a few months ago in the outskirts of Paris. Inspired by larger organizations worldwide such as the Démos project in France and El Sistema in Venezuela, Jaroussky hopes to change the demographic of classical music.
In December, the New York Times reported that Saudi Arabia would lift its thirty-five-year ban on movie theaters, which is one of crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s efforts to modernize Saudi Arabia. Now, a month later, the first major steps have been taken to introduce citizens to the world of movie theaters.
In Dearborn, Michigan, a new exhibit has recently opened in the Arab American National Museum. It features the work of Nabil Mousa, a Syrian-born, American-raised artist whose work explores his experience of living and creating as a gay man under multiple cultural influences.
Australian movie theater chain, Village Cinemas, ended its test period for “dynamic” concession and ticket pricing weeks ahead of schedule. The experiment came to a halt on January 3, although the theater had planned to test pricing fluctuation until the end of January.
This week, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in northeast China banned all Christmas celebrations. The University’s Communist Youth League reportedly released a notice online on Monday stating that student organizations would not be allowed to hold any activities celebrating the Western religious holidays.
In 1979, religious leaders in Saudi Arabia voiced a strong disapproval of both Western movies and many Arabic-language films made in Egypt, citing that they did not harmonize with the teachings of Islam. It was at this point in history that the clerics also banned commercial movie theaters in Saudi Arabia altogether.
Artists from all over the world are gathering this weekend in Miami, Florida for the US showing of the annual Art Basel art show, which happens in Miami and Hong Kong. Located centrally to North America and Latin America, work from all over the world will be on display for both private showings and lots of public viewing time.