Napster sold to London startup MelodyVR in surprise $70m deal | Technology

A British music tech startup has struck a surprise $70m (£53m) deal to buy Napster, one of the pioneers of the music streaming revolution. MelodyVR, which films and streams gigs fans watch with virtual reality headsets, is taking over Rhapsody International, which operates as Napster and is owned by Nasdaq-listed Continue Reading

Your data is not destined for China, assures TikTok’s UK boss | Technology- Tempemail

TikTok’s UK chief has strenuously denied the video-sharing app, which Donald Trump has threatened to ban, shares data with China. Richard Waterworth told the Observer that the UK and European arm of TikTok was growing quickly, despite the “turbulent” geopolitical battle in which the Chinese-born app has found itself. TikTok Continue Reading

Ed Sheeran: where is the shame in being a teenage busker? | Rebecca Nicholson | Opinion- Tempemail

Many of us are familiar with that particular mortified feeling that comes with remembering the extreme awfulness of a teenage moment or phase; some of us still have the lip-piercing scar to prove it. Poor Ed Sheeran, then, who made a demo CD called Spinning Man when he was a Continue Reading

Mi pan, su su su: how a dancing llama and a nonsensical song captivated TikTok | Technology

The song is actually about a popular Russian Kellogg’s honey-flavoured breakfast cereal and is a remix of a popular TV jingle from 2010. Miel Pops, or Honey Pops, are promoted with creepy CGI bees, thus the lyrics “zhu zhu zhu” representing their buzzing. The jingle was sung acoustically by a Continue Reading

Hardcore pop fans are abusing critics – and putting acclaim before art | Music- Tempemail

The album rating system at US publication Pitchfork is one of the most silly and nerdy things in music journalism. The Guardian’s five-star system looks neanderthal compared with Pitchfork’s decimal-point ratings, where an album can get 3.2 (oof), 6.5 (meh), 9.2 (wow) and so on. 0.0 has been used as Continue Reading

Rita Ora and Labrinth join music’s protest after Wiley’s antisemitic rant | Music industry- Tempemail

Many top names in rap, folk, rock and pop music, from Rita Ora and Labrinth to James Blunt and the 1975, joined this weekend to take an unprecedented stand against racism. In the wake of the antisemitic outburst that led to the Grime artist Wiley’s ban from Twitter last week, Continue Reading

Madonna takes on new role as Covid-19 conspiracy theorist | Music- Tempemail

Dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, director – Madonna has had quite the career. But the queen of pop’s latest reinvention came this week in the form of a video posted on Instagram that shared a coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers. Madonna claimed a vaccine existed but was being Continue Reading

I joined the Twitter boycott – but racism on social media is just the tip of the iceberg | Owen Jones | Opinion- Tempemail

Twitter is simultaneously many things: a means of elevating otherwise ignored voices, a platform for facilitating debate, a portal to access a bewildering array of information – and a cesspit of hatred. This weekend, the grime artist Wiley – with his half a million followers – unleashed a tirade of Continue Reading

Lily Allen deletes video saying she’s ‘worried’ about Wiley after grime artist’s antisemitic posts- Tempemail

Lily Allen appears to have deleted an Instagram video in which she says she feels “sad” seeing the row over Wiley’s antisemitic rants on social media. The Metropolitan Police said yesterday (25 July) that they are investigating the posts from Wiley’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. He was also dropped by Continue Reading

Wiley accused of antisemitism after likening Jews to Ku Klux Klan | Music- Tempemail

Wiley, the chart-topping grime rapper and producer, has made antisemitic comments on Twitter, including a statement that places Jews alongside the Ku Klux Klan. In a string of tweets on Friday, he said: “Listen to me Jewish community Israel is not your country I’m sorry … The Star of David Continue Reading