How a Scottish postie’s simple sea shanty struck a global chord | Folk music- Tempemail

It is no exaggeration to say that sea shanties have changed Nathan Evans’s life. The 26-year-old postman from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, has become a phenomenon online thanks to the driving, rhythmic a cappella music. The sea shanty genre has unexpectedly broken into the mainstream, having become something of a global Continue Reading

Not just for drunken sailors: how sea shanties took over TikTok | Folk music- Tempemail

Name: Sea shanties. Age: At least 600 years old. Appearance: Just about the hippest thing on TikTok right now. TikTok? The app where people dance? More or less, yes, although it’s worth pointing out that recently TikTok users collaboratively designed, built and patented a cutting-edge pill bottle specifically to improve Continue Reading

Video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture | Culture

It would be incorrect to say video games went mainstream in 2020. They’ve been mainstream for decades. But their place in pop culture feels far more central – to gamers and non-gamers alike – than ever before. In part, this is due to desperate marketers hunting for eyeballs in a Continue Reading

Events horizon: the films, music, art and more to get excited about in 2021 | Culture

Music Massive albums by massive artists… From Drake (due late December) to Foo Fighters (5 February). We may also hear from Adele, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Cardi B and Kanye West. Plus Beyoncé, that shock album-drop pioneer might join the party, too. Tour o’clockFrom Dua Lipa to Stormzy to the Pet Continue Reading

Map of the soul: how BTS rewrote the western pop rulebook | Music- Tempemail

BTS’s leader RM looks up from under a black baseball cap, then stares back down at his hands. “Doing the promotional interviews, [I kept saying], ‘Music truly transcends every barrier.’ But even while I was saying it I questioned myself if I indeed believe it.” It’s late September, and the Continue Reading

‘It’s the screams of the damned!’ The eerie AI world of deepfake music | Music

‘It’s Christmas time! It’s hot tub time!” sings Frank Sinatra. At least, it sounds like him. With an easy swing, cheery bonhomie, and understated brass and string flourishes, this could just about pass as some long lost Sinatra demo. Even the voice – that rich tone once described as “all Continue Reading

Culture to cheer you up during the second lockdown: part one | Music

Music Khruangbin – Mordechai Because sometimes what you need during lockdown is to be transported somewhere better by whatever’s in your headphones: Mordechai’s self-styled “Earth music” sounds like a warm summer breeze, a gentle drift of guitars equal parts psychedelic and west African, scattered vocals and lazy funk drums, the Continue Reading

Spotify to let artists promote music for cut in royalty rates | Technology

Spotify has been accused of trying to create digital “payola”, after announcing a feature that would give artists an algorithmic boost on the company’s playlists – if they agree to take a cut in the royalties they get paid for the relevant songs. The feature, which Spotify is describing as Continue Reading

The best culture you may have missed in 2020 | Culture

Film Southern Journey (Revisited)In the dark days of lockdown, it’s hard to believe the big outdoors actually exists. But that’s what you get with this lovely music documentary, which followed in the footsteps of celebrated musicologist Alan Lomax and British folk singer Shirley Collins on their landmark 1959 odyssey, recording Continue Reading