Avast success! Sea shanty Wellerman sails into UK Top 40 | Music- Tempemail

The biggest meme of 2021 – at least until Bernie Sanders’ mittens came along – has translated into UK chart success, as the song at the heart of the sea shanty craze debuts in the Top 40. Wellerman, with its infectious chorus heralding the arrival of “sugar, tea and rum”, 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

Michelle Wolf to Melania’s roses: the arts and pop culture that sum up the Trump era | Culture

Architecture Travesty in the Rose Garden Since he’s a former real-estate tycoon, it seems fitting that Donald Trump’s tenure should express itself in some sort of building. So which edifice best defines his era? Well, there is the “big, beautiful wall” planned for the border with Mexico. “Nobody builds walls Continue Reading

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

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

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

Finale risk: Rolling Stones, Lennox and McCartney among stars seeking music aid | Business- Tempemail

The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney and Dua Lipa are among 1,500 musicians and bands calling for the government to take urgent action to help live music in Britain avoid collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic. A letter signed by artists, including Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Continue Reading

Taylor Swift: ‘Racial injustice has been ingrained in US state government’ | Music- Tempemail

Taylor Swift has accused local and state governments in the US of harbouring institutional racism, and has called on her fans to elect candidates committed to fighting police brutality. The pop star told her 86 million Twitter followers: “Racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and Continue Reading

Microsoft’s robot editor confuses mixed-race Little Mix singers | Technology

Microsoft’s decision to replace human journalists with robots has backfired, after the tech company’s artificial intelligence software illustrated a news story about racism with a photo of the wrong mixed-race member of the band Little Mix. A week after the Guardian revealed plans to fire the human editors who run Continue Reading