Hear the 1975’s Funky New Song ‘The Sound’

The 1975

The 1975 debuted their funky, catchy new song “The Sound” on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show Thursday night. The track will appear on the band’s sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, out February 26th. Listen to the track below.

Related: Watch the 1975’s Sleek, Neon “Ugh!” Video

Like single “Ugh!,” “The Sound” is more reminiscent of the band’s sleek, shimmery 2013 debut album in its upbeat catchiness. Whilr these tracks show off the band’s indie pop leanings, I Like It‘s first single “Love Me” teased a different direction for the Manchester group, delivering an INXS, Eighties New Wave vibe.

During frontman Matt Healy’s interview with Annie Mac, the singer spoke about growing up listening to pop music as a kid. “When it comes to pop music earworms, that kind of ear candy, it’s what I grew up [on],” he told the radio host. “I grew up on big records, records that [have] the melodies you can’t get out of your head. It’s something that I naturally do.”

In the context of

Astronomers Pay Tribute to Bowie With New Constellation

Belgian astronomers have gazed skyward to find a fitting way to pay tribute to David Bowie following the rock legend’s death at 69, dedicating a constellation to the self-proclaimed “Starman.” The constellation boasts seven stars that, when connected, form the iconic lightning bolt seen on the cover of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane. The interstellar tribute, which appropriately features celestial bodies in the vicinity of Mars, was engineered by Belgium’s MIRA Public Observatory and the radio station Studio Brussels, PSFK reports.

Philippe Mollet of MIRA Public Observatory explained in a statement, “It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars. Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars—Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis—in the vicinity of Mars. The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”

The lightning-shaped constellation is just one part of the astronomical tribute to the late rocker, who passed away January 10th following a battle

David Bowie Scores First Number One With ‘Blackstar’

A week after his death, David Bowie posthumously reached a new high on the Billboard 200 as his new LP  (pronounced Blackstar) gave the rock legend his first Number One album while also ending Adele’s seemingly unstoppable reign atop the charts. , released just two days before Bowie passed away, sold 181,000 copies in its debut week, Bowie’s best-selling week since Nielsen SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. ‘s monster opening week more than doubled the sales of Bowie’s 2013 comeback LP The Next Day, which debuted at Number Two and 85,000 copies, Billboard reports.

 As music fans mourned Bowie’s death, the Thin White Duke’s entire catalog saw a massive spike in sales, including the greatest hits compilation Best of Bowie, which ended the week at Number Four and 94,000 copies; that’s a nearly 6,700-percent increase of last week’s Best of Bowie sales. The 2002 collection initially peaked at Number 70 on the Billboard 200.

Bowie’s landmark 1973 LP The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars also saw a big boost, climbing up to Number 21 this week. With at Number One and Best

Piano lessons in Singapore

No question there are many ways to search for piano classes in Singapore. You can sign on with tune schools, piano training Singapore groups, or personal piano instructors. But hey, since you are right here, check out your skilled piano trainer!

As an experienced Singapore piano trainer, playing the piano for over 17 years, giving piano classes Singapore for greater than 3 years, I consider that the position of piano instructors is not handiest to have students research the piano nicely, however additionally to inspire them to enjoy the splendour and leisure of piano track.

Seeing that 2009, Piano teachers  have been carrying out piano instructions in Singapore ranging from young youngsters to adults, coaching graded piano instructions, to recreational piano instructions. Their best pleasure of teaching comes from seeing their students revel in the piano track they play.

Irrespective of age, piano training are certainly pleasurable and profitable. Come play along! Track is a laugh and playing the piano is an experience every person should experience. It’s miles an pastime you can percentage with circle of relatives and friends at gatherings and capabilities. So for you adults obtainable who have been placing this off…

Jazz- the music that brings natural relief to the mind and body

Jazz is regarded as one of the most popular music genres worldwide. It originated in the late 19th century among the African American community which gradually evolved as one of the distinct and popular musical styles. In these more than hundred years since its inception, this genre of music has transformed a lot due to European and Latin influence. But it has never lost its distinctiveness. It exhibits the American way of life and intertwines the movies, dances, literature and many more that are distinct in American culture.

Due to its profoundness, it is very difficult to define jazz but almost all people love listening to it. It has gradually spread around the world as it came be to known as the original American music form. With the changing taste, different forms of jazz evolved, from the New Orleans Jazz of the early 1900s to the Afro-Cuban Jazz of the 21st century. Every form of this music added to its flavor and played pivotal role to widen the musical structure and scope. Jazz has also gifted many prominent musicians who earned their names as vocalists and instrumentalists. The most celebrated names include Charles Buddy Bolden, Duke Ellington, Stephane Grappelli and Wes

Classical music in America is dead

When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton.

Classical music has been circling the drain for years, of course. There’s little doubt as to the causes: the fingernail grip of old music in a culture that venerates the new; new classical music that, in the words of Kingsley Amis, has about as much chance of public acceptance as pedophilia; formats like opera that are extraordinarily expensive to stage; and an audience that remains overwhelmingly old and white in an America that’s increasingly neither. Don’t forget the attacks on arts education, the Internet-driven democratization of cultural opinion, and the classical trappings—fancy clothes, incomprehensible program notes, an omerta-caliber code of audience silence—that never sit quite right in the homeland of popular culture.

The holiday season typically provides a much-needed transfusion. But the most recent holidays came after an autumn that The New Yorker called the art form’s “most significant crisis” since the Great Recession. Looking at the trend lines, it’s hard to hear anything other than a

Cage the Elephant on Escaping Kentucky

“I wonder what it looks like inside,” Matt, 32, says, looking up at his old home on the second floor. Wiry and talkative with light-brown hair framing still-boyish features, Matt laughs as he recalls the green shag carpet where he would find old bits of breakfast cereal, “like the marshmallows in Lucky Charms,” and eat them like secret treasure. He points to a patch of grass where the local kids, mostly from low-income families, played baseball and at a line of woods where Matt and Brad, now 33, created an imaginary clubhouse, nailing pages from old porno magazines to the trees.

The singer also remembers his father’s absences — Brad Sr. was a long-distance truck driver — and the hand-me-down clothes from older cousins that he and Brad wore to school, reminders of their parents’ constant financial struggles. “Kids in Brad’s grade would gather around him and chant, ‘Poor boy,’” Matt says, still seething. The brothers later responded to those taunts with songwriting. “People talkin’ shit, they can kiss the back of my hand,” Matt sang in “In One Ear,” on his band’s 2008 debut, Cage the Elephant. “I felt an extreme conviction on the first

Who is performing at the Grammys

Grammy Awards

The biggest night in music is just one night away, and the 58th annual Grammy Awards will air live on Monday.

Taylor Swift, who’s nominated for seven Grammys this year, is set to open the show, and Kendrick Lamar, who leads with 11 nominations, and The Weeknd, who also has seven noms, will also perform.

Rihanna will take the stage for the first time since the release of her new album Anti, and Adele (whose new album 25 wasn’t eligible this year) is also set to perform. The rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires (including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry) will make their live TV debut, as will the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton, who will broadcast their opening number live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.

Jackson Browne will join The Eagles in a tribute to their late band member Glenn Frey, and Lady Gaga will honor David Bowie with a performance. Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr., and Bonnie Raitt will also unite to pay tribute to B.B. King.

  • Adele
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Joey Alexander
  • James Bay and Tori Kelly
  • Justin Bieber and Jack Ü (Diplo and

6 Benefits of Music Lessons

Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid’s schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you’re on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe she won’t be the next Beethoven, but she may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player. Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education.

It improves academic skills.

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child’s brain to help him better understand other areas of math, says Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA. As kids get older, they’ll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills, says Mary Larew, Suzuki violin teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. Musical instrument classes also introduce young children to basic

What Does a Conductor Do

It’s close to 5 o’clock on a late afternoon in January when Mike Tetreault, a tall, lanky redhead, turns off Massachusetts Avenue and enters Symphony Hall through a side door. He checks in with the security guard and then heads for the basement, wrestling with more than 150 pounds of gear (mallets, snare drums, tambourines) in a backpack and a roller bag. The rest of the instruments he’ll need tonight will be supplied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He’s an hour and a half early.

The basement of Symphony Hall is nothing like the velvety opulence upstairs. It’s cold down here, with concrete walls and harsh fluorescent lights. As Tetreault signs in at a table and waits to get into a practice room, he notices the oversize instrument travel cases that are strewn everywhere, ready to safeguard harps and timpani during symphony tours. ­Tetreault, a Colorado-based percussionist, has already survived a nerve-wracking round of cuts to get this opportunity tonight to audition for one of two openings at the world-renowned BSO. He reads the list of the other contenders and is pleased to see a bunch of names he doesn’t know. Younger, he reassures himself. Less experienced.

For violin maker Howard Needham, a rarefied world

Howard Needham is standing in a room deep in the bowels of Catholic University’s Ward Hall, listening to Samantha Cody play violin.

“The wolf notes are gone,” he says to Emil Chudnovsky, a CU music professor and violin soloist hovering nearby.

Chudnovsky cocks an ear, listening for the undesirable overtones, and looks skeptical. “I think the post is tight,” he says.

“I loosened it already,” responds an irritated Needham, shaking his head. “I loosened it a lot.” Still, he gestures to Cody to hand over the fiddle. Using a worn brass tool that he slides inside one of the curving f-holes cut into the violin’s top plate, Needham makes a small adjustment, then passes the instrument back to Cody.

She raises it to her chin and resumes playing. The two men look at each other and nod simultaneously. The sound is better.

This is a meeting with several motives. Cody, a 16-year-oldChevy Chase resident and one of Chudnovsky’s star students, is about to play in a string competition; to best her rivals, she’s playing Chudnovsky’s own violin, which has a much more powerful sound than her own.

Needham, a Maryland-based violin maker,

The Shazam Effect

In 2000, a Stanford Ph.D. named Avery Wang co-founded, with a couple of business-school graduates, a tech start-up called Shazam. Their idea was to develop a service that could identify any song within a few seconds, using only a cellphone, even in a crowded bar or coffee shop.

At first, Wang, who had studied audio analysis and was responsible for building the software, feared it might be an impossible task. No technology existed that could distinguish music from background noise, and cataloging songs note for note would require authorization from the labels. But then he made a breakthrough: rather than trying to capture whole songs, he built an algorithm that would create a unique acoustic fingerprint for each track. The trick, he discovered, was to turn a song into a piece of data.

Shazam became available in 2002. (In the days before smartphones, users would dial a number, play the song through their phones, and then wait for Shazam to send a text with the title and artist.) Since then, it has been downloaded more than 500 million times and used to identify some 30 million songs, making it one of the most popular apps in

Adele Album Resists the Streaming Trend in Music Sales

For the last few years, the prevailing theme in the recorded music business has been that CD and download sales were plunging while streaming has shot up quickly, as listening habits shift online.

That theme largely continued in 2015, with one big exception: Adele.

Last year, 241.4 million albums were sold in the United States, down 6 percent from 2014, according to data released on Tuesday by Nielsen. CDs, once the music industry’s most powerful profit engine, declined to just 125.6 million units last year, a decline of 11 percent from 2014 and 82 percent from their peak in 2001. Nielsen tracks the number of units sold, but not their sales revenue.

Downloads of complete albums last year dropped 3 percent to 103.3 million, and downloads of individual songs fell 12.5 percent to 964.8 million, dipping below one billion for the first time since 2007.

At the same time, streaming activity nearly doubled in 2015. On-demand audio and video streams on outlets like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music — which, unlike radio

Seduced by ‘perfect’ pitch how Auto-Tune conquered pop music

In January of 2010, Kesha Sebert, known as ‘Ke$ha’ debuted at number one on Billboard with her album, Animal. Her style is electro pop-y dance music: she alternates between rapping and singing, the choruses of her songs are typically melodic party hooks that bore deep into your brain: “Your love, your love, your love, is my drug!” And at times, her voice is so heavily processed that it sounds like a cross between a girl and a synthesizer. Much of her sound is due to the pitch correction software, Auto-Tune.

Sebert, whose label did not respond to a request for an interview, has built a persona as a badass wastoid, who told Rolling Stone that all male visitors to her tour bus had to submit to being photographed with their pants down. Even the bus drivers.

Yet this past November on the Today Show, the 25-year old Sebert looked vulnerable, standing awkwardly in her skimpy purple, gold, and green unitard. She was there to promote her new album, Warrior, which was supposed to reveal the authentic her.

“Was it really

How Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Changed The Music Business

In early 1984, when Epic Records executives presented their slate of upcoming releases at the CBS Records convention in Hawaii, they couldn’t resist playing up the success they were already having. So between the pitches for new albums, Epic inserted stock footage of semi trucks and a voice-over that thunderously announced, “There goes another load of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ albums!”

Trucks weren’t really leaving the warehouse every few minutes, but “Thriller” was still shattering expectations more than a year after its Nov. 30, 1982, release. Epic was selling more than 1 million copies per month in the United States alone.

Nearly 27 years after its release, “Thriller” still stands as the best-selling studio album in the United States, according to the RIAA, which has certified it 28-times platinum. More than 50 million copies have been sold internationally, according to estimates.

But the album’s success can’t be measured by sales alone. As Jackson moonwalked his way into music history, “Thriller” set a new benchmark for blockbusters that changed how the music business promoted and marketed superstar releases. It also changed MTV, breaking down the cable network’s racial barriers and raising the bar for video quality.

From the beginning, Epic intended to

The Song Machine

On a mild Monday afternoon in mid-January, Ester Dean, a songwriter and vocalist, arrived at Roc the Mic Studios, on West Twenty-seventh Street in Manhattan, for the first of five days of songwriting sessions. Her engineer, Aubry Delaine, whom she calls Big Juice, accompanied her. Dean picked up an iced coffee at a Starbucks on Seventh Avenue, took the elevator up to Roc the Mic, and passed through a lounge that had a pool table covered in taupe-colored felt. Two sets of soundproofed doors led to the control room, a windowless cockpit that might have been the flight deck of a spaceship.

Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, the team of Norwegian writer-producers professionally known as Stargate, were waiting there for Dean. Both are tall and skinny ectomorphs with pale shaved heads who would not look out of place in a “Matrix” movie. Dean, who is black, is neither skinny nor tall; she reached up to give them big hugs, which is how she greets almost everyone. They chatted for a while. Dean has a comical, Betty Boop-ish speaking voice, which will be featured in the upcoming animated film “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” (Sid, the giant ground sloth

Concord Bicycle Music Acquires HighTone, Bandit Records Assets

Concord Bicycle Music continues its roll-up of indie labels with two more acquisitions, buying the HighTone record label catalog and the recorded music assets of Bandit Records, the late George Jones’ label imprint. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

The catalog of HighTone, founded in 1983 by Bruce Bromberg and Larry Sloven, includes Americana and various other roots music from such artists as Rosie Flores, Dick Dale, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dale Watson, Joe Lewis Walker, Tom Russell, Buddy Miller, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Joe Ely, Dave Alvin, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Robert Cray. The catalog had been sold to Shout! Factory, which in turn was the seller in this current deal.

R.E.M. Taps Concord Bicycle to Handle Group’s Warner Bros. Catalog: Exclusive

Meanwhile, the Bandit Records catalog, obtained from Jones’ widow Nancy, includes about 140 songs from the late country artist, including such albums as The Rock, The Gospel Collection, Kickin’ Out The Footlights Again and Hits I Missed…And One I Didn’t. It also included an unreleased Jones duet collection featuring such artists as Leon Russell, Vince Gill, Keith Richards, Ricky Skaggs and Mark Knopfler.

“HighTone, and Bandit, represent an important niche in the American independent music culture and fits

Facing the Music

Hemingway had rock-star status (and even impersonators). Steinbeck was Springsteen. Salinger was Kurt Cobain. Dorothy Parker was Courtney Love. James Jones was David Crosby. Mailer was Eminem. This is to say — and I understand how hard this is to appreciate — that novelists were iconic for much of the first half of the last century. They set the cultural agenda. They made lots of money. They lived large (and self-medicated). They were the generational voice. For a long time, anybody with any creative ambition wanted to write the Great American Novel.

But starting in the fifties, and then gaining incredible force in the sixties, rock-and-roll performers eclipsed authors as cultural stars. Rock and roll took over fiction’s job as the chronicler and romanticizer of American life (that rock and roll became much bigger than fiction relates, I’d argue, more to scalability and distribution than to relative influence), and the music business replaced the book business as the engine of popularculture.

Now, though, another reversal, of similar commercial and metaphysical magnitude, is taking place. Not, of course, that the book business is becoming rock and roll, but that the music industry is becoming, in size

Classical music in America is dead.

When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton.

Classical music has been circling the drain for years, of course. There’s little doubt as to the causes: the fingernail grip of old music in a culture that venerates the new; new classical music that, in the words of Kingsley Amis, has about as much chance of public acceptance as pedophilia; formats like opera that are extraordinarily expensive to stage; and an audience that remains overwhelmingly old and white in an America that’s increasingly neither. Don’t forget the attacks on arts education, the Internet-driven democratization of cultural opinion, and the classical trappings—fancy clothes, incomprehensible program notes, an omerta-caliber code of audience silence—that never sit quite right in the homeland of popular culture.

The holiday season typically provides a much-needed transfusion. But the most recent holidays came after an autumn that The New Yorker called the art form’s “most significant crisis” since the Great Recession. Looking at the trend lines, it’s hard to hear anything other than a Requiem.

Arcade Fire Plan Memorial Parade for David Bowie

Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have announced a David Bowie memorial parade. “Pretty Things: A Second Line for Bowie” will take place in New Orleans on Saturday, January 16th.

A Facebook event page was launched for the event, and it details the parade’s route, which begins at 4 p.m  local time and instructs attendees to wear their “best Bowie outfit or something more strange.” The page also includes an appropriate quote from Bowie: “The truth is of course that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”

One of Bowie’s final live performances was with Arcade Fire back in September 2005. At the time, the band was just beginning to break, having released their debut album Funeral earlier that year. Bowie and Arcade Fire performed the late rock star’s “Five Years” and the then-burgeoning band’s “Wake Up” together at a Fashion Rocks concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. A week later, he joined the band at their Central Park performance.

Prior to the performances, Bowie raved about the band to Rolling Stone. “There’s a certain uninhibited passion in the Arcade

Meek Mill Rekindles Drake Beef With Surprise ‘4/4’ EP

After a five-month ceasefire in the Drake vs. Meek Mill beef, the latter rekindled his feud with Drake Saturday with the arrival of Mill’s surprise new EP 4/4, featuring a cut aimed directly at the Toronto rapper. The two previously traded diss tracks, onstage barbs and backhanded tweets in the summer of 2015, with Mill firing “Wanna Know” and Drake unleashing “Charged Up” and “Back to Back.”

Mill reignites the feud on the 4/4 track “I’m Da Plug Freestyle,” first by stepping on Drake and Future’s own What a Time to Be Alive cut “Jumpman,” which also served as the basis for Kanye West’s Nike-blasting track “Facts.” “Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman / Ain’t nobody tell ’em this ain’t what they want, man / You ain’t really write it, I’m like ‘who’s your stuntman?,'” Mill raps, once again calling into the question whether Drake uses a ghostwriter, which sparked the beef in the first place.

Later on the freestyle, Mill references Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” and also circles back at one of the more biting lines from Drake’s “Back to Back,” “Is that your world tour, or your girl’s tour?,” a knock that the Philadelphia rapper was the opening act for his girlfriend, Nicki Minaj.

Clarence Reid, R&B Singer Known as Blowfly, Dead at 76

Clarence Reid, the R&B singer who moonlighted as the innovative, masked and explicit rapper Blowfly, passed away Sunday. He was 76. Reid’s death comes just days after it was revealed that he was admitted into a South Florida hospice care facility as he suffered from terminal liver cancer and multiple organ failure. A spokesperson for Reid confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone.

“Clarence Reid, the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today, January 17th, in his hospice room,” Reid’s longtime collaborator and drummer “Uncle” Tom Bowker wrote on Facebook. “His sister Virginia and I thank you for all the love you have shown this week. We also thank you for supporting Clarence’s 50+ year music career – especially these last few years. We love you and will keep you informed on services and tribute performances in Clarence’s honor.”

Artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Ice-T, Flying Lotus, DJ Quik, Pete Rock, Run the Jewels’ El-P and many more have turned to social media to pay tribute to the one-of-a-kind artist who had an unforgettable impact on many in the soul and hip-hop community. “I had the