Which of these is the best music video of the year?

Which of these is the best music video of the year?

MTV has announced its nominations for this year’s Video Music Awards (VMAs), with Kendrick Lamar scoring eight nods for the video to his track Humble. It’s up for the coveted video of the year prize, won in previous years by the likes of Beyonce for Formation, Taylor Swift for Bad Blood and Miley Cyrus for Wrecking Ball. Here’s a look at the five contenders. Following on from MTV’s Movie and TV Awards, the VMAs has…

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Glastonbury gap year to be filled by new BBC Music festival

Glastonbury gap year to be filled by new BBC Music festival

With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018, there’s already one new festival hoping to fill the mud-and-music gap. The BBC has announced plans to host The Biggest Weekend while Glasto has its traditional fallow year. The four-day festival will take place in May across four sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The last time Glastonbury had a year off, in 2012, BBC Radio 1 brought its Big Weekend festival to Hackney. It…

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James Corden's Carpool Karaoke team is making a primetime music show for the BBC

James Corden's Carpool Karaoke team is making a primetime music show for the BBC

Eleven years after the demise of Top of the Pops, a live, weekly music show is coming back to the BBC. Promising “the hottest bands and artists in the world right now” the series is due to debut in the autumn. It has yet to receive a title or a timeslot, but will be made by James Corden’s company Fulwell 73, whose work includes the wildly-successful Carpool Karaoke series. An initial run of six episodes…

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Is threat of a copyright lawsuit stifling music?

Is threat of a copyright lawsuit stifling music?

Artists are being advised not to state publicly who they’re inspired by on their new music, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. Could this stifle their creativity? “There is no such thing as a completely original composition,” says music producer and songwriter Nile Rodgers. “We learn music by practising. And what do we practise? We practise patterns. We practise scales. “The art of music-making is the reinterpretation of those rules that we learned.” You would…

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Stream-ripping is 'fastest growing' music piracy

Stream-ripping is 'fastest growing' music piracy

Stream-ripping is now the fastest-growing form of music piracy in the UK, new research has suggested. Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers. Record labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month”. One service alone is thought to have more than 60 million monthly…

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Sweden to hold 'man-free' music festival

Sweden to hold 'man-free' music festival

Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare is organising a “man-free” music festival in her home country in response to rape and sexual assault claims at festivals. She suggested the idea after reports of a number of sexual offences at Sweden’s biggest music festival Bravalla, which has now been cancelled for next year. “What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome?” she tweeted. She said it would take place “until…

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Master of None: Music supervisor Zach Cowie shares his soundtrack secrets

Master of None: Music supervisor Zach Cowie shares his soundtrack secrets

How does a hit song end up in a TV show? It’s not as simple as it seems. Every musical moment has to be tested, approved and licensed before it appears on a soundtrack; and that process can take months upon months upon months. It’s all the responsibility of a music supervisor, who plays a critical role in establishing the atmosphere and tone of a series, hand-picking tracks to accompany the action, and getting them…

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Shaun Ryder voices trams in Manchester for BBC Music Day

Shaun Ryder voices trams in Manchester for BBC Music Day

Media playback is unsupported on your device Step On! Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder is voicing announcements on MetroLink trams in Manchester for BBC Music Day. The singer riffs on some of his biggest hits, including the Gorillaz’ single DARE, telling commuters: “It’s coming up, it’s coming up, it’s… Anchorage!” “I enjoyed doing it,” he told 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, “but I’ll never listen to it. I hate hearing my own voice.” Ozzy Osbourne, Alfie…

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