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Spotify to list shares in direct offering

(Reuters) - Streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA on Tuesday filed for a direct listing of its shares.

Rap and Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop With an Irish Lilt

The first rap acts in Ireland emerged in the early 1990s. But it has taken until now for the music and the culture to start flourishing.

Pop and Rock Music

Smashing Pumpkins Say They’re Happy Now. Can They Keep It Together?

The dysfunctional ’90s band is reuniting for a tour and new music. In his first interview about the reboot, Billy Corgan addresses his reputation head-on.


Spotify says about two million users suppressing ads without paying

(Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify Technology SA [SPOT.N] said on Friday about 2 million of its non-paying users were suppressing advertisements, highlighting a potential revenue risk for the soon-to-be public company.


What It’s Like to Hear the Desert in Music

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams guides us through his newest work, “Become Desert”: “You notice your breathing becoming slower.”


Turning a Ghoulish Children’s Book Into a Grand Opera

Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” has been transformed into an opera in London, with music by Mark-Anthony Turnage. It goes to some genuinely disturbing places.


Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches

The neurotic stage musical adaptation of the animated blockbuster raises questions about how Disney transforms its biggest hits.

Bombs and Explosives

Austin Bombing Victims Included a Father and a 17-Year-Old Musician

A finance professional and a teenage bass player were killed in a series of bombings that left five others injured and Texas’ capital city on edge.


Brazil battles drought as world's largest water forum meets

CEILANDIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Diane Pereira had already used up half a large plastic water barrel by 9 a.m. as she cooked rice and beans for the coming lunch crowd as gospel music played quietly in her small, doorless restaurant in Ceilandia, a poor suburb of Brazil's capital.

Travel and Vacations

36 Hours: 36 Hours in Memphis

A new bike share program, museums, music and, yes, barbecue await visitors. Of special interest this spring: the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Trial of two Boston officials canceled after prosecution dealt setback

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday called off next week's trial of two members of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's administration accused of extorting a music festival production company into using union labor after a court ruling jeopardized the prosecution's case.

Rap and Hip-Hop

Critic’s Notebook: Two SoundCloud Rap Outlaws Push Boundaries From the Fringes

Legal troubles have placed XXXTentacion and 6ix9ine on the industry’s margins, but their freedom to break musical rules there is gaining them attention and fans.


'Sound of Music,' 'Rumours' albums deemed U.S. national treasures

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack from "The Sound of Music," Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album "Rumours" and the 1984 song "Footloose" were among 25 recordings deemed national treasures on Wednesday and worthy of preserving by the U.S. Library of Congress.


Spotify CEO eligible to sell up to $2 billion stake in public listing

(Reuters) - Daniel Ek, the CEO and co-founder of streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA , is eligible to sell up to 15.8 million shares of the company worth up to $2 billion in its direct listing, the company disclosed in a filing on Tuesday.


Spotify CEO to sell up to $2 billion stake in public listing

(Reuters) - Daniel Ek, the Swedish CEO and co-founder of streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA , is set to sell 15.8 million shares of the company worth up to $2 billion in its direct listing, the company disclosed in a new filing on Tuesday.


Extortion case against Boston officials faces dismissal after ruling

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declined to reconsider a ruling that prosecutors said could lead to the dismissal of charges against two members of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's administration who are accused of extorting a music festival production company.

Forty Girls (Play)

Mighty Women Warriors, Resurrected From an Ancient Epic

The new telling of “Forty Girls,” which mixes video, songs and traditional and modern music, is a bold departure for a Muslim country, especially Uzbekistan.


Brian Eno Wants to Take You ‘Inside the Music’

The British musician is collaborating with other artists to create a high-tech, immersive experience that will tour Europe and America.


Critic’s Notebook: South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out

The lack of an arena-circuit headliner at this year’s festival, the 32nd, just helped level the playing field for the performers who still flock to Austin, Tex.

For 'The 5th Dementia' music is medicine

Carol Rosenstein's husband, Irwin, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2006. Three years later, he was diagnosed with dementia.

Classical Music

A Composer of Dark Explosions Turns 100

Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s music and life had a tragic cast. His brooding, teeming works anticipated postmodernism, and he committed suicide in 1970.


Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ Where Work Is a Dirty Word

The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical is so laid back it collapses.


Spotify touts growth over profits in listing pitch to retail investors

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Streaming music leader Spotify used its cultural cool factor to appeal to mom-and-pop investors in an unconventional presentation ahead of its April 3 stock market listing.


Spotify shuns traditional IPO, pitches growth to retail investors

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Streaming music leader Spotify said on Thursday it has a clear path to profit as it spelled out to retail investors its growth plans and how it aims to fend off big rivals Apple Inc and Inc ahead of an unusual April 3 listing.

Politics and Government

Opinion Video: Wuilly Arteaga: Fighting Venezuela’s Repression With My Violin

A musician faces tanks and riot police with his instrument, spreading a message of peace in a time of crisis.


Spotify says path to profits clear ahead of stock market listing

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Streaming music leader Spotify said on Thursday it has a clear path to profit as it prepared to spell out to investors the company's growth plans and how it aims to fend off major rivals ahead of a stock market listing.


EU antitrust regulators to decide on Apple, Shazam deal by April 23

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust authorities will decide by April 23 whether to clear iPhone maker Apple's buy of British music discovery app Shazam, the European Commission said on Thursday.

Pop and Rock Music

Album Review: Music Is a Sanctuary From Chaos on Yo La Tengo’s ‘There’s a Riot Going On’

The New Jersey indie-rock band’s 15th album is its first digitally recorded LP, filled with sonic wanderings and grim proclamations.


Game of musical chairs follows Pennsylvania's special election

(Reuters) - The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District was still too close to call on Wednesday but the winner could soon have to start campaigning all over again - in a different district against a different opponent for the November congressional elections.

St Louis (Mo)

Frugal Traveler: St. Louis Is as Welcoming as It Is Budget-Friendly

The city has all you could want — museums, green spaces, good music and exciting new restaurants — plus that distinct Midwestern friendliness.


Kurt Weill’s Music for a Magical Dance, Lost and Now Found

Jody Oberfelder’s production of “Zaubernacht” is the first in New York since 1925. The world has changed a lot since then; so has the work’s story.


Spotify enters South African market

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global music streaming provider Spotify is set to launch its services in South Africa on Tuesday, marking its entry into Africa, where there is a rapid uptake of smartphones and improving telecommunications infrastructure.


Met Opera fires conductor Levine after 'credible evidence' of misconduct

(Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera said on Monday that it had fired its longtime conductor and musical director James Levine after an inquiry found "credible evidence" to support accusations against him of sexual misconduct.


Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's streaming music service now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million in February, the company said on Monday.


Has Spotify answered its royalty problem?

(Reuters) - In its much-anticipated filing to go public last month, Spotify revealed revenue growth was outpacing costs, suggesting the music streaming service was striking deals with the music industry that defeat the central tension in its business model.

Bruno Mars is accused of cultural appropriation. Black celebrities defend him

Bruno Mars found himself caught in a heated debate about cultural appropriation over the weekend after an activist accused the "24K Magic" star of being a culture vulture profiting off of traditionally black music.

Taylor Swift's 'Delicate' video decoded

Taylor Swift is dancing like no one is watching in her new music video and that appears to be her wish.

New York Times

Quebec Road Trip: Music for Traveling: 24 Perfect Songs for My Quebec Road Trip

Dan Bilefsky received hundreds of suggestions of music to listen to as he embarks today on a five-day journey across his home province. He chose these.


Review: ‘Rise’ Is No ‘Friday Night Footlights’

NBC’s new drama centers on a high school musical that divides a Pennsylvania town. But it takes a long time to find its voice.

Taylor Swift gets backlash over her dance moves

Singer Taylor Swift is getting backlash after some are saying she mimicked moves in her latest music video "Delicate" after a Kenzo ad.


Belgium Drops Rapper from World Cup Song After Sexism Outcry

A collaboration between the musician Damso and the country’s soccer association was ended after feminist groups and politicians said his lyrics demeaned women.

Classical Music

How Do You Teach People to Love Difficult Music?

Alarm Will Sound’s “live podcast” next week, with a mix of storytelling, recorded audio and performance, is designed to introduce the music of Ligeti.


The NME Bows Out of Print. We’ll Miss the Inky Fingers.

Mary Anne Hobbs, who worked at the British music newspaper in its heyday, reflects on what we’ll miss when the title stops publishing in print.


Ties: Family Harmony of the Musical Kind

An unconventional sort of respiratory therapy: singing in the hospital bed.

Pop and Rock Music

Critic’s Notebook: The New Indie Pop: Off-Kilter, Handmade, Whimsical and Emotional

Superorganism, Rex Orange County and Clairo are recording chipper, intimate music that’s a wild contrast to the swaggering, anthemic sound of a decade ago.

Shopping and Retail

The Power of Tower Records

The chain of record stores run by Russ Solomon, who died on Sunday at 92, defined the retail music business in the predigital era, with stars and fans embracing its slogan: “No Music, No Life.”


Pioneering UK music paper NME to close print edition

LONDON (Reuters) - NME, the pop music newspaper that created the first British singles chart in 1952, will be printed for the final time this week as it shifts focus to its digital audience, publisher Time Inc said on Wednesday.


U.S. turns to music in bid to woo Cambodians

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - With U.S.-Cambodian relations at a low and Chinese influence growing, Washington is trying a new way to win hearts and minds: sponsoring a well-known Cambodian musician to sing...

Gianotti, Fabiola

A Celebrated Physicist With a Passion for Music

Fabiola Gianotti, the first woman to direct CERN, dreamed of becoming a ballerina, studied piano, but ultimately chose a career in science.

How an affair with her bodyguard brought down Nashville's mayor

A onetime symbol of integrity, Megan Barry made history as the Music City's first female mayor in 2015. Barry sought to tackle the scarcity of public transportation options and affordable housing, and helped score a professional soccer franchise.


Milosevic - the musical - plays in Kosovo

GRACANICA, Kosovo (Reuters) - Twelve years after he died during his trial for war crimes, Slobodan Milosevic, the one-time Serbian strongman, divided his audience again, this time as a character in a musical that made its debut on Tuesday.

Legendary musician plays private concert for the adult Turpin children

For years, police say David and Louise Turpin's children were tortured and deprived of basic necessities. But recently, some of them got to experience something few people have: a private concert from a world-famous cellist.

Education (K-12)

Next to Lead New York’s Schools: An Educator With a Song on His Lips

Richard A. Carranza grew up in Arizona and worked his way through college as a musician. He described himself as “a mariachi masquerading as a superintendent.”

Solomon, Russ

Russ Solomon, Founder of Tower Records, Dies at 92

A pioneer of superstore hangouts for music lovers, he built a global retail empire that became obsolete and finally went bankrupt.

Analysis: If gender is fluid, they say race should be, too

He was a snappy dresser with slicked back hair and a pencil mustache. A crack bandleader, musician and legendary talent scout, he was dubbed the "Godfather of R&B."

Huckabee quits country music board

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee resigned Thursday from the Country Music Association Foundation board of directors -- less than one day after his appointment -- after backlash over his anti-gay rights record.

Classical Music

100 Years After Debussy’s Death, He Remains the First ‘Modern’ Composer

The pianist Stephen Hough celebrates Debussy’s slipping, slinking, sparkling piano works, in which he developed his revolutionary approach to music.

The legends behind India's festival of color

It's the bold image of India most often seen in ad campaigns, films and music videos.


Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Has a New Evan, and a New Balance

As Taylor Trensch takes over the title role in the Tony-winning musical, the show’s meaning and impact change too.

Jarvis, Boyd (1958-2018)

Boyd Jarvis, Whose Synthesizer Fueled Dance Music, Dies at 59

Mr. Jarvis played a synthesizer alongside dance music DJs in New York in the early 1980s, building a sound that anticipated house music.


They Just Want to Meet the Nice People

Broadway theatergoers, inspired by the acts of kindness portrayed in the musical “Come From Away,” are booking trips to a small town on the island of Newfoundland.


Telling a Demigod’s Story Through ‘Collective Virtuosity’

“Pan,” a genre-defying work for the flutist Claire Chase and mass participation, is as much about community building as it is about music.

Travel and Vacations

36 Hours: 36 Hours in São Paulo

The city’s treasures lie just below the surface: world-class restaurants, Brazil-class music and an ever-ebullient arts scene.


Spotify plans to list shares, fend off Apple and Amazon

(Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify on Wednesday filed for a direct listing of its shares, laying out financial data for the first time that cheered some analysts but led others to question how it could turn a profit from its growing subscriber base.


UPDATE 4-Spotify plans to list shares, fend off Apple and Amazon

Feb 28 (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify on Wednesday filed for a direct listing of its shares, laying out financial data for the first time that cheered some analysts but led others to question how it could turn a profit from its growing subscriber base.


Spotify Files to Go Public on the New York Stock Exchange

Instead of a traditional public offering, the streaming music service will pursue a direct listing of its shares, which will be traded under the ticker symbol SPOT.


Spotify files for direct listing on New York Stock Exchange

(Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify on Wednesday filed for a direct listing of its shares, taking an unusual path to the U.S. public markets for a large company.


14 Hours With the Met Opera’s New Maestro

A (very) busy day for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Metropolitan Opera's next music director, summed up the generational shift going on at the company.


Musical 'Evita' kicks off Asian tour in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Forty years after opening in London's West End, the musical "Evita", about Argentina's legendary first lady, Eva Peron, made its Asian debut in Singapore this month.


Amazon launches music streaming service in India

MUMBAI, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Inc launched its music-streaming service in India on Wednesday, its latest offering to drive customers to shop more on its flagship e-commerce platform.

Actors and Actresses

Lauren Ambrose Finally Gets Her Musical

She made her name on the TV drama “Six Feet Under.” But her last musical? That was “Oklahoma!” — in high school. Now she’s playing Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady.”


Broadway Hits the Middle School Circuit

Adaptations of Broadway musicals to be performed by middle and high school students are becoming an increasingly important revenue stream for theater producers.


Nanette Fabray, winner of Emmy and Tony awards, dead at 97

(Reuters) - Nanette Fabray, a child performer in the 1920s who went on to star in Broadway musicals, dance with Fred Astaire on the big screen and win three Emmy Awards working with Sid Caesar during television's Golden Age, has died at the age of 97, media reports said.


All that jazz: Saudis attend country's first jazz festival

RIYADH (Reuters) - Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia's first-ever jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom's recent efforts of shedding its conservative image.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Janelle Monáe Feels the Funk, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Speedy Ortiz, Mozzy, Screaming Females and more in our weekly roundup of notable new music.

Classical Music

Critic’s Notebook: Luigi Nono’s Harsh Music Inspires Reflection and Action

Two New York concerts, including a rare performance of the opera “Intolleranza 1960,” celebrate a composer who lived and wrote boldly.

Mary J. Blige, Common set to perform at Oscars

This year's Oscar-nominated musicians are going to take the stage at the Academy Awards ceremony.


The Problem With Broadway Revivals: They Revive Gender Stereotypes, Too

Audiences love the classic songs. And producers love filling seats. But in this #MeToo moment, what to make of musicals like “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel”?


Malaysian rapper Namewee in the dog house over 'obscene' Lunar New Year video

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia detained rapper Namewee on Thursday amid an uproar over an "obscene" Lunar New Year music video depicting people in dog masks dancing in what appears to be the administrative capital of Putrajaya.


In Fashion: Say Aloha to Tokyo’s Rising Musicians

Five of the city’s emerging musical talents in spring’s crop of retro-inspired Hawaiian shirts.

Tools to encourage kids' creativity

During a typical day, kids and teens check out YouTube, watch TV, play video games, scroll through social media feeds, and listen to music. Overall, they're passive consumers of the content they love -- which is fine.


Dua Lipa, Stormzy take top honors at BRIT awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Singers Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the biggest winners at this year's BRIT awards, Britain's most high-profile pop music awards, taking two trophies each at an event that saw performances from some of music's biggest acts.

Turnstile (Music Group)

Album Review: Turnstile Knows Hardcore’s Rules. That’s Why It Can Break Them.

The band stretches boundaries on its outstanding new album, “Time & Space,” while Ronny J is showcasing how heavy music has migrated to hip-hop.

Classical Music

My Favorite Page: A Lullaby, a Caress: Yo-Yo Ma, Ax and Kavakos on Brahms

The celebrity musicians, who play at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, choose their favorite page from Brahms’s three piano trios.


Marcos-era musical resonates with modern Philippines, director says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Filipino director Lav Diaz's musical about martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos is set firmly in the 1970s, but the movie is as much about today, he told Reuters at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday.


22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts, Dances and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring

Highlights from the worlds of theater, pop music, dance and classical, recommended by Times critics.


Brazil's 'What a shot' music video stirs debate amid violent crime wave

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A viral music video called "What a shot" is stirring debate in Brazil about the glamorization of crime and freedom of expression, as surging crime in Rio de Janeiro has led the government to put troops in charge of security in the tourist city.

The 'Black Panther' album could change the music industry

Animated Films

Kobe Bryant Could Add an Oscar to His Record of Wins

The ex-basketball star worked with animation and music stars to make the short “Dear Basketball.” It’s an academy front-runner, though it’s drawn #MeToo protests.


Language app Babbel translates European success to U.S. market

BERLIN (Reuters) - It might seem a tall order to persuade people to spend as much to learn a language on their smartphone as it costs to subscribe to a music streaming or video-on-demand service.


Figure skating: 'Korea power' buoys hometown ice dancers

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - As if getting to the Olympics was not hard enough for South Korean ice dancers Min Yura and Alexander Gamelin, the two were briefly caught up in a diplomatic fuss over their free dance music and then suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

Olympic Games (2018)

For Snowboarders, the Music Matters as Much as the Gear

While many athletes listen to music to pump themselves up before an event, snowboarders often listen to music to boost their mood during competition.

Documentary Films and Programs

Cultured Traveler: Retracing America’s Musical Canvas

In the 3-D film “America’s Musical Journey,” the singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc takes viewers on an exuberant exploration of the country’s creative roots.


Hear How ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Became a New-Music Showcase

The daffy Amazon comedy, whose fourth season began streaming on Friday, has emerged as an unlikely destination for some of today’s hippest composers.

Rapper gives out $1M in music video

Rapper Drake's music video for his song "God's Plan" shows him donating the video's nearly $1 million budget to people throughout Miami.


Bobsleigh: Upbeat Jamaicans can't wait for their moment in the sun

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Jamaican reggae musician Chronixx has been providing the soundtrack to the country's first women's bobsleigh team at the Pyeongchang Games, not only serving as inspiration but underscoring some of the drama surrounding them.

NBA stars reveal personal music playlists

NBA stars share their current music playlists.


Female artists strike right note at NME Awards in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Female musical acts took home a slew of prizes at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday, in a move that artists present welcomed as the entertainment industry reeled from allegations of sexual misconduct against women.


Traditional music returns in Syria's war torn Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Traditional musicians in Syria's Aleppo say their art is flourishing again 13 months after fighting in the city ended, as new students learn the techniques of "Qoudud"...


Heavy metal band Metallica wins 2018 Polar Music Prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - American heavy metal band Metallica was awarded Sweden's Polar Music Prize on Wednesday, drawing a delighted response from the group which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.