• UK Music Industry Welcomes ‘Vital Lifeline' for Self-Employed, But Warns Two Month Wait Too Long

    13 days ago - By Billboard

    LONDON - Representatives of the U.K. music business have welcomed news that self-employed artists, sound engineers and crew members will receive financial aid to help them cope with the coronavirus crisis.
    The announcement was made Thursday by British Chancellor Rishi Sunak , who said self-employed workers could apply for grants worth 80% of their average monthly income - up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.
    The government had been under pressure to do more for self-employed workers, who account for more than two thirds of U.K. music industry jobs, after they were overlooked in an earlier...
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  • This Is Mahraganat, a Style of Egyptian Street Music the Government Calls ‘More Dangerous Than Coronavirus'

    This Is Mahraganat, a Style of Egyptian Street Music the Government Calls ‘More Dangerous Than Coronavirus'

    13 days ago - By Billboard

    The reedy tones of a synthesizer bleed into the soundscape of dissonant electronics. Subsonic bass shakes the earth as metallic percussion comes down like thunder. When the storm breaks, a frantic beat kicks into gear. Live drum fills, clinking finger cymbals, and a syncopated bass drum fuel the revelry for what sounds like a wedding party teetering on the edge of doom.
    This is “Procession” and “Phase 5,” back-to-back tracks off Three Phase, the debut album by Egyptian artist 3Phaz. Arriving March 27 on the Cairo-based independent record label 100Copies, the album represents the latest...
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  • Harry Styles Thinks ‘A Lot of Powerful Music' Will Come Out of Artists in Quarantine

    Harry Styles Thinks ‘A Lot of Powerful Music' Will Come Out of Artists in Quarantine

    13 days ago - By Billboard

    Harry Styles knows it's a sign of the times after rescheduling his extensive European tour due to the coronavirus. But he's positive music will sound more honest from this point forward.
    In a FaceTime interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe on Thursday morning , the U.K. singer-songwriter unpacked his new routine since he's no longer hitting the road in April as previously planned for the Love On Tour trek.
    “Well, it's kind of one of those things where it's obviously disappointing, you get ready to play shows, but ultimately it's not the most important thing,” Styles said in the interview...
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