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Egypt singer jailed for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Image copyright Shyma Image caption Shyma wrote that she had not anticipated the backlash against her video A court in Egypt has reportedly jailed for two years a singer who appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested last month […]

Ranky Tanky Leans On The Music And Culture Of Slave Descendants

TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. A few weeks ago, our director, Roberta, gave me a new album by a band I’d never heard of and said, you have to listen to this. So I did, and I thought it was pretty great. The band is called Ranky Tanky. That’s a […]

In 2017, Cardi B, Lil Peep, and Jay-Z Made the Music of This Moment

I go into every year looking to be surprised. I think people who try to predict things and get ahead of [the trends] all the time run the risk of ruining the joy of experiencing music for the first time. Sometimes we’re so desperate to get ahead of things that we forget that it’s the […]

Disney Music Exec Suspended After Child Sex Abuse Charges Filed

A Disney music executive has been charged with three felony accounts of child sexual abuse. Jonathan Blake Heely, Disney’s director of music publishing since 2000, was arraigned December 7 on charges of lewd and lascivious acts involving two children, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. According to the felony […]

A Science-Fiction Dreamscape for the Stage Arrives at BAM

“Going into outer space, with alien portals and time travel, puts you in such a disorienting place,” Silas Riener says in a terrestrial lower Manhattan coffee shop. He and Rashaun Mitchell, his co-choreographer and longtime partner, are unpacking their latest flight of fantasy, an experimental piece called Tesseract, which lands this month at the Brooklyn […]

Why Apple bought Shazam, the music-recognition app that’s been declining in popularity

The Shazam app runs on an iPhone in this 2014 illustration. (Daniel Bockwoldt/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP) Shazam was one of the earliest smartphone apps to capture the public’s attention. Its simple yet useful function — identifying a song that’s playing on the radio or elsewhere — has earned it more than 1 billion downloads since it was released for […]

Australian Women In Music Publish #MeNoMore Open Letter

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is one of more than 300 musicians to sign the #MeNoMore open letter. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is one of more than 300 musicians to sign the #MeNoMore open letter. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Women in Australia’s music industry —- more than […]

30 instruments stolen from South Side music classroom: ‘We just can’t do as much’

Before class was dismissed one Friday in September, music teacher Timothy King promised that next week he would show his students how to play a hit Selena song on the guitar for National Hispanic Heritage Month. But when King returned Monday, he found his first-floor classroom had been ransacked at Robert Fulton Elementary school in […]

Watch Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Perform At NPR Music’s 10th …

Credit: NPR Justin Vernon’s career as Bon Iver has perfectly aligned with NPR Music’s existence. It was 10 years ago this past summer that For Emma, Forever Ago began to write the project and the myth of its creation into indie-rock legend, making Vernon’s own name nearly synonymous with it in the process. The idea […]

Amazon adds music alarms to Alexa

Amazon announced today that Alexa has been updated to include support for music alarms. So instead of just asking Alexa to set an alarm for you, you’ll be able to request specific songs, playlists, artists, or genres to get you out of bed in the morning. The new feature supports a variety of music services […]