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‘Country Music’ Review: Ken Burns’ Epic, Essential Look at an American Artform

Country Music, Ken Burns’ PBS docuseries on a musical journey that spans from hollers to honkytonks to hit parades, is a whole lotta things. It’s long, which is a given when you consider the authorship — clocking in at a shade over 16 hours, this eight-episode megillah’s running time falls somewhere in between Burns’ look […]

One of the last music stores in San Francisco is closing

A steady string of customers entered the Haight Ashbury Music Center on a sunny September morning, some of them traveling from afar to check the instruments on display. The yellow discount tags were a draw, but so, too, was the chance to express sadness and dismay at the impending loss of a cultural mainstay of […]

This Week In Music: Kelly Clarkson Says Hello, Eddie Money Bids Farewell

The debut of a new TV show by Kelly Clarkson, a farewell to rocker and reality TV star Eddie Money, and news on the sale of the boyhood home of one of arena rock’s giants made up some of the headlines in the music industry this week. All this as the industry eyed new pots […]

Watch the Never-Made Music Video for Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

Editor’s note: The Root was a media sponsor of this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference event and panel discussion exploring the marriage of art and activism. When Motown Records came up with the idea to celebrate its 60th anniversary by creating visuals for songs that preceded the music video era, perhaps no other […]

Sound advice: music setups under £500

Building a music system can be a bewildering process. Formats (digital, analogue), types of connectivity (wired, wireless), concerns about obsolescence and issues with making all your bits, new and old, work together: it all needs consideration. Here, we show you how to build a capable sound system and update your listening experience for the 21st […]

‘Drag ‘Em’: How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams

Andy Kirk And His Orchestra, including Mary Lou Williams (sitting at the piano), pose for a studio group portrait in 1940. Williams toured with Kirk’s band before settling in New York. Gilles Petard/Redferns hide caption toggle caption Gilles Petard/Redferns Andy Kirk And His Orchestra, including Mary Lou Williams (sitting at the piano), pose for a […]

Read Exclusive Excerpt From Neil Young’s New Book ‘To Feel the Music’

A lot of artists have complained about the abysmal sound quality of digital music over the years, but Neil Young is one of the few that actually did something about it. It began in 2012, when Young began talking about his plans to create a high-resolution digital music company called Pono. While a Kickstarter campaign […]

‘Don’t Call Me An Angel’ Music Video Features No Footage Of ‘Charlie’s Angels’

As befits tickets going on sale this morning, just shy of two months out from release, Sony dropped a music video for Elizbeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels. I guess we’ll be getting a trailer later, but the video for new theme song “Don’t Call Me An Angel” is unusual in that it features no footage from […]

Music publishers say Peloton stole even more music, ask for $300 million

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has asked the courts to allow it to double its claims against exercise bike and treadmill startup Peloton, after discovering more unlicensed music — including songs by Taylor Swift and Kesha — being used in workout videos that play on the bikes’ built-in screens. It’s now seeking $300 million […]

YouTube bans paid-for plays from contributing towards its Music Charts

Paid-for views on YouTube have become a controversial topic in the industry this year, ever since Bloomberg pointed out the curious case of Indian rapper BadShah in July. At that time, Sony Music India claimed that BadShah had broken the all-time 24 hour record for plays of a music video on YouTube for his track […]