Same song, different verse — quite literally, it turns out. On Monday (March 8th), the University of South California’s Annenberg Institute released its latest report on music creator demographics, finding that women still make up meager percentages of artists, songwriters, and producers on music charts and award-nomination slates, marking “no meaningful and sustained increase” in the number of female musicians in the male-governed music-making business in close to a decade. The fourth annual report , conducted by USC ’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative with funding from Spotify, examined the gender and race of artists, songwriters, producers, and other creators across 900 top songs in the last nine years; across 2012 to 2020, women comprised a total 21.6% of all artists, 12.6% of all songwriters, and 2.6% of all producers. Researchers Stacy Smith, Katherine Pieper, Marc Choueiti, Karla Hernandez, and Kevin Yao parsed data from the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts and the Grammy … [Read more...] about Women in Music Dwindled in 2020
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UPDATE (3/2): The members of Akron/Family and Miles Seaton’s widow, Leanne Pedante, have shared a new remembrance page honoring the musician, who died last month. The page also revealed that Seaton’s cause of death was a single-car crash on I-5 near Fresno, California on February 17th; it’s still unclear what exactly was wrong with the truck Seaton was driving when the crash occurred. In a statement, Pedante wrote, “In the days since his death, his family and friends have constantly shared the lessons that Miles left us with: to be present in the process rather than obsess over the product; to break your heart open and connect deeply with everyone you can; to see that it is never ‘either/or’ but always ‘both/and.’ The nightmarish reality that someone who so generously taught us all how to really live is now dead can’t be put into words. His family and I deeply appreciate all of the memories, reflections and kind words being shared by all he touched.” Related … [Read more...] about Miles Seaton of Experimental Rock Outfit Akron/Family Dead at 41
Akron/Family are a four-man band based in Brooklyn, of assorted rural origins (in Pennsylvania, California and upstate New York) and now roaming all over a wide, open space where antique folk balladry, primal drone and explosive improvisation meet and melt in a woodland psychedelia that answers an age-old musical question: What if Pink Floyd gave birth to Ummagumma in the Band’s basement at Big Pink? There is nothing retiring about the first nine minutes of Meek Warrior — “Blessing Force” is practically an album in itself, a mounting-hysteria suite of Hawkwind-like overdrive, healing-ritual chant and free-jazz blowing. The middle of the record (Akron/Family’s third, counting their 2003 split disc with Michael Gira’s Angels of Light ) is softer communion — pagan sing-along and log-cabin jamming — that turns wild and electric again in the ecstatic, tumbling rock of “The Rider (Dolphin Song).” Joining singer-instrumentalists Ryan Vanderhoof, Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton and Dana Janssen … [Read more...] about Fricke’s Picks: What If Pink Floyd Gave Birth to Ummagumma in the Band’s Basement?
Woah! There's a triple bonanza for the Haathi Mere Saathi fans as Eros International showcases 2 brand new posters with its leading ladies, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain. This especially on the occasion of Women's Day. Well, that's not all as the makers are also announcing the song, 'Dheeme Dheeme', which will be launched on 9th March. The makers have chosen Women's Day to present the strong female characters, Arundhati and Arvi from Haathi Mere Saathi played by Shriya and Zoya respectively. So celebrate Women's Day with these powerful and gorgeous ladies from Haathi Mere Saathi. Haathi Mere Saathi is a story inspired by multiple events and traces the narrative of a man (Rana Daggubati), who spends most of his life in the jungle, dedicated to protecting the ecosystem. Shriya and Zoya's characters too are seen fighting for justice for the elephants and the ecosystem. The film is directed by Prabu Solomon, an expert on films around wildlife. … [Read more...] about Haathi Mere Saathi Celebrates Women’s Day With New Posters Of Shriya Pilgaonkar And Zoya Hussain
Cardi B ’s “Up” climbed back to Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs chart , picking up 17.9 million streams during the week of February 26th through March 4th. “Up” debuted in the top spot last month, before being replaced by Lil Tjay and 6lack ’s “Calling My Phone” and then Olivia Rodrigo ’s irrepressible “Drivers License.” Cardi B’s single rebounded to Number One this week, pushing “Drivers License” to Number Two (17.1 million streams). Meanwhile, “Calling My Phone” stayed at Number Three (18.7 million streams). A trio of viral singles continued to surge on the RS 100. Kali Uchis ’ “Telepatía” vaulted from Number 21 to Number Seven, picking up 12.1 million streams. Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean” climbed from Number 35 to Number 17 (8.2 million streams). And Giveon’s “Heartbreak Anniversary” jumped from Number 29 to Number 21 (9 million streams). The R&B singer is capitalizing on his recent success by releasing an expanded version of … [Read more...] about RS Charts: Cardi B’s ‘Up’ Rebounds to Number One