jason hirschhorn's @MusicREDEF: 01/28/2019 - Finding 'Finding Neverland,' Music's Most Powerful, Italy's Milli Vanilli, Dawn, Drakeo the Ruler...

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If you’re an artist, songs are your principles. We’re not just in our f***ing rooms making beats. Is this interest remix not displaying correctly? | View it in your browser. Nino Castelnuovo and Catherine Deneuve in "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." RIP composer Michel Legrand.
(Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) Monday - January 28, 2019 Mon - 01/28/19 “If you’re an artist, songs are your principles. We’re not just in our f***ing rooms making beats.”
-  Gio Escobar, Standing on the Corner rantnrave:// The burning question about FINDING NEVERLAND, which premiered Friday at SUNDANCE to an audience of film insiders who had to walk by exactly two protesters, is what happens when it shows up on HBO this spring, exposing the lengthy firsthand accounts of two men who say Jackson sexually abused them when they were kids to the rest of the world. Can victims' intimate firsthand stories do to MICHAEL JACKSON what they did to R. KELLY? Can TV testimony do what years of books, news accounts and a criminal trial could not? Can DAN REED's four-hour documentary stand up to what will no doubt be the intense scrutiny of more than two protesters? Are we, as a culture, more inclined to forgive the alleged horrible acts of the shy, soft-spoken, world-changing KING OF POP than the alleged horrible acts of the defiantly creepy guy who sang "TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET"? Will we be? Should we be?... MICHEL LEGRAND's songs and score for THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG were nominated for three OSCARS in 1966 and won none. If A STAR IS BORN does better than that, I will be sad. Which is why I am already sad. RIP to the composer of one of the greatest film musicals of all (and many more classic films and songs)... FASTBALL, one of the many bands owed money by troubled crowdfunding company PLEDGEMUSIC, suddenly got about half the $20,000 it was due on Friday—three days after it went public with its fight with the company, via BOB LEFSETZ. Half is better than nothing and worse than everything. "We want the rest!," frontman TONY SCALZO tells VARIETY, vowing never to work with the company again. I'm sympathetic to this pro-PLEDGEMUSIC take by veteran industrial musician/college professor MARTIN ATKINS, who has also wound up on the short side of the company's accounts payable ledger but says its execs have expressed "acute embarrassment about the situation they are in and a desire to fix it in a meaningful way." Is a company that can't account for its own artists' money but is sorry truly better than a company that can't account for its own artists' money but isn't? In the end, that's going to be up to the artists. But one question they may well be asking themselves: If the funds to cut a 10K-plus check to a band like Fastball were available three days after the company was publicly embarrassed, why weren't they available three days before all that? There are blockchain proselytizers circling the industry at this very moment, trying to disrupt the system with promises of instantaneous, transparent payments. If the promises are real—a big if—then stories like this will make their job significantly easier... This theft of a BANKSY is worse than most thefts of BANKSYs. Heartless... Kinda loved RENT. Kinda didn't... GUITAR HERO's new guitar hero... RIP also ANDY SKOPES, ROBERTO LIVI, BRUCE CORBITT, TERRY JENNINGS. - Matty Karas, curator i will wait for you Rolling Stone The Five Most Powerful People in the Music Industry Don’t Work in the Music Industry by Tim Ingham They might not work directly with artists, songwriters, charts or hit records. But they can change the course of the global music industry just by hitting “send” on an email. Playboy When Hip-hop Lyrics Become Criminal-Trial Evidence by Jeff Weiss Artists like Drakeo the Ruler are getting swept up in a problematic prosecutorial trend. Vulture The Story Behind 'Leaving Neverland,' the Michael Jackson Documentary That Stunned Sundance by Bilge Ebiri Director Dan Reed talks about the allegations and how he approached making "Leaving Neverland." Billboard Content Under Pressure: What R. Kelly's Split From Sony Means For the Music Industry by Jason Lipshutz Now that Sony has parted ways with R. Kelly, music executives are thinking about how to handle allegations against artists - and wondering what will happen next. GQ Dance Battle! Meet the Warring Milli Vanilli of Italo Disco by Alice Gregory A new documentary crashes us into one of the crazier music stories you've never heard. Los Angeles Times Dawn Richard on her shape-shifting music: ‘I don’t care if people get it’ by Gerrick D. Kennedy After flourishing in two different groups - Danity Kane and the hip-hop fusion project Diddy-Dirty Money - Dawn Richard continues to be a shape-shifting disrupter. She's back with her latest project, "new breed," which leans on her New Orleans heritage. AppleInsider Music on watchOS 5 is a rare misfire for Apple's designers by AppleInsider The Apple Watch is gorgeous, but you're not alone in being confused about how to play music on it. Apple has made it all inconsistent, contradictory and impossible to know at a glance where your music is coming from. AppleInsider has complaints -- and a wish list of solutions. Fast Company Draw a picture. Write a poem. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's new podcast wants you to get creative by Joe Berkowitz The musician duo, who have teamed up for “The Art of Process,” talk to Fast Company about their new podcast and appreciating different approaches to creativity. Variety Ten Great Movie Music Moments by Michel Legrand by Jon Burlingame From "Windmills of Your Mind" and "Summer of '42" to "Papa Can You Hear Me?," here are clips of key moments when the maestro made us swoon. Salon For millions of workers, Fyre Festival is a familiar tale by Keith A. Spencer Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary tells an all-too-familiar tale of bad managers and exploited contractors. watch what happens USA TODAY RIP to the Super Bowl halftime show, no longer a cultural institution by Maeve McDermott Once one of music's so-called biggest nights, the halftime show has been a source of controversy this year. Trapital How Jay Z and Damon Dash's Split Still Impacts Hip-Hop by Dan Runcie Hip-hop's misguided perception of Jay Z's success and Damon Dash's struggles has influenced how the next generation of artists approach business. Vanity Fair Think David Crosby Is Too Gruff? "Tough S***" by Jordan Hoffman The outspoken ex-Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young frontman gets candid about his new documentary ("David Crosby: Remember My Name"), the evils of Spotify, and his drug-addled past. Music Business Worldwide Spotify fake artists return – but who's faking plays within user accounts? by Tim Ingham MBW reveals that plays were being falsely attributed to users as far back as March last year. British GQ How Apple's white earbuds changed the game forever by Jonathan Heaf Jonathan Heaf takes a closer look at Apple's iPod, or more specifically, at the brand's all-white earbuds. The New Yorker How Eric Dolphy Sparked My Love of Jazz by Richard Brody Dolphy’s music emerged from the bebop revolution of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell and opened it into a new dimension. The Guardian Tracey Thorn: ‘We looked at suburbia and wanted to burn it down’ – extract by Tracey Thorn In this extract from her second memoir, Tracey Thorn describes growing up in a dull commuter village in the 70s, her summer of disco - and the first stirrings of wanting to escape. Public Radio International This Australian politician says pill testing could prevent deaths at music festivals by Marco Werman Pill testing would allow people at festivals, who plan to take MDMA or ecstasy, to test the pills for things like harmful chemicals, or dosage, first. CNN Q & A with the Russian pop star tied to Trump by Hunter Schwarz Days before the release of his 14th studio album, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov abruptly canceled his North American tour. Vulture 'Song Exploder' Enters Its Next Phase by Nicholas Quah Earlier this month, Hrishikesh Hirway ceded the front-man duties to Thao Nguyen, the singer-songwriter and lead musician of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, who takes over as the podcast's guest host for 2019. MUSIC OF THE DAY YouTube "The Windmills of Your Mind" Dusty Springfield Written by Michel Legrand, with English lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, for "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968). “REDEF is dedicated to my mother, who nurtured and encouraged my interest in everything and slightly regrets the day she taught me to always ask ‘why?’”


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