'Blackout Tuesday' was a very visible music industry statement that spread across social media, but artists and fans are wondering whether the industry can go beyond a statement to truly change structures that have historically disempowered black artists.
Hurt and anger over the death of George Floyd in police custody have spread from Minneapolis around the world. Artists are sharing grief and calls for action in memory of a man who came to the Twin Cities from Houston, where he was a member of the hip-hop scene.
A planned IPO for Warner Music is evidence of a streaming-fueled rebound for the recording industry. Meanwhile, Laura Marling's livestreams suggest that rarity, rather than ubiquity, could be the key to some artists' income right now. Also today: Black Dresses break up after online harassment, steel guitarist Bucky Baxter dies, and Billie Eilish releases film slamming body-shaming.
Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb and Pretty Things singer Phil May have died, at 91 and 75 respectively. Also in the news today: Poland censors a number one hit, a Kate Nash documentary comes to North America, and Michael Jordan rocks out to...well, everything.
Music fans have been longing for the return of live concerts - and now they're back, but with the coronavirus pandemic still raging, artists and audiences are searching for ways to be together while not being TOO close together.