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Ukrainian parliament bans Russian music

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Sunday outlawed Russian music from the country’s media and public space, an announcement on its website stated. According to Rada member Yaroslav Zheleznyak, 303 deputies supported the measure. “Parliament also banned the import and distribution of books and other publishing products from the Russian …

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Major music competition excludes Russians

Russian violinists will not travel to Finland to participate in a prestigious international music competition because of their nationality despite being previously selected based on their artistic merits, the Jean Sibelius Violin Competition Committee announced on Friday. It blamed Russians for “atrocities” amid Moscow’s military action in Ukraine. “The war …

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New York City mayor urges censorship of ‘violent’ music

Rap music that glorifies gun violence, killings and retaliations should have no place on social media, New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared on Friday, saying that he would meet with Big Tech representatives to ask them to crack down on “drill rap.” As he declared a war on drill rap …

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NFT platform accused of stealing & auctioning music

HitPiece, a website that allows people to bid for NFTs of songs using cryptocurrency, has been accused of stealing music from musicians and auctioning off their work, with some threatening to sue the platform. The platform wiped its content on Tuesday after hundreds of musicians claimed their work had been …

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Another rock star wants music off Spotify in vaccines stand

Canadian Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter, Joni Mitchell, has decided to remove her music from one of the most popular streaming platforms, Spotify. The decision comes as an apparent protest against the service hosting a podcast by US comedian Joe Rogan, who she believes to be popularizing anti-vaccination views. “Irresponsible people …

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YouTube claims ‘mistake’ in pulling music video critical of Biden

YouTube has apologized after causing outrage by removing a music video from singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, better known as Five for Fighting, directly criticizing President Joe Biden and his chaotic exit from Afghanistan. Ondrasik announced his video had been pulled in a statement on Friday, blasting the company for flagging the …

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Warner Music gets David Bowie songbook for $250mn

Warner Chappell has acquired publishing rights to all 26 David Bowie studio albums for about $250 million, sources told the Financial Times, pointing to the growth of rock music songbooks as an unusual but reliable asset class. The lawyer representing Bowie’s family’s interests seemed pleased with the sale, telling the …

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Taliban bans playing music in cars

Afghan drivers were given written recommendations not to play music in their cars and only take women as passengers if they’re wearing a hijab. The Taliban’s Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which is in charge of implementing Islamic law in the country, confirmed the …

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