Baroque music on the rocky island of Malta. The joy of singing baroque music is that you can improvise more, you can improvise a lot, it's like jazz The city of Valletta was founded in the mid-16th century and baroque is everywhere in the Maltese capital. It’s a perfect setting for a baroque music festival. Since the first festival six years ago, the annual event has become one of Malta’s cultural highlights and attracts more and more visitors every year. “So far it’s been very encouraging, says Artistic Director Kenneth Zammit Tabona. “We’ve had full houses practically every day. Every year the groups get larger. They come from all over Europe. Some people come from Japan, some people come from America and, of course, the Maltese concert-goers come in droves”. Among the surprises in this year’s programme, Belgian accordionist Phillippe Thuriot playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Originally written for … [Read more...] about Malta’s baroque music festival
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Despite having more than 70 million subscribers and at least 140 million active users, Spotify isn’t profitable. During its IPO, the streaming service said it generated $4.99 billion in revenue in 2017, but still posted a loss of $1.5 billion. This is mostly due to the high licensing fees charged by the music industry. But one insider suggests that Spotify may be able to earn a profit by entering the record label business in the same way that Netflix is producing original shows and movies. Duncan Davidson, a general partner at Bullpen Capital, suggests that Spotify could break free from the music industry by operating its own record label. This could allow Spotify to reduce its dependence on the music industry by finding new artists, or striking up deals with existing ones. It would cost Spotify a lot of money, but Davidson believes Netflix has shown that such a model is workable. “Netflix is now creating more content than all of Hollywood,” Davidson told Business … [Read more...] about Should Spotify launch a record label and become the Netflix of music?
Podcasting is experiencing a Netflix moment. Global hits – from the ground-breaking Serial to Up and Vanished, and TV crossovers such as Dirty John – and Spotify’s plan to spend up to $500m on leading producers have made podcasts a hot media property. Global monthly podcast listener figures are forecast to grow more than six-fold, from 287 million in 2016 to 1.85 billion in 2023, according to the Ovum research company Ovum. In the UK, Ofcom says that nearly 6 million people tune into a podcast each week, double the number of five years ago. “A Netflix moment is a very accurate characterisation of what is happening in podcasting,” says Hernan Lopez, the founder of the podcast studio Wondery, maker of hits including Dr Death and Over My Dead Body. “I would say we are reaching an inflection point. Huge numbers of people are realising that there is great content available that isn’t offered by traditional players.” This moment has not been … [Read more...] about Podcasting’s Netflix moment: the global battle for domination
Bonham's auction house will be selling off a slew of rock & roll memorabilia including the original, handwritten lyrics to the Elton John hit, 'Your Song,' on Monday in New York Bonham's auction house will be selling off a slew of rock & roll memorabilia including the original, handwritten lyrics to the Elton John hit, 'Your Song,' on Monday in New York. The first version of the song's book, written and autographed by Bernie Taupin, will headline the lineup of rare and valuable momentos that will become available for bidding at 10am Eastern, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Other items to be sold off at Bonhams include a litany of John Lennon collectibles, a suit worn by George Harrison, an autographed Beatles album, the original demo tape of Michael Jackson's 'Man In The Mirror,' a signed guitar that was once owned by Johnny Cash, and an original American-release vinyl of Prince's The Black Album LP. Prospective buyers can view the lots in advance at the auction site on … [Read more...] about Now it could be ‘Your Song’! Bernie Taupin’s original handwritten lyrics to Elton John’s classic hit to be auctioned off in New York
Talking points Another week, another podcast getting a TV remake: this time around it’s Dr Death, the smash hit series from Wondery about a two-year-long spree of medical malpractice committed by US spinal surgeon Christopher Duntsch, to which Universal Cable Productions – makers of Mr Robot and The Sinner – have snapped up the rights. Given the gruesomeness of the subject matter, the adaptation might make for challenging viewing, though that has hardly hindered the original podcast, which has been downloaded more than 8m times since launching last month, according to Hot Pod. Universal are also remaking another popular Wondery effort – the true crime series Dirty John – starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. GM Picks of the week Heavyweight Jonathan Goldstein’s touching and surprising podcast about life-changing decisions and regrets returns for a very welcome third series. If you haven’t already listened, start with the story of Gregor, a man … [Read more...] about Dr Death: the gruesome series that became an unlikely hit – podcasts of the week