Neneh Cherry's "Broken Politics" is out today on Smalltown Supersound.
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Neneh Cherry's "Broken Politics" is out today on Smalltown Supersound.
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Best New Artist Jockeying, Future Oldies, Tour Merch Evolution, Kathleen Hanna, Tyler the Creator...
Matty Karas, curator October 19, 2018
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The late XXXTENTACION reportedly has been ruled ineligible to compete for BEST NEW ARTIST at the GRAMMY AWARDS. This saves the RECORDING ACADEMY from having to worry that a man who'd been accused of multiple instances of domestic violence might win a major award—a bad look in any year, but especially this year—while also serving as further proof that the Academy pretty much makes up the Best New Artist rules as it goes. HITS DAILY DOUBLE reveals the reasoning was that XXX, whose stardom was sealed with a #1 album that came out in the middle of the Grammy eligibility period, had released his debut album seven months earlier, outside that eligibility period. That reasoning would have made sense if the same Academy committee hadn't approved Best New Artist submissions by TROYE SIVAN, whose debut was a hit in 2015, and MARGO PRICE, who started hitting the charts in 2016. Whoever wins the award will be picking it up in 2019. Is the Academy demonstrating that it's not quite sure how to stand up and invoke a morals clause, or that it's good at diplomacy? Or both?... LITTLE BIG TOWN's KAREN FAIRCHILD stood up at CMT's ARTISTS OF THE YEAR special and, in 45 seconds, "provided one of the most powerful award show moments of the year," no diplomacy necessary... RIHANNA stood up to the NFL, turning down the 2019 SUPER BOWL halftime show in solidarity with COLIN KAEPERNICK, US WEEKLY reports. MAROON 5 took the gig... Which songs from the past 25 years will still be on the world's playlists 100 years from now? SLATE put that question to 19 bizzers, musicians and critics, and their best educated guesses constitute what the site is calling the NEW AMERICAN SONGBOOK. The package of five stories is a delicious music-nerd read. Here are some tips for artists, writers and producers who want their work to last into the 22nd century: Come up with "the best hook in history." Appeal directly to New Yorkers. Write a Christmas song. Aim for weddings and bachelorette parties. complain about the inability of men to stick around... SPOTIFY rejiggers its mobile app... Artist managers have some questions for TICKETMASTER... The first of three unaired episodes of TOM PETTY's SIRIUS XM show BURIED TREASURE premieres on Saturday... It's FRIDAY and that means new music from GRETA VAN FLEET, EMPRESS OF, NENEH CHERRY, YOKO ONO, LIL YACHTY, JASON ISBELL, REM, , HOW TO DRESS WELL, GEOTIC, FUTURE & JUICE WRLD, KHALID, CLOUD NOTHINGS, PHONY PPL, AMERIE, JESSIE REYEZ, WILL OLDHAM, ESPERANZA SPALDING, DJ MUGGS & ROC MARCIANO, DISTURBED, ELLE KING, OPEN MIKE EAGLE, JEAN DEAUX, PAPERCUTS, SOFT CENTER, MINUS THE BEAR, KINGS OF SPADE, FARAO, SUMMER WALKER, DEM ATLAS, ARKELLS, TOM WALKER, ACE FREHLEY, SOULFLY, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN, DOE PAORO, AMARANTHE, BECKY WARREN, BRENT FAIYAZ, LIL MOSEY, PETER BJORN & JOHN and HERB ALPERT. Plus: JOHN CARPENTER's HALLOWEEN score and a three-disc celebration of the protest label APPLESEED RECORDINGS featuring new recordings by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, TOM MORELLO, JOHN WESLEY HARDING and others... RIP BOB "ROBERTO BIANCO" BILES.

Matty Karas, curator

October 19, 2018