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They know everything we do

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Well what do you expect when you splash all your life, loves and political opinions across social...
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Chinese anthem law sparks protest in Hong Kong

The ongoing struggle between China and protesters in Hong Kong took a new turn when thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at...
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Social media, music and the coronavirus lockdown

I don’t sing (much). I don’t play an instrument. But all my co-writers do. So I’m feeling their pain, to a degree. What happens...

No Time to Die: what do the words mean?

As I’m writing this, Billie Eilish’s theme song for the new James Bond movie has been out all of 14 hours. So I had a...
Scott Walker

RIP: Scott Walker

From Walker Brothers star to creative powerhouse The American singer Scott Walker has died at the age of 76 according to 4AD, the British...

Ukraine’s “Siren Song” is not going to Tel Aviv

Is politics or cash behind Ukraine’s Eurovision decision? Pop phenomenon Maruv will not represent Ukraine at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv....

Ravel’s Bolero back from the dead?

Although no lyrics are involved, I can’t resist talking about this classic case of copyright shenanigans 😉 Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” is one of classical...
Charles Aznavour

RIP: Charles Aznavour

The death of Charles Aznavour in late September 2018 is not a tragedy because of his age; it is a tragedy because he was...

Spotify: How do you make it work

If you're like me, you've been hearing everything and the opposite about Spotify. In particular, the very low per-stream payments but also very bullish...

Kanye West vs Gene Vincent

  Lyrical mash-up of “Lift Yourself” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula” People have been asking what is happening to Kanye West. Seriously. Are the lyrics for “Lift...

RIP: Bob Crewe

Another incredible “man-behind-the-songs” died recently. After years of ill-health, veteran songwriter...
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