Music

Where do record labels stand in music’s ‘streaming wars’?

Apple Music is signing exclusivity deals with musicians, paying for music videos, giving artists a huge platform in return, while Spotify continues to grow in power and influence. But where does this leave record labels, and are they being phased out of the process?

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Afropunk London was a much-needed celebration of blackness

Since 2005, Afropunk has been an annual music festival held in Brooklyn, New York. As time has progressed, the festival has gone through many transformations. Originally celebrating black people in predominantly white punk subcultures, the festival expanded to include soul and hip-hop. Afropunk has now gone global, with the event being held in Paris and now London. News of M.I.A headlining Afropunk’s London edition was not met with a warm welcome, due to her controversial comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. After much deliberation, the Sri Lankan artist was dropped and replaced by the iconic supermodel and artist Grace Jones. When the organisers removed M.I.A from the headlining spot, they declared that they were "excited and honoured" to hold their first Afropunk Festival in London and "do it right”. So the question is, did they do it right?

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Così fan tutte, Royal Opera House, review

Impressed by his Flying Dutchman in Bayreuth, Kasper Holten invited the young German director Jan Philipp Gloger to Covent Garden and was surprised he chose Così fan tutte, the last of Mozart’s great collaborations with Da Ponte, his problematic tale of fiancé swapping in disguise. Is it worldly-wise social comedy or an altogether crueller assessment of human relations?