YouTube Music turns its Top Charts into playlists

YouTube Music turns its Top Charts into playlists

Earlier this year, Apple Music launched some of its top charts as playlist series. Today, YouTube is doing something similar. The company announced it’s making its YouTube Charts available as playlists in YouTube Music to users across the 29 markets where the music service is live. Each market will receive five of these “charts playlists” – three specific to their country, and two global lists, the company says. The Top 100 Songs and the Top 100 Music Videos will be offered both as local and global playlists, while the Top 20…

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Fascinating documentary about minimalist composers Young, Riley, Reich, and Glass

Fascinating documentary about minimalist composers Young, Riley, Reich, and Glass

In the first part of the 20th century, classical music was stripped of its majesty and injected with a healthy dose of discord and dissonance by avant-garde pioneers like Arnold Schoenberg, Pierre Boulez, and John Cage. Then in 1950s California and New York, a new form of contemporary classical music emerged: minimalism. “Tones, Drones and Arpeggios” is a terrific two episode BBC Four documentary on American minimalism pioneers La Monte Young, Terry Riley (above), Steve Reich, and Philip Glass who reimagined “classical” music and had a massive and continuing influence…

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Newton Thomas Sigel on Recreating Rock History for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Newton Thomas Sigel on Recreating Rock History for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Where does one begin when recreating the iconic? Nearly every human on the planet has access to Queen on their TV, their iPad, and their phone. At any moment you can press a button and relive Freddie Mercury’s monumental performance at Live Aid, and bang your head to the most raucous concert event ever filmed. To simply imitate it cinematically would just not do. As the director of photography on Bohemian Rhapsody, Newton Thomas Sigel was determined to put his audience on the stage with Rami Malek. Striking the right…

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THE BUREAU: Part Seven, “Lockdown in the Building, News of an Active Shooter Near the Cafeteria” — with Mr Quintron’s Circuit-Bent Guitars

THE BUREAU: Part Seven, “Lockdown in the Building, News of an Active Shooter Near the Cafeteria” — with Mr Quintron’s Circuit-Bent Guitars

Welcome back to The Bureau. This week will be a holiday segment. Above the fold you’ll see this week’s comic and playlist, and you can catch up here on the current story. While the main office building gets covered in gasoline and the intruders pounce upon The Brain, we’re reminded of this time of year and the basic need of giving thanks and appreciations. Part of this series has been to acknowledge electronic instruments that impact our lives positively. We’ve already highlighted the work of Metasonix and Soma Labs, as…

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China’s Tencent Music Raises $1.1 Billion In U.S. IPO

China’s Tencent Music Raises $1.1 Billion In U.S. IPO

The China-based music streaming company Tencent Music Entertainment Group has raised $1.1 billion in an initial stock offering in the U.S. The company had hoped to raised as much as $1.23 billion through the sale of stock on the New York Stock Exchange, half of which was sold by the Tencent Music while the rest comes from existing shareholders, Billboard reported. Tencent Holdings initially planned its IPO for October, but postponed the offering amid escalating trade…Read full story

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‘Ruben & Clay Christmas Show’ Review: American Idols Go Caroling And Kitsching On Broadway

‘Ruben & Clay Christmas Show’ Review: American Idols Go Caroling And Kitsching On Broadway

For their first Broadway Christmas show, American Idol rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are dreaming of holiday TV variety specials of yore from the likes of Andy Williams, Sonny and Cher and Dean Martin. Holiday lesson: Careful what you wish for. If you’ve watched any of those old specials on retro channels like Get TV this season, you’ll know a small dollop of Christmas kitsch covers a lot of cookie. Ruben and Clay are spreading it wide and thin at the Imperial…Read full story

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Acclaimed ‘Oklahoma!’ Brooklyn Production Plans Broadway Run

Acclaimed ‘Oklahoma!’ Brooklyn Production Plans Broadway Run

The acclaimed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! that sold out Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse this fall will transfer to Broadway in March, producer Eva Price announced today. The announcement immediately upends any Tony Award predictions – the St. Ann’s limited-run Off Broadway production was praised by critics and the Broadway staging will almost certainly be an awards contender. Directed by Daniel Fish, Oklahoma! will begin previews at Broadway’s Circle…Read full story

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Composer Carter Burwell Captures Hopes, Dreams & Bleakness Of Old West For ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ — Exclusive Video

Composer Carter Burwell Captures Hopes, Dreams & Bleakness Of Old West For ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ — Exclusive Video

EXCLUSIVE: Going into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen brothers’ latest, Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell knew their sensibilities and working methods well, as he notes in the video above. At this point, Burwell had worked with the legendary directors on 16 films, dating back to Blood Simple in 1984. What the composer was surprised by, when it came to their latest outing, was its structure, which affected the way both story and music would unfold. The product…Read full story

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