Music streaming breaks through $1bn sales barrier
Revenues from streaming and subscriptions rose by 50% in past year as listeners turned to services such as Spotify.
Steve Jobs meets Shakespeare in Henry V-inspired opera
The new show, Steve V (King Different), has been dubbed a “multimedia opera” by creators Roland Auzet and Fabrice Melquiot, which is set in Silicon Valley but based on Shakespeare’s play about the harsh king. The multi-media opera uses excerpts of the original text interspersed with modern music.
Japan drags down global music market
A sharp decline in music consumption in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, according to figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The 16.7% slump in Japanese sales caused world figures to slide by 3.9%.
Musician’s historic sex crimes trial put on hold
Philip Pickett a wind instrument specialist, is charged with a number of offences including three rapes and eight indecent assaults. The 63-year-old is now due to face trial in January next year after his barrister yesterday pushed to delay the case so the musician could finish touring.
How to Write a Ballet: Part One
Tom Hodge describes the process of creating a ballet.
‘Did classical musicians deliberately ruin classic rock?’
In his monthly column, Alexander Armstrong imagines instrumentalists in dinner jackets playing out of tune just to nark the hippies.