Mercury News: Arhoolie Records’ revered Mexican music collection is now online

Mercury News: Arhoolie Records’ revered Mexican music collection is now online. “[Chris] Strachwitz ended up compiling the Frontera Collection, the world’s largest private archive of Mexican and Mexican-American music. Last February, after two decades of work, Juan Antonio Cuellar digitized the collection’s final track, for a total of 162,860 songs. A former chef and member of a punk rock en español band, he started working on the project with no idea it would turn into his new calling.”

BuzzFeed News: Kids Yell “Poop” At Alexa, And These Musicians Profit

BuzzFeed News: Kids Yell “Poop” At Alexa, And These Musicians Profit. “It’s not surprising that there are songs about the most basic of human functions — what is the point of art if not to unite us through shared feeling? But connecting these songs with their ideal audience (children who can’t yet spell) took a technological leap: voice-enabled smart speakers like Alexa.”

New York Times: Katie Gregson-MacLeod Sang About a ‘Complex’ Love. TikTok Responded.

New York Times: Katie Gregson-MacLeod Sang About a ‘Complex’ Love. TikTok Responded.. “Vulnerability is contagious, and TikTok, which allows users to both imbibe and amplify at the same time, is an optimal accelerant. The success of ‘Complex’ reflects the evolving priorities of TikTok, which in its first couple of years was best known as an accelerant for dance trends, novelty songs and meme-able comedy, but is now just as often a home for sorrow. The shift reflects a partial maturation of the medium somewhere beyond pure escape.”

Listen to the call: Scientists recreate the song of a 150-year-old insect that could help rediscover its species (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Listen to the call: Scientists recreate the song of a 150-year-old insect that could help rediscover its species. “A museum specimen has been heard for the first time in 150 years after scientists digitally recreated its song. The body shape and song of Prophalangopsis obscura could help give researchers clues about where the insect might still be living after being lost for over a century.”

Tubefilter: Here’s how much TikTok paid the entire music industry in 2021 (Report)

Tubefilter: Here’s how much TikTok paid the entire music industry in 2021 (Report). “In the latest episode of Music Business Worldwide’s MBW Podcast, the outlet’s founder, Tim Ingham, broke down Goldman Sachs’ report (along with other previously reported data plus info from anonymous industry sources) and found that TikTok likely paid around $179 million to the entire music industry in 2021.”

SlashGear: This AI-Powered Lyrics Generator Will Turn Anything Into A Song

SlashGear: This AI-Powered Lyrics Generator Will Turn Anything Into A Song. “There are AI music tools so powerful they’re used by professional musicians and are massively expensive. At the same time, there are also simple tools like Keywords to Lyrics (also called keyword2lyrics), which allow the average person to use artificial intelligence to goof around with computer-generated lyrics with great ease — and for free.”

WIRED: Young Thug and What Happens When Prosecutors Use Social Media

WIRED: Young Thug and What Happens When Prosecutors Use Social Media. “YOUNG THUG AND Gunna are two of music’s most prolific, playful talents. Despite their mainstream rap stardom, they remain unafraid to shape-shift. For years now, by force of will and pure joy, they have kept the radio interesting. On May 11 they were arrested and charged in Georgia’s Fulton County Superior Court with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.”

Scoop Empire: Egypt’s Enduring Cassette Culture

Scoop Empire: Egypt’s Enduring Cassette Culture. “To rewind and get a better sense of the history of cassette culture in Egypt and its stubborn perseverance in the digital age, I spoke with Andrew Simon, a historian of popular culture and media in the Middle East who has taken a particular interest in Egyptian cassette culture. In his recently published book entitled Media of the Masses: Cassette Culture in Modern Egypt, Simon explores these questions and more in a thoroughly enjoyable deep-dive into Egyptian cassette culture and its cultural and political implications.”

MakeUseOf: Don’t Know What Song to Listen to Next? Try These 4 Websites

MakeUseOf: Don’t Know What Song to Listen to Next? Try These 4 Websites. “If you listen to music frequently, then you’re no doubt aware of the constant struggle to find new music to listen to. Sure, you may have long playlists of songs that you love, but when you want something fresh and new, it can be pretty difficult to find what you’re looking for. Fortunately, you’re not alone in this problem. There are a bunch of sites online that try to solve this problem. Here are four of the best.”

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?. “Like MTV or top 40 hits radio stations before it, TikTok is where popular music lives right now. Labels understand that. To them, the allure of TikTok is that musical content can go viral quickly, offering the potential to save millions on other types of marketing campaigns.”

New York Times: Catalan Pop? Corsican Rock? It’s Europe’s Other Song Contest.

New York Times: Catalan Pop? Corsican Rock? It’s Europe’s Other Song Contest.. “Around 200 million people will tune into the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday to hear music from around the continent. The 25 pop stars who will compete in the final include those performing in Italian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Yet the millions of people in Europe who speak one of its many regional and minority languages are unlikely to find themselves represented on the Eurovision stage, let alone in their country’s pop charts. Since 2002, Liet International has been offering a platform to musicians from these communities — though it is a world away from the showy spectacle of a Eurovision final.”