How has March been for you so far? We hope you have not only been taking steps to improve your career, but also keeping up to date with the latest happenings and events in the music industry.
In case you haven’t, however, we have your back. Here’s our latest update on what’s happening in the exciting world of music.
- Ed Sheeran Again
In our last roundup, we spoke about Ed Sheeran’s impressive Spotify streaming record arising from the release of his new album, Divide (÷). Well, his achievements have only gotten more viral, so it’s only fitting that we start off the list with news about him. The British singer-songwriter has actually been up to more than smashing records; he’s been accomplishing the unthinkable, especially in the UK. To that end, all 16 songs on his album have entered the top UK Singles Chart top 20, claiming nine of the top 10 spots in the process. On top of that, his album selling rate is threatening records, including that of Adele’s 21, which has recorded close to five million copies in the UK to date.
- Chuck Berry to Release New Music Posthumously
So, this is bittersweet. Everyone, who knows anything about rock music, would agree that Chuck Berry was a musical legend and pioneer. It is not surprising, therefore, that his recent death at the age of 90 would leave many mourning and trying to relive his legacy through old records and YouTube videos. However, the ‘father of rock and roll’ also managed to leave behind new music that his fans can add to their collections, with a new album set to be released posthumously. Titled Chuck, the disc will be the first from the talented guitarist and songwriter since he released Rock It in 1979. We all hope Mr. Berry will rest in peace in music heaven.
- Stevie Wonder to receive ASCAP Award
On now to a living legend; Stevie Wonder was recently selected to give the keynote speech at the upcoming ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” to be held on April 13th in Los Angeles. In addition, he will be presented with the event’s first “Key of Life” Award, an accolade that will be bestowed on other exemplary songwriters and composers in the future. It’s safe to say that Stevie thoroughly deserves the award and all the praises that have come his way during his phenomenal career, wouldn’t you agree?
- Kathleen Lonski Hits Back at Bullies With “Don’ Let Them In”
19 year-old Kathleen Lonski, who performs under the stage name Katheleen Elle, has attracted quite a following with the success of her award-winning song, “Don’t Let Them In.” The track has found her fans in many countries around the world, including England, the U.S., Australia and Canada, her home land. The song’s success has also seen the young songwriter and college student receive several awards for its positive message. Many listeners have described the track as being an inspiration for people everywhere who have ever been bullied. We suggest you give it a listen.
- SoundCloud in Trouble?
It’s been in the news for several months now that SoundCloud has been struggling financially amid the so-called streaming wars. The latest is that the free music-sharing app has received a $70 million bailout to at least keep it running until the end of the year. With it being one of the most well-liked music apps, it would be a real bummer if it had to be closed down or sold to another company. Let’s just hope they figure out a mutually-beneficial solution that allows SoundCloud to make some money and still be the platform of choice for millions of upcoming songwriters and musicians.
Well, that’s it for now. We hope you have learnt something new. As usual, stay tuned to this spot, so you can keep abreast of what’s popping on the bustling music scene.