Music News: Wolf Alice win 2018 Mercury Prize

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Wolf Alice perform at The Current in 2018. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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Rock quartet Wolf Alice have won this year's Mercury Prize for their album Visions of a Life. Brits love to bet on awards like this, and bookies had favored singer-songwriter Nadine Shah to take the annual prize for an outstanding album released in the U.K. Prior to the ceremony last week, Shah criticized the prize for becoming increasingly mainstream: "Why is Noel Gallagher being nominated? Why are there only two debut albums?" (The Guardian)

Wolf Alice are the first female-fronted act to win the prize since PJ Harvey won in 2011. Last year's prize went to electro-soul artist Sampha; in 2016, grime artist Skepta won.

MMA passes House

The Music Modernization Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning that it's only awaiting President Trump's signature to become law and update U.S. copyright regulation for the streaming era. In a statement, Recording Academy head Neil Portnow said:

The trajectory of the Music Modernization Act has shown the power of music creators to effect real change. From its unanimous approval in the House of Representatives in April, to its passage in the Senate last week, we have seen unprecedented advocacy from the music community. With today's final passage of the bill in the House, we are one step away from the most sweeping music copyright reform since the 8-track tape era, and we look forward to this being signed into law.

(Rolling Stone)

BØRNS responds to allegations

Singer-songwriter BØRNS has responded to allegations of sexual manipulation. "All of the relationships I have had were legal and consensual," he said on Instagram amid allegations that he manipulated young women into sexual encounters shortly after they turned 18. "They ended abruptly and that obviously caused hurt feelings, but for anyone to suggest anything beyond that is irresponsible." (Consequence of Sound)

Childish Gambino postpones tour

Childish Gambino has postponed a series of upcoming shows on his This Is America Tour after being forced to end a Dallas show early, reportedly due to a foot injury. Fans are waiting nervously, since Donald Glover has said this will be his final tour and upcoming album as Childish Gambino. (Pitchfork)

M.I.A. documentary coming Friday

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. hits theaters this coming Friday. It's a documentary about the life of the singer-songwriter-producer M.I.A., who told The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah that the film runs backwards through her history from a Sri Lankan childhood to youth and early adulthood as an immigrant in the U.K. to her rise to global music fame, incorporating footage from M.I.A.'s personal archive.

"Conflict is, like, the subject matter" of her music, she said. "People say it's chaos but it's not. It's conflict and conflations." (Billboard)

Snoop Dogg goes back to "Plizzanet Earth"

Snoop Dogg has returned to "Plizzanet Earth," his mock nature series on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In Tuesday night's episode, the rap icon narrates a bat versus scorpion duel in his frequently-imitated style. (Billboard)


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Childish Gambino: "This Is America"
Wolf Alice: "Don't Delete the Kisses"
M.I.A.: "Paper Planes"
M.I.A. on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Snoop Dogg on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


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