music

1910, 2016

Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

By |October 19th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

The discussion over musicians writing songs that infringe on previous songs from other artists has been topical over the past few years. There has been high-profile litigation over the issue in the US, firstly between Pharrell Williams and the family of […]

2107, 2016

What does your music listening say about you?

By |July 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What does your music listening say about you?

by Craig Hamilton, visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Media

I am currently around two thirds of my way through my doctoral research project at BCU. Working out of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), I am looking at the experiences of popular music listeners, with a particular focus on digital […]

2406, 2015

Celebrity hospital selfies – an attention-seeking ploy to self-promote?

By |June 24th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Celebrity hospital selfies – an attention-seeking ploy to self-promote?

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

Jessie J is the latest in a flurry of celebs who are sharing hospitalisations with the general public on Instagram. This may be as a means of “keeping it real” or “staying in touch” with fans who (like many of us) feel some kind […]

2105, 2015

The economics of Eurovision

By |May 21st, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on The economics of Eurovision

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Vienna this Saturday and celebrating its 60th birthday might be seen as something of a minor miracle. Entirely resonant with the famous quote by Mark Twain in The New York Journal of 2 June 1897, over the last […]

2005, 2015

Will Spotify’s rumoured venture into video streaming see them start to make profits?

By |May 20th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Will Spotify’s rumoured venture into video streaming see them start to make profits?

Today we expect we will finally see the announcement of whether Spotify will launch a video streaming service or not.  Over the past few weeks rumours have been flying around music, entertainment and tech worlds regarding Spotify’s plans to launch “Spotify Now”, its new on-demand video service, if a recent CNBC report turns out to […]

3103, 2015

Is the Tide about to Turn for Music Streaming?

By |March 31st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Is the Tide about to Turn for Music Streaming?

By Matt Grimes, Senior Lecturer Music Industries and Radio

So it seems that he gloves are off in the next round in the fight for streaming services and coming out of the corner with a ringside music celebrity support team is heavyweight music and business mogul Jay Z. Already a successful rapper it seems that in […]

2603, 2015

Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

By |March 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University

In February 1996 when Take That announced their split, press reports were feverish about the prospect of fans, distraught at the news of the band’s demise, threatening to commit suicide, and being mournful. While we may look back on this with some joyful glee, it might […]

1103, 2015

The Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Copyright Infringement

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By Dr. Ewan Kirk, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law

On Tuesday, the District Court of Southern California ruled that the Robin Thicke song Blurred Lines was in fact an infringement of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. The case raises some important issues about the distinction between inspiration from previous artists and infringement […]

412, 2014

An architect’s view of the new Birmingham Conservatoire

By |December 4th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off on An architect’s view of the new Birmingham Conservatoire

Tom Jarman is a Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architects behind the plans for the new Birmingaham Conservatoire. He recently completed a flagship £23 million arts facility comprising a studio workshop and gallery building for Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Here he discusses the considerations that have shaped the new Conservatoire design.

In […]

2310, 2014

Birmingham Recorder and Early Music Festival

By |October 23rd, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off on Birmingham Recorder and Early Music Festival

Annabel Knight, Recorder Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, discusses a surge of interest in the recorder and an upcoming festival.
Once upon a time, as a fresh college graduate, when people asked me what I did for a living, I was likely to tell a white lie. ‘I play the flute!’ I would say, with a smile […]