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Grammy nomination for BTS sets a precedent for the future of Korean pop culture

Grammy nomination for BTS sets a precedent for the future of Korean pop culture

Art, Band, Celebrity, Culture, Entertainment, International, LifeStyle, Media, Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Video
The music industry is gearing up for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, with the nominees having been officially announced just last week. There have been ecstatic responses from fans and supporters the world over, but the one nomination that seems to be fishing in more reactions than any other is that of Korean based pop-group, BTS. The first K-pop group to have received worldwide recognition and embark on an international tour, BTS have made history by bagging this Grammy nomination for the art and visuals of their famed album, ‘Love Yourself: Tear’. It is not only a massive breakthrough moment for the Bangtan septet, but for the Korean music scene as a whole. The album that was placed at No.1 on the 'Billboard 200' in May earlier this year, is nominated for best recording package - a
Google and YouTube join in the “war” against knife crime

Google and YouTube join in the “war” against knife crime

crime, crime, London, London Mayor, Music, Social media
Google invested £600,00 in tackling the increase of knife crime in London. The money is used to help young people using social media to identify the violence contents and to prevent them from reposting. YouTube and Google work closely with the Mayor’s office for Policing and Crime to monitor the content shared online which can incite violence. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said to Metro, “He was pleased that leading online platforms have come together to ‘better identify and remove content that incites violence much more quickly’ as London continues to see an increase of gang and knife crime.” “We do concern about the violence in London and don’t want to make our products use to provoke violence.” Google managing director Ronan Harris said. This programme analysed the re
Social Media goes into a frenzy as YouTube Rewind gets seven million dislikes

Social Media goes into a frenzy as YouTube Rewind gets seven million dislikes

Entertainment, Music, Social media, trends, Video
The video is on course to break the record for most disliked on the website The annual YouTube Rewind was met with negative reactions since it was published on the website. The video which went live on December 6 is at seven million dislikes at the time of writing and has become the second most disliked video on YouTube falling short to Justin Bieber's "Baby." However, Bieber's song which has been disliked 9.7 million times also has 10 million likes. That is, however, not the case for the new Rewind video as it has a drastically low up-vote rate at 1.9 million. YouTube Rewind 2018 The yearly video highlights music, fashion, movie, gaming and other trends of that specific year while featuring the most subscribed and popular content creators from YouTube. However, this year the crit...
University of Westminster alumni pay tribute to Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley

University of Westminster alumni pay tribute to Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley

Entertainment, Media, Music, musicians, News
When Pete Shelley, frontman and guitarist of legendary punk band Buzzcocks died on Thursday of a suspected heart attack, tributes and stories poured out from all corners of the music industry. Amongst those paying tribute was writer and University of Westminster alumni Jon Ronson, author of books such as The Psychopath Test and Men Who Stare at Goats. Ronson tweeted: “RIP Pete Shelley! When I was 19 we occupied our college building on Regent Street in London for some reason I forget and someone told Pete Shelley and he turned up in the middle of his night with his guitar and did an impromptu solo show for us.” RIP Pete Shelley! When I was 19 we occupied our college building on Regent Street in London for some reason I forget and someone told Pete Shelley and he turned up in the mi
Death at Bring Me The Horizon concert points fingers at security arrangements

Death at Bring Me The Horizon concert points fingers at security arrangements

Band, Breaking News, Celebrity, Music, musicians, News
The music venue denied that the incident was related to security measures in place A fan passed away at a Bring Me The Horizon concert on 30 November, 2018 at Alexandra Palace in London. Emergency services rushed to the north London venue to reports of a person not feeling well at around 10 pm but were unable to save the man. The deceased was identified as Ali Mills from Essex who died in a mosh pit at the event. A London Ambulance Services spokesperson said: "We sent an ambulance crew, a paramedic in a fast response car, an advanced paramedic and our hazardous area response team to the scene. Our first medic arrived in less than three minutes. Sadly the patient died at the scene." link The Sheffield based rock band released a statement shortly afterwards via a tweet saying: “
Lost music and film history – Where has the memorabilia gone?

Lost music and film history – Where has the memorabilia gone?

Art, Audio, Blogs, Entertainment, Fashion, Film, Music, musicians, Watch, What's Hot
  Silently sitting in Mariah Carey’s penthouse, Marilyn Monroe’s white piano is locked away from the world. Sold at a private Christie’s auction in 1999, it is unclear if the public will ever be able to view it again. Is the sale of personal memorabilia threatening the loss of parts of music and film history? However, It’s positive news for auction houses. The popularity of film and music memorabilia has steadily increased over the last decade. Christina Moriame from Ewbank Auction house believes its due to “more activities and awareness of sales in this specialism, marketing and being able to be pushed by valuers” another significant point is that “items are becoming older thus more collectible” she added.   Auction houses are now cashing in, generating profits b
English duo Hurts explore new grounds

English duo Hurts explore new grounds

Art, London, Music, musicians
After six weeks of touring the world, English pop duo Hurts finally arrives home this December. Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson are both very happy to be on home soil and finally, after weeks of performing, they get the chance to introduce their fourth full-length album Desire to the London public. The songs from the new album sound lighter, happier, and more positive than all their previous work. Westminster World went to see them live at Brixton Academy to see their new style. After releasing their album Desire, the duo shared with NME that this is some of the best music they have ever made in their career. For the lyrics of Desire, Theo Hutchcraft (singer and songwriter) explained that they have been 'a bit more personal on this record'. The band has always been very open-
Aisling Quinn, the woman behind a popstar’s success

Aisling Quinn, the woman behind a popstar’s success

Celebrity, Entertainment, Experience, Music, musicians
Behind every pop star, in the shadows, is a large crew who work around the clock. Their jobs are critical to ensuring the success and smooth operation of everything from press tours to world tours. Aisling Quinn is one of the very few female tour managers in the famously male-dominated industry. Working with Mumford and Sons, Jess Glynne. Aisling is now tour manager for International singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha. It comes at a price though, there has to be an understanding there is no such thing as a personal life. “It's so time consuming and your social life becomes non-existent,” she adds. In fact, her job is so time-consuming that our correspondence is limited to emails, as she travels through the USA managing Bebe’s appearances on the award and chat show circuit including an ap
The busking scene in London

The busking scene in London

Art, Music
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible,” once said Frank Vincent Zappa, a distinctive composer, electric guitar player and band leader. From the first Rock Bands of 1950s to modern Pop all over London’s famous clubs and bars, every genre found a hip designated place. But if art continued following norms, it wouldn’t be an inspiration for the queer minded. Streets of London are witness to the beautiful breakdown of a norm. Yes, we are talking about the busking scene. Buskers are musicians, singers, composers and writers who bring their talent out of a hugely commercial world, and onto the streets. It’s sometimes surprising to see how they draw an enthusiastic audience within moments on a busy Monday evening. Jack is one such busker who performs at Picadilly Cir
Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Art, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Galleries, London, Music, musicians, Theatre
An underground hothouse in the centre of Borough Market, the Imaginarium welcomes Christmas with a different outlook. Opening up a creative hub for artists from all fields such as storytelling, painting and live performances. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachasapthy I was able to make it on the very first Sunday, where I witnessed the opening of these feasts, ideas and theatrics.  It also gave me a chance to interact with the owner of the place- Naomi, who gave an insight about the events happening over next couple of weeks.  She said: "It is a six-week long program which consists of theatrical events, music, arts, dinning and workshops for people to join." The place stands out for its interior work and atmosphere. It also has stores set up which marks London’s independent artists, d