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MTV VMAs: How Missy Elliott broke the music video mould

MTV VMAs: How Missy Elliott broke the music video mould

Entertainment
Missy Elliott is almost as well known for her groundbreaking music videos as she is for the songs they accompany.The rapper, whose real name is Melissa Elliott, is set to receive a prestigious award in recognition of her innovative music videos over the last 25 years. She will take home the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs, which has previously gone to Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Kanye West, Pink, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson, who the prize is named after.For her fans, who have been campaigning for her to receive the Vanguard for several years, the acknowledgement is long overdue."Her presence as a full-figured black woman bursting with creativity was the kind of representation I needed growing up," says Leah Sinclair, onli...
From Queen to Springsteen: Why are there so many music films?

From Queen to Springsteen: Why are there so many music films?

Entertainment
This year will be remembered for the UK leaving the EU (maybe), England winning a Cricket World Cup (finally), and the latest utterly pointless social craze - the bottle cap challenge (nope, me neither).For cinema-goers though, 2019 has been the year of the music film. It's not yet September and we've already had movies powered by the sonic might of Sir Elton John, The Beatles, Motley Crue and Bruce Springsteen, as well rockumentaries on Liam Gallagher, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. With Judy Garland, Michael Hutchence, Suzi Quatro and George Michael-flavoured features still to come, by Christmas we'll have seen enough singers at the cinema to fill up an entire 2020 wall calendar.Not to mention the big name remakes of classic musi...
Music ‘calms nerves before surgery’ as well as sedative

Music ‘calms nerves before surgery’ as well as sedative

Health
Listening to the "world's most relaxing song" before an operation could be just as good at calming patients' nerves as medication, US researchers say.The song, written to reduce anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, performed as well as a sedative in a study of 157 people.But patients said they would have preferred to choose their own music.And noise-cancelling headphones made communication harder, doctors said.The University of Pennsylvania researchers, writing in a BMJ journal, now want to look at whether the type of music and how it is played to patients makes a difference to the results.The patients in the trial were either given the drug midazolam or played the song Weightless by UK band Marconi Union for three minutes, wh...
Nicki Minaj cancels performance at Saudi music festival

Nicki Minaj cancels performance at Saudi music festival

Entertainment
July 9 (UPI) -- Rapper Nicki Minaj backed out of a music festival appearance in Saudi Arabia in show of support for the rights of women and LGBTQ people. Minaj announced her decision Tuesday to cancel her planned headlining performance at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18 after the Human Rights Foundation called for her and other performers to not appear at the festival. "THANK YOU @NICKIMINAJ for canceling your #SaudiArabia concert and for supporting LGBTQ rights," the HRF wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "Millions of people around the world are inspired by your devotion to human rights and human dignity." The rapper also shared a post on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, encouraging her fans in Saudi Arabia to share their opinions. In addition to withdrawing from the festival, the HRF called on Mi...
Watch: Minhyuk releases ‘Ongsimi’ mixtape, music video ft. Joohoney

Watch: Minhyuk releases ‘Ongsimi’ mixtape, music video ft. Joohoney

Entertainment
June 28 (UPI) -- Monsta X member Minhyuk has released his debut solo mixtape. The 25-year-old K-pop star released the mixtape Ongsimi and a music video for the lead single of the same name Friday. Ongsimi was produced by Minhyuk's Monsta X bandmate Joohoney, who is also featured in the single and music video. The video shows Minhyuk and Joohoney traipsing about Hong Kong and features karaoke lyrics. Monsta X promoted the video in a tweet Friday. "[#MONSTA_X] #MIXTAPE <#Ongsimi. MV (feat. #Joheon) Prod. #JOOHONEY," the post reads. Monsta X released a music video for the single "Who Do U Love?" featuring French Montana last week. The song is the group's first release since signing with U.S. record label Epic Records in May. Monsta X is in the midst of its We Are Here world tour. The gro...