DANTEmag editor. Rock critic/broadcaster. All You Need Is Rock author. Forbes, ARTINFO contributor. Ex-Bloomberg. Fellow, Royal Soc of Arts.

Column syndicated worldwide. I write about art and culture, for Artinfo; music industry, for Forbes; luxury and lifestyle for DANTE, which I edit; rock music for everyone!. I previously was Bloomberg' rock critic and Muse global team leader. I also write books. I previously worked for ITN, Sunday Times and Press Association. I read PPE at Oxford.

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Nelly Furtado Joins Sixx:A.M., Debbie Harry Calls for Google to Act on YouTube Cash

Nelly Furtado Joins Sixx:A.M., Debbie Harry Calls for Google to Act on YouTube Cash
forbes.com — Nelly Furtado is the latest artist calling on Google to increase payment for YouTube songs. She follows Debbie Harry of Blondie and Sixx:A.M. - with more names likely to follow - who want Google to follow its own slogans: "Don't Be Evil" and "Do The Right Thing."

7 Must-See Gigs in Europe for May: Iggy Pop, La Roux, Elvis Costello, More

7 Must-See Gigs in Europe for May: Iggy Pop, La Roux, Elvis Costello, More
blouinartinfo.com — Everything from electropop act La Roux to veterans Iggy Pop and Brian Wilson - here is a pick of the best gigs in Europe for May. 1 Iggy Pop Iggy Pop, also known as the Godfather of Punk, is back in London. This is apt, with punk celebrating its 40 birthday.

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” Takes on Black History, Jay Z: Review

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” Takes on Black History, Jay Z: Review
blouinartinfo.com — Beyoncé used to be known in some magazines as "Mrs. Jay Z." Her husband was then by far the biggest star. Now the tables have turned, as proved by her latest album "Lemonade." Never mind about its commercial clout - though it is hard to argue with sales since its surprise release.

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Hits Top In U.K.; U.S. to Follow; Prince Albums Go Crazy

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Hits Top In U.K.; U.S. to Follow; Prince Albums Go Crazy
forbes.com — Beyoncé's surprise-release album Lemonade, heading for the Number 1 spot in the U.S., has already landed in top place in the U.K. The news comes as Prince albums go crazy for sales after the star's untimely death.

Art Dubai Names Myrna Ayad as Fair Director

Art Dubai Names Myrna Ayad as Fair Director
enme.blouinartinfo.com — Myrna Ayad is to join the senior management team of Art Dubai as Fair Director. She will start at the beginning of next month, working on the 11th edition with VIP Relations Director Lela Csaky and International Director Pablo Del Val.

Google Must 'Do Right Thing' With YouTube Money to Save Music, Says Sixx:A.M.

Google Must 'Do Right Thing' With YouTube Money to Save Music, Says Sixx:A.M.
forbes.com — Hard rock band Sixx:A.M. has started a campaign, likely to be swiftly echoed by other star musicians, urging Google to pay artists more when their clips appear on its video-sharing site YouTube.

Harry Winston 15.52 Carat Diamond Ring at $1.6 Million Tops Bonhams Gems Sale

Harry Winston 15.52 Carat Diamond Ring at $1.6 Million Tops Bonhams Gems Sale
uk.blouinartinfo.com — A 15.52 carat single-stone diamond ring by Harry Winston sold for the equivalent of about $1.6 million to lead Bonhams London's first Fine Jewelry sale of the year. The step-cut diamond was a D color, VVS2 clarity and potentially flawless.

Unseen Lucian Freud Self-Portrait Acquired by UK, Heads for NPG to Settle $800,000 Tax Bill

Unseen Lucian Freud Self-Portrait Acquired by UK, Heads for NPG to Settle $800,000 Tax Bill
uk.blouinartinfo.com — A recently found self-portrait of the late British painter Lucian Freud has been handed to the nation to settle an inheritance tax bill of £559,773 (about $800,000). The unfinished portrait, thought to have been executed in the mid-1980s, will join other items in the Freud archive in the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced.

Prince Enters Album Charts Without Streaming As PJ Harvey Has First Number 1 Album In U.K.

Prince Enters Album Charts Without Streaming As PJ Harvey Has First Number 1 Album In U.K.
forbes.com — In the latest sign of a sales bounce after his sudden and sad passing, Prince is following his iTunes toppers by entering the U.K. top 10.

Freddie Mercury’s “Show Must Go On” Queen Notebook May Fetch $100,000 at Auction

Freddie Mercury’s “Show Must Go On” Queen Notebook May Fetch $100,000 at Auction
uk.blouinartinfo.com — The personal notebook used by the late singer Freddie Mercury to write the lyrics for some of his bands best-known later songs is to be sold at auction. The spiral-bound volume contains the scribbled words that became "I Want It All," "Too Much Love Will Kill You" and "The Show Must Go On."
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