The Breaking Music News of the Week
Happy #InternationalMusicDay to all of you fellow melomaniacs, addicted to the good sound. The world of music is infinite, vivid and richer than Richie Rich or as simply put decades ago by Friedrich Nietzsche -
Without music, life would be a mistake.
International Music day or the IMD was initiated on the 1st of October in 1975 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, the man considered to be the greatest violinists of the 20th century. It was first organized by the International Music Council (founded by UNESCO in 1949), in accordance with the resolution taken at the 15th General Assembly in Lausanne in 1973.
Music appreciation is among the many ways to encourage and foster diversity among society in order to build peace and understanding among people that cut across class, culture and heritage by providing wide access to culture for everyone. More than 150 countries worldwide organize free concerts on the 1st of October each year, where people can enjoy music and appreciate its importance in everyday life.
To commemorate this day, we’ve decided to get in the tune of the week. So we’re going to share some tremendous breaking music news with you.
Music can change the world…
...because it can change people - those wise words belong to Bono, the philanthropist best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of rock band U2, and we totally agree.
A few days ago, Global Citizen - probably the biggest movement of engaged citizens around the globe, who are using their collective voice to achieve their challenging goal - to end extreme poverty by 2030 - presented the initiative called
The Possible Dream.
This is set to be a year-long campaign, which will reach its culminating point on September 26, 2020, when dozens of artists will take part in a 10-hour global media event, spanning 5 continents creating the largest live-broadcast cause event in history ever made.
Talents that range from Metallica to Lizzo will rock the stage during 2020’s Global Citizen Festival. The philanthropic organization is primed to stream performances by top artists all around the world.
The next 18 months are a critical point in time. They provide a crucial and urgent opportunity to tackle extreme poverty, limit the impact of climate change, and fight global inequality. The actions taken during this time will establish the agenda for the final 10-year push to attain the United Nations’ Global Goals by 2030. That’s why Global Citizen, in partnership with Teneo, is launching Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream campaign, which will mobilize everyday citizens, corporations, governments, and philanthropists to reprioritize thwir efforts to end extreme poverty and ensure the realization of the Global Goals - this is the statement posted on the philanthropic organization’s official website.
Our goal, to put it simply, is to engage every single person on the planet in this mission [to end global poverty]. To do so, we must boldly and creatively reach global citizens where they are: in person, on television, on their phones and online, said Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans.
At least $350 billion more per year - this is the amount of money, which the world’s poorest 59 countries need to achieve the Global Goals, according to Global Citizen. The United Nations has called on governments, philanthropists and other wealthy folks to step in and make up the difference.
To achieve this goal, Global Citizen will call on the richest in the world to give 1% of their wealth away each year, and in-country investments to increase.
Leading companies, who have already confirmed for the campaign are Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; Hans Vestburg, CEO of Verizon; Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines; and Marc Pritchard, CBO of P&G.
In a video to Global Citizen the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg stated -
I call on all governments and world leaders to step up their efforts.
The global event on September 26, 2020 will feature participation and performances from world-known stars among which are - Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, Eddie Vedder, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Lizzo, Metallica, Miley Cyrus, Muse, Ozuna, Ozzy Osbourne, Pharrell Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Usher, Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Idris Elba, Jill Vedder, Katie Holmes, Rachel Brosnahan, Trevor Noah and Uzo Aduba.
Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Idris Elba, Jill Vedder, Katie Holmes, Rachel Brosnahan, Trevor Noah, and Uzo Aduba will co-hos the historical event, with even more hosts to be announced in the following months.
The event will be broadcasted live from places as diverse as Central Park in New York and Lagos, Nigeria. The cities in Latin America, Europe and Asia, which will air the vast happening are to-be-announced. Lineups and additional guests will be announced in the future, as well.
Like Live Aid in 1985, we believe this concert will be a milestone. It will generate practical solutions to address the world’s glaring anomalies. Global Citizen is an organization which has already moved mountains.
We hope this concert will be the beginning of a new era in which all creatures on Earth will eventually benefit., said Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen, in a statement.
It seems that next fall, we are about to see star power, policy, and business unite to create unprecedented change and lasting impact.
As Teneo CEO, Declan Kelly stated -
This is a moment to stand up and be counted
The most (in)famous Swedish Death Metal track of the year
Talking about putting efforts into saving the environment and a world spreading sound, we simply can’t put aside a certain viral, music video, which somehow managed to round the world faster than light.
Yes, we’re talking about the video in which
Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal. There was a whole range of emotions on social media - some laughed, some were pissed but mostly - melomaniacs around the globe argued that this is not exactly death metal and that the only Swedish thing about it is the fact that Greta lives in there.
However, there’s still an ongoing discussion going - was this a tasteless prank or some original way to praise the climate activist and to help her message reach and influence even more people?!
Thankfully, we weren’t the only ones, who tried to find the answer, and as we all know pretty well - who seeks shall find. In this particular case, the expected answer came in the form of an interview made by Rolling Stones magazine with Suaka thrash-metal drummer, John Meredith, who is the one to be
blamed? for the viral video.
In case you wonder how dared he to make this memorable metal meme out of the Swedish climate-change activist’s UN speech, keep on reading because it is about time to reveal the truth.
When John Meredith watched teenage climate-change activist Greta Thunberg give her fiery
How dare you? speech at the UN Climate Action Summit last Monday, he couldn't agree more with her message, but... he also thought that the script and its affecting phrases would make a killer metal song. So he picked up his sticks, mixed the sound, and created what was destined to become a viral YouTube hit - Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal.
When I saw her speech, I was very impressed by her passion and outrage. And the words she chose just evoked the darkness of the metal music I love: Entombed, Gojira, At the Gates, Sepultura… I think humour and [positive mental attitude] can be at least as powerful as anger and outrage, and there is a place for both. - said the drummer.
On Saturday, Thunberg herself gave the video a thumbs up and tweeted (presumably with a sincere smile on her face), I have moved on from this climate thing… From now on I will be doing death metal only!!.
Long story short, John Meredith was actually impressed with Greta’s speech and hoped that no one would get him wrong or decide that this is some kind of twisted joke on the climate activist. And there’s more. Stay tuned because, after this viral internet sensation, Suaka drummer said that he’s probably going to turn some more famous speeches into killer metal performances.
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Meanwhile, don’t forget to enjoy music in every form and genre.