Taylor Swift won big at Sunday’s MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs). Swift who led the nominations along with Harry Styles with seven a piece, walked away with four wins including for best artist, best video and best longform video.
In Baku, Azerbaijan, then a part of the USSR, a 36-year-old Russian composer by the name of Arseny Avraamov scaled a specially constructed tower. He raised two red flags and started to wave them side to side as he surveyed the metropolitan setting in front of him. One of the most spectacular musical events of the 20th century followed. One that had been all but forgotten up until lately.
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston was not only a successful song but an unstoppable cultural phenomenon. It was the lead single from The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album when it was released in November 1992. It was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-breaking 14 weeks and won two Grammys. It continues to be the most popular single ever released by a female artist thirty years after it was released. The soundtrack album for The Bodyguard, which featured four more Houston songs, including I’m Every Woman and I Have Nothing, went on to sell 45 million copies globally.
After spending nearly two years in a “out-of-studio vortex,” most artists were unable to record properly in 2020 and the majority of 2021; 2022 is expected to be a year of new music’s “coming out.” This year, music has returned to its fuller form, introducing the public to some earworms (and candy) within pop, from Harry Styles’ long-awaited pulses around Harry’s House to Lizzo’s more assertive singing of I’m not the girl I was or used to be on the hit “About Damn Time” to Doja Cat’s tribute to Big Mama Thornton on her Elvis soundtrack offering “Vegas.”
Top Ukrainian rock group Okean Elzy is scheduled to perform at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn. Lead singer Svjatoslav Vakartuk talked about his experience playing for soldiers on the front lines of the Ukrainian conflict in an interview with the ETV current affairs program “Ringvaade” conducted before to the performance. He also expressed his gratitude to Estonians for supporting his nation ever since Russia’s military incursion began in February.
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