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Disabled fan wins Lucy Rose music video role

Fans have played a huge role in Lucy Rose’s career. After she was dropped by her record label in 2016, supporters in Latin America organised an intimate, two-month tour, which helped her rediscover her passion for music. The trip became a documentary – and one fan’s response to that film changed Lucy’s outlook on life. It began when Zoe Schofield, who has Asperger’s syndrome and chronic pain, saw Lucy’s show in Bristol last July. “I was showing the documentary,” the singer explains, “and after the show I had an email…

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Mathew Knowles: Beyonce's dad calls out music industry's 'colourism'

Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles has said the music industry must stop ignoring singers with dark skin, saying his daughter’s success was easier because she’s relatively light-skinned. Radio stations and record labels are guilty of “colourism” – discriminating based on shade of skin – he said. Asked whether Beyonce was accepted more readily because of her skin tone, he said: “It becomes easier. Absolutely.” Knowles recently published a book called Racism From the Eyes of a Child. The 66-year-old’s daughter, Solange, is also a major music star. Speaking to BBC 5…

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A major classical music season is on its way to the BBC

The greatest classical performances of the last 100 years will be celebrated as part of a major new BBC season. A BBC Four series titled Our Classical Century will feature “masterworks old and new” and will aim to introduce new audiences to landmark musical moments. BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics will support the series by highlighting 100 significant people, events and pieces of music throughout the year. The series will culminate in the First Night of the 2019 Proms. “In the classical music industry we have to respond to changing…

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Star Maker country music winner Brad Cox recalls plight of Dolly Everett's family

He doesn’t have the same meticulously coiffed bouffant as Keith Urban nor the black leather muscle shirts and giant cowboy hats of Lee Kernaghan but, on a steamy Sunday night in Tamworth, Brad Cox took his first steps on the same road that led them to country music stardom, and brought 4000 people close to tears in the process. Wearing his trademark trucker’s cap and one of his “good shirts”, Cox, 22, from Jindabyne, used his victory speech at the 39th Toyota Star Maker talent quest to mention the plight…

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