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Adele Saves Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday Night Live
Watch the Thanksgiving miracle as Adele’s “Hello” comes to the rescue on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

We wish you all the best for a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!


18 Habits of Highly Creative People
Huffington Post: Carolyn Gregoire
Creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they're complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine.

'Play a Rubik's Cube Like a Piano' With Group Theory
Classicalite: Steve Nagel
The process of playing the piano and solving the Rubik's cube relies on the same properties of mathematics that make up a system called group theory.

Michelle Obama: On the Power of Arts Education
“It’s how we get them to take ownership of their future. And, most importantly, it’s how we get them to go to college.”

Music for Healing
NPR All Songs Considered: Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen
Following the Paris attacks, NPR’s music program focuses on musicians from Tunisia, Palestine, Mali, and Sweden.


Philadelphia Orchestra Not Out of the Woods Yet Peter Dobrin
Concert attendance is down, staff hires are deferred, musicians have a one-year contract to rely on, and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin accepted a relatively small salary.

Our Founding Feet
The Daily Beast: Wendy Smith
Cakewalk, Moonwalk, Electric Boogaloo: The Dancers who defined America as we know it.

Big Changes keep Oregon Ballet Theatre on its Toes
Portland Tribune: Jason Vondersmith
Beset by financial problems a few years back, OBT started to rebuild and now finds itself expanding and charting its course toward better days.

With More Story to Tell, Opera 'Appomattox' Gets an Update
NPR Deceptive Cadence: Nathalie Boyd
When the opera Appomattox premiered in 2007, it put on stage a piece of history that was more than 140 years old. But creators Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton recently decided the story wasn't over.


Miles Davis Voted Greatest Jazz Artist of All Time
The Guardian
The jazz trumpeter beat Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in BBC and Jazz FM poll.

Canadian Prime Minister Writes to Culture Minister About the Arts
Canada, Office of the Prime Minister
The requests include a doubling of investment in the Canada Council for the Arts.

A Bassoonist Wins a Nobel Prize, Again
Slipped Disc: Norman Lebrecht
The indomitable editors of The Double Reed have discovered another bassoon player with a Nobel Prize.

English National Opera in ‘Special Measures’ until 2018 after Funding Reprieve
Daily Telegraph: Hannah Furness
English National Opera will not be taken out of special measures until at least 2018, the Arts Council has confirmed, as it grants it temporary reprieve by agreeing to fund it one more time.

Cultural Ambassadorship Takes on New Meaning in Wake of Paris Attacks
The Globe and Mail: Jeanne Lamon
Jeanne Lamon, recent director of early music ensemble Tafelmusik, writes of how cultural ambassadorship has taken on a whole new meaning as they travel and perform in France.

That Time Wyclef Jean Ran for President of Haiti
Haitian-American musician Pras Michel talks about his new documentary, Sweet Micky for President, which chronicles an unconventional presidential election in post-earthquake Haiti.


The Singularity of Adele’s Soul
The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich
Adele will release her third record, “25,” this week. Early estimates suggest that it will sell between a million and two and half million copies in its first week of release, staggering numbers for 2015.

Adele’s Album May Break Sales Records—Even Though It’s 2015
Wired Magazine: K. M. McFarland
Just to be clear: An album from 2015, a year where the industry is still freaking out about how to make streaming work as a viable business model, could be the fastest-selling record ever.

Adele’s New Single Breaks Records on YouTube
YouTube Trends
Within 48 hours, the song had been viewed 50 million times, making it the biggest debut of any video on YouTube in 2015 and one of the most-watched music video debuts of all time.

Adele Rejects Streaming for her ‘25’ Album
The New York Times: Ben Isario
After weeks of speculation, the news is that Adele’s new album, “25”, won’t be available on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Streaming remains controversial among many artists over royalty payments and issues of control.


How I Make $50 an Hour (or More) on Tips
Digital Music News: Jennifer Sullivan
Tips from singer-songwriter Jennifer Sullivan, a serious gigging musician in Nashville.

Streaming Won, But Where’s The Innovation?
AllAboutJazz (HypeBot): Thomas McAlevey
Although music streaming, the most disruptive technology currently being used in the industry, is well on its way to becoming the dominant method through which listeners consume music, it has not yet even come close to unlocking its full potential, despite having been around for close to two decades.

Rdio Deal is Admission That Pandora Business Model is Unsustainable and Marks Beginning of the End For Free Music Streaming
Apple also signaled that they understood the freemium music trap when they launched Apple Music's on demand streaming service with no ongoing free tier.


The Birds that Tap-Dance to Attract Their Mates
National Geographic: Carrie Arnold
High-speed footage shows that an African finch puts on a fast mating dance that's hidden to the human eye.

Can you Get High on Art?
Hopes&Fears: Kelsey Lawrence
Neuroasthetic specialists say yes!


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