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Uzbekistan censors “inappropriate” music videos

26 June 2017 · Uzbekistan
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  • Music video of Sakramento by Munisa Rizayeva. Video: RizaNovaUZ / YouTube

As of 1 July 2017, singers in Uzbekistan will require state permission to post their music videos on YouTube, and risk losing their performance licence if they do not adhere to the proposed legislation. The new law is an extension of a governement resolution in 2015 that required professional singers to provide evidence that they conform to the country’s “age-old spiritual and cultural values and national traditions”.

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Premiere: Siberian band The Jack Wood mix desire and danger in new video

16 June 2017 · Russia
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  • The Calvert Journal premieres Coal, a new video from The Jack Wood

Siberian garage rock trio The Jack Wood have released a fiery new video for their song Coal

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Arrest of two rappers sparks protest in Tbilisi and Batumi

12 June 2017 · Batumi · Tbilisi · Georgia
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Still from Birja Mafia’s video uploaded 4 June, with the policeman character blurred out. Image: Youtube / ItsYoungMic

Several thousands of people showed up to protests in Georgia last Friday after two members of the Birja Mafia rap group were arrested for carrying drugs. Protesters say the real reason for the arrest might be the band's contraversial latest music video.

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Romanian singer KEO releases charity single with French ambassador

2 June 2017 · Bucharest · Romania
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  • Video: RotonMusicTV / YouTube

In an unexpected collaboration, Romanian music star KEO has teamed up with French ambassador to Romania, François Saint-Paul, to produce a charity single titled The sun in the sky (Soarele pe cer).

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Kyrgyz President shows off guitar skills in new track dedicated to his mother

24 May 2017 · Kyrgyzstan
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  • Enekem, Almazbek Atambayev. Video: Toptash / YouTube

  • I love you, Almazbek Atambayev. Video: Toptash / YouTube

Hot on the heels of Russian President Vladimir Putin's widely reported piano performance, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has shown he's more than just a leader with the recent release of his two new guitar ballads.

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Rags: Kiev art collective Gorsad x French punk trio Gothking

22 May 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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  • Gothking Rags feat. Gorsad. Video: Gothking Music / YouTube

Check out the first ever music video by French psych-goth punk act Gothking, made in collaboration with provocative Ukrainian art trio Gorsad.

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Former Playboy editor wants to get Latvian kids listening to local music

16 May 2017 · Latvia
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Latvia's youth radio station Pieci.lv may be forced to play exclusively Latvian-made music if ex-Playboy editor Ivars Āboliņš gets his way.

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Former Leningrad star Alisa Vox hits out at protesters in new track

16 May 2017 · Russia
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  • Video: Alisa Vox / YouTube

A former vocalist for Russian rock group Leningrad, Alisa Vox, released the music video for Baby boy yesterday, a new pop track cautioning young men against attending political protests.

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Douze points: five New East acts to watch out for at Eurovision 2017

12 May 2017 · Kiev · Belarus · Bulgaria · Croatia · Moldova · Romania
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  • Naviband (Belarus) at the second semi-final. Video: Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube

  • Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria) at the second semi-final. Video: Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube

  • Sunstroke Project (Moldova) at the first semi-final. Video: Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube

  • Ilinca feat. Alex Florea (Romania) at the second semi-final. Video: Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube

  • Jacques Houdek (Croatia) at the second semi-final. Video: Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube

After two thrilling semi-finals this week, we now know the finalists through to tomorrow night's Eurovision Grand Final. We've picked out five New East tracks worth listening out (and maybe even voting) for.

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Elvish opera to be performed in Moscow metro

12 May 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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#operainthemetro. Image: Moscow metro / Facebook

Tomorrow night the Moscow metro will host a special tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien: a preview performance of an opera based on The Silmarillion, performed entirely in Elvish.

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