2018 represented another year of the Latin-music scene growing in significant and mainstream ways, and a new year-end report puts into perspective just how competitive it is among other top music genres.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, indeed. The Beatles White Album returned this week to the top 10 on Billboard’s all-genre album sales chart.
The 30-song double album that brought the world “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Blackbird” landed at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 following a 50th anniversary reissue that hit shelves and streaming services Nov. 9. In returning to the charts, Billboard reports the album moved 63,000 units, with 52,000 coming from physical sales.
One of the nonprofit organizations I support and volunteer with is Americans for the Arts, a national advocacy and membership organization. AFTA has recently published its latest public opinion survey on the arts entitled Americans Speak Out about the Arts. The report is based on a nationally representative sample of over 3,000 adults, and it updates a similar study that was conducted two years ago.
With the new school year upon us, it’s warming to remember the musical highlights of our upbringing — whether it’s singing in a school play, sitting at the piano for the first time, or practicing the recorder in your bedroom. There are lots of statistics that show the benefits of music education, from increased graduation rates to boosted SAT scores. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped public schools across the country from cutting programs and decreasing resources.