Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” ( Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to  many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

Artists File $100 Million Suit Against Universal Music Over 2008 Fire

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A group of bands, artists and estates — including the estates of Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty as well as Hole, Soundgarden and Steve Earle — are suing the world's biggest record company for damages.


Philippe 'Zdar' Cerboneschi, Influential Producer And Electronic Artist, Dead At 52

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The French-born artist was one-half of the lauded dance group Cassius and worked with a long list of big names in the studio, including MC Solaar, the Beastie Boys, Phoenix and Hot Chip.


Following A Fiery Controversy, Legal Issues Mount For Universal Music

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

After a New York Times investigation was published last week, "dozens" of artists and estates are contemplating filing suits. UMG's head has pledged "transparency" — 11 years after the fire.


R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Latest Charges

Thursday, June 06, 2019

At an arraignment in Cook County, Ill. court on Thursday morning, the embattled R&B singer entered a not guilty plea on 11 felony charges.


In 'Soulless,' A Journalist Takes On R. Kelly And The Business That Made Him A Star

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

For nearly two decades, Jim DeRogatis has been searching for justice on behalf of the women who have accused the R&B singer of sexual and physical abuse. His new book is an account of those years.


R. Kelly Indicted On New Sexual Assault And Abuse Charges

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The charges filed Thursday in Cook County, Ill. are more serious than those filed against the singer in February. Four of the charges each carry a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison.


Not Bitter, Just Sweet: The Rolling Stones Give Royalties To The Verve

Thursday, May 23, 2019

A songwriting dispute left the Britpop band bereft of royalties from its biggest hit, "Bitter Sweet Symphony." More than 20 years later, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed over their rights.


Suspect In Nipsey Hussle Killing Indicted

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Eric R. Holder Jr. was indicted on Monday in Los Angeles for shooting the rapper and wounding two others. If convicted, he faces life in prison.


3 Wills Found At Aretha Franklin's Home

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

After the singer's death last August, lawyers and family said that she had left no final instructions. But on Monday, three handwritten wills, found in her home, were filed in a Michigan court.


'Over The Rainbow' Composer's Estate Sues Big Tech And Labels For Alleged Piracy

Monday, May 20, 2019

Harold Arlen's son and his estate are suing Google, Apple, Amazon and scores of record labels for illegally selling and streaming his music.


Duncan Laurence From The Netherlands Wins Eurovision 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Singers from 26 countries competed in the finals of the global song competition, which was held Saturday evening in Tel Aviv, Israel.


After A (Partial) Win In Court, Woodstock 50 May Still Go On

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The promoters of a 50th anniversary Woodstock festival can still attempt to put on their event in August, though they face a steep uphill battle for financing and permits.


Facing Homelessness And Crushing Medical Debt, A Renowned Jazz Guitarist Reaches Out

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Kenny Burrell's wife launched a GoFundMe campaign, aiming to raise $100,000 to relieve their most immediate needs — an increasingly common course of action.


Palestinian Artists Call For Eurovision Boycott; Israel Responds With PR Campaign

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest starts next week in Tel Aviv. A cultural collective in Gaza is calling for a boycott of the competition; Israel has responded with PR videos and a "BDS" website of its own.


Woodstock 50 Promoter Claims Former Funders Drained $17 Million From Festival

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Michael Lang, one of the founders of the original Woodstock and the promoter behind the tentative 2019 event, accused his former investor, Dentsu Aegis Network, of taking the money improperly.


Café Tacvba Robbed On Tour: Two Crew Members Beaten, Instruments And Gear Stolen

Friday, May 03, 2019

Two members of the pioneering Mexican rock band's crew were beaten and briefly kidnapped on Thursday on a highway in Mexico. Its instruments and gear were also stolen.


Woodstock 50 Canceled By Its Investors

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Dentsu Aegis Network, which had been funding the ambitious, three-day 50th-anniversary music festival with headliners including Jay-Z and Santana, says that the August event will not happen.


Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' Dropped By Two Major Sports Teams

Monday, April 22, 2019

Her rendition of the patriotic song had been a staple at New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers games for decades. Critics say that other elements of the singer's career were clearly racist.


White Singers In Hungary Claim To Be African-American, For An Opera

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Gershwin estate stipulates that Porgy and Bess should be performed by an all-black cast. The Hungarian State Opera in Budapest reportedly asked its mostly white cast to say that they are black.


Country Music Excludes Women, Especially Over Age 40, Study Finds

Friday, April 05, 2019

A new study from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds that female artists and songwriters are being severely underrepresented in Nashville, with women over 40 being particularly excluded.