Calgary Sun Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 31, 2024

Calgary Sun Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 31, 2024

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Just deport them

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To those occupant(s) of the black car in Toronto last Saturday who shot up a Jewish girl’s school, as well as the same type of individual(s) in Montreal who shot up another Jewish community school on Tuesday, I say this: leave Canada. You are not the quality of human person that Canadians are made of. You are not wanted in Canada. 

To our Canadian Jewish communities, I am sorry for what you are going through. I am embarrassed of our Canadian Federal Government’s lack of response but, not surprised, as they are always reviewing a situation and never acting. If these scum are caught, I would love to see them deported along with their families. No need for a trial, save the money.

Gord Peters

(Innocent until proven guilty not to your taste?)

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Stopping is OK

Sorry but “no parking” and “no stopping” is not the same thing. In most jurisdictions ‘you can stop in a “no parking” zone for up to 5 minutes to load or unload passengers, or materials’. However, if it says “no stopping” and you stop to unload passengers you deserve the ticket.

S. I. Petersen

(You are assuming they didn’t get out of their car.)

Plan better

You really have to wonder how many neurons are actually floating through the brain trust at Calgary City Hall. Who, or what, half baked union bureaucrat decides to do street sweeping during the extremely busy drop-off and pick-up times at area schools? Are there no parents within the bureaucracy to step up and say no to this? Are parents now expected to drop off their little ones blocks away? 

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Ticketing parents for trying to do what’s right and safe shows how out of touch the playpen people are. I’m surprised they’re not doing street sweeping around McMahon stadium before football games or around the Dome before large events. Better yet, let’s do asphalt paving on the Trans Canada on the Friday of a long weekend. And politicians and union brass wonder why they’re held in such low regard. Duh.

Paul Baumberg

(You ever watched how parents drive when dropping off their kids? It is anything but ‘right and safe’.)

Where’s the money?

It would appear by the terrible condition of all the roads in Calgary that city hall’s misfit politicians subscribe to the eco extremist Guilbeault’s mantra of no more roads. If that is the case we taxpayers must be saving a bundle of money. Now Mayor Gondek, where is it? What have you done with the tax dollars and why was it necessary to increase taxes by 8 percent this year? I’d like to hear an explanation please.

Glenn William

(It’s being spent spray painting potholes. Next year, if the paint survives, maybe they will fill them.)

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Morgan Wallen’s Nashville Bar Will Officially Open This Weekend

Morgan Wallen’s Nashville Bar Will Officially Open This Weekend

Morgan Wallen‘s This Bar will officially open this Saturday. On Friday, TC Restaurant Group announced that the bar, originally set to debut Memorial Day weekend, will open its doors to the public in time for next week’s CMA Fest.

“We’re thrilled to welcome our first guests on Saturday, June 1, to This Bar leading into CMA Fest,” said Grant Burlingame, vice president of operations at TC Restaurant Group, in a press release. “This venue has been a labor of love for us and Morgan. His fans and music lovers alike will love the experiences they will find at This Bar. We’re proud to open its doors.” 

Late last month the city council denied neon signage to Morgan Wallen’s This Bar, citing the country star’s chair-throwing incident and past use of racial slurs as the reason. Because of the decision, the restaurant group behind Honky Tonk Highway bar announced it would not be ready in time for Memorial Day weekend.

It’s unclear if the delay was due to the lack of signage, which was set to consist of a 20-foot sign with Wallen’s name. (The sign addition was denied by a 30-3 vote.)  According to Scoop Nashville, Morgan Wallen’s This Bar was also denied a pair of permits by the Nashville Beer Board, which must approve the sale of alcohol.

At the council meeting earlier this month, council member Delishia Porterfield said “I don’t want to see a billboard with the name of a person who’s throwing chairs off of balconies and who’s saying racial slurs and using the n-word.”

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The venue features 30,000 square feet with three live music stages, six bars, and a rooftop. The menu for the bar — featuring southern-inspired foods, bar bites, and recipes by Wallen’s mom — is curated by the musician and Chef Tomasz Wosiak, who leads TC Restaurant Group. There is also a merch shop.

“I sing about finding myself in ‘this bar’ and now it’s coming to life,” Wallen shared in a statement earlier this year. “This venue will hold true to everything I love and is inspired by my fans and the way they have embraced me and my music.” The location will also feature memorabilia from throughout his career.


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Record companies successfully act against nine streaming manipulation sites in Canada

Record companies successfully act against nine streaming manipulation sites in Canada

 Campaign continues against streaming manipulation services that jeopardise revenues returning to artists ~

London, 14th March 2024 – IFPI, the organisation that represents the recording industry worldwide, and Music Canada, the trade association representing Canada’s major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada – have announced that, following a successful legal complaint, a group of prominent Canada-based streaming manipulation sites have been taken offline.

IFPI together with Music Canada filed a complaint with the Canadian Competition Bureau regarding a group of nine connected consumer-facing streaming manipulation services based in Canada, the most popular of them operating via the domain MRINSTA.com. As a result of the complaint all nine sites (and their sub-domains) were taken offline.

The sites were engaged in music streaming manipulation services by selling artificial ‘plays’, ‘views’ or ‘streams’ on DSPs that did not represent genuine listening.  The complaint alleged that the group of sites contravened the Canadian Competition Act by, among other things, misleading Canadian consumers and distorting their impression of what content merits their attention, undermining the accuracy of the music industry charts and distracting from the effective functioning of streaming services by manipulating the algorithms on which they rely.

Lauri Rechardt, Chief Legal Officer, IFPI said: “Streaming manipulation has no place in music. Perpetrators and enablers of streaming manipulation cannot be allowed to continue to divert revenue away from the artists who create the music. The activity also harms consumers and distorts the fan experience. IFPI thanks the Bureau, and RCMP Federal Policing Cybercrime, for the time and resources that they have committed to addressing this serious issue and looks forward to future co-operation.”

Patrick Rogers, CEO of Music Canada, said: “Alongside IFPI, we’re committed to taking action against streaming manipulation sites and the bad actors who deliberately steal from artists and rightsholders. This is an important regulatory precedent that can be followed in other markets to protect rightsholders and the integrity of the streaming marketplace.” 

This is the latest in a series of actions being taken globally against manipulation services. IFPI is working with government agencies and intermediaries in various countries to disrupt the operation of such services.

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Notes to editors:

About IFPI

IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide, representing over 8,000 record company members across the globe. We work to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music around the world.

For further information please contact: press@ifpi.org | +44 (0) 20 7878 7979 

About Music Canada 

Music Canada is the trade association representing Canada’s major record labels: Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Like its members, Music Canada is a partner to the industry, working with artists, independent labels, publishers, platforms, associations and others, in advancing forward-looking policies to ensure a dynamic and successful Canadian music ecosystem which returns value to music creators.

For further information: Regan Reid, Music Canada, rreid@musiccanada.com, (416) 462-1485

 




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Calgary Sun Letters to the Editor for Thursday, May 30, 2024

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Stand with our Jewish friends

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Seeing all the recent anti-Semitism increasing along with pro-Palestinian support (which is turning more and more to pro-Hamas support) angers and disgusts me. The fact that our governments have not come out strongly in favour of Israel after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack is profoundly upsetting, and actually encourages terrorism. I suggest it is time someone or some organization come out with a small bracelet or armband in support of Israel. I am not Jewish, but I would proudly wear such a small symbol to support our Jewish neighbours and friends, along with the democratic country of Israel.

Graham Neville

(It is hard to believe this is happening on the streets of this country.)

Bad ticket policy

Just heard the news about a father being ticketed by the City of Calgary Bylaw for being stopped dropping his kids off at school during street sweeping, what a joke! If he is appealing it he will just get the standard ‘do not care, you will have to go through the courts to really fight it.’ Signs or no signs this is just another money grab. They have already given out 17,000 tickets at $80 each, that’s $1,360,000 into city coffers.Truly, the mayor and council are just thieves.

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Donna Langer

(If the sign said don’t park, you can’t park and be upset you got caught.)

Looking for the past

This is no longer the Canada I grew up in. It is no longer the nation my parents fled to when they left Europe right after the war. With nothing against Indigenous people, as an example, I am taken aback when their languages are celebrated in our Houses of Parliament as was evidenced by our Governor General and an Ontario MPP. Again using these incidents only as examples, but when will all this stop? When will we return to the values we all sought when we wanted to be Canadians?

George Ewert

(Celebrating all Canadians and what makes them unique sounds pretty Canadian to us.)

Misguided MP

I’m always perplexed when I see Jagmeet Singh stand up in parliament and ask with conviction “when is this government going to…” yada, yada, yada. Makes for a good sound bite but that’s about all. Surely he must know it’s up to him what the bozo PM Trudeau and his band of clowns actually do. The irony of it all is that he could bring down this shite show of a government at any time and, if the polls are to be believed, he would still be the leader of the official opposition! The only difference is that he might actually earn the position!

John Hancock 

(We’re surprised anyone is listening to what he says, sound bite or not.)

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Donald Trump Is a Convicted Criminal. Will He Still Be President?

Donald Trump Is a Convicted Criminal. Will He Still Be President?

For the first time in history, a former president and current presidential candidate has been convicted of a felony. But will he still win the election?

How very 2024: Donald Trump shatters all precedents, breaks all boundaries for what a president can do or say, and yet here we are wondering whether it will even matter.

The good news is that according to every survey that’s been done this year, it will.

First, a quick refresher: In July 2006, Donald Trump met adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) at a golf tournament. Trump, who was newly married to his wife Melania, invited Daniels to dinner, then had sex with her in his hotel suite.

It was a quickie, according to Daniels’ testimony; she wasn’t physically or verbally threatened, but she also felt that she couldn’t really say no to such a powerful man. Still, Daniels kept the story to herself, and went on with her life.

Flash forward 10 years, and Trump is running for president. Daniels begins to shop her story around — whether for money or justice — but gets little interest. But then came the leak of the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump is heard bragging that if you’re famous, you can just “grab [women] by the pussy.” Suddenly, the Stormy Daniels affair is a real problem for Trump’s 2016 campaign.

And so Trump dispatched his fixer, Michael Cohen, to buy her silence — ultimately agreeing to pay her $130,000. To conceal the deal, the expense was listed as a “legal expense,” and the deal was done in a convoluted way. Trump lied, in other words, to hide his affair and the hush-money payment to protect his presidential bid.

On Thursday, he was found guilty of doing that — 34 counts of “falsifying business records,” to be precise. This has never happened before in American history.

Will it matter? So far, the answer appears to be yes.

In an April survey from CNN, 24 percent of Trump supporters said they “might reconsider” their support for him if he was convicted of a crime. And in a May poll by Emerson College, 25 percent percent of voters said that a guilty verdict in New York would make them less likely to vote for Trump. 

In three recent polls, Trump went from leading by 1 percentage point when people were asked simply, “who will you vote for,” to trailing by 6 points when they were asked, “who will you vote for, if Trump is convicted.”

And let’s remember that, at the moment, this is an extremely close election. Journalists find this exasperating, because we’re focused on Trump’s terrifying promises — here’s a list of them — to begin mass deportations, use the Justice Department to go after political opponents, immediately reverse all of President Joe Biden’s actions on climate change, replace civil servants with political lackeys, do away with any restraint on Israel’s war in Gaza, ban abortion, and so on.

But most people are focused on what they’re usually focused on: the economy. And for whatever reason, they think Trump will do a better job with it than Biden.

That dynamic may have changed today. It’s one thing for liberals to accuse Trump of being an anti-democratic criminal — it’s quite another for a jury of 12 regular people to convict him. And while paying off a porn star isn’t of the same seriousness as, you know, inciting a riot in which people stormed the capitol and assaulted cops, it’s a story that regular people can easily understand.

He cheated on his wife, f—ked a porn star, paid her off to keep her quiet, and lied to the government and the American people about it so he could win the 2016 election. That is not going to play well on Main Street.

In a way, this case  is actually more compelling than the Jan. 6 cases, as a matter of electoral politics. Even if you think Trump might tackle inflation better than Biden (don’t get me started on how false that actually is), the guy just got convicted of a tawdry, sleazy crime. And now he wants to be president? How are you going to explain that to your kids?

Now, don’t get too excited — Trump will probably not go to jail. First, he’s going to appeal this conviction immediately. Second, while the felonies he’s committed could theoretically get him jail time, that would be highly unusual in a case like this. Ultimately, it’s a financial crime: falsifying business records. For someone with no prior convictions, jail time in this kind of case would be excessive.

The conviction is also not going to persuade any of Trump’s true believers. Much of the MAGA movement is made up of Christian Nationalist extremists, and the rest are inhabiting a media bubble in which all of this was a frame job, and Trump is being politically persecuted. Your racist uncle who rants about Trump on Facebook… he’s not changing his mind.

But your racist uncle isn’t going to decide the election. The MAGA faithful were already highly motivated to turn out on election day; their support is baked in. The people this verdict might affect are the centrists: moderates who might vote for Trump for economic or other reasons, but who don’t believe the far-right’s conspiracy theories that this is all some kind of set-up. 

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These are people who were holding their nose to vote for Trump, either for the economy or because they have conservative social or political views and dread four more years of Biden.

And to them, this conviction will stink. No matter how much you’re holding your nose, the stench of Trump still gets through. That’s why this verdict matters — because for the people still sitting on the fence, the whole thing reeks.


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IFPI releases Global Music Report 2024, highlighting growth in subscription streaming globally

IFPI releases Global Music Report 2024, highlighting growth in subscription streaming globally

Toronto, 21 March, 2024: Global recorded music revenues reached US$28.6 billion in 2023, an increase of 10.2% year-over-year and the ninth consecutive year of growth, according to the IFPI’s Global Music Report 2024. The report provides a comprehensive annual review of the global recorded music market and analyzes issues and trends facing the industry today.

Global revenue growth was largely driven by streaming revenues, with subscription streaming increasing by 11.2% and accounting for nearly half (48.9%) of the global market. In 2023, the number of paid subscriptions to music streaming services surpassed 500 million for the first time, with 667 million users of paid subscription accounts globally.

In Canada, the music market grew by 12.19% in 2023 to a total of US$659.6 million, ensuring Canada maintained its place as the 8th largest music market in the world. This growth was largely due to streaming revenues, which saw an 8.6% increase to US$506.8 million. Subscription streaming accounts for the bulk of those revenues, with US$404.2 million, up 10.1% year-over-year. Ad-supported audio streaming was up 4.6% to US$59.1 million, while ad-supported video streaming increased slightly to US$43.5 million in 2023.

“As Canada modernizes the Broadcasting Act and works to bring streaming services into the fold, this report serves as a reminder of the value of these platforms to Canadians. We’re pleased to see more and more Canadians turning to licensed sources to support the artists they love most. We will continue our work to ensure Canadian regulatory frameworks don’t push Canadians to unlicensed listening,” said Patrick Rogers, CEO of Music Canada.

Mirroring a global trend, Canada saw strong growth in other formats too. Physical revenues in Canada jumped nearly 20% (19.9%) year-over-year to US$78.7 million in 2023, with a 30.2% spike in vinyl revenues (to US$56.5 million) accounting for the bulk of that growth.

“The sustained growth of the music market in Canada is due in large part to the efforts of the record companies, whose continued investment in and passion for their artists is propelling them to new heights,” said Rogers.

Commenting on the release of the Global Music Report, IFPI’s Chief Financial Officer and Interim Joint Head of IFPI, John Nolan, said: “The figures in this year’s report reflect a truly global and diverse industry, with revenues growing in every market, every region and across virtually every recorded music format. For the third year in succession, both physical and digital formats grew with a strong rise in the users of paid streaming subscribers – as well as price increases – contributing significantly to total revenue growth.”

While the global growth in licensed music revenues is heartening, the report also highlights the challenges facing the industry – namely, streaming fraud and the abuse of generative AI.

“Music fans greatly value authenticity and our industry has a strong track record of licensing music and supporting the development of new services that create these experiences for fans. That said, we still need effective tools and the support of authorities to tackle unauthorised uses and to ensure the music ecosystem remains one that is sustainable for the long-term,” said IFPI’s Chief Legal Officer and Interim Joint Head of IFPI, Lauri Rechardt.

Music Canada, alongside IFPI, recently worked to shutter a group of nine streaming fraud websites operating in Canada – an example of Music Canada’s continued efforts to protect rightsholders and the integrity of the Canadian streaming marketplace. And as governments around the world consider the implications of generative AI, Music Canada continues to work to ensure human artistry is protected and valued.

“Our industry is excited by the value offered by artificial intelligence, but only when this tool is used responsibly. Fundamentally, we believe that generative AI systems that ingest copyrighted works without authorization are stealing, and Music Canada will continue to push for strengthened policies and frameworks to protect against this,” said Rogers.

The free Global Music Report 2024 – State of the Industry report is now available here.

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Notes to editors:

About Music Canada 

Music Canada is the trade association representing Canada’s major record labels: Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Like its members, Music Canada is a partner to the industry, working with artists, independent labels, publishers, platforms, associations and others, in advancing forward-looking policies to ensure a dynamic and successful Canadian music ecosystem which returns value to music creators.

For further information: Regan Reid, Music Canada, rreid@musiccanada.com, (416) 462-1485

About IFPI

IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide, representing over 8,000 record company members across the globe. We work to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music around the world.

For further information please contact: press@ifpi.org | +44 (0) 20 7878 7979 




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Biden Slams Trump’s Racist Track Record at Philadelphia Rally

Biden Slams Trump’s Racist Track Record at Philadelphia Rally

President Joe Biden pummeled Donald Trump’s long history of racism during a campaign rally on Wednesday in an effort to drum up support from Black voters.

Biden spoke alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and several other Black elected officials during the afternoon event at Girard College, a majority-minority boarding school in Philadelphia. The rally marked the launch of Black Voters for Biden-Harris, a campaign initiative to generate support among Black Americans.

Biden began his criticism by talking about Trump’s characterization of Jan. 6 insurrectionists as “patriots”’ whom he plans to pardon if reelected.

“Think about this: What do you think would’ve happened if Black Americans had stormed the Capitol? I don’t think he’d be talking about pardons,” Biden said.

“It’s the same guy who wanted to tear gas you as you peacefully protested George Floyd’s murder,” Biden continued in his barrage against Trump. “The same guy who still calls the ‘Central Park Five‘ guilty, even though they were exonerated.” 

Biden then attacked Trump’s history in real estate, as well as his association with neo-Nazis, referencing a recent Trump campaign video that calls for a “unified reich.”

“He’s that landlord who denies housing applications because of the color of your skin,” Biden said, referencing the Justice Department’s 1973 lawsuit against Trump for racial discrimination in housing rentals. Biden added, “He’s that guy who won’t say ‘Black Lives Matter’ and invokes neo-Nazi, ‘Third Reich’ terms.”

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Biden also brought up Trump’s long history of touting the false “birther” conspiracy against former president Barack Obama, and Trump’s frequently-repeated claim that he’s the greatest president for Black people in the history of America, including Abraham Lincoln. 

“I think he injected too much of that bleach, I think it affected his brain,” Biden quipped, referencing Trump’s gaffe early in the Covid-19 pandemic when he dangerously suggested injecting the chemical would clear the body of the virus.

Recent polls from The New York Times and Siena College have shown Biden lagging behind Trump in multiple swing states, with Trump garnering more than 20 percent of Black voters’ support. Biden’s recent campaign efforts, including a commencement speech at HBCU Morehouse College, have worked to close that gap.




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Music Canada teams with economist Will Page to launch first-of-its-kind study on the Canadian streaming market

Music Canada teams with economist Will Page to launch first-of-its-kind study on the Canadian streaming market

Report details where and how Canadian artists are reaching fans today

As the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) continues its work to implement the Online Streaming Act, Music Canada has commissioned a first-of-its-kind report examining the presence and prominence of Canadian artists in Canada’s domestic audio streaming market.

The report, authored by renowned economist and streaming music market expert Will Page, analyzes Luminate data of the top 10,000 artists and top 10,000 songs listened to by Canadians on audio streaming platforms to determine the breadth and depth of Canadian artists connecting with Canadian fans. 

In the years studied, of the top 10,000 artists streamed in Canada, the report found nearly 1,000 were Canadian. Moreover, Canadian artists are well distributed throughout the top 10,000 – not just in the niche tail. Among the 1000 most-listened-to artists, 100 of them are Canadian, including a diversity of talent like Tate McRae, Karan Aujla, Lauren Spencer Smith, Fouki, Alexandra Stréliski and Josh Ross. 

“As the CRTC develops frameworks to bring streaming platforms under its regulatory purview, it’s really important they have a clear understanding of the current unregulated domestic streaming marketplace, and the wide array of Canadian artists who are finding success within it,” says Patrick Rogers, CEO, Music Canada. 

The report also considers the global nature of streaming, demonstrating how essential these platforms are to Canadians’ success around the world. It finds that, for every one stream at home, Canadian artists get almost 10 overseas. In fact, of the top 1,000 singles worldwide, Canadian artists ranked third, behind only the US and UK. 

“In a world where fans can listen to any artist, from any country in the world, and with nearly every recorded song at their fingertips, listeners are choosing Canadian music. Our regulatory framework should build on streaming’s ability to connect Canadian and Indigenous artists with fans at home and abroad,” says Rogers.

Read the full report here

 




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Nathy Peluso Followed Advice From Fito Páez To Make Her Latest Album

Nathy Peluso Followed Advice From Fito Páez To Make Her Latest Album

Grasa, the second album by 29-year-old Argentine singer and rapper Nathy Peluso, kicks off with “Corleone,” a sumptuous, old-fashioned bolero. A snippet of John Barry’s dreamy 007 theme “From Russia With Love” morphs into the kind of feverish groove that would have made La Lupe proud. “This ambition is killing me,” sings Peluso, her booming voice in full bloom.

“Corleone” is a somewhat disorienting opening track. Like most of Peluso’s music, it’s both edgy and comfortingly familiar; honest to the core, but with a thin layer of irony underneath.

“I wanted to reacquaint myself with my roots,” Peluso says during a Zoom meeting from Barcelona. “This album was about finding my foundational pillars – and the worlds of bolero, balada, and Latin folk sum up the essence of who I am. ‘Corleone’ was the first song that we recorded for this album, and I tend to treat those magical moments with respect. It’s like a caress that pulls you in; a shot of whisky inviting you to sit down, enjoy, listen to some music.”

There’s a cinematic flow to Grasa, and its radical changes in style are deliberate. A brash, magnetic performer, Peluso switches effortlessly from the frantic rap of lead single “Aprender a Amar” to a reverential foray into traditional salsa, “Presa,” sung without the faintest trace of post-modern irony. She boasts elaborate vocal gymnastics on the art-pop moment “Escaleras de Metal,” and experiments with Brazilian rhythms on “Menina.”

“Nathy is great about bringing all these disparate sounds together, and her lyrics are amazing,” says singer Lua de Santana, who collaborated with Peluso on “Menina.” “I think on this album she is revealing a lot about herself that she hadn’t shown us before.”

But the road to Grasa was far from smooth. Following the release of Calambre, her critically acclaimed full-length debut in 2020, Peluso recorded a collection of songs that she abandoned when she felt dissatisfied.

“I killed an entire album in order to make this one,” she admits, declining to name the title of the unreleased project. “At the beginning I experienced it as a loss, a failure, but it was actually the best thing that could have happened — the biggest possible learning experience,” she says.

She continues, “Not everything we do needs to see the light of day. It was an album that taught me how to produce, coming to terms with the songs that I was looking for, but from a different perspective. I just didn’t feel it, and dropping it was the best option. The whole process took about four years.”

Peluso had recorded 20 songs, and only four made it into Grasa. It was veteran rock star Fito Páez — the creator of El Amor Después del Amor, an inevitable reference point for young Argentine artists — who inspired Peluso to start anew.

“He didn’t tell me to kill the record, or anything explicit like that,” she explains. “Fito is my idol, but also a best friend, one of the most special relationships in my life. He told me that I needed a new framework for my music, and I really listened to him. I emerged from this crisis through the process of making new music.”

Stubbornly following her own muse has been a Nathy Peluso trademark since the beginning of her career, when she was a teenager posting covers online. (Her homemade renditions of “Cry Me A River,” “Crazy” and “Summertime,” recorded seven years ago, can still be found on her YouTube account.)

The fall of 2020 marked a point of inflection in her career. In October, she released Calambre, its menacing trap workouts spat out in a mysterious, made-up pan-Latino accent that got some criticism online. But Peluso could also sound tender and vulnerable, showcasing a mainstream rock sensibility in “Buenos Aires,” a more harmonically conventional tribute to the melancholy poetry to be found in the hometown she left behind when she left Argentina and moved to Spain with her family.

A few weeks after dropping Calambre, she went viral as the guest star in one of the sessions produced by Argentine wunderkind Bizarrap. A combination of slick, trippy auto-tuned choruses and a maddeningly intense barrage of rhymes (“qué buena vista tenés cuando me ponés en cuatro patas” is the track’s now iconic opening salvo), “BZRP Music Sessions #36” is Bizarrap’s third most popular song on YouTube, trailing after Shakira and Quevedo.

It also introduced much of the world to Peluso’s theatrical alter-ego, the incensed woman ready to vent her anger and frustration in no uncertain terms (the same archetype reappears triumphantly in the operatic video for “Aprender a Amar.”)

“Sometimes I contemplate that character from the outside, and I’m surprised that she lives inside me,” she laughs. “Whenever I delve into my artistic process, this histrionic character appears with her pent-up fury ready to explode. It’s not rehearsed or anything like that. I mean, we recorded ‘Aprender a Amar’ in a single take. It’s a button that some unknown force pushes inside my brain whenever I’m performing.”

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Now that she’s ready to tour behind Grasa, Peluso feels vindicated about trusting her intuition, the natural ebb and flow of her creative process.

“I am a loyal person — I believe in loyalty — and I know what my function in this world is,” she says. “I could have sped up my success and achieved greater material things if I had made concessions, but then I would have learned less in the process. In the end I chose to follow my own path, and I’m so happy that I did.”


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