Why Ed Sheeran’s court victory sounds good for the music industry

There’s a good chance you’ve heard a song by Ed Sheeran called “Shape of You.” It’s been streamed over 3 billion times on Spotify and viewed over 5 billion times on YouTube. The song “Oh Why” by Sam Chokri is less well known. But Chokri claimed that Sheeran had copied it when composing his hugely … Read more

In defense of rap music and BLKD

I never thought in my whole career as a public school teacher that I would be defending rap music during my online English class. It all happened very quickly. My topic was about “making textual connections” or, in higher literary criticism, “intertextuality.” As an introductory part of my lesson, I asked my Grade 9 students … Read more