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New music series seeks fan memorabilia

PHOP punks

From drumsticks to diary entries, new BBC Four series the People’s History of Pop (PHOP) will look at the evolution of music through the eyes of its fans.

The series will be split into four episodes, to air throughout 2016, each focusing on a different decade of pop history.

In an industry first, production company 7 Wonder is working with Historypin, a user-generated digital archive of historical artefacts, to collate music memorabilia from fans across the country.

BBC Music Day returns this September

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Kylie, Gareth Malone, Gabrielle, YolanDa Brown and Blossoms are the BBC Music Day Ambassadors who will be taking part in events and broadcasts in celebration of the day.

Now in its fourth year, BBC Music Day is an annual celebration of the power of music to change lives.

As a special surprise for commuters, Kylie has recorded some music-related messages which will be played at major rail stations on 28 September.

New BBC music legacy heads to East London

The new studios, part of the Stratford Waterfront development by the London Legacy Development Corporation, will be a base for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers and will regularly be used by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The site will allow the BBC to record and broadcast more live music with the new music recording equipment and rehearsal space. BBC’s radio stations BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Asian Network, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music, plus BBC Introducing, will all curate and broadcast performances regularly from the site.

The people behind the TV show playlists

When California-based HBO drama Big Little Lies hit screens earlier this year, it wasn’t the A-list cast or the aspirational architecture that got people talking.

The standout star of the series was its soundtrack, developed by director Jean-Marc Vallée and music supervisor Sue Jacobs.

The soul-inflected soundtrack is central to the series. It begins with Michael Kiwanuka’s Cold Little Heart playing over views of the Pacific Coast Highway and climaxes in the series finale, where Elvis’s back catalogue is weaponised in the power struggle between parents.

Billie JD Porter explores the power of music for Channel 4

The Channel 4 series is created and hosted by journalist Billie JD Porter, who will profile some of the most innovative artists around at the moment.

She will also document the wider stories about the power of music to inspire and bring about change within society.

Across the series Porter meets performance artist Mykki Blanco on his US tour in the Bible belt and speaks to the marginalised black LGBTQI communities in America.

Exploring the lack of female artists in grime, Porter will also shine a light on the disappearance of community youth spaces across the UK.