Human Rights

Madonna, Katy Perry Launch #GayPropaganda on Eve of Olympics

As a controversial Olympics begins in Sochi, Russia, Katy Perry and Madonna are promoting gay rights with the (We Are) GayPropaganda campaign — and shining a light on recent Russian human rights abuses.

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Music and Activism

Macklemore Continues to Speak Out

Macklemore continues to speak out, now on behalf of the ACLU, and is giving fans a chance to win the ultimate Macklemore experience.

Posted in Human Rights

Pussy Riot Prisoner’s “Slavery-like Conditions” and the Limits of Political Speech

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, imprisoned since 2012 for a musical act of political protest, has written an open letter detailing rampant abuses in the Russian penal colony where, after attempting to officially complain of illegal conditions, she has now resorted to a hunger strike.

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights

Craziest News Week Ever

If you’re head is spinning from everything that went down this week, you’re not alone. Just in case you aren’t caught up and want to know what all the commotion has been about, we’ll try to break it down for you…

Free Concert Tix for Good (Global) Citizens

What if taking action online to end global poverty earned you free concert tix? Global Citizen is making that a reality.

Jason Collins: America Supports

History has been made in America: We have our first openly gay active professional athlete. Or, should the headline be a little different than that?

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Trends in Music and Society

Interview: HeadCount Board Member Nicole Boxer-Keegan

The Oscar-nominated documentary “Invisible War” tackles the very heavy topic of sexual assault in the military. HeadCount board member Nicole Boxer-Keegan, an executive producer of the film, discusses the heart-wrenching stories it shares and the impact they’ve had on policy.

Posted in Interviews, Human Rights, HeadCount Community

No More Spotify In the House

Spotify has been banned in the U.S. House of Representatives and, perhaps surprisingly, the legislators are not indifferent to the new rule.

Posted in Human Rights, Trends in Music and Society

War on Music in Mali

Can you imagine life without music? For the citizens of northern Mali this is not a hypothetical question. Islamist militants currently in control of northern Mali have declared a war on music, banning concerts, closing venues, smashing instruments and harassing musicians.

Posted in Human Rights, Music and Activism

The Used Tour in Support of LGBT Youth

The Used, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire and Mindflow join together for the 2013 Take Action tour to show support for teenagers in the LGBT community and remind them that they are not alone.

Posted in Human Rights, Music and Activism