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‘Funky Drummer’ behind hip-hop classics dead

Clyde Stubblefield, one of funk’s defining drummers whose solo in a James Brown song became a standard sample for hip-hop but earned him little money, died Saturday. He was 73.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/19 16:48:39

Guitarist Carlos Santana praises singer Beyonce on Facebook after Grammy critique

Guitar legend Carlos Santana has voiced regret and praised Beyonce after he suggested that she deserved to lose to Adele for the Album of the Year Grammy.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/16 17:58:40

'Sex with Me': Rihanna tops Valentine's Day playlists on Spotify

Lovers who plan to celebrate Valentine's Day with some music in the bedroom have voted - they do it to Rihanna.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/15 18:28:40

Ambitious Tippet Rise music center plans premiere for second season

Tippet Rise, an ambitious music center in the rolling hills of Montana, on Tuesday announced a second season that will include a premiere by leading composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/15 18:23:40

Adele sweeps 59th Grammy Awards to be big winner

British songstress Adele poses with trophies at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2017. (Source: Xinhua)
Source: Xinhua | 2017/2/14 9:02:20

Adele wins big at Grammys; Yo-Yo Ma takes Best World Music Album

Adele on Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, while on the global front Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's Sing Me Home, took home Best World Music Album.
Source: AFP-Global Times | 2017/2/13 18:23:39

Prince classics return to main streaming sites

Prince's classic albums including Purple Rain on Sunday returned to major streaming services, bringing a new audience to the late pop legend who fought music industry convention.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/13 18:03:39

Polar Music Prize

British rock star Sting and US jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter were awarded the 2017 Swedish Polar Music Prize for their innovative contributions to music on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/8 17:48:39

Concert giant Live Nation expands to Israel

Concert giant Live Nation announced Tuesday an expansion to Israel as it forecast rising demand for international artists in the country, despite activist campaigns for a boycott.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/8 17:48:39

Fostered Idols like TFboys and SNH48 gain ground in China as teams localize their efforts

With the debut of Chinese all-female idol group SNH48 at this year's Central China Television Spring Festival Gala and the appearance of Wang Yuan, a member of China's hottest boy group TFboys, at a UN youth forum on January 31, 2016, China's so-called "Fostered Idols" are just beginning to show their influence at home and as well as around the globe.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/7 17:18:40

NFL: Lady Gaga lights up Super Bowl with inclusion message

Lady Gaga dazzled the Super Bowl with a high-tech, tightly choreographed celebration of US diversity and unity as she chose the power of show business over direct provocation.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/6 17:53:39

Nigerian music star cancels anti-government protests

Nigerian music star 2Face on Sunday called off a protest he had planned against the government and its handling of the country's economic crisis, citing security concerns.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/6 16:28:40

End of era as Black Sabbath to hang up their heavy metal guitars

Black Sabbath, the British rock group ranked as one of the greatest heavy metal band of all time, will bring a career spanning half a century to an end on Saturday night.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/2/4 7:57:29

New Wave band Blondie plans star guests for upcoming new album

New Wave pioneers Blondie on Wednesday announced a new album that will bring in stars from across generations including Sia and Joan Jett.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/2 18:13:39

Beyonce expecting twins

Beyonce is pregnant - and this time, she's expecting twins with her husband, rap mogul Jay Z.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/2 18:03:39

Kazakhstan seeks to leap onto ballet world stage

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union 25 years ago, ballet has enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Muslim-majority Central Asian region's newly independent countries. Much of Kazakhstan's multi-million-dollar ballet boom has been funded by the government, but private sponsors and international partners have also stepped in.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/2 17:48:39

New York Philharmonic enchants audience with Chinese folk music

The New York Philharmonic on Tuesday enchanted an audience accustomed to European symphonic tradition by performing selections of famed Chinese folk music in its annual Chinese New Year Concert.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/2/1 18:10:10

Drum innovator Liebezeit of Krautrock band Can passes away

Jaki Liebezeit, the percussionist for German band Can who became an icon in avant-garde circles for a machine-like style that rejected standard drumsets, died Sunday. He was 78.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/23 17:08:40