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Macedonia’s ‘Romany music queen’ Esma Redzepova passes away at the age of 73

Esma Redzepova, the prominent and versatile Roma singer dubbed the "Romany music queen," has died at the age of 73, hospital sources and her family said Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/12 19:08:39

'Hamilton' mixtape beats Stones on US album chart

A compilation inspired by the Broadway smash hit Hamilton opened at No.1 Sunday on the US album sales chart, easily outpacing the first Rolling Stones album in a decade.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/12 19:08:39

Taylor Swift surprises in new song with former One Direction singer

Pop superstar Taylor Swift surprised fans on Friday by releasing her first new music in two years – an R&B-tinged duet with Zayn Malik, a former member of boy band One Direction.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/11 18:18:39

Stones roll back the years with chart-topping album

The Rolling Stones on Friday scored their first British No.1 album in over 20 years, a day after frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time, aged 73.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/11 17:53:39

Chinese musicians pay homage to Violeta Parra in Chile

Musicians from China's Southwest University for Nationalities paid homage to Chilean musician, Violeta Parra, in Santiago on Saturday to mark the centenary of her birth.
Source: Xinhua | 2016/12/11 16:12:39

Original version of ‘Madame Butterfly’ performed in Milan, 112 years after premiere

Milan's La Scala opened its 2016-17 season Wednesday with a performance of Madame Butterfly in its original version for the first time since the famous opera's controversial premiere in 1904.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/8 18:58:39

Anoushka Shankar's refugee album vies for Grammy

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy Award on Tuesday for her album inspired by the global refugee crisis, vying with veteran winners in the world music category.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/7 18:38:39

Dylan, Clapton manuscripts to go under hammer in New York

Original manuscripts of classic songs by Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton will go on auction as part of a collection of rock memorabilia, Sotheby's said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/6 18:08:39

New Zealand man latest to claim Prince as father

A New Zealand man is the latest person to say he is pop icon Prince's heir after a judge dismissed a series of other claims, court documents showed Monday.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/6 18:03:39

Chinese overseas performances reveal growth of classical music at home

Featuring 12-year-old piano prodigy Serena Wang, the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) successfully performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles for the first time on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/6 17:53:39

Guns N’ Roses to take reunion tour to Europe with 18 concerts

Guns N' Roses will play a string of stadium concerts in Europe next year, extending a lucrative reunion tour that had once seemed improbable.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/6 17:53:39

On new album, John Legend considers love and darkness

John Legend has become known as a modern master of the ballad, probing the emotional depths behind love and discovering the darkness that lurks nearby.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/4 18:03:39

New York's Lincoln Center to remember Leonard Cohen

New York's Lincoln Center on Wednesday announced a low-key memorial for legendary poet and singer Leonard Cohen next week, with the art complex simply to play his songs.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/1 20:23:39

Mahler symphony score sells for record 4.5m pounds in London

The complete score of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony was sold in London for 4.5 million pounds ($5.6 million) on Tuesday, Sotheby's auction house said.
Source: AFP | 2016/11/30 18:33:39

Rolling Stones return to their roots

Eleven years after their last studio album, the forever Rolling Stones are back once again with Blue and Lonesome, a tribute to the blues legends who forged the band's soul.
Source: AFP | 2016/11/28 18:18:39

Like Tupac, Israeli Arab rapper's music provokes

Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar's politically charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud.
Source: AFP | 2016/11/28 18:08:40

Marianne Faithfull pays homage to Paris attack victims at Bataclan

British singer and 1960s icon Marianne Faithfull paid homage to the victims of last year's Paris attacks in a concert at the Bataclan Friday, singing a song she wrote about the tragedy.
Source: AFP | 2016/11/27 17:38:39

Punk memorabilia torched in protest

The son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood torched a wealth of punk memorabilia on Saturday in protest at official plans to celebrate the movement's 40th anniversary.
Source: AFP | 2016/11/27 17:28:39