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Beijing Symphony Orchestra starts new season

The Beijing Symphony Orchestra, one of China’s most prestigious orchestras, kicked off its new performing season with a special concert paying tribute to Beethoven at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall on Friday night.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/16 18:38:39

Take That manager hopes to emulate band’s success second time round with newly formed group Yes Lad

Nearly 30 years after forming British chart toppers Take That, manager Nigel Martin-Smith hopes to emulate his 1990s boy band success a second time round with a new all-male group.
Source: Reuters | 2017/4/13 18:38:39

Fleetwood Mac members announce new album

Members of blues-rock powerhouse Fleetwood Mac on Tuesday announced a new album that will bring together all of the band's classic lineup - except Stevie Nicks.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/12 17:58:40

Time to heal

Jeff Cook of the country music group Alabama said on Tuesday he has the nervous system disorder Parkinson's disease and will be stepping back from touring with the band.
Source: Reuters | 2017/4/12 17:58:39

Metallica bassist’s son, age 12, goes on tour to Latin America with metal band Korn

Rock music has long centered around youth but metal band Korn is going to a new extreme - the 12-year-old son of Metallica's bassist is joining them on tour.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/11 18:08:39

Natural high

Influential British DJ Paul Oakenfold has reached the base camp of Mount Qomolangma, commonly known in the West as Mount Everest, where he plans to host the "highest party on Earth," performing a set at 5,380 meters.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/11 18:08:39

Janet Jackson, husband split months after having baby: reports

Pop superstar Janet Jackson has split from her husband, the Qatari tycoon Wissam Al Mana, just months after they had a baby, reports said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/11 18:03:39

Rockin’ politics

Late rapper Tupac Shakur and 1960s protest singer Joan Baez were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday on a night where nostalgia was mixed with calls to political action.
Source: Reuters | 2017/4/9 17:13:39

American singer Macy Gray presents jazz-infused album in Portugal

The unique raspy-throated, moody voice of American Soul and R&B singer Macy Gray filled the Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, Portugal, on Thursday, evoking emotions and nostalgia.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/7 14:30:26

New study claims that songs are getting faster as streaming becomes more prevalent

Streaming isn't just making it quicker to play music. A new study finds that pop songs themselves are getting faster as listeners' attention spans diminish.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/6 18:58:40

At 73, Barry Manilow comes out of closet

Chart-topping singer Barry Manilow came out of the closet Wednesday at age 73, saying he kept silent on his nearly four-decade relationship with a man to avoid disappointing fans.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/6 18:18:40

Hong Kong musical brings patriotic story to Beijing

It remained a little-known piece of history even among Hong Kong locals until director Anthony Chan turned it into a stage play in 2008.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/6 18:18:39

Spotify, Universal sign multi-year global licence agreement

Spotify, the world's largest music streaming company, and Universal Music Group said Tuesday they have signed a new multi-year global licence agreement.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/5 19:08:39

Sakamoto releases album as ‘imaginary soundtrack’

Ryuichi Sakamoto, the pioneering Japanese electronic composer, has announced his first studio album in eight years, which is inspired by the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/5 19:03:40

Indie band Hanggai to headline upcoming Water and Pear Blossoms World Music Festival in East China’s Shandong Province

Well-known Chinese indie band Hanggai will headline the Water and Pear Blossoms World Music Festival, which will feature dozens of musicians from home and abroad from Friday to Saturday in Yangxin county, East China's Shandong Province. According to a press release from the event's organizers, the music festival, a spin-off of Hanggai's own music tour, will see bands and singers perform next to a sea of pear blossoms, one of the county's signature springtime scenic views.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/5 19:03:40

Renowned Indian classical singer Kishori Amonkar dies at 86

Well-known Indian classical singer Kishori Amonkar Tuesday died at her home in Mumbai late Monday night, aged 86, her family said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/4 18:06:57

Electro music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre plans Dead Sea show to defy Trump

Pioneering electronic musician Jean-Michel Jarre has said he wants to use an all-night concert at the Dead Sea to highlight what he sees as the anti-environmental policies of US President Donald Trump.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/4 17:18:39

Chinese composer explains the philosophy behind her latest piece ‘Aquarius-Hulan River’

On Friday, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern will premiere my music piece entitled Gene and Astrology Series No.6 –Aquarius-Hulan River in Saarbrücken, Germany. This is a piece devoted to Professor Theo Brandmueller, my mentor when I studied composition in Germany.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/30 19:13:40