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France's king of rock Johnny Hallyday passes away at age 74 after battle with lung cancer

France's best-known rock star Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, his wife Laeticia told AFP on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/6 17:08:39

Young Archives

Neil Young on Friday opened an exhaustive online archive of his half-century career, as the rock legend charged ahead on a politically loaded new album.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/3 18:08:39

Country music's Daniel Antopolsky resurfaces in France

Unless you were doing drugs with the legendary American country singer Townes Van Zandt in the early 1970s you are unlikely to have encountered the gentle genius of Daniel Antopolsky.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/3 17:23:39

Four generations of a Chinese family keep traditional Nanyin music alive

Have you heard of Nanyin, the music of elegance and magic that is one of the oldest forms of Chinese court music. Ancient writers compared the sound to the fragrance of the magnolia flower or the texture of floss silk.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/30 18:53:39

Michael Jackson's impact on art revealed in new exhibition

Pop legend Michael Jackson's “huge impact” on contemporary art will be explored in a new exhibition in Paris and London next year.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/30 18:47:10

Jay-Z leads Grammy nods

Jay-Z led the Grammy race on Tuesday with eight nominations, followed closely by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar with seven, in a striking embrace of hip-hop for the music industry's top prizes.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/29 18:48:34

Flamenco fusionists break into Grammy world category

Two Spanish-born musicians with modern takes on flamenco were separately nominated on Tuesday for the Grammy for Best World Music Album, breaking into a category long dominated by a small pool.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/29 17:43:39

US pop star Taylor Swift's latest album release 'Reputation' reigns atop Billboard 200 chart

Taylor Swift ruled at the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart on Monday as her latest release Reputation easily beat off new entries from country music stars Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks.
Source: Reuters | 2017/11/28 18:43:40

Chinese student Yue Yu wins top prize at the Cecil Aronwitz International Viola Competition

A 20-year-old Chinese student studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Britain has won a top prize in an international competition, Birmingham City University announced Saturday evening.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/27 18:53:39

Chinese student wins top prize at international viola contest

A 20-year old Chinese student studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Britain has won a top prize in an international competition, Birmingham City University announced Saturday evening.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/26 20:48:32

David Cassidy, 1970s heartthrob, dies at 67: publicist

US actor and musician David Cassidy, a 1970s teen idol best known for his role in musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, died Tuesday. He was 67.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/22 16:53:39

Rock legends salute Malcolm Young on AC/DC founder's death

Tributes continued to pour in on Sunday for Malcolm Young, co-founder of the Australian rock band AC/DC, a day after he died at age 64 after suffering from dementia for several years.
Source: Reuters | 2017/11/19 17:08:39

Brand New sex accusations

Alternative rockers Brand New on Monday halted concerts following outrage over a woman's account that lead singer Jesse Lacey sought naked pictures of her when she was underage.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/14 17:48:39

Musical 'Jersey Boys' wins applause from Chinese audiences with Shanghai debut

It must have been a unique experience for the Shanghai audience on Thursday night to be the first group of people in the Chinese mainland to enjoy the famous Broadway musical Jersey Boys in the city's Daning Theatre.
Source: Global Times | 2017/11/13 18:08:39

Mendes wins big

Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London, pipping heavyweight competitors such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/13 17:58:39

Chinese hip-hop singers make UK debut in Manchester

As hip-hop catches on in China, three of its most hyped home-grown rap singers are making their UK debut in Manchester.
Source: CGTN | 2017/11/13 13:36:31

Political bent

Irish band U2 performed in London's Trafalgar Square Saturday on the eve of the MTV Europe Music Awards, with a politically-charged set from frontman Bono.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/12 16:08:39

As Cuba-US ties harden, orchestra keeps building bridges

Question marks again cloud US-Cuban relations, but one element of engagement is moving ahead - a joint youth orchestra, which aims to build both musical and personal connections.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/7 18:03:39