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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

Chinese violinist Wang Jiazhi debuts at Carnegie Hall in New York

Chinese violinist Wang Jiazhi performs during her Carnegie Hall debut in New York, the United States, March 28, 2017. As a prize-winner of the Washington International Competition and China Young Artist Competition, Wang Jiazhi has appeared at music festivals around the world as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. (Xinhua/Tang Siyu)
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/30 10:47:36

For Sex Pistol John Lydon, world was overdue for ‘shake-up’ like US President Donald Trump

Political events lately had been unimaginable to many - Britain is leaving the European Union and Donald Trump is president of the US. One person less surprised is John Lydon.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/29 19:18:41

Former Beatle Paul McCartney making album with Adele producer Greg Kurstin

Paul McCartney has revealed that he is working on a new album with the producer best known for Adele's blockbuster hit "Hello."
Source: AFP | 2017/3/28 18:23:39

Tanzanian rapper held for ‘insulting president’

A popular Tanzanian rapper said Sunday that he had been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, seen as increasingly authoritarian and unwilling to brook any dissent.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/27 18:28:39

Kanye West settles with Hungarian singer over alleged song theft

Kanye West has settled a lawsuit by a Hungarian rock singer who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known works without permission for the 2013 song “New Slaves.”
Source: Reuters | 2017/3/26 18:03:39

Finding the ‘best energy’ through EDM

Nick is usually known as a lawyer in Detroit but when he travels the world’s electronic music festivals he takes on a new persona – he shaves tribal figures into his hair and sprinkles glitter over his biceps.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/26 17:43:39

Afghanistan music fans hail trailblazing talent show ‘Afghan Star’

Music fans in conservative Afghanistan Wednesday hailed the finale of a popular television singing competition, in which the first woman to reach the last round lost to another avant-garde competitor.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/23 18:33:40

Rarities by late stars Prince, Bowie and Cohen to come out for Record Store Day

Rare music from three stars who died last year - Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen - will come out next month for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, the celebration of vinyl's rebirth.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/22 18:08:39

Drake returns with dancehall beats and big-name guests

Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year's top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures further into dancehall rhythms and taps fellow big names.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/20 18:33:39