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Idol Cai Xukun's 20th birthday top trending topic on Chinese social media

Cai Xukun, a key member of Chinese popular boy band Nine Percent, celebrates his big 20th birthday on Thursday. In the build up to the day, fans of the idol have been expressing their love and support for the young star, pushing the topic to the top of the trending topics list on Chinese social media.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/1 17:18:39

Online feud sparks discussion about use of hip-hop slang in China

Canadian-Chinese rapper Kris Wu released a new hip-hop diss track on Tuesday as part of an ongoing online feud with users of Chinese sports platform Hupu.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/1 17:13:39

Electropop group The XX close tour in festival style

With a sparse, melancholic take on electropop that drives stories of loneliness, The XX makes music that may sound more suited to an intimate club, or bedroom, than the open air.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/31 18:17:52

National music and song performance season to be staged in Harbin

Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, will play host to a national performance season for music and songs as well as original musicals August 6-17, coinciding with the city's annual Harbin Summer of Music festival.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/31 18:08:40

Poland's visionary jazz trumpeter Stanko passes away: public radio

Polish trumpet virtuoso Tomasz Stanko died on Sunday at the age of 76, Polish public radio announced in a report citing the artist's daughter.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/30 18:08:39

Chinese rapper Kris Wu becomes focal point of online feud

The battle between Kris Wu and Hupu, a popular Chinese media platform that focuses on sports news, has recently gone viral online, with millions of Wu's fans and JRs (a nickname for Hupu fans) taking to Sina Weibo to defend their respective fandoms.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/29 19:33:40

'Girl Power' on show in London Spice Girls exhibition

From colorful platform boots to bed linen emblazoned with the faces of Posh, Scary, Sporty, Baby and Ginger, an array of Spice Girls memorabilia went on show this week in a London exhibition dedicated to the famed girl band.
Source: Reuters | 2018/7/29 19:33:40

Beatles pop icon returns to his spiritual home for 'secret gig'

Tens of thousands of fans will flock to giant stadiums later this year to watch pop icon Paul McCartney in his latest tour.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/7/29 19:28:40

'Hamilton' honored

The groundbreaking musical Hamilton will be celebrated this year at the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the US' top celebrations of the arts - the first time a work rather than an individual or group is recognized.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/26 16:53:39

Elton John blasts 'bigoted' nations for hampering AIDS fight

Elton John on Tuesday blasted Russia and eastern Europe governments for "discrimination against gays" saying such bigotry was thwarting the fight against AIDS.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/25 18:43:40

Popular S.Korean singer Hwang Chi-yeul appointed ambassador of tourism

Another K-pop culture power has joined forces with the South Korean government to boost the country's tourism industry. On Tuesday, celebrated South Korean singer Hwang Chi-yeul was appointed as an ambassador of tourism by the South Korea Tourism Organization.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/25 18:33:41

Taylor Swift in all-star film version of 'Cats': reports

Pop superstar Taylor Swift will take to the silver screen alongside Jennifer Hudson in a film adaptation of the popular hit musical Cats, reports said on Friday.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/22 18:38:39

Billy Joel celebrates 100th show at Madison Square Garden

New York on Wednesday feted Billy Joel as he played a record 100th concert at Madison Square Garden, although the Piano Man himself was modest about his achievement.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/19 18:53:39

'Good Cop'

Russian punks Pussy Riot put out a new song on Tuesday imagining protester-embracing, gay-friendly police officers after four band members were arrested for storming the field during the World Cup final.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/18 18:13:40

Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda shares his thoughts on his new China tour

"We had a wonderful round of shows in China, so I am excited to come back and do some more," Mike Shinoda, a member of rock band Linkin Park, told the Global Times in an email interview on Tuesday about his upcoming music tour in China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/18 18:08:39

MTV VMA nominations

Fast-rising rapper Cardi B on Monday topped nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Jay-Z and Beyonce's ornate work shot at the Louvre and the politically charged "This is America" also enjoyed recognition.
Source: AFP | 2018/7/17 17:38:39

Members of S.Korean band 2PM posts military service photos

Taecyeon, a member of South Korean boy group 2PM band, posted two photos of Jun. K and himself standing together dressed in military uniform on Instagram on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/17 17:33:39

Summer program brings young musicians from around the world to Beijing to learn about Chinese culture and music

As the universal language of human beings, music is one of the best ways to learn about and experience another nation's culture. This also holds true for the Chinese Music Culture International Summer Institute, a study program established in 2014 that holds in-depth cultural exchanges with young musicians from around the world.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/16 18:48:39