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The eternal Starman

Bearing flowers, lipstick and glitter, fans around the world Tuesday paid tribute to rock icon David Bowie a year after his shocking death.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/11 18:48:39

‘Experience – running nation’: Spotify offers President Obama a job

If President Barack Obama is still wondering what to do when he leaves office next week, he has a ready job offer - from Spotify.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/10 17:18:40

South Korean minister apologizes for government’s artist blacklist

South Korea's culture minister apologized Monday for the conservative government's blacklisting of thousands of artists for their political beliefs, as critics said the attempt to muzzle critics was the worst for decades.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/9 23:38:40

Folk music crosses the Pacific as US and Chinese musicians collaborate

Just over four years ago, Chris Hawke and Kirk Kenney started performing old US country music in a back alley Beijing bar so tiny that they had to slide over while singing so the waitresses could open the beer fridge.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/9 18:33:39

British singer Peter Sarstedt dies aged 75: BBC

British singer Peter Sarstedt who penned the hit "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" has died at the age of 75, the BBC reported on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/9 17:13:39

Famous HK, Taiwan artists pulled from numerous mainland music platforms

Music fans were shocked Friday to find some of the biggest pop artists from Hong Kong and Taiwan were suddenly missing from the majority of mainland music streaming platforms.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/8 18:08:39

French maestro conductor Georges Pretre passes away at 92

French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/5 19:48:39

Bowie remembered as engaging, a year after death

When David Bowie walked unassumingly into a cozy New York jazz club to hear Donny McCaslin play, the saxophonist admits he wasn't well-versed in the rock icon's vast discography. Bowie, who had a vision for the rhythmic underpinning of what would become his final album, met McCaslin in person a week later and soon e-mailed him to propose a collaboration.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/4 17:38:39

Streaming subscription boom boosts music industry in the US

Song streaming on subscription services more than doubled in the US in 2016, bringing solid growth to the music industry despite sagging album sales, data showed Monday.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/3 18:52:59

UK music fans drive vinyl sales to 25-year high

The revival of vinyl records in Britain continued in 2016 with sales jumping to their highest level in 25 years, according to figures released on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/3 18:48:39

Carey red-faced after blunder during New Year’s show

Mariah Carey is surely hoping that 2017 goes better than her 2016 ended.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/2 17:38:39

Exhibition of Chinese ‘guqin’ art launches a nationwide tour in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province

The Juntianfang Studio kicked off the first leg of a free exhibition tour featuring the art of the traditional Chinese guqin in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang Province, according to a press release sent to Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/2 17:33:39

Musical celebration

The Vienna Philharmonic rung in 2017 with its famed New Year's Concert on Sunday under the baton of the orchestra's youngest-ever conductor, charismatic Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/2 16:38:39

First Beatles manager dies at 86

Allan Williams, the first manager of the iconic pop band The Beatles, has died at the age of 86, according to an announcement Friday night.
Source: Xinhua | 2016/12/31 11:33:47

‘A Man And A Woman’ singer Pierre Barouh dies at age 82

French songwriter, composer and singer Pierre Barouh, who penned and sang the international hit “A Man And A Woman” from the eponymous 1966 film, died Wednesday aged 82, his wife said.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/29 17:53:39

A cappella group Pentatonix celebrates Christmas by topping Billboard 200 chart

Pentatonix celebrated the holidays by taking the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, thanks to the a cappella group’s A Pentatonix Christmas, according to figures on Tuesday from Nielsen SoundScan.
Source: Reuters | 2016/12/28 18:38:39

British pop star George Michael dies aged 53

British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/26 18:33:39

Chinese fans and stars remember George Michael of Wham! – the first Western pop group to perform in the mainland

George Michael, former member of the British pop duo Wham!, passed away on Sunday, according to a statement from the singer's publicist on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/26 16:43:39