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Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt died in hospital on Saturday after suffering a severe infection, his family said. The veteran rocker, who had survived numerous health scares, was 68.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/25 18:18:39

‘Heroic Duo’ concert from Tashi Dunzhu and A Yunga

Tibetan singer Tashi Dunzhu shared the stage with Mongolian Singer A Yunga during two special concerts at the Minzu Theatre in Beijing on Saturday and Sunday night as part of the China Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble 2016 Happy Winter Week.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/25 18:08:39

Rock recognition

Rap legend Tupac Shakur and grunge rockers Pearl Jam earned spots Tuesday in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as perpetual nominee Nile Rodgers finally won recognition - in a side category.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/21 17:43:39

J. Cole surprises with one of the year's top-charting albums

Rapper J. Cole on Monday scored one of the biggest debuts on the US charts this year, furthering the surprise after he released the dark narrative album with little warning.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/20 17:53:39

Canadian rapper Drake’s ‘One Dance’ breaks billion mark on streaming platform Spotify

Drake’s “One Dance” on Friday notched up another record – it is the first song to be played a billion times on Spotify.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/18 17:38:39

Nine Inch Nails return with 'impenetrable' music

Industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails on Friday announced their first release in three years – an EP that frontman Trent Reznor described as “impenetrable.”
Source: AFP | 2016/12/18 17:28:39

Beginning of the end

The year 2016 began with David Bowie releasing one of the most acclaimed albums of his vast career, a sign of new creative energy from the rock legend. Two days later, he was dead from an undisclosed battle with cancer.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/14 19:18:39

Dylan sets gigs in Sweden in April

Music icon Bob Dylan will perform in Sweden in April, a concert organizer said on Monday, giving this year's Nobel literature laureate a chance to collect his prize in person after snubbing a weekend awards ceremony.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/13 17:43:39

Yuansheng Indigenous Music and Dance Festival reveals the beauty of Yunnan Province's ethnic minority cultures

Yang Liping's sinuous "Spirit of the Peacock" dance is synonymous with Yunnan's traditional performing arts, thanks to the choreographer's popular song and dance show Dynamic Yunnan. The iconic dance, however, is far removed from its roots as a ceremonial dance of China's Dai ethnic group, explains Wu Xueyuan, a retired researcher from the Yunnan Ethnic Arts Research Institute.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/13 17:33:39

Macedonia’s ‘Romany music queen’ Esma Redzepova passes away at the age of 73

Esma Redzepova, the prominent and versatile Roma singer dubbed the "Romany music queen," has died at the age of 73, hospital sources and her family said Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/12 19:08:39

'Hamilton' mixtape beats Stones on US album chart

A compilation inspired by the Broadway smash hit Hamilton opened at No.1 Sunday on the US album sales chart, easily outpacing the first Rolling Stones album in a decade.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/12 19:08:39

Taylor Swift surprises in new song with former One Direction singer

Pop superstar Taylor Swift surprised fans on Friday by releasing her first new music in two years – an R&B-tinged duet with Zayn Malik, a former member of boy band One Direction.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/11 18:18:39

Stones roll back the years with chart-topping album

The Rolling Stones on Friday scored their first British No.1 album in over 20 years, a day after frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time, aged 73.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/11 17:53:39

Chinese musicians pay homage to Violeta Parra in Chile

Musicians from China's Southwest University for Nationalities paid homage to Chilean musician, Violeta Parra, in Santiago on Saturday to mark the centenary of her birth.
Source: Xinhua | 2016/12/11 16:12:39

Original version of ‘Madame Butterfly’ performed in Milan, 112 years after premiere

Milan's La Scala opened its 2016-17 season Wednesday with a performance of Madame Butterfly in its original version for the first time since the famous opera's controversial premiere in 1904.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/8 18:58:39

Anoushka Shankar's refugee album vies for Grammy

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy Award on Tuesday for her album inspired by the global refugee crisis, vying with veteran winners in the world music category.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/7 18:38:39

Dylan, Clapton manuscripts to go under hammer in New York

Original manuscripts of classic songs by Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton will go on auction as part of a collection of rock memorabilia, Sotheby's said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/6 18:08:39

New Zealand man latest to claim Prince as father

A New Zealand man is the latest person to say he is pop icon Prince's heir after a judge dismissed a series of other claims, court documents showed Monday.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/6 18:03:39