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Swift heads to court

Pop star Taylor Swift was in court Monday as the trial began in a case pitting her against a DJ accused of groping her at an event.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/8 16:53:39

Fans express sorrow, admiration for Ukrainian singer Ivan Blues who dies on stage

Shocked and grief-stricken, local fans have been posting emotional messages on social media, as they paid tribute to Ivan Denysenko, a famous Ukrainian blues singer, who died Saturday after barely finishing his last song on stage.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/8 14:35:43

Three-day Newport Jazz Festival comes to a close with performances from hip-hop legends

The Newport Jazz Festival wrapped up Sunday with a closing performance from the legendary hip-hop band "The Roots" as a new artistic director put his personal stamp on one of the world's most venerable jazz carnivals.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/7 16:38:39

Techno band faces charges for Crimea concert: Ukraine envoy

German techno band Scooter faces significant legal consequences for performing at a festival in the Crimea region of Ukraine that was annexed by Russia in 2014, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany said in an interview published Saturday.
Source: Reuters | 2017/8/6 15:58:39

BMF to celebrate 20th anniversary with classic operas, concerts and more

The Beijing Music Festival (BMF), an annual festival for classical music fans, will return to stages in Beijing on October 8, the festival's artistic director Yu Long announced at a press conference in Beijing Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/3 18:33:39

Musicians flee Libya for 'right to rap'

A group of rappers who say they had to flee Libya for their art were on their way to Italy Wednesday after being rescued by a charity boat.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/3 18:23:39

Santana looks to break walls

Teaming up with The Isley Brothers for a new album, Carlos Santana isn't just uniting two musical legends. He believes the sound can change the world.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/2 17:33:39

Tourists seeking 'Despacito' discover Puerto Rico's La Perla

Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit "Despacito" was filmed.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/31 17:58:39

Hip-hop duo Fish Symboled Stamp splices together traditional 'Khoomei' and urban beats

Ulaanbaatar's urban music scene is buzzing with a new vibe created by a hip-hop duo mixing into their sound the traditional art of throat singing, or "Khoomei," as Mongolians refer to it.
Source: Reuters | 2017/7/31 17:18:39

Biggie gets even bigger through remix from young Norwegian DJ

The Notorious B.I.G. would figure at or near the top on any list of hip-hop all-stars, yet the slain rapper's top song on Spotify comes via a 26-year-old Norwegian.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/31 17:13:39

Frank Ocean, gentle R&B voice, finds live intimacy at NY festival

Frank Ocean has captivated audiences since his debut with his tenderness, a gentle but unwavering voice in the often hyper-macho world of R&B and hip-hop.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/30 16:53:39

Germany's Bayreuth opera festival confronts Wagner anti-Semitism head-on with new production

An edgy new opera production by Australian Jewish director Barrie Kosky tackling Wagner's anti-Semitism head-on won rapturous applause at Germany's renowned Bayreuth opera festival and rave reviews Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/27 15:13:40

Young artist festival in China trains singers for the evolving world of opera

It all started with a dream, or perhaps it was just frustration. "People outside of China knew so little about my country and its history, let alone its rich musical tradition," says musician Tian Haojjiang.
Source: Global Times | 2017/7/26 17:23:39

Prominent Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul passes away at 46

World-renowned indigenous singer Gurrumul has died after a "long battle with illness" aged 46, his management said Wednesday, as Australians hailed his contributions to music.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/26 17:03:40

MTV scraps gender categories

MTV has rid itself of gender-specific categories as the network revealed nominees Tuesday for this year's Video Music Awards, in which rapper Kendrick Lamar is in the lead.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/26 15:43:39

Pop superstar Justin Bieber abruptly ends world tour

Justin Bieber abruptly canceled the remainder of a world tour Monday, citing "unforeseen circumstances."
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 18:08:40

Musical slam

The Puerto Rican duo behind the worldwide sexy smash Latin pop hit "Despacito" on Monday slammed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for "illegally" using their song to promote a controversial vote he is organizing.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 18:08:39

Linkin Park says can never replace late singer Chester Bennington

Linkin Park said Monday it could never replace singer Chester Bennington after his suicide as the band acknowledged that his "demons" had fed his music.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 18:08:39