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Kazakhstan seeks to leap onto ballet world stage

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union 25 years ago, ballet has enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Muslim-majority Central Asian region's newly independent countries. Much of Kazakhstan's multi-million-dollar ballet boom has been funded by the government, but private sponsors and international partners have also stepped in.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/2 17:48:39

New York Philharmonic enchants audience with Chinese folk music

The New York Philharmonic on Tuesday enchanted an audience accustomed to European symphonic tradition by performing selections of famed Chinese folk music in its annual Chinese New Year Concert.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/2/1 18:10:10

Drum innovator Liebezeit of Krautrock band Can passes away

Jaki Liebezeit, the percussionist for German band Can who became an icon in avant-garde circles for a machine-like style that rejected standard drumsets, died Sunday. He was 78.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/23 17:08:40

Afghan female orchestra strikes closing note at Davos

Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra brought the curtain down on this year’s World Economic Forum on Friday with a culture-crossing performance that overcame tradition and death threats in their homeland.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/22 16:53:39

Back to take your heart

Michael Learns to Rock (MLTR), the Danish group best known to Chinese music lovers for their 2004 Chinese-turned-English hit "Take Me To Your Heart," has returned to China.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/19 17:43:39

Rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers to head new Lollapalooza Paris

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and the Pixies will play the inaugural Paris edition of Lollapalooza as the longstanding US alternative culture festival expands.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/18 17:28:39

‘Troubled times’: Green Day takes on Trump again

Punk rockers Green Day renewed their attack Monday on President-elect Donald Trump, warning of dangers ahead for the world in a music video that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/17 18:18:40

HK-based singer Hins Cheung cut from ‘I Am A Singer’ for political reasons: rumor

A rumor has been circulating on Chinese social media since January 14 that Hong Kong-based singer Hins Cheung has been removed from the fifth season of the Chinese mainland singing competition show I Am A Singer.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/17 16:48:39

Departed musician David Bowie nominated for two Brit Awards

David Bowie could be in line to receive two posthumous Brit Awards after being shortlisted Saturday for next month's ceremony.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/15 17:23:39

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