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As festivals boom, a push to include women

When Beyonce headlines Coachella, she will stand out not only for her eagerly awaited return to the stage - she will be one of the few women to headline a major music festival this year.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/12 18:03:39

Top music videos on YouTube including global hit 'Despacito' defaced by hackers

Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit "Despacito" momentarily disappeared on Tuesday in an apparent hacking.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/11 16:28:40

Cardi B, fast-rising woman of rap, reveals pregnancy on 'Saturday Night Live'

A day after releasing one of the most eagerly awaited rap debut albums in recent years, rapper Cardi B made another splash - revealing she is pregnant.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/9 16:53:40

Popularizing the ukulele, with mischievous punk spirit

The ukulele has two obvious selling points: It is affordable and easy to carry. But could the unassuming four-string instrument also incarnate the spirit of punk rock?
Source: AFP | 2018/4/8 16:48:39

Cecil Taylor, rebellious US jazz pianist, passes away at age 89

Cecil Taylor, the rebellious pianist whose dissonant, nearly percussion-like approach to the keys helped set the stage for the free jazz movement, has died, his representative said Friday. He was 89.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/8 15:48:39

Hit girl group Fifth Harmony calls time as members look to further solo careers

Fifth Harmony, the all-female pop group born on a TV singing contest, on Monday announced an indefinite hiatus as its members pursue solo careers.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 16:03:39

Half-century and counting, Kool and the Gang makes world dance

The funk classics of Kool and the Gang have found eternal life in everything from stadium pump-up songs to hip-hop samples to wedding parties. Yet more than 50 years after forming, the group itself has hardly slowed down.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 15:28:39

Tales of terror echo round African arts extravaganza

Very modern tales of religious intolerance, Islamist terrorism and illegal immigration are being heard as African storytellers tackle the burning issues of today far from the traditional bedtime stories for children.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/19 17:43:40

Vinyl discs festival held in Athens

All the lovers of vinyl discs met this weekend at the 12th edition of "Vinyl is back" festival at the Motor Museum in Athens to fresh up their record collection and share their love for music.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/18 22:46:07

China's first-ever Grammy Festival debuts in Beijing in April

China tours seem few and far between for top-tier international artists. However, when their feet do hit the soil in the East, tickets are snatched up as fast as an open seat on the subway and come with a hefty price tag at that. But this year, Beijing is set to host one of the most star-studded events in recent history as China's first-ever Grammy Festival will be held at the Changyang Music Theme Park on April 30. The Recording Academy, the world's leading society of music professionals internationally known for the Grammy Awards, chose Beijing for one of their music-based destinations for natives and world travelers alike with the Grammy Festival, a new touring, world-class live music experience debuting in China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/18 17:03:39

From 'the sticks' to opera top bill,thanks to karaoke

Swinging with the karaoke microphone, Lucas Meachem belted out an “I Believe I Can Fly” that would instantly put to shame any unsuspecting amateur who stumbled into the cozy New York bar.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/18 16:43:39

Jamaican singer sues Miley Cyrus over lyric

A Jamaican artist has filed a $300 million lawsuit against pop star Miley Cyrus over her 2013 hit "We Can't Stop," saying a key lyric was snatched from him.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/15 16:08:40

Nokie Edwards, Ventures guitarist who popularized instrumental rock, passes away at age 82

Nokie Edwards, whose surfer-suave guitar with The Ventures helped create the genre of instrumental rock and influenced generations of younger artists, has died, the band said on Tuesday. He was 82.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/14 16:53:39

French killer rocker Bertrand Cantat pulls out of festivals

French singer Bertrand Cantat, who beat his girlfriend to death, on Monday announced he would not be performing at any summer festivals after an uproar amongst women's rights activists.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/13 16:33:40

Met Opera sacks legendary conductor James Levine after abuse probe

New York's Metropolitan Opera announced on Monday it fired legendary conductor James Levine, for decades the face of its orchestra, after finding "credible evidence" that he sexually abused younger musicians.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/13 16:33:40

Cranberries to release album despite Dolores O'Riordan death

Irish rockers The Cranberries said on Wednesday they would go ahead with a new album despite the sudden death of singer Dolores O'Riordan in January.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/8 16:23:40

Singers Neil Young, Beck, Lorde at Quebec's summer music festival

Folk rock legend Neil Young, alternative rock icon Beck and young pop prodigy Lorde will be among headliners at Quebec City's sprawling summer music festival, the event's organizers announced on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/8 15:48:40

Lionel Richie honored

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. was born on June 20, 1949 and raised on the private, historically black Tuskegee Institute university campus in Alabama, where his family had worked for generations.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/8 15:48:39