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Afghanistan music fans hail trailblazing talent show ‘Afghan Star’

Music fans in conservative Afghanistan Wednesday hailed the finale of a popular television singing competition, in which the first woman to reach the last round lost to another avant-garde competitor.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/23 18:33:40

Rarities by late stars Prince, Bowie and Cohen to come out for Record Store Day

Rare music from three stars who died last year - Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen - will come out next month for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, the celebration of vinyl's rebirth.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/22 18:08:39

Drake returns with dancehall beats and big-name guests

Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year's top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures further into dancehall rhythms and taps fellow big names.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/20 18:33:39

Rock’n’roll father Chuck Berry dead at 90

Chuck Berry, one of the creators of rock'n'roll who helped shape modern youth culture with his dance-ready rhythms but who struggled to overcome institutional racism, died Saturday. He was 90.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/19 16:48:39

Pussy Riot declare new revolution from the stage

Still relishing provocation three years after their release from a Russian prison, the punk rockers Pussy Riot are reviving their challenge to President Vladimir Putin in an action-packed autobiographical theatrical piece.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/19 16:23:39

Surprise homecoming

The New York Philharmonic, which has been treading water financially, tapped Wednesday the well-regarded head of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as president in a startling shake-up for the classical music world.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/16 18:13:40

Snoop Dogg draws controversy with Trump shooting video

Rap great Snoop Dogg has drawn controversy for appearing to shoot US President Donald Trump in a new video that also takes aim at police brutality.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/15 16:28:39

Opera adaptation of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ premieres in city of its conception

The Wall, the pioneering rock opera, has been turned into a grand opera in the city where it was first conceived by Roger Waters some 40 years ago.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/14 17:53:40

British singer Ed Sheeran smashes UK album records

Ed Sheeran smashed a host of British pop records on Friday, taking the top five places in the singles charts and all 16 songs from his new album in the top 20.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/12 16:48:39

Kennedy Center shakes off staid image with new modern festival

The Kennedy Center, the giant arts complex in Washington, on Wednesday announced a new bid to shake off its staid reputation with a festival of risque and genre-blurring performances.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/9 19:23:41

Chinese musician Wu Tong talks about his time with the Grammy-winning Silk Road Ensemble

Music has the ability to build bridges between countries and cultures. Currently there is no better representative of this than the Silk Road Ensemble.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/8 17:53:39

Senegalese American Rapper Akon brings solar power projects to two more African nations: The Gambia, Cape Verde

Cliched rappers spend money on bling and cars, but Senegalese American artist Akon is looking skywards to splash his cash, investing in solar power projects across Africa.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/7 17:58:39

Lost Liszt opera comes to life

A rare opera by Franz Liszt has been meticulously restored by a scholar, who described the work as unique in the history of music.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/7 17:53:39

UK singer Ed Sheeran obliterates Spotify streaming records with new album ‘Divide’

Ed Sheeran has smashed Spotify records with his new album Divide, which drew nearly twice as many listens on its first day as the previous leader.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/5 16:08:39

Folk music popular again in China

Recently a contestant on a televised talent show, Zhao Lei's performance has helped bring folk music back to center stage in China.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/3 8:31:37

Lady Gaga steps up

Lady Gaga has stepped in to replace the pregnant Beyonce at Coachella, ensuring that the premier music festival has a woman headliner for the first time in a decade.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/2 19:23:40

Greek luthiers work on handmade musical instruments

Photo taken on Feb. 25, 2017 shows traditional handmade musical instruments at a workshop at Piraeus port in Greece.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/2 8:02:30

Riot in the theater

Russian punk provocateurs Pussy Riot are branching into theater to tell their story as they headline a New York festival that explores women's empowerment.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/1 17:03:39