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Biopic on Chinese pianist Lang Lang to be directed by Ron Howard

Internationally renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang announced on Wednesday that he has given Hollywood the go-ahead to produce a biopic on his life that will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/24 14:13:40

London's music goes underground to beat lockdown blues

London's hard-hit live entertainment sector is hoping to prove it can resurrect itself from the coronavirus shutdown - and a series of gigs from a maze of tunnels could show the way to do it.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/21 16:58:40

Real-life 'Pianist' possessions up for auction in Poland

A fountain pen, silver pocket watch and other prized possessions of the late Jewish-Polish composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life hero of the Oscar-winning film The Pianist, go under the hammer in Warsaw next week.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/20 18:13:40

Spoof of Lady Gaga's new music video goes viral on Chinese social media

A Chinese blogger has gone viral with an unofficial comedic version of US singer Lady Gaga's new music video "911."
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/20 15:43:40

Crown of late US rapper Biggie sells for $595,000 at hip hop auction

A plastic crown worn by rapper Biggie during a photoshoot just days before his murder sold at auction for $594,750 in New York on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/17 19:33:40

China advances traditional music

After four years of compilation efforts, the first volume of the Chinese Music Encyclopedia has been completed and is scheduled to be published in 2021.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/14 18:13:41

'Israeli jazz dares' – Jerusalem festival plays despite pandemic

The Jerusalem Jazz Festival opened Tuesday but, as the pandemic has stopped most flights and barred large indoor gatherings, its organizers had to do what jazz musicians do best - improvise.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/9 20:58:40

Beijing Music Festival to kick off with online and offline events

As the global classical music industry continues to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the cancelation or postponement of numerous international music events and performances, one of China's top classical music events, the Beijing Music Festival (BMF), is set to kick off in early October.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/8 18:38:41

Brazil clubs turn to DJs for atmosphere in empty stadiums

Brazil's top soccer clubs are turning to DJs to pump up the volume to support their players and help mask the eerie silence of coronavirus-era empty stadiums.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/8 18:38:40

BTS hit 'Dynamite' worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: government

K-pop sensation BTS's US-chart-topping single "Dynamite" could generate more than $1.4 billion for the South Korean economy and thousands of new jobs in the country, a government study claimed Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/8 17:13:40

Concert at NCPA celebrates integration of the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei region

A symphony concert featuring classical musical works about Beijing, Tianjin municipalities and Hebei Province was staged by the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra at the National Centre for the Performing Arts(NCPA) on Sunday night.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/7 18:18:40

Hit Chinese reality show 'Sisters Who Make Waves' fails to live up to feminist goals

Although it ended on Friday, discussion is still raging about Chinese hit summer reality show Sisters Who Make Waves on social media platforms in China. Unfortunately, much of the conversation seems to be negative as netizens are complaining that the show did not live up to the audience expectations when it comes to tackling women's issues.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/7 17:53:40

Chinese pianist Lang Lang releases the new album of the Goldberg Variations

Renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang's new album Goldberg Variations was released on Friday and sales have climbed to the top of the classical music chart on e-commerce platform Amazon in Britain, Spain and France on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/7 0:48:19

NY Philharmonic adapts by playing in the streets

Its fall season has been canceled and its concert hall closed indefinitely, so New York's Philharmonic is taking it to the streets.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/6 18:08:40

Musical 'Love Travels Millennium' makes its stage debut in Beijing

After making its debut on streaming platform Youku in May, Chinese musical Love Travels Millennium finally made its way to the stage at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center on Friday night.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/6 17:18:42

Fairuz: the Arab world's most celebrated living voice

The Arab world's last living music legend Fairuz, who French president Emmanuel Macron visited Monday in Beirut, is a rare symbol of national unity in crisis-hit Lebanon.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/1 17:43:40

Chinese entertainment company issued warning for engaging in performances 'detrimental to national dignity'

Chinese company YUE HUA Entertainment responded on Thursday to a viral post showing that it had been issued a warning as an administrative punishment from Chinese law enforcement for having allowed its entertainers to engage in a performance that was "detrimental to national dignity."
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/27 18:29:54

Classical guitarist Yang Xuefei explores Chinese repertoire for latest album

Classical guitarist Yang Xuefei, who was named one of the six best female classical guitarists in the world by BBC Music Magazine, shared the story of how she made her latest album, Sketches of China, on Wednesday in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2020/8/27 10:18:40