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Rock Hall of Fame to replace 2020 ceremony with broadcast special

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said Wednesday it will replace its annual live performance induction ceremony for 2020's nominees with a broadcast special in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The program - whose honorees include rapper The Notorious B.I.G. and pop icon Whitney Houston - will air on HBO on November 7, replacing the ceremony originally scheduled for May 2, which was postponed over the fast-spreading virus.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 17:33:41

Chinese singer Zhang Yixing's new released song 'Boom' takes social media by storm

Chinese singer and K-pop EXO member Zhang Yixing, better known by his stage name Lay Zhang, released his new single "Boom," part of the second half of his fourth album Lit on Thursday. The song quickly climbed the trending ranks on both Twitter and China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/9 13:48:40

Xi'an Symphony Orchestra heads to the great outdoors for livesteaming concert

Heading out of the traditional music hall, the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra on Saturday overcame transportation and weather difficulties to hold an livestreaming concert on the peak of one of the Five Great Mountains of China.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/6 21:04:19

Kanye West announces 2020 presidential run

Kanye West, the entertainment mogul who urges listeners in one song to "reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud," claimed Saturday he is challenging Donald Trump for the US presidency in 2020.
Source: Global Times - AFP | 2020/7/6 18:03:40

Sheeran, McCartney, Stones back urgent call to aid UK live music

Some 1,500 acts including Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones urged the British government Thursday to save the country's live music industry from collapsing because of the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/2 15:28:41

Is J-pop being engulfed by K-pop? South Korean entertainment company launches an all-Japanese girl band

An all-Japanese girl band NiziU has been formed by a South Korean entertainment company and a Japanese record company. Weighing in on the new band, many Chinese netizens commented that it looks more like a South Korean band than a Japanese one.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/1 17:23:42

The curtain falls

New York's iconic Broadway theater district will stay closed through the end of the year, its trade association said Monday, due to the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/30 17:48:43

Musical 'Rebirth' to tell touching story of Chinese narcotics police officer's recovery following injury

Based on the true stories of a Chinese narcotics policeman and his wife, the new musical Rebirth is set to make its debut in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province in September.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/28 18:18:43

Germany strives to kickstart culture in a world blighted by virus

Musician Cristina Gomez Godoy casts an excited glance toward the leafy stage where she is about to perform in front of an audience for the first time in three months.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/22 18:08:40

France shakes off its virus blues as cinemas, casinos set to open

France began to shake off its coronavirus blues Sunday with cinemas opening at the stroke of midnight and thousands of people taking to the streets for its midsummer music festival.
Source: AFP-Xinhua | 2020/6/22 17:58:40

Pandemic pushes Japan geisha online

Japanese geisha "Chacha" sits on her knees with her fingertips neatly placed on the wooden floor, gracefully bowing to an audience sitting not in front of her but miles away, watching online.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/17 16:03:40

Chinese singer Jay Chou's new song 'Mojito' boosts interest in Cuba tourism

Since Chinese singer Jay Chou released his new song "Mojito" on Thursday, China has seen an upsurge in interest in Cuba, where the music video was shot.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/16 16:48:40

Chinese singer Jay Chou's new song 'Mojito' boosts interest in Cuba tourism

Since Chinese singer Jay Chou released his new song "Mojito" there has been an upsurge of interest in the culture and tourism in Cuba, where the music video was shot.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/15 23:31:43

The soundtrack of US anti-racism protests

Anti-racism protesters have rolled out a creative batch of chants to soundtrack the ongoing US demonstrations, but both fresh music and timeless classics are also front and center.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/15 16:13:40

US folk singer Bob Dylan: George Floyd's death 'sickened me'

Legendary US folk singer Bob Dylan said he was "sickened" to see unarmed black man George Floyd "tortured to death" by a white police officer in his home state, in a rare interview published Friday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/14 17:18:41

Coachella music festival canceled for 2020 due to pandemic

California's premier desert music fest Coachella, which had been postponed until October because of the coronavirus pandemic, has been canceled for 2020, health officials announced Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/11 15:53:41

Salzburg Festival saves 100th event with slimmed-down edition

The Salzburg Festival of music and drama will go ahead in August, organizers said on Tuesday - but with special measures in place to meet the threat of the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/10 18:38:41

'Pointer Sisters' founding member Bonnie passes away at age 69: statement

Bonnie Pointer, one of the four original members of The Pointer Sisters sibling musical group, died at the age of 69, a statement on the group's website said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/9 17:18:41