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BTS' speech during YouTube's 'Dear Class of 2020' commencement event inspires Chinese fans ahead of band's 7th anniversary

Along with famous figures such as former US president Barack Obama, and singers Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, South Korean boy band BTS took part in YouTube's virtual commencement ceremony "Dear Class of 2020" on Monday with a speech and then closing out the four-and-a-half-hour event with a 12-minute music performance. The speeches were shared far and wide on social media including China, where Chinese fans of the band are preparing celebration events for BTS' upcoming seventh anniversary.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/9 16:58:40

Beyonce decries bigotry in moving message to graduating Class of 2020

US singer Beyonce on Sunday delivered a message to the graduating Class of 2020, marking their achievement with a speech amplifying messages of the Black Lives Matter movement and praising change-makers.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/8 17:58:40

Balcony concert in Cuba signals solidarity amid COVID-19

Each Sunday, Cuban tenor Andres Sanchez goes out onto his balcony on the ninth floor of an apartment building in Havana's Vedado district and belts out a song.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/4 15:58:41

Music industry pledges anti-racist 'Black Out Tuesday'

Major music industry labels are pledging to halt business Tuesday (local time), in solidarity with anti-racist demonstrators demanding structural social change and an end to police brutality.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/2 17:53:40

Opera returns to Vienna with sold-out hotel 'window concert'

Deserted by tourists, a hotel in Vienna gave itself a temporary one-night-only makeover, turning itself into an outdoor concert hall.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/2 16:23:40

Livestream performance trend continues as Chinese band Mayday holds online concert

During a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is acting as a major roadblock for live shows, the appropriately named Chinese band Mayday held a free online concert for fans on Sunday, the last day of May. The livestream drew in more than 35 million viewers on China's Tencent Music and swept Chinese social media, further cementing the online performance trend as something that is here to stay.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/1 23:18:43

Livestreaming shows mark Children's Day in China

The Beijing Performance & Arts Group livestreamed a performance through seven Chinese news sites on Monday to mark Children's Day.
Source: Global Times | 2020/6/1 16:48:40

German choirs go quiet as singing branded virus risk

When the Berlin Cathedral Choir gathered for a rehearsal on March 9, the new coronavirus was still a distant concern, with fewer than 50 confirmed cases in the German capital.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/28 17:33:40

'Kind of Blue' jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb dies: US media

Jimmy Cobb, the drummer on Miles Davis's 1959 jazz classic Kind of Blue - revered by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time - has passed away aged 91, US media reported on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/27 16:13:41

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli says he had contracted coronavirus

Renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli said Tuesday he had caught the novel coronavirus but was now recovered, describing the experience as "a nightmare."
Source: AFP | 2020/5/27 16:08:40

China's top tenor recovers from COVID-19, says virus attacked lungs, but singing unaffected

After recovering from COVID-19, renowned Chinese tenor Warren Mok said he is more confident than ever that humanity will beat the virus and called on the government to ease the 14-day quarantine restrictions for those traveling between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 16:28:40

Vienna Philharmonic says no increased virus risk for orchestras

Vienna's prestigious Philharmonic Orchestra said Monday that a study into how far musicians' breath travels when playing instruments showed they faced no added risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus when performing.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/19 17:58:40

Nature isn't homophobic, so why are humans?

Amid International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), the Beijing Queer Chorus performed a song about a romantic relationship between two male giraffes on Sunday. The goal was to show how sexual diversity is included in nature and to provoke thought: if nature can respect sexual preferences, then why can't humans do the same?
Source: | 2020/5/18 1:55:49

In pandemic times, musicians turn to virtual worlds

With concerts on hold to halt coronavirus spread, the gaming world is increasingly catering to music lovers, with artists becoming animated performers in virtual realms to the trippy delight of millions.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/14 17:48:40

NY's Broadway to remain closed until at least early September

New York's beloved Broadway theaters will not reopen until at least early September, its trade association announced Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/13 18:38:42

Former EXO member Huang Zitao slams Trump over 'Ask China' response

Donald Trump's "Ask China" response to an Asian-American journalist from CBS shocked not only those attending the White House press briefing, but also people thousands miles away in China, leading popular Chinese singer Huang Zitao to take to social media to slam the US president.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/13 14:42:55

'CHUANG 2020' a hit after opening with a 7.1/10 on Douban

Chinese reality show Chuang 2020 has become a hit since its debut on May 2. The show opened with a 7.1/10 on Chinese media review site Douban as well as kicked off a number of trending topics about the show on social media.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/11 14:14:38

China's cultural industry takes first steps toward resumption of normal life

After closing for 110 days, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra finally performed in front of a live audience in its home theater in Shanghai on Friday. The long-awaited live performance was held on the same day that cinemas and theaters were allowed to reopen in the Chinese mainland.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/10 17:43:40