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Furious at leaks, Madonna releases songs early

NEW YORK (AFP) ― Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, furious that early versions had leaked online in what she had described as “artistic rape.”The songs w...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:43

Year’s top song is Beyonce, Sia’s ‘Pretty Hurts’

NEW YORK (AP) ― Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press’ top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.1. “Pretty Hurts,” Beyonce: Contemporary music’s top singer and songwriter ― Beyonce and Sia ― join forces to create a song that is heavy, deeply felt...

Updated : 2014.12.21 19:42

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Pop music“All Night Stand”: Just as he did last year, Psy will be returning to the stage for his “All Night Stand” holiday concert series. Psy has held holiday concerts each year for the past deca...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:32

Eyelike: Flaming Lips fail with ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cover

Flaming Lips fail with ‘Sgt. Pepper’ coverThe Flaming Lips“With a Little Help from My Fwends”(Warner Bros.) Ever wonder what “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” would sound like sung by rob...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:05

Eric Idle brings ‘Not the Messiah’ to Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK (AP) ― And now for something completely different. During a time of year when Handel’s “Messiah” is frequently presented around the world, Eric Idle of Monty Python fame brought “Not the...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:33

Bon Iver front man to curate new festival

NEW YORK (AFP) ― The front man of Bon Iver, who won critical acclaim for his emotionally resonant indie folk rock, has announced a festival that promises to throw a spotlight on new music.Justin Vernon announced the inaugural festival to take place on July 17-18 in his hometown of Eau Cla...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:30

Hasselhoff to rock out 2014 at Brandenburg Gate

BERLIN (AFP) ― “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff will join a massive open air New Year’s Eve concert in Berlin at the iconic spot where he famously sang for freedom after the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago.Organizers said the actor ― whose sideline singing career also made him hugely an...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:29

An R&B Jesus? D’Angelo challenges with ‘Black Messiah’

NEW YORK (AFP) ― After a wait of nearly 15 years, D’Angelo is making a Second Coming of sorts with “Black Messiah,” a hard-charging attack on racial injustice that challenges listeners both musica...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:32

Grammys to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder

NEW YORK (AFP) ― The Grammys will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder with a special performance after the music industry’s annual award night.Grammy organizers announced a two-hour show in the Motown lege...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:42

Violinist Lee to perform 3 sonatas

Violinist Lee Sung-juViolinist Lee Sung-ju will present violin sonatas of Beethoven, Strauss and Franck in a recital at the IBK Chamber Hall of Seoul Arts Center on Dec. 17. Together with her longtime...

Updated : 2014.12.15 20:34

R&B star Jeremih charged after airport incident

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) ― R&B star Jeremih and two others face charges in New Jersey after one of the men allegedly opened a door to a boarding ramp at Newark International Airport after it had been closed to prepare for takeoff. Port Authority police say a member of the 27-year-old “Don...

Updated : 2014.12.15 20:31

Syrian wins Arab song contest, keeps clear of politics

BEIRUT (AFP) ― A Syrian from war-torn Aleppo was declared the winner of this year’s “Arab Idol” singing contest at the grand finale of the grueling four-month television competition in Beirut last...

Updated : 2014.12.15 20:31

Obamas get into holiday spirit at benefit concert

WASHINGTON (AP) ― The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with “The Rock” and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker. President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual “Christmas in Washington” concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for...

Updated : 2014.12.15 20:29

Smith, Swift own the night at Jingle Ball

NEW YORK (AP) ― If you wanted to make a time capsule of what happened in pop music this year, Friday night’s Jingle Ball ― the annual extravaganza held in Madison Square Garden put on by pop statio...

Updated : 2014.12.14 21:05

Graceland arrives in London with rocking Elvis show

LONDON (AFP) ― Iconic jumpsuits and a pink Cadillac belonging to Elvis Presley are among 300 artefacts on show at Europe’s largest ever exhibition honoring the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which opened in London on Friday.Many of the items on show at the O2 Arena have never previously left P...

Updated : 2014.12.14 21:04