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Op-Ed: Top country music duos to look out for in 2017

In 2017, duos in country music have taken over the music industry. Digital Journal ranks four impressive duos that everybody should look out for in 2017.

Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit

Denver - Pop superstar Taylor Swift was celebrating Monday after winning a sexual assault lawsuit against a former radio DJ she accused of groping her.

Smooth Criminal: Michael Jackson statue given rifle by Rio narcos

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro drug gangsters gave a famous statue of Michael Jackson a scary new prop in a photo circulating on Brazilian social media: an assault rifle.

Judge tosses radio DJ's claim that Taylor Swift got him fired

Denver - A US judge on Friday dismissed claims that pop superstar Taylor Swift got a radio DJ fired, but court proceedings will continue to consider the singer's allegations that he sexually assaulted her.

Judge throws out DJ's claims against Taylor Swift

Denver - A US judge on Friday dismissed claims that pop superstar Taylor Swift got a radio DJ fired, but court proceedings will continue to consider the singer's allegations that he sexually assaulted her.

Taylor Swift shaken and humiliated by groping, mom tells trial

Denver - Pop superstar Taylor Swift's mother recounted before a US jury on Wednesday the moment her "shattered" daughter said she had been groped by a local radio host.

Taylor Swift 'cost me my career,' radio host tells jury at groping trial

Denver - A US radio host denied groping pop singer Taylor Swift and accused her of ruining his career as a civil suit brought by him got underway Tuesday.

Spotify launches on the Xbox One

Spotify has announced its app is now available on the Xbox One, adding another platform to the service's already impressive line-up. Spotify is already available on Sony's PlayStation 4. Its arrival on Xbox has been long anticipated by gamers.

Guitar-slinging Singapore granny shreds stereotypes

Singapore - An 81-year-old guitar-slinging Singaporean granny has shredded stereotypes to pursue her love of rock music, becoming a sought-after performer and unlikely internet sensation.

Syria's traditional oud-making on the decline

Damascus - Antoun Tawil, one of Syria's last traditional lute makers, waits in vain in his Damascus workshop for orders of the oud, an instrument his country was once renowned for producing.

Meet Tracy Young: A pioneer woman and DJ in dance music industry Special

Miami - Acclaimed DJ Tracy Young is celebrating her 25th anniversary in the music industry. Digital Journal chatted with her about this milestone.

Smash hit 'Despacito' becomes most viewed YouTube video

New York - "Despacito" -- the racy Spanish-language global smash hit throbbing with sexual innuendo -- racked up another record Friday, supplanting "See You Again" as the most watched video on YouTube.

Justin Bieber tells fans of 'insecurities' after cancelling world tour

Washington - Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star who abruptly canceled a world tour last month, told fans Thursday he had sometimes let his "insecurities get the best of me.

Musicians flee Libya for 'right to rap'

A group of rappers who say they had to flee Libya for their art were on their way to Italy Wednesday after being rescued by a charity boat.

Spotify builds streaming lead at 60 million subscribers

New York - Spotify said Monday that it had 60 million paying subscribers, expanding its lead in the fast-growing world of music streaming.

Tourists seeking 'Despacito' discover Puerto Rico's La Perla

San Juan - Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit "Despacito" was filmed."The gringos are coming!

Google to merge YouTube Red and Play Music into a single service

Google is preparing to merge together its YouTube Red and Play Music streaming subscriptions into a single combined service. The company wants to offer potential customers "one offering" after hearing reports that the current system is too confusing.

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Alt-J compete for Mercury Prize

London - Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was nominated Thursday for the prestigious Mercury Prize for his third album "Divide", going up against breakthrough grime star Stormzy and former winners Alt-J and The xx.

Macron courts the stars; meets Rihanna on education

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron continued to reach for the stars Wednesday, hosting R&B icon Rihanna for what she called "incredible" talks at the presidential palace in Paris two days after Irish rocker Bono.

Prominent Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul dies at 46

Sydney - World-renowned indigenous singer Gurrumul has died after a "long battle with illness" aged 46, his management said Wednesday, as Australians hailed his contributions to music.

'Despacito' singers slam Venezuela's Maduro for 'illegal' use of song

San Juan - The Puerto Rican duo behind the worldwide sexy smash Latin pop hit "Despacito" on Monday slammed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for "illegally" using their song to promote a controversial vote he is organizing.

Justin Bieber abruptly ends tour

New York - Justin Bieber abruptly canceled the remainder of a world tour Monday, citing "unforeseen circumstances.

Review: Edmonton's Interstellar Rodeo continues to bend musical genres Special

Edmonton - The sixth annual Edmonton Interstellar Rodeo brought another line-up of genre-bending music paired with fine wine to the Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre July21-23, 2017.

U2 singer Bono talks development aid with French president Macron

Paris - Irish rock star Bono, founder of the ONE campaign against poverty and disease, met on Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who stressed his wish to increase development aid, according to the U2 frontman.

Amid chaos of Venezuela street demos, a lone violinist plays

Caracas - As tear gas chokes the air and water cannons gush in the streets, a skinny young man wearing the red, blue and yellow of Venezuela's flag stands bravely amid the chaos and plays the violin.

Salzburg Festival features opera's leading lights

Salzburg - Austria's Salzburg Festival opens Saturday, the start of more than a month of classical and dramatic performances featuring some of opera's brightest and most controversial stars.

Bieber not welcome thanks to 'bad behaviour': Beijing authorities

Bejing - Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China because of his "bad behaviour", Beijing authorities have said, after the pop idol angered many Chinese in 2014 by visiting a controversial Japanese war shrineThe Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture revea...

'Syrian Billy Elliot' dances his way to a new life

Paris - From Palmyra to Paris: "Syrian Billy Elliot" Ahmad Joudeh is set on showing the real image of his nation and erasing the horrors of the Islamic state group.

Cat Stevens channels Sufi poet for new folk album

New York - Cat Stevens has channeled the Sufi poet Yunus Emre for a song about divine love as he announced his latest album since his return to Western folk pop.

Malaysia pulls plug on 'Despacito' song over sexual lyrics

Kuala Lumpur - Muslim-majority Malaysia has stopped playing the sexually charged song "Despacito" on public broadcast stations, a senior minister said Thursday after critics labelled it un-Islamic.
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