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Motor City heartbroken, yet proud of Aretha

Detroit - When Aretha Franklin's death was announced over the PA system, glass maker Maurice Black says grief was so great at his Detroit auto plant that supervisors briefly shut the line."The look on everybody's face.

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

Detroit - The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Detroit - Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died at her Detroit home on Thursday. She was 76.

Last-minute Eurovision deal secures Israel as 2019 host

Jerusalem - Israel's public broadcaster said Tuesday it had resolved a funding dispute that threatened the country's chance to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest, hours ahead of a European deadline.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin gravely ill, 'in hospice care'

Detroit - Music legend Aretha Franklin is gravely ill and reportedly receiving hospice care, friends of the singer said Monday, as prayers and well wishes poured in for the Grammy-winning "Queen of Soul.

Beatles' Indian hideaway comes together, 50 years on

Rishikesh - Fifty years after the Beatles came to India, the bungalows where the Fab Four lived, the post office where John Lennon sent Yoko Ono postcards and the giggling guru's house are all ruins.

Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna still shocks at 60

New York - Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence.

Disinherited musician Jean-Michel Jarre scales up challenge over father's will

Paris - Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, who has mounted a legal challenge after being disinherited by his Hollywood composer father, said Friday he will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Bulgaria's famed all-female folk choir back with a modern twist

Varna - Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella singing, before the fall of communism threatened its survival.

Drill music deaths reveal hard truths of London streets

London - The sparse beats and raw lyrics of drill music have served as the soundtrack to an unprecedented surge in knife crime on the streets of London this year -- and police are accusing the genre of fuelling the violence.

Genesis Jones talks 'With or Without You' single, Kendrick Lamar Special

Singer-songwriter and model Genesis Jones chatted with Digital Journal about her new single "With or Without You." She also spoke about the importance of technology in the music industry.

'Zorba' composer Mikis Theodorakis in hospital after heart attack

Atenas - Renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who wrote the music for the 1964 classic film "Zorba the Greek", has been hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, the state agency ANA reported Sunday.

Turkey to steer clear of 'unsuitable for kids' Eurovision

Ankara - Turkey is to maintain its boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest so long as its content is unsuitable for children, the head of Turkish state broadcasting said Saturday, citing the victory of an Austrian drag queen in 2014.

Music streaming giant Deezer raises 160 million euros

Paris - Global music streaming platform Deezer said Thursday it had raised 160 million euros ($186 million) in fresh funds from investors, including the Saudi sovereign fund Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), and French telecoms giant Orange.

Review: Pop sensation Ruel releases captivating 'Younger' music video Special

Teen pop sensation and RCA artist Ruel is a true musical prodigy. On August 2, Ruel released his new music video for "Younger."

Top orchestra sacks conductor Gatti over abuse charges

Den Haag - The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, widely regarded as one of the world's leading ensembles, on Thursday sacked its chief conductor, Daniele Gatti, following media allegations of sexual assault.

Review: Judy Collins releases haunting music video for 'Dreamers' single Special

Veteran singer-songwriter and social activist Judy Collins has released a haunting music video for her latest poignant single "Dreamers."

Review: Taylor Swift delivers 'Enchanted' Reputation show in New Jersey Special

East Rutherford - On July 22, 2018, global music star Taylor Swift performed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, for an excellent turnout. This was her third and final "Reputation" show at this venue.

Rock the vote: Pakistani political music keeps the party going

Islamabad - As the crowd swells with anticipation for their leader Shahbaz Sharif's arrival a DJ blares the anthem "Respect the vote", while supporters chant slogans and sway to the synth-driven dance track.

At leading US music school, a quest to revive French influence

Aspen - The music teachers spending the summer in the mountain air of Aspen can tell you all about that most famous instructor of them all, Nadia Boulanger, the Parisian whose roster of pupils reads like a historical list of 20th-century composers.

Wanda Jackson working on new music with Joan Jett as producer

"The Queen of Rockabilly" Wanda Jackson has announced that she is working on new music, with rock queen Joan Jett as producer.

Passing the baton: Chinese conductors seek global fame

Bejing - Jing Huan twirls her conductor's baton nervously in the wings while the brass and string sections of China's Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra tune their instruments.

Review: Laurie Berkner charms on new video 'I'm a Mess' and 'Clean It Up' Special

On July 6, 2018, children's music queen Laurie Berkner released her new video for her songs "I'm a Mess" and "Clean It Up."

Nine ex-military convicted for 1973 murder of Chile folk singer Jara

Santiago - A Chilean judge has convicted nine retired soldiers in the 1973 murder of one of Chile's most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

Review: Electronic star HALIENE inspires listeners to 'Dream in Color' Special

Acclaimed electronic vocalist HALIENE has released her new solo single "Dream in Color," which is accompanied by a visually striking music video.

Artists earn more money via blockchain streaming service Choon

The blockchain streaming service Choon is powered by the Ethereum blockchain, and it is designed to solve some of the music industry's most fundamental problems.

Michael Jackson returns posthumously on Drake album

New York - Nearly a decade after his death, Michael Jackson is out with new music in a guest appearance on the keenly awaited new album by Drake.

Michael Jackson returns posthumously on Drake album

New York - Michael Jackson returned posthumously Friday with new music as the late King of Pop starred on the new album by Drake.

Joe Jackson, iron-willed music patriarch, dead at 89

New York - Joe Jackson, the patriarch of music superstars whose iron-fisted guidance both shaped his children's success and traumatized them, died Wednesday, family members said. He was 89.

Jackson 5 patriarch Joe Jackson dead at 89: family

Los Angeles - Joe Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson who created the Jackson 5 music family with iron will, died Wednesday, family members said. He was 89.
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