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Malaysian rapper held over Lunar New Year dog video

Kuala Lumpur - A rapper in Muslim-majority Malaysia was arrested Thursday for allegedly insulting Islam with a Lunar New Year video that features dancers wearing dog masks and performing suggestive moves.

Spotify job openings reveal company's work on 'physical products'

Spotify is preparing its own range of physical hardware products, according to company job postings discovered online. Spotify is intending to create "category defining" devices built to rival smart speakers including the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Paris - Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, died of a heart attack early Sunday, his agent said.Lockwood, who performed at Paris jazz venue Bal Blomet on Saturday, had turned 62 on February 11.

Stolen million-euro cello returned to French musician

Paris - An 18th-century cello worth more than a million euros was returned to an award-winning French musician on Saturday after she was robbed at knifepoint in a Paris suburb earlier in the week.

Children of French rocker Hallyday go to court over album

Paris - The biological children of French rock legend Johnny Hallyday have launched court action to get access to his planned posthumous album, their lawyers said Saturday, in the latest battle in a case that has transfixed France.

France agog as stars war over rocker Johnny Hallyday's will

Paris - France has been transfixed this week by the no-holds-barred battle over the legacy of its biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, with his pop star friends and one of his ex-wives being drawn into the fray.

Argentine feminist's poignant poems reborn in music

New York - Alfonsina Storni, an early 20th century feminist whose arduous life ended in suicide, is remembered as one of Argentina's foremost modern poets -- but she is far from a household name outside the Spanish-speaking world.

NY Philharmonic plays 'music of conscience' in premiere-heavy season

New York - The New York Philharmonic will celebrate immigrants and highlight "music of conscience" in a strikingly modern season that features five world premieres.

Electric Zoo to celebrate 10 year anniversary with 'The Big 10'

New York - Electric Zoo will be celebrating its 10th year at Randall's Island Park this year in New York with "Electric Zoo: The Big 10."

Row over French rocker Hallyday's will reveals family at war

Paris - The daughter of French rock legend Johnny Hallyday caused a sensation Monday by challenging his will after he left everything to his fourth wife Laeticia, who was 32 years his junior.

French star Hallyday's daughter to contest his will

Paris - The daughter of French rock legend Johnny Hallyday is to contest his will after he left everything to his fourth wife, Laeticia, who was 32 years his junior.

100 years ago today, jazz broke loose in Europe

Nantes - A hundred years ago in World War One, a group of American soldiers stormed Europe -- not to the boom of guns, but the swinging rhythm of saxophones, drums and horns.

Zac Brown Tribute Band talks digital transformation of music Special

Wantagh - Pete Frank from the Zac Brown Tribute Band (ZBTB) chatted with Digital Journal about the digital transformation of the music business.

Johann Johannsson, composer of haunting film scores, dead at 48

New York - Johann Johannsson, the award-winning Icelandic composer whose haunting yet minimalist scores instilled depth in films full of abstraction, has died, his manager announced Saturday. He was 48.

Paul Simon announces farewell from touring

New York - Folk rock legend Paul Simon announced Monday what he said would be his final tour, saying he had grown tired of traveling after 50 years as a performer.

French rapper sentenced for blocking motorway

Bobigny - French rap star Sofiane received a four-month suspended jail sentence on Monday for blocking a motorway near Paris last year to film the video for his hit song "Toka".

Environmental percussion piece to mark New York festival

New York - "Inuksuit" composer John Luther Adams' innovative percussion piece, played outdoors by dozens of players, will return for a free performance at New York's Caramoor summer festival.

Ice instruments ring out coolest music in Norway

Norway - Inside a giant igloo in a snowy Norwegian village, the sound of a horn rings out, warming the mood of a freezing audience, huddled together in -24 Celsius.

Interview with David Nathan: Managing Partner of D&D Endeavors Special

New York - Veteran music executive David Nathan chatted with Digital Journal about his brand new management company, D&D Endeavors, where he serves as co-founder and managing partner.

Jeff Tweedy takes his acoustic interpretations to London Special

London - Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy has been touring over the past few months, playing paired down songs from his various band projects as acoustic numbers. He recently brought his show to London.

Lady Gaga cancels tour dates due to 'severe pain'

Washington - US pop star Lady Gaga Saturday announced she had cancelled the last 10 shows of the European leg of her world tour due to "severe pain.

Spice Girls announce plans to work together again

London - The Spice Girls got back together on Friday for the first time since 2012 and announced plans to explore "incredible new opportunities" in the future.

Mysterious Ways? Spain to probe U2 ticket sellout

Madrid - The Spanish government said Friday it had ordered police to investigate why tickets for two upcoming U2 concerts in Madrid sold out almost instantly, forcing fans to pay inflated prices on resale sites.

Deorro discusses new single 'Existence,' electronic music career Special

DJ and producer Deorro chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "Existence," as well as his plans for 2018, and his love for electronic music.

German Jewish swing star, camp survivor dies at 93

Berlin - German Jewish guitarist Coco Schumann, who had a more than seven-decade-long career in swing and jazz music and survived several Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 93, his music label said Monday.

Trump's son, UN envoy in backlash over Grammy skit

New York - A Grammys skit poking fun at US President Donald Trump sparked a backlash on Twitter from Trump's eldest son and the ambassador to the United Nations.

Elton John to make announcement on next move

London - Elton John was set to make an announcement Wednesday about his next move, teasing fans by saying: "I've finally decided where my future lies.

S.African jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies, aged 78

Johanesburg - South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela died on Tuesday aged 78, his family announced, triggering an outpouring of tributes to his music, his long career and his anti-apartheid activism.

Neil Diamond reveals Parkinson's, ends touring

New York - Neil Diamond, one of the best-selling singers of all time, announced Monday he was immediately retiring from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Whether jazz or classic is the preference, the brains of musicians who excel in different music forms differ according to a neuroscience study.
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