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Review: This girl should be the next female star in pop music: 'One More' Special

Rising pop singer-songwriter Elle Winter has released her brand new single "One More" on all digital retailers. Digital Journal has the scoop.

U2's Bono calls on US lawmakers to end family separations

Washington - Irish rocker and global activist Bono met with American lawmakers Tuesday, urging them to press President Donald Trump to abandon his "completely un-American" practice of separating families at the southern border with Mexico.

Turkish rapper Ezhel freed after drugs charge acquittal

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted and freed a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, on the first day of a trial that had sparked widespread alarm.

'The Voice' alum and music star Billy Gilman talks new music Special

New York - On June 13, Grammy-nominated artist Billy Gilman ("The Voice" alum) sat down and chatted with Digital Journal at Bice Cucina in New York City.

New Zealand R&B and pop star Janine talks new album '99,' Drake Special

New Zealand artist Janine chatted with Digital Journal about her new album "99," which was released via Atlantic Records.

Muslim rapper at Bataclan 'sacrilege' says French right

Paris - Right-wing French leaders have condemned as "sacrilege" a decision to allow a provocative Muslim rapper to play the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where jihadists massacred 90 people three years ago.

Hollywood plans Bob Marley biopic

New York - The story of Bob Marley, the Jamaican superstar who in his short life brought reggae into the global mainstream, is set to become a Hollywood biopic.

'Look Away': Songwriter sued over Chicago hit

Los Angeles - Thirty years after the band Chicago hit number one with the ballad "Look Away," a man who was just a teen back then is suing to say that he wrote the song.

Superstar Gergiev makes no apologies for singing Putin's praises

Paris - Russia has two tsars, one in the Kremlin and the other who sits equally imperiously on the throne of the Mariinsky theatre in St Petersburg as the country's biggest classical music star.

Jordan's veteran musicians revive Arab song

Apo - A group of musicians are causing a sensation in Jordan by reviving the golden age of Arab song -- and not one of them is under the age of 50."I would give you anything for the feast, my angel.

Golden age for Kylie as Australia's pop princess turns 50

Sydney - From teenage soap sensation to pop royalty, over Kylie Minogue's three-decade career she has sold 80 million records, survived breast cancer and become a gay icon whose fanbase spans generations.

Spotify settles class-action lawsuit to the tune of $112.5M

Spotify has been under fire for a couple of years now, ever since they were hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming that the service rips off artists. Recently a settlement was reached for around $112.5 million USD.

First violins imitated human voices: study

Washington - Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.

Gareth Emery talks future plans and success, remembers Avicii Special

Electronic music star Gareth Emery chatted with Digital Journal about his future plans and success. He also took some time to pay his respects to the late but great DJ and producer Avicii.

YouTube to challenge Spotify and Apple Music with new service

YouTube has announced it is to take on its rivals at Amazon, Spotify and Apple and it will launch a video and audio music streaming service.

Israel clucks with pride after Eurovision victory

Jerusalem - Israel revelled in its victory at the Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefly breaking out in a chicken dance in tribute and social media abuzz.

Israeli singer suffered weight taunts on road to Eurovision glory

Jerusalem - "My unique look is a crazy advantage," Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai says of her act, in which she struts and clucks in a multicoloured kimono, hair in magenta-streaked buns.

Israel wins Eurovision with #MeToo inspired song

Lisbon - Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon early Sunday after singer Netta Barzilai beat 25 other contestants with her uptempo song "Toy" whose lyrics were inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Eurovision Song Contest final kicks off in Portugal

Lisbon - Cyprus and Israel were frontrunners as the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual song and dance fest known for its outrageous costumes and glitz, kicked off in Lisbon on Saturday night.

Stage set for Eurovision nailbiter in Portuguese debut

Lisbon - Portugal plays host for the first time Saturday to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the annual music spectacle known for its mix of outrageous costumes, glitz and politics.

Israel's Netta, the voice of #MeToo at Eurovision

Lisbon - With her powerful voice and attention-grabbing clothes, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai has become the voice of the #MeToo movement at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Eurovision up for grabs as Portugal hosts song contest for first time

Lisbon - Portugal plays host for the first time Saturday to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the annual music spectacle known for its mix of outrageous costumes, glitz and politics.

Pop star Chris Brown named in sex assault lawsuit

Los Angeles - A Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Chris Brown and a fellow rapper, alleging she was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted at Brown's home during a drug- and alcohol-fueled party last year.

Beyonce, Kanye streaming stats 'manipulated' on Tidal: report

Oslo - Streaming numbers of Beyonce and Kanye West's respective albums on rap mogul Jay Z's music platform Tidal have been manipulated, allowing the stars excessive royalty payouts, a Norwegian newspaper said on Wednesday.

Barred by Kiev, Russian singer gets another shot at Eurovision

Lisbon - Blocked from taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine last year due to a row between Moscow and Kiev, Russian singer Yuliya Samoilova says participating in Lisbon this week will be a "dream come true".

Kuwait's first soprano brings Puccini to the Gulf

Kuwait City - Amani Hajji is nothing if not stubborn: for 20 years, she has refused to give up on her dream of making opera mainstream in her native Kuwait.

Lisbon in Eurovision tourism boost as locals sing the blues

Lisbon - With Lisbon steeped in kitsch and glam as it prepares to host this year's grand finale of Eurovision, officials are hoping the pop fest will draw even more tourists to the Portuguese capital.

Refugee baby inspires French Eurovision quest

Paris - French pop duo "Madame Monsieur" hope a song inspired by the plight of a refugee baby plucked from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean will strike a chord at next week's Eurovision song contest.

Freak out: Telling a fashion life, Gaultier taps Nile Rodgers

Westport - Deciding how to tell his story as one of fashion's edgiest designers, Jean Paul Gaultier knew there had to be music. And he knew it had to come from Nile Rodgers.

Kanye West sparks new outrage in calling slavery 'choice'

New York - Rapper Kanye West, on the receiving end of criticism in the music world after backing President Donald Trump, sparked fresh outrage Tuesday when he called slavery "a choice.
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