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German actor Jo Weil talks about future plans, music and fans Special

New York - Acclaimed German actor Jo Weil sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about his plans from the future, which include music that is in the works.

Fourth Interstellar Rodeo music festival a summer musical journey Special

Edmonton - The fourth annual Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton took place July 24-26 at Hawrelak Park and presented a unique and eclectic musical line up.

Michael Jackson's father suffers stroke in Brazil

S - The father of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson was in a Brazilian hospital Monday, after suffering a stroke hours before a huge birthday bash in his honor, doctors said.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina dead at 22

Los Angeles - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, has died aged 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home."She is finally at peace in the arms of God.

Premiere of 'Tristan and Isolde' scores hit at Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth - A brand-new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" by the composer's great-granddaughter was warmly received at its premiere on Saturday, marking the start of this year's legendary Bayreuth Festival.

Love Train brings techno beats back onto Berlin's streets

Berlin - Thousands of people danced their hearts out at Berlin's techno Love Train festival on Saturday, the first such street event since 21 revellers died in an accident at the legendary Love Parade five years ago.

Chris Brown cleared to leave Philippines after bizarre appeals

Manila - Grammy-winning hip-hop star Chris Brown was cleared to leave the Philippines late Friday, an official said, after he was temporarily barred from exiting the country over a row with a powerful religious sect.

Spotify will now make you a new playlist to try every Monday

Spotify is launching a new way of discovering music to listen to. The streaming service will be adding a feature that will automatically generate users personalised playlists of tracks that they may like, refreshing the list with new entries each week.

Cries for freedom at 'Belarus Woodstock'

Poland - Strumming away at his guitar in a forest clearing in Poland, Belarussian rocker Lavon Volski shout-sings into the microphone: "Break everything, break the system.

Ripping CDs and DVDs is now illegal once more in the UK

The UK High Court has once again banned the copying of CDs and DVDs for personal use just nine months after it was made legal. After a successful challenge from the music industry, the law will now be reverted to its former status.

Report: Apple wants to launch a TV streaming service this fall

A new report has claimed Apple may be intending to follow up on Apple Music with a new TV streaming service that could be ready to launch as early as this fall. The company is currently negotiating with cable networks and affiliate feeds in the U.S.

Guzman's escape inspires drug ballads

- Mexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had barely vanished from prison when the first rhymes hit the Internet -- his second spectacular jailbreak has already inspired "narcocorridos," controversial drug ballads.

Review: Dozens of acts perform on six stages at annual Canadian festival Special

Courtenay - About 10,000 music lovers experienced unexpected rainfall during the annual Vancouver Island Music Festival in the middle of the hottest, driest summer on record locally.

Op-Ed: A Tribe Called Red make their Pan Am Games debut Special

Toronto - Last night A Tribe Called Red made their Pan Am Games debut, although the crowd that spent their evening listening to A Tribe Called Red’s heart thumping electronica beats, in the heart of Pan Am madness, wasn’t your typical hip-hop/ electronica crowd

Apple may be planning refreshed iPods for this Tuesday

Apple may be gearing up to refresh its ageing iPod line-up early next week. The Shuffle, Nano and Touch are all set for an update and re-release in new colours with the Touch getting improved hardware and support for the Apple Music streaming service.

Ethiopia: 30 years on from famine and Live Aid

- Three decades ago, the world looked on in horror at images of dying famine victims in Ethiopia, as musicians led the giant global fundraising concert, Live Aid.

AC/DC drummer avoids jail over drugs, kill threat

Tauranga - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on Thursday avoided prison after threatening to kill an employee, but a New Zealand judge warned him jail beckoned if his "rock star lifestyle" continued.

Billy Bragg laments the death of the protest song

Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has noted that the number of protest songs being released has fallen, and of those that do come out, few make a dent in the music charts. This is despite plenty of issues of global importance.

Review: Every music fan needs to watch the new Amy Winehouse documentary Special

Watch what fame does to not only your head, but also your body. That's one of the many warnings in Asif Kapadia's acclaimed film Amy about the late singer Amy Winehouse, who in July 2011 died at 27 from alcohol poisoning in her London home.

Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Elvis Presley honored with new Music Icons stamp

Even though Elvis Presley already had a stamp produced in his honor, there is another one on the way. Today, the United States Post Office revealed the next stamp.

Facebook wants to launch a 'unique' music service

Just days after Apple Music launched in a new iOS update, a report has indicated that Facebook may be in talks with a view towards launching its own streaming service too. It will bring yet another tech company to an increasingly crowded market.

Dear Rouge plays Athabasca for Canada Day celebrations Special

Athabasca - The future of Canadian music is a bright one, which was clear when Dear Rouge played the Athabasca River Rats festival on June 30.

Gareth Emery to play EDM concerts in New Jersey and New York

Electronic dance music (EDM) superstar Gareth Emery will be performing shows in New York and New Jersey, thus pleasing his fans in the East Coast.

'Extreme' music makes you more positive, study suggests

A new study has discovered that listening to "extreme music" like heavy metal can actually make one more positive. The recent study suggests that "extreme music" can help you calm down and feel inspired.

Taylor Swift tells Apple to pay artists for free trials

Over the weekend Taylor Swift penned an open letter to Apple. She explained why her album wouldn't be available on the new Apple Music service, which launches at the end of this month.

Berlin Philharmonic chooses Russia's Petrenko as chief conductor

Berlin - The prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the world's best orchestras, tapped 43-year-old Russian Kirill Petrenko as its new chief conductor, it announced in a surprise move Monday.

All eyes on Kanye West at Britain's Glastonbury festival

London - Glastonbury, one of the world's biggest music festivals, is facing angry criticism from some fans after rapper Kanye West was booked for the prime Saturday night headline slot.

DJ Nicky Romero talks electronic music, achievements and future Special

World renowned DJ and producer Nicky Romero opened up about electronic dance music, Electric Daisy Carnival, proudest achievements and his future plans.

Catching up with Paul van Dyk: 'The Politics of Dancing 3' Special

New York - German DJ and producer Paul van Dyk sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about his newest album and future plans, prior to his show at Pacha in New York.
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