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French fests cancel Bataclan attacks band over Muslim remarks

Paris - Two French festivals on Friday cancelled shows by Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose November 13 show in Paris turned into a bloodbath, after the frontman made remarks critical of Muslims.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry make 'Americana' railway music

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have collaborated on a project highlighting the music associated with the golden age of American rail. The record will consist of songs played live at railway stations across the U.S.

Prince mourned in private church service

New York - Late pop icon Prince was remembered in a private ceremony at his church, with his family looking to hold a public event in August.

Rapper Azealia Banks apologizes for racist rant on Zayn

New York - Rapper Azealia Banks has apologized for a stream of racist and Islamophobic invective against former One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik that led Twitter to suspend her.

Syrian pianist plays to Germans' hearts after fleeing Damascus

Berlin - A year ago, 28-year-old pianist Aeham al-Ahmad was performing in the ruins of Damascus. But after Islamic State jihadists torched his beloved piano, he fled to Germany where he now sings to audiences of the troubles in his home country.

Sore Russian officials bash Ukraine Eurovision win

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Sunday lashed out at arch-rival Ukraine's "political" victory in the Eurovision song contest, as one pro-Kremlin paper insisted Moscow's entrant was robbed.

Jubilant Ukraine hails 'unbelievable' Eurovision victory

Kiev - Jubilant Ukrainians erupted in celebration Sunday after Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest with a powerful tribute to her Tatar people's deportation from Russian-annexed Crimea in 1944."Yes!!!" Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted.

Ukraine stuns Russia to win politically-charged Eurovision

Stockholm - Ukrainian singer Jamala snatched victory from arch-rival Russia to win the Eurovision song contest, adding a touch of political drama to the annual kitsch extravaganza.

Kitsch, glitz and politics as Russia slated to win Eurovision

Stockholm - Belgium's Laura Tesoro brought a dash of silver sparkle to Stockholm on Saturday as she kicked off the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the continent's annual music extravaganza, with Russia the hot favourite to win.

Syrian regime holds patriotic concert in retaken Palmyra

Palmyra - The Syrian regime on Friday put on a patriotic celebration at the ancient city of Palmyra, with flag-waving and military music in a place where just last year jihadists carried out mass executions.

Sunfly: The world's most famous karaoke brand Special

London - Sunfly is celebrating 25 years as the UK's most trusted name in karaoke. The London-based company, enjoyed in bars and clubs all over the country, is set to release a new streaming service. Digital Journal asked team member Dan Maidstone all about it.

Russian orchestra performs in Syria's war-scarred Palmyra

Palmyra - Leading Russian musicians on Thursday staged a classical concert in the ancient theatre of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country.

Addiction specialist rushed to see Prince before death

New York - A specialist in painkiller addiction hurriedly made plans to see Prince hours before the music legend was found unconscious, a lawyer said Wednesday, offering possible new clues on the singer's sudden death.

Apple working on 'sweeping changes' to criticised Apple Music

Apple is working on a major update for Apple Music that will introduce a new interface, according to reports today. The service has seen mixed reviews since launch with criticism aimed at confusing controls and a lack of features.

Thousands honour 'rumba king' Wemba at requiem mass in Kinshasa

Kinshasa - Thousands of fans paid a final tearful tribute to Congolese "rumba king" Papa Wemba at a requiem mass in Kinshasa on Wednesday where his songs were played, before he is laid to rest.

Woman says she is Prince's half-sister, claims part of estate

Washington - A woman claiming to be Prince's half-sister has come forward saying she is entitled to part of the late pop star's multimillion-dollar estate, legal documents show.

Palestinians seek Eurovision apology over banned flag

Ramallah - A senior Palestinian official Saturday demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden.

Obama hosts jazz concert at 'Blues House'

Washington - For a few hours on Friday, the White House became the Blues House.Musicians including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin and Hugh Masekela joined US President Barack Obama for a special concert to celebrate International Jazz Day.

Dance ban pulls rug from under Buenos Aires partygoers

Buenos Aires - A party-pooper Argentine judge on Friday banned all "commercial dancing with live or recorded music" in Buenos Aires, possibly making even wedding receptions illegal.

Spain bristles at Eurovision ban of Basque flag... alongside IS

Madrid - Spain reacted with fury Friday at the Eurovision's inclusion of the Basque regional flag on a list of banned banners during the song contest, alongside the Islamic State group flag.

Office Girls discuss 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' single Special

All-female group Office Girls chatted with Digital Journal about their music career, and their debut single "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is."

Prince left no will to vast estate, sister tells court

New York - Prince's sister said Tuesday that the pop icon left behind no will as she sought an administrator to oversee one of the most legendary estates in the music world.

3 days after death, Prince sold more than 2.3 million records

Pop icon Prince grabbed the top spot on the U.S. music chart, just days following his sudden death in his Minnesota home.

Unseen Beatles footage released

Sydney - Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles "mucking around" in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century ago, was released by Australia's national film and sound archive Tuesday.

Unseen Beatles footage released

Sydney - Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles "mucking around" in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century ago, was released by Australia's national film and sound archive Tuesday.

Unseen Beatles footage released

Sydney - Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles "mucking around" in a make-up studio ahead of a television performance, shot more than half a century ago, was released by Australia's national film and sound archive Tuesday.

A mentor like few others, Prince leaves protege legacy

New York - Prince may not have had biological children but he is survived by a vast number of proteges, who found in the late pop icon a mentor like few others.

Israeli jazz taking giant steps as talent returns home

Telavi - When saxophonist Eli Degibri left Israel at the age of 18 to study jazz at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, he knew he'd come back home one day.

Former Prince engineer wants vault music released

Minneapolis - The sound engineer who helped create Prince's legendary vault stuffed with decades of unreleased songs believes his secret horde should be opened up and made available to historians, scholars and fans."For me personally, I'd say why not?

Congo 'rumba king' dies after collapsing on stage

Abidjan - Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest music stars, died on Sunday after collapsing on stage during a festival in Ivory Coast.
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