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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.

Prince cremated, with resting place secret

Chanhassen - Loved ones cremated pop icon Prince with his final resting place to remain a secret, two days after his sudden death stunned the music world.

With mythic vaults, Prince could also be prolific posthumously

New York - Prince was legendarily prolific over his four-decade career and even death may not stop him, with the pop icon storing a massive stash of unreleased work in his vaults.

German orchestra accuses Turks of pressure in 'genocide' row

Berlin - A German orchestra said on Saturday that Turkey attempted to pressure it and the EU to keep the term "genocide" out of a concert marking the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Autopsy underway to find cause of death of music icon Prince

Chanhassen - Authorities began Friday examining the remains of U.S. music star Prince, who was found dead a day earlier at his home and recording studio complex just outside Minneapolis.

Prince fused 'black soul' with 'white rock': Music experts

London - Prince created a new sound by fusing black American musical styles with white rock, and deeply influenced the current generation of artists, music experts said.

No signs of trauma, suicide in Prince death: police

Chanhassen - There was no evidence of trauma on Prince's body when he was found unresponsive in an elevator at his huge compound or any indication the late music icon committed suicide, US authorities said.

Romania barred from Eurovision for back debts

Stockholm - Romania has been barred from this year's Eurovision Song Contest for failing to pay millions in debts to the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU said Friday.

Prince found unresponsive in elevator, CPR failed: Sheriff

Los Angeles - Emergency personnel tried and failed to revive music legend Prince, who died Thursday at age 57, after finding him slumped unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studios in Minnesota, the local sheriff said.

Music legend Prince dead at 57

Los Angeles - Pop icon Prince, whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of the most influential figures in music, died Thursday at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57.

Sudan's top girl band eyes world tour 45 years on

Khartoum - Stepping onto a Khartoum stage and launching into their first song, The Nightingales -- Sudan's best-loved girl band -- still raise whoops and cheers from adoring fans, 45 years after their debut.

Google Play Music now supports podcasts

Google has released an update for its Play Music streaming service that adds support for subscribing and listening to podcasts. The anticipated and much-requested feature can suggest recommended podcasts based on your interests.

Catching up with Nicky Romero: Electronic music superstar Special

World renowned DJ and producer Nicky Romero chatted with Digital Journal about his New Year's show at Pier 94, as well as his future plans for 2016.

Surprises galore including Bernie Sanders at Coachella festival

Indio - The Coachella music festival is famous for its surprises, and the latest edition included one of the more uncommon -- an appearance, although remotely, of a presidential candidate.

McCartney, Rolling Stones, Dylan booked for historic festival

With Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and some of the most-iconic names in rock n’ roll, it could be one of the biggest music festivals ever staged.

Five dead 'from drugs' at Argentina dance music event

Buenos Aires - Five young people died and five others were in critical condition after apparently taking drugs at an international electronic music festival in the Argentine capital, emergency responders said Saturday.

Lawsuit seeks to end 'We Shall Overcome' copyright

Los Angeles - Lawyers are seeking to put "We Shall Overcome," the emblematic song of the US civil rights movement, in the public realm after successfully fighting the copyright of "Happy Birthday to You.
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