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Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan's pop pioneer turned preacher, dead at 52

Islamabad - Junaid Jamshed, a pioneer of Pakistani pop who renounced music to become a Muslim evangelist and started one of the country's most successful clothing boutiques was among 47 people killed in a plane crash Wednesday.

Google reveals the best apps and games of 2016

Google has released its list of the best content on the Play Store during 2016. It has indexed the most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books to highlight the top trends of the year. The full charts can be viewed on the Google Play Store.

Artists celebrated at Obama’s final Kennedy Center Honors gala

Washington - President Barack Obama attended his last Kennedy Center Honors gala, making some of his final goodbyes to celebrated artists before leaving office next month.

Mahler symphony score sells for record £4.5 mn

London - The complete score of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony was sold in London for £4.5 million on Tuesday, a record for a musical manuscript, Sotheby's auction house said.

Review: Jim Breuer performs heavy metal and stand-up comedy at Mulcahy's Special

Wantagh - On November 26, comedian Jim Breuer performed a show at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, which consisted of music and comedy.

New Rolling Stones album rekindles Chicago-blues love affair

London - Eleven years after their last studio album, the forever Rolling Stones are back once again with "Blue and Lonesome", a tribute to the blues legends who forged the band's soul.

Google launches livestreaming music festival called Good Fest

Google is launching a music festival called Good Fest later this month, which it is describing as a "a first-of-its-kind livestream festival for good," according to the event's website.

Kanye hospitalized after scrapping US tour

Los Angeles - Rap superstar Kanye West was hospitalized on Monday with a "medical emergency" after canceling his tour, two days after a rambling onstage tirade against fellow artists Jay Z and Beyonce.

Green Day chants against Trump at American Music Awards

Los Angeles - Green Day led a furious chant against President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday at the American Music Awards, where Ariana Grande proved her superstar status by taking the top prize.

Sharon Jones, Grammy-nominated soul singer, dies aged 60

New York - Sharon Jones, a fiery Grammy-nominated soul and funk singer sometimes called the "female James Brown," has died after losing a battle to pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

Interview: Howard Jones talks touring, music career, future plans Special

New wave icon and synth pioneer Howard Jones chatted with me about his music career, touring in the United States, and future plans.

Google's Play Music has gotten an upgrade

Google is quietly running an excellent streaming service in Play Music. Earlier this week, a big update made it even better.

Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony: Swedish Academy

Stockholm - Music icon Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel ceremony in December to accept his literature prize because he has "other commitments", the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday.

Prince estate sues Jay Z streaming service

New York - Prince's estate has sued the Tidal streaming service of rap mogul Jay Z, demanding it take down most of the catalog of the late pop icon.

Google Play Music now uses AI to guess what you want to listen to

Google has announced a substantial overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming service. The company has rebuilt the app with a brighter, upbeat design and new features powered by machine learning. 'Personalised music' is now the core focus.

Eagles of Death Metal singer denies trying to enter Sting gig

Paris - The frontman of the US rock group on stage in Paris when jihadists massacred 90 people a year ago Sunday denied claims he was barred entry to the show marking the first anniversary of the killings.

Bataclan bars Eagles of Death Metal from reopening show

Paris - Members of Eagles of Death Metal, the US group who were playing when jihadists attacked Paris' Bataclan concert hall last year, were turned away from the venue's reopening show Saturday over controversial remarks by their lead singer.

Sting reopens Paris Bataclan amid tears, cheers and controversy

Paris - Rock star Sting reopened the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic and emotional show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attack.

David Bowie art collection worth over $41 mn at auction

London - A London auction of music legend David Bowie's art collection has ended with sales totalling almost £33 million ($41.5 million), after exhibits of the works drew record crowds, Sotheby's said Saturday.

Sting set to reopen Bataclan concert hall year after Paris massacre

Paris - Rock star Sting will on Saturday reopen the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

Sting set to reopen Bataclan concert hall year after Paris massacre

Paris - Rock star Sting will on Saturday reopen the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

Sting set to reopen Bataclan concert hall year after Paris massacre

Paris - Rock star Sting will on Saturday reopen the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

Brazil's new-wave country music conquers land of samba

Goi - Brazil may be the land of samba and bossa nova, but lately its hips are swaying to a different rhythm.In cowboy hats and plaid shirts, with touches of bling, new-wave country singers are conquering the airwaves and the dance floors.

Legendary poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen dies at 82

Montr - Leonard Cohen, the storied musician and poet hailed as one of the most visionary artists of his generation, has died at age 82."It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.

The show goes on: Bataclan bosses put tragedy behind them

Paris - The directors of the Bataclan concert hall thought long and hard about ever opening its doors again after jihadist gunmen massacred 90 people there during last year's Paris attacks.

Sting's Paris Bataclan concert sells out within an hour

Paris - British singer Sting's concert to reopen the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people died in a jihadist attack last year, sold out within an hour Tuesday.

Springsteen urges 'right side of history' in Clinton rally

Philadelphia - Rock legend Bruce Springsteen urged voters to choose Hillary Clinton and an inclusive vision of America as he warmed up a massive election eve rally in Philadelphia.

A vision of America: Bob Dylan's London art show

London - Bob Dylan, music legend and Nobel laureate, is also a prolific painter whose works depicting the landscapes and culture of the United States are now the focus of a major London exhibition.

Singer Michael Buble says 3-year-old son has cancer

Buenos Aires - Canadian singer Michael Buble said Friday he is taking a break from his career because his three-year-old son Noah has been diagnosed with cancer.

Sting to reopen Bataclan on eve of Paris attacks anniversary

Paris - Sting will re-open Paris' Bataclan concert hall on November 12, a day before the anniversary of the jihadist attack that left 90 people dead there, the British rock star said Friday.
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