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New Orleans awash in music 10 years after Katrina

New Orleans - The vibrant sounds of brass bands and buskers echo through the streets of New Orleans ten years after the birthplace of jazz was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Blues Festival Presents Different Generations of the Genre Special

Edmonton - The seventeenth annual Edmonton Blues Festival took place from August 21 to 23 and featured performers that crossed generations.

Interview: Ben Gold opens up about future plans, EDM and Garuda Special

Electronic dance music (EDM) star Ben Gold chatted about his future plans, new album, dream female collaboration partners, and Garuda project.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

For 'Somebody' like Natalie La Rose, platinum dreams do come true Special

While traveling throughout America on her very own tour bus, the talented and enchanting Dutch chanteuse (behind the hit single “Somebody"), is quickly discovering that U.S. audiences love Natalie La Rose's music as much as she does performing for them.

Russian call on U.S. to hand over Rachmaninov remains raises stir

Moscow - Russia's cultural authorities want to reclaim the remains of composer Sergei Rachmaninov from the United States, in a move seen as aimed at stoking patriotism but has made his descendants fume.

Spotify set to end 'free' streaming next year

Music streaming service Spotify is looking to move towards a premium-only model next year, according to reports this weekend. Listening for free with adverts will no longer be an option as the music industry pushes for greater revenue from streaming.

'Straight Outta Compton' plays well to all demographics

UPDATE: With the actual figures coming in Monday (Aug. 17) for the box office, it looks like "Straight Outta Compton" made $60.2 million.

Music may help prevent epileptic seizures, researchers find

Researchers studying epilepsy have made an interesting discovery, with a little help from music by John Coltrane and Mozart. For people with epilepsy, listening to music causes a rather unusual side-effect known as musical brainwave synchronization.

Streaming music rips off artists, says David Byrne

New York - Musician David Byrne has criticized music streaming services. The former Talking Head notes that artists are receiving pennies for millions of plays. Moreover, music labels, distributors, and streaming companies will disclose how much money is made.

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

Bejing - China has ordered 120 songs to be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled "Don't Want to Go to School" and "All Must Die" because they promoted sex, violence or "incited law-breaking", authorities said.

Ukraine slaps broadcast ban on 13 Russian artists, including Depardieu

Kiev - Ukraine on Saturday named 13 pro-Russian actors and singers whose work would be banned from TV, radio and cinema, including France's Gerard Depardieu.

Two dead, three injured at Drake Toronto rap party

Ottawa - Two people were shot dead and three were injured at a party hosted by Grammy-winning rapper Drake at a downtown Toronto nightclub early Tuesday, police said.The shooting started in the Muzik Nightclub and spilled out onto the street.

Review: Cowboy Junkies rock Vancouver Island festival — slowly Special

Comox - Lots of bands rock. Nobody else rocks as languidly and sorrowfully as the Cowboy Junkies, the sold-out marquee attraction at the just-concluded annual Filberg Festival in Comox on Vancouver Island.

Review: John Dahlbäck soars on new 'Raven' electronic dance music single Special

Swedish DJ and electronic dance music producer John Dahlbäck is back with his newest single and music video for "Raven."

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.
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