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Detroit street to be named after Michael Jackson

The king of pop will be honored in Motown with a street named Michael Jackson Avenue, officials announced on Thursday in Detroit.    The city, which has a rich history of nurturing American musical talent, will rename a portion of its Randolph Street in the downtown theater district in honor of the late entertainer. The…

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Emerging Pakistani singer’s fame crosses the border

Pakistan has produced great musicians throughout its history. Many musicians with the likes Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nazia and Zohaib Hassan, Junoon and Atif Aslam have achieved tremendous fame outside the country with their talent. Haider Ali is one of the emerging singers who is winning the hearts of music fans from Pakistan and…

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Swedish legendary group ABBA make new music after 35 years

STOCKHOLM: “Mamma Mia! Here we go again”: Sweden’s legendary disco group ABBA announced on Friday that they have reunited to record two new songs, 35 years after their last single, sparking joy and surprise among fans. “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go…

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Qawwali music fights to be heard after Amjad Sabri’s death

KARACHI: Nearly two years after foremost qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was gunned down in Karachi, the devotional music of Islam’s Sufi mystical sect is struggling to survive. Thousands had poured into the streets near Sabri’s family home after his death for his funeral, a rare public display of affection in Karachi. “He was a rockstar of…

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Swedish electronic music DJ Avicii found dead at age 28

MUSCAT: Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, known for his electronic music, was found dead on Friday in Muscat, Oman, his U.S. publicist said. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was 28. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in…

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Kendrick Lamar becomes first rapper to win Pulitzer

California rapper Kendrick Lamar on Monday became the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the United States. Lamar, 30, won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album “DAMN.” and was also the first music winner in the 100-year history of the Pulitzers to come from…

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Bon Jovi inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES: Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe joined music royalty on Saturday as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Richie Sambora, the original guitarist for arena-packing rockers Bon Jovi reunited with the band for a rousing set at the Public…

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Top music videos including ‘Despacito’ defaced by hackers

New York: Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit “Despacito” momentarily disappeared Tuesday in an apparent hacking. Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and replaced by messages that included “Free Palestine.” Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” — the most-watched video of…

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Abida Parveen in Islamabad sufi night

Abida Parveen, a renowned sufi singer, enthralls with her mellifluous notes and heart-melting style. In Convention Center, Islamabad, a sufi night was organized where she worked her vocal magic, leaving audience spell-bound.

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik announce split in loving messages

Celebrity couple Zayn Malik and supermodel Gigi Hadid on Tuesday announced they had split up after two years of dating, with both posting statements of mutual love and respect. Malik, a former member of British boy band One Direction, and Hadid, a model for Victoria’s Secret, Fendi and Tommy Hilfiger, gave no reason for the…

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Madonna unveils plan to direct movie on Sierra Leone dancer

NEW YORK: Pop superstar Madonna announced that she will direct a biopic about Michaela DePrince, a war orphan from Sierra Leone who overcame overwhelming odds to become a successful ballerina. “Taking Flight,” taken from the name of DePrince’s 2014 autobiography, will be the musical icon’s third time as a feature film director after “Filth and…

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Shakira pays 20 mn euros tax

Madrid: Superstar Shakira has handed over more than 20 million euros ($24.6 million) to tax authorities in Spain, a report said Tuesday, accused of not paying taxes despite being a resident between 2011 and 2014. Catalan daily El Periodico reported that the Colombian award-winning singer had paid the money “to settle part of the debt…

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Samsung launches new S9 phone with augmented reality features

BARCELONA: Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone on Sunday with a focus on augmented reality features as it seeks to keep its title as the world’s biggest smartphone maker. The South Korean firm showcased the Galaxy S9 on the eve of the official start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which comes after a…

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Video: Salman Ahmed covers John Lennon’s Imagine at KLF 2018

Junoon guitarist Salman Ahmad performed a cover version of Imagine (originally by John Lennon) at the Karachi Literature Festival 2018.

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Watch: Salman Ahmad perform Dil Dil Pakistan at KLF 2018

Junoon guitarist Salman Ahmad performed hit national song Dil Dil Pakistan with Ayesha, Sajar and Eman at Karachi Literature Festival 2018.

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KLF 2018: Salman Ahmad stresses on the need to strengthen ‘soft power’; pays tribute to music legends

By: Raza Haidery KARACHI: Junoon guitarist Salman Ahmed recalled the glorious days of Pakistan music in a Karachi Literature Festival 2018 session held at Beach Luxury Hotel on Sunday. The session named “Dil Dil, Boom Boom, JazbaJunoon: The Impact of Pop Culture on Pakistani Society and the World – Amin Hashwani in conversation with Salman…

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Ali Gul Pir slams the two extremes–‘liberals’ and ‘fundos’ in tell-all interview

BY SHAHJAHAN KHURRAM VIDEOGRAPHY: NASIR AHMED KARACHI: Ali Gul Pir is arguably Pakistan’s first ever YouTube star–the one who shot to overnight fame with the song Waderay Ka Beta— and ever since then he has come up with witty rap singles that have shone the spotlight on issues we’d rather discuss in our drawing rooms.  Pakistan…

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Dennis Edwards, a lead voice of The Temptations, dead at 74

NEW YORK: Dennis Edwards, who brought a fresh voice to Motown legends The Temptations in 1968 and led classic songs such as “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” died Friday. He was 74. A representative for his management company, 21st Century Artists, confirmed his death without providing details. Baritone Otis Williams — The Temptations’ sole surviving…

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Grammys: Dream comes true for Youtuber Alessia Cara

NEW YORK: Canada’s Alessia Cara, who rose from making YouTube videos in her bedroom to becoming a socially conscious pop singer, on Sunday won the Grammy for Best New Artist. The 21-year-old from suburban Toronto won the closely watched award in a field that included fellow young singer Khalid, with whom she collaborated on the…

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Grammys: Ceremony opens with Lady Gaga, Lamar performances

NEW YORK: Rapper Kendrick Lamar and pop superstar Lady Gaga opened the Grammy Awards on Sunday with immediate if understated political touches. With a US flag in the backdrop, Lamar launched into a fierce rap at New York’s Madison Square Garden, on a stage full of dancers clad in camouflage. The number then transformed into…

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Grammys: First award for band The National

NEW YORK: The National on Sunday won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album for “Sleep Well Beast,” an intricately recorded album built from the band’s walls of dark sound. It was the first Grammy for the indie rock band, in a field that included fellow critical favorites including LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire. “Sleep…

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