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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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Grammys: Bruno Mars lifts award of Record of Year

NEW YORK: Bruno Mars on Sunday won the Grammy for Record of the Year for his party anthem “24K Magic,” the first time the funk revivalist has won the US industry’s award for top song on his own. “24K Magic” is the title track of the Hawaiian-born singer’s third album, which revives his mix of…

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Grammys: Bruno Mars receives Album of Year award

NEW YORK: Retro R&B star Bruno Mars was the surprise big winner Sunday at the Grammy Awards, with a clean sweep of the top awards including Album, Record and Song of the Year, and six overall. “24K Magic” — the Hawaii-born artist’s third studio album, which generated hits including the title track — won for…

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Grammys: Kesha causes tears with emotional ‘Praying’

NEW YORK: Pop singer Kesha delivered a powerful statement on behalf of women’s equality at the Grammys on Sunday as she led a fierce performance of “Praying,” her own account of abuse, with A-list back-up from a chorus of stars. Her face intense and her voice building in ferocity, Kesha brought the crowd at Madison…

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Grammys: ‘That’s What I Like’ awarded as Song of the Year

NEW YORK: “That’s What I Like,” the steamy ode by Bruno Mars to making love in high style, on Sunday won the Grammy for Song of the Year. Mars shared his fourth award of the night, which recognizes songwriting, with co-writers Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy and Philip Lawrence and his production team The Stereotypes. The…

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Goodbye yellow brick tours; Elton John announces farewell world concerts

NEW YORK: Elton John on Wednesday announced a three-year farewell world tour, saying he would quit traveling afterward to focus on life with his family. The 70-year-old singer, one of the best-selling recording artists in the world over a 50-year career, told a news conference in New York that his priorities have changed after becoming…

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Singer Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, to retire from touring

NEWS DESK: U.S. singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music’s all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and plans to retire from touring, his official website said on Monday, reported Reuters. The onset of the disease has made it difficult for him to travel and perform on a large-scale, a statement on the…

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‘The Greatest Showman’ swings to top of Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES: The soundtrack for circus musical “The Greatest Showman” climbed its way to the top of the U.S. weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, leaving offerings from Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift as the runners-up. “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack, which features songs by the cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, sold…

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British actress Jane Birkin to publish her diaries

BORDEAUX: British actress and singer Jane Birkin, whose voice accompanied French crooner Serge Gainsbourg on some of his biggest hits, will publish in September the diaries she has kept since she was 12, she said in an interview published Friday. “It will certainly not be an autobiography. I’m in the process of translating them myself,”…

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Ustad Fateh Ali Khan’s death anniversary today

Music legend Ustad Fateh Ali Khan is being remembered on his death anniversary today (Thursday). He was the younger of Amanat Ali. The duo enjoyed immense prestige and success in Pakistan as well as India, until the sudden and unexpected death of Amanat Ali Khan in 1974 (1922-1974). Know more in this short clip.

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Whither rock? Beyonce, Eminem to headline Coachella

LOS ANGELES: Beyonce, Eminem and The Weeknd will headline Coachella, promoters announced Tuesday, marking the first time that no rock act will be among the main attractions at the leading festival. Coachella, which has turned into one of the world’s most lucrative and influential festivals since its debut in 1999, takes place in the desert of southern…

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Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

Headphones are seen in front of a logo of online music streaming service Spotify in this February 18, 2014 illustration picture. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo NEWS DESK: Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors,…

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Remembering ‘Malika-e-Tarannum’ Noor Jehan on her 17th death anniversary

LAHORE: Today marks the 17th death anniversary of legendary singer Noor Jehan, whose songs still continue to rule the hearts of millions of people in India and Pakistan.  Noor Jehan was born on September 21, 1926 at neighbourhood Kot Murad Khan in Kasur near the Kasur Railway Station. She recorded as many as 10,000 songs…

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Lady Gaga heads for Las Vegas concert residency

LOS ANGELES: Pop star Lady Gaga is swapping touring for a two-year stint in Las Vegas, joining the likes of music divas Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Shania Twain who have recently taken up concert residencies in the entertainment mecca. Gaga, 31, said on Tuesday she will start a two-year engagement at the 5,300-seat Park…

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