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Did you know: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also a poet

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Indian PM who passed away in New Delhi on Thursday, was not only a politician but also a prolific poet. He wrote a number of songs for the Indian music industry and his ghazals were sung by Indian legends, including Jagjit Singh and Lata Mageshkar. Here are some of his…

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Seven Nazia Hassan songs that will take you back to yesteryear

Samaa Digital lists down seven most memorable Nazia Hasan songs

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Priyanka Chopra engaged to Nick Jonas – report

Indian film superstar Priyanka Chopra is engaged to young American singer Nick Jonas after a whirlwind two months of dating, a report said Friday.

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Rock the vote: Pakistani political music keeps the party going

As the crowd swells with anticipation for their leader Shahbaz Sharif’s arrival a DJ blares the anthem “Respect the vote”, while supporters chant slogans and sway to the synth-driven dance track.

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ shatters global records with one billion streams

Canadian rapper Drake shattered records with his new album “Scorpion,” which became the first to score one billion streams in its first week and also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Drake’s record company, Republic Records, said the 31-year-old musician, who was the biggest seller in 2016, was the first artist…

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Don’t stop the music, says this Khyber Pakhtunkhwa mela

When a Khattak tells you that he can live without food and water but not Attan and music, you know it is a matter of life and death. Perhaps the Taliban knew this too. This is why Karak went into collective shock when the militants said it had to stop. “Music and dance is in…

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One dead, 3 injured as van hits pedestrians near Dutch music festival

A van slammed into pedestrians near a campsite at a major music festival in the Netherlands on Monday, killing one person and seriously injuring three others, police said. The driver fled following the incident at about 4:00 am (0200 GMT) by the Pinkpop Festival in the southern town of Landgraaf, near the German border. “The…

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Swedish DJ Avicii to have private funeral: publicist

Swedish DJ and music producer Avicii, who was found dead last month in Oman at the age of 28, will be given a private funeral, his publicist said on Tuesday. Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was one of the biggest stars in electronic dance music. “The Bergling family has now confirmed that the…

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Sony buys EMI Music Publishing in $1.9bn deal

Japanese entertainment giant Sony on Tuesday announced a deal to acquire the music publishing firm and record label EMI for a price of around $1.9 billion. Sony signed a deal with Abu Dhabi-based investment firm Mubadala to buy its 60 percent holding in EMI, giving the Japanese firm an indirect stake of approximately 90 percent,…

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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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