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Five takeaways from life of Frank Sinatra

Crooner, charmer and fighter: Frank Sinatra died 20 years ago, leaving an indelible mark on the world. AFP draws on its archives to look over his exceptional life. – ‘The Voice’ – Born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra — the son of Italian immigrants — cut his first record in 1939…

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May 12, 2018

 

Singers urge gun control amid artist shock at Las Vegas carnage

New York: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande urged US leaders Monday to act to tighten gun laws following the carnage in Las Vegas, as artists voiced shock at the deadliest shooting in modern US history. While most artists left their comments to general messages of sympathy after the assault on a country music festival, Gaga…

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October 3, 2017

 

Attack strikes country music, bastion of US traditionalism

New York: In attacking a country music concert, the assailant in Las Vegas has targeted one of the more conservative segments of US culture in which guns have more often been a topic of celebration. Sunday evening’s shooting, the deadliest in modern US history, struck a sold-out performance by chart-topping country singer Jason Aldean whose…

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October 3, 2017

 

Tom Petty, heartland rocker with dark streak, dead at 66

NEW YORK: Tom Petty, the heartland rocker whose classic melodies but dark storytelling created a string of hits over four decades, died Monday of cardiac arrest, his family said. He was 66. His family confirmed that Petty passed away Monday evening surrounded by loved ones after a confusing day in which several media outlets reported…

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October 3, 2017

 

Actress Jennifer Lopez back with an ex for steamy video

NEW YORK: Their marriage didn’t work out, but Jennifer Lopez is back with Marc Anthony, if only for her steamy latest video. Lopez on Tuesday released a video for her single “Ni Tu Ni Yo” (“Neither You Nor Me”), which opens with her sitting at a table as Marc Anthony enters to welcome her. The…

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July 12, 2017

 

Spotify nemesis Taylor Swift ends streaming boycott

NEW YORK: Once Spotify’s most visible critic, pop superstar Taylor Swift on Friday returned her music to all streaming services as the number of artists to boycott the booming format dwindles. All of the 27-year-old singer’s music including “1989,” her blockbuster last album, appeared on Spotify and other platforms at midnight (0400 GMT) on the…

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June 9, 2017

 

Janet Jackson resumes tour after separation, childbirth

NEW YORK: Pop superstar and new mother Janet Jackson said she will resume a tour after a nearly two-year break as she confirmed separating from her husband. Jackson, who had abruptly suspended a tour in 2015 amid the surprise news she was pregnant, announced 56 concerts across North America later this year. In an online…

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May 2, 2017

 

Beyonce, Adele battle for Grammys supremacy

LOS ANGELES: Beyonce on Sunday showed off her new baby bump and made a plea for a more inclusive and representative world as she and Adele each took home Grammys, setting the scene for a clash for the final top two awards. The British balladeer had three awards including Song of the Year to two…

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February 13, 2017

 

Adele wins top Album and Record of the Year Grammys

LOS ANGELES: Adele on Sunday won the top two Grammys of Album and Record of the Year for her blockbuster hit “Hello” and the album “25.” The tearful English balladeer took the stage and paid tribute to her main award rival Beyonce, heaping praise on her album “Lemonade” and calling it an inspiration. “All us…

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February 13, 2017

 

Beyonce surprises country awards with fusion gesture

NEW YORK: Beyonce seized the spotlight at the Country Music Association Awards by cheerily performing a fusion song, in a powerful if unstated message on US race relations. The pop superstar, whose appearance at the awards in Nashville had not been previously announced, took the stage without an introduction and sang a track off her…

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November 3, 2016

 

Major winners at MTV Video Music Awards

NEW YORK: Beyonce on Sunday dominated the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards as she enjoyed acclaim for her intertwined movie and album “Lemonade.” Here are winners in key categories at the awards gala, which was or will be broadcast to more than 120 countries from New York’s Madison Square Garden: – VIDEO OF THE YEAR:…

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August 29, 2016

 

Prince, ‘The Kid’ who transformed pop music

NEW YORK: Prince, who died suddenly at 57, transformed the music landscape with his infectious funk before becoming a reclusive rebel who brazenly challenged industry conventions. The so-called Kid from Minneapolis created 1984’s “Purple Rain,” which regularly tops lists of the greatest albums of all time, but he was so startlingly prolific that he entered…

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April 22, 2016

 

Bruce Springsteen mother’s ‘still got the moves’

NEW YORK: Bruce Springsteen has shown that his famous stamina runs in the family, with his 90-year-old mother delighting fans at one of the rock legend’s shows by shaking her rump. Springsteen was playing a sold-out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Monday night when he pointed out his mother Adele in a…

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March 30, 2016

 

Janet Jackson returns to stage in Dubai

DUBAI: Janet Jackson on Saturday returned to the stage after a four-month hiatus for mysterious health reasons, bringing her energetic dance show to Dubai. The pop superstar performed in the Gulf emirate as the entertainer to close the Dubai World Cup, the world’s most lucrative horse race. She went ahead with the show following a…

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March 27, 2016

 

Radiohead announces global shows amid album build-up

NEW YORK: Radiohead announced Monday concerts in six cities around the world as speculation builds for the experimental rockers’ much-anticipated but unannounced ninth album. The band said it would play from May 20 to October 4 at major arenas in Amsterdam, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City, with two shows in each…

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March 15, 2016

 

Patti Smith, Bowie releases set for Record Store Day

NEW YORK: Rare or new releases by musical giants including Patti Smith, David Bowie and The Doors will come out next month for Record Store Day, the growing celebration of vinyl’s resurgence. Created in 2007 by independent US stores as a quirky tribute to their existence, Record Store Day has developed into an annual rite…

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March 9, 2016

 
 
 
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