Male artists win big but female singers dominate American Music Awards stage

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Nov 19 : Pink, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera led female artists of pop music dominating the American Music Awards stage on Sunday with powerful performances, despite being edged out by male artists in most award categories this year. Bruno Mars won Artist of the Year, former One Direction member […]

Thirty years on, U2 still find relevance in ‘The Joshua Tree’

By Paul Sandle LONDON, Jul 9 : Irish rock group U2 kicked off the European leg of “The Joshua Tree” tour today by returning to the album that tackled their love-hate relationship with America and propelled them to superstardom when it was released 30 years ago. The band, led by 57-year-old singer Bono, is playing […]

Portugal wins Eurovision Song Contest for the first time

By Matthias Williams and Margaryta Chornokondratenko KIEV, May 14 : Portugal’s Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest performing a jazz-style ballad written by his sister, taking the top spot for the first time in the country’s history and celebrating with a call to “put emotion back into music”. Along with singers from Italy and […]

Ukraine to check Crimea visit by Bulgaria’s Eurovision singer

By Natalia Zinets KIEV, May 11 : Ukraine said today it was checking reports that Bulgaria’s Eurovision song contest entrant, one of the favourites to win, may have broken Ukrainian law by performing in Crimea after its annexation by Russia. A video widely shared on social networks and in Ukrainian media appears to show Bulgarian […]

Eighty-two-year-old DJ thrills crowds on Tokyo’s club scene

By Mayu Yoshida TOKYO, Apr 11 : By day, Sumiko Iwamuro runs a Chinese restaurant, where she has worked for six decades making “gyoza” dumplings, while by night, she spins records at Tokyo clubs under the moniker DJ Sumirock. But the juggling of long days and frenzied nights is not the most inspiring thing about […]

Politics pierces the nostalgia at Rock Hall of Fame induction

By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK, Apr 8 : Late rapper Tupac Shakur and 1960s protest singer Joan Baez were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday on a night where nostalgia was mixed with calls to political action. Former Journey frontman Steve Perry reunited on stage with his “Don’t Stop Believin’” […]