US turns to music in bid to woo Cambodians

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Mar 7 : With U.S.-Cambodian relations at a low and Chinese influence growing, Washington is trying a new way to win hearts and minds: sponsoring a well-known Cambodian musician to sing positive songs about America. “When there is tension, countries seek ways to ease it so arts and culture […]

2018 Grammys: Will hip-hop finally even the score?

By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK, Jan 25 : After several near misses and heaps of outrage, this could finally be hip-hop and R&B’s year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday where rappers Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar dominate nominations for the top prizes on the biggest night in music. Rap is now officially the biggest music […]

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 […]