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’” […]

Filipino youth stage musical against Duterte’s deadly drugs war

By Ronn Bautista and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Apr 2 : A Philippine youth theatre club staged a musical at a Manila park today, challenging President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. The 20-minute show features a casket salesman whose funeral parlour is doing brisk business as corpses pile up. But the salesman and his […]

Sony Music seeks Nigeria streaming growth to build on ringback market

By Alexis Akwagyiram LAGOS, Jan 20 : Sony Music Entertainment sees big growth prospects for music streaming in Nigeria, thanks to falling internet data costs and a large, growing population, a senior executive told Reuters. Music streaming could help the company generate revenue beyond its dominant position in the country in ringback tones – the […]