NEW YORK - The director of Taylor Swift's new music video set in Africa struck back on Wednesday at mounting criticism of the scarcity of black people in the mini-film and its romanticized portrayal of the continent.
LONDON - Norwegian band A-ha, whose "Take On Me" track remains one of the most popular songs from the 1980s, are reuniting temporarily, releasing their first new material in six years. | Video
LOS ANGELES - Images of Kanye West's face on Mount Rushmore and a potential White House takeover by the Kardashian reality TV clan fired up social media on Monday, a day after the rapper virtually hijacked a rambunctious MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) show as he declared he planned to run for U.S. president in 2020. | Video
LOS ANGELES - Heavy metal rockers Disturbed ousted country singer Luke Bryan from the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Monday. | Video
NEW YORK - A college librarian in Kentucky has found the 19th-century manuscript of a musical number that gave rise to one of the most widely performed songs in the world, "Happy Birthday to You," University of Louisville officials said on Monday.
LONDON - As one of the most iconic images of rock, Algie, the inflatable pig which famously flew over London's Battersea power station for Pink Floyd's "Animals" album cover, was set to be a star lot at an upcoming auction. | Video
- Britain's largest music copyright collective PRS for Music has sued SoundCloud for copyright infringement, saying the online audio-streaming firm did not agree on a licensing deal, the Financial Times reported.
- A draft of the lyrics for Bob Dylan's protest song "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is going up for auction in London next month and is expected to fetch up to 200,000 pounds ($314,000), Sotheby's auction house said on Tuesday.
RAKVERE, Estonia - Estonia hosted a punk music festival with a difference at the weekend, where altos and mezzo-sopranos with mohawks belted out famous hits re-arranged for choral performance. | Video
LONDON/LOS ANGELES - One Direction member Niall Horan said Monday that the hugely successful British boy band will take a "well earned break" next year, but are not splitting up. | Video
- Sales of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" are still going strong as the novel spent a sixth week at the top of the U.S. fiction bestsellers list on Thursday.