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Director hits back at critics of Taylor Swift's African video


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.

'Take On Me' singers A-ha reunite with new album

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

01 Sep 2015

Kanye West gets political action committee, presidential jokes go viral

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

People 31 Aug 2015

Heavy metal band Disturbed pushes Luke Bryan off Billboard top spot

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

31 Aug 2015

College finds manuscript of song that inspired 'Happy Birthday'

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.

31 Aug 2015

Want to buy Pink Floyd's flying pig Algie? Too late

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

28 Aug 2015

UK songwriter society sues SoundCloud over copyright: FT

- 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.

Tech, 27 Aug 2015

Bob Dylan's 'Hard Rain' lyrics a-gonna be auctioned in London

- 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.

25 Aug 2015

Punk sopranos wow crowds in Estonia

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

25 Aug 2015

One Direction's Horan says band to take break, not splitting

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

People, 24 Aug 2015

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