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All that jazz: Saudis attend country's first jazz festival


RIYADH Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia's first-ever jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom's recent efforts of shedding its conservative image.

Pyeongchang figure skating boosted music streaming, requests on Amazon

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea In a sport where music can play a big role in drawing in the audience, figure skating has introduced songs with lyrics at the Olympics, a move that has boosted several songs on at least one streaming service.

Malaysian rapper Namewee in the dog house over 'obscene' Lunar New Year video

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia detained rapper Namewee on Thursday amid an uproar over an "obscene" Lunar New Year music video depicting people in dog masks dancing in what appears to be the administrative capital of Putrajaya.

Feb 22 2018

Dua Lipa, Stormzy take top honors at BRIT awards

LONDON Singers Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the biggest winners at this year's BRIT awards, Britain's most high-profile pop music awards, taking two trophies each at an event that saw performances from some of music's biggest acts. | Video

Feb 22 2018

Brazil's 'What a shot' music video stirs debate amid violent crime wave

RIO DE JANEIRO A viral music video called "What a shot" is stirring debate in Brazil about the glamorization of crime and freedom of expression, as surging crime in Rio de Janeiro has led the government to put troops in charge of security in the tourist city.

Brazil Feb 20 2018

Drake gives away almost $1 million in 'God's Plan' music video

LOS ANGELES The song is called "God's Plan" and Canadian rapper Drake dropped a music video to match on Friday in which he gave away almost $1 million in cash to people in Miami.

Feb 16 2018

Kanye West settles lawsuit over Saint Pablo tour cancellation

LOS ANGELES Kanye West and Lloyd's of London [SOLYD.UL] insurers have resolved a $10 million lawsuit over the rapper's cancellation of his 2016 tour.

People Feb 15 2018

Chinese superstars steal new year show with first duet in 20 years

BEIJING Two of China's most famous and well-loved pop stars stole the show at state television's annual glitzy, often much mocked marathon show welcoming in the lunar new year on Thursday, singing their first public duet in two decades.

China Feb 15 2018

Heavy metal band Metallica wins 2018 Polar Music Prize

STOCKHOLM American heavy metal band Metallica was awarded Sweden's Polar Music Prize on Wednesday, drawing a delighted response from the group which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Feb 14 2018

Female artists strike right note at NME Awards in London

LONDON Female musical acts took home a slew of prizes at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday, in a move that artists present welcomed as the entertainment industry reeled from allegations of sexual misconduct against women. | Video

Feb 15 2018

British author Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted

NEW YORK Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labeled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. | Video

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