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Battle of Britain flypast marks Vera Lynn funeral

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DITCHLING, England A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew past the funeral of Vera Lynn on Friday, honouring a singer who became a symbol of hope during World War Two and again during the coronavirus pandemic before her death last month at 103.

Five suspects arrested in Los Angeles killing of rapper Pop Smoke

LOS ANGELES Five suspects were arrested on Thursday in the killing of rap musician Pop Smoke, who was shot dead during a break-in and robbery of a Hollywood Hills home where he was staying at the time, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

U.S., People, Jul 10 2020

Country star Charlie Daniels, singer of 'Devil Went Down to Georgia,' dies at 83

LOS ANGELES Country music band leader Charlie Daniels, singer and fiddler player on the Grammy-winning hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," died on Monday at age 83 at a hospital in Tennessee, his publicist said.

People Jul 06 2020

Italian film composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91

ROME Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer whose haunting scores to Spaghetti Westerns like "A Fistful of Dollars" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" helped define a cinematic era, died on Monday. He was 91. | Video

People, Italy Jul 06 2020

Just one concert held at Baalbek's ancient ruins this year as message of hope

BAALBEK, Lebanon The usually grand Baalbek Music Festival, set among 3,000-year-old Roman ruins in Lebanon, was reduced to just a single concert this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. | Video

Jul 07 2020

UK's Royal Mint celebrates singer Elton John with new commemorative coin

LONDON Elton John on Monday became the second artist to be honoured by Britain's Royal Mint with a commemorative coin paying tribute to the decorated British singer-songwriter. | Video

People, Jul 06 2020

Slain Ethiopian singer electrified a generation with songs of freedom and protest

ADDIS ABABA Imprisoned as a teenager for his political activism, singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa grew into one of Ethiopia's biggest stars and his songs became anthems for the young protesters who brought down one of Africa's most repressive regimes.

World, Africa Jul 02 2020

'Help!' cry British musicians, warning of crisis in live music industry

Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran and The Rolling Stones were among some 1,500 musicians who called on Thursday for the British government to help the live music business survive the novel coronavirus outbreak. | Video

Jul 02 2020

Universal Declaration of Human Rights inspires musical work, 'Voices'

LONDON - Composer Max Richter's new album "Voices" features narrators reading parts of the 70-year-old Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which he believes can stir hope in a world where we "lurch from crisis to crisis".    | Video

Jul 01 2020

Kanye West praised for new single on racism, slammed for 'billionaire' tweet

LOS ANGELES Kanye West received both plaudits and criticism on Tuesday when he released a powerful new single about racism and faith a day after congratulating his wife Kim Kardashian on what he said was her billionaire status.

Jun 30 2020
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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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