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Dara relives 2NE1 experience, delights fans in solo concert

By Anjie Blardony Ureta, Contributor Concert Review Penshoppe Presents: Dara Featuring Sandara Park Dec. 1, Kia Theater, Cubao, Quezon City KOREAN pop star Sandara Park paid tribute to 2NE1 and...

Philippine K-pop Convention this weekend

THE BIGGEST annual K-pop event, the K-pop Convention, is now on its ninth year. The convention will be held on Dec. 17, from 10...

Ed Sheeran tops Spotify’s 2017 music charts

MUSIC STREAMING service Spotify has named 2017 as the year of Ed Sheeran (real name: Edward Christopher Sheeran) as the English crooner dominated its...

Latest posthumous Hendrix album features 10 new tracks

NEW YORK — Jimi Hendrix’s estate has announced a posthumous album from the guitar legend featuring 10 previously unreleased tracks, some recorded months before...

Eminem reveals collaborations on new album due Dec. 15

NEW YORK — Rap superstar Eminem’s long-awaited album has a release date — Dec. 15 — and it will feature an array of star...

Kiddie song tops YouTube videos for 2017

A BABY SHARK video by Pinkfong, a Korean brand creating content for children, took the top spot in YouTube’s list of top trending videos...

Jamming with Jae Joong

By Cecille Santillan-Visto Contributor Fan Meet 2017 Kim Jae Joong Asia Tour Fan Meeting in Manila Smart Araneta Coliseum, QC, Nov. 30 KOREAN STAR Kim Jae Joong may be...

Sean Combs leads 4 black artists as world’s highest paid musicians

LOS ANGELES -- Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was ranked the world’s highest-paid musician on Wednesday in an annual list that saw black artists take...

Ed Sheeran rules Spotify in 2017

NEW YORK -- English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran dominated Spotify in 2017, with his latest album Divide played 3.1 billion times worldwide, the leading streaming...

Sex misconduct allegations snag Levin, Rush, and Russell Simmons

NEW YORK — New York’s Metropolitan Opera on Sunday suspended its relationship with former long-time music director, the acclaimed conductor James Levine, as it...

Martin marks 35 years

AS HE was recently named the endorser of Solaire Resort and Casino, it comes as no surprise that singer Martin Nievera will celebrate his...

Music and laughter over the holidays

AFTER THE success of their earlier shows in Resorts World Manila (RWM) this year, comic Jon Santos and iconic band Aegis are at it...

Mourners bid farewell to AC/DC legend Malcolm Young in Sydney

MOURNERS bid farewell to AC/DC cofounder Malcolm Young on Tuesday, with his brother Angus carrying a guitar case as he led his coffin out...

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter denies 2002 rape allegation

LOS ANGELES — Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied an allegation that he raped a teen pop singer 15 years ago, saying...

A musical life

ONE of the most prominent hitmakers since the start of his career in the 1990s until today, Herminio Jose “Ogie” Alcasid, Jr. will be...

Hung up on Hyung Sik

Fan meet Park Hyung Sik: First Love in Manila Fan Meeting Nov. 11, Kia Theater, Cubao, QC KOREAN ACTOR and pop star Park Hyung Sik — who...

Manila to host South Korea’s Golden Disc Awards in January

THE 32nd Golden Disc Awards, Korea’s version of the Grammys, will be held in Manila on Jan. 10 and 11 at the SM Mall...

Stone Temple Pilots back, with singer found by audition

NEW YORK — Grunge rockers Stone Temple Pilots are back with a new frontman, chosen in an audition of 15,000 applicants after their previous...

From Black Eyed Peas star to cancer survivor

MEXICO CITY — Jaime Luis “Jimmy” Gomez, better known as the rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, had money, fame and a multi-platinum...

Artist royalties jump but group cites obstacles

NEW YORK — Creators’ royalties jumped to a record last year on the back of the growth of music streaming, a global body reported...

People Magazine names Blake Shelton ‘sexiest man alive’

LOS ANGELES — Country crooner Blake Shelton — also known for his role as a judge on TV’s The Voice — is this year’s...

Shawn Mendes wins best artist at MTV Europe Awards

LONDON — Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London,...

The woman behind ‘Despacito’ unpacks its success

MEXICO CITY — Erika Ender, the co-writer of “Despacito” — the Spanish-language dance hit that turned into a worldwide sensation — has a few...

Taylor Swift is said to keep new album from streaming for...

REPRESENTATIVES for pop star Taylor Swift told streaming-music partners that her new album won’t be available through their services during its first week of...

A million thanks

IT’S BEEN many decades since the Philippines first welcomed Pilita Corrales who has since become one of the most enduring icons of the local...

Montreal celebrates Leonard Cohen, who wouldn’t like it

MONTREAL, CANADA – Montreal this week celebrates Leonard Cohen, its native son whose sage and spiritual songwriting impacted generations. But the singer, who died...

Neil Young says America ‘already great’ in latest music

NEW YORK – Rock legend Neil Young on Friday took aim at President Donald Trump – declaring America to be “already great” – as...

A creation of 1’s and 0’s

SHE WEARS extremely short skirts, sports blue pigtails to her knees and has the boundless energy of a playful puppy. During her 10-year career,...

Spotify is said to cancel TV shows in reboot of video...

SPOTIFY is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music...

OPM Hitmen at Winford

FOUR popular balladeers join forces for a nostalgic night of Pinoy hits as Winford Hotel and Casino presents the OPM Hitmen at the Hippodrome...

Fats Domino, boogie-woogie pianist and rock pioneer, 89

NEW YORK – Fats Domino, whose rollicking boogie-woogie piano helped give birth to rock ‘n’ roll, has died in his lifelong home of New...

Rouge launches single from 2nd album

TWO YEARS since the release of its first album, all-girl pop rock band, Rouge – the current lineup composed of Princess Ybañez on violin,...

Marilyn Manson axes bassist after rape allegation

NEW YORK – Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has dismissed his bassist whose former girlfriend accused him of rape, as the furor over film mogul...

Spanish and Filipino indie musicians in latest Posporo(s) concert

FOR a little more than a year, some of the best live music venues in Metro Manila have hosted Posporo(s), a series of concerts...

K-Pop conglomerate says it’s hunting for acquisitions in US

CJ GROUP, the South Korean company responsible for spreading much of K-Pop’s popularity abroad, said it’s considering acquiring entertainment and food assets in the...

Ed Sheeran cancels some Asia tour dates after cycling accident

LONDON – Chart-topping British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran on Wednesday announced the cancellation of upcoming concerts in Asia after breaking his arm in a cycling...

Ed Sheeran Asia tour dates in doubt after cycling injury

AWARD-WINNING British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran said Monday that upcoming shows could be canceled after he suffered a cycling accident, posting an image of his...

Beyonce charity song dethrones ‘Despacito’

NEW YORK – Beyonce’s Spanish-language remix of “Mi Gente” for hurricane relief opened Wednesday on top of the US Latin song chart, finally dethroning...

40 years after death, singular voice of Callas finds new life

NEW YORK -- Maria Callas died in 1977 as a life-weary recluse, her glories on stage long past, but 40 years on her reputation...

Dong Abay urges ‘kalinaw’ — every day

By Diana Moraleda A FEW in the crowd of around 500 mostly young people bobbed their heads as Dong Abay sang his new song, “Kalinaw.”...

Rocker Tom Petty returns near top of the music chart after...

NEW YORK – Rocker Tom Petty returned Sunday near the top of the US album sales chart after his sudden death at age 66. Petty’s...

Heartland rocker Tom Petty, 66

NEW YORK – Tom Petty, the heartland rocker whose classic melodies but dark storytelling created a string of hits over four decades, died Monday...

Collapsing stage prop hurts Marilyn Manson

NEW YORK – Shock rocker Marilyn Manson was rushed to a hospital and halted his tour Sunday after being crushed under a falling stage...

The story behind a song

IT HAS been more than three decades since millions of Filipinos banded together to oust a dictator. The peaceful “People Power Revolution” in February...

US music industry soars as streaming subscriptions hit 30M

NEW YORK – The US music industry on Wednesday reported soaring growth in the first half of the year as streaming subscriptions reached 30...