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Celine Dion is coming to Manila

CANADIAN songstress Celine Dion will finally hold a concert in the Philippine capital, four years after she was originally scheduled to perform in the...

Facebook closes a music deal with YouTube’s biggest critic

IN ITS quest to become an alternative to YouTube, Facebook, Inc. has struck a deal with the popular video site’s loudest critic in the...

Elvis fans all shook up on Aussie party train to fest

SYDNEY — Elvis fans shook up Sydney’s Central station Thursday with hundreds rocking to his famous tunes ahead of a special train trip to...

3 K-pop fan meets kick off 2018

MANILA-BASED K-pop fans have much to look forward to as 2018 starts with fan meets with a so-called “idol group miracle,” and two popular...

Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd join campaign to save British music venues

LONDON — Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and folk singer Billy Bragg were among artists and politicians campaigning outside Britain’s parliament on Wednesday to...

A concert played in complete darkness

EXPERIENCE a concert in total darkness as the Goethe-Institut Philippinen brings renowned German musicians in a concert entitled, Concert in the Dark on Jan....

Music sales soar in US, as streaming takes over

NEW YORK — Music sales grew at a robust pace for a third straight year in the United States in 2017 as listeners kept...

Spotify hit with $1.6-B copyright lawsuit

MUSIC streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing, Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty,...

Arise, Sir Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb knighted in UK honors...

LONDON — Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and sole surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb were each awarded a knighthood in Britain’s traditional New Year Honors,...

Jay-Z ‘confesses’ to Beyoncé in music video

LOS ANGELES — Jay-Z released a music video on Friday that features the rapper addressing the pain of infidelity as he appears in a...

Veteran male rock ’n’ roll acts had biggest 2017 world tours

LOS ANGELES — Veteran, white male rock stars raked in the most cash from world tours in 2017, according to an annual list released...

Joan Baez returns to peace theme in first album in decade

NEW YORK — Folk legend Joan Baez last week announced her first album in a decade, a collection of covers that returns to her...

Singer Mariah Carey returns to Times Square New Year’s after debacle

NEW YORK -- Mariah Carey must have made a New Year’s resolution to ensure a better sound system. The pop diva confirmed that she will...

Lyrics, K-pop stars, Marawi, and a hurricane: Pinoy’s top Google searches...

LUIS FONSI’s hit “Despacito” — arguably one of the biggest hits of the year — not only managed to dominate the airwaves but also...

Star’s suicide highlights dark side of the K-pop dream

SEOUL — Known for its ultra-competitive, pressure-cooker society, South Korea has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. And this week the even higher...

Viva Las Vegas: Lady Gaga’s concert residency

LOS ANGELES — Pop star Lady Gaga is swapping touring for a two-year stint in Las Vegas, joining the likes of music divas Celine...

With new album, Eminem finds political voice

NEW YORK — Just how much has America changed since Donald Trump’s election? Eminem, knee-deep in controversy a generation ago for misogyny and homophobia,...

Glass protegee finds music’s emotion in technology

NEW YORK — Wearing a dress made of 100 speakers might seem to be a fashion statement. But for composer Pauchi Sasaki, the aesthetic...

Uniquely CNBLUE

By Cecille Santillan-Visto Concert Review 2017 CNBLUE Live in Manila Dec. 8, 2017, 6 p.m. Smart Araneta Coliseum WHEN YOU have watched a Korean rock group perform at least...

Jose Mari Chan and the stories behind songs

THE STAGE dimmed as the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra’s string section played the melody of a heartwarming tune followed by the wind section’s soft whistling....

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...