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Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84, led New York Philharmonic

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Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84, led New York Philharmonic VIRGINIA:  Conductor Lorin Maazel, a child prodigy who later directed the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic, died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to music festival he founded. Maazel died in Virginia from complications following pneumonia, the Castleton Festival said in a statement on its website. Maazel was...


Jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies aged 76

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th July 2014

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies aged 76 LOS ANGELOS: Grammy Award-winning Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz bassist who played with artists including John Coltrane and Chet Baker, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76. Haden also joined pianist Keith Jarrett’s ensemble in the 1960s and was considered as revolutionizing double bass playing in jazz music. He won three Grammy Awards, the...


Jazz singer Jimmy Scott dies, 88

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th June 2014

Jazz singer Jimmy Scott dies, 88 LOS ANGELES- Jazz singer Jimmy Scott — famed for his unusually high soprano voice caused by a rare genetic condition — has died, US media reported Friday. He was 88. Scott died in his sleep Thursday at his home in Las Vegas, the reports said, without revealing the cause of death. James Victor Scott was...


Bieber under investigation for theft: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th May 2014

Bieber under investigation for theft: report WASHINGTON: Police are investigating Justin Bieber over allegations he tried to steal a cell phone from a woman he thought had taken pictures of him with it, a newspaper said. The incident happened Monday at a miniature golf course in the San Fernando Valley area, the Los Angeles Times reported late Tuesday. “He has been...


Thriller from beyond grave: new Jackson songs wow critics

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Thriller from beyond grave: new Jackson songs wow critics LOS ANGELES- Self-styled King of Pop Michael Jackson returns from the grave again this week with a second posthumous album of songs recorded before his death in 2009. “Xscape” goes on sale in the United States Tuesday, after being released in various European countries at the weekend and on Monday. Critics have already hailed “Xscape”...


Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies aged 110: family

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th February 2014

Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies aged 110: family LONDON- Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor and the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, has died in London aged 110, her family announced Sunday. Herz-Sommer, originally from Prague in what is now the Czech Republic, spent two years of World War II in Czechoslovakia’s Terezin concentration camp, where she entertained inmates by playing...


Adolphe Sax, saxophone inventor, finally gets his due in Belgium

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th February 2014

Adolphe Sax, saxophone inventor, finally gets his due in Belgium BRUSSELS- Adolphe Sax, who revolutionized music with his invention of the saxophone, is finally getting the recognition he is due in his native Belgium, 200 years after his birth. A bicentenary exhibition has just opened in the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels, a stunning art decor building just across the road from the permanent...


Prince plays London living-room gig

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Prince plays London living-room gig LONDON: When Prince came to London a few years ago, he played more than 20 nights at the vast O2 arena. This time, he played a suburban living room to a dozen people. The enigmatic star flew into London on Tuesday at the start of a still-evolving string of dates in support of forthcoming album...


Boy-band One Direction year’s best-sellers

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Boy-band One Direction year’s best-sellers British pop phenomenon One Direction were named as the world’s most popular recording artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Band member Niall Horan called it “incredible news” and thanked fans for the newly-created award, which aggregates CD and vinyl sales; download sales and streaming numbers. “It’s great to have...


Miley Cyrus duets with Madonna for MTV special

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 30th January 2014

Miley Cyrus duets with Madonna for MTV special LOS ANGELES: Miley Cyrus mashes it up with Madonna, twerks with her tongue out and drops a bunch of F-bombs on her upcoming MTV special, and she’s in fine voice while doing it. While her whittled stomach and occasional crotch-grabs compete for attention, Cyrus really can sing, and it shows on her episode of “MTV...


US folk singer Pete Seeger dead at 94

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 28th January 2014

US folk singer Pete Seeger dead at 94 WASHINGTON- Legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger, known for renditions of songs like “If I had a Hammer” and “Where Have all the Flowers Gone,” has died at the age of 94, US media reported. Seeger passed away Monday in New York after being hospitalized for a week. He is also known for popularizing the...


Music stars rock Grammys red carpet

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 27th January 2014

Music stars rock Grammys red carpet LOS ANGELES: Music´s brightest stars bared lots of skin at the Grammys in Los Angeles on Sunday, oozing sex appeal and taking fashion risks on the industry´s biggest night. Beyonce, who opened the show with a sultry performance of “Drunk in Love” with her husband Jay-Z, smoldered in a curve-hugging white mesh Michael Costello gown...


Lorde´s ´Royals´ wins song of the year Grammy

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 27th January 2014

Lorde´s ´Royals´ wins song of the year Grammy LOS ANGELES: New Zealand singer Lorde´s mega-hit “Royals” won the song of the year Grammy on Sunday, as music´s biggest night drew towards its climax. “Thank you everyone who has let this song explode… it´s been kind of mental,” she said, accepting the award on stage in Los Angeles with co-songwriter Joel Little. She beat...


Legendary singer Mehnaz Begum to be remembered on Jan 19

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 18th January 2014

Legendary singer Mehnaz Begum to be remembered on Jan 19 ISLAMABAD: Death anniversary of renowned singer Mehnaz Begum will be observed on January 19. Mehnaz sang over 2,500 songs for radio, television, and films in a variety of genres like ghazal, thumri and dadra. Mehnaz was born in 1958 and received initial training in music from her mother Kajjan Begum, a distinguished singer. Mehnaz began...


Record-breaking Eagles record spinning on top of rock venue

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 10th January 2014

Record-breaking Eagles record spinning on top of rock venue INGLEWOOD: It’s a record to top all records. The Inglewood Forum, for years a popular rock concert venue, has placed the world’s largest vinyl record on its roof for the benefit of the 1,700 flights landing at nearby Los Angeles International Airport each day. And it actually spins. So what record-breaking record is it? The...


Beyonce announces, releases new album on same day

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 14th December 2013

Beyonce announces, releases new album on same day NEW YORK: Beyonce has released her new album in an unconventional way: She announced and dropped it on the same day. The singer released “Beyonce” exclusively on iTunes early Friday. She mirrors how Jay Z released “Magna Carta Holy Grail” earlier this year — through a deal with Samsung where he gave the album to...


Jazz guitar wizard Jim Hall dies at 83

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 11th December 2013

Jazz guitar wizard Jim Hall dies at 83 NEW YORK CITY: Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness at his Greenwich...


Music lovers seek to pump up digital audio quality

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 11th December 2013

Music lovers seek to pump up digital audio quality WASHINGTON: When he sees people listening to music on portable digital devices, David Chesky cringes. “You can have an $8 million Stradivarius, and it sounds like you bought it at a local hardware store,” says Chesky. A composer who also has his own record label, Chesky began a music download site in 2007 called HD...


‘Sound of Music’ actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 10th December 2013

‘Sound of Music’ actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91 LOS ANGELES: Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at 91. Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at...


Jay-Z tops Grammy nominations, snub for Timberlake

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 7th December 2013

Jay-Z tops Grammy nominations, snub for Timberlake LOS ANGELES- Veteran rapper Jay-Z topped nominees for the 2014 Grammys announced Friday with nine nods, while Taylor Swift and Daft Punk were also among those in the running in major categories. But Jay-Z other major stars including Justin Timberlake failed to score any nominations in the major categories, which saw a mixture of rap...


Justin Bieber in Australia graffiti row

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 28th November 2013

Justin Bieber in Australia graffiti row SYDNEY: Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber was Thursday told to clean up his mess after the pop star was accused of spraying graffiti on the wall of an Australian hotel. Furious Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said the Canadian had been disrespectful and “really, really silly”, and sent a graffiti removal kit to the exclusive QT...


Dylan puts interactive video spin on Like a Rolling Stone

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 20th November 2013

Dylan puts interactive video spin on Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan put a 21st-century interactive spin on a 48-year-old song that many consider his greatest composition when he released an official video for “Like a Rolling Stone. “Posted on bobdylan.com, it invites viewers to channel-surf between mock TV shows where the song is lip-synched by newscasters, reality TV stars, tennis players, fashionistas, game show...


British composer John Tavener dead at 69

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 13th November 2013

British composer John Tavener dead at 69 LONDON: British composer John Tavener, whose spiritually inspired music was performed at the funeral of Princess Diana, has died at the age of 69, his publisher said Tuesday. Tavener’s classical compositions drew heavily on religious themes informed by his adopted Russian Orthodox faith and interest in mysticism. He was best known for works including “The...


Lyricist Tanvir Naqvi remembered

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 1st November 2013

Lyricist Tanvir Naqvi remembered ISLAMABAD: One of the leading lyricists of Urdu and Punjabi films Tanvir Naqvi remembered on his death anniversary on Frdiay. He was born on 6th February 1919 in Lahore. His real name was Syed Khursheed Ali and he was a lyricist who had carved out a niche for himself in the cine world from the...


Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey dies

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 24th October 2013

Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey dies Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey died in hospital on Thursday after a five-decade career on the soundtracks of Indian movie classics, reports said. He was 94. The star, who had been unwell with respiratory problems in recent months, died of cardiac arrest in the early morning, a senior doctor at the Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital in...


Adnan Sami asked to leave India by Mumbai police

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 15th October 2013

Adnan Sami asked to leave India by Mumbai police MUMBAI: Renowned Pakistani musician Adnan Sami, who had adopted India as his second home, was given notice by the Mumbai police to leave India as his visa had expired, media reported on Tuesday. Earlier, on October 12 Adnan Sami was asked to leave the country following expiry of his visa by the film wing of...


 
 
 



 
 



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