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16 07, 2019

BTS in Japan: four concerts huge success despite diplomatic rows with South Korea

By | 2019-07-16T18:30:06+00:00 July 16th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on BTS in Japan: four concerts huge success despite diplomatic rows with South Korea

The four Japan concerts this month of K-pop stars BTS drew a total of 210,000 fans, according to the band’s management agency, making the Japanese leg of the band’s world tour a huge success despite worsening trade and diplomatic ties between South Kor...

16 07, 2019

Hong Kong live music venue Grappa’s Cellar takes final bow with farewell gig

By | 2019-07-16T05:00:05+00:00 July 16th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Hong Kong live music venue Grappa’s Cellar takes final bow with farewell gig

The impassioned pleas of musicians and music lovers, backed up by a well-supported online campaign, have failed to save Hong Kong’s famed Grappa’s Cellar live music venue. The popular Italian restaurant and live music house in the basement of Jardine H...

15 07, 2019

Twice member Mina drops out of world tour due to extreme anxiety

By | 2019-07-15T14:00:15+00:00 July 15th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Twice member Mina drops out of world tour due to extreme anxiety

By Dong Sun-hwaMina, a Japanese member of K-pop girl band Twice, has dropped out of the act’s ongoing world tour due to extreme anxiety, according to her agency.“Mina is suddenly feeling extremely nervous and anxious about performing on stage,” JYP Ent...

13 07, 2019

Ed Sheeran calls on Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Eminem and Bruno Mars to complete new album

By | 2019-07-13T14:00:10+00:00 July 13th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Ed Sheeran calls on Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Eminem and Bruno Mars to complete new album

Ed Sheeran’s new album grew out of the fact that he really did not need any more alone time.Arguably the most successful male pop star in the world, Sheeran nonetheless tours like a lonely street busker, with just his guitar and a digital looping pedal...

12 07, 2019

10 best songs of summer 2019: Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Madonna and more

By | 2019-07-12T14:00:20+00:00 July 12th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on 10 best songs of summer 2019: Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Madonna and more

The media obsession with naming one single, world-dominating song of the summer is silly, annoying and pointless.Music lovers all live in their own playlisted and algorithmed bubbles – one person’s favourite track will be hated by another. And it’s bet...

11 07, 2019

How Taylor Swift became world’s highest-paid celebrity, and how she spends her millions

By | 2019-07-11T03:30:08+00:00 July 11th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on How Taylor Swift became world’s highest-paid celebrity, and how she spends her millions

Taylor Swift was the world’s highest-paid celebrity in the past 12 months, according to Forbes, with US$185 million in pre-tax income.The American singer-songwriter has amassed an estimated US$360 million net worth and owns at least US$84 million in re...

10 07, 2019

Singapore rapper comes out as gay in new song that tells of his struggle to be accepted

By | 2019-07-10T00:00:14+00:00 July 10th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Singapore rapper comes out as gay in new song that tells of his struggle to be accepted

Singaporean rapper Joshua Su has come out as gay in his new track and video, I’m OK. In the track, released last Friday, the rapper looks back at his formative years in an all-boys school where students were often bullied, before addressing issues tha...

8 07, 2019

Music is essential to human happiness and can transform listeners’ emotions, survey finds

By | 2019-07-08T12:30:12+00:00 July 8th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Music is essential to human happiness and can transform listeners’ emotions, survey finds

Hong Kong musician Paul Maclean has been performing since he was four years old and knows the transformative power of music – its ability to give pleasure and happiness is central to his belief system. “I can be having a horrible day and then go on st...

8 07, 2019

Life after pop music: Karen Mok wants to make musicals when she stops singing Canto-pop

By | 2019-07-08T08:30:05+00:00 July 8th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Life after pop music: Karen Mok wants to make musicals when she stops singing Canto-pop

Hong Kong singer Karen Mok has a mission – for China to have its own version of London’s West End or New York’s Broadway.With 17 albums and around 40 films already on her résumé, the 49-year-old singer/actress – who has been touring The Ultimate Karen ...

6 07, 2019

Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dies aged 88

By | 2019-07-06T21:55:30+00:00 July 6th, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dies aged 88

Joao Gilberto, the legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter who was a pioneer of the lilting, melodious music known as bossa nova, has died, his son Joao Marcelo announced on Saturday.He was 88. The cause of death was not immediately known.“My fathe...