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Taylor Swift album hits 1 million in China

AMERICAN singer-songwriter Taylor Swift may be more popular in China than the US, going by the first-week sales of her latest music.

Kolateral damage: Rap album takes on the war on drugs

BACKED BY two years of research into the Philippines’ ongoing drug war led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Kolateral is a 12-track rap album that includes the numbers, the stories, and the effects of the war on drugs.

Madonna takes on frightening world with new album Madame X

LONDON — Gun control, poverty and the marginalized, Madonna’s new album Madame X sees the Queen of Pop wanting to “fight back” in what she sees as a frightening modern world.

After 10 years apart: Orange & Lemons reunite, release a new...

MORE THAN 10 years have passed since Filipino pop-rock group, Orange & Lemons disbanded acrimoniously, but now that most of the members have resolved their differences, the band has reformed and is releasing its first single in more than a decade.

Ben&Ben releases its first album

DESPITE not having released a full-length album, Indie folk pop band Ben&Ben has taken streaming sites and the airwaves by storm with a succession of hit singles since 2017 including “Maybe the Night” and “Kathang Isip.”

The eclectic musical style of Jose Mari Chan’s boys

THE SONS of singer-songwriter Jose Mari Chan, Jose Mari “Joe” Jr. and Michael “Mike” Chan, have released a self-titled full-length album with 10 tracks exemplifying their mastery of several genres including rock and ballads.

Who’s next? Daltrey, Townshend set for ‘full throttle’ tour, album

LONDON — “I hope I die before I get old,” The Who sang in their 1965 hit “My Generation.”

Prince vaults open up with jazzy Piano & A Microphone album

NEW YORK — A nine-track album from Prince’s vast vault of unreleased material went on sale on Friday, along with a new video highlighting gun violence.

Singer Cliff Richard releasing new album after privacy spat

LONDON — Cliff Richard announced Wednesday he will release his first album of new material in 14 years, a month after the veteran British pop star won a landmark privacy case.

Nicki Minaj hunting for Tracy Chapman for sample clearance as album...

NEW YORK — Rapper Nicki Minaj said Wednesday that she is pushing back her new album as she desperately seeks to reach Tracy Chapman to clear a sample.

Drake smashes streaming record with new album

NEW YORK — Drake has smashed streaming records with his new album Scorpion, with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day.

Michael Jackson returns posthumously on Drake album

NEW YORK — Nearly a decade after his death, Michael Jackson is out with new music in a guest appearance on the new album by Drake.

Paul McCartney sees music as travelogue on new album

NEW YORK — Paul McCartney on Wednesday announced his first album in five years, Egypt Station, which he described as a kind of musical travelogue with each song exploring a new area.

Beyonce and Jay-Z celebrate marriage and blackness in surprise album

NEW YORK — Music’s most famous couple Beyonce and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album, a long-rumored collaboration that celebrates their marital passion and black identity.

What we learned from Everything is Love

NEW YORK — Jay-Z and Beyonce late Saturday released Everything is Love, a surprise album after years of speculation that they were working on a joint project.

Beach Boys hits get a classical spin in orchestral collaboration

LONDON — The timeless California sounds of the Beach Boys have been given a new spin thanks to Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lea focuses on folk songs in new album

TONY AWARD-winning singer/actress Lea Salonga has released her 10th studio album, Bahaghari (“rainbow” in Filipino) featuring Filipino folk songs. The 15-track album described as a...

ABBA reunites for new album, and takes a chance on a...

STOCKHOLM — ABBA is trying to prove disco will never die. The Swedish pop group announced Friday it has reunited after a 35-year hiatus to...

Pop star Charlie Puth breathes jazz on new album

LOS ANGELES — Charlie Puth’s silky falsetto made him a global star with the pop ballad “See You Again,” but his roots, he is...

Pop, country singers reimagine Elton John hits on two new albums

LOS ANGELES — More than two dozen Elton John songs have been reinterpreted by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga,...

‘He’s Funny That Way’: Bob Dylan, Kesha lend voices to LGBT...

LOS ANGELES — Bob Dylan, Kesha and Valerie June are among the musicians and singers reimagining classic love songs as lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

Singer Calum Scott makes debut with very personal album

BRITISH SINGER Calum Scott, who first came into the limelight as a finalist for Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, has finally released his debut...

David Byrne brings cheer with vision of US ‘utopia’

NEW YORK — Artists and scholars have been churning out dystopian visions since the rise of Donald Trump, but David Byrne is defiantly chipper. The...

The return of Cynthia Alexander

By Susan Claire Agbayani FORMER RADIO station manager and disc jockey (DJ) George Mercado, a.k.a. “George Boone” distinctly remembers having persistently wooed Cynthia Alexander —...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Jailed mogul’s Wu-Tang Clan album goes for $1M

NEW YORK – An auction by disgraced pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli for his unique copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album has ended with a...

Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang album might not be a Wu-Tang album

THE RAPPER Killa Sin didn’t think he was contributing verses to a Wu-Tang Clan record a few years ago when he stood before a...

U2 rocks out as it readies post-Trump album

NEW YORK – U2 on Wednesday rocked out on a guitar-charging first track of its upcoming album, which the Irish rock legends had largely...

Year after album, Frank Ocean drops mellow new track

NEW YORK -- Frank Ocean, the introspective singer who has thumbed his nose at music industry conventions, has unexpectedly released a new song, a...

Taylor Swift, titan of pop music, announces new album

NEW YORK – Taylor Swift, one of the top-selling pop stars of recent years, on Wednesday announced a new album, Reputation, to be released...

Santana wants album with Isley Brothers to break walls

NEW YORK -- Teaming up with The Isley Brothers for a new album, Carlos Santana isn’t just uniting two musical legends. He believes the...

Arcade Fire takes indie outlook to dance floor

NEW YORK -- Few bands have straddled the divide between indie and mainstream quite like Arcade Fire -- eclectic in tastes and cerebral in...

Bob Dylan says ‘not yearning for old days’ in latest cover...

Bob Dylan’s new album Triplicate explores American standards from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, but the veteran singer-songwriter says that does not mean he...

Depeche Mode return with new album Spirit

DEPECHE MODE is back, releasing its 14th studio album which the British synth-pop musicians describe as “bleak.” The Syrian conflict and rise of nationalism in...

Drake returns with dancehall beats and big-name guests

NEW YORK -- Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year’s top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures...

Ed Sheeran still thinking out loud, mostly about love

NEW YORK — Ed Sheeran has spoken of not wanting to be defined by “Thinking Out Loud,” his 2014 love song whose viral success...

Ending epic wait, Lorde returns with dance track

NEW YORK — In one of the most anticipated returns in pop music, Lorde unveiled a song last week in which the onetime teenage...

‘Troubled times’: Green Day takes on Trump again

NEW YORK -- Punk rockers Green Day renewed their attack Monday on president-elect Donald Trump, warning of dangers ahead for the world in a...

New Rolling Stones album rekindles Chicago-blues love affair

LONDON -- Eleven years after their last studio album, the forever Rolling Stones are back once again with Blue and Lonesome, a tribute to...

The Weeknd, smooth yet steamy, makes quick return

By Shaun Tandon NEW YORK -- Just one year after he catapulted into the ranks of top pop stars, The Weeknd has returned with a...