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After ‘Baby Shark’ come penguins?

“BABY SHARK (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)” is the YouTube sensation that’s been viewed more than 2 billion times and made the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second-straight week. The jingle has also become such an earworm that late-night-show host Jimmy Kimmel proposed throwing those responsible in jail for life.

Mariah, Rihanna file lawsuits

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK — Singers Mariah Carey and Rihanna sang the blues as they filed lawsuits this week against a former assistant and father, respectively. Meanwhile, Beyonce has dropped a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Jazz musician, producer Bob Aves, 64

FILIPINO jazz musician and producer Bob Aves passed away on the night of Jan. 14 in Bacolod City. He was 64 years old.

Razorback drummer Brian Velasco, 41

RAZORBACK drummer, Brian C. Velasco, died of suicide Wednesday morning in Manila. He was 41.

Moving to the music

IT IS a universally acknowledged truth that when January rolls in, gym membership spikes with many people trying to fulfill their “new year, new me” resolutions or to simply burn away all those holiday calories.

Multigenerational event set to mark 50th anniversary of Woodstock this year

FIFTY YEARS after the Woodstock music festival became one of the watersheds of hippie counterculture, an anniversary event will take place in August 2019 on the same field north of New York City.

Daryl Dragon of pop duo Captain and Tennille, 76

LOS ANGELES -- Singer and pianist Daryl Dragon, best known as The Captain of 1970s soft rock duo Captain and Tennille, has died at the age of 76, his publicist said on Wednesday.

Singer Jimmy Osmond suffers stroke during UK performance

LONDON -- US pop singer Jimmy Osmond, who performed the chart-topping hit “Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool” as a child in 1972, has suffered a stroke and will take time away from the stage, a spokesperson for the singer said on Monday.

EU boy band tells Brits the love isn’t over

AMSTERDAM — As Brexit rapidly approaches, a pro-European Union boy band has made its debut with a ballad to the British people pleading for them to “come back to us” because the love is not over.

Thanks to Star Wars, Lucas tops Forbes list of richest US...

NEW YORK — Filmmaker George Lucas’s Star Wars empire — the movie franchise, not Darth Vader’s fictional galactic government — planted him firmly atop...

McCartney, Stone star in anti-bullying music video

LONDON — Former Beatle Paul McCartney has teamed up with Oscar winner Emma Stone on the music video for his new single “Who Cares,” a song he hopes will inspire youngsters to stand up to bullying.

Music stops for HMV in HK as streaming services kill CDs

HMV RETAIL, part of what was once the UK’s biggest seller of music and movies, will wind up its stores in Hong Kong after a quarter century as the rise of streaming services from Spotify Technology SA and Netflix Inc. make CDs and DVDs obsolete.

Front(Row) and center with Momoland: direct selling group taps K-pop group

MORE THAN for its products, direct selling company, FrontRow, has initially caught the public’s attention with its powerhouse line-up of endorsers.

Winner takes it all

TELEVISION TALENT contests may be either a boon or a bane for budding Korean artists. While many proceed to make a name for themselves after the competition, some have fallen into oblivion after their 15 minutes of fame.

Spain’s prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

MADRID — Spanish prosecutors filed charges against Colombian singer Shakira on Friday, accusing her of failing to pay €14.5 million in tax ($16.3 million) in the country where her Spanish footballer partner plays.

Janet Jackson gets Rock Hall of Fame place on Brit-heavy list

LOS ANGELES — Janet Jackson finally won her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday when the pop singer was named as one of seven music acts to be getting a place in music history.

The fall and rise of Philippine music

AT THE University of the Philippines Fair early this year, April Hernandez had the lucky role of opening for the popular band IV of Spades. Under the stage name “TheSunManager,” she has just around 3,000 monthly listeners on Spotify while IV of Spades has a following of over a million.

No more virtual garage sales of used digital music

PURCHASERS of digital music files from services such as Apple Inc.’s iTunes cannot resell them through a virtual marketplace, an appeals court said in a ruling that recalls an era dominated by vinyl records and CDs before streaming services reshaped the music industry.

Tencent poised to spin new streaming billionaires

A LAWYER, a computer scientist, and China’s third-richest person are poised to create one of the year’s biggest hits in the music industry.

Drake and Lamar lead but women shine through in Grammy nods

LOS ANGELES — Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led Grammy Award nominations on Friday, but Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and American newcomer H.E.R helped make it a female-dominated line-up for the year’s top prizes in the music industry.

Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham says his lawsuit is settled

LOS ANGELES — Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates have settled a lawsuit he filed after he was axed from a tour, the musician said in a television interview that aired on Saturday.

Singing along with Per Sorensen

WE WERE ON EDSA some time in the 1990s when dad played the album Fra Lippo Lippi’s The Virgin Years: Greatest Hits (1997) on the car’s stereo system, the New Wave music filling the space as we made our way home. That is how I was introduced to the unique sound of the Norwegian duo whose group name I did not know then — not until I found the old album hidden deep in a shelf in my early teens.

Burning heart, cool head

What classical music taught violinist Ryu Goto.

Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2018

WHILE Canadian rapper Drake was the most streamed artist of 2018 globally on Spotify, in the Philippines, LANY took the top spot.

U2, Coldplay top Forbes list of highest-paid musicians

LOS ANGELES — Irish rock band U2 topped the 2018 Forbes magazine list of the highest-paid musicians on Tuesday thanks in part to the group’s successful Joshua Tree world tour celebrating their classic 1987 album.

Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ bests Adele to fastest 100 million views

LOS ANGELES — Ariana Grande’s breakup anthem “thank u, next” has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday.

Davao songwriter wins Philpop

A SONG about street children juxtaposed with a popular Filipino children’s rhyme written and performed by Teodoro “Chud” Festejo III won this year’s Philippine Popular Musical Festival (Philpop) while a ballad in Bisaya by Ferdinand Aragon was named first runner-up, a win an executive called “a statement.”

Get Up, Stand Up! UNESCO declares reggae a global cultural treasure

PARIS — UNESCO has declared reggae, the Jamaican music that spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love, to be a global treasure that must be safe-guarded.

Spreading unity through music

A HARMONIOUS string instrumental of “Habanera” from George Bizet’s opera, Carmen filled the living room of the Gaston Mansion in Silay City, Negros Occidental — considered as “the seat of arts and culture in Western Visayas.”

Hamilton’s Christine Allado, PPO headline Pen’s 35th holiday concert

FOR THE 35th anniversary of its annual Christmas concert, The Peninsula Manila will be featuring Hamilton star Christine Allado, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), and the UST Singers, among several other performers.

Jackson fans look to beat it down to Paris

PARIS — A portrait of Michael Jackson as King Philip II of Spain and an Andy Warhol print are among artworks on display at a show in Paris dedicated to the late pop star.

Ending the year with music and laughter

THE YEAR is ending so what better time is there to reminisce than on Dec. 1 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino as vocal group The CompanY and comedian Jon Santos take the stage for a one-night only shindig celebrating four decades of golden music from the 1960s to the ’90s.

Swift uses music muscle to seek higher payouts for others

LOS ANGELES — Pop music titan Taylor Swift on Monday announced a new record deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) that will give her greater control over her own music and could boost future payouts to artists for music played on streaming service Spotify.

Taylor Swift’s $300-million song is worth every penny

THERE’S little better way for Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group to burnish its reputation ahead of a prospective stake sale than by signing up Taylor Swift.

The show must go on: Rico J.’s final concert repurposed into...

LIKE THE total entertainer he was, death is not enough to stop Rico J. Puno.

Iconic iKON

UNLIKE IN beauty pageants, the “spare tire” principle does not apply to reality shows. The winner usually proceeds to sign the hefty, multi-year, exclusive contract, receive all the accolades, and, for all intents and purposes, makes the runner-up eat dust.

Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace concert film finally debuts

NEW YORK — Three months after her death and 46 years after she first recorded it, Aretha Franklin’s live gospel concert is coming to the big screen.

Michael Jackson’s Bad tour jacket sold

MICHAEL JACKSON’s iconic black “Bad” jacket, which he wore on his first solo tour, sold for $298,000 late Saturday, about three times its original asking price, at a New York auction which featured items from music legends Prince, Madonna, John Lennon and others, officials announced.

Ayala’s Christmas light show gets Disneyfied

IT’S TIME once again to brave the heavy traffic of the Metro and watch the annual Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, now on its 10th year. This year’s lights show will be accompanied by the music from the Walt Disney Co. in a show titled Reimagine The Magic: A Festival of Lights.

Excited Spice Girls say reunion tour will feel strange without Posh

LONDON — British pop band the Spice Girls joked on Wednesday about their plans for a new album after announcing they would reunite for a UK tour next year but said it would feel strange performing without “Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham.

American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez performs in PHL

AMERICAN IDOL-alum Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez comes back to the Philippines for a one-night concert, bringing with her the hits that made her a finalist on the US singing show alongside songs that will showcase her vocal versatility.

Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic is champion over Disney’s Nutcracker

A BIOPIC about rock ’n’ roll front man Freddie Mercury and the band Queen led the North American box office this weekend, scoring a rare win over a new Walt Disney Co. fairy tale that would normally be expected to dominate the competition.

Camila Cabello comes out on top at MTV Europe Music Awards

BILBAO — Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was the top winner at the MTV Europe Music awards on Sunday night, with Best Song, Best Artist, Best Video, and Best US Act in a show that featured a stellar performance from Janet Jackson.

I want to pay more for a Spotify subscription

SPOTIFY executives like to say they manage for growth rather than profitability. It was the growth, however, that disappointed investors in the latest earnings, released Thursday. As a user, I also worry that the music-streaming service’s ideas about growth are wrong.

Ely Buendia’s focus on vinyl

FORMER Eraserheads front man, Eleandre “Ely” Buendia, has formally launched his two-year-old independent music label Offshore Music — which focuses on creating vinyl albums — in a bid to give “artists who deserve to be heard that chance,” said Mr. Buendia.