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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.”

LV pulls Jackson-themed items from collection

PARIS — French fashion house Louis Vuitton (LV) has pulled Michael Jackson-themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection following a documentary about alleged child abuse by the late pop star.

Filinvest City and Davao Oriental to hold music festivals in April

FILINVEST CITY will host its community fair, Festival of Possibilities, on April 26 at the Filinvest City Event Grounds.

Sex, lies and video: K-pop world rocked by sex scandals

SEOUL — South Korea police were due to question two K-pop stars on Thursday over allegations of sex tapes, secret chat about rape, and deals facilitated by prostitutes, in a sex scandal that has rocked South Korea’s music world and hit entertainment stocks.

Celebrating 70 years of Korean-Philippine friendship

THE PHILIPPINES and Korea mark 70 years of diplomatic relations this year and last week celebrated the milestone through a one-of-a-kind “friendship concert.”

MSO plays the Beatles, folk songs, Gershwin

The Silaw Foundation, in cooperation with Far Eastern University, presents the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in a concert featuring Filipino folk songs, Beatles tunes, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2.

Spotify, Google appeal ruling that boosted songwriter payments

SPOTIFY Technology SA and other technology giants appealed a ruling that increased the royalties they must pay to songwriters, a move that threatens to further damage the companies’ already-tenuous relationship with the music industry.

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sexual assault

CHICAGO — Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a woman in alleged incidents dating back to 1998, weeks after a television documentary leveled new accusations against him.

Wanderland’s lineup of performers released

THE 7th Wanderland music and arts festival, which will be held on March 9 and 10 at the Filinvest City Open Grounds in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, will see both international and homegrown acts perform their hits.

Josh Groban: As good as the first time I heard him

I VAGUELY remember my introduction to Josh Groban — I only recall hearing a deep and operatic male voice as a seven-year-old one evening in the master’s bedroom. Out of curiosity, I approached the front of the old stereo system to see what new album was playing. The artwork on the cover was divided horizontally into 2 frames — at the top was the artist’s name in lowercase letters and below was his photo. I couldn’t imagine that a baby-faced young man would sound like that. I flipped the album to read the track list and kept track as the record played each song.

Full Malasimbo music, arts festival lineup released

BROOKLYN based keyboardist and beatboxer Taylor McFerrin joins Robert Glasper, Anomalie, Laneous, Ruby Ibarra, IV of Spades, and many more in performing at the 9th Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival on March 1 and 2 in a new venue at Puerto Galera’s White Beach.

Love (local) in the time of K-pop

FILIPINO fashion brand, Bench, has mastered the art of fostering nationalism while keeping up with the trends. Its mantra, “Love Local,” has a unique twist in that while Bench is a homegrown line, it has partnered with Asian superstars to beef up marketing. The formula has worked -- and continues to work -- making Bench the brand of choice in its target segments.

Gambino’s ‘This is America’ wins big at Grammys

LOS ANGELES — Country artist Kacey Musgraves won album of the year for Golden Hour, while “This is America” by Childish Gambino won both record and song of the year at the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday in a breakthrough for rap at the most prestigious honors in the music business.

Spotify commissions covers of OPM love songs

FILIPINOS love Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and they also love love — that was one of the observations made by Spotify regional executives which led them to launch their newest campaign, Spotify Jams: OPM Love Songs, where popular singers and bands cover classic Filipino hits from yesteryears.

Rolling Stones piano man talks Trump, trade, and touring

AS MUSICAL director for the Rolling Stones, Chuck Leavell knows a thing or two about tickling the ivories.

Michael Jackson’s family calls new docu ‘public lynching’

LOS ANGELES — The family of Michael Jackson on Monday described reaction to a new documentary about alleged child sex abuse by the late singer as a “public lynching” and said he was “100% innocent” of such accusations.

Rock legend Joey Pepe Smith, 71

WIDELY considered as the father of Philippine rock, Joseph William Feliciano Smith — better known as Joey Pepe Smith — passed away Monday morning at the age of 71.

Jackson docu puts star back under microscope

MICHAEL JACKSON, whose music remains ubiquitous nearly a decade after his death, is under fresh scrutiny.

Legendary French composer Michel Legrand, 86

PARIS — French composer and pianist Michel Legrand has died at 86 after a career in which he stood out for soundtracks in screen musicals with Catherine Deneuve and that won him three Oscars.

Japanese boy band Arashi to disband in 2020

ONE OF Japan’s oldest and most popular boy bands will suspend its activities at the end of next year, according to local media reports.

All in the family

ICONIC FILIPINO singers/songwriters and siblings Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander, will be performing together back to back on Jan. 27 at the Conspiracy Garden Café in Quezon City.

OPM to hit 10 billion streams, says Spotify

ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC (OPM) is set to hit 10 billion streams globally, according to a statement by music streaming service, Spotify.

Traditional Chinese music gets a modern twist

WHENEVER we hear the word “orchestra,” we immediately think of a busload of violins, violas, and cellos. Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra, or “GC3O” has those, but also incorporates traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu (a two stringed Chinese violin), the pipa (a lute), the guzheng (a zither), and the ever iconic Chinese gong. To further bolster the Eastern appeal, they also have the Japanese koto (a Japanese zither) and the Indonesian anklung among many other instruments. Led by their teacher and conductor Danny Chin, the GC3O combines the power and potential of a Western orchestra with the audial flavors of the Orient.

CCP’s Pasinaya festival to be upsized this year

THE largest multi-arts festival in the country is back, but this year, the CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival will be held for a longer period — from Feb. 1 to 3.

Sony’s RCA severs ties with R. Kelly after uproar

SONY CORP.’S RCA music label has scrubbed R. Kelly from its lineup after a documentary series renewed the furor surrounding allegations of criminal sexual misconduct.

No Inflation, No Cry: Jamaica turns to reggae to promote target

AT A TIME when inflation targets have eluded the central banks of major emerging markets like Turkey and Argentina, Jamaica has turned to an unorthodox method of communicating its consumer price policy: reggae.

Momoland to hold fan meet

MOMOLAND the girl group behind the dance hit “Bboom Bboom” will be coming to the Philippines for a fan meeting on Jan. 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

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.