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Sheeran, Bieber join forces on ‘Don’t Care’

ASIDE from coming out with mega hits like 2017’s “Shape of You” which went number one in 34 countries, English crooner Ed Sheeran is also known for a string of hits done in collaboration with singers like Beyoncé (2017’s “Perfect”) and now he has teamed up with Canadian singer Justin Bieber for the song, “I Don’t Care” which launched on Friday on Spotify.

Guns N’ Roses sues brewery over Guns ‘N’ Rosé ale

GUNS N’ ROSES is showing an appetite for litigation over a beer.

Google tops 15 million music subscribers as it chases after Spotify

GOOGLE’S paid music services have eclipsed 15 million subscribers, according to two people familiar with the numbers, a milestone for a company that has struggled to build subscription media businesses.

Insufficient evidence to conclude that Prodigy frontman committed suicide

LONDON — Prodigy frontman Keith Flint died as a result of hanging and drugs that were in his system, an inquest into his death heard on Wednesday, but there was not enough evidence to determine he committed suicide.

Twilight rises again, this time as a concert tour

LOS ANGELES — Twilight is coming back from the dead with a live concert that will tour the world.

K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill

SEOUL — Yuuka Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone.

Drake breaks record for most Billboard Music Awards wins

DRAKE broke the record for most Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) wins, taking home 12 awards including Top Artist. This brings his total number of Billboard wins to 27.

R. Kelly’s accuser wins judgment in suit singer failed to answer

A WOMAN who accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse has won a civil case by default against the singer, after he failed to respond to her lawsuit and was a no-show in court.

Zsa Zsa Padilla promises something different for her next concert

VETERAN singer/actress Esperanza “Zsa Zsa” Padilla marks another year in the music industry with a May 16 concert at Resorts World Manila, promising a night where she performs “like never before” by singing hits of the decades in various personas.

After going on international TV, the TNT Boys to tour America...

IN AN EPISODE of The Late Late Show with James Corden, the TNT Boys — 14-year-old Kiefer Sanchez, 12-year-old Francis Concepcion, and 13-year-old Mackie Empuerto — were invited to the show and performed Jennifer Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the film Dreamgirls. As the boys were performing, pop singer Ariana Grande unexpectedly entered the stage to finish the song with them.

The Bloomfields launch crowdfunding campaign for their latest album

OMP mainstays crowdfund new project, “A Drop Into the Blue”

Hitman’s worth $770M with worldwide K-Pop craze

THE GLOBAL K-Pop music craze is generating a fortune for Bang Si-hyuk, a South Korean producer known as “Hitman.”

Hip Hop Dance tilt at the CCP

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), together with Hip Hop International Philippines presents the 2019 Philippine Hip Hop Dance Championship, with the eliminations happening on April 13, noon and 6 p.m., and the finals on April 14 at 1 p.m Around 70 crews and over 800 dancers are expected to participate this year. The dance championship will also be followed by the World Battles Philippines 2019 and After-party at the Cove Manila on April 14, 9 p.m.

Listening trends for Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES (GOT) is as much about sounds as sights, and as the show prepares to enter its 8th and final season, Spotify has dug into how it has influenced listening.

PULP marks 20 years with special issue

PULP Magazine marks its 20th year in print and this coincides with the release of the publication’s 200th issue which celebrates its lasting legacy in the Philippine music industry as the country’s longest-running music and lifestyle publication.

Sunico is new Steinway artist

THE melody of Ernani Cuenco’s “Bato sa Buhangin” filled the room, the polished notes coming from a Steinway & Sons Spirio player piano. When the recording ended, pianist and composer Raul M. Sunico stepped onstage and performed the same piece romantically with precision.

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.

Record labels are said to demand more money for songs on...

THE three biggest record labels are demanding more money for songs played on TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin, setting up a showdown with the hugely popular video apps, people with knowledge of the matter said.

New music coming from DJ Avicii, 1 year after his death

LOS ANGELES — The family of Swedish DJ Avicii, who took his own life last year, is releasing new music that he was working on before his death.

Mick Jagger on the mend after heart surgery

NEW YORK — Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said on Friday he was “on the mend” after undergoing surgery that caused postponement of the band’s planned North American tour.

Sara Bareilles: ‘I wrote love songs about the Obamas’

NEW YORK — Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has turned her angst over the 2016 US elections into art, writing love songs about former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

The Weeknd sued by British songwriters

CANADIAN singer The Weeknd has been sued by three British songwriters over allegations he copied their work to produce his hit “A Lonely Night,” according to US court documents.

Park Bo Gum fan meet

LOVE In The Moonlight breakthrough actor Park Bo Gum will meet his Filipino fans at his first fan meeting on April 27 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Global recorded music biz grew nearly 10% in 2018

LONDON — The global recorded music market grew 9.7% last year, with streaming now accounting for almost half of total revenue, according to industry trade body the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on Tuesday.

True Faith co-founder Ferdie Marquez dies

FERDIE MARQUEZ, one of the founding members of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) band True Faith, passed away on Sunday due to a heart attack.

Mick Jagger to undergo heart surgery

LONDON — Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will undergo heart surgery this week following the postponement of the band’s North American tour for medical reasons, according to a published report.

DJ Fatboy Slim performing at Cove Manila

LEGENDARY DJ Fatboy Slim will be performing at Okada Manila’s Cove Manila on April 12, 10:30 p.m.

Brit rock, female artists top Rock Hall of Fame induction

NEW YORK -- Musicians and fans gathered in New York City on Friday for a night of British band nostalgia mixed with calls for more inclusion of women as Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, and The Cure were inducted into the 34th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class.

Rolling Stones delay tour as Jagger seeks medical help

LONDON -- The Rolling Stones have postponed a tour of the United States and Canada to give singer Mick Jagger time to receive medical treatment, the veteran rock band said on Saturday.

Sponge Cola launching 6th album with ‘intimate’ one-night concert

ONE OF the most popular rock bands in the country, Sponge Cola, is set to launch its sixth studio album, Sea of Lights, via an intimate one-night concert on March 29, 7 p.m., at the Power Mac Spotlight, Circuit Makati.

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.