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Martin sticks to Solaire

SINGER Martin Nievera is continuing as Solaire Resort and Casino’s celebrity endorser for two more years after a “great last two years” according to a property executive.

Singer R. Kelly charged in sex scheme of kidnapping and payoffs

CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly, already charged with sexual assault in Illinois, was indicted in federal courts in New York and Chicago on Friday with transporting women and girls across state lines for sex, forcibly keeping them under his control and buying their silence

Actress and singer Karen Mok hopes to bring Broadway to China

LONDON — Karen Mok may be currently performing on what she says will be her final concert tour but the Hong Kong-born actress and singer has no plans to retire just yet, setting her sights on bringing Broadway-style musicals to China.

Stevie Wonder to have a kidney transplant

SINGER, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder — seen here performing during the taping of Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute on Feb. 11, 2015 — told thousands of fans watching him perform in London on Saturday night that he is due to have a kidney transplant in September.

Sting returns to PHL in October

MULTI-AWARDED English musician Gordon Thomas Matthew Sumner, better known by the mononym, Sting, is coming to Manila to perform in a concert on Oct. 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. This is part of his ongoing international tour, My Songs.

Elton delivers message of tolerance at Montreux

MONTREUX, Switzerland — Elton John made his first and last appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Saturday, delivering a slick and energetic performance that ended with a message of tolerance and love.

Singer Julio Iglesias calls 50-year career ‘a miracle’

LOS ANGELES — At age 75, singer Julio Iglesias can’t run and can no longer play soccer. But still singing for a living after 50 years? That, he said, is “a miracle in my life.”

Elton slams Russian cuts to Rocketman gay scenes

LOS ANGELES — Elton John on Friday criticized Russia’s reported censorship of gay sex scenes in the new movie musical based on his life, Rocketman, calling the decision “cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.”

Sarah G is the latest celeb with her own makeup line

CELEBRITIES like Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Katheryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, and Kris Bernal all have their own make-up lines and now pop singer Sarah Geronimo joins the bandwagon with her make-up line called Pop Studio.

Tips when wearing Pop Studio

RELEASING a makeup line or collaborating with cosmetic brands seems to be the trend among celebrities these days and pop singer Sarah Geronimo is the latest to join the roster.

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.

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.

Queen of Jazz Annie Brazil takes her final bow, 85

THE country’s queen of Jazz, Annie Brazil (born Justiniana Bulawin), died of pneumonia at the age of 85 on the afternoon of March 5 in Quezon City, her children — singers Richard James B. Merk and singer Rachel Anne Wolfe, and Raffy Wolfe — confirmed in separate Facebook posts on the day of her passing.

Singer Ryan Adams calls accusations ‘inaccurate’

LOS ANGELES — Rock singer Ryan Adams on Wednesday called a New York Times article about him “upsettingly inaccurate” but said he was “not a perfect man” and apologized to anyone he had hurt.

Kundiman stalwart Armida Siguion-Reyna, 88

ENTERTAINMENT industry stalwart, patron of the arts, actress, singer and promoter of the kundiman, Armida Siguion-Reyna took her final bow on the afternoon of Jan. 11, passing away at the age of 88 at the Makati Medical Center after a battle with cancer, according to her sister, Irma Potenciano.

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.

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.

Celebs to keep social media posts ‘clean,’ watchdog says

LONDON — Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and other celebrities have agreed to spell out in social media posts if they are being paid to promote a brand, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

Grammy-winning singer Nancy Wilson, 81

GRAMMY award-winning singer Nancy Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz and funk, died at her California home at age 81 on Thursday after a long illness, her publicist said.

Actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas to marry in traditional...

MUMBAI — US singer Nick Jonas and Quantico actor Priyanka Chopra were to be married in a traditional Hindu ceremony yesterday, the culmination of a three-day long wedding celebration that featured cricket matches and Bollywood songs, all taking place in a heritage Indian palace atop a hill.

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.

OPM singer Rico J. Puno, 65

VETERAN SINGER and an icon of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), Enrico “Rico” J. Puno, passed away on Oct. 30 at the age of 65 due to cardiac arrest.

Time Machines (09/12/18)

Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition SINGER, known for turning classic Porsche 911s into modern sports cars that still look period-correct, has come up with a...

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.

How Aretha Franklin made ‘Respect’ a feminist anthem

PARIS — It may be the most rousing feminist anthem ever, but “Respect” — the song that made Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul” — was actually written about a man demanding a break from his wife.

Prince’s 1995-2010 albums made available for streaming

LOS ANGELES — The estate of prolific late pop icon Prince made more than 300 songs from his later career available on digital download and streaming services for the first time on Friday.

Angelina Cruz releases debut EP

HAVING ALREADY found success on Spotify, singer Angelina Cruz has released her self-titled debut album under Universal Records.

Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna still shocks at 60

NEW YORK — Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence.

Detroit church holds vigil for Aretha

DETROIT — The Detroit church once led by Aretha Franklin’s father — and where she first tested her remarkable voice — filled with music once again Wednesday as dozens gathered for a prayer vigil for the ailing “Queen of Soul.”

Dark synth-pop singer Robyn back after 8 years

NEW YORK — Robyn, the Swedish singer whose dark yet danceable synth-pop has won her an avid fan base, returned Wednesday with a song off her first album in eight years.

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.

The comic and the singer

IF THERE’S two things Filipinos love, it’s music and laughter, and that’s exactly what singer Nonoy Zuniga and comedian/singer Willie Nepomuceno are serving in their one night Music and Laughter concert on July 27 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City.

Loving Celine Dion even more

IT WAS a weekend morning in the late 1990s when a familiar piano introduction (in C major) blared into the room and woke this writer (who was then probably in kindergarten) from her sleep. “I know this song. I’ve heard it before,” I thought. I got up and hurried to the shelf beside the stereo system (where Dad would usually place his newly purchased CDs) and saw an album cover with a woman wearing a white shirt and denim pants, her hair in a pixie cut. The singer’s voice was captivating. From then on, I continued to listen to her songs — playing them loud and singing along as if it were a live concert.

Singer Cliff Richard wins BBC privacy case

LONDON — Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard won a privacy case against the BBC on Wednesday after it broadcast live on television a police raid on his home, in a ruling the broadcaster warned threatened press freedom.

After 2 surgeries in 2 months, Gary V is raring to...

SINGER Edgardo Jose “Gary” Valenciano — often referred to as “Mr. Pure Energy” because of his high energy performances — announced that he has been cleared of kidney cancer, a diagnosis which was made shortly after he underwent successful emergency open heart surgery in May.

Justin Bieber engaged to model Baldwin — reports

NEW YORK — Trouble-prone pop star Justin Bieber will be a married man after popping the question to model Hailey Baldwin whom he has dated for one month, reports said on Sunday.

‘Bowie Bonds’ creator sues singer Ed Sheeran for copying Marvin Gaye...

NEW YORK — English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran was sued on Thursday for at least $100 million for allegedly copying large parts of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On” for his smash hit “Thinking Out Loud.”

Julia Fordham returns to PHL this month

BRITISH singer-songwriter, Julia Fordham, best known for her songs “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways” and “Porcelain,” among others, is performing in Manila on June 22 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.

Pop star David Cassidy told documentary makers he lied about dementia,...

LOS ANGELES — Former teen idol David Cassidy did not have dementia, as he claimed before he died, and lied about giving up drinking, the singer told the makers of a documentary about him in the months before his death.

Singer Dua Lipa returns to Manila

ENGLISH singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is returning to Manila for a solo concert on Sept. 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and is bringing with her the chart-topping hits including “New Rules,” “IDGAF,” and “One Kiss.”