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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.

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.

‘Is this the real life?’

THEY SAID it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century.

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.

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.

Happiness makes hit songs

PARIS — Hit songs today are “happier,” more danceable and more likely to be sung by women than songs that fail to make it...

United States court upholds landmark ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright verdict

NEW YORK — A US appeals court upheld Wednesday a landmark $5.3-million verdict that Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” lifted from Marvin Gaye, dismissing...

Daddy Yankee gets the world dancing again with new viral song...

MIAMI — It’s another viral dancing sensation. And once again, it’s from Daddy Yankee. The Puerto Rican king of reggaeton who co-wrote “Despacito” has people...

U2 wins lawsuit claiming it stole part of song

NEW YORK — A US judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing U2 of lifting part of a British songwriter’s work for a song...

Kiddie song tops YouTube videos for 2017

A BABY SHARK video by Pinkfong, a Korean brand creating content for children, took the top spot in YouTube’s list of top trending videos...

Ed Sheeran rules Spotify in 2017

NEW YORK -- English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran dominated Spotify in 2017, with his latest album Divide played 3.1 billion times worldwide, the leading streaming...

The woman behind ‘Despacito’ unpacks its success

MEXICO CITY — Erika Ender, the co-writer of “Despacito” — the Spanish-language dance hit that turned into a worldwide sensation — has a few...

Rouge launches single from 2nd album

TWO YEARS since the release of its first album, all-girl pop rock band, Rouge – the current lineup composed of Princess Ybañez on violin,...

Beyonce charity song dethrones ‘Despacito’

NEW YORK – Beyonce’s Spanish-language remix of “Mi Gente” for hurricane relief opened Wednesday on top of the US Latin song chart, finally dethroning...

Dong Abay urges ‘kalinaw’ — every day

By Diana Moraleda A FEW in the crowd of around 500 mostly young people bobbed their heads as Dong Abay sang his new song, “Kalinaw.”...

The story behind a song

IT HAS been more than three decades since millions of Filipinos banded together to oust a dictator. The peaceful “People Power Revolution” in February...

Universal to handle Bruce Springsteen’s song catalog around the world

UNIVERSAL Music Publishing Group will represent Bruce Springsteen’s entire catalog of songs around the world under a new deal signed between the music company...

‘Despacito’ declared most streamed song ever

NEW YORK -- Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” whose reggaeton beat has swept the globe, on Wednesday was named the most streamed song...

In ‘Despacito,’ reggaeton rises from margins to pop triumph

REGGAETON MUSIC has long been a fixture in nightclubs around the Spanish-speaking world, but that hasn’t brought it critical acceptance, with the genre rooted...

1966 Pink Floyd recording to be released for first time

LONDON -- Legendary British rock band Pink Floyd will next month put out a track that has never before been released since it was...

Justin Timberlake returns with cheery pop

NEW YORK — Pop superstar Justin Timberlake returned Friday with his first new song in three years, a cheery pop number that will appear...

Radiohead reveal new song ‘Burn The Witch’

LONDON -- Experimental British rockers Radiohead released a video for a song entitled “Burn The Witch” on Tuesday but kept fans hanging on for...

Kanye goes Gospel with Easter prayer track

NEW YORK -- Rap superstar Kanye West is showing his religious side by releasing a prayer in the form of a Gospel track to...

Bowie: The 10 key tracks

PARIS -- David Bowie -- who died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar --...