Pop music

Jonathan Shalit: Starmaker who shows celebs what it means to be Jewish

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2014

'Yes, I work in showbusiness, the business of show, but I work in a very serious business, a very hard business,' Jonathan Shalit tells me with his infectious enthusiasm.

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Super DJ puts Pulitzer writer in mix

By Naomi Firsht, November 13, 2014

One is possibly the coolest Jew on the planet - the other is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

In one of modern music's most unexpected collaborations, it emerged this week that super-producer Mark Ronson asked Jewish novelist Michael Chabon to write the lyrics for his new funk album, Uptown Special.

Mr Ronson, best known for producing Amy Winehouse's hit album Back to Black, has long admired

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Robbie Williams set to perform in Israel for the first time

By JC Reporter, October 7, 2014

Robbie Williams has finalised a deal to sing in Israel for the first time.

According to Israeli media, the former Take That star will perform in Tel Aviv next May.

Mr Williams has reportedly reached an agreement with Israeli agents over a concert at either Yarkon Park or the Ramat Gan Stadium.

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Jess Glynne nominated for Mobo music award

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2014

Jess Glynne has been nominated for the best newcomer category of the Mobo awards.

The singer, who was interviewed in the JC in July, burst onto the music scene when she sang the vocals on Clean Bandit’s number one hit “Rather Be."

She has since featured on Route 94’s “My Love”, and her debut solo single “Right Here” was in the Top 10.

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All About That... Rosh Hashana!

September 24, 2014
In this clip, Matthew Rissien performs a new year version of All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor.

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Songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

By Daniel Easterman, June 20, 2014

Oscar-nominated songwriter Gerry Goffin, who wrote classic songs such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and The Loco-Motion, has died aged 75 in Los Angeles.

Mr Goffin composed more than 50 top 40 songs, writing with fellow Jewish songwriter Carole King. The couple were married in 1959 when Ms King was 17 and divorced nine years later.

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US rapper apologises after wearing ‘fake Jew’ outfit

By JC reporter, May 20, 2014

US rapper Macklemore has denied accusations of antisemitism after he appeared to don a “fake Jew” outfit for a gig in Seattle.

He issued an apology on his website, insisting that he did not intend to insult Jewish people when he wore a black suit, wig, beard and large plastic nose.

There was widespread outrage when photographs of the concert were posted online.

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Blondie mainstay gets to focus on the negatives as 10th album comes out

By Paul Lester, April 17, 2014

When a prominent member of a legendary American pop-rock-disco-rap band inquires as to your well-being, you’d better make sure your reply is more interesting than “Fine, thanks”.

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Pharrell Williams very happy about Israeli video

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

American singer Pharrell Williams has paid special tribute to the Israelis who covered his award-winning single ‘Happy’.

The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer chose the video tribute filmed in Tel Aviv, to be shown at the UN’s International Day of Happiness .

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Harry Styles and me? My lips are sealed

By Mrs Cohen, February 28, 2014

* I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when young Ben Winston picked up a Brit award for directing the One Direction video. I have known young Ben since he was a glint in the eye of fertility specialist Lord Winston, or Bobbie Baby as I like to call him. So, as I stood at the back of the auditorium with the ageing rockers, there was a happy tear in my eye when his name was announced.

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