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Egyptians want Shakira boycott after Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

Shakira may have vowed "Whenever, Wherever" with the first hit of her career, but if protesters have their way she will have to take Cairo off her list.

The musician is the subject of a Facebook campaign to stop her performing in Egypt in November, launched after she spoke at President Shimon Peres's conference in Jerusalem.


The Saturdays wish a barmitzvah boy Mazel Tov

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011
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Stars from Louise Redknapp to Olly Murs and the girlband The Saturdays have helped make sure Scott Simon's barmitzvah will be an unforgettable event. Find out who else wished the Stanmore schoolboy a hearty mazel tov on this special occasion.

The video was made by Scott's aunt, filmmaker Lucie Hass.


Cullum sets tone for £3.7m dinner

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Brit award winning pop and jazz singer Jamie Cullum sang the praises of Jewish Care at its campaign dinner on Monday, which raised a record £3.7 million.

Addressing almost 1,000 guests at Grosvenor House in central London, Cullum said he had been "absolutely blown away" by a visit to the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus in Golders Green, where he spoke to residents.


Beautiful? James Blunt's Poland joke angers fans

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

James Blunt has been criticised by thousands of fans for making what has been interpreted as a joke about Auschwitz.

The British singer and former soldier was in Poland for a concert when he was photographed in front of a building near the infamous Nazi death camp.

Mr Blunt, 37, posted the image on his public Facebook page with the caption "Uh, this is my hotel in Poland".


Shakira: education key to peace in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

The pop star Shakira has expressed hope that the world "can act as a team" to educate future generations while at a conference in Jerusalem.

The Colombian musician, who launched an education charity in 1997, was speaking to some of the 1,700 guests at the third annual Presidential Conference. She said the Holy Land was the "perfect place to talk about how urgent it is to invest in education."


Whenever, Wherever: Shakira to meet Peres in israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is to take part in a meeting with a Colombian representative next week – the pop star Shakira.

The singer will join Nobel Prize winners, politicians, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and US comedian Sarah Silverman at the annual Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.


On this day: Barry Manilow is born

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

Growing up with a tough upbringing, music was Manilow's only solace. At the age of seven he learned to play the accordion and the piano, and after sampling a taste of the music world, he decided he wanted to be in it. By the year of his barmitzvah he was singing.


Wanted, Emma's own private band

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

One of the hottest boy bands of the moment, The Wanted, have just finished a stadium tour including the Hammersmith Apollo and the Cardiff Arena.


Becks batmitzvah in style with Usher video

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A batmitzvah video featuring a father-of-five rapping to Usher's OMG has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube.

Laurence Beck, a chartered surveyor from Radlett, wanted to make sure his daughters, September and Tiger Lily, aged 13 and 12, had unforgettable nights when they marked their batmitzvahs last month.


Coldplay at bay after backing Palestine single

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

Anti-Israel activists bombarded Coldplay's official Facebook page with messages of Palestinian solidarity this week after the British band backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

On Wednesday the band alerted fans to the Freedom for Palestine single and posted a link to its website.