Pop music

Former manager sells rare Leonard Cohen reels

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

Almost 300 pieces of rock music history are up for grabs after a Jewish lawyer from Hackney decided to sell his valuable collection of Leonard Cohen films.

Steven Machat is offering up 294 reels of footage of the Jewish singer, a former client of his and of his late father, music manager Marty Machat.

The previously unseen clips include scenes of the Hallelujah singer as a child at home and at concerts in cities including Jerusalem and Paris.


Macy Gray asks Facebook fans whether to boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

American singer Macy Gray has gone on Facebook to ask her fans whether she should give in to the demands of anti-Israel boycotters.

Ms Gray, who is set to perform two shows in Tel Aviv next month, has been the target of an online campaign to encourage her to cancel the tour.

More than 470 people have responded to a question by the singer, known for the hit “I try” on what she should do.


Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp not going to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

The pop-singer partner of Hollywood star Johnny Depp has cancelled a performance in Israel after she was targeted by pro-Palestinian campaigners calling on her to boycott.

French star Vanessa Paradis, who shot to fame as a 14-year-old with the hit “Joe Le Taxi,” was set to sing at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Centre next month and meet President Shimon Peres while in the country.

However Ms Paradis has now said that she cannot play the February 10 show because of a commitment in Los Angeles on the same date relating to her film career.


The Brit awards in history

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2011

Jewish musician Mark Ronson is up for the award for Best British Male Solo Artist, while Vampire Weekend, the New-York based band with a Jewish guitarist called Ezra Koenig, could win the International Group nod.

Actresses Lea Michele and Dianna Agron could also win as part of the Glee Cast in the International Breakthrough category.

To warm you up for this year's show on 15 February, take a look back at the Jewish stars who have graced Brit awards past.



Daniel Bedingfield performs with Israeli band

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2010
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Daniel Bedingfield rehearses with israeli folk band the Raw Men Empire while on a trip there this week. the singer said: "Tel Aviv is gorgeous in the golden hour."


A year in Jewish showbiz news

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

The celebrity gossip of 2010 - in pictures.

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Idan Raichel at the Nobel ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010
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Israeli singer Idan Raichel performed with India Arie at the Nobel Awards ceremony.


Bon Jovi tells Larry King, we're off to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010

American rock band Bon Jovi is to tour Israel for the first time.

The group, famous for hits including Living on a Prayer and It’s My Life, are to play in Israel next year.

The tour is to mark the release of Bon Jovi’s 11th album, The Circle.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi revealed the planned concert during an interview with Larry King, the Jewish American television presenter who is leaving his late night CNN chat show Larry King Live this evening, after 25 years interviewing everyone who matters in the public eye.


Justin Bieber sets date for Israel concert

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

Teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber has announced that he will perform in Israel next year.

The 16-year-old Canadian singer will play in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park in April as part of his “My World Tour.”

Marcel Avraham, the producer bringing the singer to Israel, said he expected up to 60,000 people to buy tickets.

Best known for his songs "Baby" and "One Time", Bieber has had chart success around the world and is the most Googled person on the planet.


Israel's Idan Raichel to perform at Nobel ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

Fresh from a tour of UK universities Israeli music star Idan Raichel has been asked to perform at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

The singer, who has enjoyed global success and sings in Arabic, Amharic, Zulu and Hindi as well as Hebrew, will take to the stage with American artist India Arie at the event in Oslo on December 10.

The pair are currently working together on an album.