Pop music

Amy Winehouse to tour Brazil

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

Amy Winehouse is to return to the stage after nearly two years with a series of concerts in South America early next year.

The Jewish singer, who grew up in north London, will perform four dates in cities around Brazil in January. The American singer Mayer Hawthorne, whose real name is Andrew Mayer Cohen, will support her on the tour.

She will travel with bodyguards including accompanied a former SAS officer in order to ensure her safety while in the country.

Ms Winehouse, 27, is expected to release a new album after the Brazil tour.

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Jerusalem mayor meets rock band Linkin Park

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

American rock band Linkin Park could film their next music video in Jerusalem.

Nir Barkat,mayor of Jerusalem, made the offer to the group when he met them on Monday morning. He also invited them to perform at a venue in Jerusalem.

Linkin Park, whose songs include In the End and What I’ve Done, are in Israel for a concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park this evening.

The band, who have spent time in the Old City and at the Western Wall during their visit, told the mayor that they “definitely” plan to visit Jerusalem again.

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Hall of Fame: Shyne

November 11, 2010

"My entire life screams that I have a Jewish neshama.

"There's nothing in the Chumash that says I can't drive a Lamborghini ...nothing in the Halacha about driving the cars I like."

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Hall of Fame: Lady Gaga

October 8, 2010


"Stefani is sweet as a Jewish Mom, always mediating and offering advice on the crew’s dating problems, family issues, or whatever.


"She not only listens to everyone’s problems, she gives really great advice on how to fix them.”








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Katie, Stacey and more

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2010

With Katie Waissel through to the live final stage of this year's X Factor, some might compare her to 2009 finalist Stacey Solomon. Here are some other Jewish songstresses Katie could turn to for inspiration.

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Hall of Fame: Neil Sedaka

October 4, 2010




"I am a Jew, and I'm convinced that Israel is the homeland.


"When my grandson celebrates his bar mitzvah, I hope we'll do it in Jerusalem."






Watch a vintage Neil Sedaka performance of 'Oh Carole' here

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Cilla Black honours 'fifth Beatle'

By Barry Toberman, September 28, 2010

The cultural contribution of Brian Epstein has been saluted in central London with the unveiling of a heritage plaque by Cilla Black outside the former management office of “the fifth Beatle”.

In 1963, Epstein moved his NEMS administrative operation from Liverpool to 13 Monmouth Street, in the Seven Dials area between Covent Garden and Leicester Square and worked from there until the following year.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne tour Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

The Western Wall and other tourist spots in Jerusalem have made a “great impression” on heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne.

The singer, in Israel for the Tel Aviv leg of his OzzFest tour, spent a day touring around the Old City of Jerusalem.

Accompanied by his Jewish wife Sharon, he also visited Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. Mr Osbourne said: “We were very pleased to have the opportunity to come to Israel and visit the holy sites.”

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Ozzy Osbourne talks Israel ahead of concert

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne has defied calls to boycott a performance in Israel this week.

The heavy metal star, who arrived in Israel on Sunday for the Tel Aviv leg of his OzzFest tour, said he had “no time” for politics.

“Politicians don't understand me and I don't understand them."

His wife Sharon, the daughter of the late Jewish music impresario Don Arden, added: "Britain has the IRA and no one cancels concerts there."

The former Black Sabbath singer also blamed the fact that he had not performed in Israel before on being “drunk for years.”

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On this day: Leonard Cohen is born

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

Canada’s most famous Jewish singer-songwriter has enjoyed five decades of success, and last year was honoured with a lifetime achievement Grammy.

Born in Montreal, his father Nathan owned a profitable clothing business. Nathan died when his son was nine and left his son enough inheritance money to pursue his creative ambitions.

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