Pop music

X-Factor Diary: It’s showtime, and it’s scary

December 19, 2013

British teenager Adir Tov is competing as part of a boy band on the Israeli TV talent show

“We’ve been busy rehearsing all week for the first live show.

“At the beginning of the week, we had a serious talk with our mentor, Ivri Lider, who is a really big pop star in Israel.

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Lou Reed's walk on the mild side

By Simon Round, November 15, 2013

I was very sorry to hear about the recent death of the legendary rock star Lou Reed — sorry but not surprised. This was, after all, a man who had inflicted such damage on his liver through his rock’n’roll lifestyle that the liver announced its retirement earlier this year and had to be replaced with a new one.

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Sir Tom Jones helps Norwood rock to the tune of £3.2 million

By Barry Toberman, November 14, 2013

Nothing beats a practical demonstration of a charity’s work. And, with a little help from Sir Tom Jones, drummer Saul Zur-Szpiro supplied it to the 1,100 guests at Norwood’s annual dinner on Monday, which raised £3.2 million for its work with children, families and those with learning difficulties.

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Sylvia Young turns pop svengali

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

She established the national theatre school that trained chart-topping pop stars from Amy Winehouse to the Appleton sisters.

Now Sylvia Young has gone one step further and set up her own record label, Seymour Place Music, and formed a British band made up of four of her students.

But she insists media comparisons with music mogul Simon Cowell are well wide of the mark.

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Songs about 'women and insanity'

By Paul Lester, September 16, 2013

It is not uncommon to find American alternative or indie bands with one Jewish member. Some down the years — such as legendary New York punks the Ramones — have featured two. But it’s quite unusual to find a band like Papa, a four-piece from Los Angeles, where all the members are Jewish.

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Queen guitarist in badger row

By Anna Sheinman, September 12, 2013

Former Queen guitarist Brian May has been criticised for describing the government’s culling of badgers as “genocide”.

Mr May made the comment during a visit to Gloucestershire, where 5,000 badgers are being killed in order to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cows. He called the cull “genocide in the countryside”.

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JC Profile: Harry Styles

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

When pop star Harry Styles was filmed “twerking” at last Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, fans of his band One Direction ensured the video went viral on the internet.

But it was an earlier image from the awards ceremony that might have done more to catch the eye of JC readers.

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How Sir Cliff Richard held court in Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

A tennis ball whizzed past Sir Cliff Richard so fast the crowd could almost hear it.

Rather than disappointment at missing the ball, however, a look of happy surprise spread across his face.

For this was a special opponent — a 12-year-old tennis champion at Nazareth’s YMCA — and these games carried a special mission: to promote co-existence between Jews and Arabs.

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Alicia Keys defies boycotters to perform to packed house in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 5, 2013

American singer Alicia Keys performed to a full stadium in Tel Aviv on Thursday night after refusing to bow to calls for her to boycott the show.

The multiple Grammy - award winner welcomed her Israeli audience by asking in Hebrew, “Ma koreh Tel Aviv?” (“What’s happening Tel Aviv?) before opening with her hit single Karma.

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We speak, they act

July 4, 2013

Forgive us, please, if we blow our own trumpet. Last week we reported that Leonard Cohen was due to appear in concert in London on Yom Kippur and in Leeds on Rosh Hashanah. There was, not surprisingly, disquiet - to put it mildly - that so iconic a Jewish artist could appear on those of all dates. The JC speaks - and icons listen.

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