Pop music

Pet Shop Boys defy boycotters to play in Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2013

Pet Shop Boys will perform in Tel Aviv later this week after defying anti-Israel activists’ calls for them to pull out of a planned concert.

Pop stars Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said that while they opposed “crude and cruel defence policies” of the Israeli government, comparisons with apartheid South Africa were “a caricature”.

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For sale, Amy Winehouse’s dress. Yours for £25,000

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

A rare poster advertising an evening with Harry Houdini, the programme from Bob Dylan’s first professional concert and a dress worn by Amy Winehouse are to go on display at Christie’s in London.

The South Kensington auction house is marking 120 years of popular culture with a five-day public exhibition and sale of valuable memorabilia.

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Boycotters urge Alicia Keys to cancel Tel Aviv show

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2013

Alicia Keys has become the latest musical star to face calls for her to boycott a planned performance in Israel.

The 12-time Grammy Award winner is due to sing at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena on July 4 – the first time she will have performed in Israel.

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Bob Dylan anti-bomb lyrics to be sold at London auction

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2013

Bob Dylan "knew what he was doing" from the very start of his career, according to the man who played a key role in the singer's musical education.

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Moni could be in the money after wowing judges on The Voice

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

An acclaimed contestant on BBC’s The Voice has revealed that his talent is inherited from his father — a chazan at Newbury Park United Synagogue in Ilford — and his mother, who is also “an amazing singer”.

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Review: Primal Scream

By Paul Lester, May 6, 2013

It is 22 years since Primal Scream released a truly important album (Screamadelica) and 13 years since their last great one (XTRMNTR). The former captured the heady moment when house music entered the mainstream; the latter was the most successful example of the band’s rampant eclecticism.

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Rihanna to perform in Tel Aviv

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

Rihanna will be performing in Israel later this year, it has been announced.

The Grammy award-winning star is due to sing at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv in October. The 25-year-old r n b artist last performed in Israel in 2010.

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Justin Bieber says Anne Frank 'would have been a belieber'

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Justin Bieber has caused controversy by expressing the view that Anne Frank “would have been a belieber” during his visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

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Amy Winehouse’s father hits out at Beyoncé over cover track

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

Late Jewish singing sensation Amy Winehouse is known for her top selling 'Back to Black' single – and international star Beyoncé Knowles has now released a cover of the hit. But not everyone is happy about it.

Mitch Winehouse, the late star’s father, said that he had not been consulted on the release of the cover that can now be heard on The Great Gatsby film trailer.

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Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode to perform in Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

Alicia Keys and the band Depeche Mode have become the latest artists to be targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel.

The US singer is due to perform in Tel Aviv in July for the first time in her career, while the English band, who rose to fame in the 1980s, are set to entertain an Israeli audience in May.

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